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A Song Before Annihilation: Hard Liquor (Sohn)

A Song Before Annihilation: Hard Liquor (Sohn)

Perhaps the most addictive track of early ’17, which seems appropriate. It should come with tasting notes. Just hit “repeat”. Hard Liquor is the latest single off Sohn’s Rennen, which dropped last Friday, and is available through Amazon and the other usual outlets (I caught up to […]

All Brand New! An Important Film of Our Age Starring Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, and… Kipp Hamilton?

All Brand New! An Important Film of Our Age Starring Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, and… Kipp Hamilton?

Tokusatsu Tuesdays is a regular feature relating to Japanese special effects entertainments and their associated whatsits, and a bridge, so to speak, between ExploderButton.com and its sister site, Eiga · Bouei.  Just a short write-up for all of you this Tuesday. The artwork shared below […]

Makoto Shinkai’s 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND「秒速5センチメートル」to Blu-ray from Discotek Media this February

Discotek Media will release the 2007 film to Blu-ray on February 28th. The disc, which presents the film in Japanese with English subtitles or in dubbed English, is available for pre-order through Amazon.com and other outlets. A standard DVD, released by Discotek label Eastern Star […]

Live-action「ReLIFE リライフ」feature film has a new teaser trailer and a release date

Shochiku are preparing a live-action adaptation of Yayoiso’s popular manga (previously adapted as a successful television anime series) for a Spring theatrical release, and have dropped a new 30-second teaser for the film. TAKESHI Furusawa, who helmed the 2012 live-action film version of Another, will direct. ReLIFE […]

WOLF GUY 「ウルフガイ 燃えろ狼男」 lives! To Blu-ray in the UK / US this Spring from Arrow

In a bombshell of an announcement for fans of elusive ’70s exploitation, Arrow Video have revealed that they’ll be releasing Toei’s seldom seen 1975 action oddity Wolf Guy to Blu-ray and DVD in the United States and United Kingdom at the end of April. From the […]

Lily Franky stars in new teaser trailer for Yukio Mishima adaptation BEAUTIFUL STAR 「美しい星」

GAGA have dropped a new teaser trailer for the anticipated film adaptation of Yukio MISHIMA’s 1962 novel Beautiful Star 「美しい星」. The film is co-written and directed by Pale Moon‘s Daihachi YOSHIDA (The Kirishima Thing), and stars Lily Franky (Like Father, Like Son), Kazuya KAMENASHI (Joker Game), and Ai […]

Keiichi Hara’s MISS HOKUSAI 「百日紅」to North American Blu-ray from Universal in March

Fresh from a limited theatrical release through GKids last fall, Production I.G’s animated historical drama Miss Hokusai (adapted from the manga by Hinako SUGIURA) will soon find a more permanent home courtesy of a Blu-ray release from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From the Gkids website: From […]

Val Guest’s WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH headed to uncut Blu-ray from Warner Archive

Val Guest’s WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH headed to uncut Blu-ray from Warner Archive

Hammer’s 1970 follow-up to the creature classic One Million Years B.C. (itself arriving on Blu-ray from Kino later this year) will reach Blu-ray from Warner Archive in February. A new master of When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth‘s international theatrical version has been minted just for the occasion, […]

Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME.「君の名は。」expanding to IMAX from 1/13 through 1/26

Toho’s megalithic animated hit Your Name. 「君の名は。」 will be expanding its influence to the IMAX screen for a limited 2-week engagement in select Toho Cinemas. A runaway smash since its release in late August, Your Name. is currently second only to 2001’s Spirited Away (director Hayao MIYAZAKI, Studio Ghibli) […]

Sion Sono’s ANTIPORNO 「アンチポルノ」: New Trailer from Nikkatsu

Nikkatsu have dropped a new trailer for Sion SONO’s much-anticipated feature Antiporno 「アンチポルノ」, the fourth film from the studio’s Roman Porno Reboot project to see theatrical release. Ami TOMITE (Tag) and Mariko TSUTSUI (The Land of Hope) star. Antiporno hits theaters on January 28th with a rating of R18+. […]

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Tokusatsu Tuesdays is a regular feature relating to Japanese special effects entertainments and their associated whatsits, and a bridge, so to speak, between ExploderButton and its sister site, Eiga · Bouei.  Out of the string of grim and out-there sci-fi horrors Shochiku Company produced at […]

ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD at Minneapolis’ own Lagoon Cinema in limited engagement from January 10th

The latest cinematic installment in the megalithic One Piece saga will be on-screen in Minneapolis, starting tomorrow evening. The Lagoon Cinema, in conjunction with Funimation Films, will hold three screenings of One Piece Film: Gold from tomorrow through the 17th – January 10th at 7pm, January 14th at […]

Kazuya Shiraishi’s DAWN OF THE FELINES 「牝猫たち」: English Subtitled Trailer from Nikkatsu

Nikkatsu have provided a fully English-subtitled trailer for the latest entry in their Roman Porno Reboot series, Kazuya SHIRAISHI’s Dawn of the Felines. The R18+ rated film follows three sex workers in Ikebukuro, and is in theaters from this Saturday (January 14th).

Meiko Kaji retrospective from The Japan Society this February

Just in time for Valentine’s Day and in celebration of the iconic star’s 70th birthday in March, New York’s Japan Society will present Cruel Beauty: A Romantic Weekend with Meiko Kaji from February 10th through the 12th. The five-film retrospective is guest curated by producer Marc […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Dirty Mercy (Gin Wigmore)

A Song Before Annihilation: Dirty Mercy (Gin Wigmore)

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Gin Wigmore’s latest video outing, it’s that you shouldn’t let Gin Wigmore babysit your children. Shouldn’t, that is, unless you want them to aspire to far cooler things than their comfortable suburban pedigree might otherwise suggest. Dirty […]

Love is mystery. Lust is misery. English-subtitled trailer for Isao Yukisada’s AROUSED BY GYMNOPEDIES 「ジムノペディに乱れる」

Nikkatsu have published an English subtitled trailer for writer / director Isao YUKISADA’s Aroused by Gymnopedies 「ジムノペディに乱れる」, which was released in Japanese cinemas just last week. Yukisada’s film was produced as a part of Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno Reboot project, and was the first of the series […]

A release date for SHIN GODZILLA 「シン・ゴジラ」?

I’m awaiting confirmation of this from more official sources (updated! see the note at the end of this article), but according to one Twitter user fans can expect a home video release of Shin Godzilla early in 2017 (in Japan, at least – due to licensing […]

Masanori Murakami-directed ONE WEEK FRIENDS 「一週間フレンズ。」 feature in theaters from Shochiku in February

A feature film adaptation of Matcha HAZUKI’s beloved manga One Week Friends 「一週間フレンズ。」 is set to charm cinema-goers early next year. Previously adapted as an anime television series from Brain’s Base, which aired in the Spring of 2014, Shochiku’s live-action One Week Friends will be in Japanese theaters from […]