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.

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.

Japanese Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘Plan 75’ Due on DVD Nov. 21 From MVD

The Japanese science-fiction fantasy Plan 75 will be released on DVD Nov. 21 from MVD Entertainment Group and KimStim.

In the film in a near dystopian future, Japan’s government launches Plan 75, a program encouraging the elderly to terminate their own lives to relieve its rapidly aging population’s social and economic burdens.

In Chie Hayakawa’s feature film debut, the lives of three ordinary citizens intersect in this new reality as they confront the crushing callousness of a world ready to dispose of those no longer deemed valuable. Legendary Japanese actress Chieko Baishō (Howl’s Moving Castle) stars as a 78-year-old Michi who considers signing up for the program after losing her meager but fulfilling hotel job and the means to live independently. A young Plan 75 salesman Himoru (Hayato Isomura) initially believes in the program’s benefits and serves as the human face of the program. And Maria (Stephanie Arianne), a Filipino care worker living overseas, reluctantly accepts a position with Plan 75 to send money home to her ailing daughter.

On the surface, the plan and its hawkers exude a kindness that serves as the film’s chilling vision of bureaucratic indifference and our increasing loss of interconnectedness. However, these characters soon learn to fully reckon with their own lives and what it truly means to live.

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The film was Japan’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards and the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Winner Golden Camera — Special Mention Chie Hayakawa.

The DVD includes Chie Hayakawa’s short film Niagara (2013).

Chinese Drama ‘Return to Dust’ Headed to DVD and Digital Nov. 14 From Film Movement

Return to Dust — the sixth film by acclaimed Chinese director Li Ruijun, nominated for a Golden Bear at the 2022 Berlinale — will be released on DVD and digital Nov. 14 from Film Movement.

A story of resilience against the conventions of society and the exploitation of farm workers, the film, which unexpectedly topped the box office with $15 million and became the most popular film in China, stirred controversy with its depictions of rural life. Two weeks after opening, it quickly disappeared, without warning, from theaters and streaming services, according to Film Movement. And, although it has never been officially confirmed that the film was banned, it remains impossible to see there, according to the company.

Set in 2010 in the small, rural village in Gaotai, Return to Dust follows two lonely, middle-aged people — Cao, a timid woman suffering from chronic illness and a disability, and Ma, an unassuming farmer with little to his name — who are pushed into an arranged marriage by their respective families. Cast aside as burdens, Cao and Ma’s relationship is tepid at first but warms as the two spend their days fixing up an abandoned house on their small patch of land. Invigorated by a shared purpose and the all-consuming nature of farm work, the couple’s bond grows. However, in the dwindling rural communities of the Gansu province surrounding them, local farmers are being incentivized by local government to demolish their homes and uproot toward the cities. With their livelihood disappearing, the couple attempt to build a new life together with continued patience and determination toward their home and one another. And in the face of much adversity, an unexpected bond begins to blossom, as both Ma and Cao, uniting with Earth’s cycles, create a haven for themselves in which they can thrive.

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Featuring lead performances by Wu Renlin and Hai Qing and meticulously shot over the course of a year, Return to Dust is Li Ruijun’s humanist approach to documenting the rapid urbanization of his native region.

The release includes a bonus Chinese short film directed by Luo Runxiao, Hair Tie, Egg, Homework Books, about model student Lin Yuqi who is assigned to give a speech about her family at a parents open house event but after a run-in with a mischievous classmate starts having second thoughts.

 

Chinese Drama ‘Stonewalling’ Headed to DVD from MVD

The Chinese drama Stonewalling will be released on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, 20-year-old Lynn is told she needs English classes, flight attendant school, and a go-getter attitude. She perseveres along this path of upward mobility until she finds out she’s pregnant. Indecisive and running out of time, she tells her boyfriend she’s had an abortion and instead returns to her feuding parents and their failing clinic to try and figure out (if she can) what’s next.

The film is built from interviews with college women happy to invest in themselves, observations of a post-TikTok China, and their own lived experiences.

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Starring Yao Honggui (Foolish Bird, Egg and Stone), the film takes a look at the new norms of the gig economy, grey markets, multi-level-marketing companies, and hustling in modern-day metropolitan China through the experiences of one ordinary young woman.

The film was selected at the Berlin, Toronto, and New York Film Festival.

Korean Horror Film ‘The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra’ Available on Indiepix SVOD Service Oct. 20

Indiepix will release the Korean horror film The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra on its SVOD service Indiepix Unlimited Oct. 20.

It will also be available via the Eventive virtual cinema platform.

In the film, after a mysterious mold starts spreading across the surface of an abandoned mattress, a sentient creature begins to take shape from within. Feasting on its unsuspecting victims’ vertebrae while they rest, the creature grows stronger, finding nourishment not only in the bones and sinew it assimilates but also in the hopes, fears, and emotions of all those it encounters.

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Syeyoung Park’s The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra was the winner of Best Director and Audience Awards at the Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival and got a Special Mention at Fantasia Fest.

 

‘My Father’s Glory’/’My Mother’s Castle’ Due on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital From Film Movement

Film Movement Classics will release a pair of Yves Robert films, My Father’s Glory and its sequel My Mother’s Castle, as a double feature on Blu-ray (plus DVD) combo pack and individually on digital Oct. 25.

Based on the bestselling memoirs of French novelist, playwright, and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol (the acclaimed author of Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring), the pair of films recount the nostalgic memories of Pagnol’s youth growing up in Provence at the turn of the 20th century.

During one idyllic summer, 11-year-old Marcel (Julien Ciamaca) discovers friendship and wonder amid the rocky peaks surrounding his family’s countryside home while learning new respect for his gentle and caring schoolmaster father Joseph (Philippe Caubère). Upon his return to Marseilles, Marcel longs to escape back to his beloved hills and is granted his wish when his adoring mother Augustine (Nathalie Roussel) devises a plan that allows them to visit the cottage more frequently. 

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My Mother’s Castle

Special features include:

  • a Heritage and Nostalgia video essay by Ludovic Cortade, associate professor in French literature, thought and culture at New York University;
  • the A Question of Tribe featurette with director Yves Robert’s son Jean-Denis Robert, grandson Martin Drescher, and cinematographer Robert Alazraki; and
  • a 16-page booklet with a new essay by filmmaker, producer and writer Kat Ellinger.

‘Passion,’ From ‘Drive My Car’ Director, Due on Digital and Disc Oct. 17 From Film Movement

Film Movement will release the Japanese thriller Passion, the debut feature from Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car), on digital, DVD and Blu-ray Disc Oct. 17.

Hamaguchi, one of today’s preeminent auteurs, examines a series of intersecting love triangles, plunging headlong into the exposed-nerve confessions and unrequited attachments among a group of thirtysomethings. It begins when a couple, Kaho (Aoba Kawai) and Tomoya (Ryuta Okamoto), announce their engagement to their friends over dinner, where it’s also revealed the groom had an affair years earlier. While the two spend the evening apart, Tomoya follows his friends to the apartment of his former classmate (Fusako Urabe, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy), with whom he’s in love, and are led into ever more vulnerable and shocking exchanges of emotional honesty. 

Though it was made as his student thesis project at Tokyo University of the Arts, Passion displays Hamaguchi’s rich and nuanced insight into modern relationships while establishing the thematic foundations for his later films such as Happy Hour, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy and Drive My Car.

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Bonus features include an introduction by Hamaguchi and the “From Passion to Fortune” video essay by film and theater writer Kenji Fujishima.

 

Chinese Actioner ‘Wolf Pack’ Available on Digital From Well Go

The Chinese actioner Wolf Pack is available now on digital from Well Go USA Entertainment.

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.

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Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Michael Chiang, the film 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).