Asian distributor announces 2013 release schedule…
Third Window Films says 2013 will be a “make-or-break” year, following major setbacks in the previous 12 months. The company’s stock of home entertainment titles was destroyed in the fire caused by the London rioters at Sony’s Enfield warehouse, while Third Window also took the decision to pull out of theatrical distribution.
“Third Window Films is going for a make-or-break 2013 with a wide variety of titles, across many genres and years, to try and promote the best of Japan to the West,” said a company statement which described 2012 as “very turbulent”.
Third Window said it had always attempted to do all it could to mix up Asian cinema more than any other company and warned that too many of the same films are being screened at festivals and released for home entertainment across the world. “We are trying to show what else is out there (while at the same time trying to give the audience what they want) by mixing established and new directors, plus unseen works from those with big followings,” the statement said.
The company said it plans to listen to what its audience wants and will take requests on-board, including giving consumers a choice of sleeve art design or DVD extras. It will also continue to try and educate its audience with the releases of lesser-known titles, expanding their scope on the East. “Unfortunately though, it’s not easy balancing all these things, especially with the very high costs of manufacturing Blu-rays and extortionate BBFC costs, but we’ll do our best so that we can keep it going as far as we can!” Third Window Films said.
The company’s 2013 schedule sees the release of The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God In A Coin Locker on 14 January, which is a previous title from the team of Yoshihiro Nakamura and writer Kotaro Isaka (Fish Story). The Woodsman & The Rain follows on 28 January, from emerging talent Shuichi Okita. Other titles on the schedule include Pang Ho-Cheung’s Vulgaria (15 April); Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 1998 films Eyes Of The Spider and Serpents Path (24 June); Takashi Miike’s For Love’s Sake (29 April); The Story Of Yonosuke (September 2013); and See You Tomorrow, Everyone! (October 2013).
Third Window will also release on Blu-ray and DVD, for the first time in the world, two of Shinya Tsukamoto’s classic films digitally restored by the director himself. Bullet Ballet and Tokyo Fist will be offered as two separate releases with exclusive extras and cardboard slipcases featuring original artwork, with the on-sale date for both titles still to be confirmed.