(aka 'Karisuma')

directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Japan 1999

 

  “What is it with this forest?” That is the question for disgraced Tokyo detective Goro Yabuike (KŰji Yakusho), who finds himself embroiled in a tense struggle revolving around a gnarled, forbidding tree. Goro has fled Tokyo after a hostage crisis escalates into tragic violence. He finds himself in a remote forest where the surrounding vegetation is diseased, the streams are polluted, and other trees are dying or dead. Is the solitary tree rare, or a mutation? An eccentric caretaker fiercely protects the tree from a group of forest rangers who want to profit from it and a botanist who insists that the toxic tree must be destroyed. Can Goro redeem himself, and “restore the rules of the world?” This provocative thriller is a dramatic departure for international award-winning genre filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Sťance), one of the brightest stars of Japan’s New Wave.

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Theatrical Release: May 17th, 1999 - Cannes Film Festival

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Distribution Home Vision Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:36 
Video 1.84:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

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Original aspect Ratio 1.84:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Kiyoshi Kurosawa (5:51)
• 'making of' (30:01)
• 2 page liner notes with essay by Tom Mes
• trailers for Seance, Cure and Charisma

DVD Release Date: May 17th, 2005

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This image is quite acceptable regardless that it is not 16X9 enhanced. It may well be even brighter and sharper than HVE's previous K. Kurosawa's anamorphic "Cure". Now, it is not Criterion quality sharpness, and has some blurriness for objects in the background, but overall I would say this progressive transfer is adequate and superior to "Seance". Only a 2.0 audio track with no bump. It has some nice extras with a short interview with Kurosawa, a 30 minute 'making of' segment that shows some at ease off-camera moments and some astute liner notes by Asian Film author and founder of midnighteye.com, Tom Mes.

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