Transgender actor PÃ®tÃ¢ gives an astonishing performance as Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet where she's ignited a violent lovetriangle with reigning drag queen Leda for the attentions of club owner Gonda. One of Japan's leading experimental filmmakers, Matsumoto bends and distorts time, and freely mixes documentary interviews, Brechtian filmwithinafilm asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avantgarde shorts, and even onscreen cartoon balloons. Funeral Parade of Roses is a celebration of youth and subcultures, a condemnation of intolerance, and a oneofkind cinematic experience. A kaleidoscopic masterpiece, and one of the most subversive, intoxicating films of the 60s, released for the first time on Bluray in the UK. Special Features: Released in High Definition for the first time in the UK ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits Extras TBC
From the original story by Yoru Sumino. With no interest in others, a high schooler spends all of his time reading books - this is me. One day, I comes across a book, titled Living With Dying. It turns out to be a secret journal kept by Sakura Yamauchi, who is a popular girl in class with a genuine personality. Diagnosed with a pancreatic illness, the diary notes about her limited time left. Sakura, who lives with a secret illness, and me, who keeps her secret. --- Their relationship doesn't have a name yet.
Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves Mad Burnish appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team Burning Rescue, and Lio Fotia, the leader of Mad Burnish begins. Contains the film on Blu-Ray with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles.
After moving to a new school, Shoko is taunted because of her hearing impairment, principally by Shouya, who leads the class in teasing her. When Shoko is eventually forced to transfer to another school, Shouya s classmates in turn ostracise him for his cruel behaviour. Years later, as a young adult, Shouya is riddled with guilt over his humiliation of Shoko. Living an aimless life with no friends, he determines to find her and try to atone. But is it too late, and what might her reaction be? Contains the film on Blu-Ray and DVD with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Presented in Collector s packaging with 5 artcards and a poster. Extras/Episodes: Film on Blu-Ray and DVD Collector s Packaging 5 Artcards Poster Music Videos Teaser Spots International Trailer
Of all Masaki Kobayashi's attacks on the cruelty and inhumanity perpetrated by authoritarian power (including The Human Condition and Samurai Rebellion) perhaps none are more brilliant than his visceral mesmerising Harakiri [aka Seppuku]. In a magnificent performance Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo The Face of Another Ran) stars as Hanshiro Tsugumo a masterless down-and-out samurai who enters the manor of Lord Iyi requesting to commit ritual suicide on his property. Suspected of simply fishing for charity Hanshiro is told the gruesome tale of the last samurai who made the same request - but Hanshiro will not be moved... With its intricate structure and pressure-cooker atmosphere Kobayashi's first jidai-geki period drama is a full-scale demolition job of samurai ideals and feudal hypocrisy filmed with artistry and surgical precision and scored by celebrated composer Toru Takemitsu. Adapted from the same source novel in 2011 by notorious auteur Takashi Miike the original - winner of the 1963 Special Jury Prize at Cannes - still stands as a startling moment in Japanese cinema.
Brittany, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of HÃ©loÃ¯se, a young woman who has just left the convent. HÃ©loÃ¯se is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly.
Made the year before his career defining masterpiece, Tokyo Story, Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice is one of Yasujiro Ozu's most beautiful domestic sagas, a subtly piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone. Secrets and deceptions strain the already tenuous relationship of a childless, middle aged couple, as the wife's city bred sophistication clashes with the husband's small town simplicity, and a generational sea change in the form of their headstrong, modern niece sweeps over their household. Ozu's expert grasp of family dynamics receives one of its most spirited treatments, with a wry, tender humour and an expansiveness that moves the action from the home, to the baseball stadiums and the shops of postwar Tokyo. Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits Extras TBC
Violent Cop Detective Azuma (Beat Takeshi') is a renegade cop who frequently resorts to violence and unethical methods to get results. While investigating a series of drugrelated homicides, Azuma discovers that his friend and colleague is supplying drugs from within the police force. After his colleague is murdered and his sister is kidnapped, he breaks all the rules to dish out his particular form of justice. Boiling Point When the mild mannered Masaki (YÃ»rei Yanagi) falls foul of the Yakuza he decides to buy a gun to defend himself. He heads to Okinawa where he forms an unlikely partnership with Uehara (Beat' Takeshi) who has his own reasons for wanting revenge. Sonatine Murakawa (Beat Takeshi'), an established and ruthless gangster, is sent to intervene in a gang war on the island of Okinawa. When the situation takes a turn for the worse, Murakawa and his men are forced to retreat into hiding, but it's not long before their enemies track them down. A final and breathtaking showdown becomes inevitable.
Manga is proud to present the anime classic, Ninja Scroll on Blu-ray for the first time ever! This new HD transfer of the classic action-anime from acclaimed director, Yoshiaki Kawajiri and Madhouse Studio (Summer Wars, Redline, Animatrix). A ninja-for-hire is forced into fighting an old nemesis who is bent on overthrowing the Japanese government. His nemesis is also the leader of a group of demons each with superhuman powers.
From celebrated director Park Chan-wook comes a ravishing crime drama inspired by the novel Fingersmith from celebrated British Author Sarah Waters.
A limited edition set of 3 works by cult Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto. Killing - In exchange for board and lodging, lightning-fast samurai Mokunoshi is helping out in the everyday lives of a couple of local farmers. To keep in shape, he trains with bright farmer s son Ichisuke, while sister Yu furtively watches them. When the ronin Sawamura (played by director Tsukamoto) suddenly appears, asking Mokunoshi to go on a mission in Edo, and at the same time a bunch of bandits are lurking on the edge of the village, the peaceful existence of the three comes under threat. Haze - A man awakes to find himself trapped in a dirty, confined crawlspace. He barely has enough room to move. He also has no memory of why he s there, or why he s bleeding from a stomach wound. Apparently drugged, he occasionally zones out of his surroundings as he tries to edge towards his way to freedom. But the more he explores, the more pain he has to endure, and the more frightening his predicament becomes. Adventures of Electric Rod Boy - Hikari is a boy who is bullied at school because he has an electricity pole growing out of his back. One of his classmates named Momo comes to his rescue and he thanks her by sharing his secret possession with her: a time machine. Activating the time machine transports him 25 years into a dark, dystopian, world of the future. There he encounters members of the Shinsengumi Vampire Gang who are hunting a woman named Dr. Sariba who is revealed to be Momo s future self. He and he alone must save the world Limited Edition Contents Disc 1 Killing feature Audio Commentary by Tom Mes Interview with Shinya Tsukamoto Trailer Disc 2 The Adventures of Denchu Kozo (45min) Haze (48min) Audio commentaries on both films by Tom Mes Limited to 1,000 copies
A masterwork of the German silent cinema whose reputation has only increased over time Diary of a Lost Girl [Tagebuch einer Verlorenen] traces the journey of a young woman from the pit of despair to the moment of personal awakening. Directed with virtuoso flair by the great G. W. Pabst Diary of a Lost Girl represents the final pairing of the filmmaker with screen icon Louise Brooks mere months after their first collaboration in the now-legendary Pandora’s Box [Die Büchse der Pandora]. Brooks plays Thymian Henning an unprepossessing young woman seduced by an unscrupulous and mercenary character employed at her father’s pharmacy (played with gusto by Fritz Rasp the degenerate villain of such Fritz Lang classics as Metropolis Spione and Frau im Mond). After Thymian gives birth to his child and rejects her family’s expectations for marriage the baby is stripped from her care and Thymian enters a purgatorial reform school that seems less an institute of higher learning than a conduit for fulfilling the headmistress’s sadistic sexual fantasies. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this glorious restoration of an iconic German film for the first time anywhere on Blu-ray. Special Features New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles Piano score of Javier Pérez de Aspeitia New and exclusive video essay by filmmaker and critic David Cairns 40-PAGE BOOKLET including writing by Louise Brooks Lotte Eisner Louelle Interim Craig Keller and R. Dixon Smith
U.C. 0093. 13 years have passed since the events of the original Mobile Suit Gundam. But the foundations of peace are once again threatened by a new Neo Zeon army, led by the infamous Char Aznable! Their ultimate goal is to plunge Earth into a nuclear winter, forcing humanity to emigrate completely into space. Armed with the state-of-the-art Nu Gundam, Amuro Ray and his Federation comrades are all that stand against Neo Zeon. Torn between vengeance, duty, and love - the final battle is at hand! Contains the film on Blu-Ray with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles.
The Werner Herzog Collection - an extensive DVD box set compiling 18 films from the legendary German director. Features digitally remastered presentations of classics such as Aguirre Wrath of God (1972); The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974); Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Fitzcarraldo (1982) plus many of Herzog's hugely acclaimed short films. Extras include Jack Bond's long-unseen South Bank Show on Herzog from 1982 and Les Blank's Burden of Dreams. Contents: The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (1967) Last Words (1968) Precautions Against Fanatics (1969) Fata Morgana (1971) Handicapped Future (1971) Aguirre Wrath of God (1972) Land Of Silence and Darkness (1971) Stroszek (1977) The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) Heart of Glass (1976) How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (1978) Woyzeck (1979) Nosferatu (1979) Fitzcarraldo (1982) Huie's Sermon (1983) God's Angry Man (1983) Cobre Verde (1987) Special Features: All Films Digitally Remastered to High Definition Alternative German and English version of Nosferatu the Vampyre Nosferatu - On set documentary (1979 13 mins) Burden of Dreams (1982 93 mins) South Bank Show: Werner Herzog (Jack Bond 1982 50 mins) Illustrated Booklet with Extensive Essay by Laurie Johnson; Full Film Credits
Though it wasn't Jackie Chan's first film, Drunken Master is the film that cemented his stardom. Jackie plays the rebellious son of a kung fu master. To teach Jackie the value of discipline, his father apprentices him to another master named So Hi, who has a unique "drunken" fighting style. Jackie chafes at So Hi's rigorous exercises and runs away--only to be brutally humiliated at the hands of a hired killer named Thunderleg. Chastened, Jackie becomes So Hi's devoted student. He soon discovers he will need everything he's learned when Thunderleg is hired to kill his father. In Drunken Master, Jackie is only beginning to cultivate his mixture of action and comedy; here the emphasis is on kung fu acrobatics, but the moves are astounding. The final fight is dizzying and amazingly choreographed by director Yuen Woo-ping (now famous as the fight choreographer for The Matrix). --Bret Fetzer
Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Kore-eda (Blu-ray) Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda This new Blu-ray collection combines four career-defining titles by Palme d'Or winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda one of Japanese cinema's most celebrated auteurs. The set features his austerely beautiful debut Maborosi and lyrical fantasy After Life, alongside Nobody Knows and Still Walking, films that cemented Kore-eda's reputation as an heir to Ozu and a chronicler of the modern Japanese family. Available on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, the four films included in Of Flesh and Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Kore-eda celebrate the richness, diversity, beauty and humanity of the director's work and essential viewing for fans of contemporary world cinema. Special features: Q&A with Hirokazu Kore-eda (2019): a newly filmed interview with the director, recorded at the BFI Southbank during its major retrospective of his work New feature-length audio commentary on Maborosi by Jasper Sharp New feature-length audio commentary on After Life by Tara Judah New feature-length audio commentary on Nobody Knows by Kenta McGrath New feature-length audio commentary on Still Walking by Alexander Jacoby Maborosi trailer (2019) Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films and full film credits Other extras TBC
The Place Promised in Our Early Days Hiroki, Takuya and Sayuri are two young boys and a girl living in Aomori, the closest province in Honshu to Hokkaido. These three young classmates become fascinated by the gigantic yet mysterious tower that they see across the Tsugaru Strait, promising that one day they will build and fly an aircraft to the tower and unravel its mystery. Voices of a Distant Star A young pilot named Mikako volunteers to be sent on a journey through space to join the fight against a hostile alien race. Leaving behind the man she loves, her only means of contact with him is via text message, which take longer to reach him the further she travels from Earth. Features: Contains both films on Blu-Ray with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Voices of a Distant Star: She and Her Cat short film Voices of a Distant Star: Alternative Japanese Audio (featuring Makoto Shinkai) Voices of a Distant Star: Interview with Makoto Shinkai Voices of a Distant Star: Storyboards Voices of a Distant Star: Trailer Collection Place Promised in Our Early Days: Interview with Masato Hagiwara Place Promised in Our Early Days: Interview with Hidetaka Yoshioka Place Promised in Our Early Days: Interview with Makoto Shinkai Place Promised in Our Early Days: Trailer Collection
The crew of the Bebop is once again ready to clean up space by bringing bad guys to justice and trying to make some cash while doing it! Back at last in high-definition this second print run contains a reversible cover as well as containing bonus content never available outside of Japan before including the “Ein’s Summer Holiday” short. Bonus Features Audio commentaries on episodes 1 5 10 17 and 24 Japanese commercials for Cowboy Bebop Music video for Tank! the theme tune Tank! Remix by DJ Food video Ein’s Summer Holiday short Clean end credit sequence
In 2016, Nobuhiko Obayashi, the director of the cult Japanese film 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. In the spring of 1941, sixteen-year-old Toshihiko leaves Amsterdam to attend school in Karatsu, a small town on the western coast of Japan, where his aunt Keiko cares for his ailing cousin Mina. Immersed in the seaside s nature and culture, Toshihiko soon befriends the town s other extraordinary adolescents as they all contend with the war s inescapable gravitational pull. With his memories as a survivor of World War II echoing in the uncertainty of world events unfolding today, director Obayashi returns us to 1941, a pivotal time for Japan, as the unstoppable momentum of war forcibly seized the lives of youth away to battlefields where they disappeared forever. In dazzling, full-bloom Obayashi style, Hanagatami captures the passion, innocence, and struggle of the end days of youth in a country consumed by the flames of war. Features: Making Of Interview with Nobuhiko Obayashi Trailer
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