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27 February 2018

Arrow Video sheds light on SEIJUN SUZUKI: THE EARLY YEARS VOLUME ONE (review)

Before Seijun Suzuki became known for his offbeat yakuza films and his later art films, he was a journeyman director at Nikkatsu going with the flow as they attacked different genres to attract post-war youth audiences.  These five films have never been released outside of Japan on home video and represent a sampling of his early work with "The Boy Who Came Back" in which a caseworker gets too close to a boy whose juvenile delinquency may turn to serious crime, "The Wind of Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass" in which a wandering student helps a magic troupe against the yakuza, "Teenage Yakuza" in which an idealistic student is betrayed by his own friends and neighbors as he tries to stand up to the invasion of his village by gangsters, "The Incorrigible" in which an expelled student finds distraction with a pretty girl when he must enroll in a country school, and "Born Under Crossed Stars" in which a young delivery boy tries to rise about his background but becomes the object of obsession, jealousy, and a target of the yakuza.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

SEIJUN SUZUKI Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Five early films: "The Boy Who Came Back", "The Wind of Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass", "Teenage Yakuza", "The Incorrigible", and "Born Under Crossed Stars"
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Japanese LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary on "Born Under Crossed Stars" by Jasper Sharp
  • Appreciation by Tony Rayns
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Image Galleries
  • Lmited edition of 3000 copies includes a sixty-page illustrated collector's book featuring new writing by critic and author Jasper Sharp

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