Today we received the official press releases for Tartan Asia Extremes DVD releases of both Leste Chen’s Thai horror film The Heirloom and one of my favorite films of 2005, Takashi Shimizu’s Marebito (review), which had a limited theatrical run late in 2005. Inside you’ll find the full specs and release dates for both films. In Marebito a fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo. Takashi Shimizu shot the film in just eight days, between the production dates for Ju-on: The Grudge and its remake, The Grudge…
“A sick, twisted and ingenious creepfest.”
“Easily one of the most eerie, twisted, unsettling and original horror movies in recent history.”
“A bizarre freak-out of horrific madness. Cult status awaits.”
-Todd David Schwartz, CBS
LOS ANGELES — Feb. 1, 2006 — For Immediate Release —From acclaimed master of horror Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On, The Grudge) comes the Japanese creepfest Marebito, emerging from the shadows and onto DVD March 14th in stores across the nation from Tartan Asia Extreme.
Masuoka (cult filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto, Tetsuo), a solitary cameraman obsessed with the desire to understand fear, watches grisly footage of a man committing suicide in the subway. Desperate to understand the madman’s intentions, Masuoka returns to the scene, inadvertently opening a door into a bizarre and horrifying underworld. Here among the ghosts and creatures he finds a strange and beautiful mute girl. After kidnapping her, Masuoka discovers evidence of a chillingly inhuman nature and realizes he has discovered a truth too frightening to be real.
Shot in only 8 days, Marebito was released theatrically on December 9th in LA/NY and continues to expand nationally. The film won the Golden Raven Award at the 2005 Brussels International Festival for Fantasy Film.
Director Takashi Shimizu is well-known for his Ju-On horror series which includes four Japanese Ju-On films and the American film The Grudge starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Shimizu is currently making the fifth Ju-On film and a sequel to The Grudge. Other credits include Tomie: Re-birth and Reincarnation.
Actor Shinya Tsukamoto is best known as the master of “cyberpunk” filmmaking, usually credited as the director, writer and star of his films. Three of his films, A Snake of June, Tetsuo and Vital has been released or re-released on DVD in the past year from Tartan Video.
Japanese, with English and Spanish subtitles, Marebito is presented in anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS Surround Sound 5.1. Special DVD features include Interview with director Takashi Shimizu; Interview with actor Shinya Tsukamoto; Director’s Discussion of Ju-On, The Grudge and Marebito; original theatrical trailer and trailers of Tartan Asia Extreme’s upcoming releases.
LOS ANGELES — Feb. 1, 2006 — For Immediate Release — Proof that Asian horror isn’t just coming from Japan and Korea, Taiwan’s The Heirloom inherits DVD shelf space April 25th from Tartan Asia Extreme.
Twenty years ago, an inexplicable mass suicide occurred in the millionaire Yang household, where the entire family hanged themselves at the exact same time. Only one member survived. To this day, the case remains unsolved. Now, a distant relative inherits the house and moves in with his new fiancée. Mysterious events begin to disturb their lives and force them to confront the evil within. The demented legacy of the Yang family comes full circle and the curse left behind is reborn.
The Heirloom is directed by Leste Chen, one of the hottest young directors in Taiwan. He previously directed music videos for Taiwan’s most popular rock band Mayday, Hong Kong songstress Joey Yung and Hong Kong actor/singer Eason Chan. His short films have been nominated for two consecutive years at the Taipei Film Awards.
Mandarin, with English and Spanish subtitles, The Heirloom is presented in anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS Surround Sound 5.1. Special DVD features are yet to be determined.