jeudi 3 septembre 2009


Released in France in September 2008, Pascal Laugier's disturbing second feature “Martyrs” (the story of a young woman who wants to take revenge against the people who kidnapped and tortured her as a child) just officially hit the screens in Japan through the distribution company King Records.

Five months after its screening at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills, during the French Film Festival in Japan last March, “Martyrs” was showed again in Tokyo on August 29, 2009 at the Theater N Shibuya (THE cinema venue specializing in genre movies) and packed a full house. The last three spectators had to watch the movie standing!

According to King Records, the audience that night was a bit different from the usual horror film viewers: There were more women and the audience was more the "cinephile" type. After Tokyo, the movie will also be screened in other Japanese cities.

Mylène Jampanoï in Pascal Laugier's "Martyrs" (2008)

The “Martyrs” Japanese press-kit is online at the distributor’s website. Click on the picture below to see it (warning! Not for the faint-at-heart).

Front cover of the Japanese press-kit of "Martyrs"

Martyrs” is also available in France on DVD/Blu-ray through Wild Side video since March 3rd, 2009, and in the U.S. through The Weinstein Company since April 28th, 2009. It has been out in UK through Optimum Home Entertainment since May 25th, 2009.

"Martyrs" UK poster

You can also watch the unreleased short documentary “Martyrs vs Censorship” featuring Pascal Laugier and the lead actress Morjana El Alaoui online by clicking on the picture below.

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