ARROW – September 2022 Line Up
SEPTEMBER 2: SEVEN SAMURAI
A samurai answers a village’s request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with
Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, RASHOMON is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature a
A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon and
THE HIDDEN FORTRESS
Japanese peasants Matashichi and Tahei try and fail to make a profit from a tribal war. They find a man and woman whom they believe are simple tribe members hiding in a fortress. Although the peasants don’t know that Rokurota is a general and Yuki is a pri
Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa’s tightly paced, beautifully composed SANJURO. In this companion piece and sequel to YOJIMBO, jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan
THRONE OF BLOOD
Returning to their lord’s castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit’s prophecy comes true, Washizu’s scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit’
MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI
Nearly 20 years after his death and in the run-up to his centenary, Toshiro Mifune remains a true giant of Japanese cinema.
Dr. Lorca, an eccentric collector of biological oddities, has just acquired his greatest specimen; a horrible mutant born of noxious waste… but the creature’s rightful owner wants it back. The collector’s clash is cut short though, as the sickening specimen comes to life, re-animating an angry, oozing little army of ferocious freaks.
HEAD OF THE FAMILY
Join the huge-headed Myron Stackpool and his creepy clan for some frightening fun. Myron The “head” of the family is literally that – a giant head on a tiny body, who mentally controls the rest of his weird family including the seductive ‘Ernestina’, the behemoth ‘Otis’ and the stealthy ‘Wheeler’. The Stackpool family have been doing some freaky experiments in the bowels of their basement and now the local residents find that they are in way over their heads!
A rag-tag group of survivors try to avoid the battles of World War III; when they try to escape to the quiet lands, they encounter something much more deadly. Deep in an abandoned military lab they seek refuge and find themselves fighting against mutant rats and the creepozoids!
SEPTEMBER 9: VIOLENT COP
A detective breaks all rules of ethical conduct while investigating a colleague’s involvement in drug pushing and Yakuza activities.
Masaki, a baseball player and gas-station attendant, gets into trouble with the local Yakuza and goes to Okinawa to get a gun to defend himself. There he meets Uehara, a tough gangster, who is in serious debt to the yakuza and planning revenge.
A Japanese mobster attempts to even the score when he realises he and his lackeys have been pawns in a lethal game.
SEPTEMBER 16: TOURIST TRAP
In a deserted wax museum, SLAUSEN’S LOST OASIS, is the site for terror where young travelers are lured into a deadly TOURIST TRAP. Slausen is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction, which is more like a macabre chamber of horrors. The grotesque and frightening mannequins in this sordid side-show are only the beginning of the murderous mayhem.
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
In the quest to save souls, the Spanish Inquisition will stop at nothing and knows no boundaries for its evil. Maria must find the power to save her husband from the ultimate machine of torture: the razor-sharp pendulum poised over the pit of hell under the direction of Torquemada the Grand Inquisitor of Spain!
SEPTEMBER 26: A FUGITIVE FROM THE PAST
Considered the magnum opus of the five decades-long career of Tomu Uchida (Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji, The Mad Fox), the epic crime drama A FUGITIVE FROM THE PAST was voted third in the prestigious Kinema Junpo magazine’s 1999 poll of the Top Japanese Films of the 20th Century.
In 1947, a freak typhoon sends a passenger ferry running between Hokkaido and mainland Japan plunging to the ocean depths, with hundreds of lives lost. During the chaos, three men are witnessed fleeing a burning pawnshop in the Hokkaido port town of Iwanai. The police suspect theft and arson, and when Detective Yumisaka (Junzaburo Ban) discovers the burned remains of a boat and the corpses of two men, he sets about tracking the shadowy third figure. Meanwhile, the mysterious Takichi Inukai (Rentaro Mikuni) takes shelter with a prostitute, Yae (Sachiko Hidari), a brief encounter that will come to define both of their lives. A decade later, long after the trail has gone cold, Yumisaka is called back by his successor Detective Ajimura (Ken Takakura) as two new dead bodies are found.
This adaptation of Tsutomu Minakami’s 1700-page novel is a landmark in master director Uchida’s oeuvre. Its gritty monochrome photography has the immediacy of newsreel as Uchida uses the landscapes of postwar Japan to explore the massive social upheaval and unspoken legacies of the war, and create an unsettling karmic allegory of a man’s struggle to escape his past sins.
SEPTEMBER 30: LASERBLAST
Billy, an ostracised and loner teenager finds a laser gun in the California desert and with each use, he begins to mutate into a grotesque being. Becoming evil and more malevolent with each blast, he sets his weapon on terrorizing the locals in the small desert town. Now it’s a race against time to save Billy’s life before he becomes completely possessed by the weapon. But the aliens that accidentally left the ‘Laser Gun’ behind and the rightful owners, are on their way to claim the powerful weapon…and Billy’s life along with it!
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