Ratings History: Opening in theaters in Thailand this past weekend, Yuthlert Sippapak's Buppah Rahtree 3.2: Rahtree's Revenge made history as "the first Thai film to be classified under Thailand's new motion-picture ratings system," reports Wise Kwai at his Thai Film Journal. The latest installment of a series that began with one of my favorite comedy / horror films of all time, Rahtree's Revenge is "suggested only for viewers aged 18 and older." Wise Kwai points out that Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds probably has the honor as the first film from any country to be rated under the new Thai system.
Classic Film Noir on DVD: The next edition of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, is fast approaching; meanwhile, one of my personal highlights from two years ago will finally be released on DVD tomorrow. Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir, a five-disc box set from the Criterion Collection, features Takashi Nomura's A Colt is My Passport, "a vivid hitman drama that anticipates [Seijun Suzuki's] Branded to Kill," as I wrote previously. It's "not as brassily discordant as the Suzuki film, yet it too stretches the limits of its genre framework ... the action is staged in such dynamic bursts that it provoked giddy laughter and applause at the screening."
Nikkatsu Noir also includes Suzuki's Take Aim at the Police Van, Toshio Masuda's Rusty Knife, Koreyoshi Kurahara's I Am Waiting, and Takumi Furukawa's Cruel Gun Story, all released by Japanese distributor Nikkatsu between 1957 and 1964. Few have seen the flicks since their release, since they've been languishing in film vaults for many years, but this is one fan who's eager to catch up. You can't see my heart bursting out of my chest with joy, but I assure you that it is.