New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

October 10, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

47 Ronin = Genroku chūshingura

October 9, 2015
[South Korea?] : YDM, [2006]
1 videodisc (222 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Chojuro Kawarazaki, Kanemon Nakamura, Kunitaro Kawarazaki, Yoshisaburo Arashi, Kikunojo Segawa, Kikunosuke Ichikawa, Tokusaburo Arashi, Ryotaro Kawanami, Joji Kaieda, Hiroshi Ouchi, Isamu Kosugi, Masao Shimizu, Utaemon Ichikawa, Mitsuko Miura, Fumiko Yamaji.
DVD release of Japanese film made in 1941.
"Lord Asano resists a bribery attempt by a member of the Shogun's court. His honesty, however, is useless against the corruption of the administration, and he is forced to commit harakiri. His samurai retinue are dispersed as masterless ronin. The leader of the samurai, Oichi, plots with a loyal band of ronin to seek revenge for their master's dishonor."--IMDb summary.

In the courtyard

October 5, 2015
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Catherine Deneuve, Feodor Atkine, Gustave Kervern, Pio Marmai.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2014.
Middle-aged musician Antoine suddenly decides to end his career. After several days of aimless wandering, he is hired as the caretaker of an old residential building in Paris. Mathilde is a recently retired resident, generous-spirited and deeply involved with the management of the building. After she discovers a crack in her living room wall, her worry gradually turns to panic--what if the building were to collapse?

Pixote [videorecording] : the law of the weakest

October 2, 2015
[Los Angeles, Calif.] : Agita Prods. Inc. [distributor], c2010.
1 videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Fernando Ramos da Silva, Marília Pera, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Jose Nilson dos Santos.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1981.
Based on the novel 'Infância dos mortos' by José Louzeiro.
Ten-year-old Pixote (Portuguese slang for 'Peewee') is one of three million homeless children in Brazil. Hauled off to a crowded detention center, wide-eyed Pixote witnesses rapes, beatings and other acts of random violence by both the guards and the inmates. With the transvestite Lilica and his lover Dito, Pixote escapes from the reform school where he and his friends hit the streets alone, embarking on a life of violence and crime.


October 1, 2015
Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2015]
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alice Braga, Gael Garcia Bernal, Chico Diaz.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
When a gang of ruthless bandits set fire to a remote family farm and kidnap the farm-owner's daughter Vania, help arrives in the form of Kai a mysterious man who emerges from the rain forest. With the grace of a jaguar, Kai rescues Vania and plunges into a lethal game of cat-and-mouse with the gangsters. With the hornet's nest now stirred Kai and Vania must decide how far they will go to preserve the farm and their vanishing way of life.

The connection

October 1, 2015
[Austin, TX] : Drafthouse Films, [2015]
1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, Mélanie Doutey, Benoît Magimel, Guillaume Gouix.
Bonus features: Making-of featurette ; deleted scenes.
Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crack-down on organized crime. He decides to take on French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over. Paying heed to no one's warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against Mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of them all. But Pierre Michel will soon understand that to get results, he will have to change his methods.

The target

October 1, 2015
Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2015]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Seung-Ryong Ryu, Joon-Sang Yoo, Jin-Wook Lee, Seong-Ryeong Kim, Yeo-Jeong Jo.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
When an ER doctor saves a murder suspect from an assassination attempt, and the doctor's pregnant wife is kidnapped, it becomes clear that there is a larger conspiracy at play. Now the unlikely duo must team up to uncover the long-standing corruption that plagues the police department and rescue the doctor's wife.

White god

October 1, 2015
1 videodisc (approx. 121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Szabolcs Thuróczy, Lili Horvath.
DVD release of the 2014 motion picture.
When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, deemed 'unfit' by the State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back toward each other. The one-time house pet has learned much, not all good, in his journey through the streets and animal control centers, as he leads a pack of 'unfit' dogs to bite the hands that beat them.

Vengeance is mine [videorecording] = Fukushu suru wa ware ni ari

September 25, 2015
[S.l.] : Janus Films : Shochiku, [2007]
1 videodisc (140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Starring Ken Ogata and others.
Originally released in 1979.
Story of a murderer and rapist who eludes a nationwide dragnet while brazenly traveling throughout Japan committing crime. Based on police records and the nonfiction work by author Ryuzo Saki on the actual case.

Dil dhadakne do

September 24, 2015
London : Eros International, [2015]
1 videodisc (167 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh.
Title from disc label.
Anamorphic widescreen.
Two adult children take a cruise vacation with their parents to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.


September 24, 2015
Mumbai : B4U Broadband PVT LTD, [2014]
1 videodisc (144 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon, Mish Boyko, Jeffrey Chee Eng Ho, Sabeeka Imam.
Special features : Making of the film.
Queen is an ignorant Delhi girl who finds herself on a 'honeymoon' all by herself. What happens along the way forms the crux of this sweet, sensitive, fun social drama.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! [videorecording]

September 2, 2015
Mumbai : Yash Raj Films, [2015]
1 videodiscs (approx. 139 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari, Swastika Mukherjee.
Based on the works of Saradindu Bandyopadhyay.
Byomkesh Bakshy wants to find Bhuvan babu - but what happens when Byomkesh unearths a highly sinister plot?

Tanu weds Manu returns [videorecording]

September 2, 2015
London : Eros International Media, [2015]
1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
R Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut, Jimmy Shergill, Swara Bhaskar.
Tanu and Manu's marriage collapses. What happens when Manu meets Tanu's lookalike Kusum - and when Tanu returns?

Two days, one night = Deux jours, une nuit

August 20, 2015
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salee.
Special features: New 2K digital transfer, approved by directors; New interviews with directors, actors; Documentary by the directors; New tour of the film's key locations with directors; Trailer; Essay.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2014.
Sandra has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. So, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes, before time runs out.

Piku [videorecording] = Pīkū

August 19, 2015
Mumbai, India : Reliance Home Video & Games, a division of Reliance Big Entertainment, 2015.
1 videodisc (ca. 125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Moushumi Chatterjee.
Title from container.
"Motion se hi emotion"--Container.
A quirky comedy about the relationship between an ageing father and his young daughter, living in a cosmopolitan city, dealing with each other's conflicting ideologies while being fully aware that they are each other's only emotional support.

Day for night

August 12, 2015
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Francois Truffaut.
Title from sell sheet.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1973.
The leading lady is recovering from a nervous breakdown, another performer is soused on the set, unions threaten to walk, shooting must finish before the insurance lapses and a cat can't hit its mark. Is this any way to make a film?

Gabbar is back [videorecording]

July 30, 2015
London : Eros International, [2015]
1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Akshay Kumar, Shruti Hasan, Sunil Grover, Suman Talwar.
Title and credits from disc label.
When he loses all he holds dear and the establishment ignores his plight, Ajay (AK) takes matters into his own hands.

Falling for Mala = A la Mala

July 29, 2015
Santa Monica, California : Lionsgate, [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 106 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Aislinn Derbez, Mauricio Ochmann, Luis Arrieta, Daniela Schmidt, Juan Diego Covarrubias, Jose Ron, Aurora Papile, Alejandra Guilmant.
Title from disc label.
After beautiful struggling actress Mala is hired to flirt with and then dump a producer's handsome ex, she discovers that her acting skills may not be enough to save her from falling in love.

Zero motivation [videorecording]

July 23, 2015
[New York] : Zeitgeist Films, 2015.
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. Playing out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black, Talya Lavie's debut details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do. Pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, best friends Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs, jousting with stationery and dreaming of Tel Aviv. The indolent twosome are watched over by their aspiring senior officer, Rama (Shani Klein), who dreams of a higher position and a significant military career, but with a platoon of unskilled, idle, female soldiers without any drive under her charge, her ambitions for promotion are constantly thwarted.

Dum laga ke haisha [videorecording]

July 21, 2015
Mumbai : Yash Raj Films, 2015.
1 videodisc (approximately 111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra, Alka Amin.
Special features : Making of the film -- Making of the story -- Making of the songs -- Sunder Susheel -- Moh moh -- Dard karaara -- Tu -- Dum laga ke haisha -- Deleted scenes -- Theatrical trailer & promos.
When more-than-pleasantly-plump Sandhya gets hitched to Prem, the latter cannot bring himself to look beyond his wife's size. Her relentless attempts to win over his attention are in vain and the two end up on the brink of divorce when she overhears him passing objectionable remarks about her to friends. Can blubber hinder love?

Karar : the deal

July 17, 2015
Mumbai : Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd., [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tarun Arora, Mahek Chahal, Jyoti Rana, Shashi Wadia.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Anamorphic widescreen.
Two women both love a man who is full of lies and greed.

7 días en La Habana [videorecording] : 7 días / 7 directores

July 16, 2015
México : Cinema Nueva Era, [2013]
1 videodisc (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Daniel Brühl, Emir Kusturica, Elia Suleiman, Josh Hutcherson, Mirta Ibarra.
Special features include: trailer; synopsis ; technical details ; photo gallery.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2012.
Lunes, El Yuma ; Martes, Jam Session ; Miércoles, La tentación de Cecilia ; Jueves, Diario de un principiante ; Viernes, Ritual ; Sábado, Dulce Amargo ; Doming, La fuente.
Seven directors offer their visions of contemporary Cuba in seven vignettes set in Havana.

Hard to be a God

July 16, 2015
[New York, New York] : Kino Lorber, [2015]
1 videodisc (177 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitriy Vladimirov, Laura Lauri.
Based on the novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.
Don Rumata is one of a group of Earth scientists who have been sent to the planet Arkanar with the proviso that they must not interfere in the planet's political or historical development. Treated by the planet's natives as a kind of divinity, Don is both godlike and impotent in the face of its chaos and brutality.

Dirty politics [videorecording] = Ḍarṭī pôliṭiksa

July 2, 2015
Mumbai, India : Reliance Home Video & Games, a division of Reliance Big Entertainment, [2015]
1 videodisc (133 mins.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Naseeruddin Shah, Mallika Sherawat, Jackie Shroff, Ashutosh Rana.
Anokhi Devi is a popular dancer who engages in a relationship with Dina Nath for political power. When election ticket doesn't come her way, she threatens to bring out an objectionable CD containing something that can destroy Dina Natha's career. Anokhi goes missing and the case moves to CBI for investigation.

Ek paheli Leela [videorecording]

July 2, 2015
New Delhi : Super Cassettes : T-Series, [2015]
1 videodisc (145 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sunny Leone, Mohit Ahlawat, Jay Bhanushali, Rajneesh Duggal.
London-based model Mira (Sunny Leone) comes to India on an assignment. She falls in love with a prince in Jaisalmer and gets married to him. Meanwhile, a budding musician Karan (Jay Bhanushali) is getting persistent nightmares after hearing an old Rajasthani folk tune and keeps muttering the name Leela in sleep. How is Mira related to Leela?

Hunterrr [videorecording] = Hanṭararara

July 2, 2015
Mumbai : Shemaroo Entertainment, 2015.
1 videodisc (141 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte, Sai Tamhankar.
Bonus content : Making of the film.
Mandar Ponkshe has an insatiable libido. Ironically, after countless affairs, he develops a conscience and seeks something more permanent.


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