Spring saw greater prospects for UK-banner Third Window Films. They’ve kept the engine running since being acquired by Arrow Films and have sustained their platform for rare Asian niche titles with a rousing line-up of films added to their library, among which you’ll find SABU’s Dangan Runner (a.k.a. Non-Stop) following its announcement in March.
Actors Taguchi Tomorowo, Diamond Yukai and Tsutsumi Shinichi headline the eclectic 1996 high-speed crime thriller from oft-actor and screenwriter, director SABU. The film stands as one of the most celebrated of 90s-era thrillers out of Japan, further casting a light on the Far East for the kind of regional, iconic, often NSFW and boundary-pushing cinema that bodes with worldly appeal at festivals around.
DANGAN RUNNER (aka NON-STOP) is the story of three losers brought together by fate with disastrous results. A would-be bank robber forgets his mask on his first big heist, and then botches an attempt to shoplift a replacement mask from a nearby convenience store. The store’s clerk, a washed-up rock star, chases the thief and literally runs into a Yakuza thug to whom he owes money. Thus begins an all-night, three-way pursuit through the streets of Tokyo.
Dangan Runner also stars Maro Akaji and Osugi Ren.
Third Window Films is slotting a November UK release which will likely include its own variant artwork for its ceremonial debut Blu-Ray release. Check back for further updates!