Japanese action comedy – TOKYO DRAGON CHEF – released on dvd

Tokyo Dragon ChefTOKYO DRAGON CHEF (15) 2020 JAPAN NISHIMURA, YOSHIHIRO £12.99
Action comedy in which released prisoner opens a successful Ramen restaurant. However his criminal past catches up with him as a rival restaurant threatens his success .

In Japanese with English subtitles.

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BATTLE ROYALE – issued as Limited Edition 5 Disc Blu Ray Box Set

Battle RoyaleBATTLE ROYALE (18) 2001 JAPAN KITANO TAKESHI LIMITED EDITION 5 DISC BLU RAY BOX SET £64.99
Unemployment and school rebellion leads the Government to send a group of children to a desert island to fight to the death in this will received film likened to A Clockwork Orange.

Now in a brand new 4K restoration of the classic cult shocker adapted from the controversial novel by Koushun Takami.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 4K restoration of the Original Theatrical Version and Special Edition Director’s Cut of Battle Royale from the original camera negative by Arrow Films, approved by Kenta Fukasaku

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of both versions of Battle Royale

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Battle Royale II: Requiem theatrical cut and the Battle Royale II: Revenge extended cut

Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo

Optional English subtitles

Original soundtrack CD for Battle Royale [Limited Edition Exclusive]

Kinji Fukasaku: Man of Rage, an exclusive 120-page monograph on the director by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes [Limited Edition Exclusive]

Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new essays by Matt Alt and Anne Billson and archival articles

Exclusive Battle Royale collectors’ Trump Card set [Limited Edition Exclusive]

Reversible poster with new artwork [Limited Edition Exclusive]

DISC ONE – BATTLE ROYALE: ORIGINAL THEATRICAL VERSION

Brand new audio commentary by critics Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp

Coming of Age: Battle Royale at 20 an exclusive new 42-minute documentary about the legacy of Battle Royale

Bloody Education: Kenta Fukasaku on Battle Royale, a brand new exclusive interview with the film’s producer and screenwriter

The Making of Battle Royale: The Experience of 42 High School Students, documentary featuring footage from the shooting of the film and cast and crew discussions

The Slaughter of 42 High School Students, a look behind the scenes of the shoot

Behind the scenes footage with comments from the cast and crew

Filming on Set, a look at the shooting of key scenes from the film

Conducting Battle Royale with the Warsaw National Philharmonic, archive footage of

Masamichi Amano conducting the soundtrack rehearsal

DISC TWO – BATTLE ROYALE: SPECIAL EDITION DIRECTOR’S CUT

Shooting the Special Edition, on-location featurette with footage of the cast and crew reuniting for the shoot of the Special Edition

Royale Rehearsals, featurette on Kinji Fukasaku directing the film’s young cast

Masamichi Amano Conducts Battle Royale, archive featurette

Takeshi Kitano Interview, filmed on location with the Japanese star

The Correct Way to Fight in Battle Royale, instructional video explaining the rules of the game

The Correct Way to Make ‘Battle Royale’: Birthday Version, a new version of the original instructional video made to celebrate Kinji Fukasaku’s birthday

Premiere Press Conference, preceding the film’s first public screening

Tokyo International Film Festival Presentation, with footage from the gala screening at the

Tokyo International Film Festival

Opening Day at the Marunouchi Toei Movie Theatre, archive footage of the Japanese opening

Special Effects Comparison showing how the film’s violent killings were created

Original Trailers and TV spots

Kinji Fukasaku trailer reel, a collection of original trailers for Fukasaku’s classic yakuza films from the 70s

Image Gallery

DISC THREE – BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM

Bloody Graduation: Kenta Fukasaku on Battle Royale II, an exclusive brand new interview with the director and screenwriter of Battle Royale II

Behind the Scenes of Battle Royale II, on-location featurette during the film’s shoot

Rehearsals footage of the auditions and pre-production rehearsals

War and Struggle, featurette of the cast discussing their thoughts on war

Alternate Piano Scene

The Recording of the Music Score, archive footage of Masamichi Amano and the Warsaw

National Philharmonic Orchestra

Opening Gala with The Orchestra, featuring a public introduction by the director and main cast

Battle Royale II Premiere, a featurette on the film’s first screening at the Marunouchi Toei
Movie Theatre

Trailers and TV spots

Image gallery

DISC FOUR – BATTLE ROYALE II: REVENGE

A Tribute to Kinji Fukasaku, featuring scenes of Kinji Fukasaku on the location of Battle Royale II

Kinji Fukasaku’s 73rd Birthday: A Speech by Kenta Fukasaku, paying public tribute to his father

DISC FIVE – BATTLE ROYALE SOUNDTRACK CD [Limited Edition Exclusive]

CD featuring the complete score to Battle Royale by Masamichi Amano and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Akira Kurosawa’s epic – KAGEMUSHA – released on Blu Ray

KagemushaKAGEMUSHA (PG) 1980 JAPAN KUROSAWA, AKIRA BLU RAY £24.99
A warlord, who has a stand in to take his places in battles, dies, the impersonator take over the roll as warlord.

Kurosawa epic samurai film plays with the notion of illusion and reality and is a meditation on the nature of power.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Restored high-definition digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 soundtrack on Blu-ray edition

Audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince

Lucas, Coppola, and Kurosawa, an interview piece from 2005 in which directors George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola discuss Kurosawa and Kagemusha

Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film

Image: Kurosawa’s Continuity, a piece from 1993 reconstructing Kagemusha through Kurosawa’s paintings and sketches

Suntory Whisky commercials made on the set of Kagemusha

Gallery of storyboards painted by Kurosawa and images of their realization on-screen
Theatrical trailers and teasers

Plus: An essay by scholar Peter Grilli and an interview with Kurosawa by renowned critic Tony Rayns

Cover painting by Akira Kurosawa

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Takashi Miike’s -FIRST LOVE – released on dvd and Blu Ray

First LoveFIRST LOVE (15) 2019 JAPAN MIIKE, TAKASHI DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY £17.99
Action comedy. Young boxer Leo and call girl Monica becoming caught up in a bloody and violent conflict between rival drug gangs.

In Japanese with English subtitles

 

 

 

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Cult Japanese PINK FILMS VOLUMES 1 & 2 And VOLUMES 3 & 4 on Blu-ray / with Dvd – Double Play

Pink Films Vol. 1 & 2PINK FILMS VOL. 1 & 2 (18) 1967 JAPAN YAMATOYA, ATSUSHI BLU-RAY / WITH DVD – DOUBLE PLAY £19.99

Features –

INFLATABLE SEX DOLL OF THE WASTELANDS

Meeting in a blasted, barren wilderness, the hitman Shô is engaged by wealthy real estate agent Naka to track down his kidnapped lover.

GUSHING PRAYER –

The most cryptic and formally radical pink film from the most politically radical director ever to work in the field, deploying actual suicide notes and a haunting guitar refrain by folk musician Minami Masato to express the spiritual and political left vacuum in the wake of the failed student movements of the 1960s.

In Japanese with English subtitles

Pink Films Vol. 3 & 4PINK FILMS VOL. 3 & 4 (18) 1969/1984 JAPAN SUO, M/MUKAI, K BLU-RAY / WITH DVD – DOUBLE PLAY £19.99

Features –

ABNORMAL FAMILY (1984)

Suo’s only ever pink film is a bawdy pastiche of the works of Ozu Yasujirô, presenting this far-from-typical family through idiosyncratic editing and compositional.

BLUE FILM WOMAN (1969)

feverish mishmash of horror, blackmail sexploitation and trippy nightclub sequences revolving around the daughter of a stockbroker who is brought to his knees by an unexpected financial crash.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Japanese movie – FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES – released on Blu Ray

Funeral Parade of RosesFUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (18) JAPAN 1969 MATSUMOTO, TOSHIO BLU RAY £19.99
A celebration of youth and subcultures, a condemnation of intolerance, and a one-of-kind cinematic experience, Funeral Parade of Roses is a kaleidoscopic masterpiece and one of the most intoxicating films of the 60s

Transgender actor Pîtâ gives an astonishing performance as Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet – where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda for the attentions of club owner Gonda.

One of Japan’s leading experimental filmmakers, Toshio Matsumoto bends and distorts time, and freely mixes documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts, and even on-screen cartoon balloons. Funeral Parade of Roses is a celebration of youth and subcultures, a condemnation of intolerance, and a one-of-kind cinematic experience. A kaleidoscopic masterpiece, and one of the most subversive, intoxicating films of the 60s, released for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.

This special two-disc edition is strictly limited to 3,000 copies.

EXTRAS

Released in High Definition for the first time in the UK

Audio commentary by author and film historian Chris Desjardins (Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film)

Eight restored avant-garde short films from director Toshio Matsumoto
Nishijin (1961, 25 mins)

The Song of Stone (1963, 24 mins)

Ecstasis (1969, 11 mins)

Metastasis (1971, 8 mins)

Expansion (1972, 14 mins)

Mona Lisa (1973, 3 mins)

Siki Soku Z Ku (1975, 8 mins)

Atman (1975, 11 mins)

Original theatrical trailer (1969)

Restoration trailer (2017)

***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Jim O’Rourke and director Toshio Matsumoto and full film credits

In Japanese with English subtitles

 

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Classic Studio Ghibli anime – MY NEIGHBOURS THE YAMADAS out on Dual Format Blu Ray/Dvd

My Neighbours the YamadasMY NEIGHBOURS THE YAMADAS (PG) 1999 JAPAN TAKAHATA, ISAO DUAL FORMAT BLU RAY/DVD £19.99
Classic Studio Ghibli anime about the adventures of the eccentric Yamada family in modern-day Tokyo. Takashi and Matsuko Yamada negotiate life, love and work, while dealing with their sharp-tongued grandmother, their morose teenage son, and their boisterous young daughter.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Cult Japanese film – LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS – out on Blu-ray / with DVD and Audio CD

Legend of the Stardust BrothersLEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (15) 1985 JAPAN TEZUKA, MACOTO BLU-RAY / WITH DVD AND AUDIO CD £23.99
Cult Japanese film about singers Shingo and Kan, who dream of one day being famous. When they meet Minami , a mysterious promoter who promises them fame and fortune, they can’t believe their luck.

Rebranding Shingo and Kan as The Stardust Brothers, they quickly become celebrities, but is it all too good to be true?

In Japanese with English subtitles

 

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Hirokazu Koreeda’s – MABOROSI  – MABOROSI – out on Blu Ray

MaborosiMABOROSI (12) JAPAN 1995 KOREEDA, HIROKAZU BLU RAY £17.99
The award winning debut fiction feature by director Hirokazu Koreeda

Yumiko is troubled by the notion that she brings death to people close to her. Following the loss of her grandmother and husband, she remarries and begins to find happiness anew. But on a return to her old home for her brother’s wedding, a flood of troubling memories begins to haunt her.

The debut fiction feature from the Palme d’Or-winning director of Shoplifters, Hirokazu Koreeda, Maborosi is an exquisite meditation on uncertainty and coming to terms with the past, which garnered awards at the Venice Film Festival and brought both the director and cinematographer Masao Nakabori to international stardom.

“Quietly devastating…profoundly moving” Time Out

“An essential work of modern Japanese cinema” Village

EXTRAS

Birthplace (2003, 30 mins): Makiko Esumi takes the viewer on a tour of the locations of Maborosi in this short film featuring behind-the-scenes stills and onset footage

Audio commentary by filmmaker and writer Jasper Sharp (2019)

Re-issue trailer (2019): produced for the BFI’s 2019 re-release of Maborosi

Flesh and Blood Trailer (2019): trailer specially produced for the BFI Southbank retrospective of the cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Japanese movie – THE FLAVOUR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE – available as double play Dvd and Blu Ray

Flavour of Green Tea Over RiceTHE FLAVOUR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE (U) JAPAN 1957 OZU, YASUJIRÔ DOUBLE PLAY DVD AND BLU RAY £17.99
A marriage quietly becomes undone in this beautiful domestic sagas of secrets and deceptions that strain an already tenuous relationship of a childless, middle aged couple.

The wife’s city bred sophistication clashes with the husband’s small town simplicity, and a generational sea change in the form of their headstrong, modern niece sweeps over their household.

Ozu’s expert grasp of family dynamics receives one of its most spirited treatments, with a wry, tender humour and an expansiveness that moves the action from the home, to the baseball stadiums and the shops of post-war Tokyo.

Extras

Re-mastered at 4K and presented in High Definition for the first time in the UK

Feature-length audio commentary by critic and Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns
Alternative unrestored audio track

The Mystery of Marriage (1932, 34 mins): educational filmmaker and pioneering female director Mary Field draws peculiar and poignant parallels between the mating rituals of humans, animals and mould in this eccentric, entertaining educational film

The Good Housewife “In Her Kitchen” (1949, 9 mins): the fourth wall is shattered in this imaginative public information film, filled with good advice for kitchen users – whether they have a refrigerator or not

Illustrated booklet with archival essay by Tom Milne and writing on the archive films by the BFI’s Vic Pratt

In Japanese with English subtitles.

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TAKESHI KITANO COLLECTION – out on Blu Ray

Takeshi Kitano Collection7TAKESHI KITANO COLLECTION (18) 1993 JAPAN BLU RAY £35.99

Featured films:

VIOLENT COP
Detective Azuma (‘Beat’ Takeshi) is a renegade cop who frequently resorts to violence and unethical methods to get results. While investigating a series of drug-related homicides, Azuma discovers that his friend and colleague is supplying drugs from within the police force. After his colleague is murdered and his sister is kidnapped, he breaks all the rules to dish out his particular form of justice.

BOILING POINT
When the mild mannered Masaki (Yûrei Yanagi) falls foul of the Yakuza he decides to buy a gun to defend himself. He heads to Okinawa where he forms an unlikely partnership with Uehara (‘Beat’ Takeshi) who has his own reasons for wanting revenge.

SONATINE
Murakawa (‘Beat’ Takeshi), an established and ruthless gangster, is sent to intervene in a gang war on the island of Okinawa. When the situation takes a turn for the worse, Murakawa and his men are forced to retreat into hiding, but it’s not long before their enemies track them down. A final and breathtaking showdown becomes inevitable.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Classic Japanese film – TOKYO STORY – issued on Blu Ray/Dvd Dual play

TOKYO STORYTOKYO STORY (U) 1953 JAPAN OZU, YASUJIRO BLU-RAY/ DVD – DOUBLE PLAY £19.99
A beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly husband and wife’s visit to Tokyo to see their grown-up children. Also include
, Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family.

Also included here is Ozu’s incisive satire Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941), which explores similar themes as, following the death of her husband, Mrs Toda and her youngest daughter receive a frosty reception from extended family.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Japanese horror collection – TSUKAMOTO – KILLING/HAZE/THE ADVENTURE OF DENCHU-KOZO – issued on Blu Ray

tsukamoto-slip-webTSUKAMOTO – KILLING/HAZE/THE ADVENTURE OF DENCHU-KOZO (18) JAPAN TSUKAMOTO, SHIN’YA BLU RAY £23.99
Collection of Japanese horrors from director Shin-ya Tsukamoto. The films are ‘Killing’ (2018), ‘Haze’ (2005) and ‘The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo’ (1987).

KILLING

In exchange for board and lodging, lightning-fast samurai Mokunoshi is helping out in the everyday lives of a couple of local farmers. To keep in shape, he trains with bright farmer s son Ichisuke, while sister Yu furtively watches them. When the ronin Sawamura (played by director Tsukamoto) suddenly appears, asking Mokunoshi to go on a mission in Edo, and at the same time a bunch of bandits are lurking on the edge of the village, the peaceful existence of the three comes under threat.

HAZE

A man awakes to find himself trapped in a dirty, confined crawlspace. He barely has enough room to move. He also has no memory of why he s there, or why he s bleeding from a stomach wound. Apparently drugged, he occasionally zones out of his surroundings as he tries to edge towards his way to freedom. But the more he explores, the more pain he has to endure, and the more frightening his predicament becomes.

ADVENTURES OF ELECTRIC ROD BOY

Hikari is a boy who is bullied at school because he has an electricity pole growing out of his back. One of his classmates named Momo comes to his rescue and he thanks her by sharing his secret possession with her: a time machine. Activating the time machine transports him 25 years into a dark, dystopian, world of the future. There he encounters members of the Shinsengumi Vampire Gang who are hunting a woman named Dr. Sariba who is revealed to be Momo s future self. He and he alone must save the world

In Japanese with English subtitles

 

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Japanese documentary – THE EMPEROR’S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON – out on dvd and Blu Ray

Emperors Naked Army Marches OnTHE EMPEROR’S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON (EX) 1987 JAPAN HARA, KAZUO DVD – £12.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Documentary about Japanese war veteran Kenzo Okuzaki as he travels around Japan on a quest to expose Emperor Hirohito and his men who killed two Japanese soldiers during World War II.

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s collection – OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA – out on Blu Ray

Of Flesh and BloodOF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA (12) 1995-2008 JAPAN KORE-EDA, HIROKAZU BLU RAY ONLY £44.99
Contains the films – ‘Maborosi’ (1995), ‘After Life’ (1998), ‘Nobody Knows’ (2004) and ‘Still Walking’ (2008)

MABOROSI (1995) – Yumiko encounters a number of tragedies in her life and becomes haunted by the notion that she brings death to people close to her.

AFTER LIFE (1998) – A group of dead people have a week to find the moment in their lives that meant the most to them.

NOBODY KNOWS (2004) – 12-year-old Akira wakes up to find a note from his mother which includes some money and instructions about looking after his three younger siblings while she is away.

STILL WALKING (2008) – Japanese family drama adapted by Hirokazu Koreeda from his own novel. A family re-union is overshadowed by the inability to deal with a family tragedy.

In Japanese with English subtitles
Special Features

Interactive Menus

Bonus Footage

Trailers

Deleted Scenes

Behind The Scenes

Interviews: Arata Iura

Commentary: Jasper Sharp; Tara Judah; Kenta McGrath; Alexander Jacoby

Other Documentary: ‘Birthplace’; ‘Hirokazu Kore-eda Screentalk’; ‘Making Still Walking’; ‘Still Walking Q&A’

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