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Sogo Ishii’s CRAZY THUNDER ROAD Available on Blu-ray from Third Window Films (UK / 21 February)

Sogo Ishii's CRAZY THUNDER ROAD Available on Blu-ray from Third Window Films (UK / 21 February)

Hailed as Japan’s Mad Max, Sogo Ishii’s (Burst City, Gojoe) high-octane, loud-and-proud breakthrough hit was one of that country’s great success stories; a graduation project from a film school punk rocker bought by Toei Studios and released nationwide.

Sogo Ishii's CRAZY THUNDER ROAD Available on Blu-ray from Third Window Films (UK / 21 February)

The plot involves Ken, a gang leader dreaming of a quiet life with his girlfriend Noriko, and Jin, Ken’s maverick successor, who isn’t about to let yakuza kingpins or right-wing nutjobs tell him what to do or whom to kill. Jin’s violent individualism in a world where even outlaws follow the bosses’ orders references the doomed anti-establishment heroes of Kinji Fukasaku, but Crazy Thunder Road points toward a new style of genre filmmaking-fast-paced, quick-witted and brilliantly stylized.

Sogo Ishii's CRAZY THUNDER ROAD Available on Blu-ray from Third Window Films (UK / 21 February)

Third Window Films is pleased to announce the first physical release (in any format) outside of Japan of Sogo Ishii’s punk classic, featuring a new restoration supervised by the director alongside many new and exclusive extras, including an interview with Sogo Ishii, audio commentary by Tom Mes, and Jasper Sharp on Jishu Eiga.

Ken Wynne

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