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Elegant Beast Japanese Yuzo Kawashima Graceful Brute Limited Blu-ray Radiance

Elegant Beast Japanese Yuzo Kawashima Graceful Brute Limited Blu-ray Radiance

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Clever and original satire from the Golden Age of Japanese cinema!

Introducing Radiance Film's Limited Edition Blu-ray for for Elegant Beast (aka The Graceful Brute), 1962 Japanese satirical comedy from director Yuzo Kawashima (Women Are Born Twice, The Temple of Wild Geese).

A greedy, materialistic family attempts to cover-up the embezzlement committed by the son while keeping their other schemes active. They discover there are other, equally conniving players involved. The film stars Ayako Wakao (Red Angel) and Yunosuke Ito (Ikiru, Lone Wolf and Cub)

Elegant Beast was adapted by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba, Naked Island) from his own stage play. Director Yuzo Kawashima, mentor of Shohei Imamura and a major influence on the Japanese New Wave, makes magnificent widescreen use of the single apartment setting to deliver a ferocious satire on Japan’s post-war economic miracle.

Limited Edition Features: 
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Midori Suiren and contemporary archival writing
  • Limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork


  • New 4K restoration Uncompressed mono PCM audio Interview with film critic Toshiaki Sato (2023)
  • Appreciation by filmmaker Toshiaki Toyoda (2023)
  • Visual essay by critic Tom Mes on post-war architecture in Japanese cinema (2023)
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitles
Technical Specs:
  • Year: 1962
  • Region Code: AB
  • Audio: Mono
  • Picture: 2.35:1
  • Runtime: 96
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
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