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Toshiaki Toyoda: The Early Years on Limited Edition Blu-ray in December

16 November 2016

Third Window Films have announced the Limited Edition Blu-ray release (2,000 copies only) of Toshiaki Toyoda: The Early Years, which contains three cult early works from award-winning Japanese director Toshiaki Toyoda, creator of Hanging Garden, Blue Spring and Crows Explode. The set includes Pornostar, Unchain and 9 Souls and will be released in the UK on 26th December at the RRP of £29.99. This will mark the first Blu-ray release of any of these films anywhere in the world.

Toshiaki Toyoda: The Early Years Blu-ray cover

Pornstar [Poruno sutâ ] (1998)

A young man gets off the train in the morning and wanders the business districts aimlessly. He runs across some yakuza gangsters, whom he despises, and goes on a killing spree, but soon becomes involved with a subordinate gang.

Special features:

  • New audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes

  • New interview with Toshiaki Toyoda

  • Original Japanese trailer

Unchain (2000)

Documentary on the Japanese boxer Unchain Kaji, who retired from the ring at the age of 30 with an eye injury and a losing record. His attempt at starting a new life as a civilian sees him face even more adversity than his time in the ring.

Special features:

  • Unchain Kaji sings “Impudent Man”

  • Music Video

  • Original Japanese trailer.

  • Marketing materials

9 Souls [Nain souruzu] (2003)

Nine convicts escape from prison; most are convicted murders. Their plan is to find a stash of counterfeit money that a deranged cell mate told them about, divide it, then part ways. Though one by one, each seeks out the place he wants to be, a version of home, somewhere to connect. Will it end well for any of them?

SPecial features:

New audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp



Original Japanese trailer