Afraid to Die

Afraid to Die

Director: Yasuzo Masumura

Cast: Eiji Funakoshi, Yukio Mishima, Takashi Shimura

     
 

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The 1960 action thriller Afraid to Die comes to DVD from Fantoma Films with a digitally remastered widescreen transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 television screens. Audio is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in the original Japanese with English subtitles. Special features include the original theatrical trailer, biography for director Yasuzo Masumura,

Overview

The 1960 action thriller Afraid to Die comes to DVD from Fantoma Films with a digitally remastered widescreen transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 television screens. Audio is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in the original Japanese with English subtitles. Special features include the original theatrical trailer, biography for director Yasuzo Masumura, and an essay about the collaboration between Masumura and actor Yukio Mishima.

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The one American director to whom Yasuzo Masumura is most often compared is the great Hollywood maverick Samuel Fuller. Like him, Masumura can inject passion, psychological insight, and political allegory into the most b-grade genre fare. In Afraid to Die he tries his hand on a fairly standard yakuza tale with mixed results. The film is filled with his always impeccable visual panache, and his depictions of the yakuza are certainly subversive. Far from tough hoods, they are portrayed as bunglers, cowards, rapists and strike breakers. Masumura's personal touches make the film interesting, but the plot is still pretty run-of-the-mill. In a bit of stunt-casting, famous novelist Yukio Mishima (Masumura's college classmate) plays the lead role. Unfortunately, he's not much of an actor. Stiff and self-conscious, he poses and smirks more than he acts. He just doesn't have the intensity required for the part. While not on a par with Masumura's better efforts, like Blind Beast and Giants and Toys, Afraid to Die is at least of interest for the personal vision he brings to substandard material.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
UPC:
0695026702320
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fantoma
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

New digital widescreen transfer (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Original theatrical trailer; Yasuzo Masumura biography and filmography; Photo and stills gallery; An essay on the collaboration between Yukio Mishima and Yasuzo Masumura

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Afraid to Die [6:09]
2. Homecoming [5:21]
3. Takeo's Girl [5:17]
4. I'm a Yakuza [3:59]
5. Strikebreakers [5:44]
6. The Family [9:23]
7. Summoned [5:08]
8. Wounded [8:10]
9. Yoshie's Brother [4:23]
10. Found on the Playground [5:29]
11. Supreme Godfather [6:18]
12. A Pain in the Belly [5:30]
13. He's Not a Bad Man [5:53]
14. I Give Up [4:25]
15. He Means Nothing to Me [6:52]
16. I Never Expected This... [7:34]

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