directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
Japan 1998

 

  Sada is a compelling erotic thriller, based on the true story of Sada Abe, a Japanese geisha, who murdered and castrated her lover on May 19, 1936. Director Nobuhiko Obayashi explores Sada's past; her rape at age 14, her descent into prostitution, and the crime of passion that ultimately turned her into an overnight media celebrity. Starring Hitomi Kuroki (Paradise Lost); Sada is a shocking, daring, and provocative film.

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Theatrical Release: February 21st 1998 (Berlin International Film Festival) 

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Distribution Home Vision Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:12:08 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.84 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:47)
• Zatoichi Trailer
• Filmographies static screens
• 2-page liner notes with essay by Richard Kadrey

DVD Release Date: August 10th, 2004

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An unusual and damn interesting film. Briskly paced with third wall occasionally broken by playful narration.

The DVD image is nothing short of spectacular - super sharp with rich bright colors and excellent subtitles - this is a great disc. It is the type of film that HVE could have added some extensive extras and bumped up the the Criterion label. It is a shame it didn't because the story is quite fascinating. Kadrey's liner note's essay is good, but the other extras are mere fillers. Still, such a marvelous image and unique film deserve to be rewarded, and we give it  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

 





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