Pink Films Vol 5 & 6
Out March 29th
The next in our series of newly remastered Japanese pink films produced by Keiko Sato
おんなの河童 directed by Shinji Imaoka (2011, 83 minutes)
Directed by pink-film veteran Shinji IMAOKA (Lunch Box, Frog Song), shot by Christopher Doyle – the famed cinematographer behind Hero and countless films by Wong Kar Wai – and with music by Germany’s Stereo Total, Underwater Love – A Pink Musical promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
WOMEN HELL SONG
おんな地獄唄 尺八弁天 directed by Mamoru Watanabe (1970, 75 minutes)
Katori Tamaki, the star of the first ever pink film, Flesh Market (1962), stars as the roaming outlaw Okayo, also known as Benten due to the prominent tattoo of the Buddhist Goddess of Love emblazoned across her back. Inspired by Toei’s popular late-60s Red Peony Gambler female yakuza series.
Special bonus film: FORBIDDEN TECHNIQUES
禁じられたテクニック directed by Kan Mukai (1966, 71 minutes)
After meeting a prostitute, a former boxing champion recalls his past life.
*German dubbed with English subtitles
Region B Bluray
Out March 29th!
Ujicha: Violence Voyager / Burning Buddha Man
BACK IN STOCK!
2 features and 3 short films from the weird and wonderful world of Japanese GEKIMATION master UJICHA!
Violence Voyager (2018, 83 min)
Bobby and his friend Akkun set out for the mountains to build a secret hideout. On their way, they stumble upon a mysterious amusement park called Violence Voyager. It doesn’t take long for things to get weird as the boys discover a group of scared children who can’t seem to escape and soon find themselves under attack by robot-like humanoids.
Burning Buddha Man (2013, 81 min)
There is a series of Buddha statue thefts in Kyoto. Beniko, a high school girl, gets the Buddha statue at her family’s temple stolen and has her parents killed at the same time. She needs to know what caused the death of a parents and dreams of revenge. She goes on a fantastical journey to ultimately face the demon.
Disc 1: Violence Voyager
Uncut original Japanese language version
Audio commentary from director Ujicha and producer Reo Anzai
Interview with director Ujicha (20min)
Short Film: Tempura (4min)
Teaser of Ujicha’s latest film
Disc 2: The Burning Buddha Man
Short Film: The Retnepac2 (16min)
Short Film: Space Yokai War (9min)
Reversible sleeve artwork
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Shinya Tsukamoto’s Gemini
SLIPCASE EDITION NEARLY SOLD OUT!
Shinya Tsukamoto’s Meiji horror gets its European bluray debut!
Yukio is living a charmed life: he is a respected young doctor with a successful practice and a beautiful wife. His only problem is that his wife is suffering from amnesia, and her past is unknown. Things begin to fall apart, however, when both his parents die suddenly, killed by a mysterious stranger with Yukio’s face. Only when Yukio confronts this stranger will the mystery of his identity, and his wife’s past, be revealed.
Bluray Special Features
Audio commentary by Tom Mes, author of Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto
Making of Gemini” featurette directed by Takashi Miike (15 minutes)
Venice Film Festival featurette (17 minutes)
Make-up demonstration featurette (6 minutes)
Behind the Scenes (20 minutes)
First 1000 units come with slipcase featuring new artwork illustrated by Ian MacEwan
Limited numbers of slipcase editions left!!
Japan Festival Online Film Festival
FREE Online Screenings in the UK
Experience Japan through Cinema
This is My Place:
Carving out a sense of existence and belonging in Japanese Cinema
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, the largest film festival dedicated entirely to Japanese cinema, goes online!
With an inspiring selection of recently released features – many of which have not received a UK release before – this online special will provide something for everyone. Free to watch within the UK.
19 February – 10 March
in the UK only
(Ticket Booking open from 9 February 2021
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Stardust Brothers on Vinyl!
Limited edition now out!
Here’s the chance to own the catchy tunes from the 80s Japanese cult musical THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS on Vinyl!
Newly remastered for vinyl
12 inch LP & 7 inch EP combi set
Very limited numbers!
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Battle Royale – 4K Bluray & UHD
The kids of Third Year Class-B Shiroiwa Junior High School are back, in a brand new 4K restoration of the classic cult shocker adapted from the controversial novel by Koushun Takami.
Playing like a turbo-charged hybrid of Lord of the Flies and The Most Dangerous Game, the final completed work by veteran yakuza film director Kinji Fukasaku (Battles without Honor and Humanity, Graveyard of Honor) helped launch a new wave of appreciation for Asian cinema in the 21st century. Also included in the set is the incendiary sequel Battle Royale II, the directing debut of Kenta Fukasaku (after his father passed away during production), in which a new class of delinquents are recruited by the government to hunt down the survivor of the deadly games of the first film.
Out April 26th
THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS / THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY
Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these unique riffs on H.G. Wells’ classic character (though undoubtedly also indebted to Universal’s iconic film series) are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema from Daiei Studios, later the home of Gamera.
In The Invisible Man Appears, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist successfully creates an invisibility serum, only to be kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula to rob a priceless jewel. In addition to being the earliest surviving Japanese science fiction film ever made, the film’s entertaining special effects were an early credit for the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, five years before he first brought Godzilla to life.
Mitsuo Murayama’s exciting The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly tells the story of a series of mysterious murders where the only clue is strange buzzing noise at the scene of the crime… could this be linked to secret wartime experiments in shrinking humans to the size of insects? And can a scientist who’s just invented an invisibility ray be the one to stop it?
Out March 15th
Shogun’s Joy of Torture
From the outrageous imagination of cult director Teruo Ishii (Orgies of Edo, Horrors of Malformed Men) comes this infamous omnibus of three shocking tales of crime and punishment based on true-life documented cases set during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate.
Ishii’s notorious portmanteau of Edo-era excess signalled a change in direction for a director until then regarded for his crime and yakuza films, setting the ball rolling on the run of grotesque historical anthologies for which he is now best remembered. Vehemently denounced by the critics of the day, Shogun’s Joy of Torture set a new benchmark for the depiction of sex, sadism and depravity in Japanese exploitation, with Ishii staging his elaborate torture methods with an unmatched verve and inventiveness.
Out February 22nd