Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Nordic Noir expansion continues with first Norwegian TV title "MAMMON"





Arrow Films’ Nordic Noir label continues to scour the globe in order to bring UK viewers the very best in foreign language film and television. Following the incredible success of Danish dramas The Killing and Borgen (which has just been nominated for its second TV BAFTA), the Danish/Swedish co-production The Bridge, and French title Braquo, Nordic Noir are pleased to announce the arrival of their first Norwegian television acquisition MAMMON.


To be released as a DVD box set and Digital Download on Monday May 5th, MAMMON is currently airing on C4’s sister channel More 4.

Drawing comparisons to the American political thriller All The President’s Men, MAMMON follows uncompromising investigative journalist Peter Verås, one of the country’s most well-respected writers, who uncovers evidence of serious financial fraud within the Norwegian government.


Delving further into the case, relying on information passed to him by an anonymous source, Verås discovers a shocking revelation – that his own brother is heavily involved in the illegal activity.

Struck with guilt and confusion, he has no choice but to continue the investigation and expose the truth, but as the story breaks, things become increasingly dangerous for him and his loved ones.


MAMMON: THE COMPLETE SERIES ONE - PRODUCT INFORMATION

Release Date     Monday 5th May 2014
Language             Norweigan (English Subtitles)
Running Time    6 x 58mins
Directed by         Cecilie A. Mosli


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Japanese DVD'S!



So I made it back from Japan and what a fantastic place it was! First thing to say was that they are the most polite, Friendly and helpful people I have ever met. The other thing that really surprised me was the lack of DVD’s and Blu-Rays available, I was talking to a guy out there and he was saying that basically with Japanese society being so manic most people nowadays just download movies and TV shows to their portable devices, This would explain the cost of the DVD’s and Blu-Rays I saw, the new DVD’S are all around £18 each and Blu-Rays between £25-35! I went to various cities all over Japan and went to the likes of Tower Records and HMV but even those big retailers and very limited stock. The biggest stockist I saw was a chain called Book Off, they specialised in Mainly Manga comics and CD’s but did have a pretty good DVD range but once again they were very pricey, I have stuck some pictures below and 1000 Yen is equivalent to around £6, so the Gamera one was pretty cheap but it was on a value type label so the print was probably not great. Either way as a film geek like me it was great just to have the chance to go hunting and I did pick up a Day of the Dead for around £9, I had to buy something, Although bizarrely Book Off was still selling VHS! And most of the cinemas are owned by the great studio that is TOHO, Enjoy the pictures,
Jonny T. 

BOOK OFF! THE BEST PLACE FOR DVD'S IN JAPAN.


Manga Otaku (Geeks) Browsing in Book Off.


Yes they still sell VHS!


One Of many TOHO Cinemas.


A John Carpenter DVD Box-set!




A great Ghibli Collection



Expensive but great covers for Godzilla.



Jonny Sokko! (Thanks Misfitboy for telling me what it was!)



Have some Gamera!








Tuesday, 4 March 2014

IN FEAR - REVIEWED BY VINCE ROBERTS


IN FEAR (2013)

"Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there."

Director: Jeremy Lovering
Stars: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech 

Hello Folks,
Jonny T here handing over reviewing duties  today to my good friend Vince Roberts! He has been threating to review something for a while now and he finally has done it! He will also be doing some more bits soon for Jonnyscultfilms, not only reviews but some real goodies in store (Not Bill Oddy!) So many thanks to Vince and I’ll let you get on and enjoy his review,
Take it away Vince!

From first time director Jeremy Lovering this is a bold tour De force of a movie, spoiled only by a weak ending, more of which in a bit..the Premise is the kind that leads you on to think ' how the fuck are they going to end this?' using a script shot in sequence, a technique pioneered by Ken Loach no less, and with the 2 main leads having no idea of what was going to happen next,' In fear' manages to mainly surpass the strength of its parts ( Night of the Demon, The Hitcher, Straw Dogs Hammer House of Horror etc) and at times become something truly remarkable.
set in  the dark backwoods of Ireland somewhere (actually Devon & Cornwall)..Tom (played convincingly as a bit of a cock by Iain De Caestecker ) persuades the gullible Lucy (Alice Englert) to accompany him on a trip to a music festival, after a strange & unsettling stop at a local pub, where Lucy is spied on whilst taking a crap, and apparently Tom gets in to an argument with the locals over a spilled pint, this takes place off camera, which is pretty unsettling from the start as you've no idea if Tom is making it up to scare Lucy or something actually did happen. Eventually, after Tom promises Lucy a nice night in a hotel somewhere in the woods, the couple find themselves being drawn into a nightmare world of dark country roads and fading daylight, and that awful feeling of driving around in circles (which is pretty common for anyone on a day trip or holiday to a place they have never been before).

The panic & paranoia mounts as they hurtle down dead ends of creepy  roads with glimpses of silhouettes and bizarre scarecrows (lifted straight from the Hammer House of Horror Episode 2 Faces of Evil) as the bushes & trees close in (Reminiscent of Jacques Tourneur's opening scene from Night of the Demon) you feel yourself sympathising with the characters and thinking how horrible & frightening it would be to find yourself in such a predicament, the throbbing unsettling score by Roly Porter and Daniel Pemberton creates some real tension, and the moment Allen Leech (Downton Abbey no less!) makes his sinister appearance things really take a turn for the worse.



As I said earlier the ending is poor, but to set up a premise like this you're on to a bit of a loser from the start, there can really be no ending that will please everyone and the story may have worked better as part of a portmanteau ,  whilst watching I kept thinking 'is it a dream',  is Tom the villain?, is Lucy imagining the whole thing?..the scene where she finally finds the Hotel is superb, a fantastically realised graveyard of abandoned cars in the grounds of what seems to be a derelict mansion,  leading us to believe yes - the nasty villain has done this to other people before, judging by the amount of wrecked  cars belief was stretched a bit too far to think all those people could go missing with no inquiries or investigation, if indeed that's what the scene represented. As with many of the themes you're left to decide yourself, the whole thing about them going to a 'Festival' was strange as no other cars were on the road, no one else going to this festival?..and the scene in the pub you never see also adds to the frightening dream like paranoia.




Lovering's direction is first class, lots of close ups that really push the claustrophobia & panic in the car to unsettling levels.  Looks like we are on to a great Brit Horror revival at the moment with Ben Wheatley also doing great work within the genre, and all on minuscule budgets.

 If you want a real night of terror fuck the big Hollywood remakes - settle  on the sofa, turn out the lights and put on 'in fear'..you wont regret it!.
7/10. VINCE ROBERTS.




Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Godzilla 2014 New Trailer and Poster hits!



After a few months anxious wait the full trailer for this years epic monster movie GODZILLA! As you may or may not know i am a massive Godzilla fan and cannot wait to see it, Surely it has to better than Hollywood's last Attempt? An interesting twist from the original is that Godzilla seems not to be created from nuclear tests but the test weren't actually tests Godzilla was already here and those bomb's were sent to try and kill him or her whatever your take on Godzilla is! 
Also there are rumours that Godzilla will not be the only monster, roll on May 16th!
Enjoy,
Jonny T. 



Tuesday, 25 February 2014

THE LADY ASSASSIN on DVD out March 10th



  The Lady Assassin
(cert 15)
ON DVD
10 MARCH 2014


"BEAUTIFUL WOMEN GIVE EVIL MEN A GOOD ARSE-KICKING."
 - TWITCHFILM.COM


Feisty women with dark secrets, evil outlaws, corrupt officials and a healthy dose of martial arts action come together to help create the biggest ever box office hit in Vietnam.

Harking back to the golden era of the Shaw Brothers martial arts films from Hong Kong, NGUYEN Quang Dung offers slick direction of his beautiful female cast, making great use of cutting edge technology to ramp up the action set pieces. 

Synopsis:
 A sexy, action packed martial-arts fantasy set in a traveller’s tavern whose owner, with the help of her team of lethal waitresses, routinely slaughter the corrupt government officials & businessmen who visit.
When an innocent young woman (TANG Thanh Ha), whose family has been killed by an evil general, arrives at the seaside tavern, they train her to become a skilled assassin so that she can take bloody revenge for her family.





THE LADY ASSASSIN is directed by Nguyen Quang Dung and stars popular Vietnamese actresses Tang Thanh Ha, NGOC Quyên, KIM Dung and DIEM My.
The film will come to DVD in UK 10 March.
Genre: Martial Arts
Certificate: 15
Country: Vietnam
Language: Vietnamese with English Subtitles
Original Title in Vietnam: My Nhan Ke
Running time: 89 min 
Special Features: Trailers, photo gallery
RRP: £14.99

AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON- THE LADY ASSASSIN (DVD)




Shady DVD out March 24th


Is pleased to announce the DVD release of

SHADY
The debut film of Ryohei Watanabe, made at the age of 24 with only a £10,000 budget!


Japan / 2012 / 94 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour



Starring:  Mimpi*β, Izumi Okamura

Out on DVD March 24th, 2014

DVD Special Features
Anamorphic Widescreen transfer with 5.1 Surround Sound
Interviews with director Ryohei Watanabe and actresses Mimpi*β & Izumi Okamura




Synopsis
Ryohei Watanabe’s debut film concerns two teenage girls and their friendships. The first friend is Misa, a stocky girl who is viciously dubbed Pooh at school, due to her surname “Kumada” (bear + rice paddy) and masculine frame. The other friend is Izumi, who says she can’t make and keep friends because all the other girls are jealous of her looks. Together, the two become best of friends owed to them both being such firm outsiders. Their blossoming friendship starts off as endearing and as the two spend more and more time together the sheen of the relationship peels away. When the darkness and violence eventually bleed into the mix, that authenticity turns what could just be another tale of teenage friendship gone awry, into a genuinely disturbing thriller.

Nominated – Best Debut Film – Raindance Film Festival
Winner – Entertainment Award and Cinema Fan Award at the PIA Film Festival

“An amazing debut…a taut, involving and disturbing film” – James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood

“Shady is the work of a seriously talented emerging filmmaker. It won’t be long before Watanabe is being compared to Kiyoshi Kurosawa” – Rob Simpson, The Geek Show


[Cast]
mimpi*β
Izumi Okamura
Moriko
Ayumi Seko
Hiroki Horikawa
Isao Nakazawa
Masataka Sanada
Juzo Kakei
Nagi Sakamoto
Ayumi Nigo
Ikuma Sato
Gota Ishida

[Crew】
Producer                          Ryohei Watanabe
Cinematographer             Katsuki Tsuji
Production Sound Mixer     Azumi Shimano
Boom Operator                  Miho Makino
Art                                    Naomi Hayakawa   Fumiko Hiramatsu
Film Editor                        Ryohei Watanabe
Colorist                            Katsuki Tsuji
Sound Designer                Yasuho Matsubara
Music                              Naoyuki Chikatani
Assistant Director             Yuki Onoda   Shota Watanabe
Screen play                      Ryohei Watanabe
Director                           Ryohei Watanabe




Monday, 24 February 2014

The Story of Yonosuke Blu-ray & DVD out April 14th




Is pleased to announce the Blu-Ray & DVD re-release of

The Story of Yonosuke

A film by Shuichi Okita (The Woodsman & the Rain)
Based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida (Villain, Parade)


Japan / 2013 / 160 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour

Starring: Kengo Kora (Norwegian Wood, Fish Story, The Woodsman & the Rain) 
Yuriko Yoshitaka (Gantz, Robo-G)
Go Ayano (Crows Zero II, Tajomaru)

Out on Blu-Ray & DVD April 14th

Synopsis

Based on a novel by multi-award-winning author Shuichi Yoshida (Villain, Parade), this bittersweet film is the latest offering from the director of The Woodsman & the Rain and stars Kengo Kora (Norwegian Wood, Fish Story) & Yuriko Yoshitaka (Gantz, Robo-G).

Yonosuke is a typical Japanese on-screen hero: socially awkward, childish and naive, but always cheerful and charming. We meet him when he moves from Nagasaki to Tokyo in the late eighties at the height of the city’s economic boom. Despite his odd character he manages to make new friends at university, joins a samba class and falls in love with an older woman. Sixteen years later his friends are all reminiscing over their college days, thinking back on how Yonosuke changed their lives. A heart-warming, crowd-pleasing comedy that takes a sudden dramatic turn. 

About the Director

Born in 1977, Shuichi Okita studied film at the Nihon University’s College of Art. His short film, “Pots and Friends” (2002), won the Grand Prize at the Mito Short Film Festival. His first feature, “The Wonderful World”, was released in 2006. After writing and directing for TV, he directed his second feature, “The Chef of the South Polar” (2009), which enjoyed a long theatrical run in Japan and earned him acclaim overseas. His most recent work, “The Woodsman and the Rain” (2011) – a lighthearted look at the team effort behind filmmaking – was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival.

KENGO KORA  YURIKO YOSHITAKA  
SOSUKE IKEMATSU  AYUMI ITO  GO AYANO  AKI ASAKURA  MEI KUROKAWA  TASUKU EMOTO  AIMI SATSUKAWA  KEIKO HORIUCHI  YOSUKE OMIZU  KONATSU TANAKA  NORIKO EGUCHI  HIDEKAZU MASHIMA  DAISUKE KURODA  KIYOHIKO SHIBUKAWA  YURIKO HIROOKA  ARATA IURA  JUN KUNIMURA  KITARO  and  KIMIKO YO

Original Story by Shuichi Yoshida “The Story of Yonosuke”
Producers: Toshikazu Nishigaya  Yasushi Yamazaki  Associate Producers: Yuki Nishimiya  Yusuke Miyawaki 
Line Producer: Tamotsu Kanamori  Music by Ren Takada  Cinematographer: Ryuto Kondo  Lighting: Isamu Fujii 
Sound Recording: Masato Yano  Art Director: Norifumi Ataka  Costume Designer: Haruki Koketsu  Hair & Makeup: Mariko Tanaka  Assistant Director: Atsushi Unno  Production Manager: Makoto Kariya  Scripter: Ryoko Taguchi  Editor: Takashi Sato  Sound Effects: Masatoshi Saito  VFX Supervisor: Issei Oda
Screenplay by Shiro Maeda and Shuichi Okita  Directed by Shuichi Okita
Presented by NIKKATSU Corporation, KIRISHIMA 1945 Production