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Classic Japanese films on DVD; a brief selection in no order

Mr. M. Finch
 
Battle Royale - Two Disc Special Tin Edition [2001] [DVD]
Battle Royale - Two Disc Special Tin Edition [2001] [DVD]
"Highly original Japanese schlock-fest as school kids are forced to kill each other or be killed themselves. This excellent edition features the Director's Cut as well as a variety of special features"
The Happiness Of The Katakuris [2003] [DVD]
The Happiness Of The Katakuris [2003] [DVD]
"Hilarious tale of a family forced to desperate measures when all their guests at their hotel keep dying! And guess what...? It's a musical! Only Takeshi Miike could make a film like this..."
Sword of Vengeance [DVD]
Sword of Vengeance [DVD]
"Fantastic samurai epic, very bloody and violent (if you like that sort of thing) and featuring the coolest pram in motion picture history. The first in the superb Lone Wolf and Cub series of films."
Seven Samurai [DVD] [1954]
Seven Samurai [DVD] [1954]
"Probably one of the greatest movies ever made, Akira Kurosawa's epic is here presented in its full-length version."
Audition [DVD] [2001]
Audition [DVD] [2001]
"Takeshi Miike does it again, only this time the comedy is gone. A very eerie, creepy movie, building up to a truly shocking (and unforgettable) climax."
Akira [DVD]
Akira [DVD]
"Japanese anime at its best, presented here in a newly mastered print with options of original Japanese language or slighlty improved (compared to the original dub) 5.1 english language."
Yojimbo [1961] [DVD]
Yojimbo [1961] [DVD]
"Superb film, but the DVD transfer doesn't do it justice. The sequel, Sanjuro, is a great film too."
Ichi The Killer [DVD] [2003]
Ichi The Killer [DVD] [2003]
"Once again, Takeshi Miike proves that he is one of the most original film-makers of our time. The DVD transfer is superb, as are the special features, BUT this R2 disc has been cut by the BBFC!"
Tetsuo - The Iron Man [DVD] [1989]
Tetsuo - The Iron Man [DVD] [1989]
"Disturbing yet original 60 minute film. The fact that it was shot on 16mm black and white film only adds to the surrealality of the whole thing."
Sonatine [1993] [DVD]
Sonatine [1993] [DVD]
"One of the most beautiful yakuza films, EVER. Takeshi Kitano excels himself, not only as a director, but as an actor too."
Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998]
Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998]
"Even more beautiful than Sonatine, Takeshi Kitano proves once again that when it comes to movies about redemption, he is a master. The ending is one of the most poetic climaxes in cinema history."
Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000]
Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000]
"One of the scariest films I have ever seen, (I saw it about three years ago and I still can't turn my back on a television!), this was recently remade in the US as the inferior The Ring."
Dark Water [2003] [DVD]
Dark Water [2003] [DVD]
"The team that made Ring made this, and it's ever scarier! I saw this at the cinema and I was absolutely petrified; my legs were shaking when I left the auditorium!"
Ring 2 [1998] [DVD]
Ring 2 [1998] [DVD]
"Although the feeling of dread isn't nearly as potent as the first one, this sequel still manages to deliver the chills. Ring 0, a prequel to this and Ring, isn't bad either."
Hidden Fortress [1958] [DVD]
Hidden Fortress [1958] [DVD]
"The film that inspired George Lucas' Star Wars, this is comic samuari action at its best, with another scenery-chewing performance from Kurosawa favourite, Toshiro Mifune."