Arrow Films announced their upcoming Blu-Ray disc of Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill (殺しの烙印, 1967) and the press release mentions one of the extras to be Atsushi Yamatoya’s roman porno Trapped in Lust / 愛欲の罠 (1973). The word is that it will be standard definition only (nooo) which is probably why it is listed so low in the extras section.
Trapped in Lust has previously had a DVD release but that was 6 years ago (now OOP) in Japan and without any English language options.
Release Date: 28 July 2014
Format: Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD
Starring: Jô Shishido, Kôji Nanbara, Isao Tamagawa
Directed by: Seijun Suzuki
Seijun Suzuki’s delirious 1967 hit-man film has drawn comparisons with contemporaries Le Samourai and Point Blank and influenced directors such as John Woo, Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino among others.
The story of laconic yakuza Hanada, aka ‘No. 3 Killer’, the third rated hit-man in Japan who takes an impossible job from the mysterious, death obsessed Misako. Hanada bungles the hit and finds himself the target of his employers and a bullet ridden journey leads him to face the No. 1 Killer.
Shot in cool monochrome with beguiling visuals, Branded to Kill is an effortlessly cool crime film with a jazzy score that caused Suzuki to be fired by the studio’s executives but is now rightly recognised as his masterpiece.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
New High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Newly translated English subtitles for both films
Interview with director Seijun Suzuki
Interview with star Jo Shishido by critic and author Koshi Ueno
Trapped in Lust [Aiyoku no wana] (1973) – A delirious roman porno re-imagining of Branded to Kill from Atsushi Yamatoya, one of Branded to Kill’s screenwriters and Suzuki’s regular collaborators
Original Trailers for Branded to Kill and Trap of Lust
Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
Booklet by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp, illustrated with original stills and new artwork by Ian MacEwan