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by HungFist
14 Jan 2019, 14:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4625
Views: 415407

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

Danger Pays (危いことなら銭になる) (Japan, 1962) [DVD] - 1.5/5 Nerve wrecking idiot comedy with Joe Shishido, Hiroyuki Nagato and Kôjirô Kusanagi goofing around after stolen money and master counterfeiter. Production design and Shishido's car are admittedly cool. + Sonny Chiba Special: Part 71 Violent Street...
by HungFist
13 Jan 2019, 14:43
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 43785

Re: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread

Life of Blackmail (Japan, 1963) [TV] - 3/5 Two kids and best friends (Tatsuo Umemiya and Sonny Chiba) go different paths, one becoming a gangster specializing in blackmailing and the other a policeman. Umemiya and Chiba share the top billing; however, it is Umemiya who gets the juicier role with mo...
by HungFist
12 Jan 2019, 12:12
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 426
Views: 334035

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

I haven't seen that one. I've been meaning to. Good to see a DVD is coming!
by HungFist
10 Jan 2019, 13:17
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 183
Views: 43785

Re: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread

Violent Street (Japan, 1963) [35mm] - 3/5 Decent yakuza lieutenant Ken Takakura tries to maintain peace between gangs while rivals and reckless subordinates (Shinjiro Ebara in full Hiroki Matsukata mode trying to make money with boxing and dirty gambling) give him hard time. This was one of the rel...
by HungFist
09 Jan 2019, 15:23
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9801
Views: 603767

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

Hacksaw Ridge (AU/USA, 2016) [Netflix] - 3/5
Gibson's prequel to Passion of the Christ.
by HungFist
09 Jan 2019, 15:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4625
Views: 415407

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

Bakamasa Horamasa Toppamasa (バカ政ホラ政トッパ政) (Japan, 1976) [Netflix] - 1.5/5 Light-on-action businessman type yakuza film was a few years ahead of its time in that it is hopelessly dull. Bunta Sugawara leads a pack of three criminal/businessman/no goods. Nothing interesting happens, in fact, nothing mu...
by HungFist
07 Jan 2019, 15:56
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?
Replies: 6216
Views: 347523

Re: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?

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Cat Girl Gambling trilogy (French BD)
Conan the Barbarian (Italian BD)
by HungFist
06 Jan 2019, 15:22
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 426
Views: 334035

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Cool to hear. I just ordered the set.

It seems the Cat Girls are the only ones that are world premieres on home video... am I right?
by HungFist
06 Jan 2019, 14:42
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Love's Whirlpool (2014) & Call Boy (2018) (Daisuke Miura)
Replies: 21
Views: 4580

Re: Love's Whirlpool (2014) & Call Boy (2018) (Daisuke Miura)

I knew about the novel, but assumed the film was based on the stage play since Miura did that first, and I believe the male star was in it too. I could be mistaken. I didn't know there were 3 novels though, nor about the manga.
by HungFist
06 Jan 2019, 13:18
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 426
Views: 334035

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Holy shit! I just found out via Mr. Mike Haack that Nikkatsu's Cat Girl Gambling (1965-1966) trilogy came out on BD in France last year.

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- https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07DQ99FLQ/
by HungFist
05 Jan 2019, 14:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9801
Views: 603767

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

Yep. Saw The Breakfast Club for the 1st time and decided to see the other Hughes films on Netflix as well.

Also seen Planes Trains a long time ago. I recall it being very good.
by HungFist
05 Jan 2019, 06:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9801
Views: 603767

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

Sixteen Candles (USA, 1984) [Netflix] - 3.5/5 John Hughes' debut film about the lovely Molly Ringwald with a crush on a boy she's afraid to talk to, and a geek (Anthony Michael Hall) trying to score with her, takes turns being dumb and totally adorable. The shower boob scene took me by a surprise. ...
by HungFist
05 Jan 2019, 04:27
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 35
Views: 2256

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

TV Review / Not Available on DVD Impact: Prostitution Capital (衝撃!売春都市) (1975) G-man Tatsuo Umemiya infiltrates a narcotics/prostitution racket in a poorly crafted, but astonishingly on-your-face morality lesson. Structurally it's all over the place with zero charisma gangster Jo Shiraishi getting ...
by HungFist
03 Jan 2019, 15:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4625
Views: 415407

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

Shoplifters (万引き家族) (Japan, 2018) [Flight] – 4/5 Perhaps Koreeda’s most accessible film with heartfelt, uniformly excellent performances by every central player. The characters, the direction and the performances are so good, so entertaining yet socially conscious that you don’t realize until halfw...
by HungFist
31 Dec 2018, 15:26
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4625
Views: 415407

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

I really, really, really need to get caught up on Miura's two films from 2016: The City of Betrayal (裏切りの街) and Someone (何者) . Someone is a pretty standard mainstream youth / shukatsu (job hunting) drama. It's not bad, but you wouldn't know it's by Miura if his name wasn't in the credits. Haven't s...
by HungFist
30 Dec 2018, 08:40
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4625
Views: 415407

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

My favorite film of his is The Outer Way (外道, 1998) , which I wouldn't hesitate to include in any list of the best 10 Japanese films of the 90ies. That one's OOP too but, quite unlike the Wicked Reporters, it sells for about 50 yen so you probably can find it easily enough should you be so inclined...
by HungFist
29 Dec 2018, 15:39
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: R.I.P. Masashi Ishibashi
Replies: 1
Views: 105

R.I.P. Masashi Ishibashi

The man who played villain in almost every Toei karate film ever made, who gave Chiba the opponent he needed and helped choreograph films like The Street Fighter, and who according to a story used to drop by at Masutatsu Oyama's dojo on his way home as guest instructor, is gone. He was 85 years old ...
by HungFist
25 Dec 2018, 15:56
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9801
Views: 603767

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

Flight viewing: part 1 The Meg (USA, 2018) [Flight] - 3/5 Jaws for today's kids: Statham vs. giant CGI shark. Very watchable nevertheless. It's a bit amusing how clearly this was aimed at the Chinese markets... the last 30 minutes in spoken mainly in Chinese! Skyscraper (USA, 2018) [Flight] - 3/5 Th...
by HungFist
24 Dec 2018, 10:38
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4625
Views: 415407

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

I didn't even know about those Wicked Reporter films. Seems like the DVDs are long OOP and not available for rental.

I only saw my first Mochizuki film, Minazuki, a few weeks ago. Won't be my last one! Really liked that one.
by HungFist
23 Dec 2018, 16:42
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4625
Views: 415407

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

I'm in complete agreement about the Roman Pornos. I'd love to see the Sex Rider sequel surface some day. Maybe I should ask Toei Channel :lol: As for the Delinquents, it's been a decade since I saw those two. I rated them higher but I also recall the 2nd film being the weakest. The 立看 poster is one ...
by HungFist
22 Dec 2018, 17:47
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9801
Views: 603767

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

Two movies I watched just before a 10 hour flight :lol: Non-Stop (USA, 2014) [Netflix] - 4/5 Dynamite Liam Neeson thriller never lets go once it gets going. Superb entertainment, other than the C-grade CGI effects at the end. Also, the storyline might not make logical sense in closer inspection, but...
by HungFist
22 Dec 2018, 14:41
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Official Sonny Chiba Thread!
Replies: 197
Views: 56825

Re: The Official Sonny Chiba Thread!

Arrow has finally announced the long awaited Sister Street Fighter set. NEW UK/US/CA TITLE: Sister Street Fighter Collection (Blu-ray) Genre entertainment of the highest order, the Sister Street Fighter films are a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. P...
by HungFist
18 Dec 2018, 15:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4625
Views: 415407

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

13 Steps of Maki (若い貴族たち 13階段のマキ) (Japan, 1975) [TV] - 4/5 Nothing much to add that hasn't already been said about this one. Ultra sleazy and violent bad girl / martial arts film that absolutely needs to get a DVD/BD release. :thumbs: Laplace's Witch (ラプラスの魔女) (Japan, 2018) [BD] - 1.5/5 The latest ...
by HungFist
17 Dec 2018, 12:19
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 426
Views: 334035

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Cool. Thanks. Small correction, though: it's parts 3-8 that are getting low priced in February. 1&2 already went low before, I think.

In addition to the parts 1-6 above, I've also seen part 8 (not very good). Got part 7 in the digital pile waiting for viewing.
by HungFist
16 Dec 2018, 02:06
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4625
Views: 415407

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

The Young Vagabond (Hong Kong, 1985) [Netflix] - 1.5/5 The youth of Beggar Su (Gordon Liu) depicted as a b-grade kung fu comedy. There are some good moments (e.g. a funny dinner scene where the girl's father and the boyfriend realize they've met before... in a brothel!) but the whole thing is so di...