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Re: ZERO FOCUS a welcome change of pace in Criterion "Japanese Noir" streaming series
A quick followup (well after the fact) to note that Smith did record several comment tracks for individual films in the “Japanese noir” series, all of them reasonably short (1:20 to 2:30 in length)—and one of these was devoted to ZERO FOCUS. It is rudimentary in nature, and doesn’t showcase the actresses by name, but it does acknowledge the unusual nature of the film within the sub-universe of Japanese noir.
BTW, the “Japanese noir” series is still available at the Criterion Collection, but odds are high that it will disappear at the end of March. If you are a subscriber and have not yet partaken of the series, please do so at your earliest convenience.