From Kurosawa To Kitano And More
Key highlights this September on the essential, alternative streaming service Arrow include a fantastic season of films from the legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, including influential classics Rashomon and The Hidden Fortress, cult 80s horror chills, a trio of violent Japanese crime thrillers from the brilliant Takeshi Kitano, a season of mutant movies, Full Moon freak-outs, and much more…
In September ARROW are showing a collection of films from the titan of Japanese cinema, AKIRA KUROSAWA, including the influential and unique whodunnit Rashomon, the oft-imitated epic Seven Samurai (remade in Hollywood as The Magnificent Seven), and his brilliantly intense take on Macbeth, Throne of Blood. The films of the Oscar and BAFTA-winning director, who is considered by many to be one of the greatest of all time, are evocative, gripping, often breathtaking, and essential for anyone with a serious interest in cinema.
September also sees a trio of films from comedian-turned-tough guy auteur, TAKESHI KITANO: VIOLENT COP, BOILING POINT and SONATINE, in which the master of Yakuza mayhem can be relied upon to deliver visceral thrills, brutal violence, relentless gunplay and torn loyalties leading to bloody revenge. Be warned – Kitano’s oeuvre is not for the faint of heart!
ARROW are delighted to present the atmospheric masked maniac chiller TOURIST TRAP, starring Chuck Connors (Soylent Green) and Tanya Roberts (Sheena), a horror film favourite of no lesser an authority than writer Stephen King. It’s a ghoulishly good time set in a deserted wax museum, where young travellers are lured to their doom!
Seasons in August include MUTANTS!, a curated collection of films featuring the abnormal and deformed with titles including Head of the Family, Hideous, Mutant War and Trapped Alive; Deutsche Horrorfilme, a selection of Teutonic cult classics to help you celebrate Oktoberfest this September, including Sleep, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, and The Golem; and Judgement Day, a catalogue of thrills and horrors with a religious bent that will have you praising all the crazy cult filmmakers who have blessed us with a bounty of bizarre and brilliant takes on faith on film, including The Righteous, Children of the Corn, The Day of the Beast, and the fascinating Hell On Earth: The Desecration and Resurrection of Ken Russell’s The Devils.
ALSO SHOWING: Epic Japanese crime drama A FUGITIVE FROM THE PAST; a definitive documentary on TOSHIRO MIFUNE; gothic chills in THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM with genre superstar Lance Henriken; sci-fi thrills in B-movie stand-outs CREEPOZOIDS and LASERBLAST, and much more…
New Titles – From September 2
The Hidden Fortress
Throne of Blood
Mifune: The Last Samurai
Head of the Family
New Titles – From September 9
New Titles – From September 16
The Pit and the Pendulum
New Titles – From September 26
A Fugitive From the Past
New Titles – From September 30
New Seasons this September:
From September 2: MUTANTS!
Foul abominations alarming to the eyes of men, women and children, MUTANTS! is a curated collection of films featuring the abnormal and deformed – terrifying freaks of nature that only live to kill or maim mankind.
Featuring a menacing menagerie of deformed deviations that will cause you to point and scream “MUTANTS!” whenever one should lurch onto your screen, prepare yourselves for frightening and freakish films featuring the likes of a biological entity rallying an angry, oozing army; a hideous humongous head atop a tiny body manipulating its family of fellow weirdos; Scream Queen Linnea Quigley locked inside a research facility with giant rats, mutants and a monster baby in the far-flung future of 1990, and far, far worse…
Titles include: Head of the Family, Hideous, Mutant War, Trapped Alive, Creepozoids
From September 9: The Kurosawa Collection
Akira Kurosawa was nicknamed ‘The Emperor’ with good reason. Not only was Kurosawa a titan of Japanese cinema, but his films also had an enormous influence on Western filmmakers and have had an indelible impact on Western cinema to this day.
ARROW proudly presents The Kurosawa Collection, a season of Kurosawa’s archetypal samurai films, such as his international breakthrough, Rashomon, the absolute epic, Seven Samurai, his interpretation of Macbeth, Throne of Blood, and even a pair of samurai comedies: Yojimbo and Sanjuro.
With The Kurosawa Collection not only will you receive a masterclass from a one-of-a-kind movie-making auteur but you will see how Seven Samurai begets The Magnificent Seven, Yojimbo’s influence on A Fist Full of Dollars, how Pulp Fiction and The Usual Suspects owe a debt to Rashomon, and that Star Wars took inspiration from more than just the wipe transitions in The Hidden Fortress.
As well as this half-dozen absolute masterpieces from the director voted the sixth greatest of all time by Entertainment Weekly and Empire, there is also the documentary, Mifune: The Last Samurai, detailing the life of Kurosawa’s frequent leading man, Toshirô Mifune.
Titles include: Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, The Hidden Fortress
From September 16: Deutsche Horrorfilme
Grüß Gott! And wilkommen to Deutsche Horrorfilme a curated collection of Teutonic cult classics to help you celebrate Oktoberfest this September. So, don your dirndl and lace up your lederhosen as we delve into a selection of German geschichten direct from Deutschland that will chill and thrill you just as much as an ice-cold stein of alpine pils. Prost!
Titles include: Sleep, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The Golem, Hagazussa
From September 30: Judgement Day
Welcome, sinner. Pull up a pew and prepare yourself for a curated collection of Cult films that all have one thing in common: judgement is coming.
You know very well what you’ve done wrong and, as you’re about to see, courtesy of the Judgement Day collection, if you’ve done wrong then you will get your comeuppance. And being ARROW, when uppance does come, it’s swift and decisive, but also bloody and brutal. And a heck of a lot of fun! Ahem.
The church of ARROW is now in session and our good book is a digital catalogue of thrills and horrors with a religious bent that will have you praising all the crazy Cult filmmakers who have blessed us with a bounty of bizarre and brilliant takes on faith on film that will leave you praying for more.
Titles include: The Righteous, Children of the Corn, The Day of the Beast, Dream No Evil, Hell On Earth: The Desecration and Resurrection of Ken Russell’s The Devils
SEPTEMBER TITLES – IN DEPTH
SEPTEMBER 2: SEVEN SAMURAI
A samurai answers a village’s request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with
Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, RASHOMON is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature a
A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon and
THE HIDDEN FORTRESS
Japanese peasants Matashichi and Tahei try and fail to make a profit from a tribal war. They find a man and woman whom they believe are simple tribe members hiding in a fortress. Although the peasants don’t know that Rokurota is a general and Yuki is a pri
Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa’s tightly paced, beautifully composed SANJURO. In this companion piece and sequel to YOJIMBO, jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan
THRONE OF BLOOD
Returning to their lord’s castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit’s prophecy comes true, Washizu’s scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit’
MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI
Nearly 20 years after his death and in the run-up to his centenary, Toshiro Mifune remains a true giant of Japanese cinema.
Dr. Lorca, an eccentric collector of biological oddities, has just acquired his greatest specimen; a horrible mutant born of noxious waste… but the creature’s rightful owner wants it back. The collector’s clash is cut short though, as the sickening specimen comes to life, re-animating an angry, oozing little army of ferocious freaks.
HEAD OF THE FAMILY
Join the huge-headed Myron Stackpool and his creepy clan for some frightening fun. Myron The “head” of the family is literally that – a giant head on a tiny body, who mentally controls the rest of his weird family including the seductive ‘Ernestina’, the behemoth ‘Otis’ and the stealthy ‘Wheeler’. The Stackpool family have been doing some freaky experiments in the bowels of their basement and now the local residents find that they are in way over their heads!
A rag-tag group of survivors try to avoid the battles of World War III; when they try to escape to the quiet lands, they encounter something much more deadly. Deep in an abandoned military lab they seek refuge and find themselves fighting against mutant rats and the creepozoids!
SEPTEMBER 9: VIOLENT COP
A detective breaks all rules of ethical conduct while investigating a colleague’s involvement in drug pushing and Yakuza activities.
Masaki, a baseball player and gas-station attendant, gets into trouble with the local Yakuza and goes to Okinawa to get a gun to defend himself. There he meets Uehara, a tough gangster, who is in serious debt to the yakuza and planning revenge.
A Japanese mobster attempts to even the score when he realises he and his lackeys have been pawns in a lethal game.
SEPTEMBER 16: TOURIST TRAP
In a deserted wax museum, SLAUSEN’S LOST OASIS, is the site for terror where young travelers are lured into a deadly TOURIST TRAP. Slausen is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction, which is more like a macabre chamber of horrors. The grotesque and frightening mannequins in this sordid side-show are only the beginning of the murderous mayhem.
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
In the quest to save souls, the Spanish Inquisition will stop at nothing and knows no boundaries for its evil. Maria must find the power to save her husband from the ultimate machine of torture: the razor-sharp pendulum poised over the pit of hell under the direction of Torquemada the Grand Inquisitor of Spain!
SEPTEMBER 26: A FUGITIVE FROM THE PAST
Considered the magnum opus of the five decades-long career of Tomu Uchida (Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji, The Mad Fox), the epic crime drama A FUGITIVE FROM THE PAST was voted third in the prestigious Kinema Junpo magazine’s 1999 poll of the Top Japanese Films of the 20th Century.
In 1947, a freak typhoon sends a passenger ferry running between Hokkaido and mainland Japan plunging to the ocean depths, with hundreds of lives lost. During the chaos, three men are witnessed fleeing a burning pawnshop in the Hokkaido port town of Iwanai. The police suspect theft and arson, and when Detective Yumisaka (Junzaburo Ban) discovers the burned remains of a boat and the corpses of two men, he sets about tracking the shadowy third figure. Meanwhile, the mysterious Takichi Inukai (Rentaro Mikuni) takes shelter with a prostitute, Yae (Sachiko Hidari), a brief encounter that will come to define both of their lives. A decade later, long after the trail has gone cold, Yumisaka is called back by his successor Detective Ajimura (Ken Takakura) as two new dead bodies are found.
This adaptation of Tsutomu Minakami’s 1700-page novel is a landmark in master director Uchida’s oeuvre. Its gritty monochrome photography has the immediacy of newsreel as Uchida uses the landscapes of postwar Japan to explore the massive social upheaval and unspoken legacies of the war, and create an unsettling karmic allegory of a man’s struggle to escape his past sins.
SEPTEMBER 30: LASERBLAST
Billy, an ostracised and loner teenager finds a laser gun in the California desert and with each use, he begins to mutate into a grotesque being. Becoming evil and more malevolent with each blast, he sets his weapon on terrorizing the locals in the small desert town. Now it’s a race against time to save Billy’s life before he becomes completely possessed by the weapon. But the aliens that accidentally left the ‘Laser Gun’ behind and the rightful owners, are on their way to claim the powerful weapon…and Billy’s life along with it!
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From Kurosawa To Kitano And More Key highlights this September on the essential, alternative streaming service Arrow include a fantastic season of films from the legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, including influential classics Rashomon and The Hidden Fortress, cult 80s horror chills, a trio of violent Japanese crime thrillers from the brilliant Takeshi Kitano, a season of mutant
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