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Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda on Blu-ray in July

4 July 2019

Following on from a very successful Hirokazu Koreeda season at BFI Southbank during April/May and the UK-wide theatrical release of Maborosi and mini-season at selected cinemas, the BFI's new Blu-ray collection Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda brings together four career-defining titles by the Palme d'Or winning director of Shoplifters and now one of world cinema’s most celebrated auteurs.

The set features his austerely beautiful debut Maborosi (1995) and lyrical fantasy After Life (1998), alongside Nobody Knows (2004) and Still Walking (2008), films that cemented Koreeda's reputation as an heir to Ozu and a chronicler of the modern Japanese family.

Available on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, the four films included in Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda celebrate the richness, diversity, beauty and humanity of the director’s work and are essential viewing for fans of contemporary world cinema.

Special features include a new Q&A with Hirokazu Koreeda, filmed at BFI Southbank in April during the retrospective season and new audio commentaries for all four films by four different Japanese film experts. This Limited Edition collection also includes a 72-page book featuring new writing on the films and in-depth interviews with the director.

Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda Blu-ray cover art

Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda will be released in the UK as a 4-disc Blu-ray box set by the BFI on 22 July 2019 at the RRP of £49.99.

Special features:

  • Birthplace (2003, 30 mins): actress Makiko Esumi takes the viewer on a tour of the film’s locations, featuring behind-the-scenes stills and on-set footage
  • Newly recorded audio commentary on Maborosi by filmmaker and writer Jasper Sharp
  • Hirokazu Koreeda Screentalk (2013, 47 mins): the director in conversation with Jasper Sharp at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival
  • Interview with Arata (2003, 16 mins): an interview with the actor and star of After Life, Arata Iura
  • Deleted scenes (1998, 17 mins): a selection of deleted scenes from After Life
  • Newly recorded audio commentary on After Life by writer and curator Tara Judah
  • Behind the scenes on Nobody Knows (2004, 7 mins): Behind the scenes footage of Koreeda at work with his cast and crew
  • Newly recorded audio commentary on Nobody Knows by Japanese-Australian filmmaker, writer and academic Kenta McGrath
  • Making Still Walking (2008, 29 mins): a featurette showing the cast and crew at work behind the scenes
  • Still Walking Q&A (2019, 33 mins): Hirokazu Koreeda in conversation with Michael Leader at BFI Southbank
  • Newly recorded audio commentary on Still Walking by Alexander Jacoby
  • Still Walking gallery
  • Trailers
  • 72-page book with new writing by David Jenkins, Jessica Kiang, Michael Leader, Alexander Jacoby and Jasper Sharp, and including interviews with the director, original reviews and full film credits