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Pale Flower

Masahiro Shinoda

Pale Flower (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Japan
  • 1964
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #564

In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path. Bewitchingly shot and edited, and laced with a fever-dream-like score by Toru Takemitsu, this gangster romance was a breakthrough for the idiosyncratic Masahiro Shinoda. The pitch-black Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) is an unforgettable excursion into the underworld.


DirectorMasahiro Shinoda
Produced byMasao Shirai and Shigeru Wakatsuki
ScreenplayAtaru Baba and Masahiro Shinoda
From the original story byShintaro Ishihara
CinematographyMasao Kosugi
Production designShigemasa Toda
MusicToru Takemitsu and Yuji Takahashi

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with director Masahiro Shinoda
  • Selected-scene audio commentary by film scholar Peter Grilli, coproducer of Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Chuck Stephens

    New cover by Michael Boland

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Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the preceding twelve months and deciding what was best and brightest. We’re happy to report that some of our . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Pale Flower

June 06, 2011

Critics are luxuriating in the shade of Masahiro Shinoda’s pitch-black Japanese New Wave thriller Pale Flower, now available in Criterion Blu-ray and DVD editions. Sean Gandert at Paste writes, . . . Read more »


Pale Flower: Loser Take All

By Chuck Stephens May 17, 2011

Death is on a winning streak in Masahiro Shinoda’s dark-as-night gambling drama—the Japanese New Wave gone noir. Read more »