Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir (1957-1967) [The Criterion Collection]
5xDVD5 (VIDEO_TS) | NTSC 16:9/4:3 | 431 mins | Total: 18,90 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama | Japan
From the late 1950s through the sixties, wild, idiosyncratic crime movies were the brutal and boisterous business of Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan. In an effort to attract youthful audiences growing increasingly accustomed to American and French big-screen imports, Nikkatsu began producing action potboilers (mukokuseki akushun, or “borderless action”) that incorporated elements of the western, comedy, gangster, and teen-rebel genres. This bruised and bloody collection represents a standout cross section of what Nikkatsu had to offer, from such prominent, stylistically daring directors as Seijun Suzuki, Toshio Masuda, and Takashi Nomura.