Newsletter for Dec 2020

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Third Window Films
Third Window Films Newsletter #106
Welcome to the Third Window Films newsletter for December 2020! We've got some interesting news for upcoming releases plus a look at other Asian-film related happenings in the UK!


Ujicha: Violence Voyager / Burning Buddha Man
Out Jan 25th

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
Original Trailer
Disc 2: The Burning Buddha Man
Short Film: The Retnepac2 (16min)
Short Film: Space Yokai War (9min)
Original Trailer
Reversible sleeve artwork
Region B

Limited Edition out January 25th!
Pre-order now!


Shinya Tsukamoto's Gemini

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)
Original Trailer
First 1000 units come with slipcase featuring new artwork illustrated by Ian MacEwan

Limited numbers of slipcase editions left!!

Japanese Film Festival
FREE Online Screenings

Many great Japanese films (0.5mm, Tremble All You Want, Dance With Me, etc) will be available FOR FREE in various countries worldwide as part of the JFF – Japanese Film Festival!

Check what films are playing in what countries and how you can see them at:


The Taste of Tea
Now out!

World bluray debut of this classic piece of quirky Japanese cinema!
Opening film of the 2004 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (Director's Fortnight)

Filmmaker Katsuhito Ishii takes a break from the post-Tarantino excess of such highly-stylized outings as Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl for this low-key look at an eccentric family residing in a quiet countryside town just north of Tokyo. 


Bluray Special Features
90 minute Making Of
‘Super Big’ animation
(*special features in standard definition)
Reversible sleeve with original release artwork
Bluray region B

Now out on blu-ray and digital!

Terracotta Shop
A non-stop shop for Asian cinema!

Terracotta Distribution have a one-stop online shop for a variety of Asian films across genres and countries, with DVDs starting at just £2.99!!
We've now added many of our old OOP DVDs and blurays alongside some newer releases to their shop, so if there are older titles missing from your collection then head over to their shop at

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!

Order from the Arrow store here

And if you still haven't seen the film…
Read all the amazing positive reviews from users on Letterboxd

and watch at:
ALL REGION bluray/dvd/soundtrack CD set (VERY LIMITED numbers left)
UK/Ireland digital: Vimeo / Itunes / Amazon / Google Play
German-language Europe digital: Vimeo
 US/Canada digital: Alamo


Arrow Films
Shogun's Joy of Torture

From the outrageous imagination of cult director Teruo Ishii (Orgies of EdoHorrors 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

JSA: Joint Security Area

Before Oldboy, before The Handmaiden, visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook helmed this gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war.
The recipient of multiple accolades, including Best Film at South Korea’s 2001 Grand Bell Awards, JSA – Joint Security Area showcases Park’s iconic style in an embryonic form, and demonstrates that humanity and common purpose can be found in the most unlikely places.

Out January 18th

BFI Player
Japan Season

As part of the BFI Player Japan Season, the BFI have a specially curated selection of Japanese films including many Third Window titles such as For Love's Sake, Love Exposure and Mitsuko Delivers, plus also classics like Harmonium, Departures and more!

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