(aka 'Rônin-gai')

directed by Kazuo Kuroki
Japan 1990

 

  Kazuo Kuroki’s international award-winning period drama was produced in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the death of Shozo Makino, “the father of Japanese films.” Set in the 1830s near the end of the age of the samurai, Ronin Gai is populated by an ensemble of colorful characters, social outcasts who patronize a restaurant and brothel on the outskirts of Edo. Among them are prostitutes and master-less samurai reduced to drunkenness and debauchery. The disgraced and disillusioned former warriors get a chance at redemption when renegade samurai invade the area to murder the prostitutes.

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Theatrical Release: January 18th, 1990

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DVD Review: Home Vision - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Home Vision Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:56:10 
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.33 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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Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical trailer (2:09)
• 4-page liner notes with essay by Mark Pollard (www.kungfucinema.com)

DVD Release Date: June 7th, 2005

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Comments:

This anamorphic DVD image is quite strong at times, but also has moments of great failing. It is non-progressive and 'combing' artifacts (see last capture) are present in all swift horizontal pans (there are many). It also exhibits some saturation in the more colorful sequences and skin tones look a shade red. Overall, although tube owners won't be upset, this is a notch below current Home Vision standard.

For Samurai fans the film is quite a treat with some dark and foreboding imagery and keen characters. Extras include a trailer and an astute liner notes essay giving further character to the film. 2.0 channel audio is consistent and the subtitles are of typically strong HVE quality.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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