Asian Cinema Thread


CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Speaking of 88Films, they’re currently offering free shipping on their website if anyone is looking to buy some of their recent releases (the ones that are in stock anyway).


The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
It seems 88 Films continues the Jackie Chan train with the 1976 film Shaolin Wooden Men spotted their official website.


The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
A quick update. The upcoming 2020 re-release of Tokyo Story does include the Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family film, and I suspect the booklet will be the same also, with the main difference being the transfer which the 2020 version is the 4K restoration.

I'm bringing this up because a number of Ozu works were released by Criterion a few years after BFI's with 4K restorations so it wouldn't surprise me if we see some re-releases incoming, most notably with An Autumn Afternoon and Good Morning.


The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
BFI has made a list of their picks for best Japanese film per year. Here's the results:

  • 1925: Orochi - directed by Buntaro Futagawa
  • 1926: A Page of Madness - directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa
  • 1927: A Diary of Chuji’s Travels - directed by Daisuke Ito
  • 1928: Crossroads - directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa
  • 1929: Days of Youth - directed by Yasujiro Ozu
  • 1930: What Made Her Do It? - directed by Shigeyoshi Suzuki
  • 1931: The Neighbour’s Wife and Mine - directed by Heinosuke Gosho
  • 1932: I Was Born, But… - directed by Yasujiro Ozu [available by BFI]
  • 1933: Japanese Girls at the Harbour - directed by Hiroshi Shimizu
  • 1934: Our Neighbour, Miss Yae - directed by Yasujiro Shimazu
  • 1935: Wife! Be like a Rose! - directed by Mikio Naruse
  • 1936: Sisters of the Gion - directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
  • 1937: Humanity and Paper Balloons - directed by Sadao Yamanaka
  • 1938: Fallen Blossoms - directed by Tamizo Ishida
  • 1939: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums - directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
  • 1940: Spring on Leper’s Island - directed by Shiro Toyoda
  • 1941: Ornamental Hairpin - directed by Hiroshi Shimizu
  • 1942: The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malaya - directed by Kajiro Yamamoto
  • 1943: The Life of Matsu the Untamed - directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
  • 1944: Army - directed by Keisuke Kinoshita
  • 1945: Momotaro, Sacred Sailors - directed by Mitsuyo Seo [available by Anime Limited]
  • 1946: Utamaro and His Five Women - directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
  • 1947: The Ball at the Anjo House - directed by Kozaburo Yoshimura
  • 1948: Children of the Beehive - directed by Hiroshi Shimizu
  • 1949: Late Spring - directed by Yasujiro Ozu [available by BFI]
  • 1950: Rashomon - directed by Akira Kurosawa [available by BFI]
  • 1951: Repast - directed by Mikio Naruse
  • 1952: The Life of Oharu - directed by Kenji Mizoguchi [available by Criterion]
  • 1953: Tokyo Story - directed by Yasujiro Ozu [available by BFI]
  • 1954: Seven Samurai - directed by Akira Kurosawa [available by BFI]
  • 1955: The Eternal Breasts - directed by Kinuyo Tanaka
  • 1956: Crazed Fruit - directed by Ko Nakahira
  • 1957: A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era - directed by Yuzo Kawashima
  • 1958: Giants and Toys - directed by Yasuzo Masumura
  • 1959: Fires on the Plain - directed by Kon Ichikawa
  • 1960: The Naked Island - directed by Kaneto Shindo
  • 1961: Bad Boys - directed by Susumu Hani
  • 1962: Harakiri - directed by Masaki Kobayashi [available by Eureka Entertainment]
  • 1963: The Insect Woman - directed by Shohei Imamura
  • 1964: Woman of the Dunes - directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
  • 1965: A Fugitive from the Past - directed by Tomu Uchida
  • 1966: Silence Has No Wings - directed by Kazuo Kuroki
  • 1967: Branded to Kill - directed by Seijun Suzuki [available by Arrow Video]
  • 1968: Death by Hanging - directed by Nagisa Oshima
  • 1969: Funeral Parade of Roses - directed by Toshio Matsumoto [available by BFI]
  • 1970: Eros + Massacre - directed by Yoshishige Yoshida
  • 1971: Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets - directed by Shuji Terayama
  • 1972: Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 - directed by Shunya Ito [available by Arrow Video]
  • 1973: Battles without Honour and Humanity - directed by Kinji Fukasaku [available by Arrow Video]
  • 1974: Sandakan No. 8 - directed by Kei Kumai
  • 1975: The Shiranui Sea - directed by Noriaki Tsuchimoto
  • 1976: Watcher in the Attic - directed by Noboru Tanaka
  • 1977: The Yellow Handkerchief - directed by Yoji Yamada
  • 1978: The Demon - directed by Yoshitaro Nomura
  • 1979: The Man Who Stole the Sun - directed by Kazuhiko Hasegawa
  • 1980: Zigeunerweisen - directed by Seijun Suzuki [available by Arrow Academy]
  • 1981: Muddy River - directed by Kohei Oguri
  • 1982: I Are You, You Am Me - directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
  • 1983: The Family Game - directed by Yoshimitsu Morita
  • 1984: The Funeral - directed by Juzo Itami
  • 1985: Fire Festival - directed by Mitsuo Yanagimachi
  • 1986: To Sleep So as to Dream - directed by Kaizo Hayashi
  • 1987: The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On - directed by Kazuo Hara
  • 1988: Akira - directed by Katsuhiro Otomo [available by Manga Entertainment]
  • 1989: Tetsuo: The Iron Man - directed by Shinya Tsukamoto [available by Third Window Films]
  • 1990: The Cherry Orchard - directed by Shun Nakahara
  • 1991: Only Yesterday - directed by Isao Takahata [available by Studio Canal]
  • 1992: Porco Rosso - directed by Hayao Miyazaki [available by Studio Canal]
  • 1993: Sonatine - directed by Takeshi Kitano [available by BFI]
  • 1994: Katatsumori - directed by Naomi Kawase
  • 1995: Like Grains of Sand - directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi
  • 1996: Shall We Dance? - directed by Masayuki Suo
  • 1997: Cure - directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa [available by Eureka Entertainment]
  • 1998: Ring - directed by Hideo Nakata [available by Arrow Video]
  • 1999: Audition - directed by Takashi Miike [available by Arrow Video]
  • 2000: Eureka - directed by Shinji Aoyama
  • 2001: Spirited Away - directed by Hayao Miyazaki [available by Studio Canal]
  • 2002: The Twilight Samurai - directed by Yoji Yamada
  • 2003: Wild Berries - directed by Miwa Nishikawa
  • 2004: Nobody Knows - directed by Hirokazu Koreeda [available by BFI]
  • 2005: Linda Linda Linda - directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita
  • 2006: Paprika - directed by Satoshi Kon [available by Manga Entertainment]
  • 2007: United Red Army - directed by Kôji Wakamatsu
  • 2008: Love Exposure - directed by Sion Sono [available by Third Window Films]
  • 2009: Summer Wars - directed by Mamoru Hosoda [available by Manga Entertainment]
  • 2010: Villain - directed by Lee Sang-il
  • 2011: I Wish - directed by Hirokazu Koreeda [available by Arrow Academy]
  • 2012: Flashback Memories 3D - directed by Tetsuaki Matsue
  • 2013: Tale of Iya - directed by Tetsuichiro Tsuta
  • 2014: The Light Shines Only There - directed by Mipo Oh
  • 2015: Happy Hour - directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • 2016: Harmonium - directed by Kôji Fukada [available by Eureka Entertainment]
  • 2017: Hanagatami - directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi [available by Third Window Films]
  • 2018: Shoplifters - directed by Hirokazu Koreeda [available by Thunderbird Releasing]
  • 2019: Domains - directed by Natsuka Kusano
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CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Poor Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), though that is technically a British-Japanese production so maybe it didn’t count.


Combat Butler
Pleased Summer Wars made the list. Easily my favourite Hosoda film. Though A Silent Voice and Your Name being muscled out for 2016 is surprising.


Pokémon Master
I refuse to believe Villain is better than The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya! I've not seen it though...


The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
New titles from 88 Films now available to pre-order on Amazon that are part of Asian Cinema:
  • Dragon Lord (龍少爺) - 1982 film by Jackie Chan - 24th August
  • Fearless Hyena (笑拳怪招) - 1979 film by Jackie Chan - 24th August
  • Bonus: Street Fighter: The Ultimate Battle - 1994 film based on Capcom's video-game by Steven E. de Souza - 28th September
(Disclaimer: Amazon links are affiliated to help support me financially)

Jon O Fun

Stand User
A couple more 88films releases popped up on Amazon:

The Master (Jet Li?)
Replicant (Van Damme & Ringo Lam)
Knock Off (Van Damme & Tsui Hark)
Avenging Force

Seems like they're doing a Van Damme collection which I'm all for!


The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
Armour of God II - Operation Condor is available to pre-order from 88Films.
I read yesterday that 88 Films have made a statement saying that both Amazon and Zavvi took a chunk of the 3000 units stock so there is a chance that ordering directly through 88 Films may end up being the second print.


CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I read yesterday that 88 Films have made a statement saying that both Amazon and Zavvi took a chunk of the 3000 units stock so there is a chance that ordering directly through 88 Films may end up being the second print.
I saw that statement though hopefully I’m lucky on the slipcover front. Stock is meant to be coming in next week so I’ll find out around then.

Jon O Fun

Stand User
I read yesterday that 88 Films have made a statement saying that both Amazon and Zavvi took a chunk of the 3000 units stock so there is a chance that ordering directly through 88 Films may end up being the second print.
Currently No. 6 best seller on Amazon so outselling Bad Boys 3 and Parasite!


The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
The latest updated release schedule.

June 2020:

1stParasiteKoreanBong Joon-hoBlu-rayCurzon Artificial Eye
15thArmour of God II: Operation CondorCantoneseJackie 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:

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

August 2020:
10thFish StoryJapaneseYoshihiro NakamuraBlu-rayThird Window Films
17thGamera: The Complete CollectionJapaneseVariousBlu-rayArrow Video
24thBlack Test Car & The Black ReportJapaneseYasuzo MasumuraBlu-rayArrow Video
24thDragon LordCantoneseJackie ChanBlu-ray88 Films
24thThe Fearless HyenaCantoneseJackie ChanBlu-ray88 Films

September 2020:

7thMelancholicJapaneseSeiji TanakaBlu-ray & DVDThird Window Films
28thThe MasterCantoneseTsui HarkBlu-ray88 Films

Coming Soon (No Scheduled Date Yet):

The Burning Buddha Man & Violence VoyagerJapaneseUjichaThird Window Films
The H-Man & Battle in Outer SpaceJapaneseIshirō HondaEureka 'Masters of Cinema'
Kwaidan (Standard Edition release)JapaneseMasaki KobayashiEureka '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
Untold StoryCantoneseHerman Yau88 Films


Great Teacher
WoW. Untold Story getting release. That film is so bizarre with it's tone. One minute people are being chopped and one minute later you got some wacky Chinese humor.