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Massacre Gun (1967/MVD/Arrow Video Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B+ Film: B-

PLEASE NOTE: This is a limited edition release of only 3,000 copies!!!

I've always been a fan of black and white Japanese Yakuza films, especially those of Seijun Suzuki such as Branded To Kill and Tokyo Drifter (see elsewhere on this site), it's no coincidence that Suzuki's former assistant Yasuharu Hasebe's 1967-directed film Massacre Gun feels a lot like a Suzuki film. It boasts beautiful cinematography and great direction against a rather formulaic but effective crime story.

This exceptional release from Arrow features an incredible booklet and collectible packaging, loads of extras, and a beautiful new transfer and sound mix to boot. This is a must for fans of Japanese cinema and the first time that this disc has been available on Blu-ray disc.

In the film, Kuroda (Jo Shishido) is a mob hitman who has to turn on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers who aren't afraid to take things into their own hands, Eiji (Tatsuya Fuji) and Saburo (Jiro Okazaki), the trio escalate their mob retaliation to all-out turf war where only one man is left standing!!!

This new 1080p transfer looks gorgeous on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, really brings out black and white with high contrast and beautiful textures. As for the audio, the original Japanese language Mono PCM lossless track sounds fantastic restored as much as the image, then the set includes new translated and updated English subtitles from previous releases. The DVD version also included is in standard definition that looks fine for the format but doesn't match the Blu-ray, of course.

Extras include

- Brand new interview with star Jo Shishido

- Interview with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns

- Original theatrical trailer

- Gallery featuring rare promotional images

- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan

booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, newly illustrated by Ian MacEwan and featuring original archive stills

All in all, a fantastic release from Arrow and great disc to add to the collection!

- James Lockhart



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