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Kokoro: The Masters of Cinema Series

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Certificate: 12
Running Time: 121
Retail Price: £19.99
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Content Type: Movie

Brimful with brooding psychological torment, Kokoro is vintage Kon Ichikawa (An Actor's Revenge, The Burmese Harp, Tokyo Olympiad). Based on a novel by celebrated Japanese author Natsume Soseki, the director foregrounds its themes of individual isolation and social estrangement, most notably in a central protagonist stricken by existential demons and stranded by changing times.

Why does Nobuchi (Masayuki Mori) visit the grave of his old friend Kaji (Tatsuya Mihashi)? Why is he so secretive with his wife Shizu (Michiyo Aratama)? And how does Nobuchi's friendship with the young student Hioki (Shoji Yasui) - for whom the older man acts as reluctant sensei - relate to his time with Kaji? As the Meiji Era draws to a close with the emperor's death and the suicide of General Nogi, a fateful tale of tainted love, failed friendship, and redemptive honour unravels with tragic consequences.

Special Features:
• New high definition digital transfer
• New and improved optional English subtitles
• A lavish 48-page booklet with archival publicity stills, a newly written essay by Tony Rayns (critic and curator of East Asian cinemas), and an extended interview with Kon Ichikawa by Yuki Mori (The Films of Kon Ichikawa) on the "Beginnings" of the director's involvement in cinema

Video Tracks:
Standard 1.33:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital Mono Japanese

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Directed By:
Kon Ichikawa

Written By:

Masayuki Mori
Michiyo Aratama
Tatsuya Mihashi
Shôji Yasui
Tanie Kitabayashi
Akiko Tamura
Mutsuhiko Tsurumaru
Tsutomu Shimomoto
Tomoko Naraoka
Zenji Yamada
Keiji Itami

Soundtrack By:
Yasushi Akutagawa
Masao Oki

Director of Photography:
Kumenobu Fujioka
Takeo Ito

Masanori Tsujii

Masayuki Takagi

Eureka Video
The Masters of Cinema Series

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