Seijun Suzuki’s The Taisho Trilogy


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Studio: Arrow Films
Director: Seijun Suzuki
Year: 1980/1981/1991
Format: Blu-ray
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Michiyo Yasuda, Naoko Ôtani, Tomoko Mariya, Yoshio Harada, Yûsaku Matsuda, Kenji Sawada
Original Language: Japanese
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 4
Street Date: 14-Apr-2020
Runtime (minutes): 144 / 139 / 128

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After over a decade in the wilderness following his firing from Nikkatsu for Branded to Kill (1967), maverick director Seijun Suzuki returned with a vengeance with his critically-praised tryptic of cryptic supernatural dramas set during the liberal enlightenment of Japan’s Taisho Era (1912-26).

In the multiple Japanese Academy Award-winning Zigeunerweisen (1980), two intellectuals and former colleagues from military academy involve their wives in a series of dangerous sexual games. In Kageroza (1981), a playwright is drawn like a moth to a flame to a mysterious beauty who might be a ghost, while Yumeji (1991) imagines the real-life painter-poet Takehisa Yumeji’s encounter with a beautiful widow with a dark past.

Rarely seen outside of Japan, the films in the Taisho Trilogy are considered Suzuki’s masterpieces in his homeland. Presenting a dramatic turn from more his familiar tales of cops, gangsters and unruly youth, these surrealistic psychological puzzles drip with a lush exoticism, distinctively capturing the pandemonium of a bygone age of decadence and excess, when Western ideas, fashions, technologies and art fused into everyday aspect of Japanese life.


• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) transfers of all three films
• Original uncompressed stereo audio
• Optional English subtitles
• New introductions to each film by critic Tony Rayns
• Making-of featurette
• Vintage interview with Seijun Suzuki
• Tony Rayns on the Taisho Trilogy, a new appreciation of Suzuki’s trilogy
• Trailers
• Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork choices

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