Sleepy Eyes Wide Shut Dept.

Raizo Ichikawa as Nemuri Kyoshiro, the sleepy-eyed killer from a long-running series of novels in Japan, finally hits American video thanks to the good folks at AnimEigo.I'll see about working my way through this one when it comes out.

Lions Gate is also bringing us Hideo Nakata's period horror piece Kaidan (cf. Kwaidan).

Vertical, Inc. had to shelve their anthology of Oniroku Dan's S&M stories until next year, but for now there's at least one of the movies scripted from his stories: Secrets of a Desperate Housewife (nice title).

After Seijun Suzuki got blackballed for making Branded to Kill, he spent ten years in self-imposed exile. When he came back out, he made Story Of Sorrow And Sadness (no Amazon link yet), which was either a triumphant return the screen or a total cock-up depending on whose word you take. I'll have to find out for myself.

And just when you thought there wasn't enough Meiko Kaji to go around, Synapse rooted around in the vaults and came up with two, two, TWO from her catalog! Wandering Ginza Butterfly and Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler (god, what a title) both come out this May.

Annnnnnddddd ... AnimEigo's long-awaited domestic DVD edition of Yawara!, all in one set, comes out this may. This from Naoki Urasawa, the creator of Monster and 20th Century Boys and Pluto and so many other good things.

Tags: Hideo Nakata Japan links Meiko Kaji movies Naoki Urasawa Nemuri Kyoshiro Oniroku Dan Raizo Ichikawa Seijun Suzuki Vertical Inc.

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