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(aka "Sr-fuku to kikanj" or "Sailor Suit and Machine Gun")

 

Directed by Shinji Smai
Japan 1981

 

A perky high-schooler takes on the mob in Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, a one-of-a-kind genre-bender that riffs on the yakuza film, coming-of-age drama and idol movie, inventively adapted from Jiro Akagawa's popular novel by director Shinji Somai (Typhoon Club, Wait and See), a massively influential figure in Japanese cinema whose work has been little seen outside his homeland.

Hoshi Izumi is a young innocent forced to grow up quickly when her father dies and she finds herself next in line as the boss of a moribund yakuza clan. Wrenched from the security of her classroom and thrust into the heart of the criminal underworld, she must come to terms with the fact that her actions hold the key to the life or death of the men under her command as they come under fire from rival gangs.

Presented in both its Original Theatrical and longer Complete versions, and the first time one of Somai's films has been released on home video in the West, this landmark work from his early career was responsible for launching teen talent Hiroko Yakushimaru (Legend of the Eight Samurai; Detective Story) as the iconic face of a generation, with the catchy theme song she performs indelibly etched into the zeitgeist of early-1980s Japan.

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Theatrical Release: December 19th, 1981

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Review: Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime

Original Theatrical Version: 1:51:45.740  

1982 Complete Version: 2:10:27.819

Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,304,443,664 bytes

Original Theatrical Version: 28,581,328,320 bytes

1982 Complete Version: 31,685,993,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Original Theatrical Version Blu-ray:

Bitrate 1982 Complete Version Blu-ray:

Audio DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 542 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 542 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 1094 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1094 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 2600 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2600 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,304,443,664 bytes

Original Theatrical Version: 28,581,328,320 bytes

1982 Complete Version: 31,685,993,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Girls, Guns and Gangsters: Shinji Somai & Sailor Suit & Machine Gun, an exclusive new 50-minute documentary featuring actor Akira Emoto, film scholar Chika Arrowshita, Somai biographer Tatsuya Kimura and Sailor Suit assistant director Koji Enokido discussing the making of the film, its director and its legacy. (51:09)
Original Trailers and TV spots for both versions (2:30, 3:18, 2:39)
Image Gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Michael Lomon


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 15th, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 12 / 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Arrow Blu-ray (November 2021): Arrow have transferred Shinji Smai's Sailor Suit and Machine Gun to Blu-ray. It offers, seamlessly-branched, "presentations of the Original Theatrical Version and the 1982 Complete Version (kanpeki-ban) re-issue of the film, restored by Kadokawa Pictures from a 4K scan of the original negative". It's on a dual-layered disc with a middling bitrate and looks good, not great, with nice film grain textures. It does seem accurate to the film's original production without embellishment. The film cinematography can appear rather rudimentary - quite possibly intentionally - but again a realistic replication. There is no significant difference with the added, longer-cut, scenes. Colors are true and I only saw one sequences that appeared a shade compromised. This and the brief censored segment (see sample below) are most likely authentic to the original(s). Like most of Arrow's work - this is probably as good as it will get in this 1080P format.

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On their Blu-ray, Arrow offer a DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono track or 5.1 surround bump (both 24-bit) in the original Japanese language. Sailor Suit and Machine Gun has aggressive - not a preponderance - with gunplay and suggested violence with minor separations. The score is by Katsu Hoshi (his second of a handful of feature film composures), sounding clean and authentically flat in the lossless transfer. Arrow offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Arrow Blu-ray offers an exclusive new 50-minute documentary, Girls, Guns and Gangsters: Shinji Somai & Sailor Suit & Machine Gun, featuring actor Akira Emoto, film scholar Chika Kinoshita, Somai biographer Tatsuya Kimura and Sailor Suit assistant director Koji Enokido discussing the making of the film, its director and its legacy. Much praise is lauded to director Shinji Smai and I'd like to see more of his films. There are also original trailers and TV spots for both versions, a short image gallery and the package has a reversible sleeve (see below) featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Michael Lomon.

Shinji Smai's Sailor Suit and Machine Gun has equal doses of early 80's Japanese pop culture, humor, innocence and crime - it inspired two TV series. The title may be misleading to some. It has strong themes of familial relationships connecting despairingly with the Yakuza underworld structure. It's a unique film with some sly intelligence - playful but emotional and I appreciated seeing it as well as being exposed to the work of the director. The Arrow Blu-ray is at their usual high standard offering both cuts and a revealing documentary supplement. Those interested should indulge - you may be very pleasantly surprised by Sailor Suit and Machine Gun.

Gary Tooze

 


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