With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Monday, April 15, 2019

BIG BROTHER available on Digital on April 16th, Blu-ray & DVD on May 21st

Well Go USA
Presents
Big Brother
Directed by Kam Ka-Wai
Hong Kong, 2018, 101 minutes

Big Brother features iconic action star Donnie Yen (the IP Man franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as you’ve never seen him before – a high school teacher.

As a seasoned former soldier Henry Chan’s next mission is teaching a class of problematic teenage delinquents. Against all odds, his unconventional and sometimes questionable teaching methods turn out to be exactly what his pupils need.

Big Brother debuts on digital tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16th and on Blu-ray and DVD May 21st from Well Go USA Entertainment and is directed by Kam Ka Wai (Ip Man, Colour of the Game).

Synopsis:

Martial arts legend Donnie Yen stars as a former soldier recruited for his toughest mission yet – teaching a class of teen delinquents. As he kicks his way into their school and home lives, it becomes clear that his unconventional teaching style might be just what they need.

Monday, April 08, 2019

MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY coming to theaters this Friday, April 12, 2019

Well Go USA
Presents
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy / Ye wen wai zhuan: Zhang tian zhi
Directed by: Yuen Woo-Ping
Starring: Max Zhang, Dave Bautista, Liu Yan,
Michelle Yeoh, and Tony Jaa 
Hong Kong/China, 2018,  107 minutes

Legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping draws on a stellar cast (Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, and Max Zhang) to create a hard-hitting martial arts blast worthy of its place in the celebrated IP MAN universe. Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. But it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Hong Kong heist flick GOLDEN JOB coming to Digital and Blu-ray™ on April 9th

Well Go USA
Presents
Golden Job / Huang jin xiong di
Directed by Chin Ka Lok
Starring Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse,
Chin Ka Lok, and Jerry Lamb
Hong Kong, 2018, 100 minutes

The heist-action film that reunites the lead actors from Young and Dangerous, Golden Job debuts on digital and Blu-ray™April 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the new, unrelated adventure, the film revolves around a brotherhood of former soldiers who think they are on a heist to steal valuable and expensive medicines from a pharmaceutical company to help African children. They soon find out they have been duped and truck they commandeer is hauling gold bricks, not drugs. Golden Job stars Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse, Chin Ka Lok and Jerry Lamb.

Synopsis:
A group of former mercenaries reunite to plan an epic heist: boosting a truck full of medicine held by a foreign intelligence agency to supply a refugee camp in need. But when they find the truck is actually filled with stolen gold, the band of brothers realize they’ve been double-crossed by one of their own - and putting the situation right will be all out war.

Monday, April 01, 2019

SECTION23 FILMS has announced its May 2019 slate of releases


Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its May slate of releases featuring Sentai Filmworks' bestselling echhi comedy series Kämpfer as you've never heard it before: in English! Kämpfer's sex-swapping hi-jinx will be available for your listening pleasure in a complete Blu-ray collection on May 28th.

Product details follow, in order of release

Title: GODANNAR BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 5/7/2019
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Five years ago, Goh, the pilot of the giant robot Dannar, rescued Anna Aoi as the monstrous Mimetic Beasts attempted to wipe human life from the planet. Now the Beasts are back, but Goh's not going back into battle alone. Not only does his new bride-to-be Anna have a mech of her own, but their "his and her" giant robots are designed to mate together to form the ultimate in alien-smashing technology, the mighty Godannar! Unfortunately, while they may have the perfect partnership on the battlefield, things aren't running so smoothly on the home front and when "the other woman" from Goh's past suddenly returns, the rifts that are opened may be wide enough to put the entire defense of mankind in jeopardy! Can an international supporting cast of the wildest giant robot pilots ever hold the line until Goh and Anna can come together in the cockpit, join interlocking parts and create the perfect marriage of man, woman and machine? It's time to love, honor and kick serious monster ass as family ties go nuclear in GODANNAR!


Title: ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS OVA COLLECTION 1
Published by: Maiden Japan
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 595 min.
Street Date: 5/14/2019
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $39.98

SYNOPSIS: They may be encased in suits of powered armor, but the soldiers who wear a VOTOMS unit in battle are simply serving the purpose that infantry has always served in war: to take ground and hold it, no matter what the cost. Combine that mission with the explosive fuel mixture and thin metal of their powersuits, and their chances of survival are decreased rather than enhanced, and only a handful will live to fight again. But of that elite group of survivors, a few will become legends. Return to the universe of the most realistic mecha warfare ever animated as the beachhead established with the epic 52-episode ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS widens into a full scale invasion of spectacular and previously unreleased original video animations in ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS OVA COLLECTION 1!


Title: LAND OF THE LUSTROUS BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 5/21/2019
Format: BD
Language: English, Spanish, Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: No matter what the odds, life will find a way to continue, with young Phos and the other gems as the ultimate proof. Instead of flesh, their bodies are made of living crystal, allowing them to survive in a world too toxic for any human. But their gem bodies also attract a terrible danger: the Lunarians, who hunt the gems and use their shattered forms to fabricate jewelry and ornaments. The gems with the strongest forms defend the others, but Phos is too weak and brittle to fight. Instead, Phos is ordered to compile an encyclopedia; but could that research discover hidden secrets that could help the gems? Join Phos, the toxic Cinnabar, the powerful Bort, the valiant Diamond, and others in a glittering world unlike anything you have seen before: the LAND OF THE LUSTROUS!


Title: SAGRADA RESET BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 5/21/2019
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: The ability to reset time might seem like the ultimate superpower, but if you forget what was going to happen when you reset it, how would you know what you needed to change? Or if you'd make things better or worse? That's the paradox that faces Misora Haruki until she's paired with Kei Asai, who remembers everything, even if they happened in timelines that have been reset. But there's still a catch: each reset point can be used only once and anything that happens in the 24 hours before a new one can be set will be locked in time forever. In a town where a mysterious agency seems to be controlling everything from the shadows and everyone has unexpected powers, the lives of Kei and Misora's friends and classmates will depend on how carefully they can use the SAGRADA RESET.


Title: KAMPFER BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 350 min.
Street Date: 5/28/2019
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: Natsuru used to dream about being a real lady-killer, but being turned into a Kämpfer, a female fighter who's supposed to fight and kill other girls in combat, was NOT what he had in mind! To make things even more complex, (s)he's only a girl part-time and (s)he'll be moving in with three other gorgeous Kämpfers (who are all actually all woman all of the time), for mutual defense. And the fact that more than one of them may have less-than-honorable designs upon Natsuru's alternating sexualities couldn't possibly be a problem, could it? Of course it could, and things REALLY get hopping when Natsuru has to take a job at the Bunnygirl Café! Find out what happens when getting in touch with your feminine side becomes a full-contact, no-holds-barred, battle to the death in Kämpfer!

Friday, March 08, 2019

Exciting new series THE OTHER JAPANESE NEW WAVE: RADICAL FILMS FROM 1958-61 coming to Japan Society early in April

Japan Society NY
Presents
Blood is Dry © 1960 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
The Other Japanese New Wave: Radical Films from 1958-61
When: April 5-27, 2019
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
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With its inception in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Japanese New Wave ushered in a postwar generation of politically engaged and artistically adventurous filmmakers that radically transformed the country's cinema in theory and practice. Looking beyond internationally lauded figures such as Nagisa Oshima and Masahiro Shinoda, The Other Japanese New Wave: Radical Films from 1958-61 aims to reexamine this dynamic moment in Japanese film history with the introduction of work by lesser-known studio directors, auteurs, documentarists and student filmmakers, including newly subtitled rarities imported from Japan never-before-seen in the U.S.

The series launches on April 5th with Kiju Yoshida’s debut feature Good-for-Nothing, introduced by series curator Go Hirasawa. A key figure in the birth of the New Wave at Shochiku, Yoshida is representative of the major studio’s attempt to attract Japan’s declining movie audiences by giving fledgling assistant directors a chance to make youth-oriented feature films. Also included in the series are rarely discussed Shochiku directors Eitaro Morikawa (The Tragedy of Bushido), Osamu Takahashi (Only She Knows) and Tsutomu Tamura, who simultaneously made their first films as part of the New Wave alongside Yoshida. A highlight of the series, Tamura’s exceedingly unavailable The Samurai Vagabonds will screen on an archival 35mm print with new English subtitles prepared by Japan Society. Rounding out the selection of studio films in the series are Yoshida’s overlooked second feature for Shochiku (Blood is Dry), a stark critique of capitalist consumerism, and two bold Nikkatsu titles directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara (The Age of Our Own and The Warped Ones) that build upon the themes and formal experiments of the studio’s youth-in-revolt “Sun Tribe” (taiyozoku) films.

Other series highlights include a selection of films made outside of the studio system by filmmakers, theorists and writers invested in uniting film theory with praxis. Following a free curator’s talk on April 6, Hirasawa introduces the shorts program “New Wave Rarities,” which includes a self-produced student film from Nihon University Film Study Club (Conversation Between Nail and Socks), a documentary by Shinkichi Noda (Forgotten Land), and an experimental portrait of political unrest (Anpo Joyaku) by Toshio Matsumoto (Funeral Parade of Roses). Later in the same day, Hirasawa introduces a 35mm screening of Eizo Yamagiwa’s virtually unknown independent feature The End of Love. Long thought lost until a negative was discovered only a couple of years ago, The End of Love will screen in the U.S. for the first time, presented with new English subtitles by Japan Society.

“The history of the Japanese New Wave remains largely unwritten, especially for English-speaking audiences,” says Kazu Watanabe, Deputy Director of Film at Japan Society. “While major films by canonical filmmakers are widely screened and analyzed, they only scratch the surface of this fascinating yet elusive period of Japanese filmmaking. I’m grateful to Go Hirasawa for coming up with such a deep and wide-ranging selection of titles—full of discoveries that offer new insight into the genesis and contexts of the New Wave in Japan—and I greatly look forward to sharing them with New York audiences.”

The Other Japanese New Wave: Radical Films from 1968-61 is curated by Go Hirasawa, researcher at Meiji-Gakuin University, and organized by Japan Society. In coordination with Japan Society, Harvard Film Archive will host the series concurrently (April 1-27) in Cambridge.

For further information about the full schedule, descriptions of each film and to buy tickets, click here.