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4 items from 2011

Tora! Tora! Tora! – Blu-ray review

15 December 2011 5:22 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Directed by: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda

Cast: Jason Robards, Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Takahiro Tamura

Running Time: 2 hr 25 min

Rating: G

Due Out: December 6, 2011

Plot: The story of the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor is told from the point of view of both sides of the conflict.

Who’S It For? War buffs, your Dad, but also any American who wants to know a little more about their country’s history.


Though not a financial success at the time of its release, Tora! Tora! Tora! has aged well thanks to the accuracy of the filmmakers. Unlike Pearl Harbor, the filmmakers focus on the actual story of the attack and the events that led up to it, rather than trying to force in a love story or anything else that may detract from what happened. Also, to tell the story from both sides, »

- Megan Lehar

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Empire Of Passion

19 October 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A soldier embarks on an affair with an older married woman.

After the controversial In The Realm Of The Senses, acclaimed director Nagisa Ôshima returned to theatres with this less explicit follow up - a dramatic ghost story.

The year is 1895, in a remote mountain village in Japan, a young soldier Toyiji (Tatsuya Fuji) has an affair with the fortysomething wife of the litter carrier Seki (Kazuko Yoshiyuki). Toyiji becomes jealous of her husband Gisaburo (Takahiro Tamura) and plots with Seki to kill him. They »

- Paul Logan

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Blu-ray Reviews: In The Realm Of The Senses and Empire Of Passion

17 October 2011 3:14 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Today sees the hi-def release of two of the most controversial and sexually explicit films of the 1970s, both of which came courtesy of Japanese New Wave auteur Nagisa Oshima – later the director of the more widely seen David Bowie-starring WWII movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (incidentally itself coming to Blu-ray next week… we are giving copies away Here).

In two tastefully presented “double play” Blu-ray/DVD sets from StudioCanal come 1976′s In the Realm of the Senses and 1978′s more restrained thematic follow-up Empire of Passion. Both films share the same leading man, Tatsuya Fuji, but whilst the former was either banned or heavily censored upon released due to its many graphic scenes of “unsimulated sex”, the latter (less explicit) work earned Oshima a well deserved Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.


In the Realm of the Senses


Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Oshima’s most critically significant text, »

- Robert Beames

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Win a Nagisa Oshima Blu-ray Bundle

12 October 2011 5:27 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983), In the Realm of the Senses (1976) and Empire of Passion (1978) all from Writer / Director Nagisa Oshima and all of which are all making their way to Blu-ray on 17th October, Studio Canal have given us 5 copies of each movie to give away!

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Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983)

Written by Nagisa Ôshima Starring: David Bowie, Tom Conti and Ryûichi Sakamoto Available in Double Play disc set

In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi (Ryûichi Sakamoto), who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In Yonoi’s view, the allied prisoners are all cowards after choosing to surrender in the war instead of committing suicide. When one of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence (Tom Conti), tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, »

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