Kakushi Ken Oni no Tsume (The Hidden Blade) (Normal Edition)(Japan Version – English Subtitles)

Kakushi Ken Oni no Tsume (The Hidden Blade) (Normal Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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From director Yamada Yoji (The Twilight Samurai) comes The Hidden Blade (a.k.a. Kakushi Ken Oni no Tsume), another loving depiction of the bygone days of samurai heroism. Nagase Masatoshi (Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl, Pistol Opera) stars as a samurai, whose adherence to his code of honor is tested by the forces around him. It is mid-nineteenth century Japan, and the way of the samurai is fading, as Western influences and corruption are slowly taking hold in Japan.

Samurai Katagiri Munezo (Nagase Masatoshi) rescues a woman (Matsu Takako) who’s being abused in her married life, but as a silent romance blossoms between them, his corrupt superiors challenge his honor. When the clan orders Katagiri to kill a fellow samurai fallen to corruption, can this man of honor – who has never killed – complete his duty? Like in The Twilight Samurai, Yamada Yoji explores complex themes in his depiction of the simple, yet conflicted life of a man following the strictest moral code. Full of fascinating detail and sublime humanity, The Hidden Blade is a marvelously-realized film that represents the best of what current Japanese cinema has to offer.

Disc 1: Feature Presentation

  • The movie
  • Teasers
  • Trailer.
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  • Suspect X (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)

    Suspect X (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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    Starring popular actor/singer Fukuyama Masaharu and top actress Shibasaki Kou (Shaolin Girl), the hit 2007 Fuji TV detective drama Galileo inspired a big screen spin-off and a TV special in 2008, both of which arrived on October 4. The double dose proved to be a resounding success: the TV special Galileo – Episode Zero drew ratings of over 20%, and the film Suspect X topped the box office for four straight weeks to become the third highest-grossing Japanese film of the year.

    Directed by Nishitani Hiroshi (Star Reformer), Suspect X transplants the TV drama’s winning formula and the mind-twisting appeal of Higashino Keigo’s original story straight to the big screen. Eternal heartthrob Fukuyama Masaharu stars as charmingly nerdy genius physicist and professor Yukawa Manabu who uses his supreme intellect and reasoning to help headstrong detective Kaoru (Kou) solve mysterious cases. This time Yukawa meets his match in Ishigami Tetsuya (acclaimed actor Tsutsumi Shinichi, Always – Sunset on Third Street), a math genius and Yukawa’s former classmate who orchestrates the seemingly perfect murder cover-up. Can Yukawa unwrap the mystery, and bring his friend to justice?.
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    Mibu Gishi Den (When the Last Sword Is Drawn) (Japan Version – English Subtitles)

    Mibu Gishi Den (When the Last Sword Is Drawn) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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    Takita Yojiro’s excellent 2003 samurai epic takes place in Meiji-era Japan, when the few remaining samurai were forced to choose sides and fight for either the Emperor or the Tokugawa Shogunate (a time period familiar to American audiences from The Last Samurai, but explored with more complexity and nuance here). Nakai Kiichi stars as Yoshimura Kanichiro, a principled Bushido warrior whose difficult decisions and complicated path are skillfully revealed through flashback..
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    Lovely Complex (DVD) (Reduced Price) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)

    Lovely Complex (DVD) (Reduced Price) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
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    Selling over six million copies, Nakahara Aya’s wildly popular shojo manga Rabu*Kon makes its way to the silver screen with the eagerly anticipated release of the live-action feature film adaptation, Lovely Complex! Produced by Tohokushinsha and distributed by Shochiku, the film follows the plot of the comic book, which is currently serialized in Shueisha’s popular shojo manga compilation Bessatsu Margaret. In the film, twenty-three year old actress/model Fujisawa Ema stars as Koizumi Risa, a lanky, extremely tall high school girl who ends up meeting her exact opposite: a “vertically challenged” young man named Otani Atsushi, played by Koike Teppei from the boy idol duo WAT.

    The two mismatched youngsters find common ground in their respective height anxieties, and an attraction soon blossoms between them. Though their sizes are seemingly incompatible, the two kids find happiness together, especially in their obsession for the same peculiar interests – that is, until Atsushi’s ex-girlfriend re-enters the picture! Full of hilarious dialogue spoken in the regional Kansai dialect and featuring an appearance by Ryouta Yamasato and Shizuyo Yamasaki from the comedy duo Nankai Candies, Lovely Complex is one live action manga update that’s sure to tickle the audience’s funnybone!.
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    Retribution (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

    Retribution (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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    Japanese writer-director Kurosawa Kiyoshi made his international breakthrough in 1997 with the acclaimed psychological thriller Cure. Renowned for his horror titles, the director has a knack for getting under the skin and into the mind with deep, unsettling films that challenge the boundaries of the genre. A decade after Cure, Kurosawa teams up with producer Ichise Taka (Ring, Ju-On) and again actor Yakusho Koji, the star of Cure and 2003’s Doppelganger, for Sakebi (Retribution). Like Cure, Sakebi stars Yakusho as a weathered detective who begins to lose himself in a serial murder investigation, bringing up perplexing questions of self, memory, and the fragility and perils of the human mind. From there, Kurosawa takes the film to even more startling and disturbing places, soberly exploring the darkness that brings people together. Besides the classic pairing of Kurosawa and Yakusho, the film also features the remarkable supporting cast of Odagiri Joe (Yureru), Ihara Tsuyoshi (Letters from Iwo Jima), Konishi Manami (Udon), and Kase Ryo (Nice no Mori).

    Detective Yoshioka (Yakusho Koji) is in charge of a serial murder case, and in the course of investigation, he discovers his own fingerprints and personal effects at a murder scene. As more and more clues point to him, Yoshioka tries hard to make sense of the situation, but it’s as if a cloud hangs over his mind and pieces of his life are missing in darkness. His relationship with his longtime girlfriend Harue (Konishi Manami) feels empty and distant, and his partner Miyaji (Ihara Tsuyoshi) is starting to suspect him. Unsure if he can even trust himself, Yoshioka goes to police psychiatrist Takagi (Odagiri Joe) for help, but the therapy can’t seem to clear his mind of shadows and spectres. Is Yoshioka actually hunting himself?.
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    Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (1992) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)

    Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (1992) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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    Before hitting it big with the internationally successful Shall We Dance?, director Suo Masayuki helmed the multiple award-winning comedy, Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t, a film which tells the story of a ragtag group of losers who band together and take up the traditional Japanese sport of sumo but in this case, against their will! The plot revolves around a Sumo Wrestling Club at a Japanese university that just can’t seem to lure any new members. In the modern era, it seems that the youth of Japan would rather spend their time playing baseball or basketball than engage in an “outdated” sport like sumo. Desperate to reverse that trend, Professor Anayama (Akira Emoto) blackmails a graduating senior named Shuhei (Masahiro Motoki) into signing up for the team. Wanting to graduate, Shuhei agrees to the professor’s terms, and along with a group of misfits that includes a professional wrestler, an overweight outcast, and a British exchange student, the team begins training for an upcoming event. But after a devastating loss at the tournament, the once-resistant members choose to remain in the club and train seriously for the next competition. But can these losers do the impossible?

    Although certainly a crowd-pleaser, Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t isn’t your average comedy. Not only was the film named Best Picture at the Japanese Academy Awards, but its director, Suo Masayuki took home Best Director and Best Screenplay honors as well. But that’s not all; Masahiro Motoki and Naoto Takenaka won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. With multiple honors from the Blue Ribbon Awards, Hochi Film Awards, and Kinema Junpo Awards, Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t is a charming film about underdogs that’ll have you cheering all the way!.
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    DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 The Time Has Come (DVD)(Special Edition) (Japan Version)

    DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 The Time Has Come (DVD)(Special Edition) (Japan Version)
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    On December 31, 2013, Oshima Yuko announced her graduation from AKB48 on television, kicking off a turbulent year for Japan’s most popular idol group. Returning to the series for the third time, director Takahashi Eiki captures the girls’ path to choosing their new leader in The Time Has Come, the fourth feature-length AKB48 documentary. See the hard work the members put in on their path to the 2014 Senbatsu Elections and the difficult path they take to get the support of their fans in another enlightening behind-the-scenes look at AKB48.

    This edition comes with includes the director’s cut of television documentary DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 AtoZ 2014, stage events, music videos and trailers. It also comes with a photo card..
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    Snakes And Earrings (2008) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)

    Snakes And Earrings (2008) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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    Based on Kanehara Hitomi’s Akutagawa-winning novel, Snakes and Earrings (a.k.a. Hebi ni Piasu) jumps into the piercing world of body modification and youth degeneration. Up-and-coming actress Yoshitaka Yuriko (Noriko’s Dinner Table, Adrift in Tokyo) gives a brave performance as a young woman increasingly lost in pain and desolation opposite ARATA (Ping Pong) and Kora Kengo (M). Intense and unflinching in its portrayal of body mod and S&M, Snakes and Earrings is the first feature from legendary theater director Ninagawa Yukio, best known for his Shakespeare productions. Also look for appearances from Fujiwara Tatsuya (Death Note), Oguri Shun (Crows: Episode 0), and Karasawa Toshiaki (20th Century Boys).

    Looking for thrills, 19-year-old Lui (Yoshitaka Yuriko) moves in with her new boyfriend Ama (Kora Kengo), a pierced and tattooed guy she met at a nightclub. Through Ama, Lui meets sadistic tattoo artist and body piercer Shiba (ARATA), whom she strikes up a relationship with in exchange for body modifications. Floating between the two men, she finds herself falling into a downward spiral of violence, sadomasochism, and alcoholism..
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    Be My Slave (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

    Be My Slave (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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    Gravure model Dan Mitsu has been making headlines for her willingness to push the boundary of her sexy persona. Now, she makes her provocative feature film debut with Be My Slave, an edgy erotic drama based on a popular novel about the secret fetishes of urbanites. Dan Mitsu stars as Kana, a female employee at a publishing company who strikes up a sexual relationship with a younger co-worker (Mayama Akihiro). He soon discovers that Kana’s fetishes extend to sadomasochistic tendencies, involving a mysterious man only known as “Sensei” (Itao Itsuji). This discovery will push his relationship with Kana to a new, dangerous level that he may not be ready for..
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