Asian Cinema Thread

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
The Young Master also now has a revised releases date of January 25th.
Yeah I saw the new date on other retailers but only just saw that Amazon did the same.

On a different note, I had a look at the censorship for Snake in the Eagle's Shadow and basically 45 seconds were cut due to a battle between a cat and a snake (the cat won it seems as Jackie pats it afterwards).

EDIT: There's a YouTube video of the scene for those interested (cat is a ninja from what I can gather).
 
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NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff


Limited Edition packaging of Jackie Chan's The Young Master, featuring 3 different cuts of the film - the original Hong Kong cut, the International cut and the Extended cut. The packaging is a rigid slipcase with KUNG FU BOB's artwork, an 80-page book, double-sided foldout poster, and 6 replica lobby cards.
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff

Eureka Entertainment have announced plans to release the Lucky Stars original trilogy collection from director Sammo Hung featuring Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. The first 2000 units will include a slipcover and booklet, scheduled for 22nd March 2021.
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
I wanted to highlight a few decent deals on Amazon at the moment:
  • Akira Kurosawa Samurai Collection - £24.99 (more stock arriving 30th Nov, this is also the same price HMV had back in May)
  • Heroes Shed No Tears - £12.99
  • The Master - £12.99
  • Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Kore-eda - £24.99
(Disclaimer: Amazon links are affiliated to help support me financially)
 

Stiivun

Stand User
Great to see the Lucky Stars being released. I'll try to cancel my order of the South Korean release I made May 8th and which still hasn't shipped. Seems shipping from South Korea is still an issue.
 

Jon O Fun

Thousand Master
Some may be thinking Van Damme isn't Asian! But these are directed by the great Ringo Lam & Tsui Hark!
Double Team is my most guilty of pleasures and one I'll put money on not having aged well but will definitely buy it!!
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NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
Zavvi has done some price drops on select Arrow Academy titles and Amazon have price-matched some.
  • Departures - £7.99
  • Family Values: Three Films by Hirokazu Kore-eda - £16.99
  • Hiroshima - £9.99
  • Tale of Cinema & Woman is the Future of Man: Two Films by Hong Sang-soo - £7.99
Titles not yet price-matched on Amazon but are price-dropped on Zavvi are After the Storm (£7.99), Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji (£7.99), The Mad Fox (£9.99), Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy (£16.99), and Three Films By Jia Zhangke (£16.99).

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

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff


Criterion has revealed their next special box set which is dedicated to Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, called The World of Wong Kar Wai. SRP $199.95, 7 Blu-ray discs, 23rd March 2021 for US and sometime in April 2021 for UK.
  • As Tears Go By (1988)
  • Days of Being Wild (1990)
  • Chungkung Express (1994)
  • Fallen Angels (1995)
  • Happy Together (1997)
  • In the Mood for Love (2000)
  • 2046 (2004)
The films were restored digitally in 4K, however they were given a whole bunch of tweaks to achieve the director's original vision. See below for more context:
 

Yami

Magical Girl
It's a shame about the changes or, at least, it's a shame that Wong hasn't seen fit to include the original versions as alternative presentations. But it should come as no surprise, given his shenanigans with Ashes of Time (12 years ago now!). Nevertheless, the main attractions here for me are the films that he hasn't tinkered as much with - Days of Being Wild, Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love and 2046. Korean label Novamedia are supposed to be releasing the set in 4K UHD - they usually include English subtitles, so I'm waiting in hope for them.
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff


Limited Edition packaging of Jackie Chan's The Young Master, featuring 3 different cuts of the film - the original Hong Kong cut, the International cut and the Extended cut. The packaging is a rigid slipcase with KUNG FU BOB's artwork, an 80-page book, double-sided foldout poster, and 6 replica lobby cards.

Update on The Young Master, specs revealed:

DISC 1
  • New 2K Remaster of the Hong Kong Theatrical Cut [106 minutes]
  • Restored from the original 35mm camera negative in 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Cantonese Mono Theatrical Mix
  • Cantonese Mono Home Video Mix
  • English 5.1 Dub [2002]
  • Newly remastered English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with HK Cinema Expert Brandon 'OldPangYau' Bentley
  • Rick Baker on The Young Master
  • The Art of the Cut: Editing of The Young Master [21 mins]
  • Extended Fight Scenes: reconstructed and previously unavailable [6 mins]
  • "The Cut Master" A collection of rare deleted, extended, and alternate footage [13 mins]
  • [archive] Jackie Chan Interview [8 mins]
  • [archive] The Master: An Interview with master
  • Whang In Sik [28 mins]
  • NG (no good) shots [10 mins]
  • Hong Kong trailer
  • Extended Hong Kong trailer
  • Japanese trailer
  • US Home Video Trailer
  • English trailer
DISC 2
  • International Export Cut[90 minutes]
    • Restored especially for the 40th Anniversary of the film, this version was commissioned by Golden Harvest for audiences outside Asia
    • Contains the Classic English Dub and an alternate soundtrack featuring the song 'Kung Fu Fighting Man' performed in English by Jackie Chan
    • Audio Commentary with HK cinema aficionados & game producers Audi Sorlie & Chris Ling
  • Extended Export Cut [99 minutes]
    • Released exclusively in Japan on 21st March 1981 by Toho-Towa, this version is broadly similar to the export cut. Although shorter than the Hong Kong cut, this composite cut features the uncut final fight and ending from said Hong Kong cut; alternate scenes, also included in the 90 minute export cut and the full-length export English Dub with alternate soundtrack
 

Jon O Fun

Thousand Master
New Jackie Chan blu ray coming from Cine-Asia in what I can only assume is an 'Ultra Ultimate Deluxe Super Premium Limited Collector's Edition' 😂

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I almost pre ordered but that extra 9p just seems a bit greedy.
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
It's been a while, but we have some more upcoming Asian releases for the UK in 2021.

January 2021:​

Date:Name:Director / Year:Format:Dist. / Audio:
18thJSA: Joint Security AreaPark Chan-Wook
2000
Blu-rayArrow Video
Korean audio
with English subtitles
25thGamera: The Heisei Era:
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
Gamera the Brave
Shusuke Kaneko
1995-1999


Ryuta Tasaki
2006
Blu-ray
re-release
Arrow Video
Japanese audio
with English dub
with English subtitles
25thGamera: The Showa Era:
Gamera, the Giant Monster
Gamera vs. Barugon
Gamera vs. Gyaos
Gamera vs. Viras
Gamera vs. Guiron
Gamera vs. Jiger
Gamera vs. Zigra
Gamera: Super Monster
Noriaki Yuasa
1965, 1967-1980

Shigeo Tanaka
1966
Blu-ray
re-release
Arrow Video
Japanese audio
with English dub
with English subtitles
25thOldboyPark Chan-Wook
2003
4K Ultra HDArrow Video
Korean audio
with English subtitles
25thThe Weird and Wonderful World of Ujicha:
Violence Voyager
Burning Buddha Man
Ujicha
2013-2018
Blu-rayThird Window Films
Japanese audio
with English subtitles
25thThe Young MasterJackie Chan
1980
Blu-ray
limited edition
88 Films
Cantonese audio
with English dub
with English subtitles

February 2021:​


Date:Name:Director / Year:Format:Dist. / Audio:
22ndGamera: The Heisei Era Trilogy:
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
Shusuke Kaneko
1995-1999
Blu-ray
steelbook
Arrow Video
Japanese audio
with English dub
with English subtitles
22ndShogun’s Joy of TortureTeruo Ishii
1968
Blu-rayArrow Video
Japanese audio
with English subtitles

March 2021:​


Date:Name:Director / Year:Format:Dist. / Audio:
8thKagemushaAkira Kurosawa
1980
Blu-rayCriterion
Japanese audio
with English subtitles
15thThe Invisible Man Appears
The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly
Nobuo Adachi
1949

Mitsuo Murayama
1957
Blu-rayArrow Video
Japanese audio
with English subtitles
22ndThe Lucky Stars Collection:
Winners and Sinners
My Lucky Stars
Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars
Sammo Hung
1983-1985
Blu-rayEureka Classics
Cantonese audio
with English dub
with English subtitles
29thSnake in the Eagle’s ShadowYuen Woo-ping
1978
Blu-ray
limited edition
88 Films
Cantonese audio
with English dub
with English subtitles

Coming Soon, Licensed & Not Yet Scheduled:​

Name:Director / Year:Format:Dist. / Audio:
Pink Films Vol. 5 & 6:
Women Hell Song
Underwater Love
Watanabe Mamoru
1969

Shinji Imaoka
2011
Blu-rayThird Window Films
Japanese audio
with English subtitles
Tezuka’s BarbaraMacoto Tezka
2019
Blu-rayThird Window Films
Japanese audio
with English subtitles
World of Wong Kar Wai:
As Tears Go By
Days of Being Wild
Chungking Express
Fallen Angels
Happy Together
In the Mood for Love

2046
Wong Kar Wai
1988-2004
Blu-rayCriterion
Cantonese audio
with English subtitles

 

Jon O Fun

Thousand Master
Theres also Vanguard coming Jan 11th from Cine Asia.
Guessing JC was unavailable for hand deliveries due to Covid restrictions... but anyone crazy enough to order it after the reviews (like me) can find it for £12.99 on HMV 😉
Also now has artwork.
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Jon O Fun

Thousand Master
Theres also Vanguard coming Jan 11th from Cine Asia.
Guessing JC was unavailable for hand deliveries due to Covid restrictions... but anyone crazy enough to order it after the reviews (like me) can find it for £12.99 on HMV 😉
Also now has artwork.
Never mind! Just got an email saying Vanguard has been delayed until the 25th Jan 😂 good to see its not just the anime industry hit by last min delays!!
 

Stiivun

Stand User
Great to see the Lucky Stars being released. I'll try to cancel my order of the South Korean release I made May 8th and which still hasn't shipped. Seems shipping from South Korea is still an issue.

Following up on my own message here. Finally got my payment back from Kimchidvd after a month mailing back and forth. Oh boy was this ever a bad experience getting a refund for this one, seemed like they kept me hanging for ages until they finally caved and provided the refund as they still seems unable to ship to Belgium. I had great experiences with Kimchidvd for years, but this last ordeal makes me weary to ever order from that shop again.

On the other hand I finally got the South Korean editions of My Sassy Girl and JSA (yeah I know, Arrow) after ordering these back in May, where the eBay seller found a courier willing to ship to Belgium. So yeah between May 2020 and now Arrow had announced it would release JSA, and you I wouldn't be surprised if an Euro release of My Sassy Girl will happen rather sooner or later ... just my guess :)
 
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