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Preview: Pale Flower (Criterion Collection Bluray)

Pale Flower (aka Kawaita hana) was the moody crime breakthrough from one of the masters of the Japanese New Wave. In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and 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-dream-like score by Toru Takemitsu, this gangster romance was a breakthrough for the idiosyncratic Masahiro Shinoda. The pitch-black Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) is an unforgettable excursion into the underworld.

You can pre-order HERE.

Special Features

  • Interview with director Masahiro Shinoda
  • Selected-scene audio commentary on the film’s score and sound design by film scholar Peter Grilli
  • Original theatrical trailer
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