By Jasper Sharp.
Stephanie DeBoer’s scholarly study Coproducing Asia: Locating Japanese-Chinese Regional Film and Media is not the general overview of Asian co-productions that its title might suggest. Its focus is more on the construction of a new cinematic and televisual idea of “Asia” in the post-war and post-colonial era. It details how forces within the Far East have attempted to overcome national borders and the legacies of conflict to create regional networks independent from Hollywood and the West. Continue Reading
We're under two weeks away from our release of a film we know a lot of you have been excited about, Lu Over the Wall! Today we're delighted to bring you an unboxing of our Ltd Collector's Ed. set that will be available from 30th July!
Read on below for all the details.
Studio: Science SARU
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Director Masaaki Yuasa delivers a colourful and striking tale of the power of love, friendship and music in this fun-filled family film.
Synopsis: After the divorce of his parents sees him move to a sleepy rural village, middle school student Kai is left lonely and bored aside from his sole passion for creating and uploading music online. Even when two of his classmates invite him to join their fledgling band, Kai is reluctant to get involved, but when he’s dragged to a practice session on a deserted island he finds himself coming face-to-face with Hinashi Town’s most feared legend – a mermaid, shunned by the populace as a siren of despair responsible for the loss of many fisherman in years gone by.
However, the fun-loving and curious Lu couldn’t be more different than the mermaids spoken of in legend, and her infectious love of music and dancing might just be the key to not only unlocking Kai’s heart, but also saving Hinashi Town from danger.
You can watch a trailer for the film below
Our Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD set comes packed in a rigid case that houses a digipack to store the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD). Also included is a 52 page artbook.
On the discs themselves you get the main feature with options to watch it with the original Japanese audio (with English subtitles) as well as the English language audio. (Both of those options being in 5.1) Also on the discs are trailers for the film plus a 28 minute interview with the director of the film, Masaaki Yuasa.
Focusing on the 52-page art book for a moment, that is divided into multiple sections:
But that’s not all! In addition to three sections of art there are also two more sections:
As you can tell, there’s a lot packed into this release!
You can pre-order your copy ahead of its release on 30th July from retailers including:
And now it's time for photos of the finished product itself. As a note, you can click on them enlarge them too if you want. Continue Reading
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by Jeremy Clarke.
A private eye gets caught in the middle of a Tokyo gang war, when two gun-running yakuza clans are ripped off by a third. Made by cult director Seijun Suzuki at Nikkatsu in 1963, Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! was also his first to feature Jo Shishido in a leading role. Shishido plays investigator Hideo Tajima, the hero from a series of six books by novelist Haruhiko Oyabu, deriving its numerical title from the building location of Tajima’s office door. Clearly intended as the start of a franchise, the film was based on Urban Graveyard, the first book in the series, but as noted by Jasper Sharp in this disc’s liner notes, was retitled for the cinema as something that might also be translated as “Get lost, rascals”. It somehow gained its more lurid, comma-free English title on the international sales circuit. Continue Reading