Newsletter for July 2020

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Third Window Films
Third Window Films Newsletter #102
Welcome to the Third Window Films newsletter for July 2020! We've got some interesting news for upcoming releases plus a look at other Asian-film related happenings in the UK!

Summer Sale
1-21 July

It's that time of the year for the Third Window Films/Arrow Video Summer Sale!
DVDs from £4 and blurays from £7! Worldwide Shipping!

From July 1-21st
Shop now at: https://bit.ly/2BVEd9l


Upcoming Releases
3 great Japanese films available to pre-order

Out July 6th

In 2016, Nobuhiko Obayashi, the director of the cult Japanese film HOUSE (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 adapted Kazuo Dan’s 1937 novella HANAGATAMI, his passion project 40 years in the making.

n 1941, as Japan prepares its attack on Pearl Harbor, 16 year-old Toshihiko (Shunsuke Kubozuka) leaves his parents in Amsterdam and moves to the seaside town of Karatsu where his aunt Keiko (Takako Tokiwa) cares for his ailing cousin Mina (Honoka Yahagi). Immersed in the exquisite nature and phenomenal culture of Karatsu, Toshihiko befriends the beautiful, Apollo-like Ukai (Shinnosuke Mitsushima), the contemplative Kira (Keishi Nagatsuka), the ingenuous Akine (Hirona Yamazaki) and the brooding Chitose (Mugi Kadowaki) as they all contend with the war’s inescapable gravitational pull. With the impression of fantasy horror, mesmerizing images and powerful storytelling, “Hanagatami” captures the love, friendship, struggle of the end days of youth in a country consumed by the flames of war.

The first bluray release outside of Japan!
Out July 6th 2020

Bluray special features

Making Of
Interview with Nobuhiko Obayashi
Region B

Out July 6th – Pre order now


Fish Story
Out August 10th

Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of its original DVD release, we're happy to release the world's first bluray of this classic piece of Japanese contemporary cinema!

Based on a novel by Kotaro Isaka, Fish Story weaves together several seemingly separate storylines taking place at different points in time over a 37-year span to explain how a little-known punk rock song can save the world.
In 1975, an unpopular Japanese punk band called Gekirin (Wrath) break up soon after recording their final song: Fish Story. In 1982 a timid college student named Masashi (Gaku Hamada) becomes fascinated by strange rumors surrounding the song. In 2009 a teenager named Asami (Mikako Tabe) falls asleep during a school field trip and gets left behind on a boat which is taken over by terrorists. In 2012 a huge comet can be seen in the sky on a path to destroy Earth. How does a little punk song connect all these events?

Bluray special features
(*special features in standard definition)

Making Of
'Gekirin' Various Live Shows
'Gekirin' Talk Show
Q&A with director and cast
Deleted Scenes
Region B

Out August 10th – Pre order now


Out September 7th

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

Like One Cut, Melancholic is a low-budget, high concept Japanese indie film which was made through a workshop and also 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! Also, like One Cut, Melancholic won many Audience Awards at international film festivals both films also won the Kaneto Shindo Award 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

Out September 7th – Pre order now



Shinya Tsukamoto's GEMINI – European Bluray debut!
Katsuhito Ishii's THE TASTE OF TEA – World Bluray debut!


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