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Seijun Suzuki’s The Taisho Trilogy: Standard Edition Blu-ray

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)

Special features

  • 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
  • Trailers
  • 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.

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