Out from Arrow Video is the world premiere Blu-ray release of the knockout 1967 Japanese crime thriller Massacre Gun.
Directed by Yasuharu Hasebe, Massacre Gun stars Japan’s legendary Jô Shishido as yakuza hitman Kuroda, who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with the hot-headed Eiji (Tatsuya Fuji) and aspiring boxer Saburô (Jirô Okazaki), the trio escalate their retaliation into an all-out turf war…
Boasting stylish art direction, stunning monochrome camerawork, a sultry lounge jazz soundtrack, and tight direction, this Japanese crime thriller is as cool as it gets.
Featuring a restored high definition transfer and newly translated English subtitles, alongside interviews with star Jô Shishido and critic Tony Rayns on the Nikkatsu studio’s history, trailers and a collector’s booklet, this new Arrow presentation makes for a great companion piece to their 2014 release of Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill.
• Retaliation, Jô Shishido and Yasuharu Hasebe’s follow-up to Massacre Gun, is also available from Arrow Video (11 May), as well as the Meiko Kaji-fronted Stray Cat Rock series, which features three entries directed by Hasebe.
Massacre Gun is available on Blu-ray now (including Amazon)