(aka 'Buraikan' or Outlaws' or 'The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan')

Directed by Masahiro Shinoda
Japan 19
70

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  Veteran Japanese director Masahiro Shinoda ( Kaseki no mori a.k.a. The Petrified Forest, Shinmoku a.k.a. Silence) delivers another exceptional work of art. His absorbing movie from the beginning of the 70's revolves around six characters that try to make a living during Japan's chaotic Tempou revolution. Based on a popular Japanese stage play, Buraikan teleports the magic art form of traditional Kabuki to the video screens of all true connoisseurs!

*****

Nominally this movie fits into the "Jidaigeki" (Period Drama) genre. However, this movie is much more interesting with funny, complex characters. Tamba Testsuro (the head of Japanese secret service in "You Only Live Twice") is outstanding is the "lone wolf" Buraikan - a kind of good-hearted, if ruthless and highly clever monk. Nakadai Tatsuyo is also funny, eerie and compelling as the handsome, never-do-well, lazy fortune teller.

The story is set during the "Tempo Reform" period of Mizuno Tadakuni (1793-1851). Lord Mizuno was an extreme moralist and tried to outlaw more or less anything pleasurable. His reasoning was that things like staged plays, posters of actors, popular novels, expensive meals, cakes, dolls, paintings, etc... were wastes of the country's resources and contributed to the decline of the national moral fiber. Not a very fun-loving guy.

The story in the movie concerns several characters living in an entertainment area (probably Asakusa or Yoshiwara) who become involved with a band of rebellious underground actors.

The movie has everything: multiple, well-developed, interleaved story lines. Well developed individual characters. Some eroticism, a lot of traditional art, many funny sequences, suspense, action.

This is an excellent movie, especially for lovers of Japanese history and art.

Excerpt from djhreg's review at IMdb located HERE

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Theatrical Release: April 18th, 1970 - Tokyo

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Distribution TDV - Region 2 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:04 
Video 2.43:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.93 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, Japanese, None
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Studio: TDV Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.43:1

Edition Details:

• none in English
 

DVD Release Date: May 27th, 2005
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A beautiful anamorphic, progressive transfer of a similarly beautiful film. It is quite sharp with muted, but well separated, colors. It has a border along the right edge slightly limiting horizontal resolution, but this still looks very film-like in appearance. Shadow detail and contrast levels are excellent. Good subtitle rendition. I couldn't discern any extra features although there may be some, but none that I could find for English locked audiences. I love having such clandestine films like this in my collection - it kind of reminds me of a Japanese "Children of Paradise"  with its lavish cinematic representation of the passion and bonding in performance art... perhaps a little sexier and more humorous though.  

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