by Jeremy Clarke.
A boxer with no fear of death. Japanese yakuza, Chinese triads. A bag of drugs. A girl sold into prostitution. Director Takeshi Miike’s latest is a potent cocktail of these ingredients, a mass of mayhem orchestrated with his trademark pace, panache and energy.
And yet, as its 14th February UK release date implies, First Love is also a Valentine’s Day-friendly date movie. Not, admittedly, your average date, but Miike has never been your average director. High-profile titles released in the West like Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer and Yakuza Apocalypse give an certain idea of what he’s about – life, death and gangsters. This, of course, is only one facet of his multi-nuclear career, which has also seen samurai epics and a musical. If you include his early, made-for-video features of the early 1990s, Miike has now made over a hundred films. Many are highly entertaining and one or two, such as Audition, the sweet romantic film that turns into a truly terrifying horror thriller, might justifiably be termed great. First Love may not quite be Audition, but it’s arguably his best film for years. Continue Reading
Gundam fans! We know you're always chomping at the bit for any details when it comes to future releases of our, and today we're bringing you details from a bit further down the pipeline than usual, as the subject of today's announcement will be getting released after some products we've not talked about yet - more on those to follow in the coming months.
But today we're delighted to say that on 4th May 2020 we're going to be releasing Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 as a Blu-ray Limited Collector's Edition set that will feature, for the first time ever in the UK, the 13 episode OVA series "Stardust Memory" as well as the compilation film "The Afterglow of Zeon".
Read on below for the details. Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress uses its heroine to explore themes of subjectivity and spectatorship, with a topic that might at first seem better suited to live action. In all those elements, it bears some similarities with his debut feature Perfect Blue (1997), which pitched the viewer into the fragmenting worldview of a retired teen pop idol, haunted by her former stage persona. Both films played with audience expectations as to what was permissible or appropriate within the medium, while blurring the boundaries between the illusory and the real through a labyrinthine series of flashbacks, shifting character perspectives, films within films and dream sequences. The crucial difference with Millennium Actress, however, is its marked lightness of tone. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
King’s Game is a horror anime. More specifically, it’s a teen-horror anime, in which school-age characters are terrorised by a mysterious killer, called “King.” This self-styled royal murderer doesn’t need a mask or a knife. He (or she or it) speaks through a medium hardwired into the minds of millennials, the mobile phone.
The phone trills; the kid who owns the phone has received as an instruction in text form (no silly disguised voices). Whatever the instruction is, however gross or embarrassing or appalling, the kid must obey the instruction by midnight. If not, he or she will die unpleasantly; perhaps by a sudden urge to hang oneself, or by getting an early coronary, or by explosive bleeding from every orifice. Eeew. Continue Reading
UPDATE, 13/03/2020 - Please note the release date of Gundam Wing Endlesss Waltz has been moved to 20th April 2020. The release information on this page has been updated accordingly.
To say a lot of you have been excited at the prospect of us releasing Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz on Blu-ray is an understatement. Since our (now out of print) Collector's Edition release of Gundam Wing Part 1, so many of you have contacted us wanting to who/what/where/when/how... anything regarding our release! We know it's been a bit of a wait, as we wanted to make sure all our ducks were in a row before we talked about what we had planned. So with that in mind, here's what you can expect in this post - there's a lot of info, hence why I'm writing down the contents
1 - AllTheAnime.com Exclusive Version of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Blu-ray Ltd. Collector's Edition
2 - AllTheAnime.com Exclusive (super limited) Collector's Edition Bundle of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing TV Series and Endless Waltz
3 - General retail version of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz Blu-ray Ltd. Collector's Edition
Read on below for the info. But first, a little about Endless Waltz. Continue Reading