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The Third Window Films brand was born in 2005 when its film-loving founders grew bored of the stream of worn-out shock horror vehicles from the Far East. Instead, they began sourcing the finest works in new Far Eastern cinema spread out amongst a rich variety of film genres, be they dramas, comedies, political satires, action and everything in between. At Fopp we’re offering this bespoke blu-ray range starting from £10. Offer ends 22nd May 2022.

Antiporno


director  Sion Sono
written by  Sion Sono
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

A girl’s delusion and reality are disrupted in a rich-colored and fantastic world. Sion Sono (Love Exposure) creates an anarchistic, radical, beautiful and controversial film that destroys the wall of the expression in his quest to freedom. Kyoko is a twenty-one-year-old artist who loves being at the center of attention. One day, feeling down, she lashes out against her assistant, sexually humiliating her in front of the rest of the staff. Suddenly someone yells Cut! and we realise that they are actually on a movie set.

Blue Spring


director  Toshiaki Toyoda
written by  Toshiaki Toyoda
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Based on a manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, Toshiaki Toyoda’s Blue Spring is a story about high school anarchy in the long, bruised-and-battered tradition of Be-Bop Highschool and Fudoh: The New Generation. In a school surrounded by misleadingly picturesque cherry trees in full bloom, it’s the students who set the rules while uncooperative teachers are dangled from windows.

Bullet Ballet


director  Shinya Tsukamoto
written by  Shinya Tsukamoto
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Goda (Shinya Tsukamoto) is a thirty-something documentary filmmaker. While his work may seem intriguing to some his life is absolutely average – long hours at the office, drinks after work, an equally busy girlfriend, Kiriko, that he’s been with for a decade. No surprises. No detours. No shocks. That is until he returns home one night to find police cars and ambulances surrounding the entrance to his apartment building. When he gets upstairs he’s told that Kiriko has committed suicide. If this wasn’t devastating enough Goda also learns that she killed herself with a bullet to the head. With Japan having some of the strictest set of gun control laws on the books not only is Goda left with the yawning, black “why” behind Kiriko’s suicide, but also a whole other set of mysterious “hows”, “wheres” and “whos”. How did Kiriko get a handgun in the first place? From where? And most importantly from who? Goda goes on a quest into the gritty criminal underworld of Tokyo in order to answer these questions, and maybe inhabit the last days of Kiriko’s life.

Cold Fish


director  Sion Sono
written by  Sion Sono
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Japanese thriller from director Shion Sono which focuses on tropical fish seller Mr. Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) who unwittingly goes into business with an elderly psychopath. When Shamoto’s troubled daughter Mitsuko (Hikari Kajiwara) is caught shoplifting at a local store, he rushes to diffuse the situation. On arriving there, Shamoto finds himself being charmed by a rival business owner, Mr. Murata (Denden), and decides it might be in his interests to let Mitsuko work and board at Murata’s much fancier aquarium. Soon, however, Shamoto realises everything is not as it seems, and that Mr. Murata is hiding a chilling secret behind his smile…

Dangan Runner


director  SABU
written by  SABU
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Japanese director SABU, director of such films as Happiness, Mr Long and Miss Zombie made his start with DANGAN RUNNER (aka Non-Stop), the story of three losers brought together by fate with disastrous results. A would-be bank robber (Tomorowo Taguchi from Tetsuo) forgets his mask on his first big heist, and then botches an attempt to shoplift a replacement mask from a nearby convenience store. The store’s clerk (Diamond Yukai from Lost in Translation), a washed-up rock star, chases the thief and literally runs into a Yakuza (Shinichi Tsutsumi from Our Little Sister) to whom he owes money. Thus begins an all-night, three-way pursuit through the streets of Tokyo.

destruction babies


director  tetsuya mariko
written by tetsuya mariko · kôhei kiyasu
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

tetsuya mariko co-writes and directs this violent japanese drama. the film follows a pair of brothers on very different paths. teenager taira ashihara (yuya yagira) leaves town just before the coming of age festival and embarks on a journey of self-destruction, picking fights with whoever he meets and taking a beating along the way. as he continues down this path of violence, taira is joined by youngster yuya kitahara (masaki suda) who, although cowardly at first, soon finds himself drawn in by the chaos of taira’s mindless rampage. meanwhile, shota (nijiro murakami) hopelessly searches for his violent brother taira.

dolls


director  takeshi kitano
written by  takeshi kitano
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

takeshi kitano writes and directs this japanese drama that takes the form of three short stories inspired by japanese bunraku puppet theatre. the first story concerns a young couple roaming the countryside, bound by a red cord. in the second, an elderly yakuza returns to the park where he used to meet the girlfriend he abandoned. whilst in the third story, a pop star becomes a recluse after an accident, leading one of his fans to visit him and prove the extent of her devotion.

fires on the plain


director  shinya tsukamoto
written by  shinya tsukamoto
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

shin’ya tsukamoto writes, directs and stars in this japanese war drama. in the final days of the second world war, japanese soldiers are occupying the philippines where they are slowly losing their battle and being pushed back by guerrilla resistance fighters and the might of the american army. after contracting tb, private tamura (tsukamoto) is hospitalised on a remote island as his fellow troops prepare to retreat. however, he is soon deemed not sick enough for the hospital and, as the enemy approaches, he is forced to move from one place to another. will he survive the treacherous island as it descends into further madness and horror?

fish story


director  yoshihiro nakamura
written by  tamio hayashi
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

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?

Funuke, Show Me Some Love, You Losers!


director  Daihachi Yoshida
written by  Daihachi Yoshida
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Quirky black comedy from director Daihachi Yoshida, about the rivalry between two sisters, set amidst the backdrop of rural Japan. Aspiring, but cash-strapped, actress Sumika (Eriko Sato) returns home to the village of Ishikawa to attend her parents’ funeral and renews her feud with younger sister Kiyomi (Aimi Satsukawa), who previously damaged Sumika’s reputation by portraying her as an underhand character in her popular manga comic. Hoping to inherit a sizeable sum, Sumika is forced to stick around when brother Shinji (Masatoshi Nagase) tells her of lengthy legal delays. As Sumika settles back into her old room, a series of flashbacks brings to life the family’s previously eccentric life, contrasting it against the calm and peaceful setting of rural Japan.

gemini


director  Shin’ya Tsukamoto
written by  Shin’ya Tsukamoto
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

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. Adapting the Edogawa Rampo short story ‘The Twins’, Shinya Tsukamoto’s (Tetsuo I & II) modernist Meiji horror represents the director’s first foray into period films and fleshes out Rampo’s original tale of savage sibling rivalry considerably.  Marked out by its bold, hyper-realistic colour palate, exaggerated make up and costume design and an absurd taste of the carnivalesque, this chilling psychological tale should prove more than a sufficient antidote to those left jaded by the restrained, by-numbers approach adopted by the majority of late 1990s horrors that appeared in the wake of Ring.

getting any?


director  Takeshi Kitano
written by  Takeshi Kitano
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano writes, directs and stars in this Japanese comedy following the life of Asao (Dankan), a middle-aged man obsessed with the idea of having wild, unbridled sex in a fancy car. To fulfil his dream, Asao must first buy a car but he quickly realises he may have to settle for less than his fantastic desires. Nevertheless, he remains determined to realise his dream and from robbing banks to making himself invisible and joining the Yakuza, Asao will do anything to make it a reality.

greatful dead


director  Eiji Uchida
written by  Etsuo Hiratani · Eiji Uchida
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Darkly comic Japanese horror co-written and directed by Eiji Uchida. The film follows Nami (Kumi Takiuchi), a young woman with a fetish for lonely and elderly men. Nami enjoys the subjects of her fetish from afar and takes great satisfaction in observing their daily lives. However, when Mr. Shiomi (Takashi Sasano), her latest obsession, begins taking bible classes with a young Christian missionary (Kkobbi Kim), Nami sees this as a direct threat to her source of pleasure. How far will Nami go to protect her interests?

HANAGATAMI


director  Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
written by  Nobuhiko Ôbayashi · Chiho Katsura
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

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.

Kids return


director  Takeshi Kitano
written by  Takeshi Kitano
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano writes and directs this Japanese drama. Masuru (Ken Kaneko) and Shinji (Masanobu Ando) are childhood friends, who team up in the schoolyard to extort money from their classmates. As they progress to adulthood, Masuru becomes a member of the local yakuza gang, while Shinji shows talent as a boxer. Pursuing separate paths in life, the two friends gradually grow apart, but how will they get by without each other?

kotoko


director  Shinya Tsukamoto
written by  Shinya Tsukamoto
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Japanese psychological thriller directed by and starring Shin’ya Tsukamoto. Kotoko (Cocco) is a psychologically disturbed young mother who we learn sees two of everyone – one good, one evil. These hallucinations cause her to self-harm as a way of grasping on to reality, but when the authorities take her child away to protect him from her, her life spirals even more out of control. Not only does Kotoko have to contend with her own paranoid delusions and the loss of her son but she also has a stalker (Tsukamoto)…

The land of hope


director  Sion Sono
written by  Sion Sono
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Post-disaster drama written and directed by Shion Sono. Two neighbouring farmers and their families live in the small town of Oba in Nagashima. When an earthquake strikes causing a devastating accident at a nearby nuclear power plant a 20km exclusion zone is set up around the perimeter and one family is forced to evacuate while the other must stay as their home lies outwith the zone by a matter of inches. The film shows the Japanese character while dealing with the disaster and the effects it has on the community as a whole.

The legend of the stardust brothers


director  Macoto Tezuka
written by  Macoto Tezuka
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

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. At the time Macoto was just 22 years old, a film-student with many short experimental films under his belt, but yet to make a feature-debut and of course had the pressure of the TEZUKA name. With Chicada as producer, Tezka then adapted this fake soundtrack into the real movie story of The Stardust Brothers. 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 is totally unknown even to this day in both Japan and worldwide. More than 30 years since its release, The Stardust Brothers will finally make itself known worldwide with a new master and a brand new Director s Cut!

Lesson of evil


director  Takashi Miike
written by  Takashi Miike
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Japanese killer thriller directed by Takashi Miike and starring Hideaki Ito. Harvard graduate Hasumi (Ito) has returned to Japan after working for a European investment bank and has since made a career for himself teaching English to the pupils of an elite Japanese high school. His friendliness and good looks help him become a trusted member of the school’s faculty; resulting in him becoming a source of advice for peers and students alike. However, in actuality, Hasumi is a deeply troubled man with severe antisocial disorders which have turned him into a calculated hobbyist killer. When the bodies start piling up within the school, how long will it take until the seemingly benevolent Hasumi is put under suspicion?

love and other cults


director  Eiji Uchida
written by  Eiji Uchida
language(s)  Japanese  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

Japanese comedy drama written and directed by Eiji Uchida. The film follows Ai Shima (Sairi Ito), a young girl sent to live with a religious cult by her mother. When the cult gets shut down by the police, Ai is sent to a regular school but soon finds it difficult to fit in. After dropping out, Ai finds herself staying with a number of different families before forming a strong bond with Ryota (Kenta Suga), a fellow dropout with links to a number of shady characters in the city. The cast also includes Denden, Hidenobu Abera and Hanae Kan.

 

Love & Peace


director  Sion Sono
written by  Sion Sono
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Japanese comedy drama written and directed by Sion Sono. In Tokyo, shy office worker Ryoichi Suzuki (Hiroki Hasegawa) is tired of everybody picking on him, his unfulfilling job and not being able to tell his colleague Yuko (Kumiko Aso) his true feelings for her. But his life drastically changes when he buys a pet turtle, he names Pikadon, and confides in his tiny new friend his dreams of becoming a famous rock star. After Ryoichi’s colleagues cruelly force him to flush his pet turtle down the toilet Pikadon reappears from the sewers with magic powers, determined to do all he can to transform his owner’s dreams into reality.

love exposure


director  Sion Sono
written by  Sion Sono
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Maverick Japanese director Sion Sono writes and directs this irreverently zany, three-and-a half hour, black-comedy drama which captures a year in the life of 17-year-old Yu (Takahiro Nishijima). Yu falls into sinful ways after the death of his saintly mother and his father’s subsequent ordainment to the Catholic priesthood. Yu’s speciality as a petty criminal is taking sneaky camera shots up girls’ skirts while he ostensibly performs elaborate martial arts moves. He falls in love with rough diamond Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima), but their future together comes under threat when the creepy Koike (Sakura Ando) goes all out to lure Yu into his religious cult.

lowlife love


director  Eiji Uchida
written by  Eiji Uchida
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Japanese drama written and directed by Eiji Uchida. Film director Tetsuo (Kiyohiko Shibukawa) is living off the glory of a hit indie film he made many years before and is struggling to get his second feature off the ground. His fortunes change, however, when he meets aspiring actress Minami (Maya Okano) and scriptwriter Ken (Shugo Oshinari) and offers to collaborate with them on their next project. He assumes the director’s chair with Ken’s script and Minami as his star and enlists the help of veteran producer Kida (Denden) for financing. As the project takes flight, Tetsuo once again finds himself struggling to succeed in the movie business.

melancholic


director  Seiji Tanaka
written by  Seiji Tanaka
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Japanese horror starring Yoji Minagawa as Kazuhiko, a recent graduate struggling to find work. Having moved back in with his parents after university, Kazuhiko is desperate for a job and the chance to progress with his life. When he lands a position at a local baths he starts to think his future is looking up, until however he learns that the baths are used by a Japanese crime syndicate for executions…

one cut of the dead


director  Shin’ichirô Ueda
written by  Shin’ichirô Ueda
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film… Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that it’s the site of where military experiments took place… Out of nowhere, real zombies arrive and terrorize the crew! This may sound like a the plot of a clichéd zombie film, but One Cut of the Dead is something completely different! Starting off with a non-stop one-take 37 minute shot, the film then completely switches direction and turns the zombie genre completely upside down into a charming, audience-friendly comedy! Young director Shinichiro Ueda and his cast of non-professionals have created something fresh and entertaining which has become both a massive hit not just in Japan, but across the world!

 

Pink Films Vol. 5 & 6 UNDERWATER LOVE/WOMEN HELL SONG


director  Shinji Imaoka
written by  Shinji Imaoka · Fumio Moriya
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray
Asuka works in a lakeside fish factory. She is just about to be married to her boss. One day, she encounters a Kappa, a water creature living in the lake and learns that it is the reincarnation of Aoki, her first love. What ensues is a zany spectacle of love, music & sex.

 

director  Mamoru Watanabe
written by  Atsushi Yamatoya
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray
Katori Tamaki, the star of the first ever pink film, Flesh Market (1962), stars as the roaming outlaw Okayo, also known as Benten due to the prominent tattoo of the Buddhist Goddess of Love emblazoned across her back. On the run from her persecutors, who seek to claim the tattoo and its skin canvas as a bounty, Okayo finds a safe haven in the arms of the mysterious shakuhachi (bamboo flute) playing Seigaku, himself tattooed with the image of Kisshôten, the Goddess of Prosperity.

 

 

pluto


director  Su-won Shin
written by  Su-won Shin
language(s)  korean  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

South Korean thriller set in a prestigious high school. Teased by his classmates about his poor exam results, Joon (Da-wit Lee) is treated as a social outcast by his fiercely competitive peers. When he hears of a secret study group who share tips on achieving success within the school’s academic system, he approaches the leader of the group, Yoo-Jin (Jun Sung), and asks if he can join. He is then given a series of tasks to complete before he can be allowed to enter their secret circle. However, when Yoo-Jin is found dead one morning and Joon’s mobile phone is discovered at the scene, he becomes a suspect in the murder case and must fight to clear his name.

pornostar


director  Toshiaki Toyoda
written by  Toshiaki Toyoda
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

The debut film of Toshiaki Toyoda (Blue Spring, Day of Destruction) A young man gets off the train in the morning and wanders the business districts aimlessly. He runs across some yakuza gangsters, whom he despises, and goes on a killing spree, but soon becomes involved with a subordinate gang.

A scene at the sea


director  Takeshi Kitano
written by  Takeshi Kitano
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Japanese drama written and directed by Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano. Shigeru (Kuroudo Maki) and Takako (Hiroko Oshima) are a young couple who were both born with hearing impairments. Their lives are dramatically changed when garbage collector Shigeru finds a broken, old surfboard and becomes determined to learn the sport. After getting over his early struggles and the heckles of the locals, Shigeru is given a wetsuit by the owner of a surf shop who also enters him in an upcoming competition. As his surfing prowess improves as a result of his dogged determination, Shigeru risks losing the love of Takako.

Tsukamoto - Killing/Haze/The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo


director  Shinya Tsukamoto
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

A limited edition set of 3 works by cult Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto. ‘Killing’ (2018), ‘Haze’ (2005) and ‘The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo’ (1987).

a snake of june


director  Shinya Tsukamoto
written by  Shinya Tsukamoto
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Tsukamoto Shinya writes and directs this Japanese mystery thriller. During an insistent summer downpour in an anonymous Japanese metropolis, a dark erotic force infiltrates the lives of Rinko (Kurosawa Asuka), a reserved career woman in her thirties, and Shigehiko (Kohtari Yuji), her obsessively clean, workaholic husband. Invading the most private aspects of the couple’s lives, a mysterious stranger sends an anonymous envelope bearing the inscription ‘Your Husband’s Secrets’. Mysterious phone calls soon follow but the male voice demands something other than money..

The Story of Yonosuke


director  Shûichi Okita
written by  Shirô Maeda
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Japanese drama. The film follows Yokomichi Yonosuke (Kengo Kora) who moves to Tokyo to attend university. A selfless and caring soul, Yonosuke brightens the lives of his friends and the people he meets, including Shoko (Yuriko Yoshitaka), the daughter of a wealthy businessman, who quickly falls for the young man. However, Yonosuke has his sights set on Chiharu (Ayumi Ito), an older woman. Sixteen years later, Yonosuke’s friends recollect how he changed their lives for the better, while being oblivious to the tragedy that had befallen him later in his life…

suffering of ninko


director  Norihiro Niwatsukino
written by  Norihiro Niwatsukino
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Japanese drama written and directed by Norihiro Niwatsukino. The film follows Ninko (Masato Tsujioka), a devoted young monk living a simple life at the Enmeiji temple. Dedicated to a life of sexual abstinence, Ninko finds his resolve tested by a strange curse which makes him irresistible to every woman he meets. Can he stay true to his beliefs or will he give in to temptation? The cast also includes Miho Wakabayashi, Hideta Iwahashi and Yukino Arimoto.

The taste of tea


director  Katsuhito Ishii
written by  Katsuhito Ishii
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

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. The Haruno family is a five-piece clan living the simple life in Japan. The summer sun shining gently down, this quiet quintet is transformed into a six-piece when urban-dwelling uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano), a successful music producer, arrives to visit his family and confront his feelings for the ex-girlfriend who married another man after Ayano moved to the city. As the lazy days pass by, each member of the family is followed in a series of episodic vignettes.

tokyo fist


director  Shin’ya Tsukamoto
written by  Shin’ya Tsukamoto
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Tsuda is a young insurance salesman whose life, and the life of his fiancee Hizuru, is turned upside down when he meets an old schoolfriend, Takuji. Soon after Takuji’s visit to Tsuda’s apartment, Hizuru starts making moves on Takuji while Tsuda begins a fitness and boxing campaign. The bizarre love triangle is linked to a half-forgotten incident from Tsuda and Takujis’ youth.

top knot detective


director  Aaron McCann · Dominic Pearce
written by  Aaron McCann · Dominic Pearce
language(s)  english · japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

This mockumentary unravels the tale of how ‘Ronin Suiri Tantai’ made it to Australian screens back in the late 90’s, retitled as Top Knot Detective, and what really happened behind the scenes of this outrageous show. The original Japanese series was legendary in its home country as being a cultural train-wreck, led by its insane writer/director/star, Takashi Takamoto. The rivalry between Takashi and co-star, Haruto Koike, is just the tip of this conspiratorial iceberg, leading back to Japanese conglomerate Sutaffu, and its CEO, Moritaro (coincidentally, Haruto’s father). On-screen he battles robot ninjas & penis monsters off-screen jealousy threatens to demolish his legacy.

 

 

THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF UJICHA: VIOLENCE VOYAGER/BURNING BUDDHA MAN


director  Ujicha
written by  Ujicha
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Double bill of Japanese animes from director Ujicha. In ‘Violence Voyager’ (2018) two young boys at the end of school term decide to trek into the mountains. En route to their mountain base, they discover an amusement park and take a look around but they soon realise that this is no ordinary amusement park. In ‘The Burning Buddha Man’ (2018) a spate of thefts of Buddha statues is sweeping through Kyoto. When Beniko (voice of Yuka Iguchi)’s parents are killed and their Buddha statue taken, Beniko sets out to find the person or people responsible.

Uzumasa Limelight


director  Ken Ochiai
written by  Hiroyuki Ono
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray
Japanese drama. In the film-making hub of Uzumasa, a suburb of Kyoto, aged actor Seiichi Kamiyama (Seizo Fukumoto) is struggling to find work with the decline of the country’s samurai film-making tradition. Throughout his career Seiichi has played the role of the kirareyaku, whose part is to die at the hands of the picture’s leading star. As the industry and his own body begin to fail him, the actor forges a relationship with a young actress eager to enter the business and learn the art of the kirareyaku. On his way out of the fading industry, Seiichi finds a new purpose and takes her under his wing and educates her in the elegant art of stage sword fighting.

9 souls


director  Toshiaki Toyoda
written by  Toshiaki Toyoda
language(s)  japanese  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

Nine convicts escape from prison; most are convicted murders. They commandeer a van from a strip club. Their plan is to find a stash of counterfeit money that a deranged cell mate told them about, divide it, then part ways. They make it to the site where the money is supposed to be hidden, and then one by one, each seeks out the place he wants to be, a version of home, somewhere to connect. Will it end well for any of them?

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