Thunderbolt and, uh, I forgot…

Sundance occupies the cinema blogosphere right, and rightly so, but it’s not easy to find much about foreign-language films premiering there. On the other hand, Region 1 dwellers might easily find a couple of new Asian pictures on disk.

Thunderbolt. Image courtesy of New Line Home Video Vital. Image courtesy of Tartan Films DVD

1995. Hong Kong. 111 minutes.
New Line DVD.
Directed by Gordon Chan.
With Jackie Chan.

Jackie Chan’s auto racing picture, filmed in Japan, has failed to receive a proper (original language in original aspect ratio) DVD release for years. This version reportedly includes a Cantonese audio track in addition to the English dub, but I haven’t confirmed this myself. Might be worth a trip to the local video shop for a rental.

For more information, check out this thread at the Asian DVD Guide Forum. Those folks know a lot more about DVDs and previous versions than I do.

2004. Japan. 86 minutes.
Tartan DVD.
Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto.
With Tadanobu Asano, Nami Tsukamoto, Kazuyoshi Kushida.

An amnesia story with a twist. Todd at Twitch called it “an important work from an important film maker.”

DVD includes featurettes, interview with the director, music video, and audio commentary by Tom Mes of Midnight Eye.

Both disks retail for just under $20.00, and will be out tomorrow.

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