Asian Cinema Thread

NormanicGrav

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Jackie Chan's Dragon Lord, Jackie Chan's Fearless Hyena, and Herman Yau's Untold Story have been acquired by distributor 88 Films for a UK Blu-ray release scheduled for Q3 2020. Announced on Facebook.

For those wondering about the legit info about these (because of April Fool's Day), some folks who have worked with 88 Films went into more detail. Dragon Lord has a 2K master but may need re-rating for one of the versions available, and Untold Story is expected to be cut by the BBFC for sexual violence in one scene.
 
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NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Figured I'll offer another update on the Asian Cinema schedule for UK territories. I'll probably make this a monthly thing since there's often tweaks to dates and surprise announcements etc.

April 2020:

DateNameLanguageDirectorFormatDistributor
13thClan of the White LotusCantoneseLieh LoBlu-ray88 Films
13thNever-Ending Man: Hayao MiyazakiJapaneseKaku ArakawaBlu-ray & DVDAnime Limited
20thHeart of DragonCantoneseSammo HungBlu-ray88 Films
20thZu Warriors from the Magic MountainCantoneseTsui HarkBlu-rayEureka 'Masters of Cinema'
27thKwaidanJapaneseMasaki KobayashiBlu-rayEureka 'Masters of Cinema'
27thTsukamoto:
Killing / Haze / Denchu-Kozo
JapaneseShinya TsukamotoBlu-rayThird Window Films

May 2020:

DateNameLanguageDirectorFormatDistributor
18thFlavour of Green Tea Over RiceJapaneseYasujirō OzuBlu-ray & DVDBFI
18thFuneral Parade of RosesJapaneseToshio MatsumotoBlu-rayBFI
18thThrow DownCantoneseJohnnie ToBlu-rayEureka 'Masters of Cinema'
25thPink Films Vol 3 & 4:
Abnormal Family / Blue Film Woman
JapaneseMasayuki Suo, Kan MukaiBlu-ray & DVDThird Window Films

June 2020:

DateNameLanguageDirectorFormatDistributor
1stParasiteKoreanBong Joon-hoBlu-rayCurzon Artificial Eye
15thOperation Condor: Armour of God IICantoneseJackie ChanBlu-ray88 Films
15thTokyo Story (4K Restoration)JapaneseYasujirō OzuBlu-rayBFI
22ndThe Mad FoxJapaneseTomu UchidaBlu-rayArrow Academy
29thTakeshi Kitano Three-Film Collection:
Boiling Point / Sonatine / Violent Cop
JapaneseTakeshi KitanoBlu-rayBFI

July 2020:

DateNameLanguageDirectorFormatDistributor
27thGamera: The Complete CollectionJapaneseVariousBlu-rayArrow Video

Coming Soon (No Scheduled Date Yet):

NameLanguageDirectorDistributor
The Burning Buddha Man & Violence VoyagerJapaneseUjichaThird Window Films
Dragon LordCantoneseJackie Chan88 Films
Fearless HyenaCantoneseJackie Chan88 Films
HanagatamiJapaneseNobuhiko ObayashiThird Window Films
MelancholicJapaneseSeiji TanakaThird Window Films
Pink Films Vol 5: Women Hell SongJapaneseWatanabe MamoruThird Window Films
Ran (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)JapaneseAkira KurosawaStudio Canal
Underwater Love (Blu-ray)JapaneseShinji ImaokaThird Window Films
Untold StoryCantoneseHerman Yau88 Films
 

Jon O Fun

Magical Girl
Jackie Chan's Dragon Lord, Jackie Chan's Fearless Hyena, and Herman Yau's Untold Story have been acquired by distributor 88 Films for a UK Blu-ray release scheduled for Q3 2020. Announced on Facebook.

For those wondering about the legit info about these (because of April Fool's Day), some folks who have worked with 88 Films went into more detail. Dragon Lord has a 2K master but may need re-rating for one of the versions available, and Untold Story is expected to be cut by the BBFC for sexual violence in one scene.
Have 88 Films actually come out and said Untold Story was not an April Fool's?!? Its just far too crazy of an announcement to make on that day! 😂
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Have 88 Films actually come out and said Untold Story was not an April Fool's?!? Its just far too crazy of an announcement to make on that day! 😂
Yeah it's quite possibly an April Fools but they literally went into detail about licensing costs on the Blu-ray forum which is a bit overkill for a joke if you ask me.
 

Jon O Fun

Magical Girl
Yeah it's quite possibly an April Fools but they literally went into detail about licensing costs on the Blu-ray forum which is a bit overkill for a joke if you ask me.
My friend had the theory they did it as a joke and the amount of people on the FB post who were saying 'oh great, I'm going to buy this!' So they had an 'oh s#it, I think we're going to have to do this' moment... 😂
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
My friend had the theory they did it as a joke and the amount of people on the FB post who were saying 'oh great, I'm going to buy this!' So they had an 'oh s#it, I think we're going to have to do this' moment... 😂
Sounds reasonable lol, but honestly there's no harm testing the BBFC to see how much needs to be cut. Apparently it's getting a Blu-ray release in the US in the worst case scenario.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Arrow Easter Sale has begun and they have re-released a few out of print box sets in one single Amaray Blu-ray case.

The re-releases are as follows:
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
If I didn’t have those sets already I’d have probably considered going for them. Some decent titles in the sale though.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi has sadly passed away at the age of 82. Born in 1938, he has directed many films over his career.

His directorial debut was the 1977 film House, which is available to own by Eureka Ent in UK and Criterion in US. He also directed the 1983 film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and the 1987 film The Drifting Classroom (based on the manga series). One of his more recent projects was the 2017 film Hanagatami which he has continued to work on even though he was diagnosed with stage four cancer. The film was recently acquired by Third Window Films for an upcoming Blu-ray release. His final project was the 2019 film Labyrinth of Cinema which was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival and was planned for a theatrical release in Japan, but due to the COVID situation it had been postponed.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Criterion USA has announced plans to release the Bruce Lee Greatest Hits collection which includes five films that Bruce Lee himself featured in (two of which he also directed). It will be available on 14th July 2020 for SRP $124.95.


The films are Lo Wei's The Big Boss, Lo Wei's Fist of Fury, Bruce Lee's The Way of the Dragon, Robert Clouse's Enter the Dragon, and Bruce Lee's Game of Death.
 
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HWR

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Eureka Entertainment have started shipping copies of their new release of Kwaidan, can’t wait to see how it turns out as I held off importing the Criterion edition for ages.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Eureka Entertainment have started shipping copies of their new release of Kwaidan, can’t wait to see how it turns out as I held off importing the Criterion edition for ages.
I've heard the transfer is similar to the Criterion release but has different extras. I am quite tempted to order it myself but I placed my budget towards the Jackie Chan 88 Films releases as those are selling out faster.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I've heard the transfer is similar to the Criterion release but has different extras. I am quite tempted to order it myself but I placed my budget towards the Jackie Chan 88 Films releases as those are selling out faster.
That reminds me I need to pick up Heart of Dragon whilst the slip is in print.
 

Jon O Fun

Magical Girl
I noticed 88 Films updated the cover to include the new version of the BBFC rating.

Pretty impressive. BBFC gave them 6 months to switch and 88films did it in 2 weeks! Don't think I've seen any other studios actually using the new versions yet.
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Pretty impressive. BBFC gave them 6 months to switch and 88films did it in 2 weeks! Don't think I've seen any other studios actually using the new versions yet.
Third Window Films is pretty much going to be the first with Tsukamoto collection later this month!


 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
The latest updated release schedule.

May 2020:

DateNameLanguageDirectorFormatDistributor
18thFlavour of Green Tea Over RiceJapaneseYasujirō OzuBlu-ray & DVDBFI
18thFuneral Parade of RosesJapaneseToshio MatsumotoBlu-rayBFI
18thThrow DownCantoneseJohnnie ToBlu-rayEureka 'Masters of Cinema'
25thPink Films Vol 3 & 4:
Abnormal Family / Blue Film Woman
JapaneseMasayuki Suo, Kan MukaiBlu-ray & DVDThird Window Films

June 2020:

DateNameLanguageDirectorFormatDistributor
1stParasiteKoreanBong Joon-hoBlu-rayCurzon Artificial Eye
15thOperation Condor: Armour of God IICantoneseJackie ChanBlu-ray88 Films
15thTokyo Story (4K Restoration)JapaneseYasujirō OzuBlu-rayBFI
22ndThe Mad FoxJapaneseTomu UchidaBlu-rayArrow Academy
29thTakeshi Kitano Three-Film Collection:
Boiling Point / Sonatine / Violent Cop
JapaneseTakeshi KitanoBlu-rayBFI

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
27thGamera: The Complete CollectionJapaneseVariousBlu-rayArrow Video

Coming Soon (No Scheduled Date Yet):

NameLanguageDirectorDistributor
The Burning Buddha Man & Violence VoyagerJapaneseUjichaThird Window Films
Dragon LordCantoneseJackie Chan88 Films
Fearless HyenaCantoneseJackie Chan88 Films
MelancholicJapaneseSeiji TanakaThird Window Films
Pink Films Vol 5: Women Hell SongJapaneseWatanabe MamoruThird Window Films
Ran (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)JapaneseAkira KurosawaStudio Canal
Underwater Love (Blu-ray)JapaneseShinji ImaokaThird Window Films
Untold StoryCantoneseHerman Yau88 Films
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Eureka Entertainment will be bringing Mr. Vampire back to the UK on Blu-ray this July. This 1985 anthology Hong Kong horror film was produced by Sammo Hung and directed by Ricky Lau. It had been previously released in the UK by Made in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Legends and Cine-Asia on DVD.

The film will be labelled as part of Eureka Classics (like most of the Hong Kong films such as Police Story and Sammo Hung collection).
 
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