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  • Directors: Kenji Mizoguchi
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct. 2013
  • Run Time: 764 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EZT3KYA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,246 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS Kenji Mizoguchi looms over the history not only of Japanese cinema - but of world cinema altogether. These eight films from the last decade of Mizoguchi's career represent a collection of eight of his greatest works, which is to say, eight of the greatest films ever made.

The Films contained in this Blu-Ray Boxed Set -

Oyu-sama (1951) is an adapatation of Tanizaki Jun'ichiro: a poignant tale of two sisters and their ill-fated relationship with the same man: a tale of the social mores and affairs of the heart that might destroy siblings.

Ugetsu monogatari (1953), a ghost-tale par excellence and one of the most highly acclaimed works of the cinema, is an intensely poetic, sublimely lyrical tragedy of men lured away from their wives which consistently features on polls of the best films ever made.

Gion bayashi (1953) is a drama set in the world of the geisha, a subtle masterwork that yields a myriad of insights into the lives of Japan's "service-class" in the early '50s.

Sansho dayu (1954), aka Sansho the Bailiff, recounts an unforgettably sad story of the 11th century involving kidnapping and indentured servitude - and figures, again, with its exquisite tone and purity of emotion as one of the most critically revered films of any era.

Uwasa no onna (1954), another Mizoguchi picture set in a modern geisha house, pits mother against daughter, with the ensuing drama forcing both to confront their attitudes toward family and business in what is one of the filmmaker's most astute filmic examinations of oppressed femininity.

Chikamatsu monogatari (1954), aka The Crucified Lovers, is the tragic story of a forbidden love affair between a merchant's wife and her husband's employee, was hailed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa as "a great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi. "

Yokihi (1955), aka The Princess Yang Kwei-fei, recounts an 8th-century Chinese story of a widowed emperor and his imperial concubine, filmed in sumptuous, hallucinatory Agfa-stock colour.

Akasen chitai (1956), aka Street of Shame, is Mizoguchi's final masterpiece and one of the greatest last films ever made, depicting the goings-on in a Tokyo brothel carrying the name "Dreamland, " where dreams are nevertheless shattered beneath the weight of financial necessity and all questions of conscience - a last testament which inspired the great French critic Jean Douchet to proclaim: "For me, along with Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux and Renoir's La Règle du jeu, the greatest film in the history of the cinema. "

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • New high-definition 1080p transfers of all eight films
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Tony Rayns video discussions on each of the eight films
  • Original trailers
  • Approximately 200 illustrated pages of booklet material compiled together
  • The first time Chikamatsu monogatari, Uwasa no onna, Akasen chitai, and Yokihi have appeared on Blu-ray anywhere in the world

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James B. Mccann on 5 Nov. 2013
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4 discs in 4 separate cases. Very large book with text collected from DVD editions. Nice slipcase. Overall a very nice package. The films from this set that I have already seen are some of the greatest films of all time. I'm looking forward to re-watching them and getting to see the others for the first time. This set is limited to 2000 copies so I suggest if you are on the fence not to wait to much longer as these will surely sell out. Great addition to any collection of classic films. Buy with confidence.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By blah^^ on 24 Nov. 2013
yes i owned the previous releases ! and still i bhought this set. its just awesome to get 8 mizoguchi movies and this awesome BOOK (its no booklet anymore!)
grab your copy while its still avaible, Eureka is gonna lose the license to these 8 mozoguchi movies, thats why they released the new movies only in this boxset.

get it before its to late. these movies look awesome ! highly recommend this set for this price. (better order it directly @ eureka shop)

greetings from germany
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Filmnutty on 18 Nov. 2013
This Blu ray box set will be available for a limited period before price and availability exclude the possibility of obtaining this set at a reasonable price. If you are at all curious about classic Japanese cinema this Blu ray release will not be bettered anytime soon, if ever. Mizoguchi is one of the very best directors of the early to mid 20th century, with these late films included in this set being the pinnacle of his art.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Bonito on 12 Feb. 2014
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A wonderful collection .. I had the previous releases of Ugetso Monogatari + Oyu-Sama and Sansho Dayu + Gion Bayashi so I was a little upset when I discovered that I had to buy them again to get the new ones. But it paid off. I got number 1440 of 2000.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sam on 25 Dec. 2013
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This is such a wonderful set! I feel sorry for those who had already purchased Sanshō Dayū, as the other discs will not be made available other than with this boxset. Not a great move by Eureka.

This is regardless, a fine collection of Mizoguchi's later years!

The video quality is the best possible and so is the audio! The presentation is classy and comes with a highly detailed book.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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