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The Very Best of Japanese Cinema
on 29 April 2013
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.