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Win three Asian cinema classics on Criterion Blu-ray!

Three new releases given the Criterion Collection treatment…

We have copies of new Criterion Collection Blu-rays – the seductive gangster romance, PALE FLOWER, one of the preeminent works of the Hong Kong New Wave, BOAT PEOPLE, plus still censored in its own country, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES – to give away! To be in with a chance, all you need to do is fill out our form below (UK postal addresses only!)

In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida) – Released 3 January 2022

Less a work of pornography than of politics, Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses remains a brave, taboo-breaking milestone. The special edition includes:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
  • New audio commentary featuring film critic Tony Rayns
  • New interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji
  • A 1976 interview with director Nagisa Oshima and actors Fuji and Eiko Matsuda, and a 2003 program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, line producer Koji Wakamatsu, assistant director Yoichi Sai, and film distributor Yoko Asakura
  • Deleted footage

Pale Flower – Released 14 March 2022

Bewitchingly shot and edited and laced with a fever-dreamlike score by Toru Takemitsu, this breakthrough gangster romance from Masahiro Shinoda announced an idiosyncratic major filmmaking talent. The special edition includes:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with director Masahiro Shinoda
  • Selected-scene audio commentary by film scholar Peter Grilli, coproducer of Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu
  • Original theatrical trailer

Boat People – Released 21 March 2022

Transcending polemic, renowned director Ann Hui takes a deeply humanistic approach to a harrowing and urgent subject with searing contemporary resonance. The special edition includes:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Ann Hui, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Hui and filmmaker Stanley Kwan, who was the movie’s assistant director
  • Keep Rolling, a 2020 documentary about Hui made by Man Lim-chung, Hui’s long time production designer and art director
  • As Time Goes By, a 1997 documentary and self-portrait by Hui, produced by Peggy Chiao
  • Press conference from the 1983 Cannes International Film Festival

This competition has ended.

Please note, only entries from the UK will be accepted for this competition. The competition closes midnight 13th March 2022, no entries after that time will be accepted. Prize winners will then be randomly picked and prizes only sent out after that date. Please fill out your full name and address clearly and correctly, including postcode, in the special form above (not comments section) or your entry will not be counted. Multiple entries will be disqualified. I mean it!

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