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(aka 'Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees' or 'Sakura no mori no mankai no shita')

Directed by Masahiro Shinoda
Japan 1975


Masahiro Shinoda's Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees is based on a novel by Ango Sakaguchi and starts in modern day Japan in a large park with many people festively dancing, singing and enjoying themselves with some beautiful shots through blossoming cherry trees. What appears to be a child's voice narrates us back to ancient Japan where, we are told, these very same trees with blossoms falling like snow, held spiritual properties that sometimes brought madness and evil mystic elements. We are introduced to some well-defined characters - a sexually manipulative, abducted new wife, simple and lust induced criminal husband and a historic pageant of tragedy, irony and some supernatural dramaturgical twists utilizing magnificent cinematography. This is an amazing film for many reasons. We strongly recommend! !.  out of       

Gary W. Tooze



Theatrical Release: 1975 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Toho - Region 2 - NTSC

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Distribution Toho - Region 2 - NTSC
Runtime 1:34:54 
Video 1.55:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.87 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.


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, Japanese, None

Release Information:
Studio: Toho International

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.55:1

Edition Details:

• trailer (2:25)

DVD Release Date: May 27th, 2005

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Chapters: 24


Beautiful anamorphic and progressive image on this Toho DVD. It is in a strange ratio (1.55) that I don't recall seeing before, but the composition appears unencumbered. Colors are bright yet subtly muted at times and sharpness is very prevalent with superb contrast levels. This DVD is not cheap, but you are getting a magnificent film in a pristine transfer with optional English subtitles that are clear and well-presented. No extras save a trailer. For those who enjoy Japanese cinema this is a must-own DVD.  out of        

Gary W. Tooze


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