Films like Cure
have helped to firmly establish director Kurosawa Kiyoshi as Japanese's master of suspense. As previously reported
his rarely seen 1998 classics Eyes Of The Spider
and Serpent's Path
will soon be released on DVD in one package by UK distributor Third Window Films, and we now have an official release date. This is the first time for these 2 rare films from Kurosawa to be released on DVD 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...
The Eyes Of The Spider / Serpent's Path DVD package will be hitting shelves in the UK on September 9.
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