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New Japanese music releases from early Nikkatsu Studios films
22-May-2006 - Both Teichiku Records and Hotwax/Solid records have upcoming releases that highlight the prime years of the early Japanese film powerhouse Nikkatsu Studios. Nikkatsu Studios, as described by Thomas Weisser in his indespensible book on Japanese Cinema called the Japanese Cinema Essential Handbook was ...the American International (Studios) of Japan, (who) were masters...of teen oriented fare. Although the studio became predominately the home for sexy "pink eiga" movies by the end of 1972 their name is long associated with best looking, the hippest, and the most fashionable exploitation films in the Nippon marketplace.
The Teichiku release called Nikkatsu Star Collection is a double disc and features many of their top stars in including a unreleased track by Meiko Kaji singing a song from the movie Kaidan Nobori Ryu (Blind Woman's Curse). Here is a link on the
Amazon Japan website for this CD which is slated for release 5/24/06.
Hotwax/Solid records continues to release many great CD's for the Japanese exploitation film fan and their next release entitlted Gangland War: Bloody Teritories 1966-1971, the world of Akira Kobayashi compiles previously unreleased score tracks and songs from the films of Akira Kobayashi, one of Nikkatsu's biggest stars of the 60's. For more info on Akira Kobayashi visit this webpage with a great bio and many pictures. Here is also a link to the CD (release date: 6/10/06) on the Amazon Japan website.