SEIJUN SUZUKI: THE EARLY YEARS VOL. 1 LIMITED EDITION Blu-ray/DVD Combo in February from Arrow Video US
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release
Special Thanks to Clint Weiler
Making their home-video debuts outside Japan, this diverse selection of Nikkatsu youth movies (seishun eiga) charts the evolving style of Seijun Suzuki, the B-movie maverick best known for the cult classics TOKYO DRIFTER (東京流れ者, Tokyo Nagaremono, 1966) and BRANDED TO KILL (殺しの烙印, Koroshi no Rakuin, 1967).
THE BOY WHO CAME BACK (踏みはずした春, Fumihazushita Haru, 1958) marks the first appearances of “Nikkatsu Diamond Guys” and regular Suzuki collaborators Akira Kobayashi and Jo Shishido, with Kobayashi cast as the hot-headed hoodlum fresh out of reform school who struggles to make a clean break with his tearaway past.
THE WIND-OF-YOUTH GROUP CROSSES THE MOUNTAIN PASS (峠を渡る若い風, Tooge o Wataru Wakai Kaze, 1961) is a carnivalesque tale of a young student who hooks up with a down-at-heels travelling circus troupe.
TEENAGE YAKUZA (ハイティーンやくざ, Hai Tiin Yakuza, 1962) stars Tamio Kawaji as the high-school vigilante protecting his community from the extortions of mobsters from a neighboring city. THE INCORRIGIBLE (悪太郎, Akutaroo, 1963) and BORN UNDER CROSSED STARS (悪太郎伝 悪い星の下でも, Akutaroo Den: Warui Hoshi no Shita Demo, 1965), both based on Toko Kon’s novels about young love, represent Suzuki’s first films set in the 1920s era later celebrated in his critically-regarded Taisho Trilogy.
Format: Blu-ray + DVD
Street Date: 02/13/18
Label: Arrow Video
Production Year: 1958-1965
Run Time: 450 Minutes
Number of Discs: 4
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
• Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [3000 copies]
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation and Standard Definition DVD presentation
• New introduction to the films by critic Tony Rayns
• 60-page illustrated collector’s book featuring new writing by critics and author Jasper Sharp
About MVD Entertainment Group
MVD Entertainment Group is a full service music and movie distribution firm, exclusively representing thousands of audio and visual products for DVD, Bluray, CD, vinyl, and digital rights, worldwide. MVD also exclusively distributes a growing line of merchandise including limited edition collectibles, tee shirts, and more.
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MVD Entertainment Group was founded in 1986 by Tom Seaman, an industry veteran with prior experience with The Record Hunter, Sam Goody, CBS Retail, and JEM Distribution. Tom, along with his family Elinor, Eve and Ed, initially focused on music videotapes.
At the turn of the century, with the advent of DVD, MVD built a large catalog of exclusively distributed audiovisual content on DVD’s, with special strength in music concert films, horror movies, documentaries, comedy, cult classics, and much more.