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Radiance to release Noboru Nakamura's The Shape of Night
Radiance to release Noboru Nakamura's The Shape of Night

Radiance to release Noboru Nakamura's The Shape of Night

Written by Richard Durrance on 10 Jan 2024



For a label that has only been distributing films for the last year it's hard to deny that Radiance has started to put together an excellent array of releases, almost remorselessly so and have added to their roster one more film for April, Noboru Nakamura's 1964 The Shape of Night, and it sounds like a fascinating one at that.

Shamelessly stolen synopsis courtesy of Radiance:

A young woman from the countryside (Miyuki Kuwano of Oshima’s Cruel Story of Youth) falls in love with a handsome hoodlum (Mikijiro Hira, Sword of the Beast), who pushes her into a life of prostitution. When his sleazy superiors catch sight of her, she finds herself trapped inside the gaudy maze of city nightlife. Directed by Noburo Nakamura, a veteran of the Shochiku studio’s signature Golden Age family dramas, The Shape of Night was made as a reaction to the radical film styles of the Japanese New Wave. With its lush cinematography full of saturated colours, a lyrical tone and its story of love leading to inescapable tragedy, it has been compared to the films of Douglas Sirk, while also acting as a precursor to the work of Wong Kar-wai.

 

Check out Radiance's page here - better yet, pre-order it.

 

The Shape of Night


Richard Durrance
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Long-time anime dilettante and general lover of cinema. Obsessive re-watcher of 'stuff'. Has issues with dubs. Will go off on tangents about other things that no one else cares about but is sadly passionate about. (Also, parentheses come as standard.) Looks curiously like Jo Shishido, hamster cheeks and all.


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