Blu-ray Release: The Little House

Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 11, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

With the 2014 drama The Little House (Chiisai Ouchi), veteran director Yôji Yamada (The Twilight Samurai) brings us another in his esteemed series of poignant period films focusing on key eras in Japan’s historical past.

Haru Koruki (l.) and Takako Matsu in The Little House.

Haru Koruki (l.) and Takako Matsu in The Little House.

The time frame is 1931-1945, as Japan drifts towards war – but while the sociopolitical aspects make an important backdrop, Yamada zeros in on a deeply personal story: the doomed illicit love between a married matron (Takako Matsu) and her husband’s artistic colleague (Hidetaka Yoshioka), as observed and later recalled by an innocent servant girl (Haru Kuroki).

The movie was shot by Masashi Chikamori and features a lovely score by Joe Hisaishi, which is featured here in an isolate score track.

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be sure to head over to the Twilight Time site or that of distributor Screen Archives so you can order NOW!

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.