Third Window Films
Third Window Films Newsletter #111
Welcome to the Third Window Films newsletter for October 2021! We've got some interesting news for upcoming releases plus a look at other Asian-film related happenings in the UK!

New Title Announcement
Nobuhiko Obayashi: The Anti-War Trilogy


A digipack bluray set of 3 films from legendary director Nobuhiko Obayashi.
Limited to just 2000 copies. Includes a booklet by historian Aaron Gerow.


Disc 1: Casting Blossoms to the Sky この空の花-長岡花火物語 (2011)
Endo Reiko is a journalist visiting Nagaoka to comment on the aftermath of the earthquake in Tohoku. From local residents, Endo learns about the city's fireworks traditions, and how the region was destroyed during the war.
Special Features: 45 minute Interview with Nobuhiko Obayashi

Disc 2:  Seven Weeks 野のなななのか (2014)
Weaving the life of a 92-year-old doctor into the history of a small Hokkaido city, “Seven Weeks” addresses Japan’s wartime responsibility, its present nuclear crisis and the heartaches of youth and love.
Special Features: 75 minute Making Of

Disc 3: Hanagatami 花筐 (2017)
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. 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.
Special Features: 35 minute interview with Nobuhiko Obayashi, Making Of

Region B release

Out December 13th!

Pre-order at Terracotta (best price), Arrow & Amazon
More info at: http://thirdwindowfilms.com/films/nobuhiko-obayashis-anti-war-trilogy

 


Toshiaki Toyoda: 2005-2021
Out October 18

A limited edition 3 disc digipack bluray set of 6 films from Japanese director Toshiaki Toyoda covering his work from 2005 to 2021.
Limited to just 2000 copies.

Disc 1: Hanging Garden 空中庭園 (2005)
Special Features: Audio commentary by Toshiaki Toyoda / Making Of / Deleted Scenes

Disc 2:
Monsters Club モンスターズクラブ (2011) / Wolf’s Calling 狼煙が呼ぶ (2019)
Day of Destruction 破壊の日 (2020) / Go Seppuku Yourselves 全員切腹 (2021)
Special Features: Making of Monsters Club / Monsters Club audio commentary by Jasper Sharp / New interview with Toshiaki Toyoda

Disc 3: I’m Flash (2012)
Special Features: Audio commentary by Tom Mes / New interview with Toshiaki Toyoda / Making Of featuring cast & staff interviews plus premiere stage greetings

Region B


Out Oct 18th!
Pre-order now:
http://thirdwindowfilms.com/films/toshiaki-toyoda-2005-2021/

Pornostar / 9 Souls
Out October 18
 
2 other Toshiaki Toyoda films get stand-alone bluray releases!


Pornostar Bonus features:
• Audio commentary by Tom Mes
• Interview with Toshiaki Toyoda


9 Souls Bonus features:
• Audio commentary by Jasper Sharp

• Making Of  • Outtakes

Both are REGION FREE

Out Oct 18th!
Pre-order now:
http://thirdwindowfilms.com/director/toshiaki-toyoda/
 


Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes
UK/Ireland Cinema Screenings

"One Cut of the Dead meets Tenet"

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, the latest Japanese sensation from Third Window Films, will be playing at the following locations in October & November:

UK
Nottingham - Mayhem Film Festival - Oct 17
Derby - Quad Cinema - Oct 29
Manchester - Home Cinema Film Fear - Oct 30
Aberystwyth, Wales - Abertoir Film Festival - Nov 2-7

Ireland
Galway - Palas Cinema - Oct 15
Cork - Triskel - Oct 19
Limerick - Belltable Arts Centre - Oct 21
Dublin - IFI Institute - Oct 23
Ireland (online) - IFI Horrorthon - Oct 22-25
Waterford - Garter Lane Arts Centre - Oct 27


The film which One Cut of the Dead director Shinichiro Ueda calls "A masterpiece of filmmaking, packed with joy" has already won countless awards at film festivals worldwide and received glowing reviews with many calling it the "One Cut of the Dead of 2021"!

The Third Window Films bluray and dvd release will be out in November, but like One Cut this is certainly a film which needs to be seen with an audience!

 


Grimmfest Halloween J-Horror Day
4 classic Japanese genre films back to back!

This Halloween, Grimmfest presents a quartet of modern classics of Japanese Horror Cinema; films which reshaped and redefined the genre over the past four decades:
Shinya Tsukamoto’s groundbreaking, boundary-pushing, polymorphously perverse underground tech/body horror TETSUO: THE IRON MAN. Takashi Miike’s elegant black comedy of cruelty, AUDITION, Hideo Nakata’s eerie and unsettling sociopolitical ghost story DARK WATER, Shinichirô Ueda’s riotous and box office record breaking splatter satire ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

October 31st in Stockport
https://grimmfest.com/grimmfest-j-horror-day-live-this-halloween/

 


London East Asia Film Festival
October 21-31

From October 21 – October 31, LEAFF returns fully to cinemas with a breathtaking programme featuring the finest in Asian cinema.

The festival opens in commemoration of the late Hong Kong director Benny Chan with his final feature film, RAGING FIRE and closes with Korean new-comer Yoon Jae-keun’s sci-fi thriller SPIRITWALKER.

3 of our favourite Japanese films of last year A BALANCE (our favourite Japanese film of the year), ZOKKI and SASAKI IN MY MIND will get their UK premieres there too, as will the Nippon Connection award winning documentary USHIKU which is a must-see!

See the full lineup at: https://www.leaff.org.uk/
 


Recent Releases
Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers!

Daihachi Yoshida's debut film gets its WORLD BLURAY DEBUT!
Official selection of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival!


The offspring of the Wago family have their world turned upside down when their parents are run over because a cat stood its ground in the middle of the road. High-schooler Kyomi seems most upset, but this is as nothing compared to the distress she feels on hearing that her big sister Sumika is on her way home - just in time to miss the funeral. Sumika's stepbrother Shinji is more ambivalent about Sumika's arrival, but then they share a past. Shinji's put-upon wife Machiko will meet Sumika for the first time. Her downtrodden existence will look rainbow-coloured by comparison.

Bluray bonus features:
Making Of
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Region B

Now out!
http://thirdwindowfilms.com/films/funuke-show-some-love-you-losers/
 


Terracotta Distribution
Your one stop shop for Asian Cinema

Terracotta Distribution have a wonderful selection of Asian cinema from various different distribution labels (including Third Window) available both to buy on physical formats and to rent digitally!
If you're a fan of Asian cinema, make sure to check them out!!

https://www.terracottadistribution.com/
 


Arrow Films

Shawscope Volume 1

From kickass kung fu killers to crazy kaiju knockoffs to culture clash comedies, this carefully curated and gorgeously presented selection of all-time Shaw Brothers classics merely represents the tip of the iceberg of the studio’s rich output, making it both an ideal starting point for newcomers and a treat for hardcore fans alike.
Out December 6th
https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/shawscope-volume-one-limited-edition-blu-ray/FCD2076


Sailor Suit & Machine Gun

A perky high-schooler takes on the mob in Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, a one-of-a-kind genre-bender that riffs on the yakuza film, coming-of-age drama and ‘idol movie’, inventively adapted from Jiro Akagawa's popular novel by director Shinji Somai (Typhoon ClubWait and See), a massively influential figure in Japanese cinema whose work has been little seen outside his homeland.
Out November 15th
https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/sailor-suit-and-machine-gun-blu-ray/FCD2120

Yokai Monsters Collection

From the makers of Daimajin comes a trilogy of terror ripped from the pages of Japanese folklore, with ghosts and monsters from ancient myths and legends brought to life through stunning special effects, alongside an epic, big-budget reboot of the series from a modern-day master of the macabre, now available together on Blu-ray for the first time.
Out October 18th
https://arrowfilms.com/product-detail/yokai-monsters-collection-limited-edition/FCD2205

 


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