That sucks about Helldriver. I almost bought it the other day.
That sucks about Helldriver. I almost bought it the other day.
Finally the Original Japanese Classic Battle Royale Officially Comes to U.S. Shores | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
From the Press Release
A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences. A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem sacred cinematic classics. And now, fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD!
On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings the Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray™ and DVD for the first time in North America. Featuring state-of-the-art HD transfers, hi-res audio and a wealth of bonus features that delve deep into this truly international phenomenon - the three disc Blu-ray™ plus bonus DVD set has an SRP of $49.99 and an SRP $44.98 for the four disc DVD. Battle Royale will also be released separately on Blu-ray™ for an SRP of $29.99 and DVD for an SRP of $24.98. Battle Royale will be available digitally via select outlets including iTunes® and Xbox LIVE®.
42 Students, Three Days, One Survivor – No Escape. Welcome to the World of Battle Royale!
In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano (Boiling Point, Brother) star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time. Now experience the complete Director’s Cut of Kinji Fukasaku’s uncompromising masterpiece – nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards® – available uncensored and unrated for the first time ever in America.
Battle Royale: The Complete Collection
In 2000, director Kinji Fukasaku unleashed Battle Royale, his violently poetic epic about an innocent group of junior high students forced by the government to hunt and kill their classmates for sport. It launched a global phenomenon and was banned from screens by frightened civic groups and distributors across America. Three years later, the equally disturbing sequel – featuring a new class, new rules and a brutal terrorist plot by the first film’s young survivors – triggered its own tragic firestorm around the world. Now for the first time ever, you can see it all: Experience the entire Battle Royale saga on four discs that forever blasts open one of the most potent, shocking and savagely influential sagas in motion picture history.
Special Features: Battle Royale: The Complete Collection’s Four-Disc Set
Battle Royale Director’s Cut with both Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles
Battle Royale Theatrical Cut with both Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles
Battle Royale II with Japanese language and English subtitles
Battle Royale Bonus Content with Japanese language and English subtitles
The Making of Battle Royale
Battle Royale Press Conference
Instructional Video: Birthday Version
Audition and Rehearsal Footage
Special Effects Comparison Featurette
Tokyo International Film Festival 2000
Battle Royale Documentary
Basketball Scene Rehearsals
Original Theatrical Trailer
Special Edition TV Spot
TV Spot: Tarantino Version
Special Features Battle Royale Single-Disc Edition
Director’s Cut with Japanese and English language and English subtitles
With impeccable direction by three-time ‘Director of the Year’ Kinji Fukasaku and featuring high-quality acting performances from every angle, Battle Royale: The Complete Collection is as cunning as it is ruthless, offering a unique and brutal depiction of what people are capable of when imminent death is everywhere you look.
Rinko Kikuchi Talks NORWEGIAN WOOD, 47 RONIN, and PACIFIC RIM
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Norwegian Wood is a moving tale of loss and sexuality set in Tokyo in the late 1960s and adapted from Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s bestselling 1987 novel. In this haunting coming-of-age story, Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) looks back on his days as a freshman university student living in Tokyo during a turbulent political time. Through his reminiscences about a series of life-altering events that include first love, sexual awakening, suicide and terminal illness, we see him develop relationships with two very different women, the beautiful yet emotionally troubled Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi), and the outgoing, vivacious Midori (Kiko Mizuhara).
We recently did an exclusive phone interview with the Academy Award nominated Kikuchi to talk about Norwegian Wood and what it was like to be a part of Vietnamese-born director Anh Hung Tran’s visually stunning film. She told us what attracted her to the project, how Tran had reservations about casting her in the role initially, what she felt were the most challenging aspects of her character, and why she thinks an audience will enjoy the poetic story and characters. She also talked about her upcoming roles in Carl Erik Rinsch’s epic period Samurai film, 47 Ronin, and Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi thriller, Pacific Rim. Hit the jump for more.
Review: 'Norwegian Wood' Is Depressingly Beautiful...Or Beautifully Depressing | The Playlist
Really looking forward to this. Starts playing at a few Laemmles on the 27th."Norwegian Wood" may be lovely and able in its depiction of unrequited love and grief, but it's tough to leave the experience and muster much more than a sigh. You'll marvel at the perfectly shot film for a moment, but it's too dour to leave anything other than that its aesthetics with you. [B]
BD Horror News - Chris Evans Takes Train to Apocalyptic Ice Age
Snow Piercer...awsome name. Sounds like fun.Chris Evans (pictured below; Captain America) is in negotiations to star in the indie Snow Piercer from The Host helmer Bong Joon-ho, reports Variety.
Joon-ho also wrote the script with Park Chan-wook, director of the original Korean cult classic Oldboy, producing. "Set in a world covered in snow and ice, the story follows a train full of travelers who struggle to co-exist."
The film will also reunite Joon-ho with his The Host and Memories Of Murder star Song Kang-ho (pictured above), who also starred in Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance and J.S.A.: Joint Security Area.
Chan-wook is producing through Moho Films. Production is expected to start in March, though no distribution is yet in place.
Chan-wook just wrapped production on his domestic directorial debut Stoker with Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode.
Snow Piercer also marks Joon-ho's domestic directorial debut and he is already drawing the attention of handful of top-tier Hollywood talent.
24Framespersecond.net - UNITED RED ARMY and CATERPILLAR march onto DVD
Would very much like to see both of these.U.S distributor Lorber Films has announced that it will be releasing two of the latest films from legendary Japanese director Koji Wakamatsu, United Red Army and Caterpillar, on DVD tomorrow, January 17th in the U.S. It looks like neither release will include any special features, but as long as the picture and sound are up to snuff, they should be a welcome addition to any Japanese film buff's shelf. Both have high Rotten Tomatoes ratings and word from the various film festivals they showed at was almost overwhelmingly positive.
Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell in Talks to Join SNOW PIERCER
Strong cast, great title.Just yesterday we brought you the news that Chris Evans (Captain America) was in talks to star in Snow Piercer, an indie drama by writer/director Bong Joon-ho (The Host) and producer Park Chan-wook (Oldboy). Now it looks like Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin) are also poised to star alongside the first avenger. While we don’t yet know much about the roles they are in talks for, we do know the basic plot of Snow Piercer, which follows a group of train travelers learning to co-exist in a new ice age. Production is scheduled to start in March though a distributor is not yet in place. Snow Piercer will mark the domestic directorial debut for Bong Joon-ho, whose film The Host was South Korea’s highest grossing film of all time. Hit the jump for more on Swinton and Bell.