It is currently Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:39 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 81 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: 413 Drunken Angel
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:38 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:17 am
Location: CO
Drunken Angel

Image

In this powerful early noir from the great Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune bursts onto the screen as a volatile, tuberculosis-infected criminal who strikes up an unlikely, unhealthy relationship with Takashi Shimura's jaded physician. Set in and around the muddy swamps and back alleys of postwar Tokyo, Drunken Angel (Yoidore tenshi) is an evocative, moody snapshot of a troubled time and place, featuring one of the director's most memorably violent climaxes.

Special Features

• New, restored high-definition digital transfer
• Audio commentary featuring Japanese-film scholar Donald Richie
• A 30-minute documentary on the making of Drunken Angel, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
• Kurosawa and the Censors, a new, 25-minute video piece that looks at the challenges Kurosawa faced in making Drunken Angel
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by cultural historian Ian Buruma and a reprint from Kurosawa's Something Like an Autobiography

Criterionforum.org user rating averages



....
dave41n wrote:
I wrote in asking if we would get any new Kurosawa anytime soon.

Kim Hendrickson wrote:
We are currently working on DRUNKEN ANGEL. Should be in stores late summer.


Top
 Profile  
 

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:41 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:58 pm
Location: Paris, Texas
This wasn't rumored because Criterion handles the rights to this, but the confirmation is good that it is coming this year. But please 'im' when news like to arrives so I can update the list.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:43 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 9:36 pm
Location: "born in heaven, raised in hell"
How is it that you're getting all these responses??!! Do you have Kim's email or do you send your questions through the main site?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:45 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:17 am
Location: CO
denti alligator wrote:
How is it that you're getting all these responses??!! Do you have Kim's email or do you send your questions through the main site?

I haven't been the one e-mailing Kim. This and the Melville news (Les Enfants terribles) just popped up over on .com the last two days. Just figured I'd share the news here.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:53 pm 

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 5:34 pm
best news this year, a much over looked film of Kurosawa's.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:34 am 

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:59 pm
Location: Columbus, OH
It's high time that Kurosawa's first Masterpiece joined the CC. This is it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:48 am 
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:22 pm
Location: Montreal, Quebec
IMDB has the director's cut listed at 150 minutes. I saw this on VHS years ago, in what I'm sure was the edited version. Does anyone know what the major differences are in the director's cut?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 12:12 pm 

Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:28 pm
ByMarkClark.com wrote:
It's high time that Kurosawa's first Masterpiece joined the CC.

You mean Sanshiro Sugata?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 12:41 pm 

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:59 pm
Location: Columbus, OH
Fred, you're a viewer after my own heart.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 1:05 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:34 pm
Location: Stavanger, Norway
Finally. That's one more Mei Ah Kurosawa DVD I can throw away. I've never heard of the 150 min cut before, but I thought it was Criterions policy to always release the longest available version. I hope we get both cuts.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 1:42 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 1:20 pm
Location: New England
ByMarkClark.com wrote:
Fred, you're a viewer after my own heart.

I have yet to see "Sanshiro Sugata" -- but would submit that "No Regrets" was also another earlier masterpiece (despite any comparatively minor imperfections). And this film _desperately_ needs an acceptable DVD release.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 2:08 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:58 pm
Location: Paris, Texas
Kurosawa from Eclipse would be nice featuring Scandal, One Wonderful Sunday, No Regrets for Our Youth, The Most Beautiful and Sanshiro Sugata.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 2:47 pm 

Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:28 pm
Michael Kerpan wrote:
I have yet to see "Sanshiro Sugata"

It's very great. I saw a beautiful restored print, but there's also a good R4 dvd. Way better than the Chinese disc. There are a couple of references to it in Johnnie To's Throw Down. By no means necessary to the enjoyment of that film, but knowing the Kurosawa may add a little...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:04 pm 

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:59 pm
Location: Columbus, OH
I love SANSHIRO SUGATA and think there are a lot of wonderful elements in NO REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH, but for me DRUNKEN ANGEL is the film where Kurosawa puts everything together, perfectly, for the first time. I try not to throw around the word "masterpiece" like confetti, but DRUNKEN ANGEL definitely earns that label, imho.

If you believe there are earlier Kurosawa masterworks, I'm not inclined to debate the matter, even if I don't entirely agree. Every Kurosawa picture is well worth seeing. Hopefully SANSHIRO SUGATA and NO REGRETS will eventually receive Criterion (or maybe Eclipse) releases, as well.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:10 pm 

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:59 pm
Location: Columbus, OH
Cinephrenic wrote:
Kurosawa from Eclipse would be nice featuring Scandal, One Wonderful Sunday, No Regrets for Our Youth, The Most Beautiful and Sanshiro Sugata.

No SANSHIRO SUGATA PART 2?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:50 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:58 pm
Location: Paris, Texas
That too!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:11 am 
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 19, 2006 10:09 am
And don't forget "Record of a living being". Okay, it's available from the bfi (as "I live in fear"), but it would certainly deserve a nice double-disc edition. It's the only 50s Kurosawa not yet available from CC, and I wonder why.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:38 am 

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:59 pm
Location: Columbus, OH
Tommaso wrote:
It's the only 50s Kurosawa not yet available from CC, and I wonder why.

Well, SCANDAL (1950) and THE IDIOT (1951) aren't available from the CC yet, either, although both are available from MoC. RECORD OF A LIVING BEING is a provocative film and contains a superb Mifune performance.

Why isn't it available yet from Criterion? Problems with elements, perhaps? Also, let's be realistic and admit that it doesn't have the same kind of built-in audience as some of Criterion's previous Kurosawa releases. Nevertheless, I was surprised to learn that Criterion was working on THE MEN WHO STEP ON THE TIGER'S TAIL ahead of RECORD and some of the other non-CC Kurosawas.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:50 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:34 pm
Location: Stavanger, Norway
I remember reading in the STRAY DOG booklet (I think) that Linda Hoaglund had also written subtitles for DRUNKEN ANGEL and RECORD..., so I guess that means that they are also working on RECORD... Who knows how long it will take to get it out though, it's been a while since the subtitles were written already.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:36 am 

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 5:34 pm
ByMarkClark.com wrote:
Cinephrenic wrote:
Kurosawa from Eclipse would be nice featuring Scandal, One Wonderful Sunday, No Regrets for Our Youth, The Most Beautiful and Sanshiro Sugata.

No SANSHIRO SUGATA PART 2?

Have you seen it? I agree I would like it on Eclipse or as a bonus on Sanshiro Sugata, but it is like a bad Rocky sequel. Definitely by far the worst Kurosawa film ever made.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:20 am 

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:59 pm
Location: Columbus, OH
balzer wrote:
Definitely by far the worst Kurosawa film ever made.

True, although it has a few choice moments, especially the final showdown in the snow.

Weak though it is (Kurosawa didn't want to make a sequel, and it shows), I would still prefer to SANSHIRO SUGATA PART 2 included in the Eclipse Early Kurosawa series that The Cinephrenic One was dreaming of, rather than left out.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:54 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 19, 2006 10:09 am
ByMarkClark.com wrote:
Well, SCANDAL (1950) and THE IDIOT (1951) aren't available from the CC yet, either, although both are available from MoC.

Yes, sorry, I guess I thought after MoC there was no need for any other edition anyway :wink:

ByMarkClark.com wrote:
RECORD OF A LIVING BEING is a provocative film and contains a superb Mifune performance.

Ah, shame, I never got around to watch it, though I always had that bfi disc (which apparently is quite good) on my list of purchases. So I cannot say anything about the possible built-in appeal of the film that you say is perhaps missing, but wouldn't that also go for "The Lower Depths", "The Bad Sleep Well" or the upcoming "Drunken Angel"?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:03 pm 

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:59 pm
Location: Columbus, OH
Tommaso wrote:
... I cannot say anything about the possible built-in appeal of the film that you say is perhaps missing, but wouldn't that also go for "The Lower Depths", "The Bad Sleep Well" or the upcoming "Drunken Angel"?

Sure. It would go for TIGER'S TAIL, too. But it would at least explain why things like SEVEN SAMURAI, YOJIMBO, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, RAN, etc., were released ahead of RECORD. And THE LOWER DEPTHS afforded Criterion the unique opportunity to present Renoir and Kurosawa adaptations of the same material, side-by-side, so I can readily understand that decision, as well.

Besides, the Powers That Be at Criterion may simply like the other Kurosawa films more than RECORD. I prefer most of the current Criterion Kurosawa titles to RECORD myself, although there are a few I consider inferior to RECORD.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:36 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:48 pm
Location: A dark damp land where the men all wear skirts
Antoine Doinel wrote:
IMDB has the director's cut listed at 150 minutes. I saw this on VHS years ago, in what I'm sure was the edited version. Does anyone know what the major differences are in the director's cut?

From what I can see the major difference is that one exists and the other doesn't (according to both the BFI booklet and Donald Richie's book on Kurosawa the 150" version no longer exists). BFI was 2005 so unless there has been anything found since then...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:15 am 
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:09 pm
ByMarkClark.com wrote:
Tommaso wrote:
It's the only 50s Kurosawa not yet available from CC, and I wonder why.

Well, SCANDAL (1950) and THE IDIOT (1951) aren't available from the CC yet, either, although both are available from MoC. RECORD OF A LIVING BEING is a provocative film and contains a superb Mifune performance.

Why isn't it available yet from Criterion? Problems with elements, perhaps? Also, let's be realistic and admit that it doesn't have the same kind of built-in audience as some of Criterion's previous Kurosawa releases. Nevertheless, I was surprised to learn that Criterion was working on THE MEN WHO STEP ON THE TIGER'S TAIL ahead of RECORD and some of the other non-CC Kurosawas.

I Live in Fear aka Record of a Living Being is one of my favorite Kurosawa films. The final shot of the aged Takashi Shimura descending the stairs while the young mother & child ascend the stairs is one of the most beautiful & simple images in all of film for me. On its face Mifune is clearly miscast, as he was about 30 years too young for the role but wills the performance through sheer force of personality & talent. Great film. The Bfi disc looks good if not great but that can be said of a lot of Japanese films of the period. I would have no problems double-dipping on it if it recieved some Criterion love.

The Idiot is more a curiosity than a great movie and I enjoy Scandal but again would not call it a great Kurosawa film.
Drunken Angel is something I'm always putting in my basket and then putting back on the cyber-shelf because I keep assuming a Criterion announcement is coming. Hopefully now it really is.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 81 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group




This site is not affiliated with The Criterion Collection