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So this is really happening, Shinobi no Mono getting a BR release, wow. This is the series that started it all, amazing release! 

Would love a booklet with Keith Rainville's essay.. still, day one for me.

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ShawAngela
1 hour ago, Ronin said:

https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=34024

Three Shinobi no Mono films in one two-disc set.

If they release all the stories (9 or more?), it would be interesting. I'm not sure to get this if they only release the first three stories.

Not on the same subject, but I was also hesitating regarding The Inspector Wears Skirts first releases, because I wasn't sure 88 would release the two others, and I'm glad to have waited before getting them until they announce the release of the other opuses.

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I've never seen (or honestly ever heard of) the Shinobi No Mono films. How are they action wise? Are they action heavy or can they be compared to something like a Kurosawa film where they're drama heavy with action beats here and there? Either way, I'm interested.

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57 minutes ago, Drunken Monk said:

I've never seen (or honestly ever heard of) the Shinobi No Mono films. How are they action wise? Are they action heavy or can they be compared to something like a Kurosawa film where they're drama heavy with action beats here and there? Either way, I'm interested.

All 9 are great, I bought the 3 movie boxset on dvd from animeigo years ago. And they're very reminiscence to a lot of the chanbara films of it's time. If your a fan of 60s style b&w samurai films then these will be right up your alley, just a ninja version.. it's the inspiration of anime like ninja scroll and basilisk etc.

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Super Ninja
1 hour ago, ShawAngela said:

If they release all the stories (9 or more?), it would be interesting. I'm not sure to get this if they only release the first three stories.

Eight movies, Mission: Iron Castle (1970) was marketed as part of the series, but is notably different and what's more, doesn't have Raizo Ishikawa starring. He died from cancer on July 17th 1969.

1 hour ago, Drunken Monk said:

I've never seen (or honestly ever heard of) the Shinobi No Mono films. How are they action wise? Are they action heavy or can they be compared to something like a Kurosawa film where they're drama heavy with action beats here and there? Either way, I'm interested.

More action than your average Kurosawa film. Shinobi no Mono kickstarted the Japanese cinematic ninja craze of the '60s. The thing about the action is it's quite realistic, as can be in a ninja movie at least. Prior to SNM coming out, ninjas were part of fantasy films and had magic powers - check The Magic Serpent that is part of the Shout tokusatsu boxset to see the difference. With SNM, the emphasis was now on defining the place ninjas held in Japan's history, depicting the personal lives of shadow warriors, their espionage techniques and realism in action, njinjutsu and arsenal. Real ninjutsu masters were expert advisors on the set, dr. Masaaki Hatsumi and his teacher, the late Toshitsugu Takamatsu of Togakure-ryu school.

So more serious, historically accurate, darker, B&W, noirish ninja films that redifined the genre. 

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1 hour ago, BigDruDogg said:

All 9 are great, I bought the 3 movie boxset on dvd from animeigo years ago. And they're very reminiscence to a lot of the chanbara films of it's time. If your a fan of 60s style b&w samurai films then these will be right up your alley, just a ninja version.. it's the inspiration of anime like ninja scroll and basilisk etc.

I also have the Animeigo Collectors Set Vol 1 & was disappointed that they never finished the series, so I had to go the David Merlin route for the rest of the episodes. I enjoyed it because it was a "realistic" depiction of ninjitsu & not the over the top fantasy stuff that's usually associated with the term "ninja" here in the West (although I enjoy those as well).

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https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=34137

Sympathy for the Underdog

Description: Returning from a ten-year prison sentence, former gang leader Gunji (Koji Tsuruta, Big Time Gambling Boss) finds that his turf has been taken over by his former enemy, now a large crime syndicate with a legal corporate front. Looking for new opportunities, he gathers his old crew and heads for the island of Okinawa, a legal grey zone ripe for the taking. Made just before Kinji (Yakuza Graveyard) Fukasaku's 1970s streak of yakuza movie masterpieces, Sympathy for the Underdog is a key film in the development of this director's unique style and themes.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
High-Definition digital transfer
Uncompressed mono PCM audio
Audio commentary by yakuza film expert Nathan Stuart (2024)
Interview with Fukasaku biographer Olivier Hadouchi (2024)
Visual essay on Okinawa on screen by film historian and author Aaron Gerow (2024)
Trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Bastian Meiresonne and an archival review of the film
Limited Edition of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings
REGION-A/B "LOCKED"
U.S. AND CANADA STREET DATE: JUNE 25.
UK STREET DATE: JUNE 24.

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Yihetuan

So the Japanese title announced is Tai Kato's EIGHTEEN YEARS IN PRISON.

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Yihetuan
Posted (edited)

Radiance Films latest release is another Tai Kato Yakuza film, Tokijiro: Lone Yakuza.

 

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Chemical Lemon

They also have cruel gun story coming in their world noir vol 2

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Yihetuan

Radiance hinted at multiple Seijun Suzuki titles on the way. Fingers crossed for a blu ray of Underworld Beauty.

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1 hour ago, Yihetuan said:

Radiance hinted at multiple Seijun Suzuki titles on the way. Fingers crossed for a blu ray of Underworld Beauty.

I missed out on Arrow's Early Years boxsets, so that would be great if they acquired the rights!! But realistically most films from Suzuki-san are great, so it's a win-win!!

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Since they've been releasing UK Blu-rays of titles from Criterion's Nikkatsu Noir DVD set, I would not be shocked if the Suzuki title is Take Aim at the Police Van

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https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=34627

Tattooed Life

Tetsuo (Hideki Takahashi, Fighting Elegy), a low-level yakuza is double-crossed by his boss and attacked. His younger brother Kenji (Kotobuki Hananomoto, This Transient Life), an aspiring artist with no connections to crime, comes to his aid and kills Tetsuo's assailant. Fearing repercussions from the yakuza they flee to Manchuria where they risk coming under suspicion of rival gangs. Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill) remains loyal to the conventions of the yakuza film, but Tattooed Life contains flashes of his later creative genius, including a final act of explosive visual excess that has become one of the director's all-time classic scenes.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
High-Definition digital transfer
Uncompressed mono PCM audio
Audio commentary by William Carroll, author of Seijun Suzuki and Postwar Cinema (2024)
Newly edited archival interview with director Seijun Suzuki
Newly edited archival interview with art director Takeo Kimura
Trailer
Newly improved English subtitle translation
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Tom Vick and a newly translated archival review of the film
REGION A/B "LOCKED"
U.S. AND CANADA STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 24.
UK STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 23.

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Wrong thread

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Its Wednesday not thursday
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Yihetuan
On 6/5/2024 at 6:54 AM, Ronin said:

https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=34627

Tattooed Life

Tetsuo (Hideki Takahashi, Fighting Elegy), a low-level yakuza is double-crossed by his boss and attacked. His younger brother Kenji (Kotobuki Hananomoto, This Transient Life), an aspiring artist with no connections to crime, comes to his aid and kills Tetsuo's assailant. Fearing repercussions from the yakuza they flee to Manchuria where they risk coming under suspicion of rival gangs. Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill) remains loyal to the conventions of the yakuza film, but Tattooed Life contains flashes of his later creative genius, including a final act of explosive visual excess that has become one of the director's all-time classic scenes.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
High-Definition digital transfer
Uncompressed mono PCM audio
Audio commentary by William Carroll, author of Seijun Suzuki and Postwar Cinema (2024)
Newly edited archival interview with director Seijun Suzuki
Newly edited archival interview with art director Takeo Kimura
Trailer
Newly improved English subtitle translation
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Tom Vick and a newly translated archival review of the film
REGION A/B "LOCKED"
U.S. AND CANADA STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 24.
UK STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 23.

Definitely picking this up. I really like Hideki Takahashi in the ninkyo eiga Yakuza film series, Crest of Man. I think there are 10 or 11 total but would love to see Radiance release a box set down the line however unrealistic such a boxset will come to fruition.

 

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