Asian Cinema Thread

Yami

Straw Hat Pirate
Criterion are releasing Hideo Gosha's Three Outlaw Samurai on July 20th and Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry on August 24th. They also came out with Satyajit Ray's landmark Apu Trilogy last week and it's phenomenal.
 

Jon O Fun

Magical Girl
88 films may have just leaked another upcoming Eureka release on facebook (they previously said Eureka had Mr. Vampire about a month before it was announced).
Someone asked if they'd be releasing the Lucky Stars films or Twin Dragons to which they responded 'Lucky Stars isn't coming from us'.
Read into that what you will 😂 smart money is on Eureka and does that mean they have got Twin Dragons? We'll have to wait an see 🤷‍♂️
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Heads up, Third Window Films has confirmed that both Pink Films collections are going out of print with limited stock remaining. This was a 500 unit print run (with the other 500 units released in Germany by Rapid Eye Movies).

Vol. 1 & 2 contains Inflatable Sex Dolls of the Wasteland and Gushing Prayer - Available on Amazon for £15.99.
Vol. 3 & 4 contains Abnormal Family and Blue Film Woman - Available on Amazon for £14.99.

Vol. 5 & 6 is coming later this year which contains Women Hell Song and Underwater Love, the latter of which TWF did release on DVD many years ago.

(Disclaimer: Amazon links are affiliated to help support me financially)
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Can you recommend these titles? They look to be quite...intriguing based on their descriptions.
 
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NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Can you recommend these titles? They look to be quite...intriguing based on their descriptions.
It's a mixed bag to be honest. I quite liked Inflatable Sex Dolls. Gushing Prayer has some issues. Abnormal Family is just weird (a parody & homage of Yasujiro Ozu's works as well) and Blue Film Woman has a good premise. I have my thoughts in the Ratings thread if you're curious.
 
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NormanicGrav

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Third Window Films has confirmed they were able to acquire the rights to Shinya Tsukamoto's 1999 film Gemini, which is estimated to arrive on Blu-ray around October/November time. All the on-disc bonus features from the US/CA version will be included.

Worth noting that Gemini is not one of the titles that were featured in Arrow's Solid Metal Nightmares.
 

Yami

Straw Hat Pirate
My Novamedia imports of Edward Yang's Taipei Story and Shunji Iwai's April Story and Love Letter arrived yesterday after a month long journey from Korea. They're my first purchases from Novamedia and they're really beautiful releases, Taipei Story in particular - they even unexpectedly threw in a Taipei Story fridge magnet!

Edward Yang might be my favourite filmmaker, and my choice for greatest film ever made is whichever out of A Brighter Summer Day and Yi Yi I watched most recently. Taipei Story is his second feature and doesn't quite reach the heights of either of those films but comes awfully close, beautifully depicting the tensions and anxieties that develop in a relationship with the passing of time and how these are influenced by the forces that are pushing apart modernity and tradition, Taiwan and its history, east and west, the classes...groupings that aren't directly opposed to one another but nevertheless need to compromise in order to peacefully co-exist, much like the romantic relationship of the main couple. The main character, Lung, is played by Yang's fellow New Taiwanese Cinema icon Hou Hsiao-Hsien in a rare acting role; he also re-mortgaged his house to finance the film.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff


New update on the Jackie Chan Dragon Lord 88 Films release.

First Print edition:
  • Limited Edition Gloss O-Card slipcase. New artwork from R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien
  • Limited Edition 44 page Picture Booklet featuring rare stills, posters, lobby cards, behind- the-scenes photos, production stills and more.
Versions of the film:
  • New 2K restoration from the Original 35mm Negatives in 2:35:1 Aspect Ratio.
  • 96 minute Hong Kong Theatrical Cut - "Jackie Chan's final approved edit of the film".
  • 103 minute Work-In-Progress Cut - "An earlier cut of the film, released in limited territories, featuring approximately 15 minutes of exclusive extended/alternate footage"
Audio & Subtitles:
  • Original Theatrical Cantonese Mono.
  • Alternate Home Release Cantonese Mono Mix.
  • 1982 English Export Dub [approx. 5 min presented in English-subtitled Cantonese for undubbed portions]
  • 2003 English 5.1 mix
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • A simplified subtitle track [Applies to the “Jianzi” shuttlecock match only, this subtitle set simplifies the dialogue in that scene, allowing you to focus on the action.]
Extra Notes:
  • English Trailer
  • The Insider: Interview with Louis Sit
  • The Fall Guy: An Interview with Mars
  • The Master Returns: An interview with Whang In-Sik
  • Behind-The-Scenes Teaser
  • Hong Kong Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with alternative Hong Kong poster artwork
 
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NormanicGrav

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Arrow Video has revealed plans to release Graveyard of Honor, both the original by Kinji Fukasaku and the remake by Takashi Miike.



SRP £44.99 and is scheduled for 7th September 2020.
LE contents:
  • Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
  • Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on both films by Jasper Sharp
Graveyard of Horror (1975):
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless Japanese PCM 1.0 mono soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New audio commentary by author and critic Mark Schilling
  • Like a Balloon: The Life of a Yakuza, a new visual essay by critic and Projection Booth podcast host Mike White
  • A Portrait of Rage, an archival appreciation of Fukasaku and his films, featuring interviews with filmmakers, scholars, and friends of the director
  • On the Set with Fukasaku, an archival interview with assistant director Kenichi Oguri
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Imagery gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
Graveyard of Horror (2002):
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless Japanese PCM 2.0 stereo soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New audio commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes
  • New visual essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger
  • Archival interview special featuring Miike and cast members Goro Kishitani and Narimi Arimori
  • Archival making-of featurette
  • Archival making-of teaser
  • Archival press release interviews featuring Miike, Kishitani and Arimori
  • Archival premiere special featuring Miike, Kishitani and Arimori
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Imagery gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
UPDATE: Now available to pre-order on Amazon UK for £35 (same price as Arrow without the postage).

(Disclaimer: Amazon link is affiliated to help support me financially)
 
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New update on the Jackie Chan Fearless Hyena 88 Films release.

First Print edition:
  • Limited Edition Gloss O-Card slipcase. New artwork from R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien.
  • Limited Edition Booklet featuring rare stills, posters, lobby cards, behind- the-scenes photos, production stills and more.
Transfer of the film:
  • New 2K restoration from the Original 35mm Negatives in 2:35:1 Aspect Ratio.
Audio & Subtitles:
  • Original Cantonese Mono
  • Cantonese 5.1 mix
  • English mono Dub
  • English 5.1 mix
  • Newly translated English subtitles
Extra Notes:
  • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with alternative Hong Kong poster artwork
Both Fearless Hyena and Dragon Lord are scheduled for this August.
 
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NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Third Window Films has acquired the rights to release The Taste of Tea (茶の味), a 2004 Japanese film by director Katsuhito Ishii.


Katsuhito Ishii's credits include the 1999 debut directing role with Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, 2000 film Party 7, the 2005 bizarre WTF anthology film Funky Forest: The First Contact, and was one of three individuals who wrote the screenplay for Madhouse's anime film Redline.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Credit to Winkuru for making note that there's an Arrow Video (+ Arrow Academy & Third Window Films) sale going on.

One notable appearance is a standard edition release for Three Films by Jia Zhang-ke collection, featuring the films 24 City (2008), A Touch of Sin (2013), and Mountains May Depart (2015), available for SRP £34.99 and on sale for £20.00.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
One Missed Call Trilogy is a title I’m tempted to get from said sale, meanwhile 88 Films have put up Dragon Lord and The Fearless Hyena up for sale on their website so made my pre-orders for those.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
The latest updated release schedule for Asian Cinema!

July 2020:

DateNameLanguageDirectorFormatDistributor
6thHanagatamiJapaneseNobuhiko ObayashiBlu-rayThird Window Films
6thInferno Of TortureJapaneseTeruo IshiiBlu-rayArrow Video
6thZombie For SaleKoreanLee Min-jaeBlu-rayArrow Video
13thHiroshimaJapaneseHideo SekigawaBlu-rayArrow Academy
20thMaborosiJapaneseHirokazu Kore-edaBlu-rayBFI
20thMr. VampireCantoneseRicky LauBlu-rayEureka Entertainment
20thThree Outlaw SamuraiJapaneseHideo GoshaBlu-rayCriterion

August 2020:

DateNameLanguageDirectorFormatDistributor
10thDragon LordCantoneseJackie ChanBlu-ray88 Films
10thThe Fearless HyenaCantoneseJackie ChanBlu-ray88 Films
10thFish StoryJapaneseYoshihiro NakamuraBlu-rayThird Window Films
17thAfter LifeJapaneseHirokazu Kore-edaBlu-rayBFI
17thGamera: The Complete CollectionJapaneseVariousBlu-rayArrow Video
24thBlack Test Car & The Black ReportJapaneseYasuzo MasumuraBlu-rayArrow Video

September 2020:

Date:NameLanguageDirectorFormatDistributor
7thGraveyards of HonorJapaneseKinji Fukasaku
Takashi Miike
Blu-rayArrow Video
7thMelancholicJapaneseSeiji TanakaBlu-ray & DVDThird Window Films
14thKwaidan (Standard Edition release)JapaneseMasaki KobayashiBlu-rayEureka 'Masters of Cinema'
21stMade In Hong KongCantoneseFruit ChanBlu-rayEureka 'Masters of Cinema'
28thThe MasterCantoneseTsui HarkBlu-ray88 Films

Coming Soon (No Scheduled Date Yet):

NameLanguageDirectorDistributor
The Burning Buddha Man & Violence VoyagerJapaneseUjichaThird Window Films
GeminiJapaneseShinya TsukamotoThird Window Films
The H-Man & Battle in Outer SpaceJapaneseIshirō HondaEureka 'Masters of Cinema'
Pink Films Vol. 5 & 6: Women Hell Song & Underwater LoveJapaneseWatanabe Mamoru
Shinji Imaoka
Third Window Films
Ran (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)JapaneseAkira KurosawaStudio Canal
The Taste of TeaJapaneseKatsuhito IshiiThird Window Films
Untold StoryCantoneseHerman Yau88 Films
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Update on the Dragon Lord release, it seems it won't have a booklet but instead a folded poster and a couple art cards.

Limited Edition Gloss O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only] New artwork from R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien
Limited Edition Foldout Poster featuring artwork from "Kung Fu Bob" O'Brien
Limited Edition set of 4 x Postcards
 

Yami

Straw Hat Pirate
The Taste of Tea is one of the best Japanese films of the 00s and this is a wonderful pick-up by Third Window. I'll be pre-ordering that when it's officially announced. I was hoping that Amazon would post my pre-order of Hanagatami today but it doesn't look like there's going to be any movement. Stuck a pre-order in for Graveyards of Honour and Taste of Cherry as well.
 
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