Pale Flower

Pale Flower

Director: Masahiro Shinoda Cast: Ryo Ikebe, Mariko Kaga, Takashi Fujiki

Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Subtitled / B&W)

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Pale Flower

Masahiro Shinoda's brilliant film opens with mobster Murakami just getting released from prison for murdering a member of a rival clan, only to learn that during his internment, the two syndicates arranged a truce. Not unlike the protagonist in Albert Camus' The Stranger, Murakami's motives for killing were vague and that life holds little value for him. At an illegal gambling parlor, he finds himself drawn to a mysterious waif-like young woman named Saeko (Mariko Kaga) who lives life from one thrill to the next. Though she seems remarkably adept at losing large sums of money, she asks Murakami to find games with larger and larger stakes. Soon they become involved in an intense mutually destructive relationship. High stakes gambling and racing her little sports car eventually grow tiresome, and Saeko becomes attracted to drugs. Instead of dope, Murakami offers to let her watch him kill a rival clan leader, describing it as the ultimate thrill.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
UPC: 0715515080811
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 15,669

Special Features

New Video Interview with Director Masahiro Shinoda; Selected-Scene Audio Commentary by Film Scholar Peter Grilli, Coproducer of Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu; Original Theatrical Trailer; Plus: A Booklet Featuring an Essay by Film Critic Chuck Stephens

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