‘Samurai Marathon’ Races to Digital May 12, Disc July 21


 Samurai Marathon is a fascinating piece of history” ~ FILM PULSE

 “It’s undeniably enjoyable stuff.” ~ SCREEN INTERNATIONAL



Debuts on Digital May 12

From award-winning director Bernard Rose comes SAMURAI MARATHON, the action-adventure flick with a samurai twist debuting on Digital May 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Rose — whose wildly diverse career has spanned horror classics (Candy Man), historical romances (Anna Karenina) and indie dramas (Ivans xtc) — co-wrote the screenplay with Japan’s Hiroshi Saito and Kikumi Yamagishi based on the novel The Marathon Samurai: Five Tales of Japans First Marathon. Inspired by a race still held yearly, the film follows an aging lord who challenges his samurai to a grueling marathon—joined covertly by his daughter—and the group must overcome deadly odds to survive. SAMURAI MARATHON stars Takeru Satoh (Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter), Nana Komatsu (The World of Kanako, Silence), Mirai Moriyama (Rage, Vision), Shota Sometani (First Love) and Danny Huston (X-Men Wolverine, TV’s “Yellowstone”). Well Go USA will bring SAMURAI MARATHON to Blu-ray and DVD on July 21.

Produced by Academy Award® winners Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) and Toshiaki Nakazawa (Departures). SAMURAI MARATHON features some impressive below-the-line support, including an original score composed by modern music legend Philip Glass (The Truman Show), costume designs by Oscar® winner Emi Wada (Ran) and cinematography by Takuro Ishizaka (John Woo’s Manhunt).


Acclaimed filmmaker Bernard Rose has created a stunning visual feast complemented by a haunting score from iconic composer Philip Glass. Inspired by a race still held annually in Japan, Samurai Marathon is a lively action flick with a samurai twist. In late feudal Japan, a young ninja (Satoh) operates undercover in the court of an aging lord and his rebellious daughter. When the lord challenges his lazy samurai to a punishing marathon—joined covertly by Princess Yuki—the ninja finds his loyalties put to the test. Facing impossible odds, this unusual band of characters is running a race to either win or die.


 SAMURAI MARATHON has a runtime of approximately 104 minutes and is not rated.


Blu-ray DVD
Catalog #: WGU03176B Catalog #: WGU03175D
UPC Code: 810348031761 UPC Code: 810348031754
Pre-Order Date: 6/16/20 Pre-Order Date: 6/16/20
SLP: $29.98 SLP: $24.98
Language: Japanese

Subtitles:  English

Language: Japanese

Subtitles:  English

Audio: DTS HDMA 5.1 / Stereo Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital / Stereo

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