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January 05, 2006

AZUMI & BREAKING NEWS GET US RELEASE

So THE PROMISE doesn't seem to be getting a US release. TOM YUM GOONG doesn't seem to be getting a US release. SHA PO LANG doesn't seem to be getting a US release. But BREAKING NEWS (2004) and AZUMI (2003) are both getting releases in early 2006.

BREAKING NEWS is Johnnie To's cop opera that awed Cannes in 2004 with the shot heard round the world - a 7 minute, uninterrupted shot that moves a city street from sleepy afternoon to bullet-shredded mayhem, and caused a bit of a collective critical orgasm. The movie is Johnnie To's b-game, but Johnnie To's b-game is a lot of director's a-game. Palm Pictures owns the film and ComingSoon.net lists a January 27th release as does the Exhibitor Releation's week-by-week calendar. The Palm Pictures site, however, doesn't have any info.

AZUMI is Ryuhei Kitamura's slash-a-riffic, deceptively dark female samurai in short-shorts epic that has been creeping around the fringes of the collective consciousness since its release. It will get a "limited" theatrical release in the Spring of 2006 from AsiaVision, anime company Urban Vision's new arm. They'll also be doing DVD releases of live action Asian titles in 2006, including three shorts by RING director Hideo Nakata, CURSE DEATH AND SPIRIT, on March 7; the BATTLE ROYALE knock-off KILL DEVIL on April 4, and the underrated, much praised horror movie KOKKURI at an undisclosed future date.

January 5, 2006 at 09:03 AM in News | Permalink

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