Tagged with Third Window Films

Watching ‘Fires on the Plain’

Watching ‘Fires on the Plain’


Shinya Tsukamoto has earned himself a cult following both in Japan and abroad, thanks to his previous films such as Tetsuo: the Iron Man and Bullet Ballet. While I have to admit I haven’t seen them, a quick search tell me that as a director, he is known for his artistic and varied use of … Continue reading

Film review: Destruction Babies

Film review: Destruction Babies


Destruction Babies is, in a word, violent. I could add a number of adjectives too – unflinchingly violent, unapologetically violent, artistically violent… the list goes on. But this latest release from indie film director Tetsuya Mariko, via Third Window Films, surprises in more ways than one. The premise of the film starts off simply enough. … Continue reading

WIN Lowlife Love with Third Window Films!

WIN Lowlife Love with Third Window Films!


Get ready for another competition! Third Window Films have licensed a lot of brilliant films this year, many of which I’ve reviewed here, so it’s good to be running a giveaway with them this time. We have two copies of Lowlife Love on dual format Blu-Ray/DVD up for grabs! Lowlife Love is the first 100% … Continue reading

Takeshi Kitano film review: A Scene at the Sea

Takeshi Kitano film review: A Scene at the Sea


A Scene at the Sea (1991) is quite different from the other Takeshi Kitano Blu-Ray DVD releases that Third Windows have released this year. Most notably, the two main characters do not say a word. Shigeru lives a fairly unexciting life in a coastal town working as a rubbish collector. When he comes across a discarded surfboard, he decides … Continue reading

Dolls: Takeshi Kitano film review

Dolls: Takeshi Kitano film review


Dolls (2002) is the third of several films – by the acclaimed Japanese director Takeshi Kitano – being released by Third Window Films this year. I reviewed the other Kitano films released by Third Window Films so far – Hana-bi and Kikujiro earlier this year – so feel I have some idea (albeit not expert) … Continue reading

Uzumasa Limelight: A must-watch

Uzumasa Limelight: A must-watch


We may still be in April, but we have a contender for the blog’s best film of 2016! Third Window’s latest release is the critically-acclaimed Uzumasa Limelight and I don’t see how anyone can watch this and not enjoy it immensely. The film (directed by Ken Ochiai, 2014) is set in Uzumasa, an Edo-era town in Kyoto … Continue reading

Five reasons you should watch Hana-bi

Five reasons you should watch Hana-bi


Asian film fans will probably already be aware that Third Window Films recently announced they are releasing three films by the acclaimed Japanese director, Takeshi Kitano, on Blu-ray DVD this year. The first of these is Hana-bi (Fireworks, 1997). This is the story of former police officer Nishi who concocts a bank robbery after a disastrous stakeout leaves … Continue reading

DVD review: Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats

DVD review: Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats


If you’re looking for a Japanese film that’s simply funny, charming and uplifting, Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats is one for your collection. This latest offering from Third Window Films was written and director by Yosuke Fujita (Fine, Totally Fine) and co-produced with Rapid Eye Movies (Germany), Tucker Film (Italy) and Joint Entertainment (Taiwan) – a pretty … Continue reading

DVD review: Be My Baby

DVD review: Be My Baby


Believe it or not, it’s possible to not only cast but also shoot an entire film in just two weeks. Don’t believe me? Japanese director Hitoshi One and producer Masashi Yoshikawa did just that with Be My Baby and they pull it off incredibly well. Be My Baby is a special ‘workshop’ film from Japan, where … Continue reading