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Elegant Beast

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Released: 18th December 2023. In their humble two-room apartment, the Maeda family seem ever so self-effacing - but their modest façade hides another truth. Daughter Tomoko is the mistress of a bestselling author with well-lined pockets. Son Minoru embezzles funds with his lover Yukie (Ayako Wakao, Red Angel), who has her own hidden agenda. And father Tokizo (Yunosuke Ito, Ikiru, Lone Wolf and Cub) is a former military man who swears he will never return to the poverty he knew during the war, no matter what the cost. One after another, those affected by the Maedas’ schemes show up on their doorstep. But these visitors all have their own duplicitous agendas. With each knock on the door, the gamesmanship reaches a whole new level. Elegant Beast was adapted by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba, Naked Island) from his own stage play. Director Yuzo Kawashima, mentor of Shohei Imamura and a major influence on the Japanese New Wave, makes magnificent widescreen use of the single apartment setting to deliver a ferocious satire on Japan’s post-war economic miracle. LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES New 4K restoration Uncompressed mono PCM audio Interview with film critic Toshiaki Sato (2023) Appreciation by filmmaker Toshiaki Toyoda (2023) Visual essay by critic Tom Mes on post-war architecture in Japanese cinema (2023) Trailer New and improved English subtitles  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork  Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Midori Suiren and contemporary archival writing

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  • Details

    Released:
    18th December 2023
    Category:
    World Cinema
    Studio:
    Radiance Films
    Format:
    Blu-ray
    Barcode:
    5060974680665
  • Description

    In their humble two-room apartment, the Maeda family seem ever so self-effacing - but their modest façade hides another truth. Daughter Tomoko is the mistress of a bestselling author with well-lined pockets. Son Minoru embezzles funds with his lover Yukie (Ayako Wakao, Red Angel), who has her own hidden agenda. And father Tokizo (Yunosuke Ito, Ikiru, Lone Wolf and Cub) is a former military man who swears he will never return to the poverty he knew during the war, no matter what the cost. One after another, those affected by the Maedas’ schemes show up on their doorstep. But these visitors all have their own duplicitous agendas. With each knock on the door, the gamesmanship reaches a whole new level. Elegant Beast was adapted by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba, Naked Island) from his own stage play. Director Yuzo Kawashima, mentor of Shohei Imamura and a major influence on the Japanese New Wave, makes magnificent widescreen use of the single apartment setting to deliver a ferocious satire on Japan’s post-war economic miracle.

    LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
    • New 4K restoration
    • Uncompressed mono PCM audio
    • Interview with film critic Toshiaki Sato (2023)
    • Appreciation by filmmaker Toshiaki Toyoda (2023)
    • Visual essay by critic Tom Mes on post-war architecture in Japanese cinema (2023)
    • Trailer
    • New and improved English subtitles 
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork 
    • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Midori Suiren and contemporary archival writing
    Region Code:
    Region A,B
    Duration:
    100 minutes
    Original Language:
    Japanese
    Extras:
    Language(s): Japanese, Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, PCM Mono, Booklet, Bonus Footage, Interviews: Toshiaki Sato (critic), Reversible sleeve; Appreciation by Toshiaki Toyoda (film-maker); Visual essay by critic Tom Mes on post-war architecture in Japanese cinema, Trailers
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