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Criterion Collection: Japón

Criterion Collection: Japón

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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Overview

A man on the brink of suicide regains the will to live under decidedly unusual circumstances in this drama from Mexico. A quietly despondent man (Alejandro Ferretis) leaves behind the city for a journey into a quiet village in the valley, telling anyone who cares to know that once he's settled in, he intends to kill himself. The man takes a room with Ascen (Magdalena Flores), and elderly woman who lost her husband some years ago. Keeping to himself, the man paints, thinks, and prepares himself for death, while Ascen slowly becomes aware of the depth of his depression. As Ascen's nephew attempts to rob her of her share of the family estate, the man feels a desire to live waking inside him again -- as well as the desire for a woman. Improbably, the man turns to Ascen for physical affection, and sensing his need for comfort, she complies, though the seduction lacks a great deal in the way of romance. The first feature film from writer and director Carlos Reygadas, Japon received an enthusiastic response when it was screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight series at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2019
UPC: 0715515228213
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 576

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Carlos Reygadas with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; New conversation between Reygadas and filmmaker Amat Escalante; Video diary shot by actor Alejandro Ferretis during the film's production; Adulte, a 1998 short film by Reygadas; Deleted scene; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alejandro Ferretis Elizondo The man
Magdalena Flores Ascen
Carlos Reygadas Barquín The Hunter
Martin Serrano Juan Luis
Rolando Hernández The Judge
Yolanda Villa Sabina
Claudia Rodriguez Actor
Bernabe Perez The Singer

Technical Credits
Carlos Reygadas Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Magdalena Flores Cinematographer
Gilles Laurent Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Melguizo Editor
Ramón Moreira Sound Editor
Alejandro Reygadas Art Director
Bertrand Roland Asst. Director
Carlos M. Serrano Producer
Carlos Serrano Editor
Gerardo Tagle Production Manager
David Torres Editor
Diego Martínez Vignatti Cinematographer

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