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    A Fugitive From the Past

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    a.k.a. Kiga kaikyô
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 183 mins
    Retail Price: £24.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    Considered the magnum opus of the five decades-long career of Tomu Uchida (Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji, The Mad Fox), the epic crime drama A Fugitive from the Past was voted third in the prestigious Kinema Junpo magazine's 1999 poll of the Top Japanese Films of the 20th Century.

    In 1947, a freak typhoon sends a passenger ferry running between Hokkaido and mainland Japan plunging to the ocean depths, with hundreds of lives lost. During the chaos, three men are witnessed fleeing a burning pawnshop in the Hokkaido port town of Iwanai. The police suspect theft and arson, and when Detective Yumisaka (Junzaburo Ban) discovers the burned remains of a boat and the corpses of two men, he sets about tracking the shadowy third figure. Meanwhile, the mysterious Takichi Inukai (Rentaro Mikuni) takes shelter with a prostitute, Yae (Sachiko Hidari), a brief encounter that will come to define both of their lives. A decade later, long after the trail has gone cold, Yumisaka is called back by his successor Detective Ajimura (Ken Takakura) as two new dead bodies are found.

    Making its home video debut outside of Japan, this adaptation of Tsutomu Minakami's 1700-page novel is a landmark in master director Uchida's oeuvre. Its gritty monochrome photography has the immediacy of newsreel as Uchida uses the landscapes of postwar Japan to explore the massive social upheaval and unspoken legacies of the war, and create an unsettling karmic allegory of a man's struggle to escape his past sins.

    Special Features:
    Introduction by writer and curator Jasper Sharp
    Scene-specific commentaries from leading Japanese film scholars Aaron Gerow, Irene González-López, Erik Homenick, Earl Jackson, Daisuke Miyao and Alexander Zahlten
    Original theatrical trailer
    Image gallery
    Tomu Uchida filmography
    Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by David Baldwin and Inuhiko Yomota

    Video Tracks:
    2.40:1 widescreen 1080p

    Audio Tracks:
    PCM 1.0 Mono Japanese

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    Directed By:
    Tomu Uchida

    Written By:

    Rentarô Mikuni
    Sachiko Hidari
    Kôji Mitsui
    Yoshi Katô
    Tadashi Suganuma
    Kôji Sekiyama
    Junzaburô Ban

    Music From:
    Isao Tomita

    Director of Photography:
    Hanjirô Nakazawa

    Yoshiki Nagasawa

    Hiroshi Ohkawa

    Arrow Video

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