Directors Company - The New Third Window Films Collection
Part of the ‘Director’s Company Collection’ from Third Window Films – a series of films from the legendary 1980s Japanese production company, all presented with brand new digital restorations and in collector packaging with inserts on the company by historian Jasper Sharp.
A brand new 4K restoration of some of Japan’s greatest films!
Shinji Somai’s beloved cult film Typhoon Club (1985) is widely heralded as the director’s seminal feature and considered to be one of the greatest Japanese films ever made.
Offering a caustic immersion into the lives of disaffected junior high students on the cusp of adulthood, Typhoon Club features a lively cast of young talent including idol Youki Kudoh (The Crazy Family, Mystery Train) facing existential intrigues, budding sexuality, and rising social tensions in the days leading up to a typhoon’s arrival. Stranded in their schoolhouse as the storm settles in, the group undergoes an awakening as they dispel all insecurities, fear and desire under the swell of the tempest.
The first Japanese ‘Giallo’ slasher film!
Yasuko lives in a high-rise apartment in the city with her husband and her son. Being nervous about prank calls and salesmen's solicitations, she slams the door on a salesman's finger when he tried to forcibly insert a pamphlet through her door chain. This leads him to start harassing her, starting off with obscene letters written on her door then steadily escalating to full on stalking, building up to an unbelievable last 20 minutes of chaos!
The Guard from Underground
Before becoming one of Japan’s most well-known horror directors through films like Cure, Pulse and Creepy, Kiyoshi Kurosawa started off his career in horror with 1992’s The Guard from Underground, the final film of the ‘Director’s Company’.Kiyoshi Kurosawa here fashions a dark tale that is both a sharp satire of corporate life and a B-movie thriller. A former sumo wrestler now working as a security guard goes on a murderous rampage in the company that’s employed him.