Hiroshi Teshigahara joins the Masters of Cinema Series in March

Eureka Video have announced the UK DVD release of Hiroshi Teshigahara's Pitfall and The Face of Another as part of their Masters of Cinema range for 21st March 2005 priced at £19.99 each. Teshigahara's debut feature, Pitfall [Otoshiana], was the first of his collaborations with novelist/playwright Kobo Abe and composer Toru Takemitsu. Beautifully filmed in an abandoned, postwar coal-mining town in Western Japan, it is part social-realist critique, part unsettling ghost fable. Examining themes of alienation, workers' rights, and identity, Teshigahara and Abe's exotically strange film evokes the cinema of Antonioni, Resnais, and the writing of Kafka, Beckett, and the French existentialists.

Following Woman of the Dunes [Suna no onna] in 1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara continued his collaboration with avant-garde novelist/playwright Kobo Abe and experimental composer Toru Takemitsu for The Face of Another [Tanin no kao]. Starring Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo, Kagemusha) as a man "buried alive behind eyes without a face", the film addresses the illusive nature of identity and the agony of its absence.

Features on both releases include:

  • New restored transfer
  • Exclusive full-length audio commentary
  • New English subtitle translation
  • 16-page booklet with a new essay and reprints
  • Original trailer
  • Gallery containing rare production stills and artwork

Keep watching the Eureka Masters of Cinema Series website for more detailed information closer to release.

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