Third Window Films Newsletter #97
Welcome to the Third Window Films newsletter for Jan 2020! We've got some interesting news for upcoming releases plus a look at other Asian-film related happenings in the UK!
TWF turning 15 and our Best 10!
Looking back over the years!
Third Window Films was initially setup in 2005, so now into 2020, makes it 15 years since we started! Our first release was Lee Chang-dong's Green Fish in 2007 and we've released a whole variety of Asian films released since then! Looking back over the years, we've written up a 'Best 10' of our favourite releases at TWF! Give it a read:
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
Standard Edition FILM ONLY All Region bluray & dvd back in stock too!
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!
£20 plus postage.
Order at: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264587951311
THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS
Out Feb 17th!
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
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
Limited to 1000 units
out Feb 17, 2020
Available to Pre-order from the Arrow Films Store
Or from AMAZON
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
Meeting in a blasted, barren wilderness, the hitman Shô is engaged by wealthy real estate agent Naka to track down his kidnapped lover, Sae. Naka shows him a poor quality film of the girl being beaten and assailed by a gang of four yakuza, which sets Shô out on a trail that brings him back into contact with the gang leader, Ko, who was responsible for the murder of his own girlfriend five years before. As he embarks on his quest through the dreamlike cityscapes of
the late-60s Tokyo underworld for a fateful 3pm barroom rendezvous with his nemesis, Sho becomes increasingly unsure as to whether the girl really existed in the first place.
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.
High-school students Yasuko, Yôichi, Kôichi and Bill want to escape from their overwhelming sense of alienation from the world around them and indulge in group sex to explore whether they can forge their own path liberated from a corrupt adult society. Yasuko is driven by the goading encouragement of her peers to feel what it is like to be a prostitute, with sex reduced to a mere economic transaction. She sets out an odyssey of self-exploration in search
of complete satiation.
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.
out March 16th, 2020
Available to Pre-order from the Arrow Films Store
or from Amazon
Third Window and Arrow Films have moved our warehouse due to many issues at the end of 2019. We're all settled in now and the Arrow online shop is back online!
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!
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
31 January – 16 February 2020 at ICA, London
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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