13 April 2024

Third Window Films Releasing 3 Films By Shinya Tsukamoto

I feel really bad I don’t promote this excellent indie UK based Asian Distributor, Third Window Films. Today they have been in touch with their upcoming release for cult Japanese filmmaker, Shinya Tsukamoto. On Blu-Ray only the will release ‘ 3 films by Shinya Tsukamoto‘.

The limited edition set includes the director’s latest release Killing which had it’s UK Premiere at 2019 Glasgow Film Festival. The 2005 film Haze and his pre-Tetsuo 8MM release The Adventures of Denchu Kozo. A nice slice  into with Tsukamoto is one of the much loved Japanese filmmakers around.

KILLING | 2018 | 80mins

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.


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.

  • Killing feature (80 min)
  • Audio Commentary by Tom Mes
  • Interview with Shinya Tsukamoto
  • Trailer
  • The Adventures of Denchu Kozo (45min)
  • Haze (48min)
  • Audio commentaries on both films by Tom Mes

3 films by Shinya Tsukamoto will be released on 27th April on Blu-ray and Digital Platforms by Third Window Films.

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