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March 07, 2006

HIDDEN BLADE GOES STRAIGHT TO VIDEO

THE HIDDEN BLADE, Yoji Yamada's follow-up to his samurai film, TWILIGHT SAMURAI, was acquired by Tartan but, unlike TWILIGHT SAMURAI, it won't be getting a theatrical release in the US. Instead it will come out, straight to video, on March 21st.

TWILIGHT SAMURAI got its US release courtesy of Empire Pictures, and got great reviews but did tepid business and, in the current frosty American climate for foreign films, this probably killed any chance of a Yoji Yamada picture ever getting a theatrical US release.

(Thanks to HogaCentral and Jennifer Young)

March 7, 2006 at 03:31 PM in News | Permalink

Comments

I count myself lucky then, for actually getting to see the Hidden Blade on the big screen. What a great film, like something from another era. I didn't think films like that were still being made.

Posted by: wisekwai | Mar 7, 2006 9:11:42 PM

This is a well-made film in terms of story and acting. I can see why it's straight to video. Even with the Samurai theme, it's in general a drama and hard to get a general American audience for the type of film. Might even be hard for cult Asian audience. Too bad, it's the dielama for good foreign films.

Posted by: Erika | Mar 9, 2006 12:42:18 PM

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