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Carnival in the Night [DVD] [1982]

Release Date:10/23/2007
This loose, low-budget look at Tokyo's bohemian underground in the early Eighties gets a belated American release in this DVD from Facets Video. Yami No Carnival (aka Carnival In The Night) has been presented on disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1; transferred from a print that has clearly made the rounds of a few screening rooms, the grainy image betrays the film's 16mm origins, and there are frequent scratches and other flaws visible, but they tend to jibe with the film's funky visual style and don't seriously distract from the presentation. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo from a monophonic source, and the quality is good, but like the picture occasionally reveals the low budget the filmmakers had to work with. The dialogue is in Japanese, with non-removable English subtitles and no multiple language options. No bonus material have been included with this release, but given the film's rarity (especially in the United States), fans of independent Japanese cinema might still want to give this a look.

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    Carnival in the Night
    Japanese independent filmmaker Masashi Yamamoto wrote and directed this purposefully gritty look at life amidst Tokyo's underground music and art scene. Kumi (Kumiko Ota) sings with a new wave band that is struggling to find an audience for their harsh and uncompromising music. Kumi is divorced, and has joint custody of her young son with her former husband. One day, Kumi calls her ex, has him pick up their son, and sets off on a strange and unsettling journey through the city's subterranean culture, encountering drug-addled would-be lovers, armed radicals, deranged public works employees and other fascinating but dangerous characters. Yami No Carnival (aka Carnival In The Night) was Yamamoto's first film to win international acclaim, earning enthusiastic response at the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival; fellow independent filmmaker Atsuhiko Suwa served as an assistant during the making of the picture. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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      Kumiko Ota
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      Akemi Edo
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      Michiro Endo

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