A fantastic selection of brand-new titles are joining Rakuten TV this April. A mixture of films from drama, action-thriller and animation will be newly available, including premium-on-demand release Minari, Ammonite, Dreamland (4K HDR), Justice Society: World War II (4K HDR), Let Him Go (4K HDR), Great White, Tom & Jerry: The Movie, Chaos Walking (4K HDR), and The Virtuoso. Joining Rakuten TV’s Starzplay section is series 1 of No Man’s Land, alongside Confronting A Serial Killer and Manhunt: Deadly Games. Plus, Rakuten TV’s FREE section adds Imperium, Birdman, Control and Empire Records.
The much anticipated six-time Oscar nominated film Minari with Steven Yeun and Yeri Han follows a Korean American family as they move to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Set in the Southern English coastline in 1840, Ammonite sees self-taught palaeontologist Mary (Kate Winslet) offered a sum of money she can’t refuse to allow a wealthy tourist’s wife (Saoirse Ronan) to accompany her hunts along the shoreline for fossils. The pair, who are worlds apart, form an unlikely friendship which soon develops into a passionate love affair that defies social bounds and alters their lives forever. Continuing the theme of romance and drama, Dreamland (4K HDR) is a thrilling tale of lonely teenage dreamer Eugene (Finn Cole) who gets caught up in helping fugitive bank robber Allison’s (Margot Robbie) messy ordeal in 1930s America. Packed with impressive and daring visual sequences, this clever outlaw romance switches up normal gender assumptions and remains exciting right up until the last moment.
The Virtuoso, starring Anthony Hopkins and Anson Mount, provides audiences with another tense manhunt. A ruthless hitman is tasked with tracking down and killing his latest target to satisfy an outstanding debt to his mentor. Told only that his target will be in a rustic diner in a dying town at 5:00 PM, the hitman must navigate through the potential victims and get rid of any distractions that get in his way. Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley comes the adventure sci-fi Chaos Walking, a dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. After Todd (Holland) discovers a patch of silence out in the swamp, his surrogate parents tell him that he has to run, leaving him with only a map of New World, a message, and many unanswered questions. He soon discovers the source of the silence: a girl, named Viola (Ridley).
Switching up the pace is Great White, which depicts the terrifying story of a seaplane load of tourists taking flight to the sinisterly named island ‘Hell’s Reef’, only to get stranded miles from shore with two hungry Great White sharks nearby on the hunt for prey. If audiences are into thrillers then look no further, as this title will deliver scenes that are bound to cause nightmares.
Adapted from the New York Times best-selling novel, Let Him Go (4K HDR) is a violent neo-western thriller starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane. Married couple George (Costner) and Margaret (Lane) live a quiet life on their Montana ranch; that is until their son gets killed in a tragic accident leaving his wife and son vulnerable. When wife and son are both suddenly taken away, George and Margaret embark on a dangerous road trip to rescue them, and when their captors won’t let them go without a fight, things get seriously ugly.
Justice Society: World War II (4K HDR) sees modern day Barry Allen, or ‘The Flash’, realise that he can journey through time which lands him in the midst of a raging battle in WW2 Europe, and face-to-face with the founding members of the Justice Society of America. Led by Wonder Woman, DC’s original superhero team faces their toughest challenge yet and this time, the fight for justice is the greatest battle of all time.
Tom & Jerry: The Movie also makes it debuts with the classic characters Tom and Jerry as the animated comedy reveals how they first and formed their world-known rivalry.
Furthermore, a host of titles are added to Rakuten TV’s ad-supported FREE channel from 1st April including Imperium (Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette), Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Birdman (Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton), Empires Record (Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield) and Brooklyn’s Finest (Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke).
Headed to StarzPlay on 4th April is series 1 of No Man’s Land, which tells the story of a family who grieves the death of their daughter in a suicide bombing. All is not as it seems however, when her brother suspects she is still alive after glimpsing her in a news report and sets off to find her in the Middle East. Additionally, the five-episode docuseries Confronting A Serial Killer joins the platform on 18th April and draws light on the unprecedented relationship between author and journalist Jillian Lauren and one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, Sam Little. Finally, Manhunt: Deadly Games, available now, follows security guard Richard Jewell as he saves hundreds of lives when he discovers a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. But Jewell quickly becomes the focus of FBI investigators who suspect his guilt.
From 5th – 26th April, the ‘Oscar Winning & Award-Worthy Films’ promotion includes titles such as Joker, Forrest Gump, Rocketman and Silence of the Lambs and from 29th March – 11th April, the ‘Family Fun’ promotion has something for everyone with Peter Rabbit, The Addams Family (2019), Scoob! and Roald Dahl’s The Witches.