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Farewell, Movie Friend: Indian Summer (さらば映画の友よ インディアンサマー) (1979)

Film aficionado Takuzo Kawatani, whose life aim is to watch a movie in theatre every day for 20 years, makes friends with student boy Naohiko Shigeta and his girlfriend Atsuko Asano whose delinquent girl antics and yakuza affiliations proves troubling, in 1969 Tokyo. This was Masato Harada’s (Kamikaze Taxi, Bounce ko gals) first film, a love letter to cinema. Toei’s live action Donald Duck Kawatani gives a heartfelt performance in the lead. He’s best know as a Piranha Gang member (a group of Toei bit-player hell raisers who spent their nights drunk and days competing who gets the most outrageous on-screen deaths; fellow piranha Hideo Murota is in this film too). But those who saw him in Fukasaku’s Gambling Den Heist already knew the underlying talent he had for tragicomedy. Here, from the opening where he runs himself breathless to catch a movie, to reciting movie dialogue at every chance, doing a Dancing in the Rain number, and studying Ken Takakura movies to learn how to deal with the yakuza, Kawatani just oozes sympathy. The film’s weakness is giving too much of (the excessive 110 min) runtime to the good but less interesting Shigeta.

Screencaps from the semi-recent DIG DVD. I'm not sure what to make of the visual look, but it doesn't seem likely we'll ever get anything else on disc, so that's it. Get it if you want it.

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Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock is putting out Sky High on BD, by Ryuhei Kitamura.
https://archive.ph/OGod3
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EvaUnit02 wrote: 06 Apr 2021, 19:17 Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock is putting out Sky High on BD, by Ryuhei Kitamura.
https://archive.ph/OGod3
And they call it classic :lol:
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As usual with Media Blasters, I'll be SHOCKED if it isn't a low-quality upscale.
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Macross is free from licensing jail! English subbed BDs are highly likely on the table now, especially with Funimation signal boosting the news. Gimme SDF, DYRL, Plus, Zero and Frontier! (FUNi are trash, but they can do whatever the fuck they want with their dubs because I won't ever listen to them.)
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Guro Taku wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 20:04 As usual with Media Blasters, I'll be SHOCKED if it isn't a low-quality upscale.
*Shrug* I only own a couple discs from them. The Kite Uncut BD I have of theirs looks pretty good (sans the splicing in of seemingly VHS sourced footage to make the OVA uncut of course) and definitely seemed to be sourced from a HD master scanned from film.

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Guro Taku wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 20:04 As usual with Media Blasters, I'll be SHOCKED if it isn't a low-quality upscale.
Not upscales, confirmed. They're taking Kitamura's Alive from a film master too.
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HungFist wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 12:33And they call it classic :lol:
To be fair he's calling it a "classic" Tokyo Shock title, i.e. an old DVD release of theirs and not a classic film per se!
EvaUnit02 wrote: 22 Apr 2021, 17:11Not upscales, confirmed. They're taking Kitamura's Alive from a film master too.
Yeah, their twitter account looks pretty promising and I don't mind having been wrong if it means we get decent releases out of it. Guess that means they were finally able to shake government/IRS control after their tax problems all those years ago? Didn't exactly believe they'd survive all that. I've had a love/hate relationship with them since the early days of their DVD releases: on the one hand whoever picks their licenses must have a pretty similar taste in film as me, on the other hand pretty much every release of theirs was flawed and buggy in some way. Guess we'll see how their BDs turn out. I can't believe we're getting 4K remasters of ALIVE and SKY HIGH before we get AZUMI, though.
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Guro Taku wrote: 24 Apr 2021, 07:45 Guess that means they were finally able to shake government/IRS control after their tax problems all those years ago? Didn't exactly believe they'd survive all that
They were bought out by hentai distributor Fakku (i.e. "the Crunchyroll of hentai") some years ago. Seems that Fakku gives them full autonomy.
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東映創立70周年記念!

Toei is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year! With seven new DVD releases in July to September!

(I know, no Blu-Ray. I have already recorded most of these in HD from Toei Channel…)

-https://www.toei-video.co.jp/special/toei70th/

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Some great film choices there, though. Particularly Kazuhiko Yamaguchi's Toei Porno Hausu Style A Haunted Turkish Bathhouse (1974), Reiko Ike's Kigeki: Tokudashi himo tengoku (1975), Junya Sato's last and best Noboru Ando jitsuroku film True Account of the Ando Gang - Story of the Attack (1973)...
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Gonna definitely pick up those first two. Thanks for the news!
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