Some great titles came into the shop today. Let’s take a closer look at the latest offerings to hit 4xblu’s shelves…
First up: a pair of films from a director who’s also new to the shelves of Foreign Exchange, Senegal’s Ousmane Sembène. After being restored by the World Cinema Project, BFI has released “Black Girl” and “Borom Sarret,” two early works by Sembene, one of world cinema’s most revered auteurs.
Also making its debut today is the Taiwan New Wave Cinema box set. This set contains three features, all of which are regarded as major works in Taiwanese film history. Included are: “In Our Time,” an anthology that includes the first film by Edward Yang (“Yi Yi,” “A Brighter Summer Day”); “The Sandwich Man,” another anthology that contains an early film by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (“The Assassin,” “A City of Sadness”); and Kun Hao Chen’s “Growing Up,” which was the Taiwanese submission for 1984’s Best Foreign Film Oscar and is generally credited with bringing attention to the Taiwanese New Wave movement.
Lastly, today’s haul included a quartet of restocks. Among the discs now back on the shelves are a trio of Masters of Cinema titles (Douglas Sirk’s “The Tarnished Angels,” Nagisa Oshima’s “Cruel Story of Youth,” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumble Fish”), as well as Taiwanese box set of early films by Tsai Ming-Liang that includes “Rebels of the Neon God,” “Vive L’Amour,” and “The River.”