January 26th, 2006: Announcing 6 new licenses!
Shogun Assassin: The most famous samurai film in North America and probably most bootlegged one! You’ve begged us to do it for years, and we’re giving it the full AnimEigo treatment - we’re restoring it using our brilliant transfers of the original component films (Lone Wolf & Cub 1&2). We’re literally going to replace every frame in Shogun Assassin with the exact same frames from the original films!
That sound you hear is the sound of everyone who bought the crappy bootleg editions weeping, with an overlay of gnashing of teeth from the scummy bootleggers!
Japan’s Longest Day aka The Emperor and The General (1967): The best-known Japanese World War II film, it is set on August 15th, 1945, the day the Emperor announced Japan’s surrender. Directed by Kihachi Okamoto (Samurai Assassin) and starring the legendary Toshiro Mifune, who plays the General, and does something you never see Mifune doing – he commits seppuku!
A New Love in Tokyo (1994): A unique, award-winning art film that’s funny, edgy, and sexy, it’s the story of a morally-flexible dominatrix, who is at the same time a serious amateur actress trying to build real relationships with both her acting and sex-business acquaintances. When you need a big audience for your new play, it’s always good to have a Yakuza boss as your whipping boy!
The Trail of Blood (1972), The Fearless Avenger (1973), and Slaughter in the Snow (1973): 3 action-packed, excessively bloody samurai Yakuza films (in other words, the kind you tell us you like the best!), the famed “Mikogami” series is the story of a man who tried to leave the Yakuza world, only to have his family slaughtered – which means there’s 3 films worth of villains to hunt down and dispatch!
More announcements in the near future!