Today: June 21, 2024

Revenge (Adauchi)

Bottom line: With glorious visuals and stand-out performances, Revenge is as bloody as it is brilliant.
Rating: 5/5.

Format: Masters of Cinema special edition blu-ray.
Cast: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Yoshiko Mita, Eitaro Shindo.
Director: Tadashi Imai
Language: Japanese with optional English subtitles.
Run time: 103 minutes.
RRP: £22.99.

Available for the first time in the UK, Eureka presents Tadashi Imai’s Revenge in its worldwide debut on blu-ray this week.

Written by Shinobu Hashimoto, who also penned Kobayashi’s masterpiece Harakiri, Revenge has long been regarded as a classic of Japanese samurai jidaigeki films.

However, what places Revenge head and shoulders above the competition is Hashimoto’s blistering script, which plays out as a lacerating attack on the absurdity and hypocrisy of feudal Japan.

An innocuous comment during a weapon inspection wounds the pride of low-ranking samurai Shinpachi (Kinnosuke Nakamura), leading to an argument with his superior. The situation snowballs out of control, leading to a deadly duel and political fallout which threatens the entire clan.

With glorious visuals and stand-out performances, Revenge is as bloody as it is brilliant.

Presented as part of The Masters of Cinema Series, from a new 2K restoration, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, with artwork by Tony Stella.

Extras include:

  • 1080p presentation from a 2K restoration of the original film elements. Uncompressed original Japanese mono audio.
  • Newly translated English subtitles (optional).
  • Brand new interview with Tony Rayns.
  • Brand new video piece by Jasper Sharp. 
  • A collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film.

 

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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