Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the World premiere Blu-ray release of Yasuharu Hasebe’s violent yakuza yarn Massacre Gun, released on dual-format Blu-ray and DVD from 6th April 2015.
Similar to the classic Japanese gangster flick Branded to Kill (released by Arrow Video UK last year), Massacre Gun finds the story more explicitly grounded within the world of warring yakuza factions, as opposed to the world of fugitive hitmen, yet it is still very much stylistically of a piece with Branded to Kill. The most obvious connection being the presence of the iconic Shishido in the lead, an actor often characterised as “the face of Suzuki”.
This new release will feature a restored high definition transfer and newly translated English subtitles, alongside a brand new interview with star Jô Shishido and an extensive interview with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns on the Nikkatsu studio’s history. Rounding off the Blu-ray is the original Theatrical Trailer, a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork and a collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp.
Synopsis: Genre icon Jô Shishido stars as Kuroda, a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers, hot-headed Eiji (Tatsuya Fuji, In the Realm of the Senses) and aspiring boxer Saburô (Jirô Okazaki, Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter), the trio escalate their mob retaliation to all-out turf war where no one will stop until one faction emerges victorious.