The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents A Fugitive from the Past.
Tomu Uchida’s allegorical crime epic stands among the masterworks of Japanese cinema and represents the apex of the director’s prestigious career. A deadly robbery committed during a massive typhoon and a criminal’s flight from the law culminates with a murder 10 years later and a revived police investigation. Set in 1947 during Japan’s harsh social conditions and the post-war economic miracle that arrived a decade after, Uchida’s film explores Japan’s traumatic past and the karmic penance that refuses to be denied despite newfound prosperity and good intentions. Mixing the police procedural subgenre, the fugitive-on-the-run plot, and emotional melodrama with mesmerizing, high-grain cinematography and solarized images, A Fugitive from the Past is Uchida’s tragically noir-infused magnum opus.
- High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- New video interview with critic Tadao Sato
- New video essay by critic Tony Rayns
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring new essay by critic Mark Asch