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Even more DVD releases coming from Toei’s 70th Anniversary line-up. Feb. 9, 2022:

- Seven Fugitives (お尋ね者七人) (1966)
- The Turkish Bathhouses of Japan (札幌・横浜・雄琴・博多 トルコ渡り鳥) (1975)

https://www.toei-video.co.jp/special/toei70th-2nd/

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https://twitter.com/mediablasters1/stat ... 6232766469
Media Blasters recently announced Sukeban Deka (2006) for blu-ray release.

They've been busy over the last year or so, releasing a bunch of Japanese and Korean films.
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Tokyo Drifter 2: The Sea is Bright Red as the Color of Love (続東京流れ者 海は真っ赤な恋の色) (1966)
A surprisingly good sequel to the Seijun Suzuki classic. Nikkatsu’s youth film director Kenjiro Morinaga (of the excellent Youth a Go Go, 1966) takes helm and executes it as a more traditional Nikkatsu Mood Action. Watari plays the same character as in the original film. The opening sees him arriving in a harbour town, with a hitman on his tail. He’s come to meet an old buddy, and while waiting for him also crosses paths with local beauty Kazuko Tachibana, who likewise is waiting for someone. Watari is also offered shelter by old man Zenpei Saga, whose son is in trouble with bad guy Nobuo Kaneko and in love with cutie Chieko Matsubara. Watari of course chooses to get involved. This is a surprisingly entertaining film with 1st rate cinematography and art direction. The locale is particularly well captured. It is however missing Suzuki’s wilder pop art experimentation, and may not be what foreign audiences would expect from a Tokyo Drifter sequel. That is of course because Suzuki was something of an outlier in the genre, while this movie is a more traditional entry in the Nikkatsu Action line. It’s a shame none of the recent Blu-Ray releases of the Suzuki classic have bundled this with it.

This has been released on Japanese DVD by the budget label Office Y.K. about 10 years ago. I don't know how's the quality, but it could even be an old non-anamorphic print (they also put out many Roman Porno films, mostly old VHS masters with an occasional new HD master in between). The screencaps are from a 2021 Japanese TV broadcasting on Neco.

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Toho is finally releasing some of their remaining Kiyoshi Nishimura films on DVD: the masterful thriller Too Young to Die (死ぬにはまだ早い) (1969), the socio-political actioner Attack on the Sun (白昼の襲撃) (1970) and the excellent Hong Kong set hitman action / romance Target of Roses (薔薇の標) (1972).

There are also re-releases of several other Toho New Action flicks, such as Sun Above, Death Below (狙撃) (1968), Bullet Wound (弾痕) (1969), The Creature Called Man( 豹(ジャガー)は走った) (1970) and Beast Hunt (野獣狩り」(1973).

All coming July 20, and priced at 2750 yen. Shame about no BDs, though.

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Blow out news from Anime Expo 2022:-
  • Macross Frontier and Delta BD boxsets coming from Nozomi Entertainment (Rightstufanime.com's production company). Assuming for the NA market only.
  • Macross Plus BD set coming from Anime Ltd for UK, Eur, US.
  • Macross II coming from AnimEigo.
I'm definitely keen on Frontier and Plus. I'll file M II under "maybe"

Hopefully we'll get news regarding releases of the OG SDF Macross series and Zero.
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