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Radiance Films Releasing The Bounty Hunter Trilogy

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  • Radiance Films Releasing The Bounty Hunter Trilogy

    Coming 3/24/24.

    Before he made his name in Lone Wolf and Cub Tomisaburo Wakayama starred in this triptych of violent samurai spectacles that draw on James Bond and Spaghetti Westerns for inspiration yet feature the familiar style and blood-spattering action of the period. Wakayama stars as Doctor and spy-for-hire Shikoro Ichibei who in Shigehiro (The Streetfighter) Ozawa’s Killer’s Mission is hired to prevent the sale of firearms to a hostile Shogun. In Eiichi (13 Assassins) Kudo’s follow-up, The Fort of Death, Ichibei is hired on a Seven Samurai-style mission to protect a village of farmers from a ruthless Lord. The final film sees Ozawa return for Eight Men to Kill, in which Ichibei is hired to recover a cache of stolen gold from the government’s mine. Featuring an array of weapons and gadgets that would make Q proud with Ichibei supported by a band of helpers including fellow spies, ronin and female ninjas, the Bounty Hunter films deliver action thrills galore and deserve to sit alongside the celebrated action epics that followed.
    High-Definition digital transfer of each film presented on two discs, made available on Blu-ray (1080p) for the first time in the world
    Uncompressed mono PCM audio
    Audio commentary on Killer’s Mission by Tom Mes
    Interview with film historian and Shigehiro Ozawa expert Akihito Ito about the filmmaker
    Visual essay on Eiichi Kudo by Japanese cinema expert Robin Gatto
    Series poster and press image gallery
    Optional English subtitles
    Six postcards of artwork from the films
    Reversible sleeves featuring artwork based on original posters
    Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by samurai film expert Alain Silver, an obituary of Eiichi Kudo by Kinji Fukasaku and an interview piece on Shigehiro Ozawa after his retirement from filmmaking
    Limited Edition of 3000 copies, presented in a rigid box with full-height Scanavo cases and removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings

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  • #2
    I'm not familiar with these.

    Has anyone seen them? Any good?, etc.


    • #3
      This is now OOP in North American, whatever stock is out there at retailers is what is left.
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      • #4
        I finished with this set last night. I enjoyed the first two films but absolutely loved the third (Eight Men to Kill). That's one I will definitely revisit. The Radiance release looks and sounds amazing. In know we are lucky to have 6 LWaC films but I wish there were a few more of these Bounty Hunter films as well. Hell, Shintaro Katsu did like 30 chanbara films. :)


        • #5
          Originally posted by Ian Jane View Post
          This is now OOP in North American, whatever stock is out there at retailers is what is left.
          Hopefully that's viewed as a success for Radiance. Maybe we'll get Hanzo the Razor next?


          • #6
            Originally posted by Jason C View Post

            Hopefully that's viewed as a success for Radiance. Maybe we'll get Hanzo the Razor next?
            Would be a dream come true, but Criterion has them at least in the US (don't know about UK). Which is so unfortunate. Criterion are the enemy of cinema. There are so many Japanese films that they are holding as hostage, having acquired the US/UK rights without any intention to release them on disc.


            • #7
              Aren't the Hanzo movies Toho? If so then almost no chance of them coming from Radiance.