BOOTLEG FILES 023: “Sandakan 8” (1975 Oscar-nominated Japanese drama).

LAST SEEN: We cannot confirm the last public screening of this film.

AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: Briefly in the late 1980s.

REASON FOR DISAPPEARANCE: Most likely the perceived lack of commercial value since the film was never theatrically released in the United States.

CHANCES OF SEEING A HOME VIDEO/DVD RELEASE: Possible, given it is an Oscar-nominated film, though it should have been released by now.

BOOTLEG OPPORTUNITIES: Available from several Asian e-commerce sites and an occasional eBay auction.

Get the rest of the story in part two of THE BOOTLEG FILES: “SANDAKAN 8″>>>

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