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Unread post by HungFist » 04 Dec 2017, 15:28

chazgower01 wrote: Reiko Ike has a small role as a henchman's wife, who gets offered up to a wrestler as a prize. Luckily for her, he doesn't last to take advantage of it, and it seems she finally has a role (albeit an incredibly small one) where she keeps her clothes on. But no, she's later offered up to another henchmen, doing an unasked favor for Shono, and he roughs her up during sex. How bad is it that I've seen so much nudity and torture from an actress that I actually would welcome seeing her in a non-exploitative role?
I don't think Ike ever did a movie where she kept her clothes on. She wanted to, hence she agreed to do Black Panther Bitch M for Nikkatsu in 1974 when they promised her there would be no sex scenes. She then got all paranoid during filming when they had re-written a scene to be shot in a hotel room and she was sure they're gonna have her do another sex scene. She insisted the scene to be shot in a "safer location" on a rooftop. She still ended up topless in that scene, though.

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Outlaw: Heartless (無頼非情) (Japan, 1968) [BD] - 3/5
Part 3 in the Outlaw / Gangster V.I.P. series. Another solid entry with the usual mixture of knife fights, loyalty conflicts and romantic tones. This time Watari, who is nursing a fallen yakuza's widow, runs into a childhood friend (Ryuhei Uchida, excellent as usual) whose wife is the sister of Watari's enemy, while also trying to keep a young woman (Chieko Matsubara again, in a different role than before) hopelessly in love with him at bay for her own sake. There's quite an enjoyable 60s Nikkatsu Action feel with slick visuals, nice soundtrack and Yokohama locations. The main problem with "Heartless", and many other Japanese 60s gangster films, be it Nikkatsu or Toei, is that after a couple of hundred entries in the genre the formulas had become so predictable the audience could see some twists and character deaths coming miles away. That is, to an extent, the case here as well, although there are some scenes that play against the expectations.

The Young Animals (皮ジャン反抗族) (Japan, 1978) [DVD] - 3/5
Yasuharu Hasebe took a break from the Roman Porno series to do this biker youth / disco film for Toei Central. And what an opening it has! Hiroshi Tachi on a bike. Cut to a disco where he tames a Nikkatsu runaway girl gang (Yuri Yamashina with razor blades, Natsuko Yashiro). And then he goes all Travolta to "Funky Disco Princess" on the dance floor. Tachi was one of those rock stars turned actors who were better screen performers than you'd expect (Yuya Uchida, who also happens to be in the film, is another). His youthful looks combined with charisma a strangely suffering look on his face made him perfect for playing melancholic punks. This was his first starring role after a couple fine supporting turns (e.g. Classroom of Terror, 1976). The film is basically Rebel Without a Cause meets Saturday Night Fever done in the Japanese youth film genre, fun and colourful, but ultimately lacking in characterization, and perhaps also missing the final punch on the tech side. Aiko Morishita has a small supporting role with no bare skin on display.

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chazgower01 wrote: Reiko Ike has a small role as a henchman's wife, who gets offered up to a wrestler as a prize. Luckily for her, he doesn't last to take advantage of it, and it seems she finally has a role (albeit an incredibly small one) where she keeps her clothes on. But no, she's later offered up to another henchmen, doing an unasked favor for Shono, and he roughs her up during sex. How bad is it that I've seen so much nudity and torture from an actress that I actually would welcome seeing her in a non-exploitative role?
I don't think Ike ever did a movie where she kept her clothes on. She wanted to, hence she agreed to do Black Panther Bitch M for Nikkatsu in 1974 when they promised her there would be no sex scenes. She then got all paranoid during filming when they had re-written a scene to be shot in a hotel room and she was sure they're gonna have her do another sex scene. She insisted the scene to be shot in a "safer location" on a rooftop. She still ended up topless in that scene, though.
I so much want to see that!

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Doberman Cop (ドーベルマン刑事) (1977) Amazon Prime - 3/5
I was looking to buy this and saw it was watchable for free on Amazon Prime... 10 minutes into it and I was hooked!
Shinichi 'Sonny' Chiba plays a country bumpkin cop who shuffles into town (complete with straw hat and live pig!) to investigate the death of a girl he grew up next door to that had moved to the big city and was apparently murdered. Of course, the city cops think he's a goofball, and directly laugh at his methods, convinced the murder was committed by a serial killer who is on the loose.

Chiba makes a friend early on though, when he takes his pig to a strip club and the stripper (Eiko Matsuda) isn't offended by the filthy animal, but rather lets her manager deal with it, while she pulls Chiba on stage and has sex with him! That's not what makes him famous though, he repels off the side of a building to crash through a high rise window and save a hostage (it's on TV and the newspapers the next day) - but it turns out the hostage is the girl he's looking for!

Having taken on a new name, she is under the management of a yakuza, who is trying to make her famous as a singer. She has a big televised talent show coming up, but her nervousness (as well as her drug problem) threaten to get in the way.

And who does director Kenji Fukasaku get to play the yakuza, but the always reliable Hiroki Matsukata (Cops vs Thugs) who struts and snarls his way through the role as if it's the only one he was born to play.

But there are other colorful characters in it... the police chief, the renegade cop, the pot head biker gang, the strip club manager... always something going on to keep you entertained in this movie. It's not art, but it is a lot of fun! Chiba may be a country bumpkin here, but he's not afraid to kill whoever gets in his way. And the action fighting has just enough of a dose of Chiba's angry fists to make it all worth seeing!

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 08 Dec 2017, 13:37

Quick-Draw Okatsu (Yôen dokufu-den: Hitokiri okatsu) (1969) DVD 3.5/5
Junko Miyazono returns in this NOT-a-sequel to 1968's Ohyaku: The Female Demon (a B&W semi-classic that is considered an early influence to the pinky violence genre), as a wronged female swordswoman out for revenge. I would imagine this is even more of an influence on the genre as well, with the bright colors, torture, rape, attempted abortion, over the top bad guys, and even a very young looking Reiko Oshida (20 years old) as a spunky short skirted ninja-girl. No nudity, or spraying blood, but a whole lotta people get sliced up.

Okatsu (Miyazono) is a sword-master, respected by the community and loved by her samurai training father. But her brother Rintaro (Masaomi Kondo) just wants to be a farmer, and runs away with his hidden lover, who is pregnant. This starts a chain of events leading to the local bad guy Shiozaki (Kenji Imai) having the father beaten, tortured and killed while he rapes Okatsu. Though neither is that graphic, you can see both happening at the same time, and it has a weird, shocking feel to it.

Even though she escapes, everyone she runs into turns out to be an evil, manipulative swindler; except for Reiko Oshida's adorably cute ninja girl, who kinda shows up here and there, for reasons unexplained, to help slice up people. Her short sword skills are surprisingly entertaining, especially compared to Miyazono, who, despite the role, isn't that great with a sword. Tomisaboro Wakayama (Lone Wolf and Cub) shows up late as a bounty hunter to really put on a display.

The second of three unrelated films (all starring Miyazono), and an early influence for the pinky violence genre, it's an enjoyable revenge flick to see.

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Outlaw: Goro the Assassin (無頼 人斬り五郎) (Japan, 1968) [BD] - 3.5/5
Part 4. Watari runs into old enemies while searching for his dead pal's (Tatsuya Fuji) sister. Add a veteran assassin suffering from guilty conscience, a likeable young hood hopelessly in love with a waitress but affiliated with the bad guys, and Chieko Matsubara (once again) as an innocent woman who falls for Watari, and complications begin to arise. Stylish and well acted entry, doesn't stray far from the standard formula but features a couple of slightly unusual turns, such as regular villain actor Asao Koike playing a relatively decent character. The use of locations is excellent, and there are a couple of magnificent sequences such as the pier scene near the end. Very enjoyable.

Outlaw: Black Dagger (無頼 黒匕首) (Japan, 1968) [BD] - 3/5
The 5th film in the series, and also the 5th entry released in 1968. Such pace was exceptional even by the Japanese genre film standards of the time. Like most yakuza films made in the 60s, the "Outlaw" films were formulaic, and what often distinguished a fine film from a mediocre one was not originality but its ability to avoid potentially frustrating drama scenarios. This is where "Black Dagger" stumbles a bit with its "evil yakuza bullying people who can't or won't to fight back" plot. On a positive note, that does make seeing justice eventually happen - in the film's extremely well staged knife fights - very satisfying. The main character, well played by Watari, also has grown so sympathetic by this point that he alone could carry the films given the plots were even half-decent. Also worth mentioning is Kunie Tanaka, an actor who often played gangsters, as a yakuza-hating doctor in this film.

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Story of a Prostitute (春婦伝 Shunpuden) (1965) Netflix DVD 4.5/5

Shot in Black and White and mostly under appreciated when it was released, Story of a Prostitute is the middle film in Seijun Suzuki's prostitution trilogy (1964's Gate of Flesh and 1966's Carmen from Kawachi), though none of the movies are related to each other, except that Yumiko Nogawa is in each of them.

Here she plays the hot blooded Harumi, who gets jilted by her lover and then decides to sell her body to the troops on the war front in China to get away from her past in Japan. There she meets the sadistic Lt. Narita (Isao Tamagawa), who doesn't even take a shining to her - he just sees her as the best available body - and when she talks back he lets her know her place.

To get him back she seduces his obedient and loyal lap dog of a page, Pvt. Mikami (Tamio Kawaji), but she ends up falling deeply in love with him. His loyalty to his service to Japan gets in the way, but he gives in somewhat because of the passion Harumi shows - both the beauty and at times ugliness of it.

This movie has a great deal of contrasts that Suzuki wants to show us - the strict code of the military and yet their sneakiness to cover events that might make their unit look bad - the hatred Harumi feels for the abusive Narita and yet the surprising way she is shown to have sex with him - the feelings she has for Mikami and yet the quickness with which she attacks his stubborn refusal to go against his 'superiors'....

Of course, they're doomed from the start... and where I thought it might end, and didn't... and where I thought it might get a bit too preachy, but instead gave us an even more tragic and sad, yet fitting ending. The story and the style of this make it a great film, during Seijun Suzuki's greatest directing era.

It DID however, also feature another sneak peek of BUSH - completely taboo in Japanese cinema at the time - during Harumi and Narita's first sexual get together...this is no HINT of it... this is full frontal!

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Massacre Gun (1967) Amazon Prime 3.5/5
Jô Shishido (Kuroda) plays a yakuza hitman who is ordered to kill his girlfriend, and coldly does so. His two brothers, a young looking, 26 year old Tatsuya Fuji (Eiji) and Jirô Okazaki (Saburo) don't like it and convince him to go against his boss, after Saburo is badly beaten for defying him.
It kicks off a turf war, and a tit for tat that at the time was probably seen as violent and bloody, but today looks a little more theatrical - though there are a lot of deaths and a lot of bullets.
Shishido here is a lot more brooding and dark - he kills his girlfriend when ordered without batting an eye, and his youngest brother Saburo is the hot headed innocent idealist in contrast, unafraid to stand up to the harsh reality of the yakuza world.
Tatsuya Fuji, as the equally hot headed middle brother, sleeps with the yakuza bosses' hot girlfriend, and has a lot of the coolest scenes here - looking suave as hell - in a couple of years he'd have a different look in the first three Stray Cat Rock movies, and of course later, In the Realm of the Senses.
It's a fun movie just to pick out some of the people in it - regular 60's crime noir actor Hideaki Nitani plays Shishido's yakuza buddy who knows he'll at some point have to face him.
Some hot babes, lots of bullets, smokey jazz music...and a pretty straight forward story...worth a look.

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Ohyaku: The Female Demon (1968) Youtube 4/5
A mother jumps off a bridge and commits suicide, with her young daughter in her arms, but the child survives with a large scar on her back. Now grown up, Ohyaku (Junko Miyazono), still with that scar (as well as emotional ones), is leading a similar life, when she decides to strike out on her own after meeting a mysterious stranger she falls for (Kunio Murai). He’s a thief, and shares a hatred for the rich and powerful - they make love and become a couple, and he includes her in a robbery, that is successful, but unfortunately they’re betrayed by the local crime boss. Things go downhill fast for Ohyaku from there - losing her man, getting raped, thrown in prison, beaten up, tattooed… but she slowly starts to turn things to her advantage, and even has lesbian sex to slowly manipulate her enemies against each other.
This is a revenge movie - a female revenge movie - and one that apparently was influential upon the pinky violence genre, and if I called it a semi-classic in a previous writing, then I’ll correct it now and say, it IS a classic. Ohyaku’s revenge is sweet - maybe not as bloody or as over the top stylish - but very, very sweet, and certainly stylish enough to be included in some of my favorite’s from that genre.

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I should re-watch the series some day. I recall liking the 2nd movie the best, but I was a huge Oshida fan back then so that may have had something to do with it...

Erotic Liaisons (エロチックな関係) (Japan, 1992) [DVD] - 2/5
More of a curiosity than a good film, this is Koji Wakamatsu's adaptation of a French detective novel, shot on location in Paris. Yuya Uchida stars as private detective falling in love with the femme fatale (Jennifer Galin) he's been hired to tail by a rich businessman (Takeshi Kitano). Rie Miyazawa, fresh off from her "hair nude" photo book fame of 1991, is Uchida's fully clothed side-kick. It is too bad the film is largely void of the angry political angst and exploitation Wakamatsu is known for, feeling like a lame TV production with a bit of nudity thrown in. Even Uchida, whose Japanese / French / English speaking role is the highlight of the film, often looks bored. The storyline itself is not bad despite stretching the credibility, but there is a far superior version of it found in the Nikkatsu Roman Porno catalogue. The 1978 film, also called Erotic Liaisons, stars Uchida in the same role under Yasuharu Hasebe's ultra-stylish direction. It's a better film in every sense: more erotic, with stronger characters, 10 times better score, and cinematography that oozes noir. It was filmed in Japan with a Japanese cast, but somehow felt more French than the Wakamatsu version.

Outlaw: Kill (無頼 殺せ) (Japan, 1969) [BD] - 3.5/5
Part 6, the last in the series. This is the grittier and more violent than the rest of the bunch, indeed somewhat bridging the gap from the romantic pathos of the 60s Japanese crime cinema to the grittier style embraced in the 70s. While still rooted in the ideals of honour and duty, it's also very critical of what the yakuza have become, and the only film in the series without a love story between Watari and Matsubara. The scrip is not terribly original, but does good gob avoiding bigger pitfalls. As parting words, the hero played by Watari really grew into a character worthy of six films as the series progressed, and it's almost a shame there weren't a few more.

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HungFist wrote:I should re-watch the series some day. I recall liking the 2nd movie the best, but I was a huge Oshida fan back then so that may have had something to do with it...
She IS adorable in it. And a heck of a lot more natural looking with a sword than Junko....

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Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Police Tactics (1974) Amazon Prime 3/5
The cops start to take more notice to the yakuza activity, and even though everyone higher up in the families want to remain cool, Shozo (Bunta Sugawara) is itching to go after Yamamori (Nobuo Kaneko) and finish him off for good, even if it means sacrificing himself. Meanwhile Takeda (Akira Kobayashi) is trying to keep Yamamori and everyone on their side cool, in hopes of driving Shozo’s alliances apart. But the hot headed actions of the lower level goons accidentally get a civilian killed and the public outcry intensifies the police action.
Japanese actress/singer Mayumi Nagisa has a small part as Mieko, the girlfriend of a dying boss Matsui, but ex-girlfriend of low level lieutenant Fukuda, who she sleeps with again, and unwittingly gets him killed, causing the real violence to erupt between the two sides.
When Shozo puts together a plan to kill Yamamori, his own men abandon him in the wilderness to keep him from doing it. Meanwhile the cowardly Uchimoto (Takeshi Katō) has already betrayed the plan. The police arrest Shozo for breaking parole from an assault the previous year (that only Yamamori could’ve tipped them off to). No longer a part of the fight, the families begin to politizise and even start thinking of going legit - while the lower level fighting continues, and the police make more arrests.
Tatsuo Umemiya as Shinichi Iwai of the Akashi family, who has played it cooler than anyone, visits Shozo in prison and offers him a place in Kobe when he gets out.
The always menacing looking Hiroki Matsukata as Shoichi Fujita is really dark skinned in this movie. Very noticeably strange looking at times, though I guess it’s because of his characters illness. His somewhat sad ending, brings on a final outpouring of violence, and most of the bosses are rounded up and imprisoned, including Yamamori, though he only gets a year and a half.
In the end, as both Shozo and Takeda await to be booked into prison (Shozo is getting 7 years), they make peace and lament that their time may be past.
Even though I'd rate it about the same as the first movie, I enjoyed this much more - knowing the characters and empathizing with what happens to some of them. Also, I think director Kinji Fukasaku does his best job with the smaller parts (and characters) that he incorporates into the big picture here, and it certainly doesn't hurt that it's the bloodiest and most violent of the stories either.
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(Maruhi) Jorô zankoku iro-jigoku ((秘)女郎残酷色地獄) (Japan, 1973) [35mm] - 2/5
This Roman Porno film has, for some reason, been neglected in English language writing to the extent that it doesn't seem to have an English title. The loss is not big. Decently acted and produced, but unimaginatively directed by the artistically non-gifted Shinichi Shiratori, it's yet another sad story of girls forced to work as courtesans in Edo. Leading girl Rie Nakagawa was one of the early Roman Porno starlets, and had a slight edge over some of her fellow actresses in terms of acting talent.

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (座頭市と用心棒) (Japan, 1970) [BD] - 3.5/5
Part 20. There's a scene in many of the Zatoichi films where Zatoichi is walking down a countryside road and enjoying life's little pleasures, such as the sun gently embracing his face. This film starts with the rain beating his face. He is sick and tired of it all, the rain, the coldness, the killing. This was the second film in the series produced by Katsu's own company. From visuals to characterization it's a much darker take on the franchise, devoid of the kind of beauty and romanticism that were present in the more conservative crowd pleasers produced by Daiei. Of course, it's still an extremely commercial film with some humorous moments and two legendary characters, but they are both given a grittier portrayal than one might expect. At 115 minutes it's the longest film in the series, and while it may not rank among the very best, the final 20 minutes is quite spectacular with director Okamoto, composer Ikufube, cinematographer Miyagawa and the cast all doing amazing job. In addition to Mifune and Katsu, there are excellent supporting turns by Shin Kishida (assassin) and Kanjuro Arashi (sculptor).

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Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode (Japan, 1974) Amazon - 3/5
Takeda (Akira Kobayashi) has turned his family into a political coalition, to try to change public perception, but the underlings of all parties are still restless and fighting. Opposing this way of doing things is the just out of jail old school boss Terukichi Ichioka (Hiroki Matsukata). Note: Matasukata is on his third character in the series! He died as Shoichi Fujita in the previous movie and was assassinated as Tetsuya Sakai in the first movie!). Making things difficult within his own camp is Takeda’s Hot Headed Vice Chairman Otomo (played with fire by an older Joe Shishido) who is ready to fight back after Ichioka has one of their accountants killed (Sugita).
But Takeda is thrown in jail on a weapons charge and he names Matsumura (Kinya Kitaoji - also on a second character in the series - he was Shoji in Deadly Fight in Hiroshima) as his replacement. Otomo is furious and tries to have Matsumura killed, but fails. Ichioka senses this infighting and offers to be sworn brothers with Otomo.
Yes, it’s the same type of thing weve seen in each of these movies, but I’ve followed it so closely now, I want to know where it goes! If I had to rate them on how I personally enjoyed them all, from best to worst in order, it’d be 2, 3, 4, 5, 1.
Two things: This movie is about Matsumura’s transition to power (and the new generation replacing the old) - how the whole area prepares for Shozo’s release from prison - and where things are at right up to the present times…or 1970 anyway.
Also of note: Yumiko Nogawa (Story of a Prostitute, Gate of Flesh) has a small part as Kaoru, the daughter of Sugita, and girlfriend and then wife of Matsumura… and Maki Tachibana (The Story of a Nymphomaniac) has a small part in one quick scene as Yamamori’s mistress.
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Okatsu the Fugitive (Japan, 1969) Youtube 2/5
The third in a trio of similar yet unrelated movies, it once again tells the revenge story of Okatsu (in the first film she was Ohyaku), played by Junko Miyazono.
It attempts to be more stylish than the first two films, and in some cases succeeds, but is overall very inferior. Even Reiko Oshida, looking as cute as ever, is wasted as the spunky young helper (this time in hot pants!), who does even less, and never even wields a sword. Still, it’s considered an influence upon the pinky violence genre, even if it does sort of miss the point by once again having a male come to the aid of the female hero (this time Tatsuo Umemiya).
In case you’re unfamilar: Junko plays a character in old Japan, who is great with a sword (in this movie she actually looks her least comfortable with it), who’s family is tortured and killed, leading to her rape, and being betrayed by everyone she tries to trust, until she’s pretty much thought to be finished off - only to come back and kill all of those who’ve wronged her. The first one was dark and cool, the second was done right, and this one feels like a cheap knockoff.

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Wild Sex Gang (Kyohashi Sex Group) (Japan, 1973) DVD - 2/5
I'm not one to buy a bootleg, unless it's something that is really, really impossible to find... and has subtittles... and looks decent... and is cheap. Well this was all of those....

Starting off with a 4 on 4 nude countryside motor cycle ride that turns into an orgy (wish I could figure out who THIS girl is...)
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You figure this is maybe just getting started with the exploitation......and everyone is having fun!
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But then it turns into a misogynistic bore.

Some punk kid named Junya (Longtime Japanese actor Takashi Shirai) tricks his dad (who's in the course of getting blackmailed by the aforementioned local biker gang for banging one their girls) into buying him a '750cc' motor bike, so he can race cops and flag down a local hottie played by Miki Sugimoto.
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But she doesn't put out, so the gang kidnaps and rapes a random girl in the woods (she ends up liking it - oh for pete's sake), before kicking Junya out of the group because he brings too much heat (the cops)!
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Undaunted Junya then rapes the girlfriend of the cop who is after him (at least it's rape until she gets turned on by it - sigh).
Of course, he sets it up so the cop walks in on them, but the cop ends up punching HER instead of HIM, who he just lets walk out. (The cop is played by longtime Japanese actor Tsunehiko Watase and the girlfriend is played by another long time Japanese actress Isayama Hiroko - the only likable character in the whole movie)Image

After Junya brags about it to him on the street though, the cop kicks the crap out of him and... ah, say it isn't so... Miki Sugimoto comes to his rescue and - you guessed it, feels sorry for him and sleeps with him! And then becomes his motorcycle teacher. Grrr....
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The excitement, the thrills, and the rape... don't forget about the rape!

The old gang catches Miki riding in the woods and drag HER off to rape (what the hell is with these guys), but suddenly that's not cool to old Junya, and he beats them all up. Except one of the goons gets a solid kick to Miki's stomach, knocking her out. If this were a GOOD movie, it'd be all about MIKI and the girls banding together and getting some revenge.

It's NOT though... Junya ends up killing a different cop in a bike race...
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Miki gets arrested, a lame chase scene happens and then...the longest motorcycle chase scene in the history of movies... plus the stupidest ending too. And Coca-Cola wanted product placement of Sprite in this movie?
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There are a lot of reasons to not like this movie, besides it's ugly attitude toward women (though that's certainly enough) - it's a rather tame performance from our lovely Miki Sugimoto, and she has to rely upon her 'acting' skills through almost all of her scenes....
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It still gets two points for a handful of reasons - the opening scene, Miki Sugimoto (in any form), a Japanese Rock Band, and... it's 70's Japan.

Some bonus NSFW pics:
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Miki:
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Unread post by HungFist » 26 Dec 2017, 15:25

chazgower01 wrote:Wild Sex Gang (Kyohashi Sex Group) (Japan, 1973) DVD - 2/5
I'm not one to buy a bootleg, unless it's something that is really, really impossible to find... and has subtittles... and looks decent... and is cheap. Well this was all of those....
You chose a bad time to buy it as Toei will be screening a HD remaster next month. Then again, the film is indeed pretty poor so it doesn't make much of a difference I guess.

I saw it years ago and recall being very underwhelmed. The theatrical poster is much cooler than the the film.

Speaking of rare pinky violence, I hope Toei will broadcast Female Yakuza Convict (Masahide Shinozuka, 1974) some day. It's not supposed to be that great (according to Chris D.) but it's one of the few that I haven't seen.

Rape in Public Sea (Hong Kong, 1993) - 1.5/5
A pretty lame CAT III revenge actioner lacking any coherence. There's a bunch of bad guys doing a whole lot of killing and raping all over the place (ironically, no one gets raped in sea, though). It takes a good while before it becomes even half clear who the heroes / avengers are supposed to be - there's a dozen of them. A 1993 movie shot on film, it's better than some of the junk that would come later, but it's really quite a bore, relatively non-graphic in the violence front as well, and the endless sex scenes are so unintentionally comical that one can't help but to wonder who ever thought they'd serve as erotica.

Skiptrace (China / Hong Kong / USA, 2016) [Flight] - 2/5
"Renny Harlin is making a Jackie Chan movie, unfortunately not in 1994". This A.V. Club pre-release headline summed it up perfectly. It's basically a Rush Hour lite meets 48 Hours, with Johnny Knoxville instead of Chris Tucker / Eddie Murphy. Mostly watchable with a fast pace and a couple of good jokes, but ultimately nothing we haven't seen done better dozens of times. The action is forgettable and the soundtrack especially bad. There is one wonderful cameo, though.

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 27 Dec 2017, 01:55

Not sure where to mention this, as it looks like no one's been in the Bargains / Suppliers / Classifieds section in over a year...but....
Arrow UK is having a huge sale, and since the Blu-Ray are multi-region, I picked up a few things:
Pam Grier's Coffy for $10 US
Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood 2 for $13.37 US
Branded to Kill for $10 US

Some DVD's for as little as $5.35 US (£4)

Thought some of you might want to check it out: https://arrowfilms.com

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 27 Dec 2017, 05:39

Delinquent Boss: Wolves of the City aka Furyo Bancho (Japan, 1968) DVD - 3/5

In 1968, inspired by the American motorcycle films and wanting to tap into the Juvenile Delinquent market, Toei put together this movie about a gang of motorcycle riding hoods, who rape, kidnap, steal and fight... but who aren't as bad as the yakuza!
I'd always heard that these 'Furyo Bancho' movies were 'softer' than some of the movies that came out in the 70's - and it is as far as nudity in this one - but it still starts off with a gang rape in broad daylight on the beach... by the 'heroes' of the movie!
Only after the girl 'faints', just as it's the last guy's turn, do they decide to 'call it a day'. Wait, these are the good guys of the movie?

Tatsuo Umemiya as the leader of the gang is neither young, or 'skinny poor' like the rest of his gang, but he IS one cool dude, and again plays that part well here. Despite playing a scumbag, he just has a certain charm to him that makes you understand how he'd be able to lead a group of goons like this. And carry the movie.

We also have Tamami Fujii (or Tamami Natsu - from the Japanese Wikipedia my translation function says ’Summer beads US') as Ryuko, a yakuza’s daughter (I don’t think she’s done a whole lot, but apparently she was in the first four of the Moonlight Mask movies in the late 50’s as a young girl - she was 21 when she appeared in THIS movie) who has somewhat of a thing with Tatsuo, though it gets him into more trouble than it looks like it’s worth.
She gives, somewhat, as good as she gets it...when the gang tries to drug her and her friends so they can have their way 'doing what they couldn't before' (i.e. date rape), she has the foresight to drug THEIR drinks as well, so she's the only one left standing.

Reiko Ohara is mostly wasted in this movie as one of the gang members who isn’t involved in much of their shenanigans, dressed in army fatigues to hide her looks - though she does get into a cat fight with one of the girls the gang picks up to sell to a hostess bar. In the later half of the movie Reiko cleans up and looks cute for us, but once again doesn’t do much until her elaborate exit from the movie.

There's very minor nudity in the film (at one point they go to some cool ass club where two girls are dancing and making out under psychedelic lights), though lots of implied sexuality - it's pretty violent, though mostly in that 50 year old theatrical movie sort of way...

The jist of this movie is to show how greedy today's youth and the yakuzas are - and how everyone involved in the free wheeling world of underground Japan will end up on the wrong end of life chasing that greed.
The opening song lyrics are 'Who needs god when you've got money?'
Indeed.

Cool promotional pic from the movie. I had a hard time finding some good pictures and information on this movie - mostly it's all concentrated on the later films...
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Drunken Master, Slippery Snake (1979)

The first 10 minutes of this film, with Yuen Siu Tien pretending to a blushing bride (no, really!) suggest that he will be the main star, but then the focus shifts more to Cliff Lok, who isn't nearly as good an actor. But it's just as well, as Yuen is so extensively doubled in the finale by Brandy Yuen that he might as well have stayed home. Good villiany from Lee Hoi-sang and Chiang Tao, not much else to really hold the attention. Cliff Lok is less alluring in drag than Jackie Chan was in Fearless Hyena!

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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 28 Dec 2017, 01:45

The Brave Archer (1977)

First part of a 3-film adaptation of Jin Yong's Legend of the Eagle Shooting Hero, starring Alexander Fu Sheng, and nearly everyone on Shaws' payroll. The early more macabre sections (with skull piercings, skin ripping and blindings galore) are much more engrossing then the latter faffing around with poetry readings against the fakest "exteriors" imaginable, but the cute love story does bring a smile to my face. Fu Sheng looks bored, the little seen Helen Yu is a sexy witch, Ti Lung is only in the opening credits, and Phillip Kwok steals the entire movie as "The Pope".

Besides the title card, there is no archery in the movie, by the way. You have been warned

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HungFist wrote: Rape in Public Sea (Hong Kong, 1993) - 1.5/5
A pretty lame CAT III revenge actioner lacking any coherence. There's a bunch of bad guys doing a whole lot of killing and raping all over the place (ironically, no one gets raped in sea, though). It takes a good while before it becomes even half clear who the heroes / avengers are supposed to be - there's a dozen of them. A 1993 movie shot on film, it's better than some of the junk that would come later, but it's really quite a bore, relatively non-graphic in the violence front as well, and the endless sex scenes are so unintentionally comical that one can't help but to wonder who ever thought they'd serve as erotica.
The original version was titled SAD STORY OF SAIGON.
More action, no sex/sexual violence (which was added for the HK theatrical release after the film flopped in Taiwan).
Harder to find, but available somewhere on VHS.
I've only seen the RAPE... version myself.
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Markgway wrote: The original version was titled SAD STORY OF SAIGON.
More action, no sex/sexual violence (which was added for the HK theatrical release after the film flopped in Taiwan).
Harder to find, but available somewhere on VHS.
I've only seen the RAPE... version myself.
Thanks. Very interesting.

That explains a thing or two.

I'm not sure "Saigon" would be a better film but probably more coherent at least.

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Unread post by Markgway » 28 Dec 2017, 21:09

Ivan Drago wrote:The Brave Archer (1977)

Ti Lung is only in the opening credits
I don't think his character shows up proper until Part 3!
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HungFist wrote: I'm not sure "Saigon" would be a better film but probably more coherent at least.
A good film? Maybe not. But likely a better one as RAPE is pretty crap.

SAIGON reportedly has more action for its western actors (how often do we get to see Jeff Falcon and Sophia Crawford play heroes?).
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