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Graveyards of Honor: 2-Disc Arrow Video Blu-ray

Arrow Video (USA) is releasing Graveyards of Honor (1975 / 2002) – A 2-film compilation by directors Kinji Fukasaku and Takashi Miike of the same film on a 2-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray edition.

Two peerless masters of Japanese cinema – Kinji Fukasaku (Battles without Honor and Humanity, Battle Royale) and Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive, Audition) – present their own distinctive adaptations of yakuza expert Goro Fujita’s gangster novel Graveyard of Honor, each tapping into the zeitgeist of a distinct period of Japanese history.

Set during the turbulent post-war years, Fukasaku’s original 1975 film charts the rise and fall of real-life gangster Rikio Ishikawa (Tetsuya Watari, Outlaw Gangster VIP). Shot through with the same stark realism and quasi-documentarian approach as Fukasaku’s earlier Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Fukasaku nonetheless breaks new ground through his portrayal of a gangster utterly without honor or ethics, surviving by any means necessary in a world of brutal criminality.

An amazingly energetic thriller. [Graveyard of Honor (1975)]

Dennis Schwartz — Ozus’ World Movie Reviews

Meanwhile, Miike’s 2002 retelling transplants the story to Tokyo at the turn of the millennium. Less a direct remake of Fukasku’s film than a radical reimagining of the same overarching premise, Miike’s film captures both the hedonism and nihilism of the modern Japanese crime scene in deliriously stylish fashion, resulting in a fascinating companion piece to the original that nonetheless stands as its own entity.

With both films making their High Definition debut in a sumptuous limited edition packed with new and archival bonus content, Arrow Video is proud to present these two intertwined but unique crime thrillers from two celebrated filmmakers at the peak of their creative powers.

Release date: September 8, 2020
Genre: Action / Crime

DirectorKinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike
Production Year1975 / 2002
Discs2 Blu-ray Discs
Run Time225 minutes
FormatsColor / 2.39:1
AKAJingi no hakaba / Shin Jingi no Hakaba
StudioArrow Video (USA)

Limited edition contents

Exclusive two-disc set featuring two different versions of Graveyard of Honor: the 1975 film by Kinji Fukasaku and the 2002 film by Takashi Miike
Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on both films by Jasper Sharp

Disc 1 — Graveyard of Honor (1975 / Kinji Fukasaku)

Original lossless Japanese PCM 1.0 mono soundtrack
Optional English subtitles
New audio commentary by author and critic Mark Schilling
Like a Balloon: The Life of a Yakuza, a new visual essay by critic and Projection Booth podcast host Mike White
A Portrait of Rage, an archival appreciation of Fukasaku and his films, featuring interviews with filmmakers, scholars, and friends of the director
On the Set with Fukasaku, an archival interview with assistant director Kenichi Oguri
Theatrical trailer
Imagery gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan

Disc 2 — Graveyard of Honor (2002 / Takashi Miike)

Original lossless Japanese PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack
Optional English subtitles
New audio commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes
New visual essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger
Archival “interview special” featuring Miike and cast members Goro Kishitani and Narimi Arimori
Archival “making-of” featurette
Archival “making-of” teaser
Archival press release interviews featuring Miike, Kishitani and Arimori
Archival “premiere special” featuring Miike, Kishitani and Arimori
Theatrical trailer
Imagery gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
Graveyards of Honor — 2-Discs Arrow Video Limited Edition Blu-ray

Graveyard of Honor (1975) trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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