Friday, 16 August 2013

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's EYES OF THE SPIDER / SERPENT'S PATH DVD out September 9th

Starring:  Sho Aikawa (Dead or Alive, Gozu, Tokyo Zombie)
Teruyuki Kagawa (Tokyo Sonata, Key of Life, Penance)
Abe Sadao (Kamikaze Girls, Dreams for Sale, Maiko Haaan!)

Japan / 1998 / 83 & 85 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour / 35mm

Out on DVD 

September 9th, 2013

2 rare and unseen films from Japan's master of suspense: Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Available on DVD for the first 

timeEVER outside of Japan

When oddball auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa received an offer to make two films in two weeks, on a low budget and using the same cast, the result was the cinematic equivalent of fraternal twins. Though both Eyes of the Spider and Serpent's Path are gangster films about the desire for revenge, and both films feature a protagonist named Nijima played convincingly by Sho Aikawa, the two films are completely different in tone and plot.

Eyes of the Spider concerns Nijima (Sho Aikawa), a white-collar worker who one day finds the man responsible for his young daughter's brutal rape and murder. He interrogates and tortures the man, before killing and burying him. He returns to his ordinary life feeling listless and hollow, until he meets an old high school friend who introduces him to his hapless band of hired killers and his skill in the assassination business catches the attention of a bigger crime boss...

Serpent's Path tells the tale of Miyashita (Teruyuki Kagawa), a former low level yakuza who has tracked down his child's killer with help of his friend Nijima. They've kidnapped the yakuza member believed responsible for the killing to take out revenge, but vengeance is neither simple nor easy. Another person is soon implicated in the child's death leading the pair farther down a path of revenge and violence…

Eyes of the Spider” starring Sho Aikawa  Dankan
Ren Ohsugi  Shun Sugeta  Kumi Nakamura  Sususmu Terashima
Music by Hikari Yoshida Sound Recording Makio Ika Lighting Yuzuru Sato
Screenplay by Kiyoshi Kurosawa  Yoichi Nishiyama Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Serpent’s Path” starring Sho Aikawa  Teruyuki Kagawa  Yurei Yanagi  Shiro Shimomoto
Music by Hikari Yoshida Sound Recording Makio Ika Lighting Yuzuru Sato
Screenplay by Hiroshi Takahashi x Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa 

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