Chinese Thriller ‘The Procurator’ Due on Blu-ray Disc April 16 From BayView

The Chinese thriller The Procurator will be released on Blu-ray Disc April 16 from BayView Entertainment via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

In the film — from Alan Mak, the award winning co-director of Infernal Affairs and Overheard — when the death of an unethical and dangerous businessman starts an investigation by the procurator’s office, layers of his shady dealings reveal more at play, from stolen artifacts, to under-the-table promises and extreme life threatening danger for those investigating. The truth is flexible and a few dedicated individuals are forced to choose sides when history catches up to them.

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Argentinian Actioner ‘Punto Rojo’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD March 12 From MVD

The Argentinian action film Punto Rojo will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 12 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The film follows Diego (Demian Salomon, Terrified, When Evil Lurks), who is a crook and a hooligan for “Racing Club,” one of Argentina’s greatest soccer teams. While sitting in his car in the middle of nowhere and participating in a quiz show about his beloved football team, a man suddenly falls from the sky and into his windshield. When a tough as nails female secret agent (Moro Anghileri, On the Third Day) arrives to confront Diego and asks about the dangerous con man keeping a dark secret who happens to be kidnapped in the trunk of his car, all hell is about to break loose.

Special features include director’s commentary; the trailer; and the short film “Pinball.”

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The film won the Apima Award (Best Film) and the Jury Prize for Best Actor (Demian Salomon) and Best Screenplay at the 2021 Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre, Best Actor (Salomon) at the 2021 Mar Del Plata Film Festival, Best Actor (Salomon) at the 2022 Fantaspoa Film Festival, and the Jury Prize at the 2021 Biarritz Film Festival.

Spanish Thriller ‘The Corpse of Anna Fritz’ Due on DVD Feb. 6 From MVD

The 2015 Spanish thriller The Corpse of Anna Fritz (El cadáver de Anna Fritz) will be released on DVD Feb. 6 by MVD Entertainment Group and Invincible.

In the film, Anna Fritz, a beautiful Spanish actress and one of the most desired women in the world, has suddenly died. Her body is transferred to a city morgue, where a withdrawn young orderly, Pau, becomes fascinated with her lifeless cadaver. When Pau sends a picture of the dead celebrity to his two friends, they show up at the morgue for a glimpse of the beautiful starlet. As the whiskey bottles and coke packets empty, the three friends decide this is an opportunity they can’t pass up to get up close and personal with the corpse of Anna Fritz. However, when they are alone with the body, they soon realize that things aren’t exactly what they seem.

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Co-written and directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, the film premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin. Star Alba Ribas Benaiges has also appeared in the Netflix series “Las Chicas Del Cable.”

Spanish Film ‘Siege’ Available on Digital From Sony

The Spanish film Siege is available on digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, for Dani (Natalia de Molina), being Spanish means serving her country as a member of the riot police squad, honoring her flag and enforcing the law. But during an eviction in a troubled area of Madrid, Dani uncovers a corruption ring that will make her fear for her life. Her only help will lies with Nasha, a young woman she just evicted, and her son. She soon realizes that the system she works for is not the solution but may always have been part of the problem.

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Film Movement to Bow Four-Film Blu-ray Collection of Korean Director Lee Chang-dong’s Features

Film Movement has acquired and will release in summer 2024 a four-film collection of Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s features, including Green Fish, Peppermint Candy, Oasis and Poetry. All feature 4K restorations.

The release will be preceded by theatrical screenings of the new restorations in select theaters in North America in the spring.

Lee Chang-dong

After his debut as a novelist in 1983, and his early forays as a screenwriter and assistant director, Lee Chang-dong made his directing debut with Green Fish in 1996 and quickly became one of Korea’s most lauded auteurs, taking his place alongside Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan Wook, Kim Ki-duk and others as one of the leaders of  Korean New Wave cinema.  His films feature dark stories of innocence lost, suffering, alienation, tragedy, psychological trauma and doomed romances and intricately woven narratives focusing on complex characters from the corners of society.

In Green Fish (1996), after his mandatory military service, naïve young Makdong (Han Suk-kyu), returns home to an Ilsan he no longer recognizes — a dull city that has rapidly modernized and gentrified in his absence.  When he crosses paths with a young woman being harassed at a train station, his life takes an unexpected turn when he is lured into the underworld of criminal gangs, with the promise of material comfort beyond his imagination. Unprepared for this environment of violence and exploitation, Mak-dong must face the dire consequences of his choices.  Green Fish captured the Best Film and Best New Director Awards from the Korean Film Critics Association and at the Blue Dragon Awards.

Peppermint Candy (1999) — Lee’s second directorial feature — spans 20 years in the life of one man, Yongho, from his callow teens through his fraught, self-hating middle age. Presented in seven chapters in reverse-chronological order, the film begins with Yongho’s untimely suicide and ends with a first date full of the promise and verve of youth. The moments in between these events as seen through lens of Yongho’s life observe South Korea’s fraught political history during the late 20th century, and in turn elegize a generation of marginalized people. An Official Selection of the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, and numerous other notable fests, it won the Special Prize of the Jury at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Oasis

In Oasis (2002), after serving time for killing a man in a hit-and-run car accident, Hong Jong-du (Sul Kyung-gu) is released with no money and nowhere to go. His family has abandoned him, and while trying to make amends, he meets Han Gong-ju (Moon So-ri), his victim’s adult daughter. She is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy and all but abandoned in a cheap apartment by her callous family. Gong-ju’s innate tenderness appeals to the uncontrollably impulsive Jong-du, and the pair begin an improbable relationship.  The film was the winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director and Best Young Actress at the Venice Film Festival. It also won the FIPRESCI Prize and was nominated for Best Film at the Independent Spirit Awards.

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In the drama Poetry (2010) — winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury — Special Mention and Best Screenplay at Cannes — Korean grandmother Mija comes to terms with the early onset of Alzheimer’s while dealing with the fallout from a brutal family crime. Her teenage grandson is linked to the violent death of a girl, and she finds herself caught up in a conspiracy to pay hush money to the dead girl’s family. Mija’s tendency to become lost in poetry, and the wonders of nature, causes her mind to wander at the wrong time, with unfortunate consequences.

Three Hong Kong Film Blu-rays, Including Horror-Comedy ‘Blue Jean Monster,’ Available in December From MVD and 88 Films

Three Hong Kong film Blu-ray Disc releases — The Blue Jean Monster, The Inspector Wears Skirts and the Long Arm of the Law 1 & 2 double feature box set — are available in December from MVD Entertainment Group and 88 films.

Due Dec. 26 is The Blue Jean Monster, a 1991 Hong Kong horror-comedy directed by Ivan Lai. It follows a police officer named Joe who has a happy life with his pregnant wife. One day he gets a tip that a bank is about to be robbed and rushes to it but is killed. Then the strangest thing happens, Joe becomes a vampire when a black cat jumps on his body and is hit by lightning. Can Joe take revenge on his killers? The limited edition includes a slipcase with new artwork from James Neal. Available in 2.0 Cantonese dual mono with English subtitles, the release also includes the extras “Man Made Monster,” an interview with assistant director Sam Leong, and the original Hong Kong trailer.

In The Inspector Wears Skirts (1988), also due Dec. 26, Madame Wu (Sibelle Hu) has been assigned to the Hong Kong Police Academy to train female Banshee Squad Members, right next door to the all-male Tiger Squad lead by Inspector Kan (Shui-Fan Fung). After internal conflicts and courting mishaps, the squad members are ordered to band together to round up a gang of thieves, but nothing goes as planned. From executive producer, Raymond Chow (Enter the Dragon) comes this action comedy that was produced and choreographed by Jackie Chan and lensed by Andy Lau. The film, remastered from the original camera negative, put in motion a successful franchise, launched the career of international action star Cynthia Rothrock and helped to establish the viability of female-driven action films in Hong Kong and worldwide. The limited edition features a slipcase with new artwork from Sean Longmore. Available in 2.0 Cantonese dual mono with English subtitles and 2.0 English dual mono, the film’s extras include audio commentary by Frank Djeng; “Shooting Her Shot,” an interview with Cynthia Rothrock; “The Director Wears Pants,” an interview with director Wellson Chin; “Top Squad” English opening and closing titles; the Hong Kong trailer; the English trailer; and a stills gallery.

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Available now is the double feature box set of The Long Arm of the Law (1984) and The Long Arm of the Law Part 2. Directed by Johnny Mak (To Be Number One) and his brother Michael Mak (Sex and Zen, Butterfly and Sword), respectively, the two movies are packed with Hong Kong-style action sequences; pioneered the two gun style popularized later by films like Hard Boiled, Face Off and The Matrix; and provide a prelude to what would eventually become a quadrilogy of martial arts thrillers. Extras include reversible sleeves featuring original artwork; new artwork by Sean Longmore; new 2K restorations of both films in the 1:85:1 aspect ratio; audio commentaries by Hong Kong film expert Frank Djeng; new interviews with actor Philip Chan; and new interviews with director Michael Mak.

Chinese Action Drama ‘Never Say Never’ Due on Blu-ray Dec. 26 From BayView

BayView Entertainment will release the Chinese action drama Never Say Never on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 26 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

In the film, when a down-on-his-luck former fighter is accosted by a gang of young bandits, he recruits them for his second shot of glory at his upstart training facility. But after his past shady dealings and get-rich-quick schemes come to life, he’s forced to figure out how to lead his students without passing along the stigma of his troubled past.

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Chinese Actioner ‘Wolf Pack’ Due on Blu-ray Jan. 23 From Well Go

The Chinese action film Wolf Pack will be released on Blu-ray Disc Jan. 23 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film is already available on digital.

In the film, while seeking answers about his father’s suspicious death, a tactically trained physician infiltrates a mercenary group and soon uncovers a dangerous international conspiracy that could threaten the lives of millions of civilians.

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Michael Chiang, Wolf Pack stars Max Zhang (Ip Man 3, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, The Grandmaster), Aarif Lee (Kung Fu Yoga, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia), Jiang Luxia (God of War, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai), Liu Ye (Sky Hunter, Age of Legends), Zhang Yi (The Wandering Earth II) and Gianluca Zoppa (Too Cool to Kill, The Wandering Earth I and II). 

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Korean Horror Flick ‘The Ghost Station’ Headed to Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 19 From Well Go

The Korean horror flick The Ghost Station — from the screenwriter of The Ring and The Ring 2 — will debut on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment. 

In the film, after a young reporter covers a suspicious accident, she learns from police that her source was supposedly already dead at the time of their interview. As more mysterious deaths occur, she and her partner dig deeper into the case and come face to face with a horrifying truth.

Directed by Jeong Yong-Ki (The Doll Master, Once Upon a Time) from a screenplay by Takahashi Hiroshi (The Ring, The Ring 2) and Lee So-Young (Robot Sound), the film stars Kim Bo-Ra (Ghost Mansion), Kim Jae-Hyun (“Love You as the World Ends”) and Shin So-Yul (A Violent Prosecutor). 

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Film Movement to Bow Indonesian Silver Bear Winner ‘Before, Now & Then’ on Digital and DVD Dec. 12

Film Movement will release the Indonesian film Before, Now & Then on digital and DVD Dec. 12.

The film won a Silver Bear for Best Supporting Actress (Laura Basuki) and was nominated for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Set amid the political violence of late-1960s Indonesia, director Kamila Andini’s Before, Now & Then follows Nana, the beautiful wife of a wealthy plantation owner whose inner life remains with her deceased first husband, murdered in the civil war a decade prior. A survivor, Nana values her safety and material comforts, but carries out a haunted existence, dreaming of her lost love. Forced to confront her husband’s blatant infidelity, Nana makes an unusual connection with his younger mistress, Ino. The two women, sharing their secrets and desires, discover a newfound freedom and intimacy withheld from them both by the strictures of patriarchal society.

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The release includes the bonus short film Following Diana also directed by Andini. In the film, one night, Diana’s husband presents her with a shocking plan to share their family with another woman.