Japanses thriller – CREEPY – THE MASTERS OF CINEMA SERIE – out on Dual format

creepyCREEPY – THE MASTERS OF CINEMA SERIES (15) 2016 JAPAN KUROSAWA, KIYOSHI DUAL FORMAT BLU-RAY/DVD £19.99
A retired detective Koichi takes a new job as a criminology lecturer and is convinced by a former colleague to reopen a six-year-old, unsolved case in which three members of the same family disappeared without a trace.

With the family’s daughter Saki the only witness, Koichi’s investigation leads him to become increasingly suspicious of his new neighbour Masayuki Nishino.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Toshiaki Toyoda’s – TOSHIAKI TOYODA: THE EARLY YEARS – available on dvd

toshiaki-toyodaTOSHIAKI TOYODA: THE EARLY YEARS (15) 2013 JAPAN TOYODA, TOSHIAKI £28.99
Triple bill of cult Japanese films – ‘Pornostar’ (1998) , ‘Unchain’ (2000) and ‘9 Souls’ (2003).

Pornostar (1998), Toshiaki Toyoda debut film about a troubled youngster who goes on a vengeful killing spree against the Tokyo Yakuza.

Unchain (2000) is a documentary about the boxer Unchain Kaji as he starts a new life outside of the ring.

9 Souls (2003) nine dangerous prisoners escape and go in search of a rumoured hoard of hidden counterfeit money.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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New JAPANESE dvd releases for 2016

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A LETTER TO MOMO (PG) 2011 JAPAN OKIURA, HIROYUKI £19.99
Japanese amine. After the death of her father 11-year-old Momo moves with her mother to the remote island of Shio. Her Moon, overcome with grief, tries to find meaning behind an unfinished letter her father left her containing only two words, ‘Dear Momo’.
A SCENE AT THE SEA (U) 1992 JAPAN KITANO, TAKESHI BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Shigeru, a hearing-impaired sanitation worker, finds a broken surf board in a pile of rubbish . He decides to mend the board and hit the beach. Shigeru anxiously attempts to catch a wave, unaware of the local’s heckles and laughter.
BLOOD BLOCKADE BATTLEFRONT (15) 2015 JAPAN MATSUMOTO, RIE £29.99
All 12 episodes of the Japanese anime about monsters that have broken through a portal from their world and are now causing havoc in the city formerly known as New York.
DOLLS (12) 2002 JAPAN KITANO, TAKESHI BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Three touching tradition Bunraku stories about undying love.
THE EMPIRE OF CORPSES (15) 2015 JAPAN MAKIHARA, RYOUTAROU £34.99
Sci-fi anime feature based on the novel by Project Itoh and Tô Enjo. Set in 19th-century London, new technology has allowed human corpses to be reanimated and used as labourers for Europe’s industrial advancement.
FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (18) JAPAN ITO,S/HASEBE, Y £79.99
Collection of Japanese thrillers starring Meiko Kaji. Contains ‘Female Prisoner #701 – Scorpion’ (1972), ‘Female Prisoner #701 – Scorpion: Jailhouse 41’ (1972), ‘Female Prisoner #701 – Scorpion: Beast Stable’ (1973) and ‘Female Prisoner Scorpion #701’s Grudge Song’ (1973).
FREE!: ETERNAL SUMMER (PG) 2014 JAPAN UTSUMI, HIROKO £24.99
All 13 episodes of the Japanese anime about the members of a high school swimming team.
GANKUTSUOU (15) 2004 JAPAN KOUYAMA, SHUICH £59.99
All 24 episodes of the Japanese anime series loosely based on ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’M,M but set in the year 5053.
HANA-BI (18) 1997 JAPAN TAKESHI KITANO BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Award winning tale of guilt, death and loyalty.
THE HUMAN CONDITION TRILOGY (18) 1961 JAPAN KOBAYASHI, MASAKI DUAL FORMAT BLU RAY /DVD £69.99
Wartime trilogy based on Junpei Gomikawa’s novel which followings the journey of pacifist Kaji (Tatsuya Nakadai) from naïve labour camp supervisor to Imperial soldier and eventually to Soviet prisoner of war. Features – No Greater Love (1959), Road to Eternity (1959) and A Soldier’s Prayer (1961).
KIDS RETURN (15) 1996 JAPAN KITANO, TAKESHI BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Two trouble-making, teenage bullies drop-out of school to try and become successful in the real world. One becomes a small-time boxer and the other joins the Yakuza gang.
KIJU YOSHIDA: LOVE AND ANARCHISM (15) 1973 JAPAN YOSHIDA, YOSHISHIGE DUAL FORMAT BLU RAY-DVD £54.99
Collection of three works from the late sixties and early seventies, a loose trilogy united by their radical politics. EROS + MASSACRE (1969) tells the parallel stories of early 20th-century anarchist. HEROIC PURGATORY(1970) presents a bleak but dreamlike investigation into the political discourses taking place in early seventies Japan. COUP D’ÉTAT (1973) is a biopic of Ikki Kita, the right-wing extremist who sought to overthrow the government in 1936.
KIKUJIRO (12) 1998 JAPAN KITANO, TAKESHI DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
A retired Yakuza is forced to help a young boy to find his mother.
LOVE & PEACE (15) 2015 JAPAN SONO, SION £14.99
Comedy drama about shy bullied office worker who is forced to flush his pet turtle down the toilet, but when it reappears from the sewers with magic powers it transform his owner’s dreams into reality.
LOVE, ELECTION AND CHOCOLATE: COLLECTION (12) 2012 JAPAN KITAHATA, TORU £29.99
Complete collection of the anime based on the visual novel by Sprite.
MISS HOKUSAI (12) 2015 JAPAN HARA, KEIICHI £12.99
Based on the manga series by Hinako Sugiura about a real life artist and his daughter. Set in 1814, about a daughter of an unconventional painter Tetsuzo who encourages her to develop her artistic skills in a conservative Japanese society.
OUR LITTLE SISTER (PG) 2015 JAPAN KOREEDA, HIROKAZU DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Three sisters live together in the quiet coastal town of Kamakura, however idyllic peace is shattered when there mother return after a long absence.
OVER YOUR DEAD BODY (18) 2014 JAPAN MIIKE, TAKASHI £15.99
Supernatural horror feature story in which an actors characters begin to spill over into reality with dire consequences.
PSYCHO-PASS: THE MOVIE (15) 2015 JAPAN MOTOHIRO, K/SHIOTANI, N £34.99
Feature-length spin-off of the Japanese sci-fi series. Set in a future world where systems have been developed that can anticipate crimes in advance.
RAN (15) 1985 JAPAN KUROSAWA, AKIRA DVD £19.99 BLU RAY £24.99
This complex, newly restored, Oscar-winning epic is Kurosawa’s interpretation of King Lear.
TERROR IN RESONANCE (15) 2015 JAPAN WATANABE, SHINICHIRÔ £24.99
All eleven episodes of the Japanese anime set in an alternate Tokyo that has been devastated by a terrorist attack.
OVER YOUR DEAD BODY (18) 2014 JAPAN MIIKE, TAKASHI £15.99
Supernatural horror feature story in which an actors characters begin to spill over into reality with dire consequences.
TOSHIAKI TOYODA: THE EARLY YEARS (15) 2013 JAPAN TOYODA, TOSHIAKI £28.99
Triple bill of cult Japanese films – ‘Pornostar’ (1998) , ‘Unchain’ (2000) and ‘9 Souls’ (2003).
UZUMASA LIMELIGHT (15) 2014 JAPAN OCHIAI, KEN £14.99
Older actor Seiichi Kamiyama (Seizo Fukumoto) is struggling to find work within the declining samurai film-making tradition. Having played the part of the Kirareyaku, whose role is to die at the hands of the picture’s leading star, he finds new purpose in life by teaching a young actress the art of the Kirareyaku along with the elegant art of stage sword fighting.
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (U) 2014 JAPAN YONEBAYASHI, HIROMASA DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY £24.99
Studio Ghibli anime about 12-year-old asthmatic tomboy Anna who is sent to stay with relatives in a seaside town . Here Anna sees an old, abandoned mansion that is in pristine condition and in which a young girl called Marnie lives. Anna sets out to discover the truth about the girl and the house.

 

 

Recent Takeshi Kitano films issued on Blu Ray

A SCENE AT THE SEA (U) 1992 JAPAN KITANO, TAKESHI BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Shigeru, a hearing-impaired sanitation worker, finds a broken surf board in a pile of rubbish . He decides to mend the board and hit the beach. Shigeru anxiously attempts to catch a wave, unaware of the local’s heckles and laughter.

DOLLS (12) 2002 JAPAN KITANO, TAKESHI BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Three touching short stories inspired by tradition Bunraku stories about undying love.

The stories include a young couple roaming the countryside, bound by a red cord, an elderly yakuza returns to the park where he used to meet the girlfriend he abandoned and a reclusive pop star who is visited by a devoted fan.
HANA-BI (18) 1997 JAPAN TAKESHI KITANO BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Award winning downbeat thriller about guilt, death and loyalty.

Retired monosyllabic detective Nishi robs a bank to take his crippled wife on a final holiday, while pursued by loan sharks and the police.

KIDS RETURN (15) 1996 JAPAN KITANO, TAKESHI BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Two trouble-making, teenage bullies drop-out of school to try and become successful in the real world. One becomes a small-time boxer and the other joins the Yakuza gang.

KIKUJIRO (12) 1998 JAPAN KITANO, TAKESHI DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
A retired Yakuza is forced to help a young boy to find his mother. As their journey develops, and as they reach their final destination, the pair begin to appreciate that the most important thing about their quest has been the time they spent together.

In Japanese with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at
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Japanese anime – MISS HOKUSAI – out on dvd

miss-hokusaiMISS HOKUSAI (15) 2015 JAPAN HARA, KEIICHI £17.99
Anime Set in Edo in 1814 and follows O-Ei, the daughter of the accomplished and unconventional painter Tetsuzo. He encourages O-Ei to develop her artistic skills which sees her becoming as uninhibited as her father, putting her at odds with conservative Japanese society.

While Tetsuzo goes on to become world-famous, O-Ei remains relatively unknown and uncredited, despite the contributions she makes to her father’s art.

In Japanese with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at
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Studio Ghibli anime – WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE – issued on dvd and Blu Ray.

when-marnie-was-thereWHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (U) 2014 JAPAN YONEBAYASHI, HIROMASA DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY £24.99
Studio Ghibli anime based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson. 12-year-old asthmatic tomboy Anna is sent to stay with relatives in a seaside town . Here Anna sees an old, abandoned mansion in the salt marshes, that is in pristine condition and in which a young girl called Marnie lives. Anna sets out to discover the truth about the girl and the house.

In Japanese with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at
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Masaki Kobayashi’s wartime trilogy – HUMAN CONDITION TRILOGY – out on dual format dvd/Blu Ray

Human Condition TrilogyTHE HUMAN CONDITION TRILOGY (18) 1961 JAPAN KOBAYASHI, MASAKI DUAL FORMAT BLU RAY /DVD £69.99
Wartime trilogy based on Junpei Gomikawa’s novel which followings the journey of pacifist Kaji (Tatsuya Nakadai) from naïve labour camp supervisor to Imperial soldier and eventually to Soviet prisoner of war.

Films featured –

NO GREATER LOVE (1959) – Kaji is relocated to a mine-supervising job in Manchuria, where he is horrified by the use of forced labour.

ROAD TO ETERNITY (1959) – conscripted into the Japanese army Kaji is forced to fight in the name of the imperialist cause

A SOLDIER’S PRAYER (1961) – deals with the consequences of Japan’s defeat and the consequences to Kaji himself.

Throughout the trilogy Kobayashi unflinchingly examines the psychological toll of appallingly complex decisions being made in war.

In Japanese with English subtitles

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

• Original Japanese mono soundtrack (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

• Optional English subtitles

• Introduction to the film by critic Philip Kemp

• Selected-scene commentary by Philip Kemp

• Theatrical trailers

• Booklet featuring archival interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, and a scholarly essay discussing post-World War II Japanese culture

DVD available to buy at
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Meiko Kaji satrs in FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION ou on dvd/Blu Ray

FEMALE PRISONER SCORPIONFEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (18) JAPAN ITO,S/HASEBE, Y £79.99
Collection of Japanese thrillers starring the iconic and beautiful Meiko Kaji in a role that came to define her career,

Contains –

‘Female Prisoner #701 – Scorpion’ (1972) – Matsu (Meiko Kaji) end up in lands in prison thanks to the evil manipulations of an ex-boyfriend and she must find a way to escape in order to get her revenge.

‘Female Prisoner #701 – Scorpion: Jailhouse 41’ (1972) – Matsu exacts a grim revenge on the male wardens at the prison after enduring further brutal punishment.

‘Female Prisoner #701 – Scorpion: Beast Stable’ (1973) – Matsu is now on the run after her prison escape and is now in trouble with a local gang.

‘Female Prisoner Scorpion #701’s Grudge Song’ (1973) – Matsu attempts to get revenge on a corrupt detective.

In Japanese with English subtitles

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (4000 copies)
Brand new 2K restorations of all four films in the series presented on High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays) for all films
Optional English subtitles for all films
Double-sided fold out poster of two original artworks
Reversible sleeves for all films featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens, a brand new interview with Toru Shinohara, creator of the original Scorpion manga and an archive interview with Meiko Kaji by Chris D. illustrated with original stills

FEMALE PRISONER #701: SCORPION

Newly filmed appreciation by filmmaker Gareth Evans (The Raid)
Shunya Ito: Birth of an Outlaw, an archive interview with the director
Scorpion Old and New, a new interview with assistant director Yutaka Kohira
Theatrical Trailers for all four films in the series

FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: JAILHOUSE 41

Newly filmed appreciation by critic Kier-La Janisse
Japanese cinema critic Jasper Sharp looks over the career of Shunya Ito
Designing Scorpion, a new interview with production designer Tadayuki Kuwana
Original Theatrical Trailer and Teaser

FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: BEAST STABLE

Newly filmed appreciation by critic Kat Ellinger
Shunya Ito: Directing Meiko Kaji, an archive interview with the director
Unchained Melody, a new visual essay by Tom Mes on the career of Meiko Kaji
Original Theatrical Trailer and Teaser

FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: #701’s GRUDGE SONG

Newly filmed appreciation by filmmaker Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (Kichiku: Banquet of the Beasts)
Yasuharu Hasebe: Finishing the Series, an archive interview with the director
Japanese cinema critic Jasper Sharp looks over the career of Yasuharu Hasebe
They Call Her Scorpion, a new visual essay by Tom Mes on the film series
Original Theatrical Trailer

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Japanese comedy -LOVE & PEACE – released on dvd

Love & PeaceLOVE & PEACE (15) 2015 JAPAN SONO, SION £14.99
Comedy drama about shy bullied office worker who is forced to flush his pet turtle down the toilet, but when it reappears from the sewers with magic powers it transform his owner’s dreams into reality.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

DVD available to buy at
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Japanese Drama -OUR LITTLE SISTER – out on dvd

Our Little SisterOUR LITTLE SISTER (PG) 2015 JAPAN KOREEDA, HIROKAZU DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Three sisters live together in the quiet coastal town of Kamakura, however idyllic peace is shattered when there mother return after a long absence.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

DVD available to buy at
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Restored Akira Kurosawa masterpiece – RAN – out on dvd and Blu Ray

RanRAN (15) 1985 JAPAN KUROSAWA, AKIRA DVD £19.99 BLU RAY £24.99
This complex, newly restored, Oscar-winning epic is Kurosawa’s interpretation of King Lear.

Set in 16th century Japan,  ailing warlord (Tatsuya Nakadai) cedes his power to his three sons, who are selfish and treacherous.

This classic film is notable for it’s breathtaking vistas and epic battle scenes.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

FILM NOTES TO RAN

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Japanese film – UZUMASA LIMELIGHT – out on dvd

uzumasaUZUMASA LIMELIGHT (15) 2014 JAPAN OCHIAI, KEN £14.99
Older actor Seiichi Kamiyama (Seizo Fukumoto) is struggling to find work within the declining samurai film-making tradition.

Have a career Seiichi playinmg the role of the kirareyaku, whose role is to die at the hands of the picture’s leading star. He finds new purpose in life by teaching a young actress the art of the kirareyaku and the elegant art of stage sword fighting.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

DVD available to buy at –http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/japanese-films-on-dvd

 

Now on dvd Japanese film – FIGHTER PILOT

Fighter PilotTHE FIGHTER PILOT (12) 2013 JAPAN YAMAZAKI, TAKASHI £15.99
Takashi Yamazaki writes and directs this Second World War war drama about a family  trying to find out what their grandfather did in the war and discovering  he was a Kamikaze pilot  during  the attack on  Pearl Harbour  in 1941

In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Japanese film – STILL THE WATER – released on dvd

Still the WaterSTILL THE WATER (15) 2014 JAPAN KAWASE, NAOMI £17.99

Visually stunning romantic drama about two young people growing up and falling in love on a small tropical Japanese island.

16-year-old Kyoko (Jun Yoshinaga) and her neighbour Kaito (Nijiro Murakami) are romantically involved. However Kyoko sick mother Kaito, a shaman, lies dying in the shade of their 400-year-old banyan tree surrounded by her family which makes Kyolo acutely aware that he has been cut off from the his past.

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Studio Ghibli anime – TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA – gets UK dvd/Blu Ray release

The Tale of the Princess KaguyaTALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (U) 2013 JAPAN TAKAHATA, ISAO DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £24.99
Studio Ghibli anime about a bamboo cutter who finds a miniature girl and takes her home to his wife so they can bring her up as their own daughter. The girl grows unusually fast and, believing her to be a princess, the bamboo cutter uses gold he discovers to treat her like royalty, moving his family from the mountains to the capital city.

Before long a royal priest names the girl Princess Kaguya and a number of suitors vow for her affection. However Princess Kaguya
longs to be back in the mountains with her friend Sutemaru.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

PRINCESS KAGUYA CULTURE NOTES

Guardian Review –
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/mar/22/tale-of-princess-kaguya-review-kermode


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