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Eighteen Years in Prison (blu ray) Limited Edition

Eighteen Years in Prison (blu ray) Limited Edition

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Director: Tai Kato

Cast: Noboru Ando, Asao Koike, and Tomisaburo Wakayama

Region: AB

Label: Radiance Films

***Preorder for release 29th July 2024***

As an examination of the deep scars of wartime, this genre classic is also a clear precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s epoch-making Battles Without Honour and Humanity series.

Kawada (Noboru Ando, By a Man’s Face Shall You Know Him) and Tsukada (Asao Koike, Sympathy for the Underdog) run afoul of the military police after stealing valuable copper wire.

Kawada is arrested and sent to prison, but Tsukada uses their gains to start a yakuza gang.

Facing violent inmates and a cruel warden (Tomisaburo Wakayama, Big Time Gambling Boss), Kawada vows to escape and stop his former partner.

Tai Kato directs this epic prison story with characteristic visual flair, while gangster-turned-actor Ando delivers a stunning performance charged with real-life gravitas. 

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Special Features

  • High-Definition digital transfer
  • Uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Appreciation by critic and programmer Tony Rayns (2024)
  • A visual essay on Japanese prison films by author Tom Mes (2024)
  • Original trailer
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Ivo Smits and an archival interview with Noboru Ando by Mark Schilling

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