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Tragedy of Japan

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Asia Exclusive release directed by Keisuke Kinoshita (Osaka Story) starring Keiko Awaji (Inugami, Stray Dog), Yoko Katsuragi (Scandal) and Yuko Mochizuki (Red Lion, Kaidan). Widowed during the Pacific War, she has provided for her children over the turbulent years though the few meager and often disreputable enterprises afforded her gender and social class, black market profiteering of household goods, accepting a benefactor's proposition, working as a prostitute in the pleasure quarters. Now aging and estranged from her adult children. However, she's devoted, idealized images of her children's welfare. NTSC/All Code (printed as region 3). Letter Box. Approx. 115 mins. Dolby Digital Stereo. B/W. Panorama Ent. 2003.

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  • Actors: Keiko Awaji, Yoko Katsuragi, Keiji Sada, Yuko Mochizuki, Ken Uehara
  • Directors: Keisuke Kinoshita
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Import
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: PANORAMA
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0002JC5P2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of the greatest finds I have found on Amazon. After buying lovely 'Twenty Four Eyes', went searching for more Kinoshita (director) titles, coming across this one. Paid $4 -WITH Prime!- for like new copy. Is likely that someone returned it w/o fully appreciating its contents (or maybe just turned off by rough subtitles). A superb film set/filmed (1953) in post-war Japan, that opens with newsreel clips of societal upheavals after war (set to a great driving percussive score). The actual storyline is summed up pretty well above, so look there. After the serene pacing of 24 Eyes, this film was a bit of a shock, with its quick editing, 'flash'back insertions, and oft-documentary feel. In many ways, I enjoyed it more that 1954's Eyes (which itself is a new fave: even bought extra for teacher friend). Just when I thought I had enough Japanese film (dvds), I discover THIS director: poorhouse here I come . . .
Release issues. Oh how I would love to see Criterion get ahold of this film. Until then, will be happy with this copy. In fact, the video and audio are quite good. What IS a tad off-putting are the english subtitles. One CAN track the film with the given subs, but it appears they were done
without regard for english subtleties (but still, not "lost in translation" too much!). The back of my dvd shows Region 3, but it plays fine on my
R1 player. The case includes a nice cd-size insert, which includes director's filmography and biography (also included as extras on dvd, via very nicely done menu graphics). Sorry this review is a bit scattered (early A.M.!), but my bottom line: an excellent film from a talented director. Will now just patiently await the Criterion treatment!
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