BETWEEN PAMPHLET AND FILM NOIR, A MASTERFUL FRESCO BY MASTER TOMU UCHIDA
A VIRTUOSIC POLICE EPIC CLASSIFIED AMONG THE MASTERPIECES OF NIPPON CINEMA
On September 20, 1947, the ferry linking the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu sank following the passage of a violent typhoon. After the storm, two unidentified bodies are discovered among the drowned. It would be the murderers of the Sasada family, pawnbrokers looted on the day of the bad weather, whom witnesses would have seen fleeing at sea, taking advantage of the chaos of the sinking. Inspector Yumisaka goes in search of the third accomplice, Inukai, who has taken refuge with a prostitute named Yae...
Halfway between social pamphlet and film noir, The Straits of Hunger is a captivating fresco directed by committed filmmaker Tomu Uchida ( Mount Fuji and the Bloody Spear ) and brilliantly performed by actor Rentaro Mikuni ( The Harp of Burma ). This long-term criminal investigation is a pretext to explore the social upheavals that struck post-war Japan and to question the notion of guilt. Orchestrated by a staging on an unprecedented scale, eyeing both documentary cinema and expressionism, The Strait of Hunger is to be discovered for the first time on Blu-ray™.
THE STRAIT OF HUNGER by Tomu Uchida
(1963 - Black & White - 183 mins)
High Definition Masters
Original version with French subtitles
Unreleased on Blu-ray
SUPPLEMENTS (IN HD)
. FROM THE PAST TO THE FUTURE (27 mins)
British author and programmer Jasper Sharp, a specialist in Japanese cinema, discusses the importance of this "resolutely modern" masterpiece by Tomu Uchida while exploring the filmography of the filmmaker and his main actors.
. ORIGINAL TRAILER
BD 50 • HIGH DEFINITION MASTER • 1080/23.98p • AVC ENCODING
Original Version DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 • French Subtitles
2.35 format respected • Black & White • Film length: 183 mins
Released February 21, 2023