Shinji Somai’s SAILOR SUIT AND THE MACHINE GUN available on Blu-ray November 19 from Arrow Video


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SAILOR SUIT AND THE MACHINE GUN (1981) by Shinji Somai will be available on Blu-ray November 19 on Arrow Video

Perky high school student tackles the crowd in Sailor and machine gun suit, a one-of-a-kind genre that covers the yakuza movie, coming-of-age drama and “idol movie”, inventively adapted from Jiro Akagawa’s popular novel by director Shinji Somai (Typhoon Club, Wait and watch), a massively influential figure in Japanese cinema whose work has been little seen outside his native country.

Hoshi Izumi is an innocent young girl forced to grow up quickly after her father’s death, and then finds herself the leader of a dying Yakuza clan. Taken from the safety of her classroom and plunged into the heart of the criminal underworld, she must come to terms with the fact that her actions hold the key to the life or death of the men under her command while they are under gang fire. rivals. .

Shown in both its original and longer full-length theatrical versions, and the first time any of Somai’s films have been released on personal video in the West, this landmark work from his early career was the starting point for the launch of the teen talent Hiroko Yakushimaru (Legend of the Eight Samurai; Detective story) as the iconic face of a generation, with the catchy theme song she performs indelibly etched into the tune of Japan in the early 1980s.


  • High definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of the original cinema version and the re-release of the 1982 full version (kanpeki-ban) of the film, restored by Kadokawa Pictures from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Original uncompressed Japanese audio and 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Girls, Guns and Gangsters: Shinji Somai & Sailor Suit & Machine Gun, a new exclusive 50-minute documentary starring actor Akira Emoto, film specialist Chika Kinoshita, biographer Somai Tatsuya Kimura and Sailor suit Assistant director Koji Enokido discusses the making of the film, its director and its legacy.
  • Original trailers and TV spots for both versions
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible clutch with original and newly commissioned artwork by Michael Lomon