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FREE Prizes: WIN Lady Snowblood 1 & 2 Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook – 2 Copies To Giveaway – NOW CLOSED!

Competition is now closed!

Arrow Films is pleased to announce that Monday September 24th will see the hugely influential Lady Snowblood films lovingly restored and released on Blu-ray (Region 2) for the very first time, anywhere in the world and will be available as both a Limited Edition Blu-ray SteelBook™ and a 3-disc Blu-ray & DVD Dual Format Set.

Limited Edition Steelbook: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Snowblood-Limited-Edition-SteelBook-Blu-Ray/dp/B007XRX88E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348227792&sr=8-1

3-disc Blu-ray & DVD Dual Format Set: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lady-Snowblood-Format-Edition-Blu-Ray/dp/B007XRX9AG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348227792&sr=8-2

These long-awaited releases will contain the following special features:

  • “Slicing Through the Snow” – An exclusive interview with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp
  • Collector’s booklet “The Crimson Kimono” by critic Tom Mes, illustrated with original stills.
  • Original theatrical trailers for both films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both features
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • Original Mono Audio (uncompressed PCM on Blu-ray)

Diverse Japan is thrilled to be able to offer two lucky winners a copy of the Limited Edition Steelbook

To enter, all you have to do is:

“Like” Diverse Japan on Facebook (click here or press the button on the right hand side of the page)

Leave a comment below (Nothing rude or abusive, otherwise you will be disqualified)

Those who have already ‘liked’ Diverse Japan facebook page can of course still enter, but you will still need to leave a comment.

Competition ends on Monday 1st October, 2012 at midnight UK time.

Two winners will be selected at random and notified by email, so please make sure you leave a correct email address when you enter your comment below. The names of the winners will also be announced on Diverse Japan.

Please note: The competition is open to UK Residents only.

It couldn’t be easier – So what are you waiting for?!!!

Meiko Kaji as Lady Snowblood

About Lady Snowblood 1 & 2

Originally adapted from Kazuo Kioke and Kzuo Kamimura’s manga manuscripts, Lady Snowblood and its sequel Lady Snowblood: Love Song Of Vengeance tell the twisted tale of Yuki, a woman raised from birth for one terrible, blood splattering purpose… murder!

Expertly played by the beautiful but vicious Meiko Kaji (Female Prisoner Scorpion, Blind Woman’s Curse), Yuki first sets out to maim those who raped her mother and left her rotting in a stinking women’s prison, where she would later die during childbirth. Trained in deadly fighting arts and masterful sword play, our new found heroine – Lady Snowblood – is cursed to wander the lands in pursuit of her targets.

Then, in the second piece of this ultra-violent pie, the stirring sequel – Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance – Yuki is caught up in the corrupt and murderous world of politics. As she works with the secret police, spying on anarchists and enemies of the status quo, expect yet more outrageous revenge and – of course – fountains of blood.

From legendary Japanese director Toshiya Fujita, the two blood-splattered Samurai masterpieces are credited as the main inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series.

Kill Bill borrows plot lines, characters, visual motifs (check out the comparision below) and scenic settings from its seminal 1970s predecessor. In particular, the character O-Ren Ishii is based on Lady Snowblood herself. The famous Kill Bill scene in which The Bride fights O-Ren Ishii uses a snowy landscape that echoes scenes in Lady Snowblood.

Lady Snowblood & Kill Bill comparision

Arrow Films Official Website: www.arrowfilms.co.uk

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  1. September 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    OMG! We just wanted to get those films for our collection…now I’ll wait and keep my fingers crossed instead. Good luck to all the others! :-)

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    • September 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      These are fantastic films and DJ is thrilled to be able to giveaway 2 copies of the Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook. . Thanks for being the first to enter! Good luck!!

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  2. September 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Looks great! Entered (Sophie Carroll) xx

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  3. September 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Awesome series. Influenced many filmmakers – not just the obvious one!

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    • September 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Indeed it did, Chet. Thanks for your comment. Good luck!

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  4. September 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Great films. Really looking forward to seeing them on Blu-ray. Hope I win.

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  5. September 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Looks great hope I win

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  6. Euan Janes
    September 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I’d love to see this. That steel book set looks lovely too!

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    • September 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Yes, will make a great collectors item! Good luck!

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  7. Tim Grimes
    September 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Wow that’s an awesome prize.

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  8. Léo
    September 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Great movie ! I was waiting for this !

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  9. Kristian Christopher
    September 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Love Meiko! Please count me in! :D

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  10. September 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Love both films! The soundtrack is just flawless.

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    • September 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      I agree, the music, like the film’s themselves, is iconic!! Good luck!

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  11. September 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    These look like great films. I would love to win.

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    • September 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Ritchie – Diverse Japan really can’t praise these films enough. They are two of the greatest films of the chanbara (Swordplay) genre (in DJ’s opinion).

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  12. André Salgueiro
    September 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    One of my favourite movies of all time with the lovely Meiko Kaji, the best actress of the 70s.

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    • September 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! Thanks for your comment and good luck!

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  13. Simon Gifford
    September 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I’m sure I will enjoy these movies.. I’ve definitely seen the 1st one which I believe was a big influence on Kill Bill Volume 1 (check the showdown in the snowy landscape!)

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  14. AngieC
    September 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    These comps just don’t stop :D Entered!

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    • September 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks, Angie – we aim to please :) Good luck!!

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  15. September 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Tarantino always so diverse in his inspirations, shame on me for not seeing these films before =P…loved Kill Bill so I know I’d enjoy these too.

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    • September 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I know you appreciate good music too, MorningBerryz, so perhaps you should check out Meiko Kaji’s (Lady Snowblood herself) music – she has a great voice. I’ll send you a couple of tracks as a taster :)

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      • September 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm

        Thank you!! It’s so great that so many talents in Japan embrace so much more than their main careers…with music always such a common venture to explore. I always love whenever i learn that someone familiar or not is also a music artist and at times I backtrack an idol or actress’ career to find that they too also explored music and even if it’s for just a lone single it’s still most wonderful (=.

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  16. September 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    You made some valid points, Morning Berryz. It’s interesting that even back in the 1970’s it was the norm for many actors and actresses to record the theme song for their films. It’s still going on today; Rina Takeda from Karate Girl is a case in point. I guess many actors and actresses have a background in music to some degree. I’m very much like you in that I find myself backtracking a particular artists’ career. There’s still so much to discover.

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  17. September 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    This is really great movie! I got the dvd, but cant wait to see the bluray :-)!!!!

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    • September 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Charles. The sequel, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance is also part of this new Blu-ray release – comp is for a copy of the Limited Edition Blu-ray SteelBook, but a 3-disc Blu-ray & DVD Dual Format Set will also be released (out Monday 24th September).

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  18. Andrew McGuire
    September 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve read the manga, but haven’t seen the films, though I have watched clips on Youtube, and listened many times to the theme song, Shura no Hana, which of course features in the Kill Bill Soundtrack. I think I’d make a worthy winner, but that’s just my opinion.

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  19. September 27, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I’ve waited for a LONG time to check these out…I’ve heard nothing but good things. Congrats to whoever wins :)

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    • September 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Byron. They are indeed fantastic films!

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  20. John Seaman
    September 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Meiko Kaji is stunning, would love to win this set!

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    • September 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Totally agree! She still looks fantastic today!! Good luck!

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  21. Carl May
    September 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Saw the first film (which was awesome by the way) as part of a double pack DVD (other film being Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx) many moons ago. No longer in possession of said DVD so would love to win this prize!

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  22. Karen Donald
    September 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    would love to win

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  23. stuart hargreaves
    September 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    another great film another great comp

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  24. Nicole
    September 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Looks like a great film

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    • September 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      There’s two films in this collection: Lady Snowblood 1 & 2. Good luck!

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  25. Adam Robinson
    September 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Looks like a great film, have not seen so would love to win

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  26. September 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Liked you on facebook.

    Will be very interested to see the film. Looks good.

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  27. gilla01
    September 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Liked you on Facebook.

    Would very much like to see the film.

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  28. Ellen
    September 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Brilliant – my friend is obsessed with Japanese films, will make an excellent Christmas present :)

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  29. Vicky limerick
    September 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Not sure what to put so…. Good Luck everyone!!!

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  30. Al MacInnes
    September 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Excellent ;-)

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  31. Chris Maddocks
    September 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Great Prize :)

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  32. Allan Smith
    September 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Great site! Keep up the good work.

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    • September 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Really appreciate your kind comment, Allan. Good luck!

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  33. andrea miles
    September 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    this sounds worth watching

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  34. September 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook. Would very much like to see this film :)

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  35. JoC
    September 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I’m a massive fan of Kill Bill, especially volume 1…didn’t realise it was based so heavily on this original Japanese classic and would love the chance to see it. x

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    • September 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Not so much based on, rather inspired by. Thanks for your comment. Fingers crossed :)

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  36. soozybee
    September 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Awesome competition

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  37. Val swift
    September 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I’d love to watch this, fingers crossed I win!

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  38. Paul Martin
    September 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    great site and giveawy

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    • September 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment, Paul. Good luck!!

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  39. Belinda Matthews
    September 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    love the giveaway.

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  40. Rachel
    September 28, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    When I lived in London I used to go to the Japanese Embassy to watch films on a regular basis. I saw some great films I never would have come across otherwise, and it sparked my interest in wider Japanese culture. I’d love to win these films – they look great!

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    • September 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks for you comment, Rachel – screenings are a great way to see Japanese films we’d not normally get the chance to see. I’m glad Japanese cinema has sparked your interest in Japanese culture. Thanks for taking part in this comp and good luck!!

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  41. Adam Easdown
    September 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Kill Bill was inspired by this? I gotta see it, even if I don’t win this!

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    • September 28, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Kill Bill is a great homage to this 70’s classic. Good luck!!

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  42. Sharon Hughes
    September 29, 2012 at 12:13 am

    hubby loves this genre of films x

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  43. Solange
    September 29, 2012 at 1:37 am

    A LOT of competitions for this film, must be good

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  44. Phil Darling
    September 29, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Cheers guys – great prize

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  45. Jenny
    September 29, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I would love to win this!

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  46. Andy Duggan
    September 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Great prize, would make a great Christmas present!

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  47. Andrew McGuire
    September 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

    That’s a lot of comments, and a lot of potential winners. It would be really terrible if some kind of lethal virus struck them all down except for me, wouldn’t it? I would really hate to think of something like that happening.

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  48. Amy Watson
    September 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    My brother would love this *Fingers crossed* Goodluck everyone!

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  49. emma jones
    September 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    really want to see this, would look fab in our collection ;)

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  50. September 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    really want to see this, looks like it would be a great one!

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    • September 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks for your comment, theturtleshead. Good luck!

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  51. Allison Van der Vliet
    September 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    My son would love this.

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  52. September 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Lady Snowblood was a major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, which borrows plot, characters, visual motifs and settings. In particular the character O-Ren Ishii is based on Lady Snowblood.I would love to see this.

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    • September 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Indeed!! There is something quite special about Lady Snowblood I & II – the visuals, the music, the casting of Meiko Kaji…

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  53. jason
    September 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    looks like is a good film

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  54. Louisa Golding
    September 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Fab giveaway!

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  55. Michelle Williams
    September 30, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Fab giveaway, please enter me

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  56. kerry Locke
    September 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Great Films – please include me in your comp xx

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  57. Cathy Gordon
    September 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Nice prize ♥

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  58. September 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Fantastic comp,my 18 year old loves all thing Japanese and has a HUGE collection of Japanese movies…..not this one though,would make an excellent gift for his collection!

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    • September 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Amanda. Fingers crossed!!

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  59. mich wat
    September 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Great comp

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  60. September 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    What a great comp; I absolutely need to see this!

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  61. Ellie Peabody
    September 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Great dvd comp :)

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  62. Natalie Henderson
    September 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Great competition! Thank you!!! :)

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  63. DawnLouise
    September 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Oh looks like a good one for our next DVD night! Fingers crossed!

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  64. Alison
    September 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Liked on Facebook/ Sounds a good film

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  65. GeeMarshall
    September 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I’m a big Tarantino fan so would love to see these films that influenced him on Kill Bill.

    thanks

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  66. Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames)
    September 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I can’t wait to see in beautiful digital.

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    • September 30, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Definitely worth the wait :) Good luck, Shemp DeYoung!

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  67. September 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Fingers crossed

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  68. Vanessa F
    October 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Looks like a beautiful steelbook.

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  69. Marc Evans
    October 1, 2012 at 8:07 am

    - Hitotsu : Subarashi web site. Omedetou Diverse Japan.

    = Futatsu : Who the hell did Tarantino think he was kiddin’ !!!

    And finally fingers crossed, (NINJA INCANTATION), Blu-ray in and VHS and old DVD out !!!

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    • October 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment, Marc, much appreciated!! Good luck!!

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  70. Adam Palmer
    October 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Lady Snowblood is totally awesome!!

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  71. francis lee
    October 1, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    great comp, thanks. ive got my fingers crossed and GL to everyone

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  72. October 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Wouldn’t mind winning this, looks decent.

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  73. October 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I hope I can win this contest! Love the site, I hope you keep writing about Japanese music, movies, and culture!

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    • October 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment, Kate. We will indeed continue to post articles/news related to all kinds of J-Culture! Good luck!!

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  74. October 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I would really love to get these films. I’ve seen snippets of the films and have always been intrigued. Never had the chance to see them properly.

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    • October 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      They’re fabulous films, Kelda, and must have for any film collector. Good luck!

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  75. Paul Witney
    October 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Great comp, thanks. Have liked on FB

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  76. Anna Ling
    October 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Liked! Great comp! :-)

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  77. October 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Competition is now closed! Thanks to everyone who entered and for making this our most successful giveaway. Two winners will be chosen at random and announced soon.

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