Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years. Vol. 2. Border Crossings: The Crime and Action Movies
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BOUNDARY-BREAKING EARLY CRIME THRILLERS, MOB DRAMAS AND ACTION MOVIES FROM LEGENDARY CULT DIRECTOR SEIJUN SUZUKI
Includes: Eight Hours of Terror (1957), The Sleeping Beast Within (1960), Smashing the 0-Line (1960), Tokyo Knights (1961), The Man with a Shotgun (1961).
Available for home-viewing for the very first time ever outside of Japan, this collection of bleak crime thrillers, brash mob dramas and exuberant action movies, made across the first five years of Seijun Suzuki s career within Nikkatsu s Borderless Action (mukokuseki akushon) line, presents a heady mix that laid the ground for what was to come.
The Sleeping Beast Within (1960) is a gripping crime thriller that sees a newspaper reporter s search for his girlfriend s missing father lead him into heart of the criminal underworld of Yokohama s Chinatown. Its companion piece, Smashing the 0-Line (1960), follows two reporters descent into a scabrous demimonde of drug and human trafficking. In Eight Hours of Terror (1957), a bus making its precarious way across a winding mountain road picks up some unwelcome passengers. In Tokyo Knights (1961), a college student takes over the family business in the field of organised crime, while The Man with A Shotgun (1961) marks Suzuki s first entry into the territory of the borderless Japanese Western.
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“The Sleeping Beast Within” (1960) is a gritty crime thriller about a newspaper reporter whose search for his girlfriend’s missing father leads him into the heart of the criminal underworld of Yokohama’s Chinatown.
“Smashing the O-Line” (1960) follows two reporters’ descent into an unsavory organization of drug and human trafficking.
In “Eight Hours of Terror” (1957), a bus making its precarious way across a winding mountain mountain road picks up some unwelcome passengers.
“Tokyo Knights” (1961) is about a college student who takes over the family’s business in the field of organized crime.
In “The Man With a Shotgun” (1961), a wanderer arrives in a remote mountain town, carrying a shotgun and claiming to be a hunter. He soon becomes embroiled in a web of trouble surrounding the town’s mill.
Bonus materials on the 4-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack include audio commentary on “Smashing the O-Line;” Tony Rayns on the Crime and Action Movies, a discussion by the critic and historian on the background to the films, their place within Suzuki’s career and the talent involved; trailers; stills gallery; reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork; and a 60-page illustrated collector’s book. The unrated films are in Japanese, with English subtitles.