18 July 2024

Third Window Films To Release Tezuka’s Barbara

After the success of releasing Macoto Tezuka’s cult The Legend Of The Stardust Brothers, Third Window Films are set to release Barbara later this month on Dual Format.

The film made it’s world premiere at Fantasia Fest in 2020, the film is based Osamu Tezuka’s reimagining of The Tales of Hoffmann. A bizarre and erotic tale of famous Japanese novelist whose life is turned upside down thanks to a mysterious girl called ‘Barbara’…

One of Osamu Tezuka’s most adult and sexually-charged works, Barbara (1973-74) was originally serialized as a follow-up to Ayako (1972-73) in Big Comic from July 1973 to May 1974.

Barbara is an adult-orientated fantasy tale filled with love and the occult from Osamu Tezuka’s reimagining of “The Tales of Hoffmann”. Its story deals with the erotic and bizarre experiences of a famous novelist called Yosuke Mikura whose life is tossed upside down by a mysterious girl named “Barbara”.

The controversial story, dealing with various taboos such as forbidden love, mystery, art, Eros, scandal and occultism, was said to have been impossible to be cinematized at the time of its original publication, but was made into a live-action film for the 90th Anniversary of Osamu Tezuka’s birth by his son Macoto Tezka (The Legend of the Stardust Brothers) with award-winning cinematographer Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love) on camera and starring Japan’s hottest actors Fumi Nikaido (Himizu) and Goro Inagaki (13 Assassins).

• Behind the Scenes (30 mins)
• Interview with director Macoto Tezka (30 mins)
• Interview with cinematographer Christopher Doyle (12 mins)
• Interview with actor Goro Inagaki (15 mins)
• Interview with actress Fumi Nikaido (7 mins)
• Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending (6 mins)
• All Region DVD and Bluray

The cast includes Fumi Nikaido, Goro Inagaki, and Kiyohiko Shibukawa.

Tezuka’s Barbara will be released on Dual Format on DVD/BLURAY from 28th June. [You can Pre-Order From Arrow Video].

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