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by HungFist
06 Jan 2019, 13:18
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 436
Views: 340023

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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by HungFist
05 Jan 2019, 14:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9823
Views: 627033

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: 9823
Views: 627033

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: 38
Views: 3107

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: 4695
Views: 432670

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: 4695
Views: 432670

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: 4695
Views: 432670

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: 264

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: 9823
Views: 627033

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: 4695
Views: 432670

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: 4695
Views: 432670

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: 9823
Views: 627033

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: 203
Views: 58702

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: 4695
Views: 432670

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: 436
Views: 340023

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: 4695
Views: 432670

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...
by HungFist
16 Dec 2018, 02:02
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 604
Views: 486433

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Guro Taku wrote:
14 Dec 2018, 16:46
In summary, at least a 4/5. Give it another go.
My dad used to say something like "I guess I'd rather do that than get beaten up" :lol:

Thanks for the background info, though. I never knew nor bothered to find out about that.
by HungFist
14 Dec 2018, 16:47
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9823
Views: 627033

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

Killer Elite (UK/AU, 2011) [Netflix] - 3/5
Mediocre action mayhem elevated by an intriguing early 80s England setting and an unexpectedly good villain/opponent (Clive Owen). DeNiro is good, too. Supposedly based on a true story, possibly all made-up - that's just the way it should be.
by HungFist
09 Dec 2018, 12:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4695
Views: 432670

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

While the Women Are Sleeping (女が眠る時) (Japan, 2016) [Netflix] - 2/5 Rarely do you see a potent thriller lose its way as badly as this Wayne Wang Japan entry does. A novelist and his wife run into a creepy old man (Takeshi Kitano) vacationing with a sexy teenage girl (Shioli Kutsuna) in a resort. Wha...
by HungFist
08 Dec 2018, 15:28
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 604
Views: 486433

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Thanks for posting those. So, they are doing airbrushing now? Seriously, for fuck's sake. Those women without nipples are disturbing. How are you supposed to explain to a kid why they have breasts without nipples? Wish they'd just slap some text or credits over the boobs (like Toei sometimes does) i...
by HungFist
07 Dec 2018, 15:47
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9823
Views: 627033

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

Wheelman (USA, 2018) [Netflix] - 3.5/5 A getaway driver receives a threatening call while on a gig. Tightly paced at just 82 minutes and claustrophobically filmed almost entirely from inside the car, this is less an action film and more of a tense, well written thriller with a good leading performa...
by HungFist
04 Dec 2018, 14:29
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4695
Views: 432670

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

Onsen osana geisha (温泉おさな芸者) (Japan, 1974) [DVD] - 1.5/5 The 6th and final Hot Springs Geisha film, somehow as tame if not even tamer than the 1968 Teruo Ishii original. This was directed by the walking definition of mediocre Ryuichi Takamori who sabotaged a whole bunch of Sonny Chiba films. Occasi...
by HungFist
02 Dec 2018, 12:41
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4695
Views: 432670

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

No, I haven't read them, and no, my Japanese wouldn't be up to reading novels anyway, except veeery slooowly :lol:
by HungFist
02 Dec 2018, 11:46
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Hisayasu Sato thread
Replies: 20
Views: 3791

Re: The Eye's Dream (Dream of Eyeball) (Hisayasu Sato, 2016)

Not very high on my watch list, but I might see it some day. Thanks for the review.
by HungFist
02 Dec 2018, 11:42
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9823
Views: 627033

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

The Outsider (USA, 2018) [Netflix] - 3.5/5 A highly entertaing twist to the usual yakuza film formula with Jared Leto as gaijin yakuza in 1950s Osaka and Kobe. The unusual protagonist adds a constant tension to a film that, with its depictions of Japanese yakuza, police and prison guards as corrupt...