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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: MVD7363BR
  • Format: Blu-Ray/DVD
  • UPC: 760137736394
  • Street Date: 05/12/15
  • PreBook Date: 04/07/15
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 94 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1968
  • Region Code: A
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Japanese


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Akira Kobayashi
  •       Jô Shishido
  •       Hideaki Nitani
  •       Meiko Kaji
  • Director: Yasuharu Hasebe


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Retaliation Blu Ray/DVD

A tale of gang warfare

Retaliation Blu Ray/DVD
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In 1969 future sexploitation specialist Yasuharu Hasebe (Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter) teamed up with the inimitable Jo Shishido (Tokyo Drifter, Branded to Kill) for a follow up to their yakuza hit Massacre Gun. A tale of gang warfare that features a raft of the period's most iconic stars, Akira Kobayashi (Battles Without Honor and Humanity, The Flowers and the Angry Waves) is a yakuza lieutenant who emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his sickbed. Shishido is the rival waiting to kill him and a young Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) is the girl caught in the crossfire. Gritty and cynical, Retaliation is a hardboiled precursor to Kinji Fukasaku's revisionist yakuza pictures of the 1970s.


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Bonus Materials

  • Limited Edition Blu-ray (3000 copies only)
  • Restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation, on Blu-ray for the first time in the world!
  • Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Interview with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Gallery featuring rare promotional images
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, newly illustrated by Ian MacEwan and featuring original archive stills

Sales Points

  • Stars Jo Shishido (BRANDED TO KILL) and Akira Kobayashi (BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY)
  • New special features and artwork
  • Follow up to MASSACRE GUN
  • Never on DVD/Blu-ray before
  • Limited to 3000 units

Press Quotes

We should be grateful to Arrow Video for taking pains to present and preserve these fun low-budget works... Retaliation looks quite nice in HD.

     —ION Cinema

Steering clear of romanticizing the underworld, the story plots out the cutthroat tactics and amoral diplomacy required to remain on top

     —Film Society Lincoln Centre

This Blu-ray release has the film looking as good as it probably ever has or will in a home release.

     —Cinema Sentries

The Arrow Blu-ray provides an authentic a/v presentation with appreciated supplements. Recommended!

     —DVD Beaver

Retaliation is a sleek, violent yakuza film that offers up loads of fun.

     —Bloody Disgusting


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