Thursday 19 December 2019

First Love (Takashi Miike) & Samurai Marathon (Bernard Rose) coming to disc and digital

Signature Entertainment proudly presents two exciting Japan-set features, the epic and gorgeous Samurai Marathon from 6th January, and the wildly entertaining First Love from 14th February.


From Bernard Rose, director of Candyman. Get ready for an epic historical setting, action, violence and suspense in the gorgeous SAMURAI MARATHON this January.

Inspired by a real-life race that is still held annually in Japan, Samurai Marathon is an epic sword slasher from the team behind 13 Assassins and The Last Emperor. In the late feudal era of Japan, a young ninja (Satoh) is operating undercover in the court of an aging Lord during a peaceful era of Japan that is on the brink of change. After the Lord challenges his lazy samurais to a punishing marathon to toughen them up, the ninja finds his loyalties put to the test. Facing impossible odds, this unusual band of characters is running a race to win or die.

Starring Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Shôta Sometani (First Love) and Danny Huston (The Aviator), Samurai Marathon is thrilling adventure with original music from legendary composer Philip Glass (A Brief History of Time, The Hours).

Signature Entertainment presents Samurai Marathon on Digital HD from 20th January 


Blood, gore, severed heads and a tender love story at its heart. Visionary director Takashi Miike (Audition, 13 Assassins, Ichi The Killer) returns to the big screen with the wildly entertaining Tarantino-esque crime thriller First Love.

A boxer with a brain tumour, a crooked cop with terrible luck, an amputee Chinese gangster and a terrified call girl who’s stalked by a ghost in tighty whities come together in action-packed chaos. First Love is the story of Leo and Monica, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one raucous night of unadulterated mayhem in Tokyo.

Starring Masataka Kubota (13 Assassins), Nao Ohmori (Ichi the Killer) and Shōta Sometani (Himizu) and a brilliantly unhinged performance from Japanese TV personality Becky. Prepare for love, laughs and lots of death when First Love hits screens from Valentine’s Day 2020.

Signature Entertainment presents First Love in Cinemas & Digital HD from 14th February and Blu-ray & DVD 24th February  

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