Third Window Films are one of the leading distributors of Japanese films in the west, if not the leading distributor, and they have a massive catalogue of titles ranging from big budget pictures to the tiniest of indie films that would rarely be picked up by other labels. I have met the man in charge of Third Window Films and he is very passionate and knowledgeable about the titles he brings to the west and probably one of the best advocates for Japanese cinema in any film industry. Just to prove this point, Third Window Films announced an innovative Kickstarter project that will allow backers to get a dual format 3-disc limited edition release full of indie films which will be region free and open to everyone in the world.
I’ve written about some of these and I am very excited… So excited that I’ve already backed the campaign and pre-ordered my version!
Here are the details!
NEW DIRECTORS FROM JAPAN
Third Window Films have always tried hard to bring a wide variety of films from the Far East to the West, from big studio productions to minor indie masterpieces, and this project is another step in our goal to open up the West to what’s so great about Asian cinema!
This project, hopefully the first of many (depending on its success!), is focusing on young and unique directors from Japan whose films have not received any sort of distribution in their own or any other territory. We want to focus on supporting young talent and making their names recognisable so decided to create this ‘NEW DIRECTORS FROM JAPAN‘ release which focuses on individual directors and their work.
Third Window Films has always tried to find directors and films that are both ‘unique’ and ‘entertaining’ and we feel that these three directors fit into the Third Window Films brand perfectly, so we are incredibly happy to present:
Nagisa Isogai (磯谷渚 – Aged 28) – 2 films:
My Baby (わたしの赤ちゃん – 16mm / 16mins) /
Heavily pregnant Hatsumi and her sister Chika visit a shrine to pray for a safe birth, but in a tragic turn of events, Hatsumi tumbles down the stairs and loses the baby.
6 months later, Chika’s baby is safely born and when Hatsumi visits Chika she finds out that Chika named her daughter Aoi, which happened to be the name Hatsumi chose for her own baby…
What terrible secrets are hidden from their past and what lies ahead for these two?
The Lust of Angels (天使の欲望 – HD / 40mins)
Saori, a school girl, is molested on the notorious “molester train” of the Hanagawa line and rescued by another school girl who witnesses the act. The girl who rescues her turned out to be a new student of Yamashiro Gakuen high school, which Saori also attends. The mysterious new student Yuriko, is rumoured to be a “parent killer”. Yuriko then leads Saori and her friends to hunt molesters on the Hanagawa line…
Hirobumi Watanabe (渡辺紘文 Aged 31)
And the Mud Ship Sails Away (そして泥船はゆく – HD / 88mins)
Takashi is 36 years old, unemployed and completely aimless. He lives with his grandmother, repeating the same routine – game centre, bowling center, watching TV – day after day. This suddenly changes when Yuka shows up, claiming to be his half-sister. Confronted with a new situation, Takashi decides to change his life…
KosukeTakaya (髙谷監督 – Aged 27)
Buy Bling, Get One Free (シャレ番外地 – 35mm / 27mins)
The trailer comes from one of my old trailer posts and the film is part of a compilation. You can get a glimpse of it from 0:20 :
After being dumped by his girlfriend while on a date Kamono Naoto gets really down. ‘What’s wrong with my fashion?’ he wonders as he’s told off for being embarrassingly over-the-top with his see-through jacket, feather shorts and patterned pantyhose. Nobody understands his fashion. Neither his friends nor even a writer for a fashion magazine he likes.
One day though a man offers him to become a fashion model exclusively for one brand and to become a fashion leader, a dreamlike opportunity. In a trance Kamono follows this man to enter a strange and unimaginable world…
This release will be a limited edition set of only 1,000 copies. To cover both our blu-ray and DVD customers, the release will be a DUAL FORMAT release and include BOTH a BLU-RAY and a DVD of the films, as well as a separate extras disc (on DVD) which will include interviews with all the directors involved.
This KICKSTARTER campaign is to setup the initial costs of creating this release. Due to the number of films, interviews as well as the fact that we are putting both a blu-ray and 2 dvds into the box with a slipcase it is a very expensive project, so we want to raise the initial funds by pre-selling the first 250 copies at £16 each (the retail price will be £22.99) and the added bonus of pre-ordering is that each of the 250 copies will be signed by all 3 directors!
Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) / New Directions in Japanese Cinema
VIPO operates ndjc were commissioned by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of its policy to promote Japanese film and film-making. The project focuses on talented young film-makers to give them the real film-making skills through workshops, imparting the necessary knowledge and techniques to polish their film-making techniques and creativity. The long-term goal is to discover and foster the next generation of feature-length film directors. Since 2006 to 2013, there have been a total of 43 film-makers.
Here’s the Kickstarter page again!