Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita and World War II Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita and World War II

Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita and World War II

 
Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita and World War II (Eclipse DVD)

DVD Collector's Set

5 Discs

SRP: $69.95

Criterion Store price:$55.96

Collector's Set Info

Hugely popular in his home country of Japan, Keisuke Kinoshita worked tirelessly as a director for nearly half a century, making lyrical, sentimental films that often center on the inherent goodness of people, especially in times of distress. He began his directing career during a most challenging time for Japanese cinema: World War II, when the industry’s output was closely monitored by the state and often had to be purely propagandistic. This collection of Kinoshita’s first films—four made while the war was going on and one shortly after Japan’s surrender—demonstrates the way the filmmaker’s humanity and exquisite cinematic technique shone through even in the darkest of times.

Collector’s Set Includes

Port of Flowers box cover

Port of Flowers

Keisuke Kinoshita 1943

Keisuke Kinoshita’s directorial debut is a breezy, warmhearted, and often very funny crowd-pleaser that’s a testament to the filmmaker’s faith in people.


The Living Magoroku box cover

The Living Magoroku

Keisuke Kinoshita 1943

A superstitious farming family is hesitant to use its fields to grow crops to help feed the nation’s troops.


Jubilation Street box cover

Jubilation Street

Keisuke Kinoshita 1944

As World War II escalates, the tight-knit inhabitants of a street in Tokyo must relocate from their homes so the government can use the space.


Army box cover

Army

Keisuke Kinoshita 1944

Kinoshita’s ambitious and intensely moving film begins as a multigenerational epic about the military legacy of one Japanese family, before settling into an emotionally complex portrayal of parental love during wartime.


Morning for the Osone Family box cover

Morning for the Osone Family

Keisuke Kinoshita 1946

Kinoshita’s first film after the end of World War II is a wrenching, superbly wrought tale about a liberal-minded Japanese family torn apart by war and imperialist politics.

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