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 Arrow Releases Another Seijun Suzuki Compilation  
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Legendary cult director Seijun Suzuki is the subject of another Arrow Films compilation package with Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years, Vol. 2 - The Crime and Action Movies, a five film package available for home viewing for the very first time outside Japan. Films include Eight Hours of Terror (1957), The Sleeping Best Within (1960), Smashing the O-Line (1960), Tokyo Knights (1961), and The Man With a Shotgun (1961). 

The Sleeping Beast Within tells the story of a newspaper reporting searching for his girlfriend's missing father, a search that leads him into the heart of the criminal underworld of Yokohama's Chinatown. Smashing the O-Line is a companion piece to the film that follows two reporters' descent into a scabrous demimonde of drugs and human trafficking. In Eight Hours of Terror, a bus makes its way precariously across a winding mountain road and picks up some unwelcome passengers along the way, while Tokyo Nights finds a college student taking over the family business in the field of organized crime. Finally, The Man with a Shotgun finds Suzuki entering the world of the "borderless" Japanese Western with rather fantastic results. 

Released by Arrow Films on a 4-disc, limited edition set, this Seijun Suzuki package continues Arrow's history of assembling a wealth of cinematic extras certain to delight any fan of Suzuki's work. While the film's A/V quality is somewhat more modest than usual from Arrow, it's made up for with a particularly strong collection of films that could very well make you fall in love with Japanese Cinema. Eight Hours of Terror and Smashing the O-Line, in particular, are a blast to watch and Tokyo Nights adds some unexpected levity to the equation. 

For more information on this very special limited edition, be sure to visit the Arrow website.

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic 

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