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Eclipse Series 28: The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kurahara (Intimidation, The Warped Ones, I Hate But Love, Black Sun, Thirst for Love) (Criterion Collection) (1967)

Yujiro Ishihara , Ruriko Asaoka , Koreyoshi Kurahara  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Yujiro Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka, Tamio Kawachi, Tatsuya Fuj, Nubuo Kaneko
  • Directors: Koreyoshi Kurahara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 446 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005152CAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,086 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Over the course of his varied career, Koreyoshi Kurahara made exacting noirs, jazzy juvenile delinquency pictures, and even nature films. His free-form approach to moviemaking was perfectly suited to the spirit of the 1960s; he was one of the biggest hit makers working at the razzle-dazzle, youth-oriented Nikkatsu studio during the radical Japanese New Wave. The five films collected here hail from that era, and encompass breathless teen escapades, cruel crime stories, a Mishima adaptation, and even a Hollywood-inspired romantic comedy.

Five-DVD Box Set Includes:

Intimidation Koreyoshi Kurahara’s ingeniously plotted, pocket-sized noir concerns the intertwining fates of a desperate bank manager, blackmailed for book-cooking, and his resentful but timid underling, passed over for a promotion. Elegantly stripped-down and carefully paced, Intimidation (Aru kyouhaku) is a moody early film from one of the Japanese New Wave’s preeminent stylists.

1960, 67 minutes, Black & White, Monaural, In Japanese with English subtitles, 2.20:1 aspect ratio

The Warped Ones A juvenile delinquent gets out of the pen and immediately embarks on a rampage of misdirected anger, most of it unleashed on an unsuspecting young woman. Shot through with the same kind of bebop bravado that Godard was experimenting with half a world away, the anarchic descent into amoral madness that is The Warped Ones (Kyonetsu no kisetsu) sounded a lost generation’s cry for help and kicked off Japan’s cinematic sixties with a bang.

1960, 75 minutes, Black & White, Monaural, In Japanese with English subtitles, 2.35:1 aspect ratio

I Hate But Love Inspired by Preston Sturges’s Sullivan’s Travels, I Hate But Love (Nikui anchikusho) is a high-octane romantic comedy and road movie that follows a celebrity dissatisfied with his personal and professional life who impulsively leaves Tokyo to deliver a much-needed Jeep to a remote village. When his controlling girlfriend (also his career manager) follows, the two must reconcile while dodging reporters.

1962, 105 minutes, Color, Monaural, In Japanese with English subtitles, 2.35:1 aspect ratio

Black Sun You’ve probably never seen anything quite like this manic, oddball, anti–buddy picture about a young, jazz-obsessed Japanese drifter and a black American GI on the lam in Tokyo. The two outsiders become outlaws, and Kurahara depicts their growing bond as an increasingly absurd culture clash. Black Sun (Kuroi taiyo) features original music by American jazz drummer Max Roach.

1964, 95 minutes, Black & White, Monaural, In Japanese with English subtitles, 2.25:1 aspect ratio

Thirst for Love Kurahara adapted a novel by Yukio Mishima for Thirst for Love (Ai no kawaki), a tense psychological drama about a young woman who is widowed after marrying into a wealthy family, and becomes sexually involved with her father-in-law while harboring a destructive obsession with the family gardener. Kurahara’s atmospheric style is a perfect match for Mishima’s brooding sensuality.

1967, 104 minutes, Black & White, Monaural, In Japanese with English subtitles, 2.45:1 aspect ratio


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5.0 out of 5 stars well done January 2, 2012
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I hadn't the faintest clue who Kurahara was. Now I think that "Black Sun" is one of the best films ever. And "Thirst for Love" is almost in the same league. If you like film noir, you'll enjoy "Intimidation." "The Warped Ones," with its anti-hero - reemerging in "Black Sun" - can certainly hold its own against any nouvellevagueish souffle. Maybe I'm a sucker for jazz movies - check also Basil Dearden's "All Night Long," with a devilish Patrick McGoohan (http://www.amazon.com/Eclipse-Underground-Gentlemen-Criterion-Collection/dp/B0047P5FTK), and Danska's "Sweet Love Bitter" (http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Love-Bitter-Don-Murray/dp/B00024IQFU/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1325570056&sr=1-1) - but "The Warped Ones" and "Black Sun" really work as be-bop cinema. But this was easy! What must have been difficult was to do something with the material of "I Hate But I Love," and Kurahara manages to create the most bizarre "romcom" ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely amazing collection ~ October 13, 2012
Buy this collection for one film: Thirst for Love. This is a film which I believe could stand on its own as a full fledged Criterion release. But all of the films are of great quality and very enjoyable. This is another release in a strong lineup of collections under the Eclipse label, and another solid collection of Japanese films. Some of the other Eclipse sets I have purchased include: Postwar Kurosawa, Late Ozu, and Nikkatsu Noir. I am looking forward to the upcoming 'When Horror Came to Shochiku' release.

Intimidation (1960) - a film about a mid level banker who is constantly abused by his boss (who, incidentally, was his childhood friend). His wife is even having an affair with the boss man. So when the boss becomes the target of an extortion plot, the employee is caught in the middle of a botched burglary of the bank by the boss. A witty story, with some great acting. This film shows a lot of influence by earlier French heist masters such as Dassin (Rififi), among others. The night shots are particularly enjoyable, as is the entire heist sequence. It's a short film coming in at 67 minutes.

The Warped Ones (1960) - this film could almost be mistaken for a Japanese Godard film. But the influence of the French New Wave master is apparent in this gem. A young man is released from prison, and along with this two friends (a male and female companion) he goes on a rampage of violence. Frenetically shot in glorious black and white detail. Some have described this as the first true Japanese New Wave film. I disagree with this being the first (there were many mid to late 1950s Japanese films which could be considered), but it is among the early films considered in that genre. 75 minutes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, speak for yourself! August 19, 2013
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What kind of person would want to view someone's "warped world"? I suppose that's one reason we have movies...and we actually watch them, too. While these films are not so warped as one thinks, they can be revealing of some fascinating but very strange behaviors and dynamics within Japanese society.

Cinematography is a pleasure to watch and the stories are, well, unusual. These movies are definitely dated, but that adds to their quirkiness without diminishing their impact. Thanks to Criterion for keeping these in print. Only drawbacks are that there are no extras and the paper slipcase housing the individual cases has no bottom, allowing all five films to drop out when taking the set out from a shelf.
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