Rent Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism (1973)

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Rent Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism (aka Erosu purasu gyakusatsu / Rengoku eroica / Kaigenrei) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
The work of Kiju Yoshida is one of Japanese cinema's obscure pleasures. A contemporary of Nagisa Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses) and Masahiro Shinoda (Pale Flower, Assassination), Yoshida started out as an assistant to Keisuke Kinoshita before making his directorial debut at age 27. In the decades that followed he produced more than 20 features and documentaries, yet each and every one has proven difficult to see in the English-speaking world. This collection brings together three works from the late sixties and early seventies, a loose trilogy united by their radical politics and an even more radical shooting style.
'Eros + Massacre', presented here in both its 169-minute theatrical version and the full-length 220-minute director's cut, tells the parallel stories of early 20th-century anarchist (and free love advocate) Sakae Osugi and a pair of student activists. Their stories interact and intertwine, resulting in a complex, rewarding work that is arguably Yoshida s masterpiece. 'Heroic Purgatory' pushes the dazzling cinematic language of 'Eros + Massacre' even further, presenting a bleak but dreamlike investigation into the political discourses taking place in early seventies Japan. 'Coup d'état' returns to the past for a biopic of Ikki Kita, the right-wing extremist who sought to overthrow the government in 1936. Yoshida considered the film to be the culmination of his work, promptly retiring from feature filmmaking following its completion.
Actors:
, , , , , , Toshiko Ii, Yoshihide Gotô, Toshiko Inoue, , Kyûzô Kawabe, , Kazuko Kui, Kinji Matsueda, Kazunori Miyazaki, Atsuko Murata, Fumiaki Sakabe, , Taiko Shinbashi, Takehiko Takagi
Directors:
Yoshishige Yoshida
Producers:
Shinji Soshizaki, Yoshishige Yoshida, Sei Okamura, Mariko Okada
Writers:
Masahiro Yamada, Yoshishige Yoshida, Minoru Betsuyaku
Aka:
Erosu purasu gyakusatsu / Rengoku eroica / Kaigenrei
Studio:
Arrow Academy
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
Japan, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/11/2015
Run Time:
607 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
NTSC
Aspect Ratio:
Mixed
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Yoshida.. .or: The Explosion of the Story- a 30-minute documentary on 'Eros + Massacre' with contributions from Yoshida and film critics Mathieu Capel and Jean Douchet
  • Introductions to 'Heroic Purgatory' and 'Coup d'etat' by Yoshida
  • Newly-filmed discussions of 'Eros + Massacre', 'Heroic Purgatory' and 'Coup d'etat' by David Desser, author of' Eros + Massacre': An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Scene-select commentaries by David Desser on all three films
  • 'Heroic Purgatory' Theatrical Trailer
  • 'Coup d'etat' Theatncal Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Eros + Massacre: Director's Cut
- Introrduction by David Desser
- Commentaries by David Desser
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Eros + Massacre: Theatrical Version
- Yoshida... Or: The Explosion of The Story
- Introrduction by David Desser
- Commentaries by David Desser
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following:
- Heroic Purgatory
- Introrduction by Kiju Yoshida
- Introrduction by David Desser
- Commentaries by David Desser
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following:
- Coup D'Etat
- Introrduction by Kiju Yoshida
- Introrduction by David Desser
- Commentaries by David Desser
- Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/11/2015
Run Time:
607 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
NTSC
Aspect Ratio:
Mixed
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Yoshida.. .or: The Explosion of the Story- a 30-minute documentary on 'Eros + Massacre' with contributions from Yoshida and film critics Mathieu Capel and Jean Douchet
  • Introductions to 'Heroic Purgatory' and 'Coup d'etat' by Yoshida
  • Newly-filmed discussions of 'Eros + Massacre', 'Heroic Purgatory' and 'Coup d'etat' by David Desser, author of' Eros + Massacre': An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Scene-select commentaries by David Desser on all three films
  • 'Heroic Purgatory' Theatrical Trailer
  • 'Coup d'etat' Theatncal Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Eros + Massacre: Director's Cut
- Introduction by David Desser
- Commentaries by David Desser
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Eros + Massacre: Theatrical Version
- Yoshida.. Or: The Explosion of The Story
- Introduction by David Desser
- Commentaries by David Desser
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following:
- Heroic Purgatory
- Coup D'Etat

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