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by HungFist
Yesterday, 14:20
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 34
Views: 1641

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

VoD Review / Not Available on DVD Yakuza vs. G-Men: Decoy (やくざ対gメン 囮) (1973) Ruthless drug dealer (Hiroki Matsukata) is busted and forced to become a mole for an equally ruthless undercover cop (Tatsuo Umemiya) in a stylish, little known gangster film gem. Void of any comic relief, the film is bad ...
by HungFist
12 Nov 2018, 14:48
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

The Viper Brothers: Extortion Plot for 3,000,000 Yen (まむしの兄弟 恐喝三億円) (Japan, 1973) [DVD] - 3/5 Part 6. Another really funny opening with Sugawara just out of prison (every film in the series starts this way) and having to hitch hike a ride with a group of vacationing grannies. This was Norifumi Suzu...
by HungFist
11 Nov 2018, 05:02
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

Opium and the Kung Fu Master (Hong Kong, 1984) [Netflix] - 3/5 Good kung fu, bad comedy and some truly cringe worthy acting. Always nice to see fighters under the influence, however, Drunken Master in Drugs this is not. Instead it goes for the line "Master, the opium, IT'S EVIL!" Not Asian, but I'l...
by HungFist
07 Nov 2018, 14:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9738
Views: 581047

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

Rolling Thunder (USA, 1977) [DVD] - 4/5 Excellent, gritty action thriller about two Vietnam vets who return home after enduring years of torture in Vietnam. Screenwriter Paul Schrader famously complained that the studio had turned an anti-fascist story into a fascist movie. I think he was going too...
by HungFist
06 Nov 2018, 16:30
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 420
Views: 328299

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

More Sugawara & Nakajima DVDs from Toei 2019/02/06 Cold Wind Monjiro (木枯し紋次郎) (1972) http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd.php?num_sid=1032276 https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/sug2.jpg Cold Wind Monjiro: None of My Business (木枯し紋次郎 関わりござんせん) (1972) http://www.allcinema.net/prog...
by HungFist
03 Nov 2018, 15:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

The Decoy (脱獄囚) (Japan, 1957) [35mm] - 3/5  Small scale, widescreen Toho thriller about a detective (Ryo Ikebe) whose wife is being targeted by an escaped prisoner (Makoto Sato). The detective decides to go with it and use his wife as a decoy. Although slightly hampered by the usual hostage clichés...
by HungFist
01 Nov 2018, 13:20
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 590
Views: 455676

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Holy fucking Shiiit! Toei Channel is broadcasting Tooru Murakawa`s Love and Death at Fuji Speedwa y aka Circuit of Sorrow (1972) in December. https://www.toeich.jp/program/1T0000012486/201812 https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/lovde.jpg I wasn`t the one who requested it. But whoeve...
by HungFist
29 Oct 2018, 16:02
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

The Night Comes for Us (Indonesia, 2018) [Netflix] - 2.5/5 Stylish but hollow martial arts gore actioner. Perhaps I'm getting old, but this reached the point where the constant ultra-graphic violence towards both heroes and villains ceased to be enjoyable or hard hitting, and just got nauseating. T...
by HungFist
27 Oct 2018, 11:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9738
Views: 581047

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

Hard Times (1975) **½ Walter Hill's directorial debut effectively casts Charles Bronson as a taciturn street fighter in 1930s New Orleans. Nice period atmosphere, but the characterisations are thin, and the fist fights pretty dated now. I re-watched that a few weeks ago. I`d go for the same rating ...
by HungFist
26 Oct 2018, 14:53
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

The Viper Brothers: Jail - Living for 4 1/2 Years (まむしの兄弟 刑務所暮し四年半) (Japan, 1973) [DVD] - 3/5 Part 5. Delightful start with Tatsuo Endo as a nice guy prison guard! How many times have you seen that? He does mention he's a former inmate for having killed 4 men but oh well. The rest of the film isn't...
by HungFist
26 Oct 2018, 14:49
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Love's Whirlpool (2014) & Call Boy (2018) (Daisuke Miura)
Replies: 18
Views: 4330

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

I was wrong to doubt Shonen Call Boy (娼年) (Japan, 2018) [DVD] - 4/5 This film's got to have the longest, relatively most realistic sex scenes in any mainstream film. It's also another terrific, emotionally brutal and ultra-realistic film by the most interesting director in Japan, Daisuke Miura. The ...
by HungFist
25 Oct 2018, 16:55
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

The Viper Brothers: 18 Extortion Threats (まむしの兄弟 傷害恐喝十八犯) (Japan, 1972) [DVD] - 2/5 Part 4. Sugawara tries to overcome a traumatic experience of getting in bed blindfolded with a girl who turned out to be an old granny. Later he and Kawaji try to settle down in a neighbourhood harassed by businessm...
by HungFist
24 Oct 2018, 17:11
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Chiwawa-chan (Ken Ninomiya, 2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 56

Chiwawa-chan (Ken Ninomiya, 2019)

The next film by Ken Ninomiya ( The Limit of Sleeping Beauty , Slum-Polis), with a great cast: Mugi Kadowaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Tadanobu Asano. In theatres January 18, 2019. I better not make the same mistake I did with Sleeping Beauty, that is missing it in cinemas. "In Tokyo, Chiwawa (Shiori Yoshid...
by HungFist
24 Oct 2018, 14:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

Gorgeous is probably my favourite post Drunken Master 2 Jackie film. Yes, the bar isn`t that high (with most other mid/late 90s ones feeling like DTV films) but it`s a cute and funny film with some good action. Well, that`s my recollection at least. The last time I saw it was the ultra-soft non-anam...
by HungFist
24 Oct 2018, 13:48
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Limit of Sleeping Beauty (Ken Ninomiya, 2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: The Limit of Sleeping Beauty (Ken Ninomiya, 2017)

A couple of dvd screencaps https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/sl1.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/sl2.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/sl4.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/sl3.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.file...
by HungFist
23 Oct 2018, 15:43
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Limit of Sleeping Beauty (Ken Ninomiya, 2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: The Limit of Sleeping Beauty (Ken Ninomiya, 2017)

Extracted this into a topic of its own. Saw the feature length version and it`s very good, if flawed. The Limit of Sleeping Beauty (リミット・オブ・スリーピング ビューティ) (Japan, 2017) [DVD] - 3.5/5 One of the few recent Japanese films to grab you by the balls, a wild acid trip into the psyche of a desperate actress...
by HungFist
23 Oct 2018, 15:28
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Misumisou (Liverleaf) (Eisuke Naito, 2018)
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Misumisou (Liverleaf) (Eisuke Naito, 2018)

sad to say but... Liverlief (ミスミソウ) (Japan, 2018) [DVD] - 2/5 Junior high school kids murdering each other is something that could end up looking ridiculous if not handled with delicasy or stylish excess. That is exactly what happens in this long but hollow revenge drama about a bullied girl going a...
by HungFist
23 Oct 2018, 15:24
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

My laptop went up in smoke, don`t expect to see me much here for the next few weeks. Anyway, catching up with recent JP Cinema. Liverlief (ミスミソウ) (Japan, 2018) [DVD] - 2/5 Junior high school kids murdering each other is something that could end up looking ridiculous if not handled with delicasy or s...
by HungFist
17 Oct 2018, 18:41
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 34
Views: 1641

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

TV Review / Not Available on DVD Evil Boss vs. The Henchmen (悪親分対代貸) (1971) A conceptually fun twist to the usual ninkyo formula with Tomisaburo Wakayama as... The Evil Boss! He's the corrupt bastard who'd normally function as the villain threatening the heroes, who are largely absent from this fil...
by HungFist
16 Oct 2018, 14:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

Evil Boss vs. The Henchmen (悪親分代貸) (Japan, 1971) [TV] - 2.5/5 A conceptually fun twist to the usual ninkyo formula with Tomisaburo Wakayama as... The Evil Boss! He's the corrupt bastard who'd normally function as the villain threatening the heroes, who are largely absent from this film. Made betwee...
by HungFist
14 Oct 2018, 10:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

Angel 2 (aka Iron Angels 2) (1988) Amazon Prime 2.5/5 Angel III (aka Iron Angels 3) (1989, Hong Kong) Amazon Prime 3/5 I wouldn't mind seeing these some day. Is that US Amazon Prime? Do they have proper transfers and original language? I have the 1st film on HK DVD... Mei Ah if my memory serves me ...
by HungFist
13 Oct 2018, 19:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

Be-Bop High School: Koko yotaro koshinkyoku (ビー・バップ・ハイスクール 高校与太郎行進曲) (Japan, 1987) [DVD] - 3/5 Part 3. Miho Nakayama is gone (replaced by Izumi Igarashi from Shojo Commando Izumi, playing similar character in similar manners), and so is the plot. The film works even without them, however. The sound...
by HungFist
13 Oct 2018, 13:23
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The White Girl (Christopher Doyle, Jenny Suen) (2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 76

The White Girl (Christopher Doyle, Jenny Suen) (2017)

Seems to be getting exclusively bad and mediocre reviews, but I can't help but to be in love with this Japanese trailer (even if it's the archetypical 2010s JP indie trailer): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-TdxH70unY Co-directed by Christopher Doyle (also cinematography) and Jenny Suen. https://s...
by HungFist
11 Oct 2018, 14:25
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4596
Views: 400028

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

Zatoichi and the Fugitives (座頭市果し状) (Japan, 1968) [BD] - 3.5/5 Good, darker than usual entry with a powerful ending. This was made soon after Zatoichi the Outlaw (there was one film in between) and in its depiction of Zatoichi's vulnerability it feels like a follow up of sorts. Takashi Shimura (lik...