The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents The Whale God.
A small Japanese village is obsessed with killing a monstrous whale that has decimated its hunting parties. The town’s wealthiest man offers his land, position, and only daughter to the individual who can kill the demon whale. Shaki, a popular young man whose family has been massacred by the beast, steps forward vowing to slay the whale and avenge his relations, but his efforts are complicated by a brutish stranger to the village also intent on killing the monster and collecting on the promised riches. Based on Koichiro Uno’s award-winning novel published the previous year and scripted by visionary writer-director Kaneto Shindo, this loose adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick captures the madness and danger of whaling and combines it with period drama and kaiju monster effects.
- New, high definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with Japanese film critic Tadao Sato
- New interview with Japanese-literature scholar Jeffrey Angles
- Theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by critic, novelist, and musician Chris D.