by Marc Saint-Cyr
To follow up Chris' surprise review of "Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit" below courtesy of Air Canada, there is this piece from Jason Gray's Blog. The headline basically says it all: a number of companies such as Hong Kong's Emphasis Media and Taiwan's AV-Jet are picking up a growing number of titles from the Japanese film market, including some that are still relatively new and unavailable on home video formats (follow the links to see their title listings). Among the films licensed for inflight screenings are "K20: Legend of the Mask", crime drama "Suspect X" and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest film "Tokyo Sonata." Through this branch of film distribution, it seems that Japanese film fans could, like Chris, hit upon a bit of luck and see certain titles before mostly everyone else - depending on which airline they fly with, of course.
Many thanks to Jason Gray for details on this story.