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06 April 2017

Arrow Video delves into Takashi Miike's BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY (review)

Takashi Miike's first theatrical films as a director comprised the BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY, three crime films about Japanese and Taiwanese race relations and yakuza intrigue.  In SHINJUKU TRIAD SOCIETY, a half-Japanese police detective discovers that his younger brother is working for a Taiwanese gangster who is muscling in on yakuza businesses through assassination and mutilation.  In RAINY DOG, a Japanese hitman must lay low in Taipei when his boss is assassinated.  Taking jobs from a local gangster, he soon finds himself hunted by the vengeful brother of one of his targets.  In LEY LINES, three half-Japanese youths run away to Tokyo to make it big and get entangled with drug dealers, prostitutes, and gangsters.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of SHINJUKU TRIAD SOCIETY, RAINY DOG, and LEY LINES on two Blu-ray discs
  • Japanese/Chinese LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentaries on all three films by Tom Mes
  • Theatrical Trailers for all three films
  • New interview with director Takashi Miike
  • New interview with actor Sho Aikawa
  • Reversible Cover
  • FIRST PRINTING ONLY: Liner Notes Booklet

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