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Masaki Kobayashi Against the System (Criterion Collection - Eclipse Series 38) DVD
Masaki Kobayashi Against the System (Criterion Collection - Eclipse Series 38)

Masaki Kobayashi Against the System (Criterion Collection - Eclipse Series 38)

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One of the most important filmmakers to emerge from Japan's cinematic golden age, Masaki Kobayashi is remembered in great part today for his three-part epic The Human Condition (1959-61), but that is just one of the blistering films he made in a career dedicated to criticizing his country's rigid social and political orders. He first found his voice - rebellious, angry, engaged - in the fifties, following his life-altering experiences as a soldier in World War II; the four films collected here, made during the same period as The Human Condition, reflect Kobayashi's coming into his own as an artist. He fought to get these powerful dramas made at a studio more oriented at the time toward quiet family melodramas, and they are unforgettable depictions of a postwar Japan troubled by identity crises and moral corruption on scales both intimate and institutional.Films Include:The Thick Walled RoomMasaki Kobayashi made waves with this excoriating drama about low-ranking Japanese soldiers imprisoned for war crimes.I Will Buy YouA baseball scout will do anything to land a talented college-age recruit in this take on the seamy underside of professional sports.Black RiverAgainst a backdrop of social disintegration, a mild-mannered student falls for a girl pursued by a malevolent gangster.BR&The InheritanceA family of feeble moral fiber and one resourceful secretary fight over the money of a dying patriarch.
Title: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System (Criterion Collection - Eclipse Series 38)
Genre: Drama, Foreign-Japanese
Theme: Asian-American Heritage
Starring: Masaki Kobayashi, Keiko Kishi, Misako Watanabe, So Yamamura, Minoru Chiaki, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yusuke Kawazu, Mari Yoshimura, Ko Mishima, Torahiko Hamada
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Studio: Criterion Collection
Number of Discs: 4
Release Date: 4/16/2013
Product Type: DVD
UPC: 715515103114
Item #: 589493X

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