Giants and Toys

Overview

Fantoma's DVD of the film is wonderful and is a must for anyone who picked up their release of Blind Beast. Giants & Toys has been given an excellent new digital widescreen transfer (2.35:1 enhanced) and is available in its original Japanese mono soundtrack with optional English subtitles. The picture is sharp and clean throughout, giving the film's kinetic use of color a chance to really impress on one's mind. The disc also comes with a fantastic original theatrical trailer, photo and stills gallery, ...
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Overview

Fantoma's DVD of the film is wonderful and is a must for anyone who picked up their release of Blind Beast. Giants & Toys has been given an excellent new digital widescreen transfer (2.35:1 enhanced) and is available in its original Japanese mono soundtrack with optional English subtitles. The picture is sharp and clean throughout, giving the film's kinetic use of color a chance to really impress on one's mind. The disc also comes with a fantastic original theatrical trailer, photo and stills gallery, informative liner notes from Film Comment contributing editor Chuck Stephens, and a biography and filmography for the director. Along with this film and Blind Beast, Fantoma is set to release Masumura's Afraid to Die and Manji. If you haven't already discovered the heady pleasures of this fascinating, iconoclastic director -- do so. There's nothing quite like him around.
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Special Features

A new digital widescreen transfer (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Original theatrical trailer; Yasuzo Masumura biography and filmography; Photo and stills gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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Cult director Yasuzo Masumura cut his filmmaking teeth as an assistant to Kon Ichikawa. Even though he later publicly broke with his mentor, Giants and Toys makes clear that Ichikawa's dark sense of humor and distrust of Japan's postwar economic boom definitely rubbed off on him. The film's star, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, also an Ichikawa favorite, is the perfect vehicle for Masumura's savage critique of the ruthless business world. With his youthful face often twisted into a mask of perplexity, his Nishi looks like a kid thrown to the wolves of the advertising world, his innocence constantly chipped away by what he has to do to keep the candy company he works for on top. By contrast, Kyoko (Hitomi Nozoe) is certainly one of the most unusual figures ever to be thrust into the limelight. Transformed by Nishi and a decadent photographer from low-class taxi driver into a space-suit-clad advertising icon, she grabs her public persona with such gusto that she soon leaves Nishi in the dust (her nutty nightclub act is worth the price of admission alone). The soulless nature of big business has, of course, been satirized over and over again in movies, but Masumura does it without lapsing into sentimentality or self-righteousness. His humor keeps its bite throughout, becoming darker as the film progresses, and he compounds the story's considerable ironies by shooting it in bright, saturated colors that belie the darkness beneath.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • UPC: 695026702221
  • Original Release: 1958
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  • Source: Fantoma
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,476

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hiroshi Kawaguchi , Yousuke Nishi
Technical Credits
Yasuzo Masumura Director
Hiroshi Murai Cinematographer
Hideo Nagata Producer
Tatsuji Nakashizu Editor
Yoshio Shirasaka Screenwriter
Tetsuo Tsukahara Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. World Caramels [4:51]
2. She Looks Like a Monkey [5:12]
3. Rivals [6:46]
4. Camera Test [6:25]
5. Squirrels or Space Suits? [5:28]
6. Meet the Press [6:20]
7. That's Our Kyoto [7:15]
8. Miss Mars [6:23]
9. World vs. the Giant Apollo [7:39]
10. Be My Lover [6:38]
11. Sales Are Everything! [7:29]
12. Moving Up [3:37]
13. She's Changed [4:28]
14. Kyoko's Dance [4:01]
15. Eat or Be Eaten [6:37]
16. Give Them a Smile [5:41]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Biography
      Filmography
      Theatrical Trailer
      Photo Gallery
   Subtitles
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