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Third Window Films sources the finest works in new Far Eastern cinema. Striving to represent a rich variety of film genres, be they dramas, comedies, political satires, action or anything else in between. Expect everything from the unknown and cult to the off-beat and even the occasional mainstream masterpiece.

Our stores are now stacked with a great selection of films from Third Window, see some of our choice cuts below, along with the full list of films.

Cold Fish


Shamoto runs a small tropical fish shop. His second wife, Taeko, does not get along with his daughter, Mitsuko, and this worries him. One day Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a grocery store. There they meet a friendly man named Murata, who helps to settle things between Mitsuko and the store manager. Since Murata also runs a tropical fish shop, Shamoto establishes a bond with him and they become friends; Mitsuko even begins working for Murata and living at his house. What Shamoto doesn t know, however, is that Murata hides many dark secrets behind his friendly face. He sells cheap fish to his customers for high prices with his artful lies.

If anyone detects his fraud or refuses to go along with his money-making schemes, they re murdered and their bodies disposed of by Murata and his wife in grisly ways. Shamoto is suddenly taken in by Murata s tactics, and by the time he realizes that Murata is insane, and a serial killer who has made over fifty people disappear, he is powerless to do anything about it.

But now Mitsuko is a hostage at Murata s home, and Shamoto himself has become the killer s unwilling accomplice. Cruel murders gradually cripple his mind and finally the ordinary man is being driven to the edge of the abyss.

Hana-Bi


Takeshi Kitano directs, writes and stars in this downbeat thriller. Monosyllabic detective Nishi (Kitano) leaves the force after his partner Horibe is seriously wounded and two colleagues are killed in pursuit of a gunman.

Dedicating his life to caring for his terminally ill wife, as well as providing for the wheelchair-bound Horibe, Nishi accrues crippling debts. After robbing a bank to ease his financial worries, Nishi takes his wife on a final holiday, pursued by loan sharks and the police.

Adrift In Tokyo


Offbeat Japanese comedy following the unusual bond that develops between a demotivated student and a debt collector for the loan shark he owes money to. Takemura (Jô Odagiri) is a student with few friends, no family and almost as a little ambition. His inherent laziness has seen him borrow money he is unable to earn back and brings him into contact with Fukuhara (Tomokazu Miura), an enforcer for a local loan shark.

After initially roughing Takemura up in fairly traditional style, Fukuhara plays much less to type on his second visit to see the student – announcing that if Takemura merely accompanies him on a walk across the city the best part of his debt will be written off.

Little does Takemura anticipate what this journey will entail; the pair meet a variety of the city’s eccentric characters before Fukuhara reveals their ultimate destination: the police station where he will turn himself in for murdering his own wife.

Fish Story


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) starts work on their 3rd album. Unfortunately the band is a little ahead of its time; punk won t be marketable until the Sex Pistols debut in the UK the following year. Due to nonexistent sales, their record company decides to drop them and they 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.

Apparently, at a certain point in the recording there is a brief interlude where you can hear a woman scream. Later, he meets a mysterious woman at a party who inexplicably predicts that he will save the world one day. In 2009 a teenager named Asami (Mikako Tabe) falls asleep during a school field trip and gets left behind on a boat. Initially distraught, she s eventually consoled by a kindly cook. Suddenly, men with guns storm in and attempt a boat-jacking. In 2012 a huge comet can be seen in the sky on a path to destroy Earth. The US has failed in their attempt to blow it up and with only 5 hours left before impact, all major city streets are completely abandoned. That is, except for one record store that continues business as usual. Within the store, Fish Story can be heard playing on an old turntable.

 

Confessions


Takako Matsu (K-20: Legend Of The Mask) plays a middle-school teacher whose four-year-old daughter is found dead. Shattered, she finally returns to her classroom only to become convinced that two of her students were responsible for her daughter’s murder.

No one believes her, and she may very well be wrong, but she decides, nevertheless, that it’s time to take her revenge. What happens next is all-out psychological warfare waged against her students in an attempt to force them into confessing what she knows in her heart to be true: they are guilty and must be punished.

Brilliantly building the psychological tension from the film s very start before pulling out all the stops for a devastating and explosive finale, Tetsuya Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls) has produced what is arguably his most mature and impressive work to date.

Himizu


Sumida (Shometani) and his schoolmate Keiko (Nikaido) are 15 year old school kids living a dystopian existence where each of their parents hope and encourage them to die. Set in tsunami-hit areas of Japan, which are used as a backdrop, the story follows roughly that of the manga of the same name.

Don’t give up. The constant refrain repeated in radio and television programmes to a nation hit by the merciless catastrophe sounds even more ominous when written in a note left by Yuichi Sumida s mother after running off with her lover. At fifteen, Sumida (Shôta Sometani) is left alone to manage the family’s languishing boat-rental business and fend off his drunk and penniless father s bouts of violence. Sumida sees his simple dream for an ordinary future rapidly evaporating before his eyes. Sharing similarly humble but fading dreams is his classmate Keiko Chazawa (Fumi Nikaidou), who also happens to have a major crush on him, even though Sumida seems deeply annoyed by her presence.

Sumida fights frequently with his father, is abandoned by his mother and tends to reject friendly advances of others. Real violence enters Sumida’s life when his drunken father goes too far in taunting him. Shocked by the crime he has committed, and the fact he’ll never be able to lead the ordinary life he planned on, Sumida paints his face and stalks the city streets with a kitchen knife, crazily determined to make amends to society by killing wrong-doers.

Antiporno


A girl’s delusion and reality are disrupted in a rich-coloured 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.

Love & Hate


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 Asô) 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.

also in the offer

Antique

Be My Baby

Behind The Camera

Big Tits Zombie

Bleak Night

Bloody Muscle Body Builder Inhell (Aka Japanese Evil Dead)

Boomerang Family

Bullet Ballet

Confessions Of A Dog

Crime Or Punishment

Crocodile

Dasepo Naughty Girls

Death Bell

Desire To Kill

Destruction Babies

Detective

Dolls

Dragons Snake Fist

Eyes Of The Spider / Serpentspath

Fairy Tale Killer

Fine Totally Fine

Fires On The Plain

For Loves Sake

Foreign Duck The Native Duck And God In A Coin Locker

Fox Family

Fuku-Chan Of Fukufuku Flats

Funuke Show Some Love You Losers

Gangster Payday

Getting Any

God Man Dog

Greatful Dead

Green Fish

Guns & Talks

Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack

Han Gong-Ju

Hero Of Shaolin

How To Use Guys With Secret Tips

Instant Swamp

Isnt Anyone Alive

Kakera: A Piece Of Our Life

Kamikaze Girls

Kick The Moon

Kids Return

Kikujiro

King Of Fists & Dollars

King Of Pigs

Kotoko

Lady Assassin

Lalapipo

Land Of Hope

Lesson Of Evil

Love Exposure

Lowlife Love

Makeup Room

Memories Of Matsuko

Mitsuko Delivers

Moebius

Monster Chronicles: Tiktik

Nine Demons

No 3

No Blood No Tears

Oasis

Petty Romance

Pluto

Presidents Last Bang

Ptu

Quirky Guys And Gals

Red Light Revolution

Return To Burma

Revenge: A Love Story

Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between A Criminal And A Whore

Sake Bomb

Sawako Decides

Say Yes

Scene At The Sea

See You Tomorrow Everyone

Shackled (Aka Belenggu)

Shady

Shanghai Thirteen

Snake Of June

Sparrow

Story Of Yonosuke

Teenage Hooker Became A Killing Machine

Tetsuo: The Iron Man/Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer

Tokyo Fist

Toyoda Toshiaki: Early Years Box Set

Turtles Are Surprisingly Fastswimmers

Underwater Love

Uzumasa Limelight

Villain

Vulgaria

Wild Card

Whispering Storm

Woodsman & The Rain


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