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  • Radiance Films Releasing Eighteen Years In Prison

    Coming 7/30/24.

    Trying to survive in the ruins of post-war Japan, Kawada (Noboru Ando, By a Man’s Face Shall You Know Him) and Tsukada (Asao Koike, Sympathy the Underdog) run afoul of the military police after stealing valuable copper wire. Kawada is arrested and sent to prison, but Tsukada uses their gains to start a yakuza gang. Facing violent inmates and a cruel warden (Tomisaburo Wakayama, Big Time Gambling Boss), Kawada vows to escape and stop his former partner. Tai Kato directs this epic prison story with characteristic visual flair, while gangster-turned-actor Ando delivers a stunning performance charged with real-life gravitas. As an examination of the deep scars of wartime, this genre classic is also a clear precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s epoch-making Battles Without Honour and Humanity series.

    LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

    High-Definition digital transfer
    Uncompressed mono PCM audio
    Appreciation by critic and programmer Tony Rayns (2024)
    A visual essay on Japanese prison films by author Tom Mes (2024)
    Original trailer
    Newly translated English subtitles
    Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
    Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Ivo Smits and an archival interview with Noboru Ando by Mark Schillin

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    Radiance keeps unearthing films I've never heard of and end up really wanting to see.

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