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by HungFist
15 Oct 2019, 14:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4769
Views: 469159

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Son of Godzilla (怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子) (Japan, 1967) [VoD] – 2.5/5 Godzilla teaches toxic masculinity to his son. Intelligent kaiju film was 50 years ahead of its time. High Noon for Gangsters (白昼の無頼漢) (Japan, 1961) [DVD] - 4/5 An excellent early Fukasaku picture, a racially and sexually charged heist thr...
by HungFist
14 Oct 2019, 09:41
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas
Replies: 241
Views: 124567

Re: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas

Toshiya Fujita & Kahori Takeda x 2 The Day of No Return (Kaerazaru hibi) (帰らざる日々) (1978) A young man (Toshiyuki Nagashima) returns to his hometown and recalls his youth, including an unlikely friendship with a brutish bully (Jun Etô), and a girl (Kahori Takeda from Pink Hip Girl) whose father (Atsu...
by HungFist
14 Oct 2019, 07:55
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Welcome to Japan (Yoshihiro Nishimura, 2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: Welcome to Japan (Yoshihiro Nishimura, 2019)

5 years ago I would've said this looks disappointing.

Now I just don't care. I didn't even know Nishimura had a new film coming.
by HungFist
14 Oct 2019, 07:53
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Tunguska Butterfly - Asami's Final Film?
Replies: 5
Views: 525

Re: Tunguska Butterfly - Asami's Final Film?

Dear God that trailer narrator!

Asami and the action look good, the rest...
by HungFist
09 Oct 2019, 13:55
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4769
Views: 469159

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

King Kong vs. Godzilla (キングコング対ゴジラ) (Japan, 1962) [VoD] – 3/5 Fun entry with an awesome monster pairing, a more watchable than usual media satire storyline, and perhaps the most awesomely ridiculous Godzilla discovery scene in the whole series. Osman Yusuf appears for a few seconds as well. Version...
by HungFist
08 Oct 2019, 15:27
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 624
Views: 521087

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/sen1.jpg So, I bought Norifumi Suzuki’s book Toei Guerilla Senki (東映ゲリラ戦記) and the 1st chapter is called “The 16 Year Old Enchantress” and it’s about Reiko Ike and the making of Hot Springs Mimizu Geisha (温泉みみず芸者) (1971) . Suzuki says he and prod...
by HungFist
08 Oct 2019, 10:18
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681233

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 3/5 Fun, but with a downwards trend. The best stuff is in the beginning. The knife room fight is fabulous, with Keanu in career best form, filmed with very long (but not overly long takes). and choreographed mad creativity. The final fights are ...
by HungFist
05 Oct 2019, 16:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4769
Views: 469159

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Cat Girl Gambling: Naked Flesh Paid Into the Pot (賭場の牝猫 素肌の壷振り) (Japan, 1965) [BD] - 2/5 A direct follow-up with Nogawa now working in a bathhouse where gangster runaway Nitani (different role than last time) seeks shelter. Nogawa’s detective uncle is again investigating the case with young partner...
by HungFist
04 Oct 2019, 14:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681233

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Joker (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 3/5
Scorsese by Phillips, for incels. Socially relevant, but too slick to have grit, too superficial to be genuinely challenging.
by HungFist
02 Oct 2019, 18:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4769
Views: 469159

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The Villainess (South-Korea, 2017) [DVD] - 2/5 Korean actioner opens with mechanical PoV action scene that forgets to tell us why this little girl of a protagonist is supposed to be able to beat more bad guys than Bruce Lee in his dreams. The film gets better as it goes on, with a cute love story +...
by HungFist
01 Oct 2019, 15:04
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 624
Views: 521087

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Yasuharu Hasebe's excellent Roman Porno neo-noir Erotic Liaisons (1978) makes its HD debut on Toei Channel next month.
- https://www.toeich.jp/program/1T0000013206/201911

A DVD or BD release may be coming next year... Let's hope for the best.
by HungFist
27 Sep 2019, 16:18
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 189
Views: 51562

Re: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread

Hokuriku Proxy War (Japan, 1977) [35mm] – 4/5 This would be one of Fukasaku’s best movies if it wasn’t for the inconsistent tone. The problem is Ko Nishimura and Hana Hajime overdoing their cowardly boss roles to a comedic effect, an example of Fukasaku’s trademark authority hate materializing as c...
by HungFist
27 Sep 2019, 16:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4769
Views: 469159

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Best Guy (ベストガイ) (Japan, 1990) [VoD] - 1/5 A miserable Top Gun derivative from Toru Murakawa. The biggest problem is that while it's as superficial as Top Gun, it's not any wilder, imaginative or exploitative, it's just duller. The characters are cardboards, the Canadian band doing the music awful,...
by HungFist
26 Sep 2019, 19:34
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese Splatter and Zombies: Part Deux
Replies: 63
Views: 17136

Re: Japanese Splatter and Zombies: Part Deux

In case anyone missed it, there was a successful crowd funding in Japan a few weeks ago to get Evil Dead Trap 1&2 on Blu-Ray . - https://motion-gallery.net/projects/cinema_donuts-001 The BDs will feature English subs. A Japanese staff member also said that Synapse were waiting for the results of the...
by HungFist
25 Sep 2019, 14:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4769
Views: 469159

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Downtown Heroes (ダウンタウンヒーローズ) (Japan, 1988) [VoD] - 1/5 Deadly Yoji Yamada boredom. Even Hiroko Yakushimaru can't save this as she is barely in it despite being the 1st billed. Yamada is more interested 1940s boy’s boarding school drama and nostalgia than her or, well, anything of interest. Had I h...
by HungFist
23 Sep 2019, 18:19
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4769
Views: 469159

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The only point of interest here is that the film was directed by Kayoko Asakura, a woman, which isn't exactly common for Japanese genre cinema. So it becomes kind of interesting how she'd film a rape scene, for example, but I'm kind of reaching here. Those were my thoughts about Girls, Dance with t...
by HungFist
23 Sep 2019, 16:04
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 144
Views: 51077

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

A pretty great Toho New Action series coming up at Laputa. Dying to see Attack on the Sun (1970) and The Target of Roses (1972) by Kiyoshi Nishimura. And maybe Bullet Wound as well. The others I've seen. The whole program: 11/09(土)~11/15(金) 「狙撃」(Sun Above, Death Below) (Hideichi Nagahara, 1968) 11/1...
by HungFist
22 Sep 2019, 17:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681233

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Ad Astra (USA, 2019) [DCP] - 3.5/5 I can't remember the last time I've been so torn about a movie. This is 75% beautiful, haunting, poetic, best space cinema in decades. And 25% Michael Bay action, as believable as Armageddon. What on earth were they thinking? It was a very troubled production, wit...
by HungFist
22 Sep 2019, 15:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681233

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Ad Astra (USA, 2019) [DCP] - 3.5/5 I can't remember the last time I've been so torn about a movie. This is 75% beautiful, haunting, poetic, best space cinema in decades. And 25% Michael Bay action, as believable as Armageddon. What on earth were they thinking? 3 From Hell (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 3.5/5 ...
by HungFist
18 Sep 2019, 17:15
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4769
Views: 469159

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣) (Japan, 1971) [35mm] – 3/5 This is the only film in the series where Zatoichi farts! On someone's face, even! The reason I bring this up is that that fart in descriptive of the film: funny and functional, but rather unambitious, which is a shame ...
by HungFist
17 Sep 2019, 18:54
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681233

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Cut-Throats Nine (Spain/Italy, 1972) [VoD] - 4/5 Nihilist survival western with a sergeant and his daughter left alone with 7 chained killers in the middle of snowy mountains after they've been attacked by robbers. Brutal, unique and captivating if not quite masterclass in execution, unmistakably 7...
by HungFist
17 Sep 2019, 18:48
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 144
Views: 51077

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

Continued… As the day was turning into a night, I headed for my final destination, Shin bungeiza , who were doing a brief 6 film Zatoichi series . The double features were: The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) (DCP) Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965) (35mm) Zatoichi Challenged (1967) (35mm) Zatoichi Meets...
by HungFist
15 Sep 2019, 15:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4769
Views: 469159

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Play it, Boogie-Woogie (スローなブギにしとくれ) (Japan, 1981) [VoD] - 3/5 A slice of life picture with a bar / semi-drifter girl, an angry youngster with a bike, a divorced asshole, and a middle aged woman living with him. There's no plot, just one year of gritty life. And it works. Yoshio Harada (the asshole...
by HungFist
13 Sep 2019, 11:52
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas
Replies: 241
Views: 124567

Re: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas

Haruhiko Arai about modern Japanese cinema: “You have people who don’t know the history making the films and people who don’t know the history watching them. In other words, idiots make films and idiots watch them. That’s where we are now.” - https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2019/08/28/films/sti...
by HungFist
13 Sep 2019, 10:28
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 144
Views: 51077

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

Tokyo is screening Failed Youth this year like it's the end of the world. Shin bungeiza just announced they will be screening it a dozen times next month in a Kazuhiko Hasegawa appreciation, following Jimbocho's 1 week run (the Saturday screening I attended sold out 25 minutes before the screening, ...