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Asian Movies in HD!

Unread postby tom2681 » 25 Oct 2006, 03:05

This list is outdated.
I suggest you use http://www.asianblurayguide.com/ and http://www.asiandvdguide.com/bluray.html instead.


Here goes:
(all releases are english-friendly, unless otherwise noted)

Japanese releases:
5 centimeters per second: HD-DVD
Note: no english subtitles.

Air:
Note: no subtitles.

Brave Story: Blu-Ray and HD-DVD
Note: Probably no english subtitles.

Enter the Dragon

First Love (Hatsu-Koi): HD-DVD

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence:
Note: Probably no english subtitles.

The Letters (Tegami): HD-DVD

The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Kumo no mukô, yakusoku no basho): HD-DVD
Note: no english subtitles.

Rikidozan:
Note: no english subtitles.

Shinobi: Heart Under Blade: HD-DVD
Note: no english subtitles.

Steamboy:
Note: probably no english subs.

Sukiyaki Western Django:
Region-free.

Volcano High: HD-DVD
Note: no english subtitles.

Korean releases:
Kung-Fu Hustle:
Supposed to be uncut.

Hong-Kong releases:
Behind the Yellow Line(1984):
Region A (to be confirmed).
Celestial.
April 1st.

CJ7:
Region A (to be confirmed).
Era.
April 21st.

Dragon Tiger Gate:
Region-free.
Deltamac.

FlashPoint:
Region-free.
http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/1286/flashpoint_hk.html

Infernal Affairs:
Region-free.

Initial D:
Megastar.
Region-free.

Invisible Target:
Region-free.

Protégé:
Region-free.

European releases:
[FR]Curse of the Golden Flower:
Region-free
Note: french subtitles only.
Note: this BD is seriously messed-up.
http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4468

[UK] Enter the Dragon

[UK]Fearless: HD-DVD

[NL]Hero (theatrical cut): HD-DVD
No english subs.

[UK]Kung-Fu Hustle:
Region free
Uncut, according to BnB member Saltysam.

[UK]OldBoy

[FR]Shinobi: Heart Under Blade: HD-DVD
No english subs.

US releases:

Curse of the Golden Flower:
Review: http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=28535
Region A only

Dragon Tiger Gate (Tai Seng):
27/05/2008

Enter the Dragon: HD-DVD and Blu-Ray
Review: http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=27475
Blu-ray is region free

Fearless: HD-DVD
Review: http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=26027

The Host: HD-DVD and Blu-Ray
Review: http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=29545
Blu-ray is region free

House of Flying Daggers:
Review: http://www.dvdtown.com/review/houseoffl ... 8577/3763/
Region free

Initial D (Tai Seng):
http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/1254/initiald.html
Region A (to be confirmed)

Kung-Fu Hustle:
Review: http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=26302
Region free

OldBoy:
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/movies.php?id=522
Region free (but the extras disc is a DVD and is Region 1)

Shinobi:
13/05/2008.
Region A (to be confirmed)
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Re: Asian movies in high-definition

Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 25 Oct 2006, 03:20

A Ghibli movie in HD.
Pom Poko Goes HD (2006-10-23 07:15:31)
Japan's NTV will air a new high definition version of Pom Poko on Nobember 10.
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Unread postby tom2681 » 25 Oct 2006, 03:27


Yum, tasty sauce.
Thanks. :D

EDIT: no wait. They're gonna AIR it, not release it.
Not interested in that, sorry.
I'm interested in the stuff you can actually BUY (actual HD titles), but thanks anyway.
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Unread postby chenlung » 25 Oct 2006, 04:55

Ughhh FUCK! That Madame Tussauds 'Andy Lau' still hadn't been fixed up! The UK had better artwork but the Edko (non-diagonal - the diagonal was stupid) is a prefered choice.

The likes of Volcano High better contain both international and Korean versions. Make good use of this format!!
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Unread postby gojensen » 25 Oct 2006, 08:01

So, I'll need 3 bluray disc players then... region A, B and C? (Because apparently they'll be "nigh-impossible" to hack?)

Hell, bring on the European Toshiba HD players. They don't know what frakking region coding is, and they'll never learn :D
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Unread postby tom2681 » 25 Oct 2006, 16:06

Blu-Ray:
Region A = America, Hong-Kong, Korea, Japan.
Region B = Europe, Africa, Kiwi-land.
Region C = China, Russia.

I recon we're gonna need about 6 players if we want the ability to play all HD titles. :D
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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 25 Oct 2006, 16:24

tom2681 wrote:Blu-Ray:
Region A = America, Hong-Kong, Korea, Japan.
Region B = Europe, Africa, Kiwi-land.
Region C = China, Russia.

I recon we're gonna need about 6 players if we want the ability to play all HD titles. :D
Why bother? Two BRD players is all that you'd need , since Region C releases will likely suck just like DVD Region 5 & 6 releases mostly do now.

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Unread postby Kurgan » 25 Oct 2006, 18:02

One thing I do like about the Blu-Ray format is that you'll be able to download subtitles direct to the machine, so (as is the case with plenty of DVDs now) if your preferred disc doesn't have the necessary subs for you, it shouldn't be a problem now.

But, I'm waiting for all the dust to settle before I get HD'd up. Either that, or (more likely) my resolve will have crumbled by the time the PS3 comes out :lol:
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Unread postby bradavon » 25 Oct 2006, 21:38

Kurgan wrote:One thing I do like about the Blu-Ray format is that you'll be able to download subtitles direct to the machine, so (as is the case with plenty of DVDs now) if your preferred disc doesn't have the necessary subs for you, it shouldn't be a problem now.

That's only the theory, whether in reality it will take off is another matter.

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Unread postby chenlung » 25 Oct 2006, 23:05

Just companies trying to hoover up money. As much as they seem definative, they'll have lots of things purists will hate - no mono and annoying anti-copy issues - which whilst I don't like to see abused by general arseholes in the boot industry, I like to have the emergency option (don't make fun of what I said :) ).
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Unread postby Kurgan » 26 Oct 2006, 00:38

bradavon wrote:That's only the theory, whether in reality it will take off is another matter.

Yeah, but don't you think it has potential? It's an interesting feature, certainly for the likes of us who a) watch a lot of films where English isn't the primary language and b) where we have lots of threads debating (ad nauseum some would say ;)) the merits of one release against another and how some people are restricted in what's worth having due to language issues.

As for whether or not it'll take off, well, the main beneficiaries will be people like us who demand films in the director's cut, and with suitable subtitling. So, it's in our hands now, people! :D
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Unread postby tom2681 » 03 Nov 2006, 12:17

Rikidozan added to the list.

I don't understand what these studios are doing, releasing only a few titles per month.
All they'd have to do is release Pedicab Driver or Ashes of Time on HD-DVD/Blu-Ray and they'd have me by the balls. :D
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Unread postby tom2681 » 19 Nov 2006, 17:34

My Sassy Girl added to the list.
Shadowless Sword removed from the list (it's disappeared from Play.com)
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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 20 Nov 2006, 06:39

Some Japanese releases:-
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - Blu-Ray
Brave Story - HD-DVD & Blu-Ray

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Unread postby tom2681 » 20 Nov 2006, 14:38

Thank you. :)
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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 20 Nov 2006, 15:34

The DVD of Brave Story has English subs, I don't why the HD versions won't.
http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/brave-story.html
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Unread postby Lourdes » 20 Nov 2006, 16:21

The detaisl for Innocence are a little confused. It's a 3 disc release and will include the International version with various subs. But I think that probabaly means just the regular Innocence international version DVD. It's going to be an impressive release. 2 layers, 7.1 PCM and gorgeous enough on DVD.
It's been aired in 1080 before and didn't look much better than the DVD. This *should* be a new transfer though.

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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 20 Nov 2006, 16:32

Blood: The Last Vampire and Steamboy are also on the way for Blu-ray.
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/

Fingers crossed for an HD-DVD of Innocence. I've been watching Stand Alone Complex and it's not a patch on either of Oshii's masterpieces.

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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 20 Nov 2006, 16:52

Blu-ray - Air LE boxset. Anime series based on the best-selling romance/pr0n game.

cdjapan wrote:DVD includes English subtitles!
- Brave Story -
Check out the DVD release of the hit fantasty/adventure tale "Brave Story"!
The main chracter Wataru is an average 11-year-old boy. He is having a deep pain facing his mother's collapse. One day he discovers a strange door in a deserted building, and witnesses his mysterious schoolmate Mitsuru entering the door. He tells Wataru that through the door there is a different world where people can change their destiny and be granted one wish. Wataru decides to proceed, embarking on a dangerous trip to change his destiny.
Based on the novel by Naoki prize winning novelist Miyuki Miyabe. Features vocal performances from Takako Matsu, Yo Oizumi, Eiji Wentz (WaT), and more. Brought to you by Fuji TV, Gonzo, and Warner!
The DVD is available in three varieties: Standard edition (Limited Pressing) , Special Edition, and Collector's Box. Special Edition includes one bonus disc,Collector's Box fetures two bonus discs. The first pressing of the Collector's Box comes with a 1/24 second frame from the movie (available while "First Press Available" button appears on the screen). Every version includes English Subtitles.
HD DVD version and Blue-ray version are also available (These versions do not include English Subtitles).
Nevermind then.

"Standard edition (Limited Pressing) , Special Edition, and Collector's Box."
Odd, why make the barebones release limited and the better release not limited?

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Unread postby Lourdes » 20 Nov 2006, 17:53

Blood got cancelled. Air is upscaled.

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Unread postby tom2681 » 22 Nov 2006, 15:01

Finally a japanese Blu-Ray disc with english subtitles.
Enter the Dragon has been added to the list.
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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 11 Jan 2007, 07:04

Anime classic Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise and the Mamoru Oshii masterpieces Patlabor 1 & 2 are coming to HD-DVD from Bandai Visual in 2007. Also an original anime title called Freedom.
http://www.animeondvd.com/news/pr.php?pr_view=914

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Unread postby bradavon » 11 Jan 2007, 20:29

I've added ETD UK HD-DVD too. It's the exact same disc as the USA btw (including FBI warnings).

tom2681 wrote:Finally a japanese Blu-Ray disc with english subtitles.

No doubt because the English soundtrack is missing?

EDIT I tried posting this link over at The Imports Forum, it got removed asking I don't post links to other forums. Go Figure!

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Unread postby bradavon » 21 May 2007, 00:41

Hard Boiled comes to HD: http://www.theimportforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=8656

But you have to buy the PS3 version of Stranglehold to get it. There are various source links further down the thread.

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Unread postby DangerousLeeHandsome » 21 May 2007, 01:02

Very cool. If only 1 Woo film were to be released in HD, its Hard-Boiled for sure. But, sadly, I don't own a PS3 nor am I looking forward to purchasing one just yet (I still like my PS2). I'll just wait till July 24th to get H-B on DVD.


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