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A cello, electric shadows, and other DVDs

Perusing the wonderfully useful Twitch DVD Release Calendar, here are my picks of the Asian films to be released this week in Region 1.

Cello.  Image courtesy of Tartan VideoElectric Shadows.  Image courtesy of First Run Features.

Cello
“A cellist is haunted by strange events after a car wreck.”

  • 2005. South Korea. 92 minutes.
  • Tartan Video
  • Directed by Lee Woo-cheol
  • Featuring Jeong Ho-bin, Jeong Yu-mi, Park Da-an, Seong Hyeon-a
  • Audio Tracks: Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish
  • Director’s commentary
  • Behind the scenes with cast and crew
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • TV spot

Electric Shadows
“A violent chance encounter sets in motion a boy’s discovery of a long-lost friend.”

  • 2004. China. 95 minutes.
  • First Run Features
  • Directed by Xiao Jiang
  • Featuring Xia Yu, Li Haibin, Zhang Yijing, Qi Zhongyang, Wang Zhengjia
  • Audio Tracks: Chinese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Director’s introduction & biography
  • Film notes
  • Photo gallery

Also released this week (all descriptions from Amazon.com):

Bodyguard Kiba (1993)
(Tokyo Shock; Takashi Miike directed. “Big bucks bodyguard Naoto Kiba is hired to be the ‘Bodyguard of Darkness’ to protect the Soryukai Family from the thieving Ishimine in this action-filled drama. Without weapons, Kiba conquers the enemy, and fight scene upon fight scene packs it in, with pinky slicing, torture, drugs, sex and violent exchanges prevailing.”

Endurance (2005)
(Jef Films. “You’ll Laugh Until It Hurts! And Boy Will It Hurt! Endurance (Za Gaman) is a Japanese ‘torture’ game show where male university student endure a variety of humiliating and/or painful competitions to see who can tolerate it the longest. Which of these outrageous kamikaze competitors will survive the agonies of the human rack, man-eating alligators, cannon balls up the backside and scorched nipples in the ultimate test of endurance??? Who will make it through the onslaught of attacking elephants, gorillas, leaping lizards and raging bulls??? Which one of these brave (and stupid) men will emerge victorious from the physical and mental torment of ENDURANCE???”

The Unborn (2002)
(Tokyo Shock; Bhandit Thongdee directed. “The story begins when Por wakes up in hospital, after being brutally beaten by a drug dealer, to find herself going to give birth. Frightened and confused, Por finds herself confronting strange and disturbing events. She hears the weird voice of a child, she can’t see but whose doll moves around by it. As well, she has to deal with the appearance of a mysterious woman who she has never met before. Danger is all around her and she gets caught up in a series of life-threatening situations. Trapped between reality and and illusion, Por faces the most terrifying experience of her life.”

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