Asian Cinema Thread

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Arrow's Asian Cinema release for September 2021 is revealed.

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The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch (Blu-ray)
Release Date: 20th September 2021​

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand new commentary by film historian David Kalat
  • This Charming Woman, a newly filmed interview with manga and folklore scholar Zack Davisson
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Mike Lee
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing by Raffael Coronelli.
 
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Yami

Vampire Ninja
Not one I'm familiar with, but some cursory reading suggests that it feels like proto-Obayashi so I'm certainly in the market for it.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
ARROW SALE HAS RETURNED

New additions include a few re-issues! Battles Without Honor and Humanity box set, which I believe is expected to be packaged similarly to Female Prisoner Scorpion & Tsukamoto collections i.e. using the thin Blu-ray cases, The Kinji Fukasaku Collection with Street Mobster, Cops Vs Thugs and Doberman Cop, New Battles without Honor and Humanity and Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism as a regular Blu-ray collection.

Titles on offer:

FilmArrow StoreAmazon UK
Akio Jissoji - The Buddhist Trilogy
(Standard Edition)
£25£19.99
Audition£8£7.99
Battles Without Honor and Humanity
(Standard Edition Box Set)
£30--
Before We Vanish£8--
Black Test Car + The Black Report£10--
Blade of the Immortal£8--
The Bloodthirsty Trilogy£10--
Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji£8--
Burst City£10--
Cops vs Thugs£8--
Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!£8--
Family Values: Three Films by Hirokazu Kore-eda
(Standard Edition)
£25£18.99
Female Prisoner Scorpion
(Standard Edition Box Set)
£25£24.99
Gamera: The Heisei Era
(Standard Edition Box Set)
£30£29.99
Gamera: The Heisei Era Trilogy
(Limited Edition Steelbook)
£30£29.99
Gamera: The Showa Era
(Standard Edition Box Set)
£30£29.99
Graveyards of Honor
(Standard Edition Box Set)
£20--
The Happiness of the Katakuris£8--
Hiroshima£8£7.99
Horrors of Malformed Men£8--
The Human Condition Trilogy
(Standard Edition)
£15--
Inferno of Torture£8--
The Invisible Man Appears
The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly
£10--
JSA: Joint Security Area£10--
Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism
(Standard Edition)
£25--
The Kinji Fukasaku Collection:
Cops vs Thugs
Doberman Cop
Street Mobster
£30--
The Mad Fox£8£7.99
Massacre Gun£8£7.99
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence£8£7.99
New Battles without Honor and Humanity
(Standard Edition)
£25--
Oldboy
[4K Ultra HD]
£18--
Oldboy
[Blu-ray]
£8--
One Missed Call Trilogy£15£14.99
Orgies of Edo£8£7.99
Pulse£8--
Ring£8£7.99
The Ring Collection
(Standard Edition Box Set)
£25--
Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy
(Standard Edition)
£25£21.46
Shogun's Joy of Torture£10--
Sister Street Fighter£10£9.99
Stray Cat Rock
(Standard Edition)
£25£20.98
Street Mobster£8--
Terra Formars£8--
The Third Murder£8£6.59
Three Films By Jia Zhang-ke
(Standard Edition)
£25£22.99
The Vengeance Trilogy
(Standard Edition Box Set)
£25--
The Villainess£8£7.99
Versus£10--
Warning From Space£10--
Wolf Guy£8£7.25
Yakuza Law£8--
Zombie For Sale£8--

(Disclaimer: Amazon links are affiliated. If the price listed mentions "--", then it's basically cheaper on Arrow's store)
 
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NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Arrow & 88 Films had been teasing some Shaw Brothers related news, and today Arrow has revealed their box set.

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Shawscope Volume 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
Release Date: 6th December 2021
SRP: £149.99, Arrow Price: £110.00


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of:
    • King Boxer
    • The Boxer from Shantung
    • Five Shaolin Masters
    • Shaolin Temple
    • Mighty Peking Man
    • Challenge of the Masters
    • Executioners from Shaolin
    • Chinatown Kid
    • The Five Venoms
    • Crippled Avengers
    • Heroes of the East
    • Dirty Ho
  • Brand new 2K restorations by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives of:
    • King Boxer
    • The Boxer from Shantung
    • Challenge of the Masters
    • The Five Venoms
    • Crippled Avengers
    • Dirty Ho
  • Brand new 2K master of the longer international cut of Chinatown Kid from original film elements
  • Original uncompressed Mandarin, Cantonese (where applicable) and English mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for each film
  • Hours of bonus features including brand new commentaries and critic appreciations on selected films, new and archive interviews with cast and crew, alternate credit sequences, trailer and image galleries for each film and more to be announced!
  • 60 page book featuring new writing by David Desser, Simon Abrams and Terrence J. Brady, with cast and crew info for each film plus trivia and soundtrack info
  • New artwork for each film by artists including Matthew Griffin, Chris Malbon, Jacob Phillips, Ilan Sheady, Tony Stella, Darren Wheeling and Jolyon Yates
Arrow has also confirmed there will be a second volume and more coming in 2022.
 
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Jon O Fun

Pokémon Master
Arrow & 88 Films had been teasing some Shaw Brothers related news, and today Arrow has revealed their box set.

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Shawscope Volume 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
Release Date: 6th December 2021
SRP: £149.99, Arrow Price: £110.00


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of:
    • King Boxer
    • The Boxer from Shantung
    • Five Shaolin Masters
    • Shaolin Temple
    • Mighty Peking Man
    • Challenge of the Masters
    • Executioners from Shaolin
    • Chinatown Kid
    • The Five Venoms
    • Crippled Avengers
    • Heroes of the East
    • Dirty Ho
  • Brand new 2K restorations by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives of:
    • King Boxer
    • The Boxer from Shantung
    • Challenge of the Masters
    • The Five Venoms
    • Crippled Avengers
    • Dirty Ho
  • Brand new 2K master of the longer international cut of Chinatown Kid from original film elements
  • Original uncompressed Mandarin, Cantonese (where applicable) and English mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for each film
  • Hours of bonus features including brand new commentaries and critic appreciations on selected films, new and archive interviews with cast and crew, alternate credit sequences, trailer and image galleries for each film and more to be announced!
  • 60 page book featuring new writing by David Desser, Simon Abrams and Terrence J. Brady, with cast and crew info for each film plus trivia and soundtrack info
  • New artwork for each film by artists including Matthew Griffin, Chris Malbon, Jacob Phillips, Ilan Sheady, Tony Stella, Darren Wheeling and Jolyon Yates
Arrow has also confirmed there will be a second volume and more coming in 2022.
Looks like a beast! I want it but I have no idea where I'd put it. Especially with Vol 2 and more coming next year 😱
Be interesting to see 88's offerings now as that's gonna be hard to beat! (I suspect an collection similar to what they're doing with Cat 3 in rigid cases).
Also surprised at no 36 Chambers announcement unless there's more come.
 

Jon O Fun

Pokémon Master
They look great. Can't wait to own more Category III films for the collection. Shame both were pushed back to the end of September.
Yeah but if it makes them better and it's less stress for 88films then I'm fine with that. I guess something must have happened internally with almost everything getting pushed.
 

Jon O Fun

Pokémon Master
On a Shaw Brothers side note The Five Venoms will be leaving Netflix on July 22nd.
It's a surprisingly good HD transfer so looking forward to see what Arrow have done with it.

Edit: as will The 36th Chamber of Shaolin & Flying Guillotine 2.
Disciples of the 36th Chamber & Return to the 36th Chamber seem to be safe for now though.
 
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NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
It's been a while since I made a round-up update, so here's the latest on the Asian Cinema schedule for this forum!

88 Films:
Date:Name:Director, Year, Language:Format:
August 9thErotic Ghost StoryNam Nai Choi
1990 - Cantonese
Blu-ray
[Category III]
September 27thRobotrixJamie Luk Kin-ming
1991 - Cantonese
LE Blu-ray
[Category III]
September 27thRiki-Oh: The Story of RickyNam Nai Choi
1991 - Cantonese
LE Blu-ray
[Category III]
September 27thThe Chinese BoxerJimmy Wang
1970 - Cantonese/Mandarin
Blu-ray
[Shaw Bros]
September 27thDisciples of ShaolinChang Cheh
1975 - Cantonese/Mandarin
Blu-ray
[Shaw Bros]
TBCArmour of GodJackie Chan, Eric Tsang
1986 - Cantonese
LE Blu-ray
TBCThe Flag of IronChang Cheh
1980 - Cantonese/Mandarin
Blu-ray
[Shaw Bros]
TBCHalf a Loaf of Kung FuChen Chi-hwa
1978 - Cantonese
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TBCMonkey Kung FuMar Lo
1979 - Cantonese/Mandarin
Blu-ray
[Shaw Bros]

Arrow Video:
Date:Name:Director, Year, Language:Format:
Now AvailableBattles Without Honor and Humanity:
Battles Without Honor and Humanity
Hiroshima Death Match
Proxy War
Police Tactics
Final Episode
Kinji Fukasaku
1973-1974 - Japanese
Blu-ray
Now AvailableKiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism:
Eros + Massacre
Heroic Purgatory
Coup d’état
Kiju Yoshida
1969-1973 - Japanese
Blu-ray
Now AvailableThe Kinji Fukasaku Collection:
Street Mobster
Cops Vs Thugs
Doberman Cop
Kinji Fukasaku
1972-1977 - Japanese
Blu-ray
Now AvailableNew Battles Without Honor and Humanity:
New Battles Without Honor and Humanity
The Boss’s Head
Last Days of the Boss
Kinji Fukasaku
1974-1976 - Japanese
Blu-ray
July 26thThe Daimajin TrilogyKimiyoshi Yasuda, Kenji Misumi, Kazuo Mori
1966 - Japanese
LE Blu-ray
August 16thA Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woon
2003 - Korean
Blu-ray
August 23rdBlind BeastYasuzo Masumura
1969 - Japanese
Blu-ray
September 20thThe Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired WitchNoriaki Yuasa
1968 - Japanese
Blu-ray
December 6thShawscope Volume One:
King Boxer
The Boxer from Shantung
Five Shaolin Masters
Shaolin Temple
Mighty Peking Man
Challenge of the Masters
Executioners from Shaolin
Chinatown Kid
The Five Venoms
Crippled Avengers
Heroes of the East
Dirty Ho
Jeong Chang-hwa
1972 - Cantonese/Mandarin/English

Chang Cheh
1972-1978 - Cantonese/Mandarin/English

Ho Meng Hua
1977 - Cantonese/Mandarin/English

Lau Kar-leung
1976-1979 - Cantonese/Mandarin/English
LE Blu-ray
TBC 2022The 36th Chamber of ShaolinLau Kar-leung
1978 - Cantonese/Mandarin
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TBCSailor Suit and Machine GunShinji Sōmai
1981 - Japanese
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TBC 2022Shawscope Volume Two:
(unspecified amount of films)
--LE Blu-ray
TBCThe Yokai Monsters TrilogyKimiyoshi Yasuda
1968-1969 - Japanese
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Eureka Entertainment:
Date:Name:Director, Year, Language:Format:
July 19thWild SearchRingo Lam
1989 - Cantonese
First Print Blu-ray
July 26thThe Millionaires’ ExpressSammo Hung
1986 - Cantonese
LE Blu-ray
September 20thDuel to the DeathChing Siu-tung
1983 - Cantonese
First Print Blu-ray

Third Window Films:
Date:Name:Director, Year, Language:Format:
TBCBeyond the Infinite Two MinutesJunta Yamaguchi
2020 - Japanese
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TBCFunky Forest: The First Contact & The Warped ForestHajime Ishimine, Katsuhito Ishii, Shunichiro Miki
2005-2011 - Japanese
--
TBCFunuke Show Some Love, You Losers!Daihachi Yoshida
2007 - Japanese
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TBCToshiaki Toyoda: 2005-2020:
Hanging Garden
Monsters Club
I'm Flash
Wolf's Calling
Day of Destruction
Toshiaki Toyoda
2005-2020 - Japanese
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NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Third Window Films has revealed a bunch of upcoming films that will be heading their way into the UK under their distribution. Some are known but others are new!

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (ドロステのはてで僕ら)
2020 film directed by Junta Yamaguchi

Crazy Thunder Road (狂い咲きサンダーロード)
1980 film directed by Sōgo Ishii

Funky Forest: The First Contact & The Warped Forest (ナイスの森 THE FIRST CONTACT / あさっての森)
2005 & 2011 films directed by Hajime Ishimine, Katsuhito Ishii, Shunichiro Miki

Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! (腑抜けども、悲しみの愛を見せろ)
2007 film directed by Daihachi Yoshida

Hiruko the Goblin (妖怪ハンター ヒルコ)
1991 film directed by Shinya Tsukamoto

Nobuhiko Obayashi: Anti-War Trilogy Box
Casting Blossoms to the Sky (この空の花 長岡花火物語) [2012]
Seven Weeks (野のなななのか) [2014]
Hanagatami (花筐) [2017] - already available standalone

Toshiaki Toyoda: 2005-2020 Box
Hanging Garden (空中庭園) [2005]
Monsters Club (モンスターズクラブ) [2012]
I'm Flash (アイム・フラッシュ!) [2012]
Wolf's Calling (狼煙が呼ぶ) [2019]
Day of Destruction (破壊の日) [2020]

Zokki (ゾッキ)
2021 film directed by Yamada Takayuki, Takenaka Naoto, Saitoh Takumi
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Eureka Entertainment titles have been leaked as per usual. The new additions for Asian Cinema are:

CINEMATIC VENGEANCE! 7 Kung Fu Classics From Director Joseph Kuo (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
Release Date: 15th November 2021
Label: Eureka Classics

The 4 disc seven film box set contains seven films from Taiwanese director Joseph Kuo.

Full Alert (Blu-ray)
Release Date: 18th October 2021
Label: Eureka Classics

1997 Hong Kong film from director Ringo Lam (Wild Search, Maximum Risk, Replicant, In Hell).
 
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Yami

Vampire Ninja
Obayashi's Anti-War Trilogy and Crazy Thunder Road are huuuuuuuuuge announcements from Third Window. Can't wait.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Eureka Entertainment titles officially revealed.

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CINEMATIC VENGEANCE! 8 Kung Fu Classics From Director Joseph Kuo
Release Date: 15th November 2021
Label: Eureka Classics

Limited Edition includes a hardbound case featuring newly commissioned artwork by Darren Wheeling, 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films by James Oliver, illustrated with archival imagery and materials, and a set of 8 facsimile lobby cards.

Disc 1 cover the following:
  • The 7 Grandmasters
  • The 36 Deadly Styles
Disc 2:
  • The World of Drunken Master
  • The Old Master
Disc 3:
  • Shaolin Kung Fu
  • The Shaolin Kids
Disc 4:
  • 18 Bronzemen
  • Return of the 18 Bronzemen
Each disc comes with original Mandarin audio with optional English subtitles as well as English dubs. Plus brand new Audio Commentary from variety of Hong Kong cinema experts and trailers.

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Full Alert
Release Date: 18th October 2021
Label: Eureka Classics

Limited Edition includes an o-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju) and a collector's booklet featuring new writing by David West (NEO Magazine). These are limited to 2000 units.

The disc features a 1080p presentation from a High Definition transfer from the original film elements with original Cantonese audio with optional English subtitles, as well as a brand new feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival), audio commentary by director Ringo Lam, and an original theatrical trailer.

Arrow's news will be revealed tomorrow and it's heavily referencing the Yokai Monsters collection that was semi-leaked earlier in the year.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Arrow's Asian Cinema release for October 2021 is revealed.

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Yokai Monsters Collection (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
Release Date: 18th October 2021

Collection includes:
Yoshiyuki Kuroda's Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters [妖怪百物語, 1968]
Yoshiyuki Kuroda's Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare [妖怪大戦争, 1968]
Kimiyoshi Yasuda & Yoshiyuki Kuroda's Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts [東海道お化け道中, 1969]
Takashi Miike's The Great Yokai War [妖怪大戦争, 2005]​

LIMITED EDITION BOXSET CONTENTS
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all four films
  • Optional English subtitles on all four films
  • Illustrated 60-page collectors’ book featuring new writing on the series by Stuart Galbraith IV, Raffael Coronelli and Jolyon Yates
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jolyon Yates
  • Postcards featuring newly commissioned artwork for each film by Jolyon Yates
  • Foldout ‘yokai guide’ poster illustrated by Jolyon Yates
DISC ONE – 100 MONSTERS
  • Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
  • Hiding in Plain Sight, a brand new documentary giving a primer on yokai for Western audiences, featuring interviews with experts Matt Alt, Zack Davisson, Kim Newman, Lynda E. Rucker and Hiroko Yoda
  • Theatrical trailer
  • US re-release trailer
  • Image gallery
DISC TWO – SPOOK WARFARE / ALONG WITH GHOSTS
  • Brand new 4K restoration of Spook Warfare by Kadokawa Pictures
  • Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio for both films
  • Theatrical trailers for both films - US re-release trailers for both films
  • Image galleries for both films
DISC THREE – THE GREAT YOKAI WAR
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 original Japanese and dubbed English audio
  • Brand new audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes
  • Archive interviews with the cast and crew, including Takashi Miike
  • Short Drama of Yokai, two shorts detailing the further adventures of the yokai
  • Another Story of Kawataro, two shorts featuring the continuing story of the kappa character in the film
  • World Yokai Conference, a publicity event where Miike speaks about the film
  • Promotional Events, video of the press conference to announce the start and completion of filming, as well as the premiere in Tokyo
  • Documentary on the film’s young star, Ryunosuki Kamiki, and his experience making the film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
So we knew about the Yokai Monsters trilogy but the biggest surprise for me personally is that they also included Takashi Miike's film with the set.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I went ahead and pre-ordered the Yokai Monsters Collection alongside the Arrow Store exclusive Deep Red UHD release and used some reward points to bring the total down for both.
 
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