Drafthouse Films are bringing the visceral cinematic treat The World of Kanako to VOD (Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo and more) on December 4, 2015 with a DVD and Blu-ray release scheduled for early 2016. Director Tetsuya Nakashima who is responsible for films such as Confessions (Kokuhaku) and Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma monogatari) is receiving praise for his current madcap thriller as “remarkable” and – my favorite – “drags you to hell and leave you for dead (Twitch).” The visuals in the trailer are exciting and remind me of a Taratino film – at least as far as composition and editing. To announce the film, Drafthouse are sharing the trailer and the poster to help you get excited for the film’s upcoming early December release. Check it out and let us know what you think!
From the press release:
Drafthouse Films will release Tetsuya Nakashima’s acclaimed thriller The World of Kanako in select theaters on December 4th, as well as making it available on multiple digital VOD platforms including Amazon Instant, iTunes, Vimeo, and VHX. A home video release on Blu-ray and DVD is slated for early 2016.
An uncompromising revenge thriller of operatic scope, The World of Kanako is a non-stop visual and emotional assault to the senses as it follows troubled ex-detective Akikazu (KÃ´ji Yakusho, 13 Assassins, Babel) on the hunt for his missing teenage daughter, Kanako. What he discovers in his search is an unsettling and harrowing web of depravity——surrounding both Kanako and himself. As Akizaku stumbles along a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence, he finds himself woefully unprepared for the revelations that affect all he holds dear.
Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions, Japan’s submission for the Academy’s ® best foreign language film in 2011), The World of Kanako is an astonishing tour de force of mystery, beauty and boundary-pushing violence. A wildly kinetic and startlingly venomous throwback to the best that Asian extreme cinema has to offer, The World of Kanako offers a trip right up to the edge of a man’s private hell——and over it.
About Drafthouse Films
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of “sharing the films we love with widest audience possible,” Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions, which was named of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Films Of The Year.” Their diverse and unique slate includes Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly-acclaimed, Oscar ® nominated documentary The Act Of Killing produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, Ari Folman’s post-apocalyptic meta-sci-fi The Congress starring Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti and John Hamm, Michel Gondry’s surrealist romance Mood Indigo starring Audrey Tautou, Midnight Movie sensations Miami Connection and The Visitor and rediscovered classics Wake In Fright and Ms. 45.
Recent and upcoming releases include romance-horror hybrid Spring; the hotly anticipated The Look Of Silence, Oppenheimer’s companion piece to The Act Of Killing; 70’s-set true crime epic The Connection starring Oscar ®-winning Best Actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist), the European flipside to William Friedkin’s The French Connection; The Keeping Room, from director Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), based on Julia Hart’s acclaimed Black List screenplay, starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington; the multiple Cannes award winning The Tribe, filmed entirely in Ukrainian Sign Language with a cast of deaf, non-professional actors; and a remastered re-release, in conjunction with Olive Films, of the 1981 disasterpiece Roar, the most dangerous film ever made, starring Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and a cast of 150 untrained lions, tigers and exotic animals.
Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Birth. Movies. Death.
THE WORLD OF KANAKO
Japanese Language, with English subtitles