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Old 08-26-22, 12:12 PM
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Error 4444 - the wild and obscure side of Asian cinema

There's been a little discussion of Error 4444 titles here, but I thought they might deserve their own thread.

This big batch of announcements is especially interesting because I've had my eye on Gold Ninja's release of Thrilling Bloody Sword, which is sourced from a release print, but it sounds as if 4444 will have something more striking on the way.

NEW FILM ANNOUNCEMENTS!

FATAL TERMINATION (1990) - That’s right! We’re working on a restoration of the legendary Hong Kong action film with arguably the most irresponsible and dangerous scenes ever put to film. But it’s really so much more than just those scenes. Watching the amazing cast including Moon Lee, Ray Lui, Simon Lam, Robin Shou and Phillip Ko go after each other with nonstop precision is exhilarating to say the least. This is definitely one film every Hong Kong action lover should see!

CHALLENGE OF THE LADY NINJA (1983) - May we introduce the most outlandish martial arts film you’ve never seen! This Taiwanese ninja film is overflowing with crazy antics: female mud wrestling, giant spider webs, underground gopher fights, murder by ninja seduction, an all-female assassin squad and several big bads. It’s an incredible little martial arts film that really throws everything in the book at you. We’re proud to be doing a brand new restoration of the film and hope that you all embrace it with as much affection as we have for it. It has strong female lead characters who kick ass and we honestly can’t wait to show it off to you soon!

THRILLING BLOODY SWORD (1981) - You may have heard of this one recently as a print of it was scanned and released to the public. We’re doing a proper restoration of the original elements to make sure the film is seen in the right way for the first time ever and we went through the correct channels to do so. Like CHALLENGE, this Taiwanese film is filled with crazy predicaments and set-pieces, but it’s a fantasy wuxia fairy tale epic that looks a lot like what a live-action Heavy Metal magazine adaptation may look like if it were done right in the 1980s. We’re talking He-Man meets Flash Gordon meets Ghostbusters meets Snow White meets Aladdin. Monsters, flashy costumes, black magic, wild set decoration… you’re gonna love it!

THE IMPERIAL SWORD KILLING THE DEVIL (1981) - Released the same year as BLOODY SWORD, IMPERIAL is another Taiwanese fantasy wuxia picture that takes off at warp speed and never rests until you suddenly realize it's all over and can safely wipe the sweat from your forehead. This film has skeletons, acid pits, flying dragons that make people explode, cartoon death drops and rock climbing and that’s all in the first ten minutes! This is a film that rushes by you. It’s like a fast moving train and if you catch it, you’ll be privy to all its secrets and amazingness. We’re thrilled to be doing a full restoration so it can be seen again in all its glory. All aboard!

That’s all for now! We’re working on more films, but this is all we can announce at the moment! We’re also hard at work ensuring CENTIPEDE HORROR and RED SPELL SPELLS RED are ready for October. And we’re hoping to get RUN AND KILL and RED TO KILL out within the fourth quarter of this year. We’ll see! Anyway, we hope these new title announcements tide you over. Thanks for all your continued support and kindness!
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Re: Error 4444 - the wild and obscure side of Asian cinema

I believe that the Gold Ninja release of Thrilling Bloody Sword is barebones? The print was nicely restored but they still had the original hardcoded subs with the grammatical mistakes.
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They’ll probably do a limited number of copies because although those are very unique and interesting HK titles, I don’t foresee selling thousands of copies. Red to Kill is a very hard watch for example.
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I believe that the Gold Ninja release of Thrilling Bloody Sword is barebones?
The extras are:

*Commentary Track by World Pop Cinema Scholar Tars Tarkas and Justin Decloux*He Wrote Every Punch: The Career of Writer/Director Chang Hsin-Yi

*A Beginner’s Guide to Psychotronic Taiwanese Cinema

*A Taiwanese Perspective with Jessica Tseang

*Bonus Feature Film: Incredible Kung Fu Mission (1979) in SD
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Re: Error 4444 - the wild and obscure side of Asian cinema

Fatal Termination sounds interesting, but I don't think the others really sound like my taste.
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I’ll facetiously take a small credit for perpetuating FATAL TERMINATION’s infamy in the west. Fifteen years ago I posted the “irresponsible and dangerous” scene on YouTube, and for years it was virtually the only clip you could find anywhere. Others posted it later, but can’t touch views on mine, nor the number of “outraged” comments. I think it was from either an LD or a VCD, because the HK DVD (finally!) came out much later. Nice to see it getting picked up for a Blu-ray – although I know the price will put me off, and with companies as increasingly fringe as this one, I seriously doubt we’ll see a sale. Still, it certainly seems like we’ll be seeing more of these popular b-list ‘girls with guns’ action pictures from various labels . . . eventually.

Plus, I’m the one who is always griping on here that few people these days make the effort to explore contemporary Taiwanese cinema instead of whatever new soft propaganda ‘movies’ China manages to land on our shores, so if these cheesy, old, and largely (rightfully) forgotten martial arts oddities move a few people in that direction, then it’s a start. Won’t cross my fingers, though.

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I stand corrected on the extras.
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Re: Error 4444 - the wild and obscure side of Asian cinema

Remaining copies of Slipcase #2 for Centipede Horror (1982) & Red Spell Spells Red (1983) went up on the site 25-minutes ago.

Not sure how many were put up but this is solid news for anyone who missed out on getting a copy.

https://error4444.bigcartel.com/
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Received these two over the holidays and thought it was amusing that they packed all the bonus stuff for both titles in a separate envelope. Once I tried to put the items into their respective cases, I found out why: I could barely get them closed. I appreciate all the effort and the sense of 'collectability' that goes into this stuff (and the marketing reasons behind it), but I could really live without most of it. The booklets would've been enough.

Incidentally, I don't think those remaining copies amounted to much, as they went pretty quick. I can't imagine there'd be rights/licencing issues that would prevent them from releasing 'standard' editions of these obscurities down the road, especially if they want to build any kind of catalog.

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