What’s coming soon to Arrow UK in May 2021?
James R | On 29, Apr 2021
Arrow is a streaming service curated by members of the Arrow Video team, bringing together new horror, cult classics, cutting edge cinema, international favourites and more – from Lars von Trier to Park Chan-wook, plus TV shows such as The Bridge and Gomorrah.
May is Arrow’s fourth month and it’s again standing out from the pack by bringing together new exclusives and restored classics. This month that includes innovative horror thriller Threshold, , the yakuza vs zombies classic Versus, teen angst in Over the Edge, consumer satire in Putney Swope, and a brand new murder mystery series from Sweden, Spring Tide. And, for added Scandi thrills, there’s also the darkly comic Danish sitcom Klown and acclaimed detective drama Wallander on offer.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Arrow in May 2021:
Spring Tide – 2nd May
Adapted from the bestselling novel and brought to the screen by the producers of The Bridge and the writers of Beck and Arne Dahl, this 10-part Swedish detective thriller takes us back to 1990, when a sadistic murder is committed on Nordkoster island – a young pregnant woman is buried in the sand, and left to die as the tide rises. 25 years later, the case remains unsolved… Episodes arrive in double-bills weekly.
The Legend of the Stardust Brothers – 3rd May
In 1985, with inspiration from Phantom of the Paradise and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, debut director Macato Tezuka assembled a cast of some of Japan’s most famous musicians of the time, alongside many famous names in Manga and even many upcoming film directors of the time such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata) and Daihachi Yoshida (The Kirishima Thing). The result, THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS, is the exact definition of a cult film. Despite the huge array of talent on board with a large budget, the film is totally unknown even to this day in both Japan and worldwide – now’s your chance to change that!
Ghouls and Gangsters (Collection) – 3rd May
To celebrate the utterly brilliant and bonkers VERSUS exploding in a hail of bullets and blood onto ARROW, we present a violent mashup of gangsters, ghouls and guns. Films include: Versus, Zombie for Sale, Wolf Guy and more
Unclean Spirits (Collection) – 3rd May
Nowhere is safe when the unclean spirits hell-bent on causing suffering, demons take many forms on ARROW: From possessors and corruptors of the flesh to ten-foot-tall monsters. Titles include: Demons, Demons 2, Mirror Mirror, Scared Stiff & Rawhead Rex.
Threshold – 3rd May
A phone call from out of the blue brings Leo (Joey Millin) back into contact with his sister, Virginia (Madison West), who persuades him to embark on a cross-country road trip to lift a curse on her that resulted from a sinister ritual performed by the cult she belonged to. The second feature from co-directors Powell Robinson, Patrick R Young and producer Lauren Bates, following their debut Bastard (2015), was improvised and shot on two iPhones over the course of a 12-day road trip with a crew of just three. Shown here with ARROW Stories and a host of exclusive extras.
Versus – 3rd May
A relentless one-of-a-kind sensory assault chock-full of hyper-kinetic fight scenes, gangster shootouts, sword-slashing violence and gory zombie horror, Versus was a key title amongst the barrage of innovative horror and action movies that appeared as if from nowhere from Japan at the turn of the millennium, leading to a new wave of appreciation for Asian extreme cinema. In the film, an escaped convict enters the mythic Forest of Resurrection, encountering a battle between a lone warrior against hordes of zombie samurai is carried over from a millennium ago into the present day… As well as screening several versions of the film, there are more extras here than bullets in a gunfight!
Over the Edge – 3rd May
Inspired by real-life incidents, this incendiary ode to teen rebellion quickly became a Gen X / punk-rock touchstone, and a key influence on filmmakers such as Richard Linklater and musicians like Kurt Cobain. Detailing teenage unrest in ‘planned community’ New Granada, and starring Matt Dillon in his first film role, the film is armed with a classic ‘70s rock soundtrack (including Cheap Trick, Ramones and Van Halen), energetic direction by Jonathan Kaplan (White Line Fever) and an intelligent script by Tim Hunter (River’s Edge) and Charlie Haas (Matinee). This beautifully restored cult classic is coupled with brand new ARROW Stories extras.
Sion Sono (Collection) – 7th May
SION SONO – The ever-evolving Sion Sono, who burst onto the Japanese film scene with I Am Sion Sono!!, has made a name for himself as a numerous award-winner, festival favorite and provocateur. Featured are three of his films, and a documentary, directed by Arata Oshima, son of rebel filmmaker Nagisa Oshima. Titles include: Land of Hope, The Whispering Star, Love and Peace, Love Exposure, The Sion Sono.
The Pusher Trilogy – 10th May
Welcome to the dark underbelly of the violent crime in Copenhagen. Director Nicolas Winding Refn burst onto the scene with these frantic and bloody tales of grim gangster life through a cinéma vérité lens. This collection brings together all three films in the notorious Danish crime Trilogy.
Putney Swope – 14th May
The board of directors at a Madison Avenue ad agency must elect a new chairman. Whilst trying to make sure that enemies don’t get votes, all the members accidentally cast their ballot for the board’s token Black man, Putney Swope, setting into motion a subversive and outrageous series of events. Considered one of the masterpieces of late 60s counterculture cinema, Robert Downey Sr.’s (Greaser’s Palace) PUTNEY SWOPE remains a vital – and timely – cinematic satire on race, politics and pop culture.
Also coming to Arrow UK in May 2021
The Green Ray
Branded To Kill
Wallander, Episodes 1 to 7
The Legend of the Stardust Brothers
Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats
Love and Other Cults
Toto the Hero
Land of Hope
The Whispering Star
The Sion Sono
Love and Peach
Spring Tide: Season 1, Episode 3 and 4
The Aviator’s Wife
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Wallander: Episodes 8 to 13
The Reflecting Skin
Spring Tide: Season 1, Episode 5 and 6
A Good Marriage
Full Moon in Paris
Wallander: Episodes 14 to 20
Spring Tide: Season 1, Episode 7 and 8
Wallander: Episodes 21 to 26
Wallander: Episodes 27 to 32
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