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THE COMPLETE (EXISTING) FILMS OF SADAO YAMANAKA (Masters of Cinema) (DVD)


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  • Directors: Sadao YAMANAKA
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AMGIRF2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,015 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: The brief but prodigious career of Japanese director Sadao Yamanaka resulted in a catalogue of work characterised by an elegant and unforced visual style, fluid editing, and a beautiful attention to naturalistic performances. Although he made 22 films over a six - year period (before dying of dysentery in a Japanese Imperial Army outpost in Manchuria at the age of 28), only three of them survive, collected here for the first time in the West.

Tange Sazen: The Million Ry ô Pot is a gloriously comic adventure yarn as the titular one - eyed, one - armed swordsman becomes embroiled in the hunt for a missing pot that points the way to hidden treasure. In K ôchiyama S ôshun, a subversively humanistic adaptation of a classic kabuki play, a small but invaluable knife stolen from a samurai leads to a chain of an increasingly complex and troublesome set of circumstances. His last film, Humanity and Paper Balloons, is an unsparing ensemble drama set among the lowest rungs of Japanese society in the 18th century.

The Masters of Cinema Series is delighted to present these treasures of world cinema in a long - awaited two - disc DVD set, including rarely - seen fragments of two other lost Yamanaka films.

SPECIAL TWO - DISC DVD EDITION:
  • New digital transfers of all three films
  • New English subtitle translations
  • Rare fragments of other lost Yamanaka films
  • A lengthy booklet, including Yamanaka's will, excerpts from his diaries, essays by Tony Rayns, Shinji Aoyama, Kimitoshi Sat ô, and more


REVIEWS: " Humanity and Paper Balloons is a beautifully shot and well told story " - DVD Times

" There really isn't any questions whether this should be part of your cineaste DVD collection. It is tantamount to being imperative. " - DVD Beaver

" Humanity and Paper Balloons is a fascinating time capsule of a movie that not only reframes the feudal period in which it is set to present a harsh critique of the social and political conditions of the time it was made, but also demonstrates just how tight, coherent, and entertaining films from this period actually were. " - Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter Andrew Yacavone on 29 April 2013
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In case some people have not heard of Yamanaka Sadao, many experts (for example Donald Richie) consider that he would have been one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Japanese directors of all time if he had lived. Unfortunately the wartime Japanese government wasn't a fan of his satirical films and they sent Yamanaka to the front lines to get killed.
I've seen two of the three jidai-geki (i.e. historical films featuring samurai) released in this new boxed set.They are both masterpieces, and 'Tange Sazen,' in particular is one of the best comedies ever made, as far as I'm concerned. I am very excited that they are finally releasing a decent, remastered transfer through Masters of Cinema.
These films should be seen by everyone. Period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By blah^^ on 5 May 2014
lot of people know ozu , mizoguchi or kursoawa of course. Yamanaka is really a good director as well.
his humanity and paper ballons fellt like a mix of all 3 directors with his own style. :)

the DVD look decent enough for DVD. but thats it. but, its probably the best as it will get (ever). so you should get this collection before it goes OOP like the naruse box from MoC.
you can compare the video quality to the Artifical eye bluray mizoguchi box.

the DVD box looks great. the is a video commentary by tony ryans and a nice booklet withalot of information. overall i recommend this set
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sunrisespacelab on 14 Feb 2014
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,,,to see that only 3 full length movies survived by this lesser known Japanese director who sadly died so young. Nevertheless he made many movies and you can see a few short extra's on the discs what might have been but this DVD set is already one to cherish and to hold until eternity. Yamanaka was apparantly a good friend of the great Ozu. Yamanaka's films are now out for all of you to discover ( or not ). His tablets have rolled down the mountain. Highest possible recommendation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kyle Bacon on 20 July 2014
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Yamanaka's early death is surly one of the saddest blows ever dealt to the art of film, but the destruction of the majority of his movies is probably one of the biggest. The three complete works that remain are beautifully crafted films and it is clear to see the influence they had on the likes of better known directors such as Akira Kurosawa and Kenji Mizoguchi. This DVD set from Masters of Cinema is one of the best that I've ever bought and is a proud part of my collection. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Klaatu83 on 12 July 2013
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A DVD to cherish, this is a beautifully restored edition that should be in everybody's film collection.
Cannot rate it highly enough.
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