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A Story Written with Water (SP)

A Story Written with Water (SP)

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A Story Written with Water

One of the leading lights of the Japanese New Wave, Kiju Yoshida (Eros + Massacre) broke with studio filmmaking for A Story Written With Water, his first independent production and the start of his signature style. Telling the story of a man torn between his fiancee and the familial bond of his mother, Yoshida creates a dazzling narrative that uses flashbacks to tell its story of obsession and desire. With the luminous Mariko Okada as the mother, the celebrated star of such masterpieces as Floating Clouds and Late Autumn, she would become Yoshida’s muse across a series of the director’s ‘anti-melodramas’. Yoshida's singular visual flair and revolutionary exploration of film codes place him as one of the finest Japanese filmmakers of the postwar period. Radiance Films is proud to present A Story Written With Water on Blu-ray for the first time in the world. 


  • High-Definition digital transfer
  • Uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Archival interview with director Kiju Yoshida (2008, 3 mins)
  • New interview with star Mariko Okada (2023, 11 mins)
  • Interview with scholar Jennifer Coates, author of Making Icons: Repetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964 (2023, 22 mins)
  • Trailer
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by scholar and author Alexander Jacoby
  • Single pressing of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings

Single Pressing: Unlike our limited editions a single pressing will not be re-issued as a standard edition, this is the only pressing made and will be deleted once sold out. Single pressing releases are made available under special circumstances of our license agreements.

This item is included in the multi-month Bundle Package "2024 Bundle", customers who ordered this package will automatically receive this release as part of Bundle 3 which includes The Bounty Hunter Trilogy, Tony Arzenta and A Story Written with Water.

Cert: 15
Format: Blu-ray
Region: B
EAN: 5060974680849
Release date: 25/03/24


"Led by its striking visual language that frames Okada’s otherworldly beauty in veiled compositions, Yoshida’s abstracted josei eiga speaks to the pains of womanhood and the relinquishment of umbilical bonds—an exploration of the forgotten lives of women lived under the phantom of Japan’s imperial patriarchy." - Japan Society

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