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Kokoro & Alone Across the Pacific (Masters of Cinema Series) in February

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of two films by Kon Ichikawa as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 23rd February 2009. The films - Kokoro and Alone Across the Pacific - are the first two of a planned trio of films from the renowned, award-winning director who sadly passed away in February 2008. The third title will be The Burmese Harp, release date TBC.

RRP is £19.99 each.

Kokoro (1955) – Based on a novel by celebrated Japanese author Natsume Soseki, Kokoro is a fateful tale of tainted love, failed friendship, and redemptive honour that unravels with tragic consequences.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Kokoro for home viewing in the UK for the very first time. Features include:

  • New high definition digital transfer
  • New and improved optional English subtitles
  • A lavish 48-page booklet with archival publicity stills, a newly written essay by Tony Rayns (critic and curator of East Asian cinemas), and an extended interview with Kon Ichikawa by Yuki Mori (The Films of Kon Ichikawa) on the “Beginnings” of the director’s involvement in cinema

Alone Across the Pacific (1963) – In 1962, Kenichi Horie (Yujiro Ishihara) embarks on a heroic attempt to sail single-handed across the Pacific Ocean. Leaving Osaka in an ill-prepared vessel – The Mermaid – the young adventurer must overcome the most save of seas, the psychological torment of cabin fever, and his mental and physical breaking point, if he is ever to reach the fabled destination of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Using Horie’s best-selling logbook as his source, Ichikawa portrays the epic struggle of man against nature. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Alone Across the Pacific for home viewing in the UK for the very first time. Features include:
  • New high definitional transfer
  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • New and improved optional English subtitles
  • Original Japanese trailer and two teasers newly subtitled
  • A lavish 24-page booklet featuring a colour reproduction of the original Japanese poster, archival publicity stills, and an essay by Brent Kliewer (professor at the College of Santa Fe)


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