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WIN! The Criterion Edition of Pale Flower on Blu-Ray!

How To Enter This Competition!

FilmJuice Competition: To celebrate the release of Pale Flower on Criterion Collection we've got TWO Blu-ray copies to GIVE AWAY!
For your chance to win, simply answer this question (entry details at the bottom of page): Who directed Pale Flower?
Answer A: Takashi Miike
Answer B: Shōhei Imamura
Answer C: Masahiro Shinoda
Competition Deadline: 13th April 2022


Posted March 14, 2022 by

Send your entry to with the answer in the subject line of your email. Include full contact details. Good Luck!
In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful yet enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path. Bewitchingly shot and edited and laced with a fever-dreamlike score by Toru Takemitsu (Woman in the Dunes, Ran), this breakthrough gangster romance from Masahiro Shinoda (Samurai Spy, Double Suicide) announced an idiosyncratic major filmmaking talent. The pitch-black Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) is an unforgettable excursion into the underworld.

JAPAN | 1964 | 96 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 2.35:1 | JAPANESE

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with director Masahiro Shinoda
  • Selected-scene audio commentary by film scholar Peter Grilli, coproducer of Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu Origin
  • al theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Chuck Stephens




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