out our pick
of the latest new DVD releases.
For an Eye' up for pre-order on DVD
Korean boxoffice smash hit cat-and-mouse thriller Eye
for an Eye is up for pre-order on DVD. Proceeding
are helmed by Kwak Kyung Taek (Friend, Typhoon) while top
stars Cha Seung Won (Murder Take One) and Han Suk Kyu (Shiri)
face off in a battle of brawn and wit. Weaving from Busan
to the corporate districts of Seoul, Eye for an Eye
throws in gripping car chases, daring heists, and unexpected
plot twists galore.
Fierce, suave, and foulmouthed detective Baek (Han Suk Kyu)
is about to leave the force to start his own business, but
his plans are interrupted when two large cases land on his
desk. First, an armored truck is robbed,then someone impersonates
Baek and steals trafficked gold from the airport right under
the nose of the Police. As a final insult, the perpetrator,
Ahn (Cha Seung Won), sends a package of cash to Baek the next
day. Outraged, Baek pursues his target with the determination
of a madman, but Ahn is one step ahead at every turn, deliberately
leaving clues behind to taunt the police. Baek soon realizes
that Ahn's clues are leading him to an even greater enemy.
an Eye (Official site)
Zombie' finally arrives on DVD
on the Manga by Hanakuma Yusaka - Sato Sakichi's (writer of
Ichi The Killer) wacky action-packed comedy horror Tokyo
Zombie, starring Asano Tadanobu (Ichi The Killer,
Vital) and Aikawa Sho (Dead or Alive, Gozu), is finally up
to order on DVD. The R2 release arrives on
Oct 13th, but those in the U.S will have to wait until November
- The near future. Two workers at a fire extinguisher plant,
Fujio and Mitsuo, dream of going to Russia to fulfill their
lifelong ambition of becoming the World's Strongest Man. They
spend each day practicing their jujitsu. They're best friends
and closer than brothers. Nothing can tear them apart. Which
is lucky, because the city is being invaded by zombies!!!
Spewing from a mountain of industrial waste that has been
dubbed "Black Fuji", legions of the undead are rising
from the Earth and threatening to take over the world. Can
our heroes save the human race from imminent extinction?
the R2 DVD
the R1 DVD
martial arts fantasy Dororo hits U.S DVD
Shelves next week. From the subtle mention on the top of the
art work, some might have spotted a mention that the film
was adapted from a Manga written by Astro Boy Tezuka Osamu.
Dororo is a rollicking period adventure and was such as success
not one but two sequels are already in the works. Sumabuki
Satoshi and Shibasaki Kou stra as demon hunters Hyakkimaru
and Dororo. With action choreography by Ching Siu Tung (Hero)
and plenty of CG demons to boot, it's fast-paced and swashbuckling
from beginning to end.
of Legend' on R1 DVD
by some as the best martial arts movie he ever made, Jet Li’s
Fist of Legend has just received the Dragon Dynasty treatment,
and has been release in a swanky re-mastered two disc edition.
The film, a remake of Fists of Fury which starred martial
arts legend Bruce Lee, boasts action direction by Hong Kong
action master Yuen Wo-ping - A guaranteed Kung Fu extravaganza!
1937, when Shanghai was occupied by the Japanese and racial
tensions were high. Jet Li is Chen Zhen, who returns to Shanghai
to avenge the death of his master, whom he learns was poisoned.
His popular freestyle fighting technique and Japanese girlfriend
do not endear him to his former friend, now his master's successor
at the martial arts school.
of Legend Trailer
Song (aka Densen-uta)' on R1 DVD
on a suitably gruesome urban legend surrounding the Hungarian
song entitled "Gloomy Sunday,"said to have caused
multiple suicides - J-Horror ‘Densen-uta’ (the
literal translation 'Suicide Song') hits R1 DVD on September
23rd. Directed by Masato Harada, the script is written by
author Yasushi Akimoto, who penned the Japanese horror classic
"One Missed Call."
girl Kana suddenly commits suicide in a classroom one afternoon.
Her friend Anzu, who at the time hears Kana humming a strange
song, is on hand to witness the tragic scene. The disturbing
event leads to media speculation about bullying at the school,
but Anzu cannot shake the feeling that something more might
be going on. With the mysterious melody still fresh in her
mind, she decides to investigate the mystery with her friends.
Cliff' on DVD and Blu-ray
have been some pretty dodgy looking Mainland Chinese DVD releases
of John Woo's adaptation of the Chinese classic Red
Cliff knocking around, so we've held off mentioning
them - But now the Hong Kong DVD and Blu-ray have a arrived,
so its open season for historical epic ordering, as they are
usually good quality.
first of two films chronicling the legendary battle, Red Cliff
stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, fresh from his Golden Horse Award-winning
turn in Lust, Caution. Leung plays the role of strategist
Zhou Yu, and stepped in to help old friend John Woo when original
lead Chow Yun Fat vacated the leading role. Rounding out the
cast are Kaneshiro Takeshi (The Warlords), Chang Chen (The
Go Master), Zhang Feng Yi ( Emperor and the Assassin), Hu
Jun (Infernal Affairs 2), Japanese actor Nakamura Shidou (Fearless),
and in her debut, Taiwanese model Lin Chi Ling.
A.D., The Battle of Chang Ban. Liu Bei (You Yong) and his
followers narrowly escape the armies of Prime Minister Cao
Cao (Zhang Feng Yi), but Cao Cao's lust for power continues
to grow. Fearing that Liu Bei and the Kingdom of Shu cannot
oppose Cao Cao, strategist Zhuge Liang (Kaneshiro Takeshi)
proposes an alliance with the Kingdom of Wu. However, Wu ruler
Sun Quan (Chang Chen) is uncertain on challenging Cao Cao.
Zhuge Liang instead looks to persuade Sun Quan's chief strategist
Zhou Yu (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), and discovers in Zhou a kindred
spirit versed in the arts as well as battle. The two men form
an instant bond, and decide to battle Cao Cao at the water
port of Red Cliff. Their alliance comes not a moment too soon,
as Cao Cao approaches with an army that vastly outnumbers
the combined Wu and Shu forces. But Zhuge Liang has a plan
- one that will hopefully enable the smaller force to emerge
Cliff Official site
chiller 'The Deserted Inn' on DVD
Jing's Chinese horror movie The Deserted Inn
is set for arrives on English subtitled DVD this week. Deserted
Inn stars Kenny Kwan as a music composer whose career is on
the rocks. He retreats to a deserted town looking for inspiration
to write his next hit song. After checking into a local inn,
he begins to experience nightmares that push him to the brink
of insanity - until he unveils the dark secret of the innkeeper.
Deserted Inn Trailer
horror 'Guard Post 506' (aka G.P.506) on R2 DVD!
Zombie horror anyone? Yes please! Su-chang Kong’s (director
of ‘R-Point’) new military based horror ‘G.P
506’ is set for R2 DVD through UK distributor Cine Asia.
Starring Chun Ho-jin & Cho Hyun-jae, the film was one
of very few Korean horror pics to be released last year and
by all accounts, is a pretty gory ride. So
far there's is
no sign of anyone releasing
it in the U.S. ,
so if you want to see it there, it could well be time to get
that region free DVD player you've been promising yourself.
G.P 506 is released on October 13th.
"A strange multiple murder case was just occurred. A
squad of soldiers from guard point 506 has been brutally killed,
all except one. Every body was either crushed, or had their
heads cut from their neck. The only survivor is in coma and
the case is a complete mystery. Military investigator (Chun
Ho Jin) is dispatched. When he arrives it soon becomes apparent
this is no ordinary investigation, he is confronted by the
discovery that a strange virus is turning soldiers into Zombie
Korea Times review of G.P 506
506 Full trailer
01' arrives on R2 DVD September 15th
High on the must see list around these parts, Maro Caro's
dark sci-fi thriller Dante 01 streets on
R2 DVD next month. His first solo project, Caro previously
worked with Jean-Pierre Jeunet on the surreal and often visually
breathtaking French films: City of Lost Children & Delicatessen.
Made in just 40 days under a very tight budget of € 8
million, Dante 01 was scripted in collaboration
with the novelist Pierre Bordage. The film also stars Linh
Dan Pham, Dominique Pinon and François Levantal.
Synopsis: “Dante 01 is a space prison adrift in the
suffocating upper atmosphere of the hostile planet Dante.
Inside, six of the Galaxies most dangerous criminals are used
as guinea pigs in obscure experiments. A resistance is organized
against César (Dominique Pinon), a psychopath warden.
But its authority it's called into question by the arrival
of Saint-Georges (Lambert Wilson ‘Matrix Reloaded’)
a mysterious prisoner possessed by a secret force which he
will learn how to control, using it to face the hostility
of his fellow prisoners and to release them from the toxic
death trap of Dante 01.”
01 (Official site)
Asia release 'Yo-Yo Girl Cop' and 'Black Kiss' on R2 DVD
UK distribution house 4DIGITAL have shown they have their
eye firmly on the ball when it comes to making astute purchases
for their 4DIGITAL ASIA label. They got off to a great start
with the acquisition and release of Shusuke Kaneko’s
Note series and now it looks like they are on a roll with
the announcement of 2 more great titles: Yo Yo Girl
Cop and Black Kiss. Both hit the
shelves September 22nd.
by Kenta Fukasaku (Battle Royale 2; X-Cross) and starring
J-Pop starlet Aya Matsuura (The Blue Light), YO-YO GIRL COP
is the latest movie incarnation of Shinji Wada's phenomenally
popular 1970s manga series ‘Sukeban Deka' (Delinquent
Girl Detective), which since its first publication has been
adapted into three live-action TV series, an original video
animation and two previous live-action movies. Special Features
include: Making of Yo Yo Girl Cop; Original Japanese trailer;
Press Conference; Premiere Press Conference; stars Aya Matsuura
& Yuki Saito talk; Cast and Crew interviews.
by the contents of Enola Gay, an underground website aimed
at teenagers, the Japanese authorities enrol a young undercover
agent at the city's notorious Seisen Academy hoping she can
track down some of the students who have been accessing the
site for instructions on bomb-making and suicide techniques.
Before the agent can complete her mission, she is killed in
an explosion at the same time that a timer on the Enola Gay
site begins counting down the seconds to an unknown but potentially
catastrophic event due to occur one week later.
Girl Cop Trailer
the R2 DVD
the R1 DVD
KISS, a chillingly atmospheric psycho-thriller written and
directed by Tezka Macoto (Hakuchi: The Innocent) and starring
Reika Hashimoto (Survive Style 5+), Masanobu Ando (Battle
Royale) and Ken Mitsuishi (Audition).
Asuka (Reika Hashimoto) is an aspiring fashion model, recently
arrived in Tokyo to pursue her career. Low on cash and job
offers, and with nowhere to live, she shacks up in the heart
of the city's red light district with newfound acquaintance
and former model, Kasumi (Kaori Kawamura), a sullen young
woman with a tragic past.
in the apartment one night, Asuka witnesses a bizarre and
gruesome murder taking place in the building across the street.
The police arrive to find the victim flayed and disemboweled,
with voodoo symbols carved into what is left of his skin and
his remains displayed as a hideous work of art. Baffled by
the seemingly ritualistic killing, the lack of evidence and
the fact that the room was locked from the inside, the investigators
begin to pursue the voodoo angle. But similar and strangely
‘coincidental' murders soon begin to stack up; all marked
by what becomes known as the killer's calling card - a black
lip print left on each corpse. And the similarities don't
end there. Each victim is found to have had a previous connection
to Kasumi and now it looks like Asuka could be next in line
to receive the deadly caress of the Black Kiss.
the R2 DVD
the R1 DVD
and Gretel' finally arrives on DVD
been a long time coming, but Yim Pil-sung's atmospheric and
at times surreal fantasy horror Hansel & Gretel
is finally available on DVD. Sung's latest work is a sinister
tale which draws inspiration from those classic Brothers Grimm
stories, but with a dark twist. Here it is adults
rather than children who become lost in the woods. Hansel
& Gretel is expected to be released, September
(Chun Jeong-myoung), while arguing over the phone with his
girlfriend, has a car accident in the middle of nowhere. Deep
in the heart of a forest, he finds sanctuary in a beautiful
house, where a charming family of five greets him.Here, rooms
are filled with a myriad of colorful toys, and sumptuous three-tier
cakes and other cavity-causing sweets are served for breakfast.
But that's one thing to imagine and another to actually live
through, especially when you cant get away from it. Ever.
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Iguchi’s ‘Sukeban Boy’ and Pang Brothers’
‘Re-Cycle’ coming to R1 DVD
the apparent success of his explosive revenge film ‘Machine
Girl’ in the US, one of Noboru Iguchi’s earlier,
quirkier films, ‘Sukeban Boy’ is to be released
on R1 DVD in October. Sukeban Boy recounts the story of a
boy named Sukeban, who, due to continuous fights, and subsequent
expulsions, is enrolled by his father into an all-girls school;
conveniently so, in that Sukeban bears a strikingly feminine
appearance. His school life grows stranger and stranger as
the movie progresses, in the same manner that Iguchi’s
own Machine Girl does, much to the delight of fans.
make any assumptions though; Sukeban Boy is very different
to Machine Girl. Noboru Iguchi’s ‘unique’
directing style often results in a pornographic/fetishist
setting, and Sukeban Boy is no exception. Those planning to
indulge in Sukeban Boy can expect nipple clamps, transvestites,
and an influx of scantily clad schoolgirl gang members, so
heed warning that this film will most probably not be for
everyone, and will most probably not cater to all fans of
Iguchi’s Machine Girl. Regardless, Sukeban Boy has found
its way to my ‘must-see’ list; let’s just
hope that my girlfriend agrees to watch it with me (good luck
– right guys? :P). Sukeban Boy arrives on R1 DVD on
Pang Brothers’ fantasy-horror masterpiece (and personal
recommendation of mine) ‘Re-Cycle’ is finally
making its way to the shores of us English speakers, coming
to R1 DVD in late September. Re-Cycle is the story of Ting-yin,
an author who is struggling to complete her new, announced
(against her own will), supernatural-themed novel. Knuckling
down, and facing her writer’s block, Ting-yin begins
working on the novel, only to find that the ideas she puts
text to begin happening in the real world (not in the same
comical manner as Will Ferrell’s ‘Stranger Than
Fiction’, but with a much more sinister and terrifying
she takes leave of her apartment, only to find herself in
a post-disaster Earth – Crumbling buildings abound,
and devoid of all humans, bar a horde of zombie-like figures.
Soon it is revealed to Ting-yin that this world is not her
own, but a world of the abandoned; a world in which discarded
things reside, and are thereafter taken by an occurrence known
only as ‘the Re-Cycle’. Ting-yin befriends a young
girl along the way, who says that she will accompany her to
‘the Transit’, a place unseen by the girl, but
of which she is sure exists. The Transit (Ting-yin’s
only passage home) is difficult to reach however, and many-a-problem
is encountered during the girls’ pilgrimage. The mind-blowing
unexpected ending and spectacular visuals of this movie really
set its bar high in terms of brilliance, being one of my most
favoured films of recent times, and one that any fan of Asian
cinema should endeavour to see. Re-Cycle is to be released
on R1 DVD on September 23.
Cheang's 'Shamo' available on DVD
how did we nearly miss this!? Director Soi Cheang's Shamo,
the follow up pic to his equally violent action movie 'Dog
Bite Dog,' is released on DVD tomorrow. The film produced
by Hong Kong's Same Way Productions is a hard core fight pic
about a about a psychotic antihero called Ryo. Shamo
stars Shawn Yue ("Infernal Affairs") in the lead,
along with Masato ("Lethal Ninja"), Dylan Kuo ("Black
Night") and Francis Ng ("Exiled").
of murdering his own parents in a fit of insanity, Ryo Ishibashi
is thrown in a harrowing juvenile detention center, where
he's physically and sexually assaulted, pushing him to the
brink of suicide. But Ryo is rescued from the abyss by Kenji
Kurokawa (Francis Ng), an eccentric karate teacher who instructs
Ryo how to become a human weapon. The training gives Ryo the
will to live, and once he leaves prison, he decides to test
his skills in the extreme fighting tourney Lethal Fight, challenging
reigning champ Naoto Sugawara (Masato) to a winner-take-all
match. But Ryo is still searching for his missing younger
sister, Natsumi (Pei Pei, Dog Bite Dog), who descended into
prostitution after Ryo was jailed. During his search, Ryo
chances upon another prostitute, Megumi (Annie Liu), who comforts
him and gives him the strength to move forward, leave his
past behind, and battle for his ultimate goal: defeating Sugawara
in the "Lethal Fight" championship.
Chi Master’ R1 DVD
Li teams up with Michelle Yeoh in ‘Tai Chi Master’
(aka Twin Warriors), a period martial-arts tale of revenge
and retribution filmed in 1993. Directed by Yuen Woo Ping
(who also directed Jackie Chan's popular Drunken Master and
Yeoh's Wing Chun), it matches over-the-top melodrama with
fantastical fight scenes. Li and Chin Sui Hou play Junbao
and Tienbao, two misfit monks who get into trouble at their
Shaolin temple since childhood.
2’ (aka Kuchisake-Onna 2) R2 DVD
this year, 24fps readers were given a taste of Carved 2 (Kuchisake-Onna
2) with an official site/trailer. Carved 2, although directed
by Kôtarô Terauchi, and not Kôji Shiraishi
(who directed the film's predecessor), is a follow-up featuring
the infamous, slit-mouthed woman of Japanese urban legend
- setting its focus more on the events that led to her becoming
a killer, rather than the terrifying aftermath and effect
news – It’s just been released on Japanese R2
DVD. Bad news - Sadly, the release comes without English subtitles.
So unless you speak Japanese, this is for die hard ‘Slit
Mouthed Woman’ fans.
by Preaw Sirisuwan, Mono Films, Thai (B-movie) horror adventure
pic ‘Vengeance,’ comes to R1 DVD. A team of police
officers must track down a group of ruthless criminals who
have entered a mysterious forest that is said to be cursed.
inside the forest the police and the criminals discover a
bizarre world where mythical creatures exist and the curse
of ancient treasure hidden within the forest is in fact real.
As they make their way through the forest they must fight
against the creatures within and each other - in hopes of
City’ (Director's Cut) R1 DVD
critically-acclaimed triumph from visionary director Alex
Proyas (I Robot, The Crow) is back with a brand new directors
cut featuring enhanced picture and sound never-before-seen
footage and three commentary tracks that take you deeper than
ever before into the world of one of sci-fi’s most exciting
and revered tales. When John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes
with no memory at the scene of a grisly murder he soon finds
himself hunted by the police a woman claiming to be his wife
and a mysterious group of pale men who seem to control everything
and everyone in the city. Starring Rufus Sewell, Jennifer
Connelly, William Hurt and Kiefer Sutherland.
(Unrated Widescreen Edition) R1 DVD
violent, and proudly derivative, the post-apocalyptic action-thriller
Doomsday is the latest from UK cult director Neil Marshall,
who impressed horror fans with his previous efforts, Dog Soldiers
and The Descent. Both pictures established Marshall as a director
with a knack for reinventing well-worn genre pictures, but
here, he seems more interested in stitching together favorite
scenes and elements from established horror and science-fiction
films. Escape from New York is the main source for Doomsday,
though there are plenty of nods to The Road Warrior and its
multitude of Italian-made carbon copies, as well as the zombie/plague
subgenre; the lovely but impassive Rhona Mitra is the Snake
Plissken-esque loner sent by police (represented by Bob Hoskins)
to infiltrate Scotland, which has descended into anarchy following
a viral outbreak.
Beach Party' R2 DVD
Beach Party comes from screenwriter and dragtress extraordinaire
Charles Busch. It's an audaciously funny whodunit and psycho
thriller parody set on the sun-drenched beaches of ‘60s
Malibu. When pouty-lipped misfit Chicklet, (Lauren Ambrose,
Six Feet Under) finally makes her way into the cool crowd,
she begins having insanely bizarre blackouts. At precisely
the same time, all of her beefcake surfer pals mysteriously
drop like flies and she quickly becomes the chief suspect.
A madcap romp with shirtless hunks, a wannabe surf babe with
a split personality, oh, and a few severed body parts.
Tiger Blade' Blu-ray
the police are challenged with a highly volatile and dangerous
case a young maverick cop with mystical powers is put on the
job. Yosthana teams up with the seductive Duang Dao to hunt
down and capture the deadly Five Bullets Bandit and the brutal
female warrior G.I. Jenjira.The fearsome gang is led by the
lethal Mahesak who like Yosthana is skilled in the art of
sorcery and magic. Mahesak can only be defeated with The Tiger
Blade an ancient sword that holds the powers of nature and
the forces of good. Yosthana must find The Tiger Blade and
bring Mahesak to justice. The stage is set for a gruesome
battle between the two archenemies.
Tiger Blade (Official
'Madame O' R1 DVD
O: Director - Seiichi Fukuda
R1 DVD: Review by - Pete Higgins
O” is not your average female-revenge flick. For one
thing, its sedate pace (it was made in 1967) takes some getting
used to. For another, its languid, poised, quietly beautiful
heroine is hardly the stuff of modern J-horror. And, for yet
another, the unrelenting gaze with which it observes some
pretty disturbing goings-on is brutally effective.
plot, for what it’s worth, is your average female revenge-flick:
Madame O, a successful gynaecologist, was gang-raped on the
beach that summer, and now she picks up guys in bars, sleeps
with them, and kills them. Pretty standard stuff, right? Not
this time. Prepare yourself for a film that packs a real emotional
The star, Michiko Sakyô, is in practically every scene,
and she brings a truly mesmerising quality to her role, going
about her business with a steely determination that’s
never less than compelling. Whether she’s injecting
her sleeping lover with some unnamed substance, or just driving
home from work, you can’t take your eyes off her for
a second. As the film progresses and things get really far
out, you might want to stop looking, but resistance, as they
say, is futile.
Switching, seemingly at random, between colour and black-and-white,
“Madame O” is quite unlike any other film I’ve
ever seen. Perhaps it’s just that I haven’t seen
many Japanese films from the sixties. Anyway, even in its
dubbed version, this is a film worth tracking down, because
no amount of dubbing can detract from the superb cinematography
and the film’s stately but hypnotic progress. And then
there’s the surprising subtlety of the sex scenes, which,
like those in “Lust, Caution” actually advance
the plot and teach you something about the people involved,
rather than just spicing things up. Yes, whatever it takes
to make a cult classic, “Madame O” has got it.
Trailer Classics Vol. 2' up for pre-order on DVD
on the heels of the successful - and critically acclaimed
- Grindhouse Trailer Classics vol 1, Nucleus Films have been
busy polluting their minds watching a mind-twisting plethora
of movie trailer trash in preparation for this much requested
follow up volume of Grindhouse trailers, which promises to
be just as audacious as the first volume – and then
to venture on a second two-hour trip into the demented minds
of the folks at Nucleus Films, and have your brain knocked
out of gear by this stunning assault on the senses of demented
and deranged movie previews, the likes of which you never
Trailer Classics vol 2 brings you a hand-picked collection
of mind-blowing trailers for the 1960s and 1970s cult movies
that have inspired and informed the works of a whole generation
of contemporary directors including the likes of Quentin Tarantino
(Death Proof), Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror), Eli Roth
(Hostel) and Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects) –
films such as THE BLACK GESTAPO, TEN VIOLENT WOMEN, THE BODYGUARD,
THE DEPRAVED, BLOODY PIT OF HORROR, THE PINK ANGELS, FOXY
BROWN and many more.
a couple of clips (not safe for work) from Grindhouse Trailer
Classics vol.1, go here
Tale of Legendary Libido' on DVD
answer to Austin Powers? A Tale of Legendary Libido stars
comedy sensation Bong Tae Gyu (The Two Faces of My Girlfriend)
as a timid loner suddenly bestowed with an incredible mojo
that allows him to have super strength erection. In this latest
raunchy sex comedy loosely based on the ancient Korean folklore
song Byeon Kang Swe Tale about a macho sex icon named Byeon
Kang Swe, director Shin Han Sol (The Art of Fighting) offers
a modern day interpretation of machismo and male sexuality
that clearly sets his film apart from previous adaptations
like Garujigi (1988).
In a small mountainous village during the Joseon era, there
lived a young timid rice cake seller named Kang Swe (Bong
Tae Gyu), who suffered from impotency due to a freak accident
some years ago. The target of the town's mockery, he hides
himself in the mountains, but his stay is cut short after
running into a monk who passes on the ancient secret of never-ending
erection. Now in full gear, Kang Swe returns to the village
and finds out that all healthy men have been sent out to war.
With sex-hungry, lusty women fighting to get a piece of the
action, Kang Swe certainly has some work cut out for himself.
of Legendary Libido Trailer
horror 'Wide Awake' on R1 DVD
Lee Kyu Man horror thriller 'Wdie Awake (aka The Return) is
up for pre-order on R1 DVD. A hair-raising, whodunnit mystery
incorporates a medical enigma for extra suspense. The pic
stars a great ensemble cast including Kim Myung Min (Into
The Mirror), Kim Tae Woo (Epitaph), Jung Yoo Suk (You Are
My Sunshine), and Kim Yoo Mi (The Doll Master).
Surgeon Ryu Jaeu gains recognition from his colleagues for
carrying out Korea’s first ever operation using hypnotic
anaesthesia, together with psychiatrist O Chihun. Jaeu ignores
opposition from his surgical partner, anaesthetist Jang Seokho.
But with the return of childhood friend Gang Ukhwan, strange
events start to unfold in the lives of Jaeu and his wife.
One day, Jaeu’s wife collapses with an inexplicable
fever. Jaeu himself
takes charge of the operation, but is unable to save her.
Plunged into despair, Jaeu makes an unexpected discovery about
his wife’s death and sets out to find out the truth.
The truth gradually emerges As Jaeu digs deeper, he realizes
there is a shocking secret behind not only his wife’s
death, but the whole chain of events surrounding him.
the DVD here
Tale of Two Sisters' on Blu-ray Disc
big 24fps welcome to another new contributor the site Luis
Muniz, with news of a Korean horror classic arriving on Blu-ray.
by: Luis Muniz
those who are in demand to see some excellent picture &
sound quality from an instant classic, Janghwa, Hongryeon
a.k.a A tale of two sisters goes Blu-ray on July 28th 2008.
Although there is no mention of any new material added that
could possibly surpass what was applied to the Tartan Asia
Extreme DVD, a Blu-ray experience of a beautiful horror film
is worth the watch.
Bae Soo-yeon (Geun-yeong Mun) and Bae Soo-mi (Su-jeong Lim)
are sent to a mental hospital after the intimate death of
their mother. When released, they are welcomed by their wicked
stepmother Eun-joo (Jung-ah Yum) only to find themselves wondering
in a house full of tension amongst their father and an eerie
paranormal that lurks about.
tale of two sisters trailer
the Disc here
Shadowless Sword' finally gets an R1 and R2 DVD release
Kim's (Bichunmoo) action-packed Korean martial
arts fantasy adventure 'The Shadowless Sword, has finally
made its way to R1 & R2 DVD. Set during the Balhae Dynasty
in the 10th century, the film is full of danger, political
intrigue and great FX.
the fall of the Korean capital in the year A.D. 926, the kingdom
is plunging into chaos. The only remaining heir, Prince Jung-Hyun
(Lee Seo Jin) is living in exile. Still loyal to the dynasty,
the beautiful and deadly warrior So-Ha (Yoon Soy) sets out
to find Jung-Hyun and guide him to ascend the throne of Balhae
and restore order to the kingdom. But with the Army's greatest
assassins and the criminal underworld hunting them, So-Ha
and Jung-Hyun are swept into an explosive, non stop battle
of swords and bloodshed as they fight to reclaim the fallen
throne from the 'Killing Blade' army. In this epic struggle
of good and evil, the fate of a nation hangs in balance.
Zombie horror 'Guard Post 506' on English subtitled DVD
news, Korean Zombie horror GP506 is up for order on English
subtitled DVD. One of the few local frighteners to come out
of the country this year the film is Writer/director Kong
Su Chang's 2nd feature following his acclaimed horror R-Point,
the highest-grossing Korean horror film of 2004. His new military
horror revolves around the mysterious mass killing of an entire
squad of soldiers stationed at Guard Post 506 inside the demilitarized
Plot: Sergeant major Noh Seong Gyu (Cheon Ho Jin) gets the
most disturbing call of his life. An entire squad of 21 soldiers
from Guard Point 506 has been massacred except for one who
is in a state of deep coma. 21 military investigators including
sergeant Noh are sent to the crime scene where they discover
dead bodies mutilated beyond recognition with no signs of
outside attack. With the torrential rain blocking all paths
to the base, the team find themselves trapped inside the bloodbath.
Noh's task is to solve the case in just ten hours and bring
back the body of first lieutenant Yoo Jeong Woo (Cho Hyun
Jae), the son of the army chief. First believed to be one
of the dead, they soon discover that lieutenant Yoo is missing
in action, which brings the total number of corpses down to
19. When the search team find their visibly perturbed missing
man, fingers point to him as the prime suspect. But Noh is
convinced there's more to this case than meets the eye. What
he doesn't know yet is that something horrific is heading
Post 506 Trailers
(‘Whispering Corridors 4') on R1 DVD
somewhat misrepresentative and over the top cover art to one
side - Korean horror ‘Voice’ (aka Ghost Voice’)
is to get a R1 DVD release through Genius products. The fourth
(and very possibly the silliest) in the series that began
with 1998 classic ‘Whispering Corridor,’ is directed
by Choi Ik-hwan, who worked as assistant director on the first
Young Eon (Kim Ok Bin), a timid high school student dies mysteriously
while singing in the school's music room. But even in death,
Young Eon's voice continues to be heard by her best friend,
Sun Min (Seo Ji Hye). Although startled by this supernatural
development, Sun Min adapts rather quickly to the situation
and tries to uncover the reasons for her friend's untimely
demise. But Sun Min's absolute faith in her dearly departed
friend is soon shaken when a plague of mysterious deaths start
to occur on campus! Are these murders Young Eun's doing? Or
could the culprit be someone far more sinister?
Features: Behind The Scenes - Trailers
Vestiel's 'Eden Log' up for pre-order on R2 DVD
Vestiel's dark sci-fi horror ‘Eden Log' is finally to
DVD - with an R2 release via Momentum
Pictures, in July. The films stars Clovis Cornillac &
Vimala Pon. Those in the U.S. and Canada eager to see the
movie may be in for quite a wait. Magnet releasing the genre
arm of Magnolia Pictures have acquired the North American
rights, but as
yet no release date has been announced.
Tolbiac (Cornillac) wakes up naked, disorientated and lost
in a dark cave deep below ground. He's cold, hurt, and has
no idea what brought him there, or what happened to the dead
man lying next to him. Surrounded by the ruins of an underground
world and with only the faintest light source to guide him,
Tolbiac attempts to recover his lost memory as he struggles
to reach the surface. His journey takes him through a labyrinthine
network of tunnels and abandoned laboratories, where he discovers
he is not the only one trapped in this tomb-like underworld.
Pursued by ravenous mutants and evil phantoms, he eventually
meets a woman who may provide the clue to his identity, while
all along the way he is confronted by evidence of a mysterious
organisation known as Eden Log.
Log English language teaser trail
- Change the World ' on English subtitled DVD
returns to the big screen in the blockbuster Death Note spin-off
L change the WorLd! Matsuyama Kenichi reprises his fan-favorite
role as the quirky genius detective with a sweet tooth. Directed
by Nakata Hideo of Ring and Dark Water fame, L change the
WorLd revolves around the last 23 days of L's life, shedding
new light into the inner world of the awkward and endearing
prodigy as he embarks on his final adventure.
With only 23 days left to live, L burns the remaining Death
Note and proceeds to work day and night solving as many cases
and consuming as many sweets as possible. One final case is
sent his way in the form of a Thai boy who alone survived
a deadly virus outbreak in his village. L gets another guest
when 12-year-old girl Maki (Fukuda Mayuko, Little DJ) shows
up on the doorstep. Both children are connected to an Ebola-influenza
virus developed by Maki's father which has been stolen by
terrorists. With the terrorists hunting for Maki and threatening
to unleash the virus, L is forced to leave his chair and venture
out into the real world, both children in stow. The days tick
down as L rushes to develop an antidote and catch the terrorists
before time runs out.
- Change the World trailer
Wig' on DVD
K-Horror classic 'The Wig' is
to finally get a R1 DVD release this month. The movie
is chock full of subtle creepy chills and suspense galore,
with moments of unexpected
and sometimes explosive violence. An
absolute Asian horror classic.
A young woman is discharged from hospital after being treated
for a cancer is seems unlikely she will survive. Having endured
the devastating effects of her treatment, the woman is left
without hair and her sister buyers her a wig, as way of clinging
on to the little dignity she has left. However, it's not long
before her sister begins to suspect that the wig has a sinister
power that is rapidly taking control of her ailing sibling.
the DVD here
eye candy alert - 'The Restless' arrives on R1 DVD
we werent expecting this. Korean director CHO Dong-oh's visual
feast of a martial arts fantasy blockbuster 'The Restless,'
is being released on R1 DVD. Inspired by the Chinese ghost
tale about ‘a warrior that wandered into a haunted village,’
CHO a self-proclaimed ‘fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror film
buff,’ also wrote the script. The pic starring Heo Jun-ho,
Jung Woo-sung & Kim Tae-hee features stunning set pieces,
cinematography and effects. It's like dipping your eyes in
(well sort of) Honey. 'The Restless' goes on sale June 17th.
It is between the 9th ~ 10th century, when turmoil racks the
once great United Shilla Empire, now at the brink of its demise.
Lee Kwak, born with the powers to see spirits, joins the royal
demon hunting squad, ‘Chuh- yongdae’ after losing
his fiancée, Yeon-hwa to evil demons. Lee Kwak excels
as the most talented warrior of Chuhyongdae and the royal
squad seems to gain momentum as powerful fighters against
the forces of darkness. This only aggravates opposition from
the aristocrats who find the supernatural abilities of the
royal squad intimidating not to mention threatening. As such
antagonism reaches its boiling point, the Chuhyongdae decide
to carry out a coup, but when their plot fails, it is not
only their reputation but also their heads they end up losing.
Robbed of his love and now his comrades, sole survivor, LEE
Kwak has no choice but to wander the world as a lonely demon
Forbidden Kingdom' on DVD
to see Jackie Chan fight Jet Li? The Hong Kong edition of
The Forbidden Kingdom the martial arts adventure starring
these two action legends has just been announced for June
13th - meaning you could now pick up a copy at least a month
earlier than the U.S. release! Nice.
the DVD here
Machine Girl’ arrives in a hail of bullets on R1 DVD
While this post may seem outdated, the splat-happy, revenge
film ‘The Machine Girl’ has not yet appeared on
the shores of 24fps.
director Noboru Iguchi (whose directing career consists mainly
of porn flicks), the Machine Girl is the story of Ami, an
independent schoolgirl who, after her younger brother is murdered
before her eyes, seeks revenge on the Yakuza gang involved.
Following the loss of her arm during the quarrel, Ami has
an 8-barrel machine gun fitted to the now healed remains,
vowing to annihilate all responsible. And thus begins the
tale of The Machine Girl.
Just from the trailer, you can tell that this movie is in
the same league as Tokyo Gore Police, with such highlights
as a man being forced to eat his own fingers, the infamous
"Drill-Bra", and what looks like a someone having
their skin blown off (for those playing at home, see 1:16
in the trailer). Currently, there isn't a great deal of information
available on The Machine Girl opening in many places theatrically,
but it has already been screened at several film festivals
around the world. The Machine Girl hits the shelves in the
U.S today on R1 DVD - Two whole months before its theatrical
debut in Japan.
Kong action fest ‘Invisible Target’ on R1 DVD
days. Director Benny Chan’s fantastic Cop action pic
‘Invisible Target,’ is finally getting an R1 DVD
release through the Dragon Dynasty label. The movie stars
Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Andy On & Wu Jing.
“Loose cannon cop Chan Chun is perpetually on the edge,
having lost his fiancée when she was killed during
an armored car heist. Six months later, Chan finally gets
a lead on the perps, a gang of vicious Mainland thieves. The
thieves are looking for the mysterious person (or the "invisible
target") who masterminded the original heist, and then
took the money and betrayed their gang - and they're willing
to take down as many cops as they need to gain their revenge.
wants them caught, but he's not the only one out for justice;
the tough and smartly-dressed Inspector Fong Yik Wei (Shawn
Yue) also wants a piece of the action, and rookie cop Wai
King Ho (Jaycee Chan) suspects that the thieves may have something
to do with his brother, a missing undercover cop. Individually,
the three cops can't stop these guys, but through teamwork,
righteous determination, and plenty of head-busting, flying-fists
action, they just might stand a chance.”
the DVD here
big budget actioner 'Typhoon' arrives on R1 DVD
full year after its theatrical release in the U.S, Kwak Kyung-taek's
'Taepung’ aka 'Typhoon' is finally available to order
on R1 DVD. Starring Jang Dong-kun, Jung-Jae Lee, Mi-yeon Lee,
the film in its time was one of the most expensive made in
A vessel is attacked by pirates 220 km northeast of Ji Long
Port, Taiwan. The National Intelligence Service dispatches
a secret agent after obtaining information that the vessel
was carrying nuclear missile guidance kits stolen by a man
named Sin. Sin has lived his entire life with one goal --
to destroy the Korean peninsula. With the missile guidance
kits in his possession, he attempts to execute his plan. Twenty
years ago, his family tried to defect to South Korea, only
to be sent back to the North as the South Korean government
turned its back on his family.
process of being handed over to the North Korean military,
Sin witnesses the execution of his family followed by the
separation from his only sister, Choi Myung-ju. As a result,
Sin fosters deep-rooted hatred and fury. Meanwhile Naval Lieutenant
Kang Se-jong is sent on a secret mission to find Sin, finally
catching up with him in Russia and learns of the family's
troubled history. Kang Se-jong meets Sin's elder sister Choi
Myung-ju, now a prostitute in Russia and learns of the family's
troubled history. During his pursuit, Kang Se-jong begins
to feel compassion for Sin, but this does not hinder upon
his mission to apprehend him”
did pretty good business on its theatrical release in the
U.S. and it will be interesting to see how it fairs on DVD.
'Typhoon' hits the shelves next week.
the DVD here
Dinner Table on R1 DVD: Review
welcome is due to new contributor Daniel, who joins us from
the land of Oz - with his review of Sion Sono's 'Noriko's
Dinner Table,' on R1 DVD.
Dinner Table, the sequel to cult classic Suicide Circle, is
to be officially released on DVD in America, two whole years
after it's Japanese theatrical release. If you like movies
that make you think, then this one is for you.
Dinner Table is the story of a 17 year old girl, Noriko, who
runs away from home seeking a new life with her recently made
internet friends at haikyo.com, a forum dedicated to the connection
of people, and the discussion of life's tribulations. Feeling
neglected by her own family, she seeks refuge with her online
peers, and soon ventures to Tokyo, determined to track down
the forum's owner, a user by the name of Ueno54. After an
arranged meeting with Ueno54, or Kumiko, Noriko realises that
Kumikos family is just what she had been looking for; the
family she never had. But as in the original, Suicide Circle,
not everything is as it seems (yay, my first clichéd
line ), and as Noriko soon discovers, neither is Kumiko's
after a gore-flick like the original, then I suggest that
you stop reading now. Noriko's Dinner Table is much more drama
than horror, a strange spin for director Sion Sono to take,
but one that ultimately works well and leaves the viewer thinking
long after the movie has finished. It's one of those movies
that you'll feel like watching again, just to confirm that
your understanding of what just happened is correct; for a
movie, there is a lot to take in, and a lot for the viewer
of the original may be disappointed with Noriko's Dinner Table,
but as a man of many genres, I found it engaging and almost
controversially questioning as to what is acceptable in life
and what is not. Noriko's Dinner Table will be released on
DVD in the U.S May 27th.
Dinner Table (Official
the DVD here
Chien's omnibus horror 'Scare 2 Die' on English subbed DVD
Cub Chien's omnibus
horror movie 'Scare 2 Die' is
out on English subtitled DVD this week. Chien began his film
career as an assistant director under the wing of the Kings
of Hong Kong horror, the Pang brothers and Scare is his first
feature in the big chair. Danny Pang also helped on the movie
by (very handy for your first horror project as director)
producing and the pic stars Sam Lee, Elanne Kwong, Tommy Yuen.
Down-on-his-luck gambler Kan Au (Sam Lee) owes a big sum of
money, and needs to go on a winning streak soon or the loan
sharks will take the interest from his hide. Luckily, Kan
finds a blessed coin that allows him to draws the unbeatable
"13 Unique Wonders" hand of mahjong on 13 consecutive
nights, which should be enough for him to pay his debts. The
problem: every time he uses the coin to win, somebody dies
a gruesome, gory death. Meanwhile, fetching Luk Wing (Elanne
Kwong) wakes up one morning to discover her family being eaten!
Everyone around her has become a zombie, and Wing has to pick
up an axe and fight back, or her heart will be come lunch
for the living dead. Finally, slacker Chan (Tommy Yuen) signs
up for "Scare 2 Die" a reality game show with a
prize purse of $130,000. He's supposed to survive a haunted
house, but for some reason, the game show's manufactured scares
are following him everywhere - even to his apartment! Is "Scare
2 Die" trying to surprise Chan, or are real ghosts trying
to take him out of the game early?
2 Die trailer
Rebel Force Of Competitive Swimmers’ on English subtitled
title alone makes this worthy of a mention. Kôji Kawano's
‘The Girls Rebel Force of Competitive Swimmers’
(aka Undead Pool) is up for release on English subtitled DVD.
This total orgy of J-horror fun stars AV idol Handa Sasa as
a high school swimmer preparing for an upcoming competition.
convinces her friends to join the team as well, but their
trophy dreams are rudely interrupted by a virus that is quickly
spreading through the school and a causing a series of mysterious
events. Thrown into grave danger as the sinister truth is
slowly revealed, the girls of the swim team decide to fight
back with everything they've got......And Chainsaws.
Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon' up for pre-order on
English subtitled DVD
definitely seems the week for news on big Chinese period epics
arriving on DVD. Next to hit the shelves in June is Daniel
Lee’s (Dragon Squad) ‘Three Kingdoms: Resurrection
of the Dragon.’ Sporting a huge all star cast including
Andy Lau (The warlords), Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III)
and Hong Kong veteran Sammo Hung, the film is based on the
sprawling 14th-century novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao (Andy Lau), a
commoner, heeds the call of duty. From the humblest of roots,
he rises through the ranks on wings of courage to command
an army charged with liberating the land from an evil warlord.
Inspired by action, honour and a dream of unifying his divided
nation, Zhao's heroism becomes a legend. But as the years
pass and the throne changes hands, the war still rages on.
When the newly enthroned king decides peace can only be achieved
by defeating all the warlords once and for all, Zhao embarks
on his last & greatest campaign - a road to adventure
that will crown his name in glory for all time.
Empress and the Warriors' on DVD
Cantonese Pop icon Kelly Chen dons her armour to take the
lead in Tony
Ching Siu Tung's BIG
budget epic 'An Empress and the Warriors.'
Tung who previously handled the action for Zhang Yimou's Hero
and House of Flying Daggers manages to create a lavish
old school action (with a touch of romance)
pic, that is a true feast for the eyes. Chen's co-stars include
Leon Lai and action superstar Donnie Yen.
Yan Feier (Kelly Chen) is thrust into the role of empress
when her father the King is viciously murdered by his own
nephew, Wu Ba (Guo Xiao Dong). His treachery unknown to Feier,
Wu Ba plots to gain control of the kingdom for himself. Meanwhile,
Feier turns to legendary warrior Brother Hu (Donnie Yen) to
instruct her in the ways of warfare. But Wu sends assassins
after Feier, and she's poisoned by an assassin's dart before
being lost in the woods. Her absence throws the kingdom into
chaos, and Brother Hu must maintain morale, all the while
carrying a hidden love for his missing empress. Meanwhile,
Feier is found and nursed back to health by Duan Lanquan (Leon
Lai), a doctor who lives in a secluded forest treehouse. Lanquan
awakens the woman within the warrior's armor, and given the
alternative of a peaceful life without war, Feier must eventually
make a difficult choice. Should she choose love, and remain
just a woman? Or should she choose her kingdom, and return
to being an Empress?
Empress and the Warriors (Official
Lenzi's 'Nightmare City' on R1 DVD
Lenzi's 1980 take on the zombie sub-genre, (originally titled
'Incubo sulla città contaminata') 'Nightmare City'
is getting an R1 DVD release through Blue Underground. Fast
zombies were nothing new to Italian horror movie fans in the
80s. They're not only fast, these bad boys use knifes and
Stiglitz, Mel Ferrer (Eaten Alive) and Francisco Rabal star
in this wild splatterfest. Originally released in U.S as the
heavily-edited City Of The Walking Dead, this new version
of Nightmare City has apparently been transferred from original
vault materials and is now presented completely uncut.
a radioactive spill causes mass contamination, 1000s of infected
citizens are transformed into bloodthirsty undead fiends.
But these are not your standard stumbling gut-munchers; this
is an all-out attack by fast-moving, flesh-ripping, ass-kicking
maniacs that can only be stopped by a bullet to the brain.
Get ready for an orgy of gunfire, gore and gratuitous aerobics
where zombies run, chaos reigns and heads explode.
Warrior' on R2 DVD!
real treat for R2 martial arts fans. A.J.Annila’s ‘Jade
Warrior’ hits R2 DVD next week. Warrior is Finland's
first ever martial arts film, blending traditional Chinese
swordplay with distict Wuxia overtones - mixed with elements
from Finland's sprawling national epic, the Kalevala. Annila
blends his genres, using both his own heritage and the conventions
of Asian film making to tell the legend of The Sampo. This
pic is visually stunning and was an unexpected but well deserved
hit across Scandinavian/Asian box-offices. The movie stars
Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu (Seven Swords, Rush hour) and
day Finland, Kai a blacksmith charged with the task opening
an ancient metallic cask found with the mummified remains
of a four thousand year old man. The antique case is of craftsmanship
well beyond anything that could possibly have been imagined
in its era, a case that responds to Kai's touch, opening to
release a powerful being within and triggering waves of visions
that clearly link Kai to an ancient legend and to an all-powerful
Extras: 4 Behind-the-scenes documentaries; Director’s
Commentary; Teaser & Trailers; Music Video; Photo Gallery.
J-Horror 'Kaidan' on English subtitled DVD
Hideo, the director of Ring and Dark Water, returns to the
genre for the period horror Kaidan. Based on a 19th-century
story by Sanyutei Encho, Kaidan evokes the classical horrors
of the 1950s and 1960s. Kabuki star Onoe Kikunosuke takes
the lead, with a strong line-up of actresses that includes
Kuroki Hitomi (Tokyo Tower), Seto Asako (Death Note), Aso
Kumiko (Nada Sou Sou), and Inoue Mao (Gegege no Kitaro).
Years ago, a debt collector was slain by a samurai. Before
falling to his death, the debt collector placed a curse on
the samurai who went on to kill his wife and himself. Years
later, the samurai's son Shinkichi (Onoe Kikunosuke) is now
a tobacco seller, and as cruel fate would have it, he falls
in love with the debt collector's daughter Toyoshiga (Kuroki
Hitomi) who is years his senior. Toyoshiga's jealous nature,
however, drives a wedge in their relationship, and he accidentally
injures her during a quarrel, inflicting a wound similar to
that which killed her father. After she dies, Shinkichi runs
off with one of her students (Inoue Mao), hoping to start
anew, but Shinkichi can't seem to escape Toyoshiga's resentful
spirit and all the women who cycle relentlessly in and out
of his life.
Hung's FATAL MOVE on English friendly DVD
Director Dennis Law (Fatal Contact) assembles a top notch
cast of stars, starting with Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, and Wu
Jing, reteaming after the wildly popular Sha Po Lang. Joining
them are Danny Lee, actress Tien Niu and genre regulars Lam
Suet, Maggie Siu, Eddie Cheung, and Pinky Cheung also along
for the ride. Fatal Move is an underworld saga rich with themes
of brotherhood and betrayal, but director Law makes sure to
give the audience what they really want. Fatal Move delivers
visceral eye-opening action choreographed by Li Chung Chi,
and earns its Category III (the highest rating there is in
Hong Kong) rating due to exceptional violence. Those who enjoy
their gangster sagas bloody, should be quite happy with what
Law has cooked up here.
Move trailer (Youtube)
‘Mother of Tears’ arrives on R2 DVD
heads for Italian horror fans in R2 land. ‘Mother of
Tears,’ Dario Argento’s conclusion to the horror
trilogy he began with ‘Suspira’ and ‘Inferno’
two decades before, hits the streets on DVD next week. Argento's
daughter Asia (Land of the dead) joins the gory fun in the
lead and the pic also stars Udo Kier (Blade), Daria Nicolodi,
Adam James and Cristian Solimeno.
ancient urn is unearthed and opened in Rome, mysterious and
evil-looking women from all over the world begin to arrive
in the city and violent crime increases dramatically. Leading
this horrific army is the Mater Lacrimarum (Mother of Tears)
– the third and last of three powerful witches whose
demonic ways have terrorized innocents for centuries. All
that stands in their way is an art student who seems to possess
supernatural abilities of her own.
of Tears trailer
J-Horror 'Retribution (aka Sakebi)' on R1 DVD
my, we are almost being spoilt this month with swathe of great
Asian horror turning up for release on R1 DVD. Latest to show
up on the Radar is the horror pic by acclaimed director Kiyoshi
Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure), ‘Retribution.’ A film
festival favorite, named the "Official Selection"
of the New York Asian Film Festival, FantAsia Film Festival
and the Fantastic Fest. ‘Retribution’ is a slow
burning creepy crime thriller with a hint of the supernatural,
that shows Kurosawa back on top form after his so-so and rather
messy horror flick ‘Loft,’ released back in 2005.
Detective Yoshioka is investigating the drowning death of
a young woman in a red dress. Lying face down in a muddy puddle,
her stomach is found to be full of sea water. As the investigation
progresses, clues begin to appear that point to him being
the murderer - as his fingerprints are found on the body and
some of his personal items are found at the murder scene.
As more bodies turn up, killed in the same way, even the detective
begins to wonder whether he may be the very murderer that
he is pursuing.
(Official Japanese site)
horror 'Black House' on R1 DVD
director Shin Tae-ra’s (Brainstorm) critically acclaimed
film adaptation of the modern gothic Japanese horror novel
‘Black House,’ is due for an R1 DVD release through
Genius Products. 'Black House' details the struggle between
a smart, upright insurance company rep Juno and a cruel and
possibly murderous psychopath.
insurance investigator Juno (Hwang Jung Min) arrives at the
scene of his latest case, a run-down house in the middle of
nowhere, he is greeted with the sight of a little boy hanging
from the ceiling. The child's father, Park Chung Bae, is jumpy,
shifty, and eager for insurance compensation, while frail
and grieving mother Shin Yi Hwa bears signs of physical abuse
on her body. The police close the case as suicide, but Juno
suspects Park of foul play and fears that his wife may well
be the next target. Projecting his own troubled past into
the case, Juno wants to help Shin escape from danger, but
he soon discovers the shocking repercussions of digging too
deeply into other people affairs.
serial killer thriller 'Our Town' on English subtitled DVD
Jung Gil Young's latest film Our Town is about two serial
killers living in one town and when it comes to serial killiers,
two is a crowd. One is the original killer and the
other, a copycat. Starring Oh Man Seok (The Man in the Vineyard),
Ryu Deok Hwan (My Son, Like A Virgin), and Lee Seon Gyun (A
Cruel Attendancer), Our Town delves deeply into the twisted
world of copycat murders. As the mystery unravels, the plot
reveals a shocking revelation about the relationship between
the two killers.
Homicide detective Jae Shin is called in to investigate five
accounts of murder that occurred within the same town. Based
on the nature of the killing methods, the detective concludes
the case as a serial murder. However, despite his efforts,
the killer still remains at large. Concerned over his friend's
frustration, Jae Shin's longtime friend Kyung Joo, a mystery
novelist lends a helping hand - perhaps his sharp wit can
shed some light into the matter. But Kyung Joo is shocked
when he discovers that the killer has been fashioning the
murders exactly as they appear on his novel. The truth is,
Kyung Joo himself committed a murder ten years ago, but has
been successful in repressing his killing urge for some time.
Now, with his past secret on the verge of discovery, Kyung
Joo knows time is running out.
Mist' on R1 DVD
screen version of Stephen King's 'The Mist' is out on R1 DVD
this week. Reasons to be excited: It's King. Frank (no-one
does King better) Darabont (The Shawshank, Green Mile) directed
the movie and wrote the Screenplay. Best of all, it's a rare
beast these days, an R rated horror film.
a violent storm, artist David Drayton and a small town community
come under vicious attack from creatures prowling in a thick
and unnatural mist. Local rumors point to an experiment called
the 'The Arrowhead Project' conducted at a nearby top-secret
military base, but questions as to the origins of the deadly
vapor are secondary to the group's overall chances for survival.
Retreating to a local supermarket, Drayton and the survivors
must face-off against each other before taking a stand against
an enemy they cant even see.
horror 'Kabe Otoko' (The Wall Man) on English Subtitled DVD
on Morohoshi Daijiro's eponymous manga, The Wall Man (a.k.a.
Kabe Otoko) is a moody and mysterious horror from writer/director
Hayakawa Wataru. Hayakawa previously directed 7/25 nana-ni-go,
which screened at the Cannes Festival International Critics'
Week in 1999 and picked up awards at the Vancouver, Torino,
and Belfort Film Festivals. Returning with his second film
eight years later, he shows no sign of rust, effectively drawing
viewers into the sinister and spellbinding secrets that lie
beyond the walls. Starring Sakai Masato (Sukiyaki Western)
and Ono Mayumi (Premonition).
on an anonymous suggestion, television reporter Kyoko (Sakai
Masato) decides to do a feature on the "Wall Man",
a mysterious creature, neither human nor demon, that lives
in walls and observes the world. Her report is a big success,
inspiring lots of audience interest in the myth. What started
out as interest, however, turns into obsession as the people
around Kyoko become increasingly fixated with the topic and
start to exhibit strange behavior. Kyoko's own boyfriend,
cameraman Nishina (Ono Mayumi), can't seem take his eyes or
lens away from the walls, endlessly snapping pictures. What
does he see in the blank walls?
Wall Man (Official site)
Chow's CJ7 up for pre-order on DVD
years in the making, CJ7 - Chow's first film since 2004's
Kung Fu Hustle is now available to pre-order on English friendly
DVD. Chow's last two films, Hustle and 2001 'Shaolin Soccer,’
are ranked one and two on the all-time list of highest-grossing
Hong Kong films, and CJ7 is quickly making its way up to the
top of the list. CJ7 sees Hong Kong's favorite leading man
and director enter a new stage in his career as he tackles
sci-fi for the first time. The disc is released in April 3rd.
Construction worker Ti (Chow) lives in a ramshackle shanty
and salvages everything from shoes to toys from the trash
dump. Despite his state of abject poverty, the earnest, lesson-spouting
Ti is determined to send his son Dicky (Xu Jiao) to a posh
private elementary school. Dicky, however, is a lot more interested
in playing than studying, and he'd like nothing more than
a CJ1 robot dog to show up his bullying classmate. Unable
to afford a CJ1, Ti brings home "CJ7", a curious
rubbery green ball he found at the dump. His son isn't impressed
- until the ball shows its true alien form, morphing into
a little green dog whose penchant for mischief gives Dicky
a run for his money.
Kong horror 'Yes, I can see dead people' now on DVD
Kong horror ‘Yes, I Can See Dead People’ is up
to order on English subbed DVD. Directed by David Lee, as
the title might suggest 'I See' has moments of comedy to lighten
its otherwise creepy premise, but it still features tense
atmosphere and plenty of scares. Steven Cheung departs from
his usual sidekick roles to play the lead and is joined by
Mandy Chiang (Whispers and Moans) Kris Gu (The Eye 10) and
Nam is a slacker who has the power to see dead people - and
he seems to be pretty okay with it. From departed friends
to ghostly children, the undead populate the corridors of
Nam's housing estate, and he's used to their presence, disturbing
though it should be. Things change when his brother Tung (Kris
Gu) begins acting distant, and Nam thinks that there may be
more going on than just his brother's lack of self control.
Estate security guard Fok (Lau Kong) clues Nam in: there are
dangerous ghosts too, and one of them is starting to mount
his own terror campaign by possessing Nam's neighbors and
family. Fok also teaches Nam that those who possess ghost-seeing
powers must bear the responsibility to use them properly.
But can Nam learn the tricks of the ghost-busting trade before
the evil spirits take his brother, for good.
Can See Dead People trailer (Youtube)
Tanaka's 'The Vanished' on English subtitled DVD
horror The Vanished (aka Ame no Machi) is getting an English
friendly DVD release. Based on a short story by Kikuchi Hideyuki,
the writer of Vampire Hunter D, Demon City Shinjuku, and Wicked
City, the pic is directed by Tanaka Makoto, whose credits
include producer of Casshern, artwork for Devil May Cry, and
animator on My Neighbor Totoro. ‘The Vanished’
stars Wada Toshihiro (Battle Royale II), Maki Yoko (Sway),
and Riko Narumi (Shindo).
Thirty-five years ago, a group of young school children disappeared
in the Japanese woods. In present day Japan, a lazy young
reporter is tasked to write a story on a child who is found
dead with gory injuries and inexplicable missing organs. Suddenly,
the child rises from the dead, and takes the journalist on
a journey into the woods to unravel a decades-old mystery
of what happened to these missing children. With the help
of a beautiful young city office clerk, he soon discovers
that the children are undead, and have not aged in the 35
years since their disappearance, haunting their families who
are intent on ending this cycle of violence.
Zealand horror 'The Ferryman' arrives on R2 DVD
you know we do like to bring you news of films from far flung
places, so how about a horror pic from New Zealand? Kiwi Indy
horror the ‘The Ferryman’ lands on R2 DVD next
week. Directed by Chris Graham and starring John Rhys-Davies
(Lord of the Rings), Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave) and Tamer Hassan
film is slow to get going, but once the pace picks up (and
of course people start dying) 'The Ferryman' turns into a
good little horror flick. The disc also comes with a pretty
robust selection of extras & outtakes, listed below. 'The
Ferryman' streets on March 17th.
Ferryman’ follows a group of twenty something couples
as they charter a boat for the trip of a lifetime into the
South Pacific. Things take a turn for the worse when the group
responds to a distress signal of what first appears to be
a deserted boat. As
the mystery unfolds, they begin to realise that the boat,
and its mysterious crew, are inflicted with a terrible curse.
Stranded in the middle of the ocean, with no one within hundreds
of miles, they discover that The Ferryman is coming…and
payment is due!
• Deleted & Alternate Scenes
• Intro to the film with director Chris Graham
• The Ferryman and the Dionysus featurette
• Improvisation with John Rhys-Davies
• Bloopers & Out-takes
• Behind the Scenes of The Ferryman
• Theatrical Trailer
Ferryman (Official site)
gameshow with a dark twist: '13: Game of Death' arrives on
becoming clear that the buyers at Dimension Extreme know their
stuff when it comes to great horror. Next out on DVD from
the label is the superb Thai horror '13: Game of Death' aka
'13 Beloved.' Universally praised by critics, '13' was crowned
best of show at last years Puchon Intl. Fantastic Film Festival
and won best Asian Film award, from the European Fantastic
Film Festival Federation.
tells the story of Pusit who is having the worst day of his
life. He just lost his job and is in serious debt. But that's
all about to change when he receives a mysterious call with
a tempting offer, to become a contestant in a challenging
game show. Those playing the game can agree to accept tasks
the show offers, but once accepted they must be completed.
Completing the task means big rewards, the more you finish
the harder the tasks get, but the rewards are far far greater.
The harder they get, the darker and more sinister they become.
see some stills and a trailer, you can check out the still
active Thai official site.
Game of Death (Official Thai site)
Fu Dunk' on English subtitled DVD!
Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou's latest offering, the glossy
basketball youth film Kung Fu Dunk hits English subbed DVD
this month. Released to hefty box office receipts, the film
is loosely based on the popular manga Slam Dunk, but with
an added kick of kung fu fun choreographed by award-winning
action director Ching Siu Tung (Hero, The Warlords). Hong
Kong veteran Eric Tsang co-stars as a sinewy agent, along
with Wilson Chen (Blue Gate Crossing) and Twins' Charlene
Choi (Simply Actors), looking good as Chou's romantic interest.
Abandoned as an infant, Fang Shi Jie (Jay Chou) grew up in
a martial arts school and has acquired himself some impressive
fighting skills. He can also throw with amazing accuracy,
a talent that grabs the attentions of con man Zhen Li (Eric
Tsang). Unwittingly pulled into Zhen's hustling plans, Fang
crosses the wrong people and gets kicked out of his martial
arts school. Zhen then enrolls Fang into First University
in hopes of turning him into a basketball star. After some
quick training, Fang and team are tearing through the league
to the championships, but some foes from Fang and Zhen's past
have money staked on the game, and they're more than willing
to play dirty to get their way.
Fu Dunk trailer
the DVD here
Zombie horror 'Automaton Transfusion' hits R1 DVD
has to be said we aren't liking many of the covers Dimension
are putting out on their 'Extreme' label DVD's. We are however
loving what films they are releasing. Next out on the label
is Steven C. Millers low budget, but great looking, Zombie
gore fest 'Automaton Transfusion.'
In the early 1970s when everyone in America was worrying about
what was going on in Vietnam, the United States Army was secretly
developing a way to reanimate the dead. The hope was to have
the dead fight instead of the living, but the experiments
were shut down when the reanimated corpses were unable to
control their hunger for human flesh. Thirty years later the
army has decided to reopen the project. Grover City, because
of its remote location, would be the home of their main testing
facilities. Without warning the experiments go horribly wrong
in Grover City and the DEAD are now on the rampage, eating
everyone in sight. With the town overtaken by Zombies, a group
of High School seniors take it upon themselves to fight back
and find a cure for this deadly disease. The four friends
battle their way through swamps, forests, blood, and ZOMBIES
7th in Fango's top 10 horror pics of 2006, Automatons slick
looks belie its small budget origins. 'Automaton Transfusion'
is released on March 4th.
Backwoods' (aka Bosque De Sombras) finally reaches DVD
Great news. Spanish horror thriller 'The Backwoods' (Bosque
De Sombras) starring Gary Oldman, is finally making its way
to R1 DVD.
Set in the Summer of 1978 'The Backwoods' tells the story
of an English couple Lucy (Virginie Ledoyen) and Norman (Paddy
Considine) who are going through a difficult patch in their
relationship. They decide to spend some time at the house
that their friends Paul (Gary Oldman) and his wife Isabel
(Aitana Sanchez-Gijón) have bought in the north of
Spain. Hidden away in the middle of a forest, and very much
off the beaten track, the house seems ideal for some peaceful
holidays. Their tranquil summer turns to horror when they
discover a girl with horribly mutilated hands in a house in
the forest. The locals aren't happy with the outsiders interference
and for taking the girl from the house, and soon cultural
differences start a whirlpool of violence between them.
Backwoods' has received mixed reviews, but we'd say it should
be worth a watch, even just to see Oldman (who rarely disappoints
with a performance) in action.
Otomo’s live-action fantasy 'Mushishi ' on R2 DVD
Katsuhiro Otomo’s (‘Akira’ 'Steamboy') latest
foray into film making, the beautifully crafted live action
fantasy ‘Mushishi,’ is getting an R2 DVD release
through Revolver Entertainment. Adapted from a hugely successful
Manga novel, ‘Mushishi’ is visually mesmerizing,
dark and at times a little bit disturbing. The DVD is released
Ginko is a mushishi (bug master) a gifted healer who expertly
manipulates the mushi, small, supernatural bugs, in touch
with the essence of life and death. Whilst travelling through
pre-modern Japan he meets the beautiful Tanyu, a crippled
bugmaster who records the history of the mushi by locking
them into scrolls. When the mushi escape Tanyu’s scrolls
and attack her, Ginko must save Tanyu and at the same time
rescue the traces of a vanishing age.
of the Black Scorpion' aka 'The Banquet' on R1 DVD
Dragon Dynasty are to release Feng Xiaogang’s stunningly
beautiful wuxia epic ‘The Banquet,’ on R1 DVD.
Quite why they have decided to re-name the movie with the
title 'Legend of the Black Scorpion' eludes us, but the fact
that its actually being released is reason enough for celebration.
based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, the story is set in ancient
China during the period of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms.
Against the backdrop of internal turmoil and external threat
poised by the neighboring Khitan Empires, lives Empress Wan
(Zhang Ziyi ). As beautiful as she is deadly, she harbors
forbidden desires for her stepson Crown Prince Wu Luan (Daniel
Wu). When the Emperor dies of reasons undetermined and his
younger brother Li takes the throne, Wan marries Li to protect
Wu Luan and seal her own position in the ruling body. But
Li is not a fool and dispatches assassins that ultimately
fail to kill Wu Luan. When Emperor Li proclaims a big banquet,
Wu Luan and Wan realize it is time to strike.
Banquet’ isn't an all out martial arts action packed
pic, so if the likes of House of Flying Daggers or Curse of
the Golden Flower wasn't you cup of Java, this wont be for
you. However, if jaw dropping cinematography, sumptuous sets,
costumes and stunningly choreographed fight scenes are your
thing, then 'The Banquet/Scorpion' is a must see. Released
as a two-disc Ultimate Edition, the DVD streets on February
finally arrives on UK R2 DVD!
news for UK genre fans. Ten Shimoyama's martial arts epic
'Shinobi,' finally arrives on your shores on DVD through Optimum
releasing. Now, it has to be said we think this film absolutely
rocks, so we'll try to provide you with all the facts without
gushing too profusely.
For centuries there lived warriors of darkness with strange
powers and arcane skills, living only for battle. They were
the Shinobi. The year is 1614 and Japan has been united under
the first Shogun. Peace is returning to the land after many
years of war. Even the Koga and the Iga, Ninja tribes and
bitterest of foes have been bound to live in peace. That is,
however, until the nefarious Shogun hatches a plan to rid
his kingdom of their power forever. He plots a battle- five
Ninja from each Village must fight to the death until just
one victorious Ninja survives and has then earned the right
to name the next Shogun. Caught in the crossfire of imperial
plotting and family honour are Gennosuke (Joe Odagiri) and
Oboro (Yukie Nakama) who have fallen deeply in love despite
being the heirs of the warring tribes. Their tragic fate is
to decide whether to live in honor, or love. With no concern
for the star crossed lovers the order forbidding conflict
is lifted, the elders choose their best Ninjas and the stage
is set for a battle to end all battles.
there are definite Romeo and Juliet elements to 'Shinobi,'
that in no way means it’s lacking in action. The love
story acts mainly as a backdrop to the main back plot of unresolved
hatred between two ninja clans. It is that hatred that finally
erupts into in all out war. With some spectacular effects,
and superbly choreographed fight sequences, this is a must
for fans of the genre. ‘Shinobi goes on sale today.
Visual FX of Shinobi Featurette / Visual FX explanation Featurette
/ Weapons of Shinobi Featurette / Storyboards / Original Trailers
/ Character Gallery / Stills Gallery
Specs: Feature Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 / Dolby Digital 5.1 /
Japanese with English Subtitles.
trailer (English subtitled)
thriller 'A Bloody Aria'
director Won Shin-yun’s thriller ‘A Bloody Aria’
is due for release on R1 DVD through ImaginAsian Pictures.
At its core ‘Aria’ is a dark comedy, with a twist
in the tale of bloody revenge. Throughout the film Won blends
his genres from thriller, to full on raw bloody horror. The
result is an absolute classic. The movie stars Oh Dal-su (Oldboy,
The Host) and Han Seok-gyu (Shiri). ‘A Bloody Aria’
goes on sale Feb 26th.
When a music professor, Yeong-sun (Lee Byuong-jun), takes
his beautiful young student, In-jeong (Cha Ye-ryun) for a
joyride into the countryside, all hell breaks loose. In-jeong
flees the clutches of her would-be-rapist professor only to
land in the hands of four disturbed and unsavory local men,
with a taste for violence and sadistic humor. It isn’t
long before she is back with the professor and it then becomes
clear that both Yeong-sun and In-jeong are meant to be pawns
in the gang’s cruel psychological games.
Bloody Aria (Official DVD site) Order
Tramp 1 & 2 on R1 DVD
Bursting with high-energy action Royal Tramp and its sequel
Royal Tramp 2, land on DVD February 12, under the Dragon Dynasty
label from The Weinstein Company. Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle,
Shaolin Soccer) stars as a fast-talking conman who manages
to avoid death, all the while trying to save the Ming Dynasty
from falling. Based on the book The Deer & The Cauldron,
Royal Tramp 1 & 2 are pure Hong Kong action and over the
top comedy, at its best.
TRAMP, Wilson Bond (Chow) is a lovable con artist who finagles
his way into the confidence of the Ming Court while fomenting
a pro-Ching rebellion--and participating in frequent sexual
escapades. The courty con man returns for more comic adventures
in ROYAL TRAMP 2. This time around, he helps resist an attempt
to overthrow the Ching Dynasty and destroy the Heaven and
Earth Society.Released together for the first time as a double
feature, the two-disc DVD includes commentaries by Hong Kong
expert Bey Logan, original theatrical trailers and an interview
with ROYAL TRAMP 2’s writer/director Wong Jing.
Tramp 1 trailer
the DVD here