VEXILLE, HANA, and LOVE AND HONOR Coming To North America ...

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VEXILLE, HANA, and LOVE AND HONOR Coming To North America ...

Some surprising pick ups for Funimation Entertainment announced at this year's Comic Con, along with one great big one that should put a smile on people's faces. The surprising ones first ...

Funimation have picked up domestic rights to Kore-Eda's Hana and Yoji Yamada's Love and Honor. It's not that these are live action titles that makes the pick ups surprising, the company has maintained a strong live action line for a good while now, it's that both are very serious drama's from very serious directors who already have well established fan bases and business relationships these shores. Who'd have thunk that either of these two directors would have films being released by an outfit that specializes in anime here? Regardless, given Tartan's rather half hearted treatment of Yamada's first two entries in his samurai trilogy - those being The Twilight Samurai and Hidden Blade - I'm not at all upset to see this final entry going elsewhere where it will hopefully be treated better.

The other pick up of note is Sori's Vexille, the dazzling new feature from the producers of Appleseed that is about to have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Yes, a theatrical release is planned prior to the DVD release.

Thanks to Ryan for the pointer

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Details at the ANN
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First twelve minutes of Vexille streaming here
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OpusAugust 1, 2007 4:39 AM

I just watched "Love & Honor" this past weekend, and liked it. Not nearly as good as "Twilight Samurai", but it's become more affecting as I've reflected it.

I can't wait for more folks to discover "Hana". I think some might be a little surprised by it, given Kore-Eda's previous films, but "Hana" is a truly delightful film.

adgyAugust 1, 2007 2:38 PM

Twilight Samurai was released by Empire Pictures in the US, not Tartan.

sharkbaitAugust 1, 2007 6:45 PM

Doh! Kitamura... I meant Kimura, of course.

logboyAugust 1, 2007 11:06 PM

i'll chime in on what opus says and say that i too found 'hana' to be an absolute surprise and an utter delight - very charming gentle comedy drama which isn't familiar with it's tone in a way which the term 'comedy drama' might suggest. it's kind of similar to those wonderful odd dramas that people have loved like 'taste of tea' or 'survive style five' without ever really getting wacky. great cast too.

thing is, aside from how good that film is, there's still not as much desire in me to see these make more than one subbed appearance, given how much can be covered and accessed that's yet to receive a subbed release... both 'hana' and 'love and honor' are out there in HK already, and i've the R2 J of 'hana' which is lovely.

sharkbaitAugust 2, 2007 12:29 AM

I too agree completely about Hana. To me it almost felt like a gently funny and whimsical version of Humanity and Paper Balloons. Lovely stuff.

RichAugust 3, 2007 3:04 AM

The video of Vexille was absolutely amazing. I will definitely being looking for out for its release in the US. I just hope that its story elements have not been neglected. Unfortunately that is too often the case with these types of films.

Rich
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