SURVIVOR BALLADS – THREE FILMS BY SHÔHEI IMAMURA (15) 1983-89 JAPAN BLU RAY BOXSET £59.99
Features the films – The Ballad of Narayama, Zegen and Black Rain.
The Ballad of Narayama (1983) – based on an ancient folktale, an extended farming family eking out their existence in the mountainous north of Japan against the backdrop of the changing seasons before village lore decrees they make the sacrifice of abandoning their aged mother on the top of a nearby mountain when she reaches her seventieth year.
Zegen (1987) takes a satirical look at Japan’s prewar colonial expansion through the unscrupulous eyes of its flesh-peddler antihero as he establishes a prostitution enterprise across Southeast Asia.
Black Rain (1989) details the precarious existence of a household of atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima.
In Japanese with English subtitles
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all three films
Original lossless Japanese PCM 1.0 mono soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
Brand new audio commentaries on all three films by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp
Brand new, in-depth appreciations of all three films by Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns
Alternate colour ending to Black Rain, shot by Imamura but removed from the film shortly before its release
Archival interviews on Black Rain with actress Yoshiko Tanaka and assistant director Takashi Miike
Multiple trailers and image galleries
Original Japanese press kits for The Ballad of Narayama and Black Rain (BD-ROM content)
Limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by Tom Mes
Limited edition packaging featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
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