Third Window Films

Milestone, Flicker Alley, Oscilloscope, Cinema Guild...they're all here.
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Re: Third Window Films

#401 Post by Calvin » Fri Aug 04, 2023 8:33 am

andyli wrote:Impressive lineup. Is Director’s Company a new line for them?
That's my understanding, though I'm not sure how many more there will be as the Director's Company didn't produce *that* many films and I think the distribution rights for some are still tied up with the bigger studios.

I asked Adam about the earlier Kurosawas and he said that he was thinking about "The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Girl, but to be honest, it's not really that good...
Will focus on more of the higher profile and better Director's Company films first!"

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Re: Third Window Films

#402 Post by dadaistnun » Tue Oct 31, 2023 10:39 am

The Guard from Underground and Door (and presumably Typhoon Club as well; I'm waiting for the Cinema Guild release) have liner notes from Jasper Sharp giving a brief history of the Director's Company. The concluding passage states:
Jasper Sharp wrote:Since its collapse, many of the Director's Company's productions had remained in a rights limbo and the whereabouts of their original elements unknown, but in 2021 an ex-producer of the Director's Company named Takashi Ikoma discovered a large amount of long-lost negatives of Director's Company films, cleared the rights, remastered them and made them available for us all to watch today in high definition.
No indication of which films those might be, but here is a (complete?) list of titles that emerged from the company included in the notes:

Wolf: Running is Sex (Banmei Takahashi, 1982)
Farewell Love: Rock is Sex (Ryudo Uzaki, 1982)
Harlem Valentine Day: Blood is Sex (Shigeru Izumiya, 1982)
Kandagawa Pervert Wars (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1983)
Mermaid's Legend (Toshiharu Ikeda, 1984)
Crazy Family (Sogo Ishii, 1984)
Love Hotel (Shinji Somai, 1985)
Typhoon Club (Shinji Somai, 1985)
Bumpkin Soup (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1985) (Sharp uses the The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl title in his notes)
Scent of a Spell (Toshiharu Ikeda, 1985)
Inujini Seshi Mono (Kazuyuki Izutsu, 1986)
Halber Mensch (Sogo Ishii, 1986)
House of Wedlock (Kichitaro Negishi, 1986)
Luminous Woman (Shinji Somai, 1987)
Half of Eternity (Kichitaro Negishi, 1987)
Door (Banmei Takahashi, 1988)
Evil Dead Trap (Toshiharu Ikeda, 1988)
Yojo no jidai (Shunichi Nagasaki, 1988)
Dangerous Stories (Kazuyuki Izutsu, Banmei Takahashi, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1989)
Tokyo Heaven (Shinji Somai, 1990)
Maria's Stomach (Hideyuki Hirayama, 1990)
Popcorn Love (Hironari Yano & Takeo Moriyasu, 1990)
Mo no Shigoto (Takumi Kimizuka, 1991)
Manatsu no Chikyu (Osamu Murakami, 1991)
Kaze, Slow Down (Shinsuke Shimada, 1991)
Misty(Toshiharu Ikeda, 1991)
Travels in the Orient (Kazuyuki Izutsu, 1992)
The Guard From Underground (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1992)

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Re: Third Window Films

#403 Post by Finch » Sat Dec 02, 2023 3:13 pm

The Crazy Family (1984) got certified by the BBFC for home video release, and TWF handled all previous recent Sogo Ishii titles so it's quite likely coming from them (or Arrow).

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Re: Third Window Films

#404 Post by Adam X » Sun Dec 03, 2023 5:51 am

I just listened to a recent TWF podcast episode where it was mentioned work was being done to clear this for a release in relation to their Director's Company series, so I'm glad this has come to fruition (Third Window are listed as the distributor).

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Re: Third Window Films

#405 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Feb 19, 2024 1:18 pm

Shamelessly cribbing all of the details from Neo magazine relating to Third Window releases: back on 12th February they released River on Blu-ray, which is the most recent (2023) film from the writer and director duo behind Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes. Also released this month is Mad Cats. And One Percenter is due for release on 11th March. The Crazy Family is coming "in Spring".

In their "live action preview" section Neo mentions two further Shinji Somai films are coming: 1987's Luminous Woman "at the end of April", and 1985's Love Hotel (with a script from Angel Guts creator Takashi Ishii!) "at the end of June". Plus Shinya Tsukamoto's latest feature, Shadow of Fire, is going to be "screened in cinemas around the UK as part of the Japan Foundation touring programme, which runs from February to April, before coming to Blu-ray and digital in September".

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Re: Third Window Films

#406 Post by Calvin » Fri Feb 23, 2024 12:18 pm

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Bumpkin Soup (aka The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl) will also be coming from Third Window as part of the Directors' Company line

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