“Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years. Vol. 2. Border Crossings: The Crime and Action Movies”
Limited Edition, 4-Disc Limited Edition DVD + Blu-ray—Five Cult Favorites
The five films in the second volume from Seijun Suzuki are his early crime thrillers, mob dramas and action movies—- “Eight Hours of Terror” (1957), “The Sleeping Beast Within” (1960), “Smashing the 0-Line” (1960), “Tokyo Knights” (1961), “The Man with a Shotgun” (1961).
This is the first time these films have been available on DVD and Blu-ray outside of Japan. Watching these today hint at what Suzuki had planned for the future and in him he laid the groundwork.
“The Sleeping Beast Within” (1960) is crime thriller about a newspaper reporter s search for his girlfriend’ missing father and that search takes him into the core of the criminal underworld of Yokoham’s Chinatown. “Smashing the 0-Line” is its companion piece (1960) that follows two reporters into a world of drug and human trafficking. In “Eight Hours of Terror” (1957), takes us on a bus ride as it makes its way across a winding mountain road and picks up some unwelcome passengers. “Tokyo Knights” (1961), is about a college student who enters organized crime when he takes over the family business and “The Man with A Shotgun” (1961) was Suzuki’s first borderless Japanese Western.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [1500 copies]
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Newly translated optional English Subtitles
Audio commentary by critic and author Jasper Sharp on Smashing the 0-Line
Tony Rayns on the Crime and Action Movies the critic and historian discusses the background to the films, their place within Suzuki s career and the talent involved with them
Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
60-page illustrated collector’s book featuring new writing by Jasper Sharp