Thursday, November 16, 2023

Radiance Films Has A Special Edition Blu-ray Of Japanese Filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku's Yakuza Graveyard Ready For Release On Jan. 16

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey, @dvdblurayreport
Radiance Films, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has targeted Jan. 16 for the release of a Blu-ray special edition of Japanese filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku’s 1976 classic “yakuza” film, Yakuza Graveyard.

It is a simple story, beautifully told.   Detective Kuroiwa Ryu (Tetsuya Watari — Tokyo Drifter, as Goro in the Outlaw series) makes one little, itty-bitty, minor mistake.  He’s a crime fighter, make no mistake about that (he is even willing to cut a few corners to get the job done), but he crosses the line when he falls in love with the widow of a Nishida-clan “gangster” that he killed in the line of duty.   

This “transgression” will take him down an ever-expanding rabbit-hole that will not end well.   We know this in our heart from the get-go,  We sense that he is a dead man walking.   It is the getting to his predestined end — yes, you can call Yakuza Graveyard a passion play — that makes Fukasaku’s tale a classic.

Bonus features are a pair of featurettes — “Appreciation by Filmmaker Kazuya Shiraishi” and “The Rage and the Passion’ — plus an extensive photo gallery.


DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey, @dvdblurayreport


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