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New Directors From Japan: Kickstarter Crowd-Funding Campaign

Third Window Films is pleased to announce the Crowd-Funding Launch of a planned Dual Format 3-disc Limited Edition of New Directors From Japan!

New Directors From JapanKickstarter Crowd-Funding Campaign now live at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/893976289/new-directors-from-japan

Popular independent UK film distribution company Third Window Films has always tried hard to bring a wide variety of films from the Far East to the West, from big studio productions to minor indie masterpieces, and this project is another step in our goal to open up the West to what’s so great about Asian cinema!

This project, hopefully the first of many (depending on the success of this kickstarter campaign!), is focusing on young and unique directors from Japan whose films have not received any sort of distribution in their own or any other territory. We want to focus on supporting young talent and making their names recognisable so decided to create this ‘NEW DIRECTORS FROM JAPAN’ release which focuses on individual directors and their work.

Third Window Films has always tried to find directors and films that are both ‘unique’ and ‘entertaining’ and we feel that these three directors fit into the Third Window Films brand perfectly, so we are incredibly happy to present:

Nagisa Isogai (磯谷渚 – Aged 28) – 2 films: My Baby (わたしの赤ちゃん – 16mm / 16mins) / The Lust of Angels (天使の欲望 – HD / 40mins)

Hirobumi Watanabe (渡辺紘文 Aged 31) – And the Mud Ship Sails Away (そして泥船はゆく – HD / 88mins)

Kosuke Takaya (髙谷監督 – Aged 27) – Buy Bling, Get One Free (シャレ番外地 – 35mm / 27mins) – (This film is part of a Japanese government initiative from an organisation called VIPO who run a project called ‘New Directions in Japanese Cinema’. Every year they work with 5 first time directors and make 30 minute films on 35mm! As part of this release we will also interview producers of VIPO in order to show the explain more about their project –http://www.vipo-ndjc.jp/)

(From L>R) Nagisa Isogai, Hirobumi Watanabe, Kosuke Tayaka

(From L>R) Nagisa Isogai, Hirobumi Watanabe, Kosuke Tayaka

This release will be a limited edition set of only 1,000 copies. To cover both our blu-ray and DVD customers, the release will be a DUAL FORMAT release and include BOTH a BLU-RAY and a DVD of the films, as well as a separate extras disc (on DVD) which will include interviews with all the directors involved.

This KICKSTARTER campaign is to setup the initial costs of creating this release. Due to the number of films, interviews as well as the fact that we are putting both a blu-ray and 2 dvds into the box with a slipcase it is a very expensive project, so we want to raise the initial funds by pre-selling the first 250 copies at £16 each (the retail price will be £22.99) and the added bonus of pre-ordering is that each of the 250 copies will be signed by all 3 directors!

Planned release date November 24, 2014.

Special Features:3 Disc Limited Edition of 1,000 copies – Dual Format release with cardboard slipcase. “Interviews with all 3 directors as well as a focus on the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) and their New Directions in Japanese Cinema project.

Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) / New Directions in Japanese Cinema

VIPO operates ndjc were commissioned by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of its policy to promote Japanese film and film-making. The project focuses on talented young film-makers to give them the real film-making skills through workshops, imparting the necessary knowledge and techniques to polish their film-making techniques and creativity. The long-term goal is to discover and foster the next generation of feature-length film directors. Since 2006 to 2013, there have been a total of 43 film-makers.

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  1. July 18, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    This is pretty exciting stuff. I’ve written about some of these titles and heard good things from critics and so being able to get them in the UK via this innovative campaign is cool!


    • July 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Yeah, I hope it will be the first of many projects like this. It’s obviously the way forward for independent filmmakers and distribution companies. I hope it will be a great success for Third Windows Films!


  1. August 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

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