Blu-ray, DVD Release: The World of Kanako

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 2, 2015
Price: DVD $24.99, Blu-ray $29.93
Studio: Drafthouse


A broken ex-detective searches for his missing teenage daughter, only to discover – while following a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence – that she may not be the person he thought she was in The World of Kanako, filmmaker Tetsuya Nakashima’s 2014 horror-tinged crime drama.

Kôji Yakusho rages in The World of Kanako

Kôji Yakusho rages in The World of Kanako

Kanako (newcomer Nana Komatsu, Prophecy), a beautiful girl and high-achieving student, mysteriously disappears one day, leaving all her belongings in her room. Her mother asks her ex-husband Akikazu (Kôji Yakusho, 13 Assassins), a recently fired police detective, to go find their daughter. He starts a desperate (and increasingly unhinged) search in the hope of not just finding Kanako, but also getting his family back together. As Akikazu stumbles along he encounters rape, prostitution, the heroin trade and the Yakuza – all while battling his own demons of alcoholism, drugs and domestic abuse.

The World of Kanako won Best Screenplay-Fantastic Features at the 2014 Austin Film Fest and was nominated for the Audience Choice award at the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival. Star Nana Komatsu won the Newcomer of the Year award at the 2015 Awards of the Japanese Academy, while Kôji Yakusho won the Best Actor prize at the 2014 Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, the Blu-ray and DVD contain a making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes interviews, a 28-page booklet, trailer, and a fold-out poster by artist Tradd Moore.

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