UK label Arrow Films will be re-issuing the haunting and erotic, Seijun Suzuki’s The Taisho Trilogy on a 3-Disc standard edition Blu-ray.
After over a decade in the wilderness following his firing from Nikkatsu for Branded to Kill (1967), maverick director Seijun Suzuki returned with a vengeance with his critically-praised tryptic of cryptic supernatural dramas set during the liberal enlightenment of Japan’s Taisho Era (1912-26).
In the multiple Japanese Academy Award-winning Zigeunerweisen (1980), two intellectuals and former colleagues from military academy involve their wives in a series of dangerous sexual games. In Kageroza (1981), a playwright is drawn like a moth to a flame to a mysterious beauty who might be a ghost, while Yumeji (1991) imagines the real-life painter-poet Takehisa Yumeji’s encounter with a beautiful widow with a dark past.
Rarely seen outside of Japan, the films in the Taisho Trilogy are considered Suzuki s masterpieces in his homeland. Presenting a dramatic turn from more his familiar tales of cops, gangsters and unruly youth, these surrealistic psychological puzzles drip with a lush exoticism, distinctively capturing the pandemonium of a bygone age of decadence and excess, when Western ideas, fashions, technologies and art fused into everyday aspect of Japanese life.
Release date: April 14, 2020
Genre: Horror / Drama / Fantasy
- Director: Seijun Suzuki
- Country: Japan
- Production Year: 1980 / 1981 / 1991
- Discs: 3 Blu-ray Discs
- Region: A
- Run Time: 412 minutes
- Formats: Color / 1.66:1 / 1.34:1 / 1.33:1
- Audio: Japanese
- Subtitle: English
- Studio: Arrow Films (USA)
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) transfers of all three films
- Original uncompressed stereo audio
- Optional English subtitles
- New introductions to each film by critic Tony Rayns
- Making-of featurette
- Vintage interview with Seijun Suzuki
- Tony Rayns on the Taisho Trilogy, a new appreciation of Suzuki s trilogy
- Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork choices
Zigeunerweisen (1980) trailer
Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.