Manji

Manji

Director: Yasuzo Masumura

Cast: Ayako Wakao, Kyoko Kishida, Eiji Funakoshi

     
 

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Yasuzo Masumura's tale of erotic obsession, Manji, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a biography of Masumura, a still photo gallery, and the original

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Yasuzo Masumura's tale of erotic obsession, Manji, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a biography of Masumura, a still photo gallery, and the original theatrical trailer. Image desereves credit for doing such a fine job with this older title. Anyone with an interest in Japanese cinema should enjoy this solid release.

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Indulging in one of his favorite subjects, sexual obsession, Yasuzo Masumura pulls out all the stops in this absurdist melodrama made at the mid-1960s peak of this career. The plot features more twists and turns than a whole season of an average soap opera as the four main characters engage in a round robin of deception and romantic intrigue. There are poisonings, fake pregnancies, and contracts signed in blood. Kyoko Kishida is fantastic as the heroine Sonoko. Best known for her role in Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Woman in the Dunes, she has a very distinctive face with large pleading eyes perfectly suited for gazing with lustful longing at Ayako Wakao's Mitsuko, the object of her obsession. As with Masumura's other films, plausibility plays a minor role in this one. Plot holes and improbable behavior simply do not concern him, making the film even more of a giddy pleasure. Like his mentor Kon Ichikawa, who directed a similarly perverse adaptation of a Tanizaki novel, Odd Obsession, Masumura knows how to mold the material to his directorial strengths. Also like Ichikawa, the wide screen, Technicolor compositions that contain this wacky tale are exquisite.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
UPC:
0695026702429
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fantoma
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:32:00

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Goddess of Mercy [5:35]
2. Mitsuko [4:43]
3. Take It Off [6:10]
4. Marital Spat [8:14]
5. Who's There With You? [6:08]
6. Eijiro [5:24]
7. Forgive Me, Dear Sister [6:37]
8. Blood Oath [5:33]
9. Confessions [4:53]
10. The Contract [7:43]
11. Shall We Run Away? [3:49]
12. Farewell, Sister [5:37]
13. Threesome [3:56]
14. The Medicine [8:21]
15. Let's Die [2:35]
16. The Goddess Mitsuko [4:33]

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