Newsletter for Sep 2020

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Third Window Films
Third Window Films Newsletter #104
Welcome to the Third Window Films newsletter for September 2020! We've got some interesting news for upcoming releases plus a look at other Asian-film related happenings in the UK!

Out November 2nd

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

Out on bluray & digital November 2nd!

The Taste of Tea
Out October 5th

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

Out on bluray & digital October 5th!

Terracotta Shop
OOP Third Window titles added!

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!

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


Now out!

The indie film which in Japan was dubbed the One Cut of the Dead of 2019!

Like One Cut, Melancholic is a low-budget, high concept Japanese debut feature film which was made through a workshop system, then like One Cut opened on 2 cinema screens where it sold out every screening for weeks, before opening to a large scale and continuing to sell out for months! Like One Cut, Melancholic's international premiere was at the Udine Far East Film Festival, where like One Cut it won an award before going onto winning Audience Awards at other international film festivals before winning the Kaneto Shindo Award for new talent back in Japan!

Despite having graduated from the prestigious Tokyo University, Kazuhiko is unemployed and living with his parents without any plans for the future. Everything changes, however, when he takes up a job at a local bathhouse and discovers that it is used by the yakuza as a convenient place for executions and corpse disposal.

Dual Format Release (both DVD & Bluray included)
Special Features

Behind the Scenes
Q&A with director and cast
'Melancholic' Short Film
Region B

Now out on dual format dvd/bluray plus digital

Arrow Films
Burst City

Burst City is an explosive Molotov cocktail of dystopian sci-fi, Mad Max-style biker wars against yakuza gangsters and the police, and riotous performances from members of the real-life Japanese punk bands The Stalin, The Roosters, The Rockers and INU.
This extraordinary celebration of Japan’s punk music scene of the early 1980s thrust Sōgo Ishii (now known by the name of Gakuryū Ishii), the underground filmmaking wunderkind behind such works as Half Human: Einstürzende Neubauten (1986), Angel Dust (1994) and Electric Dragon 80,000V (2001), to the next level and is regularly cited as an early landmark in Japanese cyberpunk cinema.

Out November 9th

Survivor Ballads: Three films by Shohei Imamura

Throughout the 1980s, Shohei Imamura (The PornographersProfound Desires of the Gods), a leading figure of the Japanese New Wave era of the 1960s, cemented his international reputation as one of the most important directors of his generation with a series of films that all competed at Cannes to great critical acclaim. This exclusive box set from Arrow Academy presents restored versions of three late career classics from the legendary filmmaker.
Out December 7th

BFI Player
21st Century Japan

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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