Japanese Movies Coming Soon

Region 1’s release calendar is empty today, so we summarize recent announcements for upcoming discs. All of them happen to be Japanese.

As noted at Twitch and DVD Journal, the Criterion Collection will be releasing two Seijun Suzuki classics on July 26.

Gate of Flesh - Image courtesy of Criterion CollectionGATE OF FLESH will include “new, restored high-definition digital transfer, new video interview with director Seijun Suzuki and art director Takeo Kimura, original theatrical trailer, stills gallery of archival production photos, a new essay by noted Asian cinema critic Chuck Stephens, and new and improved English subtitle translation.”

The 1964 film is described thusly: “In the shady black markets and bombed-out hovels of postWorld War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos. But when a renegade ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results. With Gate of Flesh, visionary director Seijun Suzuki delivers a whirlwind of social critique and pulp drama shot through with brilliant colors and raw emotions.”

Story of a Prostitute - Image courtesy of Criterion CollectionSTORY OF A PROSTITUTE features “new, restored high-definition digital transfer, exclusive new video interviews with director Seijun Suzuki, production designer Takeo Kimura, and film critic Tadao Sato, new essay by film critic David Chute, original theatrical trailer, new and improved English subtitle translation, and more!”…but evidently not yet a decision on the cover.

From 1965, this one is described: “Volunteering as a ‘comfort woman’ on the Manchurian front, where she is expected to service hundreds of soldiers, Harumi (Yumiko Nogawa) is commandeered by the brutal Lieutenant Narita (Isao Tamagawa) but falls for the sensitive Mikami (Tamio Kawachi), Naritas direct subordinate. In this tragic love story, director Seijun Suzuki delivers a rule-bending take on the popular Taijiro Tamura novel, challenging military and fraternal codes of honor, as seen through Harumis eyes.”

As reported by DVD File, Lion’s Gate will be re-releasing a Takeshi Miike film on August 23.

Audition - Image courtesy of Lion's Gate Home EntertainmentAUDITION will include “theatrical trailer, Director Interview, Select scene Director commentary, Director introduction, Director Biography/filmography, Photo gallery, liner notes, Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments segment, Ryu Murakama Interview, Widescreen (1.85:1), New transfer with removable English subtitles, Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital surround.” It’s the uncut version.

Both the uncut and trimmed versions of AUDITION were previously released in June 2002 by the American Cinematheque. Those editions included a director interview, director biography/filmography, photo gallery, and liner notes.

Finally, Arts Magic DVD revised their release schedule. These are listed in the “Upcoming on DVDs” column on the left side of my main page.

Madman Shinji Aoyama now has three titles: EMBALMING in June, WILD LIFE in August, and AN OBSESSION in November. Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s THE GUARD FROM THE UNDERGROUND will be out in October, and Rokuro Mochizuki rounds out the schedule with May’s ANOTHER LONELY HITMAN, July’s THE FIRE WITHIN, and September’s MOBSTERS CONFESSIONS.

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