The Shape of Night

Edition no. 52

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Shochiku
Directed by: Noboru Nakamura

A young woman from the countryside (Miyuki Kuwano of Oshima’s Cruel Story of Youth) falls in love with a handsome hoodlum (Mikijiro Hira, Sword of the Beast), who pushes her into a life of prostitution. When his sleazy superiors catch sight of her, she finds herself trapped inside the gaudy maze of city nightlife. Directed by Noburo Nakamura, a veteran of the Shochiku studio’s signature Golden Age family dramas, The Shape of Night was made as a reaction to the radical film styles of the Japanese New Wave. With its lush cinematography full of saturated colours, a lyrical tone and its story of love leading to inescapable tragedy, it has been compared to the films of Douglas Sirk, while also acting as a precursor to the work of Wong Kar-wai.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: Japanese 2.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A/B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Visual essay on the artistic upheavals at Shochiku studios during the 1960s by Tom Mes
  • Trailer
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Chuck Stephens

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