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Tsukamoto Shinya trilogy on Blu-ray from Third Window in April

25 March 2020

Third Window Films has announced the Blu-ray only release of three films by visionary filmmaker Tsukamoto Shinya (Tetsuo, Bullet Ballet, Tokyo Fist, Kotoko) in a 2-disc set to be released on 27 April 2020 at the RRP of £24.99 containing his most recent film Killing, 2005's Haze and his 8mm pre-Tetsuo film Adventures of Denchu Kozo.

Tsukamoto trilogy: Haze, Killing & The Adventures of Denchu-Kozo Blu-ray cover art

KILLING [ZAN] (2018 - 80 minutes)
In exchange for board and lodging, lightning-fast samurai Mokunoshi is helping out in the everyday lives of a couple of local farmers. To keep in shape, he trains with bright farmer’s son Ichisuke, while sister Yu furtively watches them. When the ronin Sawamura (played by director Tsukamoto) suddenly appears, asking Mokunoshi to go on a mission in Edo, and at the same time a bunch of bandits are lurking on the edge of the village, the peaceful existence of the three comes under threat.

Official Selection: Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Rotterdam, Busan, Karlovy Vary, Sitges, Glasgow.

HAZE (2005 - 48 mins)
A man awakes to find himself trapped in a dirty, confined crawlspace. He barely has enough room to move. He also has no memory of why he’s there, or why he’s bleeding from a stomach wound. Apparently drugged, he occasionally ‘zones out’ of his surroundings as he tries to edge towards his way to freedom. But the more he explores, the more pain he has to endure, and the more frightening his predicament becomes.

ADVENTURE OF DENCHU-KOZO [DENCHÛ KOZÔ NO BÔKEN] (1988 - 45 mins)
Hikari is a boy who is bullied at school because he has an electricity pole growing out of his back. One of his classmates named Momo comes to his rescue and he thanks her by sharing his secret possession with her: a time machine. Activating the time machine transports him 25 years into a dark, dystopian, world of the future. There he encounters members of the Shinsengumi Vampire Gang who are hunting a woman named Dr. Sariba who is revealed to be Momo’s future self. He and he alone must save the world

Blu-ray Disc 1:

  • Killing feature (80 min)
  • Audio Commentary by Tom Mes
  • Interview with Shinya Tsukamoto
  • Trailer

Blu-ray Disc 2:

  • The Adventures of Denchu Kozo (45min)
  • Haze (48min)
  • Audio commentaries on both films by Tom Mes
  • Limited to 1,000 copies

Here's a trailer for Killing: