forthcoming US DVDs

Lang Thompson wlt4
Fri Jun 9 20:34:07 EDT 2000

Black Tight Killer
ID: ID8964VFDVD - $24.99 - Not Rated
UPC: 014381896428 - 87 min. - 1966
Preorder: 7/18/00 - Image
Street: 8/15/00 - Comedy,Foreign
16X9 - 2.35:1 - Color - Japanese - Mono - Sub: English 
Akira Kobayashi, Chieko Matsubara - Dir:Yasuharu Hasebe 
Playgirl assassins a-go-go! A Mod/Pop Art sixties masterpiece masquerading
as a gangster/spy spoof, "Black Tight Killers" (Ore Ni Sawaru To Abunaize,
roughly "Don't Touch Me, I'm Dangerous") stars then-current matinee idol
and singing star Akira Kobayashi as a combat photographer trying to save
his stewardess girlfriend (Chieko Matsubara) from an alliance of American
mobsters and Japanese yakuza (gangsters). He's alternately helped and
hindered by a strange band of girl assassins who use razor-sharp 45 rpm
records as weapons and wads of bubblegum to blind pursuers. What he soon
discovers is that everyone is after a cache of gold hidden by Matsubara's
late father immediately after World War II. The first film from one of
Nikkatsu Studios' most talented late sixties directors, Yasuharu Hasebe,
"Black Tight Killers" shows a definite influence from Hasebe's mentor, the
iconoclastic and brilliant Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill, Tokyo Drifter). 
Production Info Liner Notes by Japanese Film Expert Chris D. - Trailer 

Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41
ID: ID8966VFDVD - $24.99 - Not Rated
UPC: 014381896626 - 89 min. - 1972
Preorder: 7/18/00 - Image
Street: 8/15/00 - Drama,Foreign
16X9 - 2.35:1 - Color - Japanese - Mono - Sub: English 
An absolutely phenomenal surrealist-cum-exploitation picture, "Female
Convict Scorpion--Jailhouse 41" is the second in a series of films about
Matsu (known to her fellow inmates as "Scorpion"), a diminutive but
volatile woman who is wrongly sent to prison by a betraying boyfriend.
Incredibly satisfying and spectacularly photographed, these women's prison
pictures feature an anti-heroine who is beautiful, strong, principled and
basically honorable and decent--especially when compared to everyone around
her. One of the truly genuine masterpieces of violent 1970s cinema, "Female
Convict Scorpion--Jailhouse 41" is, in its own way, as subversive as Donald
Cammell & Nicolas Roeg's "Performance," John Boorman's "Point Blank" and
Jean-Luc Godard's "Weekend." 
Trailer - Production Info Liner Notes by Japanese Film Expert Chris D. 

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