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Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He contributed several essays to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011). Jon lives in San Francisco, but wishes he was back in Japan where he lived for seven years.

Confessions of a Dog DVD Release Finalized

A while back, we reported some basic details regarding Third Window Films’ acquisition and planned DVD release of Confessions of a Dog, a 2006 film which got blacklisted from theaters and general distribution in Japan due to its controversial content.  Well, just as the film is currently screening at the East Winds Festival in the UK this weekend, Third Window films has announced the finalized details of the film’s region 2 DVD release with pre-orders currently being taken on Amazon UK.  As originally reported, the street date for the DVD is still March 14th, 2011 and will be a 2-disc release with the following:

A anamorphic widescreen transfer with removable english subtitles
40 minute ‘Making Of’ featuring deleted scenes
Interview with director Gen Takahashi
Panel discussion at the Shinsedai Film Festival
Q&A with director at Shinsedai Film Festival
Trailers of other Third Window releases

In addition, for early bird purchasers, the first 1,000 copies pressed will include a Limited Edition collectable 35mm film cell postcard.

Third’s Window’s synopsis of the film:

Violence, illegal pay-offs, drugs, intimidation – all things that you would relate to the yakuza, the Japanese mafia, but Gen Takahashi’s epic 3-hour exposé introduces us to the most dangerous gang on the streets – Japanese Law Enforcement.

Takeda (Shun Sugata) is an honest police officer, father and husband, but after he’s promoted to detective he quickly becomes embroiled in dirty back room dealings, blackmail, and corruption that goes right to the top of the force. Meanwhile renegade investigator Kusama (Junichi Kawamoto) must decide whether he should shake the foundations of Japanese law enforcement with the information that has come into his possession about the police. What will happen if both these men listen to their consciences?

As we’ve mentioned several times on this site and podcast, the film is pretty incredible.  I’ve personally mentioned it being one of my favorite Japanese films to have been released in the past several years, so if you’re not able to catch it in the UK at East Winds or during its general release, be sure to get the DVD.

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