Looks like it’s going to be another strong year of releases from UK distributor Third Window…
After a tough year for most small independent distributors, many still affected by the Sony Warehouse fire nearly 18 months ago, and which saw Third Window suspend cinema releases in the UK, they recently announced the release schedule for next year… and it’s a doozy!
The year gets off to a flying start with director Yoshihiro Nakamura and writer Kotaro Isaka’s (who both collaborated on Fish Story) The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck And God In A Coin Locker released on DVD on 14 January. This is followed by the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Shuichi Okita’s The Woodsman And The Rain (one of Fausto’s favourites) on 28 January.
In April, Third Window release their first Hong Kong film in quite a while: Pang Ho-Cheung’s (Dream Home, Love In The Buff), a witty and vulgar sex-comedy which satirising the film industry Vulgaria on DVD and Blu-Ray. There’s also a chance to catch it on the big screen as the second regular screening of the new Terracotta Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema, 27th February.
For Love’s Sake, Takashi Miike’s musical/comedy genre mix-up on 70s manga Ai to Makoto which played at this years London Film Festival, is a new acquisition coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on 29th April.
A rather interesting double-disc DVD set release comes on 24th June: two films shot back-to-back over two weeks in 1998 with (largely) the same cast by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Kairo) – Eyes Of The Spider and Serpent’s Path. Previously only available without English subtitles.
September (TBC) sees the release of The Story Of Yonosuke, which pairs director Shuichi Okita (The Woodsman and the Rain), author Shuichi Yoshida, writer of the novel Akunin (Villain), with a script adapted by famous theatre playwright Shiro Maeda (Isn’t Anyone Alive) and starring Kengo Kora (Fish Story, The Woodsman and the Rain).
See You Tomorrow, Everyone! will be released in October (TBC). Again directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura with regular collaborator egular Gaku Hamada (Fish Story, Foreign Duck..) playing the role of a teenage boy who throughout his life cannot leave the projects he was born into.
Third Window will follow last years remastered release of Tetsuo and Tetsuo 2 with a further two Shinya Tsukamoto classic films restored by Tsukamoto himself, Bullet Ballet and Tokyo Fist, on Blu-Ray and DVD – Date TBC.
We’re very happy to see one of the best labels around still making such a commitment to releasing great films in the UK for 2013!