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The Shape of Night (bluray) Limited Edition

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 ***Pre-order for release on 29 APR 2024. Payment taken at checkout, order shipped closer to release date. If your order contains this title (or other pre-orders) then please note all orders are shipped out in one go, once all titles are available (we don't part-ship)***

The Shape of Night (1964)

Directed by Noboru Nakamura, The Shape of Night tells the story of a young woman from the countryside (Miyuki Kuwano of Oshima’s Cruel Story of Youth) who falls in love with a handsome hoodlum (Mikijiro Hira, Sword of the Beast), and is pushed into a life of prostitution.

When his sleazy superiors catch sight of her, she finds herself trapped inside the gaudy maze of city nightlife.

Japanese film-maker Noburo Nakamura, was a veteran of the Shochiku studio’s signature Golden Age family dramas. THE SHAPE OF NIGHT was made as a reaction to the radical film styles of the Japanese New Wave. With its lush cinematography full of saturated colours, a lyrical tone and its story of love leading to inescapable tragedy, it has been compared to the films of Douglas Sirk, while also acting as a precursor to the work of Wong Kar Wai.



  • High-Definition digital transfer
  • Uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Visual essay on the artistic upheavals at Shochiku studios during the 1960s by Tom Mes
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Chuck Stephens 
  • Limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings
Regular price £17.99