Arrow Films / Crime / Drama / Thriller

Black Test Car / The Black Report: Arrow Video Blu-ray

Arrow Video (USA) will be releasing director Yasuzo Masumura’s stylish double feature, Black Test Car / The Black Report on Blu-ray.

Japanese maverick director Yasuzo Masumura (Blind Beast) helms a bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry in his 1962 landmark Black Test Car, which launched a series of similarly themed “Black” films.

In a bitter, take-no-prisoners corporate war between the Tiger Motorcar Company and their competitors, the Yamato Company, undercover spies have infiltrated both sides. As Tiger prepares to launch its newest “Pioneer” car and a prototype bursts into flames, Toru (Hideo Takamatsu, The Last Emperor) heads a secretive task force to root out Yamato’s spy, and find out what they can about the competitor’s familiar-looking new model.

Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, Black Test Car is paired here with the English-language video premiere of its follow-up The Black Report, also directed by Masumura.

Release date: August 25, 2020
Genre: Crime / Thriller

DirectorYasuzô Masumura
CastJirô Tamiya, Junko Kanô, Eiji Funakoshi, Ken Utsui, Junko Kanô, Hideo Takamatsu
Production Year1962 / 1963
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time
Formats189 minutes
AKAKuro no tesuto kâ / Kuro no hôkokusho / Black Statement Book
StudioArrow Video (USA)

Special features

Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio on both films
Optional newly translated English subtitles on both films
Newly recorded critical appreciation by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Theatrical trailers for both films
Image galleries for both films
Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the films by Mark Downing Roberts

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