Masaki Kobayashi Against The System: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection

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Masaki Kobayashi Against The System: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection

One of the most important filmmakers to emerge from Japan's cinematic golden age, Masaki Kobayashi is remembered in great part today for his three-part epic The Human Condition (1959-61), but that is just one of the blistering films he made in a career dedicated to criticizing his country's rigid social and political orders. He first found his voice - rebellious, angry, engaged - in the fifties, following his life-altering experiences as a soldier in World War II; the four films collected here, made during the same period as The Human Condition, reflect Kobayashi's coming into his own as an artist. He fought to get these powerful dramas made at a studio more oriented at the time toward quiet family melodramas, and they are unforgettable depictions of a postwar Japan troubled by identity crises and moral corruption on scales both intimate and institutional.

Films Include

The Thick Walled Room

Masaki Kobayashi made waves with this excoriating drama about low-ranking Japanese soldiers imprisoned for war crimes.

I Will Buy You

A baseball scout will do anything to land a talented college-age recruit in this take on the seamy underside of professional sports.

Black River

Against a backdrop of social disintegration, a mild-mannered student falls for a girl pursued by a malevolent gangster.

The Inheritance

A family of feeble moral fiber and one resourceful secretary fight over the money of a dying patriarch.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 16 2013
  • Empire SKU 1640759
  • UPC Code 715515103114
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 4
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Features Not Specified


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W
    Widescreen 2.40:1 B&W

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