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by HungFist
08 Nov 2019, 15:17
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 43
Views: 5170

Re: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)

VoD Review. Not Available on DVD / BD https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/97e9902a4eac378f0b045cee63a97702.jpg Gang vs. Gang: The Red and Black Blues (ギャング対ギャング 赤と黒のブルース) (1972) Stylish, well written tale of a to-be Olympic sharpshooter (Koji Tsuruta in one of his best later day ro...
by HungFist
08 Nov 2019, 15:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4777
Views: 479896

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

Sex Highway (SEXハイウェイ 女の駐車場) (Japan, 1974) [VoD] - 2/5 Plenty of sex, but no highway. This seems like an aimless miss at first, but an old geezer's young wife falling in love with a young bloke makes for watchable character drama during the 2nd half. Helps that the wife is played by the sweet Yoko ...
by HungFist
06 Nov 2019, 14:06
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 453
Views: 352640

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/ke10.jpg Experience (経験) (Japan, 1970) [VoD] - 3/5 Sweet-talking lady killer kid Hayato Tani hustles with bargirls and girlfriends, and everyone is having good time even when getting an abortion. This has the common Toei youth film characteristic...
by HungFist
05 Nov 2019, 15:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4777
Views: 479896

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

Sex Comedy: Quick on the Trigger (セックス喜劇 鼻血ブー) (Japan, 1971) [VoD] - 1.5/5 A goofball car salesman (Tonpei Hidari) can't hold it for more than 8 seconds (shouldn't be that difficult with some the ladies this film has to offer), embarks on a scientific project to cure premature ejaculation with newl...
by HungFist
04 Nov 2019, 06:29
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 621
Views: 528670

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Girl and the Wooden Horse Torture (Japan, 1982) [VoD] - 3.5/5 Between 1974 and 1988 Nikkatsu produced nearly 40 adaptations from SM author Oniroku Dan's novels. Most of them were intellectually underwhelming, morally questionable, and tiresome at best. But what would happen if one of the best Japan...
by HungFist
02 Nov 2019, 10:57
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4777
Views: 479896

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

Enka jōshikō: kizudarake no kaben (怨歌情死考 傷だらけの花弁) (Japan, 1972) [VoD] – 1.5/5 Naive small town girl Setsuko Ogawa goes to Tokyo to become a singer, discovers the industry is full of jerks. An early Roman Porno drama may appeal with its nostalgia and relative restraint, but it really doesn't have ci...
by HungFist
29 Oct 2019, 11:31
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4777
Views: 479896

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

Hobo General (Kinkin no lumpen taisho) (キンキンのルンペン大将) (Japan, 1976) [VoD] - 1/5 A forgotten Teruo Ishii comedy, by far one of his worst films. Kinya Aikawa (Sugawara's co-star in the Truck Yaro series) is a silly country bumpkin in Tokyo without home or friends. Extremely tame, childish, unfunny gag...
by HungFist
28 Oct 2019, 18:07
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9981
Views: 696568

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

Navajo Joe (Italy, 1966) [DVD] - 2.5/5 Vengeful Indian Burt Reynolds signs up for protecting a small town so that he could kill as many white villains as possible. Decently paced, watchable violence western with a dumb script that has characters do the dumbest things. Reynolds reportedly hated the ...
by HungFist
28 Oct 2019, 15:24
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9981
Views: 696568

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

Navajo Joe (Italy, 1966) [DVD] - 2.5/5 Vengeful Indian Burt Reynolds signs up for protecting a small town so that he could kill as many white villains as possible. Decently paced, watchable violence western with a dumb script that has characters do the dumbest things. Reynolds reportedly hated the ...
by HungFist
27 Oct 2019, 13:02
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4777
Views: 479896

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

The Fall of Teenager (十代 -恵子の場合-) (Japan, 1979) [VoD] - 2.5/5 Alienated schoolgirl Aiko Morishita hangs out with the wrong people, ends up a yakuza hoodlum's lover. A bit shabby for a serious drama, but pleasingly exploitative and Morishita is a joy to look at with and without clothes - she wasn't ...
by HungFist
24 Oct 2019, 12:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9981
Views: 696568

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

Unknown Soldier (Finland, 2017) [DCP] - 3/5 Solid Finnish war movie doesn't break much new ground, being already the 3rd adaptation of a Finnish literary classic (the 1954 version was a smash hit like no other). The 132 min international version reviewed here is almost non-stop forest war action; t...
by HungFist
22 Oct 2019, 14:05
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 43
Views: 5170

Re: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)

https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/ag9.jpg VoD Review / Not Available on DVD / BD Taiyo no koibito: Agnes Lum (太陽の恋人 アグネス・ラム) (1976) A Toei curiosity that misleadingly occasionally pops up in Pinky Violence context. This isn't actually a movie, but a 25 min gravure film with Hawai...
by HungFist
22 Oct 2019, 14:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4777
Views: 479896

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

East Meets West (Japan, 1995) [VoD] – 2/5 Overlong samurai western with swordsman Hiroyuki Sanada chasing stolen gold in the Wild West. This could work if they didn't pair Sanada with a blond American kid and play the premise as comedy / action / mainstream junk spoken in broken English (some of it...
by HungFist
21 Oct 2019, 14:44
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?

I just can't believe he hasn't seen Rambo (IV)! :o Seconded. It's pretty universally acknowledged as one of the best action films of the 2000s. I re-watched it recently and it was still almost as good as when it came out. Looking forward to Last Blood but the damn thing doesn't even have a release ...
by HungFist
20 Oct 2019, 06:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4777
Views: 479896

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

Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (ゴジラvsスペースゴジラ) (Japan, 1994) [VoD] – 2/5 The cutest minilla ever almost saves this watchable but unremarkable entry. The end fight has potential for an epic, but comes off unfocused. Megumi Okada from Hana no Asuka gumi co-stars, the score rips off You Only Live Twice. T...
by HungFist
19 Oct 2019, 18:43
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 453
Views: 352640

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Oh, nice, I hadn't noticed that.

From the 20 DVD releases, the DVD debuts (10) are listed in my post above. The rest (10) are re-releases.
by HungFist
19 Oct 2019, 12:01
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 453
Views: 352640

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Happinet is releasing a lot of Nikkatsu action/yakuza films from at least January 2020 through March 2020. The full list is here: http://www.happinet-p.com/jp3/releases/category/moviej This isn't a genre/era I am too familiar with, so someone else can figure out what's essential and what's not so h...
by HungFist
15 Oct 2019, 14:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4777
Views: 479896

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: 126215

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: 242

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: 773

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: 4777
Views: 479896

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: 621
Views: 528670

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: 9981
Views: 696568

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: 4777
Views: 479896

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...