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Source Code: ミッション:8ミニッツ Mission: 8 Minutes Japanese DVD & Blu-Ray Release March 21st

Source Code ミッション:8ミニッツ Mission 8 Minutes Japanese DVD & Blu-Ray 21st March 2012

Thanks to our friend Rintaro Watanabe over in Japan, we now have a home release date for Source Code ミッション:8ミニッツ (Mission: 8 Minutes) in Japan.

After a successful run in theatres in Japan toward the end of 2011 (opening in October), you will now be able to pick up a copy of ミッション:8ミニッツ Mission: 8 Minutes on DVD or Blu-Ray on the 21st March 2012.

Rintaro has also sent over the link to Amazon Japan in case you want to pre-order, sure there are plenty of other retailers you will be able to pick it up from as well. I’ll leave you with the Japanese trailer.


ミッション:8ミニッツ Mission: 8 Minutes – Source Code In Japan

ミッション:8ミニッツ Mission:8 Minutes Source Code Japan Posterミッション:8ミニッツ Mission: 8 Minutes (Source Code) opened strong in Japan last weekend entering the box office charts at number 5. We’ve had some great feedback coming through Twitter to Director Duncan Jones, many like:

From pigitter:

I came to Roppongi in Tokyo to watch a source code. The movie theater was full . We love you!:D

From MorihiroFischer:

I saw “Source Code” yesterday in Tokyo, blew my mind completely. One of the year’s best. Thanks for the wonderful experience!

Duncan Jones and Mamoru Oshii for Cut Magazine - Tokyo Oct 2011 - デヴィッド・ボウイの息子と押井守As we mentioned previously, Duncan & Rodene went out to Japan at the beginning of September for a short promotional trip ahead of Source Code’s Japanese release. The undoubted highlight being a meeting with animation and live action film directing legend, 押井 守 Mamoru Oshii (Ghost In The Shell). As Rodene says on the Source Code tour Tumblr:

…they were interviewed at the same time with one interviewer and each had their own translator, it was a long but interesting interview!

The double interview has been published exclusively in CUT 11月号 magazine, available from their site, have yet to come across a complete translation (Help!) but Duncan did share a great boating analogy that the two Directors came up with while discussing the size of projects that they have been involved in, and would like to be involved in:

Making an indie film is like driving a speedboat.  You can turn fast, do what you want to, when you want to.  Source Code felt more like captaining an oil tanker.  Big, long, slow turns that required a lot of planning and notification.

What myself and Mr, Oshii would like to captain one day is a big blockbuster, or a battleship!

Duncan was also able to finally meet up with an old friend of the blog, a fine fellow who has been keeping us up to date with things over in Japan since MOON was released, Mr Rintaro Watanabe.

Rintaro Watanabe and Duncan Jones Oct 2011As well as meeting up to say hello, have a nice cup of tea & some biscuits, Rintaro and Duncan also found time to have a chat about MOON, Source Code, the film making process, and Duncan’s admiration for Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano (Zatoichi, Ichi The Killer).

For all our friends in Japan, thank you for going out to see Source Code over the last week, apologies for babbling away in English, am ashamed to say my Japanese isn’t great (none existent) so here are some interview links just for you 🙂

ダンカン・ジョーンズ( 映画監督 ) Duncan Jones Interview With Rintaro Watanabe

デビッド・ボウイの息子ダンカン・ジョーンズ監督が新作 Yorimo interview with Duncan Jones

ミッション:8ミニッツ Mission: 8 Minutes is in cinemas now!

Source Code Screens In Japan

Source Code might not be out until 28 October in Japan but it had its first media screening a couple of days ago on 18 August.

With thanks to Rintaro Watanabe, who was at that screening, here’s a photo from the event. Happily but not surprisingly, Rintaro thoroughly enjoyed the film and Duncan Jones tweeted at him that he may be in Japan soon. On 28 October, perhaps?

Meanwhile, to mark the release of Source Code on DVD and blu ray in the UK, In Style has released this video which aims to explain the science behind the source code in under two minutes. An astrophysicist lends a hand. You can watch that here.

ミッション:8ミニッツ SOURCE CODE Japan 10.28.11

Source Code Japan Mission:8 Opens Friday 28th October 2011ミッション:8ミニッツ Source Code opens in Japan on Friday 28th October 2011, kicking off with a premiere in Tokyo.

Ahead of the October opening, Source Code Director Duncan Jones will be taking a  break from writing his third film, to fly over to Japan for a short promotional trip at the end of this month. Continue reading ミッション:8ミニッツ SOURCE CODE Japan 10.28.11

MOON Japanese Promotional Goodies & DVD/Blu-Ray Release Dated

I am very lucky to have a very fine friend living in Japan at the moment, cannot thank Adam Touhig enough for sending these amazing Japanese MOON promotional goodies. Chirashi, lovely promotional booklet, unused cinema ticket, and of course, coloured gem fridge magnets (?!?).

Gallery below, click each to enlarge.

We also now have a Japanese home release date for MOON on DVD & Blu-Ray, so if you’re over there and missed the cinema release, you will be able to pick up a copy to enjoy at home on August 11th 2010, detail here, thanks to Rinato Watanabe for the link 🙂

MOON Japanese home release 11th August 2010
MOON Japanese home release 11th August 2010

MOON To Get German Cinema Release

Saturday 12th June marks the 1st anniversary of MOON going on general release, starting in the US in 2009. Now coming to the end of a successful theatrical run in Japan, we now have great news for those of you in Germany!

Confirmed by Director Duncan Jones, MOON will go on general release in Germany on July 15th, opening on 30 screens.

More news on the cinemas you’ll be able to catch MOON as soon as we get it. Duncan also did a few interviews with the German press yesterday, so look out for those, we’ll feature those as soon as they pop up 🙂

With the French DVD / Blu-Ray release on the 16th June, and the German theatrical release round the corner, it’s great to see MOON carry on it’s trip around the Earth.

Keeping with the international theme, here’s the DUBBED italian trailer, oh Lord!

月に囚われた男 MOON In Japan

MOON was released in Japan on 10th April 2010, expanded across further citys / screens from 24th April. As you may be aware from previous posts, the japanese release as been supported by a great new web site, an innovative twitter campaign, and some nice advanced booking goodies as well as a new trailer.

So How’s it doing over there? Thanks to Jason Gray over on Screen Daily we have some details on how MOON is being received:

Moon (Tsuki ni Torawareta Otoko, 『月に囚われた男』) has a Yahoo! Japan user rating of 4/5 stars, which is quite high.

Since 4/10 opening in Tokyo & Kanagawa, opened in Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka. Sapporo & Nagoya in May.

Opening was 2.3m yen on two screens, which is a strong per screen average. Grossed just over 7m yen as of Apr. 17/18 weekend.

Checking Box Office Mojo, as of 25th April, MOON has taken $132,657 (12,534,762.36 yen) with further screens to open shortly in May, full list of cities / cinemas as follows:

City > Cinema > Opens
Fukuoka Solaria Cinema 17th April 2010
Kyoto Kyoto Cinema 24th April 2010
Hyogo Cine Libre Kobe 24th April 2010

Or if you prefer in Japanese, full listing also here. So thanks to all our friends in Japan for news of MOON, and for going out and giving it such a great welcome, still time to get out to the cinema and see it if you haven’t already, and if you have, spread the word on a great, award winning movie 😉

Special thanks to Jason Gray, who you can follow on Twitter for more news on film in Japan.

Japanese MOON Advance Booking Bonus

Lovely gear from our friend @hip_priest_kobe promoting MOON in advance of it’s imminent Japanese release. Those booking tickets in advance will receive (as has Hip Priest) a lovely magnet,and a crystal charm thingy (very popular over there I understand?) Have a look.

If we can get hold of any, we’ll pop up a competition / give away kind of thing if you like? Thanks Hip Priest 🙂

Japan Gearing Up For MOON with Twitter Campaign

Japanese MOON Twitter campaign

News from Screen Daily article by Jason GraySony plans innovative Twitter campaign for Moon in Japan

MOON fans in Japan are being given the opportunity to take part in an innovative Twitter campaign promoting the April release of Duncan Jones’ debut feature.

From midnight on 25th March, until midnight on 31st March, the first 1000 Twitter users who follow the account promoting MOON & tweet using a specific hash tag ( #moon_otoko ) will be given special access to view footage from the movie online.

Users will be selected, and then be able to view the 1st 18 minutes of the film online on 5th April, while tweeting along discussing film at the same time.

Great to see MOON continue it’s journey around the world, and certainly seems to be getting some cool attention over in Japan.

MOON opens in Japan on 10th of April, see HERE for our previous coverage on the Japanese launch.

And maybe if you click on the image below, you’ll get to speak to GERTY 🙂

Japanese GERTY