Competition: Win Japanese Film DVDs


Director Sono’s films up for grabs

To mark the release of ‘Himizu’ [ヒミズ], the 68th Venice Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award-winning Japanese film in UK cinemas, Japan Centre is running a competition in conjunction with Third Windows Films for you to be in with a chance of winning two DVDs from Himizu master-director Sion Sono. We’ve got 2 sets of his 4-hour epic Love Exposure and chilling thriller Cold Fish up for grabs, for more information on how to enter please see below.

New Release ‘Himizu’

The theatrical release of the newest film from Sion Sono, Himizu opens in cinemas across the UK on June 1st.

Adapted from the manga of the same name, Himizu is the powerful story of two teenagers’ struggle to live in a dystopian future-Japan destroyed by natural disaster. When young Yuichi is pushed too far he embarks on a violent campaign of revenge against society’s evil doers and it’s up to Keiko who is desperately in love with him to try to bring him back to the path of a decent man. A heart-rending drama and tender love story, Himizu features startling performances from its young leads who won the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 68th Venice Film Festival.

For more information about screenings make sure to check out Third Window Films.

How To Enter

To enter and be in with a chance of winning Love Exposure & Cold Fish on DVD, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, our facebook post, or reply to our tweet telling us what in your opinion is the best ‘end of the world’ movie of all time? We will choose 2 lucky winners on Monday June 11th.

Good luck everyone and make sure you keep an eye out for our next Japan Centre competition!

Terms & Conditions: Entrants must be over 18 years old, full postage address will be needed. Cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent.

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23 Comments on “Competition: Win Japanese Film DVDs”

  1. Wolfe
    June 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Casshern! The ending is very philosophical and beautiful.

  2. June 7, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Akira, hands down is the best ‘End of the world’ movie. It’s got everything and begins and ends with a massive catastophe!

  3. mistersix
    June 7, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Akira, no doubt about it. Starts with an apocalyptic explosion destroying Tokyo, ends with a giant, psychic-kenetic monster and another apocalyptic explosion.
    And it has the coolest motorbike ever.

  4. Sarah Sakimoto
    June 8, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    28 days later

  5. ashley
    June 9, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Dr Strangeglove

  6. June 9, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Resident evil :)

  7. June 9, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; sometimes animation and a childlike touch can give the best representations of the most serious subjects.

    • June 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Katie,

      Congratulations you’ve won a copy of Love Exposure & Cold Fish on DVD from Japan Centre!
      Please email us your address to so that we can post out your prize to you.

      Many Thanks,
      Japan Centre

  8. Neil Simpson
    June 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    The Road

  9. June 10, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    I am Legend

  10. mauro pittiruti
    June 10, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    All of my old favorites – The last man of earth (1964), On the beach (1959), etc. – have been surpassed by Melancholia (2011), the stunning masterpiece by Lars von Trier.
    As regards Japanese movies, i still enjoy the final explosion of the whole Japan (and maybe the world…) at the end of the totally crazy Dead or alive (1999) by Miike.

  11. GavinT
    June 10, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    “Threads”. Sure, it’s a Brit film, with a very British perspective (1980’s UK)… but it’s very grim.

  12. jimsi
    June 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    The day of the triffids . never watch a meteor storm .

  13. Kay
    June 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Sound’s fab – hope I can get to see it!

  14. Gareth Williams
    June 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Six-string Samurai is blatantly a classic post-apocalypse film.

  15. Karasu
    June 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Terminator salvation is cool

  16. Ichiban-nl
    June 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm #


  17. Alan Cheverton
    June 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    My favourite end of the world movie is The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy. Not an obvious choice for many (and I’m taking liberties with the ‘end of the world’ tag), but as the world gets blown to pieces just a short while after the film starts, I like to think it shows that life can still go on.

  18. June 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Independence Day, there is a very old black and white film about a nuclear explosion where only 7 people were left on the planet, but i can’t remember the name of it.

  19. Becky
    June 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    12 monkeys

  20. Emily
    June 11, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Oh I can’t decide! I would chose Independance Day or 12 Monkeys as they are amazing films but others have already said them. So I am going to go for Rise of the Planet of the Apes/Planet of the Apes as I suppose they are pretty much a single long story.

  21. Laura D.
    June 11, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    I would second Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: absolutely gripping. ^_^

  22. June 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Fish Story by Yoshihiro Nakamura.

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