Newsletter for Feb 2020

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Third Window Films
Third Window Films Newsletter #98
Welcome to the Third Window Films newsletter for Feb 2020! We've got some interesting news for upcoming releases plus a look at other Asian-film related happenings in the UK!

New acqusitions!
A wide variety of Japanese films coming out in 2020!

 
VIOLENCE VOYAGER / BURNING BUDDHA MAN
2 very unique and very very insane 'animations' from Japanese director Ujicha which will be presented as a double bill in a special edition bluray set out in June/July.
Violence Voyager trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AFmFwQpfOQ
Burning Buddha Man trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkxSIDpPBR8



HANAGATAMI
In 2016, Nobuhiko Obayashi, the director of the cult Japanese film HAUSU was diagnosed with lung cancer and given only a few months to live. Despite not much time left, for what was supposed to be his final film he made HANAGATAMI, which was his passion project 40 years in the making.
Out as a special edition in Summer 2020!
Hanagatami trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zca3OLKMF8Q


MELANCHOLIC
Melancholic is a brilliant new work from a young, first-time Japanese filmmaker named Seiji Tanaka.
In Japan, Melancholic has had a similar rise to that of ONE CUT OF THE DEAD. A low-budget, high concept genre film which, like One Cut, opened in just 1 small Tokyo cinema, selling out for weeks and weeks on end, before expanding to become the independent hit of the year. Like One Cut, it also had its international premiere and won big at the Udine Far East Film Festival, plus won the Kaneto Shindo award in Japan among other domestic and international awards.

Out Autumn 2020.  
Melancholic trailer
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u6HgIrOHSI
 


SHINYA TSUKAMOTO
3 film set out in April

TSUKAMOTO: KILLING / HAZE / ADVENTURE OF DENCHU KOZO
Third Window Films have been synonymous with Shinya Tsukamoto over the last decade, working personally alongside the master to remaster and release many of his cult classics.
Next up is a 2 disc limited edition bluray box with his latest film KILLING alongside his 2005 film HAZE and his 8mm pre-Tetsuo film THE ADVENTURE OF DENCHU KOZO. 

Disc 1
Killing feature
Audio Commentary by Tom Mes
Interview with Shinya Tsukamoto
Trailer

Disc 2
The Adventures of Denchu Kozo (45min)
Haze (48min)
Audio commentaries on both films by Tom Mes

Slipcase
Limited to 1,000 copies
Region B bluray

 
Out April 27th
Pre-order now at

http://thirdwindowfilms.com/films/tsukamoto-killing-haze-denchu-kozo/
 


Pink Films Vol 1 & 2
Inflatable Sex Doll of the wasteland / Gushing Prayer

Part of a series of newly remastered 60s and 70s Japanese pink films!
Check out the Pink 1-5 series trailer:
 
https://youtu.be/UNuZfo3uoEM


INFLATABLE SEX DOLL OF THE WASTELANDS
Yamatoya's wrote INFLATABLE SEX DOLL OF THE WASTELANDS concurrently with his anonymous contribution to the script for Suzuki Seijun's legendary BRANDED TO KILL, released four months earlier. Similarly shot in stunning monochrome scope, it is as hallucinatory, fragmentary and surreal as its companion piece, and stands as a testament to just how flexible the pink film formula could be in its first decade.


GUSHING PRAYER
The most cryptic and formally radical pink film from the most politically radical director ever to work in the field: GUSHING PRAYER deploys 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. The cinematography by Itô Hideo, who also shot Ôshima Nagisha's IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (1976), captures an intriguing melding of the documentary with the cinematic.
 
ALL REGION
DUAL-FORMAT DVD/BLURAY 
NEWLY REMASTERED!

out March 16th, 2020


Available to Pre-order from the Arrow Films Store
https://www.arrowfilms.com/product-detail/pink-films-vol-1—2-dual-format/TWFBD047
or from Amazon
https://amzn.to/2qRudZE

Pink Vol 3 & 4 Release News coming soon!
 


One Cut of the Dead
Back in stock!

Due to popular demand we've made available 500 COPIES ONLY of the 2-disc Collector's Edition bluray of One Cut of the Dead!
Featuring over 2 hours of extra features including the director's previous short film, Making of, deleted scenes and more!!
Stock is very limited, so make sure to order now at

https://www.arrowfilms.com/product-detail/one-cut-of-the-dead-limited-edition/TWFBD042
or on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2SQRzK6

 
Standard Edition FILM ONLY All Region bluray & dvd back in stock too!
https://www.arrowfilms.com/shop/?pi=1&b=third%20window
or on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3bZAFAp

One Cut of the Dead T-Shirts
Stock running low!


For you fans of ONE CUT OF THE DEAD – Do not miss out on grabbing one of the last remaining promo T-shirts made! Very limited numbers were made and they are quickly running out!
MEDIUMS SOLD OUT! 
Only Large and X-Large left!

Will NOT be replenished when sold out!

Available worldwide
£20 plus postage.
Order at:
 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264587951311


THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS
Now out! Limited edition selling quickly!

One of our favourite ever discoveries at Third Window Films!
We love this film so much that we worked with its director to remaster it and bring it to worldwide film festivals for cinema audiences to see it on the big screen. Soon it'll be ready for you all to watch (and dance to!) at home!


In 1985, Macoto Tezka (son of the great manga artist Osamu Tezuka) met musician and TV personality Haruo Chicada who had made a soundtrack to a movie which didn’t actually exist: The Legend of the Stardust Brothers.

Taking inspiration from “Phantom of the Paradise” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, Tezuka assembled a cast of some of Japan’s most famous musicians of the time, including such greats as Kiyohiko Ozaki, ISSAY, Sunplaza Nakano and Hiroshi Takano, alongside many famous names in Manga such as Monkey Punch (Lupin the 3rd), Shinji Nagashima (Hanaichi Monme), Yosuke Takahashi (Mugen Shinsi) and even many upcoming film directors of the time such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata) and Daihachi Yoshida (The Kirishima Thing). Together they made a pop-musical featuring crazy animation, zombies, political satire and everything in between!

The resulting film “The Legend of the Stardust Brothers” is the exact definition of a cult film. Despite the huge array of talent on board with a large budget, the film has been totally unknown to this day in both Japan and worldwide. More than 30 years since its release, The Stardust Brothers is finally making itself known worldwide with a new digital master and a brand new Director’s Cut! 

Check out a CLIP from the film
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVc4YevwX2A
 
ALL REGION
DUAL-FORMAT DVD/BLURAY plus SOUNDTRACK CD

featuring great extras such as 
Making of from the film's original release
New interview with director Macoto Tezka
Soundtrack CD
Limited to 1000 units

NOW OUT

Available to order from the Arrow Films Store

https://www.arrowfilms.com/product-detail/the-legend-of-the-stardust-brothers-dual-format-with-cd-soundtrack/TWFBD046
Or from AMAZON
https://amzn.to/2XRSrPu
 


Arrow Films
Takashi Miike!


An iconic trilogy of J-horror films comes to Blu-ray for the first time! Tapping into the same brand of terror as the Ring and Grudge movies, visionary director Takashi Miike (Audition, Blade of the Immortal) presents a modern, high-tech twist on that mainstay of Japanese folklore, the yurei or vengeful spirit, in the form of its own iconic antihero – the terrifying Mimiko.

Order now at
https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/one-missed-call-trilogy-blu-ray/FCD1935
 
Terracotta Distribution
New releases

Our friends at Terracotta distribution have got a couple of new films for you to enjoy, such as Chang Cheh's FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS and Shaw Brothers cult classic, THE OILY MANIAC on blu-ray.

On top of that, they've got an End of Line DVD and blu-ray sale, where once stock goes, they're gone for good!


Make sure to check out the Terracotta online shop!
https://terracotta-distribution.myshopify.com/

 
Japan Foundation Film Festival
UK-wide touring film programme

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns from January 2020 with a theme of “Happiness”, touring 22 cities nationwide. From contemporary dramas to anime and classics, it is the largest of its kind focusing on Japanese cinema in the UK.
  
31 January – 29 March 2020, nationwide

Embracing the rich and complex spectrum of emotions that go hand in hand with this concept, the programme presents a comprehensive line-up of unique films which shine a light on the best Japanese cinema has to offer, from critically acclaimed documentary I Go Gaga, My Dear which explores the realities of geriatric care in Japan’s aging society, to Kon Ichikawa’s (Director of Tokyo Olympiad) stylish classic of the silver screen Ten Dark Women, and international film festival circuit darlings such as Jesus, And Your Bird Can Sing, and Organ – there is something for everyone’s taste!


Find out more at: https://www.jpf-film.org.uk/
 

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