Some recent Japanese dvd releases

THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART (12) 2015 JAPAN NAGAI , TATSUYUKI £17.99
Animated film in which Jun has been cursed to live a life of silence after a fairy closes her mouth following her parents’ divorce. At school, Jun tries to find her voice again by joining the school production of a musical.
GIRLS UND PANZER: DER FILM (12) 2015 JAPAN MIZUSHIMA, TSUTOMU £18.99
Animated film which follows a group of schoolgirls who take part in Sensha-do, a sport where competitors do battle using World War Two era tanks.
IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (PG) 2016 JAPAN KATABUCHI, SUNAO £13.99
Based on a manga by Fumiyo Kono, this animated film is set in WW2 Hiroshima, where newly married 18-year-old Suzu finds herself with a hungry family to feed, as well as fending of accusations of spying.
YOUR NAME (12) 2016 JAPAN SHINKAI, MAKOTO £17.99
Animated film in which a comet falls to earth and two children begin to feel bonded through their dreams, even though they have never met.

Country girl Mitsuha longs for the energy of the city, while Taki is an academic boy living in the city with his friends.

 

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Japanese film – MOURNING FOREST – issued as Dual Format Dvd/Blu Ray

Mourning ForestTHE MOURNING FOREST – THE MASTERS OF CINEMA SERIES (12) 2007 JAPAN KAWASE, NAOMI DUAL FORMAT DVD/BLU RAY £17.99
Young nurse Machiko, who works in a nursing and is grieving over the death of her child. At the home she strikes up a close bond with elderly dementia suffering man and they take a trip out into the countryside together when their car breaks down in a forest. Stranded the two embark upon an unexpected journey through memories and grief, fueled by their strange surroundings.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Kinji Fukasaku’s – NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOUR AND HUMANITY: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY – out on dual format dvd/Blu Ray

NEW BATTLESNEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOUR AND HUMANITY: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY (18) JAPAN FUKASAKU, KINJI DUAL FORMAT DVD/BLU RAY £59.99
Triple bill of crime films featuring New Battles Without Honour and Humanity (1974), Head of the Boss (1975) and Last Days of the Boss (1976)

‘New Battles Without Honour and Humanity’ (1974), while member of a crime family are in prison other family member try to take control of the crime empire.

‘Head of the Boss’ (1975) Shuji Kuroda (Sugawara) hitman takes his revenge for his betrayal.

‘Last Days of the Boss’ (1976) gangster Shuichi Nozaki (Sugawara) vows to get revenge on the mobster who killed his boss.

In Japanese with English subtitles

Special Features

Interactive Menus
Bonus Footage
Trailers
Other Documentary: ‘Beyond the Films: New Battles Without Honour and Humanity’, ‘New Stories, New Battles and Closing Stories’

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Japanese film – SAGA OF ANATAHAN – issued as Dual Format Dvd/Blu Ray

Saga of AnatahanTHE SAGA OF ANATAHAN – THE MASTERS OF CINEMA SERIES (15) 1953 JAPAN STERNBERG , JOSEF VON DUAL FORMAT DVD/BLU RAY £19.99
A group of Second World War Japanese sailors are shipwrecked and stranded on the isolated island of Anatahan. The only inhabitants are the manager of an abandoned plantation and an attractive young Japanese woman.

Stranded for seven years discipline and rationality slowly breaks down and a power struggle for control of the island and the sole woman develops.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Studio Ghibli animated film – OCEAN WAVES – reissued

Ocean WavesOCEAN WAVES (PG) 1993 JAPAN MOCHIZUKI, TOMOMI DUAL FORMAT DVD – BLU RAY – £24.99
Studio Ghibli  animated film based on the novel by Saeko Himuro. Taku is travelling to his hometown for his high school reunion. During the trip, he recalls the memories of this school days.

He looks back at the events of his teenage years with affection and some regret. When new girl Rikako arrives at his school from Tokyo, she keeps her distance from her new classmates, but on a school trip to Hawaii circumstances gradually conspire to bring her and Taku together.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Japanese film – HARMONIUM – now available as a dual format edition

HarmoniumHARMONIUM – THE MASTERS OF CINEMA SERIES (15) 2016 JAPAN FUKADA, KÔJI DUAL FORMAT EDITION £19.99
Yasaka is released from prison and seeks out his old friends Toshio, who welcome him into his family and gives him a job in his workshop.

However, the close Toshio family starts to fall apart as Yasaka oversteps his welcome and the past he shares with Toshio begins to come to light.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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DARK WATER – re-issued in a Dual Format set

Dark WaterDARK WATER (15) 2002 JAPAN NAKATA, HIDEO DUAL FORMAT DVD – BLU RAY £24.99
Supernatural horror movie from the director of the Ring.

Yoshimi, is a recently-divorced working mother with a history of mental heath issues. Having won the custody battle for her five-year-old daughter, Ikuko, she moves with her daughter into a new apartment.

But it isn’t long before strange occurrences begin. Yoshimi’s already precarious grip on her sanity gives way completely.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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