It’s been quite a rollercoaster in the last several years for UK-based Third Window Films. After launching in 2005 with an interest in tapping into Asian cult cinema for better profusion overseas, the company found itself wrestling with theatrical distribution in 2012 and resorted to scaling down to release to DVD and Blu-Ray rollout efforts with the help of Fusion Media Group until parent company Curzon folded it into its Artificial Eye shingle.
That pretty much left Third Window Films blowing in the wind back in January which further left things uncertain along with other distributors of the same size. On Thursday, the humble niche distributor of Japanese titles like Love Exposure, Tetsuo 1 and 2, Tokyo Fist and recently listed hopefuls such as Uchida Eiji’s Love And Other Cults, Sono Sion’s Antiporno, limited edition two-disc animated titles – Osamu Tezuka’s 1001 Nights and Cleopatra, SABU’s 1996 crime comedy, Dagan Runner and Tsukamoto Shinya’s Fires On The Plain have finally found their savior in Arrow Films.
The deal is also a great sweetner for Third Window’s longtime partners at Terracotta Distribution whose banner currently hosues its own variety of titles including Chang’s Death Bell, Johnnie To’s Sparrow, and kung fu classics like The Nine Demons, The Dragon’s Snake Fist and The Shanghai 13.
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