Impulse Pictures to Release Nikkatsu Classic LOVE HUNTER On Blu-ray and DVD July 28, 2020
Nikkatsu’s Most Scandalous Film Finally Comes to Blu-ray and DVD in a New HD Transfer!
Source: Synapse Films press release
Special Thanks to Matthew Kiernan
Impulse Pictures (an imprint of is Synapse Films) proud to present THE NIKKATSU FILMS COLLECTION, a continuing series of critically acclaimed, classic “eroductions” designed to shock and titillate fans of Japanese erotic cinema. Their July 28, 2020 release of Nikkatsu’s LOVE HUNTER (恋の狩人 ラブ・ハンター, Koi no Karyūdo: Rabu Hantaa, 1972) is just one of the many titles they’ll have in the marketplace.
There are controversial movies, and then there’s LOVE HUNTER. You may not have heard of it, but it was a cause célèbre upon its release in Japan in early 1972 and remains an important film there for several reasons. The Impulse Pictures release is the first-ever official release of LOVE HUNTER in North America and the first time it’s been made available on Blu-ray anywhere in the world!
Twenty-year-old Kazuo is in love with his college girlfriend, Hisako, but he can’t help but be intrigued by a mysterious older woman named Kyoku, a promiscuous woman unsatisfied with her marriage. As time goes on, both Kazuo and Hisako are pulled into the seemingly rules free, borderless world of Kyoku – with all of its many pains and pleasures.
LOVE HUNTER is a landmark film in Nikkatsu’s history. Not only is it one of their earliest “Roman Porno” erotic productions, but it was so controversial for the time that director Yamaguchi and some executives of Nikkatsu Films were arrested. Employees of Eirin, the Japanese equivalent of the MPAA, were even indicted for allowing the release of this film! It took eight long years for all to be acquitted of the obscenity charges. Nikkatsu Films provided Impulse Pictures with a brand-new high-definition master of this unexpected and seductive classic.
Director: Seiichirō Yamaguchi
Starring: Hidemi Hara, Mari Tanaka, Sumiko Minami
Runtime: 73 minutes
Formats: Blu-ray and DVD
Region: Region A
Item Number: IMP0126 (Blu) / IMP0127 (DVD)
UPC: 654930112793 (Blu) / 654930112892 (DVD)
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Aspect Ratio: High-Definition 1080p (2.35:1) Widescreen
Audio: DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono (Blu-ray) / Dolby Digital Mono (DVD)
• Newly Translated Removable English Subtitles
• Original Theatrical Trailer
About Synapse Films
Synapse Films is a company started by Don May, Jr. in 1997. Partnering with his friend of fifteen years, Jerry Chandler and associate Charles Fiedler, the goal of Synapse Films is to release new, digitally remastered films in the Horror, Science Fiction, Cult and Independent genres on available Home Video formats.
Now, having worked in the Home Video industry for over seventeen years, May has brought his knowledge of film restoration and film mastering to Synapse Films.