We have two amazing releases this week, maybe our biggest weekend of the year, with Toyoda Toshiaki’s amazing “The Day of Destruction” and Macoto Tezka’s “The Legend of the Stardust Brothers”. Both are being offered on limited edition Blu-ray and VHS with wide DVD and VOD releases coming early 2022.
Please note: These are PRE-ORDER titles. Please note the expected shipping time below. Then give us about 2 weeks after that to get all pre-orders in the mail. We will not be responding to inquires on order status until 2 weeks after the estimated ship date has passed. Thanks!
Seven years ago, a mysterious monster was found deep in a rural coal mine. Since then, rumors of a plague spread through the small town, and people experience an unexplainable mental illness. A young Shugendo practitioner goes missing only to resurface transformed, intent on exorcising the world from the monsters haunting it. Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda (Blue Spring) in a moment of urgent creativity that includes the short Wolf’s Calling (JC 2020), his latest film stars the magnetic Kiyohiko Shibukawa (Lowlife Love, JC 2016), MahiToThePeople (of the band GEZAN in his debut film role), Issey Ogata (Tony Takitani), Yosuke Kubozuka (Giri/Haji), and Ryuhei Matsuda (The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan, JC 2019).
-Wolf’s Calling Short
Meet the Stardust Brothers, a 1980s Japanese pop duo manufactured by a shady music mogul when he brings together two wannabe stars—punk rock rebel Kan and new-wave crooner Shingo—and transforms them into a girl-friendly, silver-jumpsuited, synth-pop sensation. Along with their appointed #1 fan, who herself dreams of a music career, the duo rockets to stardom, only to discover that, as the lyrics of one of their insanely catchy songs makes clear, “Once you reach No. 1, you just go down.”
In 1985, Macoto Tezka (son of the great manga artist Osamu Tezuka) met musician and TV personality Haruo Chicada who had made a soundtrack to a movie which didn’t actually exist: The Legend of the Stardust Brothers. At the time Macoto was just 22 years old, a film-student with many short experimental films under his belt, but yet to make a feature-debut and of course had the pressure of the TEZUKA name. With Chicada as producer, Tezka then adapted this “fake sountrack” into the real movie story of “The Stardust Brothers”.
With inspiration from “Phantom of the Paradise” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, Tezuka assembled a cast of some of Japan’s most famous musicians of the time, including such greats as Kiyohiko Ozaki, ISSAY, Sunplaza Nakano and Hiroshi Takano, alongside many famous names in Manga such as Monkey Punch (Lupin the 3rd), Shinji Nagashima (Hanaichi Monme), Yosuke Takahashi (Mugen Shinsi) and even many upcoming film directors of the time such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata) and Daihachi Yoshida (The Kirishima Thing). The resulting film “The Legend of the Stardust Brothers” is the exact definition of a cult film. Despite the huge array of talent on board with a large budget, the film is totally unknown even to this day in both Japan and worldwide. More than 30 years since its release, The Stardust Brothers will finally make itself known worldwide with a new master and a brand new Director’s Cut!
-Making Of-Director Interview
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-PRE-ORDERS can NOT be cancelled once placed due to our fulfillment system.
-POSTERS when applicable are provided free of charge. They are not replaced due to damage or if missing. They can run out without warning. Poster is shipped folded with the media, however you can get it sent rolled in a tube (or shipped rolled in a large box at our discretion) HERE.
Pre-sales start 5/27/21 7pm EST and will show as sold out until then. Copies are expected to ship around very end of August 2021. This release is limited to 200 units on professionally run BD-R’s, however if all 200 units of each Blu-ray sells out by 6/10 we will expand the release to 1000 units on pressed media. VHS editions are limited to 25 units each and start shipping around the same time.
Also note, as per demand, we have added a new T-Shirt and Mini-Poster listing for “Howl from Beyond the Fog” featuring artwork from the amazing Matt Frank for our 2nd edition release of that motion picture on Blu-ray. Posters are limited to 100 units and start shipping around end of June.