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Colonel Panics (Cho Jinseok, Yoshihiro Nishimura) (2016)

Posted: 07 Apr 2016, 10:45
by HungFist
Not much info about this yet, supposed to be a Japanese cyber punk film by a Korean director, with Yoshihiro Nishimura on board as special effects director.

More info: ... anics.html




Re: Colonel Panics (Cho Jinseok, Yoshihiro Nishimura) (2016)

Posted: 23 Jan 2017, 11:30
by HungFist
New trailer came out last year

Screens in Yubari in March.

Re: Colonel Panics (Cho Jinseok, Yoshihiro Nishimura) (2016)

Posted: 06 Mar 2017, 10:55
by HungFist
This was by far the best thing I saw at Yubari this year! If Ghost in the Shell ends up sucking, have no worries, your cyberpunk fix is here.

While the film's trailer hints of the violence and graphic sex, it does not prepare you for how ambitious and political the film is. It's almost impossible to digest everything with just one viewing. Let me just give you the basic premise:

The film is set in the future. A man is hired to test run a new virtual reality game, which is set in the past (our present day). It is said that the game is plagued by some kind of virus, but we don't know exactly what. The game, which seems even more realistic than the reality itself, features a stressed office worker who is secretly harbouring extreme right wing ideologies and apparent hatred towards women.

This one takes a lot of brainwork. What is the connection between the film's two storylines? What is the relationship between actual reality and manufactured reality, and which one is influencing which more?

The film looks very stylish throughout and sounds even better. The cast is entirely Japanese, as is most of the crew, including Yoshihiro Nishimura who contributed the blood effects. Director Cho Jinseok has Korean and Australian nationalities, and perhaps its due to the former that the film bites modern Japanese political atmosphere in the ass. He joked prime minister Abe should see the film, and dedicated the movie to Nagisa Oshima.

The film's English title is Colonel Panics, but in Japanese it's "Kernel Panic". Different meanings, although both make sense in the film's context.




Re: Colonel Panics (Cho Jinseok, Yoshihiro Nishimura) (2016)

Posted: 13 Mar 2017, 03:28
by HungFist

Re: Colonel Panics (Cho Jinseok, Yoshihiro Nishimura) (2016)

Posted: 07 Dec 2017, 14:25
by HungFist
JP DVD coming 2018/03/02
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and according to Allcinema it should have English subs.

Re: Colonel Panics (Cho Jinseok, Yoshihiro Nishimura) (2016)

Posted: 08 Dec 2017, 09:22
by Guro Taku
Excellent news but it's pretty annoying that Japan seems to have not yet fully embraced the Blu-ray format. Lower budget and smaller films keep getting DVD only releases

Re: Colonel Panics (Cho Jinseok, Yoshihiro Nishimura) (2016)

Posted: 08 Dec 2017, 11:08
by HungFist

I thought I read long time ago that a French (?) BD was being prepared, but I couldn't find anything with a quick search now...

Or perhaps it was German? It's the kind of film that you could imagine hitting BD in Germany. A lot of these lower budget Japanese genre films seem to come out there...

Re: Colonel Panics (Cho Jinseok, Yoshihiro Nishimura) (2016)

Posted: 08 Dec 2017, 11:28
by Guro Taku
Yes, it was Germany and I will probably hold out for that. Midori Impuls is handling the release there. They're a fairly new label but are already buying up a lot of the same films we're discussing here. For 2018 they have already announced as dual DVD/BD releases:

- Dream of Eyeball (Sato)
- Meatball Machine (Junichi Yamamoto + Yudai Yamaguchi)
- Kodoku Meatball Machine (Yoshihiro Nishimura)
- The Ninja War of Tarakage (Yoshihiro Nishimura)
- Brutal (dir. Takashi Hirose, starring Asami)
- Nowhere Girl (Mamoru Oshii)
- Creepy Hide and Seek (Kaoru Adachi)
- Bloody Muscle Body Builder In Hell (Shinichi Fukazawa)
- Sapphire (Toshinari Yonishi)
- Toxic Insects (Kayoko Asakura)
- Re:Born (Yuji Shimomura)

And I'm probably missing a couple.

They already did a bunch of excellent releases in 2017 as well.

Their website, which is in both German and Japanese (!) is here:
Their Facebook page is also worth keeping an eye on:

They even include English subtitles on some of their releases but of course, with them being a German label, that tends to only be possible/affordable for smaller films.