Win Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray From Arrow Video US!
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Arrow Video US is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray. This box set contains three New Wave films from the Art Theatre Guild — THIS TRANSIENT LIFE, MANDALA and POEM, forming The Buddhist Trilogy — which were directed by Akio Jissoji (ULTRAMAN, TOKYO: THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS).
Winner of the Golden Leopard award at the 1970 Locarno Film Festival, THIS TRANSIENT LIFE (無常, Mujō, 1970) is among the Art Theatre Guild’s most successful — and most controversial — productions. The film concerns a brother and sister from a rich family who defy the expectations placed on them, and stars Kotobuki Hananomoto (OPERATION: MYSTERY), Akiji Kobayashi (ULTRAMAN, GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH) and Eiji Okada (WOMAN IN THE DUNES, X FROM OUTER SPACE).
MANDALA (曼陀羅, 1971), Jissôji’s first color feature, maintained the controversial subject matter, focusing on a cult who recruit through rape and hope to achieve true ecstasy through sexual release. Starring Hiroko Sakurai (ULTRAMAN), Shin Kishida (RETURN OF ULTRAMAN, LAKE OF DRACULA, EVIL OF DRACULA, GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA) and Koji Shimizu (KAGEMUSHA).
The final entry in the trilogy, POEM (哥(うた), Uta, 1972), returns to black and white and is centered on the austere existence of a young houseboy who becomes helplessly embroiled in the schemes of two brothers. This set includes both the 120-minute Theatrical and 137-minute Extended versions of POEM, starring Hiroko Sakurai (ULTRAMAN), Shin Kishida (RETURN OF ULTRAMAN, LAKE OF DRACULA, EVIL OF DRACULA, GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA) and Koji Shimizu (KAGEMUSHA).
The Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray will be available August 20 from Arrow Video US. The set features High Definition (1080p) presentations of THIS TRANSIENT LIFE, MANDALA and POEM; original uncompressed LPCM mono 1.0 audio on all three films; introductions and scene-select commentaries for all three films by , author of Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave author David Desser; theatrical trailers; an illustrated 80-page perfect-bound collector’s book; and a bonus Blu-ray disc with Jissôji’s 1974 feature IT WAS A FAINT DREAM (あさき夢みし, Asaki Yumemishi), which continues the themes explored in the Trilogy. The suggested retail price is $99.95.
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION
A. There are three (3) prizes, each consisting of one (1) Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray.
B. The prizes will be shipped to the contest winners so entrants must include a valid mailing address. This contest is only open to participants in the United States and Canada.
C. In the event that a winner chooses not to (or cannot) accept a prize, he or she forfeits all claim to that prize.
D. One entry per person. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution of prizes allowed.
Duration of contests:
A. The “Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray” contest runs from August 15 until 11:59pm on August 26, 2019.
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A. Only contestants who have submitted the requested information will be entered in the final drawing. The first three randomly drawn eligible entries will be judged the winners for this contest.
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“Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray” CONTEST
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