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March 5th, 2012, 8:44 am #1

pretty self-explanatory topic. Hopefully other contributors will join.

Be warned that this topic may be a little bit Japanese heavy in places simply because some of these films are not found in English language databases like IMDb...

Of course, none of these releases come with English subtitles. English subs are such a rarity on Japanese dvds that I will only mention it if subtitles are included.
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March 5th, 2012, 8:44 am #2

To give the thread a good start let's take a look what Toei has releases on DVD since 2011. These are my old posts from another board, so please forgive me incorrect time forms etc. ("will release" when the release is already out etc.). Every month Toei releases 2-3 catalogue titles on DVD, always remastered and anamorphic widescreen, but never with subs. The releases are themed, such as 3 films by a speciffic director or 3 films from a specific series. Years ago they used to release 4-6 titles every month but those glory days are over, sadly.

Note that a few months are missing, which is because
a) That month Toei released something too recent to be of interest
I just missed it because I was too lazy and the films didn't seem that interesting.
Feel free to help me out or ask questions...


Toei 2011

Toei January is a mystery theme (no, not mystery thrillers. I mean I don't know what the hell is the theme here

Naked Sun (Hadaka no taiyo) (裸の太陽) (1958)
Director: Miyoji Ieki
Cast: Shinjiro Ebara, Michiko Hoshi. Tatsuya Nakadai
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235450/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=762749

Lake of Tears (Umi no koto) (湖の琴) (1966)
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka
Cast: Yoshiko Sakuma, Katsuo Nakamura, Ganjiro Nakamura
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0324357/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=762750

Theater of Life (Jinsei gekijo) (人生劇場) (1983)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku, Sadao Nakajima and Junya Satô
Cast: Hiroki Matsukata, Hideo Murota, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Toshiro Mifune
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085757/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=762751




Toei February is a kick ass Sadao Nakajima month

Jeans Blues: No Future (Jinzu burusu: Asu naki furaiha) (ジーンズブルース 明日なき無頼派) (1974)
Director: Sadao Nakajima
Cast: Meiko Kaji, Tsunehiko Watase, Hideo Murota, Ryohei Uchida
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=762776
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322853/

Memoir of Japanese Assassins (Nihon ansatsu hiroku) (日本暗殺秘録) (1969)
Director: Sadao Nakajima
Cast: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Sonny Chiba, Bunta Sugawara, Ken Takakura, Junko Fuji, Koji Tsuruta, Tatsumi Hijikata, Asao Koike, Teruo Yoshida <-- HOLY SHIT, LOOK AT THE CAST
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=762775
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203739/

Kurutta yajû (狂った野獣) (1976)
Director: Sadao Nakajima
Cast: Tsunehiko Watase, Jun Hoshino, Hideo Murota
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0316143/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=762777




In March Toei will finally release Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (1974) and the two New Female Prisoner Scorpion films (1976-&1977). Zero Woman is already available from Discotek and HK Video, both somewhat flawed releases, and the New Female Prisoners can be found in Pathe's Sasori box set, but those are NTSC to PAL conversions.

Both New Female Prisoners are good films, though, especially the first one which is kinda standard genre film (in a good way) until the amazing ending. It's a loose remake of the original Meiko Kaji movie but not to the extent that you'd feel like watching the same movie again. The second film features an entirely new storyline. Both films feature strong cast with the edge going for the second film in which the evil warden is played by none other than Toei's No. 1 karate villain Masashi Ishibashi. Sasori is portrayed in these films by Yumi Takigawa and Yoko Natsuki respectively.

Toei is typically strong when it comes to colors and contrast, but sharpness (or the lack of it) has been their problem in the recent years. If they get these discs right, they could all be worthy upgrades.

Zero Woman: Red Hadcuffs (0課の女 赤い手錠) (1974)
Director: Yukio Noda
Cast: Miki Sugimoto, Hideo Murota, Tetsuro Tamba, Yoko Mihara
http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=767895

New Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701 (Shin joshuu sasori: 701-go) (新女囚さそり 701号) (1976)
Director: Yutaka Kohira
Cast: Yumi Takigawa, Rinichi Yamamoto, Bunjaku Han
http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=767896

New Female Prisoner Scorpion: Tokushu-bo X (Shin joshuu sasori: Tokushu-bo X) (新・女囚さそり 特殊房X) (1977)
Director: Yutaka Kohira
Cast: Yoko Natsuki, Masashi Ishibashi, Hiroshi Tachi, Takeo Chii
http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=767897








In April Toei will release three Junya Sato films

The Drifting Avenger (Koya no toseinin) (荒野の渡世人) (1968)
Director: Junya Sato
Cast: Ken Takakura, Ken Goodlet, Judith Roberts, Kevin Cooney
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0130639/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=769046
- http://www.weirdwildrealm.com/f-driftingavenger.html
- http://www2u.biglobe.ne.jp/~kazu60/wwase1/toseigun.htm
- http://artoflife.cocolog-nifty.com/blog ... -b48d.html

Boryokudan sai buso (暴力団再武装) (1971)
Director: Junya Sato
Cast: Koji Tsuruta, Tomistaburo Wakayama, Tetsuro Tanba, Tsunehiko Watase
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0224676/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=769047

Chounouryoku-sha - Michi eno tabibito (超能力者 未知への旅人) (1994)
Director: Junya Sato
Cast: Tomokazu Miura, Mieko Harada, Tetsuro Tanba, Renji Ishibashi
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=769048
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0225388/

The Drifting Avenger



Toei July is a pinky violence month

やさぐれ姐御伝 総括リンチ (Yasagure anego den: sōkatsu rinchi) (Female Yakuza Tale) (1973)
Director: Teruo Ishii
Cast: Reiko Ike, Meika Seri, Emi Jo, Ryohei Uchida, Tooru Abe

前科おんな 殺し節 (Zenka onna: koroshi-bushi) (Criminal Woman: Killing Melody) (1973)
Director: Atsushi Mihori
Cast: Reiko Ike, Miki Sugimoto, Yumiko Katayama, Shinzo Hotta, Takeo Chii



Note that the release of Bankaku rock was cancelled. I suspect there were issues with soundtrack copyrights.


Toei August is a Shunya Ito month

Hana ichimonme (花いちもんめ) (1985)
Cast: Yukiyo Toake, Minoru Chiaki, Teruhiko Saigo
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0202892/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=784398

Hanazono no meikyu (花園の迷宮) (1988)
Cast: Youki Kudoh, Yûya Uchida, Yoko Shimada
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0154756/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=784399

Pride: Unmei no toki (プライド 運命の瞬間) (1998)
Cast: Masahiko Tsugawa, Scott Wilson, Eiji Okuda
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162563/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=784400




Toei September is a Sadao Nakajima month

Bakamasa horamasa toppamasa (バカ政ホラ政トッパ政) (1976)
Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Mitsuko Baisho, Casey Takamine
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=790336
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144092/

Saraba, wagatomo: Jitsuroku ô-mono shikeishûtachi (さらば、わが友 実録大物死刑囚たち) (1980)
Cast: Kinya Aikawa, Tsutomu Isobe, Hideo Murota
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=790337
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0360955/

Seburi monogatari (瀬降り物語) (1985)
Cast: Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Yumiko Fujita, Hideo Murota
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=790338
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124113/




In October Toei will release the two Wandering Ginza Butterly films, already out on DVD in the US by Synapse. I wonder if their sales are hurt by imports by now. I've actually seen Synapse's (Toei film) dvds on sale in HMV in Japan. Horrors of Malformed Men was there at least, something else too but can't remember what...


Toei November is a Dirty Nakajima month. The first two are listed as documentary films!

Nippon '69 sekkusu ryoki chitai (にっぽん'69 セックス猟奇地帯) (1969)
Director: Sadao Nakajima

Sex Document: sei tousaku no seikai (セックスドキュメント 性倒錯の世界)
Director: Sadao Nakajima

Kyoi no dokumento: Nippon yokujo monogatari (Pilgrimage to Japanese Baths) (驚異のドキュメント 日本浴場物語) (1971)
Director: Sadao Nakajima
Cast: Ichiro Araki



Toei December releases

首領(ドン)になった男 (Don ni natta otoko) (1991)
Dir. Yasuo Furuhata
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=801709
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0349363/

修羅の伝説 (Shura no densetsu) (1992)
Dir. Seiji Izumi
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=801710
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1846734/

極東黒社会 DRUG CONNECTION (Kyokutô kuroshakai) (1993)
Dir. Shokaku Baba
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=801711
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0204442/

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March 5th, 2012, 9:40 am #3

Toei 2012 so far...

Toei January
This month I originally skipped... so let me give you just a very brief summary. Tatsumi Kumashiro horror + three 80's and 90's drama films by other directors.

霧の子午線 (1996)
- http://www.toei-video.co.jp/data/hs/vca ... 03458.html

東雲楼 女の乱 (1994)
- http://www.toei-video.co.jp/data/hs/vca ... 03456.html

生きてるうちが花なのよ 死んだらそれまでよ党宣言 (1985)
- http://www.toei-video.co.jp/data/hs/vca ... 08045.html

地獄 (Jigoku) (The Inferno) (1979)
Dir: Tatsumi Kumashiro
Cast: Mieko Harada, Kunie Tanaka, Renji Ishibashi
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=86071
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0202931/




This is gonna make someone seriously happy.

In February Toei will be releasing four films by Yuji Makiguchi

戦後猟奇犯罪史 (Sengo Ryôki Hanzaishi) (Bizarre Crimes of Post-War Japan) (1976)
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=807185

徳川女刑罰絵巻 牛裂きの刑 (Tokugawa onna keibatsu-emaki: Ushi-zaki no kei) (Shogun's Sadism) (1976)
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=807186

毒婦お伝と首切り浅 (Dokufu Oden to Hitokiri Asa) (Decapitation of an Evil Woman) (1977)
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=807187

女獄門帖 引き裂かれた尼僧 (Onna gokumon chou: hikisakareta nisou) (Torn Priestess) (1977)
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=807188






Toei March

白昼の死角 (Hakuchyu no shikaku) (1979)
Dir: Tooru Murakawa
Cast: Isao Natsuyagi, Sonny Chiba, Tetsuro Tamba, Mikio Narita
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079262/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=146675

悪魔が来りて笛を吹く (Akuma ga kitarite fue o fuku) (1979)
Dir: Kosei Saito
Cast: Toshiyuki Nishida, Isao Natsuyagi, Tatsuo Umemiya
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0224596/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=810931




Toei has announced two yakuza movies for April

女渡世人 (Onna toseinin) (1971)
Dir: Shigero Ozawa
Cast: Junko Fuji, Koji Tsuruta
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0403382/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=814404

女渡世人 おたの申します (Onna toseinin: o tanomu shimasu) (1971)
Dir: Kosaku Yamashita
Cast: Junko Fuji, Bunta Sugawara
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0978681/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=814405

.........

Toei May is a Makoto Naito month

男組 (Otoko gumi) (1975)
Director: Makoto Naito
Cast: Masato Hoshi, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Hideo Murota

ビューティ・ペア 真赤な青春 (1977)
Director: Makoto Naito
Cast: Jackie Sato, Maki Ueda
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=818017

十代 恵子の場合(1979)
Director: Makoto Naito
Cast: Aiko Morishita, Yoichi Miura
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=146615



Great to see more Aiko Morishita coming to dvd. She was a great beauty.

Here's a fansite:
http://miwako-f.web.infoseek.co.jp/actr ... ishita.htm


In June Toei will release the first three (of the five) Nihon jokyo-den film. Nihon jokyo-den was a sort of sister series for Nihon kyokaku-den.

日本女侠伝 侠客芸者 (Nihon jokyo-den: kyokaku geisha) (Samurai Geisha) (1969)
Director: Kosaku Yamashita
Cast: Junko Fuji, Ken Takakura, Tomisaburo Wakayama
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064731/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=822442

日本女侠伝 真赤な度胸花 (Nihon jokyo-den: makka na dokyo-bana) (Brave Red Flower of the North) (1970)
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
Cast: Junko Fuji, Ken Takakura, Bin Amatsu
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066148/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=822443

(日本女侠伝 鉄火芸者) (Nihon jokyo-den: tekka geisha) (Flint Geisha) (1970)
Director: Kosaku Yamashita
Cast: Junko Fuji, Bunta Sugawara
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=822444
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063353/



Toei July

暗黒街最後の日 (Ankoku-gai saigo no hi) (Hell's Kitchen) (1962)
Dir: Umetsugu Inoue
Cast: Ken Takakura, Tetsuro Tamba, Tatsuo Umemiya, Hideo Murota
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=829358
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055752/

暗黒街最大の決斗 (Ankokugai saidai no kettou) (1963)
Dir: Umetsugu Inoue
Cast: Koji Tsurata, Ken Takakura, Tatsuo Umemiya
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=829359
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0228017/

暗黒街大通り (Ankokugai odori) (1964)
Dir: Umetsugu Inoue
Cast: Ken Takakura, Tatsuo Umemiya
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=829360
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0228016/

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March 5th, 2012, 10:01 am #4

Toho also released some interesting 1970's action films on dvd in 2011

March 18th

Yaju gari (野獣狩り) (1973)
Director: Eizo Sugawa
Cast: Junzaburou Ban, Hiroshi Fujioka, Yumi Nagasama
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=144554
- http://fab4.at.webry.info/200804/article_2.html

Ogon no paatonaa (黄金のパートナー) (1979)
Director: Kiyoshi Nishimura
Cast: Tomokaz Miura, Tatsuya Fuji, Misako Konno
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=146689
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196809/



Toho's official sub-sites for the releases:
http://www.toho-a-park.com/newaction/ya ... index.html
http://www.toho-a-park.com/newaction/ougon/index.html



Yaju gari was previously featured on one of Hotwax's soundtrack collections, 野獣死すべし-復讐のメカニック、野獣狩り.



April 22nd

Gokiburi deka (ゴキブリ刑事) (1973)
Director: Tsugunobu Kotani
Cast: Tetsuya Watari, Takeo Chii, Eiji Go, Mariko Kaga
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322432/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=144385
- http://www.h3.dion.ne.jp/~viva_42/gokiburi.html

Za gokiburi (ザ・ゴキブリ) (1973)
Director: Tsugunobu Kotani
Cast: Tetsuya Watari, Tetsuro Tanba, Michiko Honda
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0324645/
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=144573



Toho's official sub-sites for these releases:
http://www.toho-a-park.com/newaction/deka/index.html
http://www.toho-a-park.com/newaction/go ... index.html



Toho's New Action DVD series subsite:
http://www.toho-a-park.com/newaction/index.html
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March 5th, 2012, 10:06 am #5

Nikkatsu is celebrating their 100th birthday, which means a lot of dvd releases

To celebrate Nikkatsu's 100th anniversary, there will be affordably priced (1,890 yen) HD Remastered editions of various Nikkatsu films. Some of them are re-releases, while other are making their DVD debut. Announced so far:

2011/10/04
Juvelile Jungle (狂った果実) (1956)
The Burmese Harp (ビルマの竪琴) (1956)
The Left Hand of Jiro (赤い波止場) (1958)
The Tokyo Night Guy (東京の暴れん坊) (1960)
Danger Paws (危いことなら銭になる) (1962)
Love Comes with Youth (伊豆の踊子) (1963)
Gazing at Love and Death (愛と死をみつめて) (1964)
Only on Mondays (月曜日のユカ) (1964)
The Black Gambler (黒い賭博師) (1965)
Branded to Kill (殺しの烙印) (1967)

2011/11/02
Season of the Sun (太陽の季節) (1956)
Suzaki Paradise Red Light (洲崎パラダイス 赤信号) (1956)
The Stormy Man (嵐を呼ぶ男) (1957)
The Rambling Guitarist (ギターを持った渡り鳥) (1959)
A Killer without a Grave (紅の拳銃) (1961)
I Hate but Love (憎いあンちくしょう) (1962)
Behind the Green Hills (青い山脈) (1963)
Youth of the Beast (野獣の青春) (1963)
Monument to the Girl's Corps (あゝひめゆりの塔) (1968)
Wet Sand in August (八月の濡れた砂) (1971)





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Chusei Sone's Â!! Hana no ôendan films coming to R2J on 2012/02/02. Available separately and in a box set.

嗚呼!! 花の応援団 (Â!! Hana no ôendan) (1976)
嗚呼!! 花の応援団 役者やのォー (Â!! Hana no ôendan: Yakusha yanô) (1976)
嗚呼!! 花の応援団 男涙の親衛隊 (Â!! Hana no ôendan: Otoko namida no shin'eitai) (1977)


The films are based on manga by Dôkuman, and were produced by Nikkatsu. Nikkatsu also had some non-pink productions in the 1970's... some say it was partly so that they could prevent their best directors like Sone (who clearly had talent much beyond pink films) leaving the studio. Screenwriter Yôzô Tanaka is quite well known, too... he went from Nikkatsu pink to Toei Yusaku Matsuda films and eventually to Shinji Somai classics in the 80's... his work is a bit uneven, though. Nikkatsu star Junko Miyashita appears in all three films.



- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=810414
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=810415
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=810416
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=810417

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Two Toshiya Fujita films coming 2012/02/02. These were also produced by Nikkatsu.

赤ちょうちん (Aka chôchin) (1974)
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=810413

もっとしなやかに もっとしたたかに (Motto shinayaka ni, motto shitataka ni) (1979)
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=810412




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April 3, 2012

GIRL'S JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: BAD HABIT (女子学園 悪い遊び) (1970)
Director: Ezaki Mio
Cast: Junko Natsu, Rumi Goto.

GIRL'S JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: TROUBLE AT GRADUATION (女子学園 ヤバい卒業) (1970)
Director: Yukihiro Sawada
Cast: Junko Natsu, Ruoko Ikedo

GIRL'S JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: TOO YOUNG TO PLAY LIKE THIS (女子学園 おとなの遊び) (1971)
Director: Akira Kato
Cast: Junko Natsu, Rumi Goto





The DVD's come with
- 4 page booklet
- Trailer
- "Junko Natsu Special in View" (Japangrish) (夏純子スペシャルインビュー(音声とスチール写真)) (stills with audio)

Also available in a box set with
- 24 page photobook

- http://www.happinetonline.com/NASApp/mn ... 7953047471
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=818038

Here's Nikkatsu's site for the Girl's Junior High School dvds:
http://www.nikkatsu.com/package/100clas ... oshigakuen


The same day also sees the low priced (2,267 / 2,380) re-releases of the Stray Cat Rock films, so if someone hasn't picked them up yet, or somehow ended up with bootlegs, here's an opportunity to redeem yourself.

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March 5th, 2012, 11:10 pm #6

It's a real shame that these don't have English subs. I'd buy some of 'em! Thanks for the info, though. Very interesting.
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March 6th, 2012, 3:38 am #7

What was wrong with the Discotek release of ZERO WOMAN?
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March 6th, 2012, 9:28 pm #8

John K wrote:What was wrong with the Discotek release of ZERO WOMAN?
Discotek (which I tried once) and HK Video (which I own) are essentially opposites of each other... whenever one looks great, the other looks much less so... and the other way round.

In some scenes HK Video looks much more natural and colorful than the Discotek...

HK Video


Discotek


HK Video


Discotek


... but in many others it suffers from the typical HK Video look... very sick skintones (varying between gray and purple) and unnatural looking image. Discotek looks much more pleasing here.

HK Video


Discotek


HK Video


Discotek


... but then, Discotek looks over-saturated in places...

HK Video


Discotek


Overall, I'd say Discotek has the superior image most of the time, however, HK Video has better, punchier audio, which makes it the winner in my books. The difference is not huge, though - if you've got the Discotek, it's probably not worth getting the HK Video.

The HK Video release is available in the Coffret Femmes Fatales box set with Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion. The set includes two digipacks and a 16 page booklet. The transfer for Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion, suffering from many of the same problems as Zero Woman, is clearly inferior to the R1 Media Blasters or R2J Toei releases.



Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion




Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs








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John K
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March 7th, 2012, 4:20 am #9

Wow, very detailed reply! Thank you!

I don't have either, but the Discotek will probably do if I ever do pick it up, since I'd rather avoid the hassle and expense of the import.
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April 10th, 2012, 2:48 pm #10

Toei August is a Ken Takakura month

ごろつき無宿 (Gorotsuki mushuku) (1971)
Dir: Yasuo Furuhata
Cast: Ken Takakura
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=833459

International Gangs of Kobe (神戸国際ギャング) (1975)
Dir: Noboru Tanaka
Cast: Ken Takakura, Bunta Sugawara
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=833461

Nihon ninkyo-do: gekitotsu-hen (日本任侠道 激突篇) (1975)
Dir: Kousaku Yamashita
Cast: Ken Takakura
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=833460

Nihon ninkyo-do: gekitotsu-hen and International Gangs of Kobe posters


International Gangs of Kobe VHS



Toei September is a Yasuaki Kurata month

Which is Stronger: Karate or the Tiger (武闘拳 猛虎激殺!) (1976)

I've actually seen this mofo on 35mm! And no, this is not Dragon Princess although some websites make the mistake, but a Yasuaki Kurata karate film in which he fights a tiger! Directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Street Fighter) and of course co-starring Masashi Ishibashi in a villain role!



Also coming the same day is another Kurata movie: Bloodfight (ファイナル・ファイト 最後の一撃) (1989)



(+ a 2003 film called 黄龍 イエロードラゴン in case someone is interested)


Toei June Low Priced Batch was also announced:
http://www.toei-video.co.jp/priceoff12th/index.html

(twice a year Toei re-issues some of their old releases for a special price for limited time... a good chance to pick up Toei discs that you missed before)

All kinds of cool stuff (that you probably already own some of), like



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