Yasuzo Masumura, Japan, 1966, Arrow Films, Arthouse

Adapted from the pen of Junichiro Tanizaki, one of Japan’s foremost writers of the 20th century (A FOOL’S LOVE, THE MAKIOKA SISTERS), IREZUMI is a stylish tale of lust, betrayal, and revenge directed by Yasuzo Masumura (GIANTS AND TOYS, BLIND BEAST). Available for the first time outside of Japan in a new 4K restoration, IREZUMI sports some of Japanese cinema’s most respected talent of its day both in front of and behind the camera. The bewitching cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa (RASHOMON, UGETSU) captures the sensual atmosphere of the period setting, while the script by Kaneto Shindo (ONIBABA, KURONEKO) lends a modern twist to this feverish meditation on obsession and the act of creation.

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  • 86 mins.
  • Color
  • 2.35:1


  • DCP