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Unread post by grim_tales » 16 Jan 2018, 22:50

The Executioner (1974): 4/5

The film is sleazy at times (particularly with the way women are treated) but there's some great action in this one, it's still fun. The scene in which Chiba takes out different killers is hilarious (in one he enters a room where a black dude - built like a brick sh*thouse, is having sex with a girl and kills him) :D

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 17 Jan 2018, 00:36

Delinquent Boss: Ocho the She Wolf aka Furyo Bancho: Inoshika Ocho (Japan, 1968) DVD - 3/5
dir: Yukio Noda
Kanada (Tatsuo Umemiya) and his group bust out of prison and five years later they're running a successful dance studio that covers as a way to kidnap woman and sell them to gentlemen's clubs around the world. We call that 'Human Trafficking' today. They also randomly kidnap women and rape them for fun.
The yakuza isn't too keen on them working thier turf and start muscling them. Each scam they undertake, seems to end up crossing the yakuza and just as the yakuza is about to do one of them in, their new friend Ocho of Inoshika (Junko Miyazono, looking like she came straight from the Okatsu set) or old jailhouse friend Sonny Chiba show up to save them.
Tamami Natsu returns in a smaller role as the 'female member' who is a boyfriend of one of the gang. She's much hotter in this movie, though she plays a different character.
Chiba's part is minimal, which is unfortunate, because... well, because he's Chiba; but their OTHER jailhouse friend Bunta Sugawara shows up to help out whenever it seems Chiba's not around. Maybe they had conflicting schedules?
Finally, when a few of the good guys end up dead, it's time for the big payback - and everyone who's left shows up for it.
It's a pretty good finale, and Chiba earns his paycheck in his final scene, but this movie is a 3/5 primarily because of all the additional star power.
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Unread post by HungFist » 17 Jan 2018, 10:01

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grim_tales wrote:The Killing Machine (Chiba) (1975): 4/5
Love it!
It's one of Chiba's best films. Decent story, good action, charismatic performance. The only weakness is the lack of a good final opponent. It's also one of the Chiba films that (alongside the even better Hong Kong style Roaring Fire and the ninkyo influenced The Defensive Power of Aikido) that I could recommend to Mark as well.
grim_tales wrote:The Executioner (1974): 4/5
The film is sleazy at times (particularly with the way women are treated) but there's some great action in this one, it's still fun. The scene in which Chiba takes out different killers is hilarious (in one he enters a room where a black dude - built like a brick sh*thouse, is having sex with a girl and kills him) :D
Director Teruo Ishii was assigned to direct it against his wish. That's why it's so bonkers. The sequel is even crazier (it's more of a comedy, but I like it even better).

It's also a great film to watch when you're feeling down. I was once turned down by a pretty Japanese girl, but after watching The Executioner I felt better again :lol:

Big :thumbs: for Grim for watching Chiba stuff
chazgower01 wrote:Delinquent Boss: Ocho the She Wolf aka Furyo Bancho: Inoshika Ocho (Japan, 1968) DVD - 3/5
This, in turn, is one of my least favourite Chiba films ever :lol: This, Storm Riders, Master of Thunder, and a couple of semi recent DTV films make the Bottom 5 :lol:
chazgower01 wrote:Ocho of Inoshika (Junko Miyazono, looking like she came straight from the Okatsu set)
It's supposed to be the same character Reiko Ike plays in Sex & Fury, I believe (even though the films are set in completely different periods). The character, at least as far as Sex & Fury is concerned, originates from a comic book.

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 18 Jan 2018, 05:59

Girls' Junior High School: Dangerous Games (Japan, 1970) DVD 3/5
dir: Mio Ezaki
Junko Natsu takes the lead role in a big way in this first of a series of Sukeban movies set in a Girls' JUNIOR High School. Not to worry, Natsu was 21 when she did this, and the only nudity is in the background strip club of the yakuza gang (they hang out with!).

Don't get me wrong, this movie was made to titilate, and even though wet uniforms in the shower fights or underwear in strip poker is all you get, it's done with a zeal meant to appeal. Even without subtitles, it's entertaining, and has its comedic moments (the hidden microphone, the principal's mugging), though it has its boring drama near the end.

Chieko Matsubara plays the gym teacher (she was only 4 years older than Junko) who the girls try to have gang raped by some of the yakuza goons - good mainstream Japanese fun! - and Tatsuya Fuji has a cool cameo at the end - other than that it's 80 minutes of non-PC Japanese silliness!

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 18 Jan 2018, 13:56

Equinox Flower (Japan, 1958) Filmstruck VOD 3.5/5
dir: Yasujiro Ozu
Having enjoyed Tokyo Twilight a great deal, I watched director Yasujiro Ozu's next film, made a year later, Equinox Flower; featuring Ineko Arima (Tokyo Twilight) and Miyuki Kuwano (Two years before 'Cruel Story of Youth') as sisters.
What I had observed in the previous film, as far as style, is even more pronounced here. Stationary camera framed on the scene, allowing the characters to act out the story - there are no tricks here - other than the simplistic beauty of staging - this is about straight forward storytelling.
Successful businessman Wataru Hirayama (Shin Saburi) has two daughters, one of whom seeks to get married outside the older, traditional arranged marriage idea favored by her father. In fact, she's found the man she wants to marry, and her dad isn't too happy with that.
Once again, we see this all unfold, almost as an invisible outsider, able to spy upon the private conversations of these people. And it succeeds in that, this isn't American drama, it's the quiet, respectable, peaceful drama of Japan - no lamps get broken, no one falls out of a second story window - it moves along at a quiet pace, telling the story.
For some movie watches, that might seem boring. For film buffs, it's interesting to see the slow transformation of the father, if he really does transform at all - this is sort of the other side of the youth rebellion movement - how it crept into the well to do family home and slowly changed the way the Japanese went about everyday life.
Not to make it sound TOO stuffy, like real life, it has it's humorous moments ("I know you tend to go on and on, so I went to the bathroom first!"), and it really is beautiful film (when Ozu shoots an outdoor scene, it tends to be spectacular in it's beauty), it's just a vast departure from the exploitation films we love.

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 19 Jan 2018, 13:12

Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (Japan, 1969) Filmstruck VOD 2.5/5
dir:Nagisa Oshima
An experimental film that has it’s appealing aspects to it, director Nagisa Oshima takes a basic story: Book thief Birdy Hilltop (Tadanori Yokoo) gets apprehended by a pretty clerk, Umeko (Rie Yokoyama), and they begin a relationship. But, the relationship, especially it’s sexual peculiarities, PARTICULARLY it’s sexual peculiarities, are examined in ever changing creative film methods. From documentary style psychoanalysis, to kabuki style theater, to fantasy play that turns into a reality gang rape - all of which is also interspersed with performance art, live acoustic song, and real footage of the Shinjuku area at the time. In fact, much of the cast simply play themselves, a part of the Japanese underground youth scene of the time and place. (Which IS cool to see)
Much of it is interesting to watch, actual extremely appealing to watch, but some of it isn’t, and seems to go on far too long, and try way to hard to convince us of it’s authenticity as a amateur shot hand held film- it was most likely a labor of love for Oshima, far from being an amateur, who wanted to capture the feel of the times, amidst a sexual examination of two complex individuals. Worth seeing for film buffs - not sure if this was even available to the public for many years - it IS a cool underground Japanese artifact of it’s times.

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chazgower01 wrote:Girls' Junior High School: Dangerous Games (Japan, 1970) DVD 3/5
I thought the film had certain nostalgic charm, and was generally enjoyable despite being very tame. The two sequels are less memorable, though part 2 utilizes a cool Takuro Yoshida song.

One of the films had a scene where boys are peeking at the girls in the shower and a text appears saying something like "only 14 years old and she has such big..." :lol: I can't remember which film that was.

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Zatoichi (座頭市) (Japan, 2003) [DVD] - 3/5
Kitano's over-rated revival of the legendary character features good moments (e.g. the tap dance scene) but suffers from a mediocre script. Kitano himself makes a passable but forgettable Zatoichi. He acquits himself well with sword, and the action could be quite enjoyable if it wasn't for the God-awful CGI blood. Co-star Tadanobu Asano plays a hired-by-the-yakuza ronin with a sick wife, a strangely under-written character whose kind is familiar from dozens of ninkyo yakuza films. The score is pretty good at times, though no Hisaishi. Looking back at the film and its initial popularity, it probably benefitted from Kitano and Asano having been at the height of their popularity, and many viewers not having been terribly familiar with Japanese yakuza and jidai geki films beyond Kurosawa, mistaking Kitano's "vision" as something more original than it really was. It's not that different from Shintaro Katsu's Zatoichi films, and in the Zatoichi cannon it's a pretty mediocre entry.

Outrage: Final Chapter (アウトレイジ 最終章) (Japan, 2017) [Flight] - 3/5
Stylish but incredibly convoluted yakuza film is probably the best Kitano can do these days. Writer/director/actor Kitano has made himself play second fiddle in his own movie, with the main focus being on an extremely complex series of secret alliances, double crossings and double crossings that are planned don't have time to happen because someone else already double crossed someone, most of which have little to do with Kitano's character. Kitano's tough guy charisma still works, however, and there are moments of violence that drop the jaw. The human depth of his 90s masterpieces is long gone, as are the magical Joe Hisaishi scores, replaced by too much talking (and yelling) but at least this is a somewhat decent yakuza film with proper production values, unlike the garbage other Japanese filmmakers are putting out these days.

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Unread post by grim_tales » 19 Jan 2018, 23:27

My Way (South Korea, 2011): 4.25/5

Well acted, violent war action-drama is sometimes harrowing, reminded me of Woo's Bullet in the Head in places.

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Girl Boss: Escape from Reform School (Japan, 1973) DVD – 3/5
dir: Sadao Nakajima
A well paced, nicely shot example of the Sukeban series, that does almost everything right, but seems to be missing some variable to put it over top. Part of it may be the ending, which I found unfulfilling, and the other is that the love interest plays a bigger part in things than I personally would have liked. (Miki hooks up with Tsunehiko Watase)
The best of these movies are all about girl power and accomplishing what they want with only the slightest help of a male ally. Either way, it's still a worthy example of the genre and features the usual display of exploitation - showers, ripped clothes, perverted men, sexual angst... and I actually like the full gang here better than most.
Miki Sugimoto, a regular reform school escapist, is caught and brought back, eventually uniting a crew of delinquents to put together a big escape - leading to a showdown finale.
It may not sound like high praise, but I did like and enjoy this movie! If nothing else, it's praise worthy for the full view of Miki's backside!
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The Warped Ones (Japan, 1960) FilmstruckVOD 4/5
dir: Koreyoshi Kurahara
Must’ve seemed raw and shocking when it was released, it’s the story of a Japanese delinquent, Akira (Tamio Kawaji, in an early role), who lives to have fun, have sex, and stir up trouble. The hand held camera, and the black and white grittiness of it (as well as Kawaji’s screen presence) give it an almost documentary like feel.
Akira and his prostitute friend Yuki (Yuko Chisiro) get out of jail for scamming a guy and meet up with her boyfriend (Eiji Go) to go swimming. They immediately run into the guy that put them in jail. So they hit him with the car, and kidnap his girlfriend. Akira rapes her on the beach, as revenge, and this being Japanese culture, she naturally LIKES it and forms a bond with him, even though she’s completely disgraced by it.
Kawaji struts through this movie in such a brazen, in your face, who-gives-a-shit-about-anything way that it really took me by surprise. I looked to check twice to make sure this came out in 1960 and not 1970. One of the funniest scenes is when he later goes unannounced to the disgraced girlfriend’s house (she’s a well-to-do artist) and her wealthy friends all look and treat him like a piece of art, while he blows smoke in their faces and scoffs at them.
Amazing jazz music score throughout, and some non-PC conversations:
When Yuki turns down Akira’s black friend for a date, she tells him, “I hate Darkies!”
Akira then says, “They’re the best. They created jazz. And then the whiteies stole it. And now we’re copying it. We’re the worst!”
To top that off, Akira and the black friend then run off to go swimming together, alone, in an alluded to homosexual get together (“Let’s have fun!”), in really the only outwardly gleeful moment he has that doesn’t involve contempt for someone.
The coolest ‘Sun Tribe’ film I’ve seen yet.

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Blood and Diamonds (血とダイヤモンド) (Japan, 1964) [35mm] - 3/5
A diamond heist goes wrong, leaving one member bleeding with a bullet in the stomach. They retreat to a bunker where tensions begin to rise. This Toho crime thriller by Jun Fukuda bears striking similarity to Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (far more than City on Fire) and some plot elements can't be discussed without spoiling both films. Blood and Diamonds isn't as tightly written but features a noirish atmosphere and interesting characterization especially regarding bleeding, sweat-covered gangster Makoto Sato whose greed for money is bone chilling. Takashi Shimura plays a doctor whose daughter is captured by the gangsters to force him to dig out the bullet of Sato's stomach.

Bullet Terror (恐怖の弾痕) (Japan, 1957) [35mm] - 2.5/5
A young judo expert (Akira Takarada) assumes a white collar job in a night club company that is being harassed by the yakuza and their sword for hire bodyguard (Jun Tazaki), whose father was once upon a time killed by the judo guy's good-for-nothing father (talk about coincidences) - an incident that has stained the decent son's life and career ever since. The new employer soon turns out to be no better - their real business is revealed to be narcotics. Mildly entertaining b-action film with a couple of judo vs. sword duels. The storyline and characterization are purely programmer stuff, though, and some scenes are badly dated (e.g. long episode featuring a time bomb ticking in the clueless hero's car while he's chasing the bad guy).

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Girl Boss 6: Mano-a-Mano (aka Diamond Showdown) (女番長 タイマン勝負) (Japan, 1974) DVD 3/5
dir: Ikuo Sekimoto
Number 6 in the series of Girl Boss movies, this and the last one are directed by Ikuo Sekimoto. Again in this installment, we get a lot of the traditional Girl Boss flavor: Prison fights, revenge, Yakuza involvement, nudity...just not a lot of anything new to it.
Unless you want to count cooking stray dogs to sell the meat, or peeing.
Anyway, bad girl Keiko (Reiko Ike) stabs the man who killed her sister and goes to jail, where she's constantly beaten up and intimidated by Girl Boss Miwa (Ritsuko Fujiyami). Once Miwa's released, Reiko works her way to the Boss spot of the prison, and is released one year later (at the end of the opening credits).
She's thinking revenge.
Helping some friends with their debts to a club, she finds out its run by Oshima (the always snarling Toru Abe), the man she stabbed and went to prison for. Regular Sukeban actress Ryoko Ema is another Girl Boss she squares off with and Tsunehiko Watase plays a cool yakuza.
There are what I guess you'd call plot twists, to keep you on your toes; let's just say it's a fun little romp that has Reiko in it, with lots of cool fashion, some great music (a few of the songs are on the Miki Sugimoto vs Reiko Ike CD), and an entertaining finale.
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The Gambling Monk (競輪上人行状記) (Japan, 1963) [35mm] - 3/5
A biting black comedy/drama about a mischievous middle school teacher (Shoichi Ozawa) who becomes a gambling addicted monk following his brother's death. He tries to take care of his family temple business, but gets mixed up in bicycle betting, alcohol and desperate women. This was Shogoro Nishimura's debut film, based on a screenplay by Shohei Imamura and Nobuyuki Onishi. It may not be a film tailored for my tastes, but fans of Imamura and Japanese 60s new wave ought to be in for a threat. The mix of dark drama, comedy and social satire aiming to spark some controversy is especially reminiscent of Imamura's films. It is then perhaps not surprising that, despite being adored by critics, it bombed in theatres upon its release and brought Nishimura's career to an instant end for three years. It remains a forgotten film waiting to be discovered.

Kaettekita ookami (帰ってきた狼) (Japan, 1966) [DCP] - 4/5
Excellent Sun Tribe film by Shogoro Nishimura; his second movie as a director. The story kicks off when a mixed blood, misunderstood loner (Ken Yamauchi) drifts back into a small seaside town where he slew a man years ago. Around the same time a super hot yacht girl Rika, who is a bit of a spoiled brat, sails to the shores. She has instant hot for him, and her bloated self ego takes a hit when he says he just digs her yacht. Then there is the film's actual protagonist (Junichi Kagiyama), a cowardish but decent guy and the only rational one of the bunch, as well as some local teen hoods giving everyone trouble. This is almost everything a good Sun Tribe film should be: yachts, motor boats, guitars, fights and burning teen passion, all packed into 78 minutes. The characters are excellent, there's a constant aura of energy to Nishimura's direction, and most importantly the Taiwanese-Japanese actress Judy Ongg is just amazingly hot and badass as Rika. When director Nishimura, in an unrelated interview, expressed his regret that much of the Roman Porno genre that later employed him may be problematic from a female perspective, I wondered if he truly cared. But seeing movies like this, with show stealing female characters, I can believe he really meant what he said. Fantastic film!

Note: I cannot find English title for this film anywhere. The Japanese title translates as "Return of the Wolf", referring to the character played by Ken Yamauchi.

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HungFist wrote:The Gambling Monk (競輪上人行状記) (Japan, 1963) [35mm] - 3/5
This'll be a tough one to track down, but I added it to my list....
HungFist wrote:Kaettekita ookami (帰ってきた狼) (Japan, 1966) [DCP] - 4/5
And this is a must see... Has it ever been released even on VHS do you know?
I have a few Meiko Kaji films I found on VHS, that I'm going to get around to transferring to DVD one of these days, so...
HungFist wrote:and most importantly the Taiwanese-Japanese actress Judy Ongg is just amazingly hot and badass as Rika.
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chazgower01 wrote:
HungFist wrote:The Gambling Monk (競輪上人行状記) (Japan, 1963) [35mm] - 3/5
This'll be a tough one to track down, but I added it to my list....
It's available on DVD. Well, was available at least. Seems OOP now.
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HungFist wrote:Kaettekita ookami (帰ってきた狼) (Japan, 1966) [DCP] - 4/5
And this is a must see... Has it ever been released even on VHS do you know?
I have a few Meiko Kaji films I found on VHS, that I'm going to get around to transferring to DVD one of these days, so...
I'm not aware of any release. Has obviously been on TV as proved by the screencaptures you posted, but I don't know what channel... I'd love to obtain a copy.

Which Kaji films have you found on VHS?

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 25 Jan 2018, 22:51

Hangyaku no melody (1970), which is already on DVD and Nihon saidai no kaoyaku (1970) aka Greatest Boss of Japan, which I'm not sure about.

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chazgower01 wrote:Nihon saidai no kaoyaku (1970) aka Greatest Boss of Japan, which I'm not sure about.
Not available on dvd, I believe.

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Tokyo Streetfighting (東京市街戦) (Japan, 1967) [35mm] - 1.5/5
Tetsuya Watari's theme song is the only good thing about this half-arsed Nikkatsu yakuza action film. It's yet another tale of people coping in the ruins of Tokyo in the post WW2 Japan, with a couple of good men (Watari, Joe Shishido) standing against the exploitative Korean gangsters. Toei also made several films like this, some of them good (True Account of Ginza Tortures, 1973), some as bad as this (Third Generation Boss, 1974; Kobe International Gang, 1975). With its uninspired performances, routine execution and a programmer storyline aiming to connect with the more sentimental and nationalistically minded viewers (there even an orphan boy and his blind sister suffering in the slums!), Tokyo Streetfighting offers little to be impressed about. Even the final street war / machinegun massacre fails to thrill, despite its unbelievable body count.

Burning Nature (花を喰う蟲) (Japan, 1967) [DCP] - 3.5/5
Here's further evidence that director Shogoro Nishimura is remembered for the wrong films. Before he became a Roman Porno vending machine, he was a yakuza and youth film director at Nikkatsu, making several interesting pictures that have since been forgotten. This one starts out as a breezy youth film but soon morphs into a study of greed and moral corruption as a wildcat girl (Taichi Kiwako) runs into a manipulative "businessman" (Hideaki Nitani) who promises her a career as a model. She finds success due to her good looks, but also learns that that is exactly her worth the in the modern world. The stylish film features a terrific leading performance by Taichi Kiwako. Eiji Go, an actor best known for portraying crazed yakuza, is also very good as a young man in love with the protagonist. Meiko Kaji has a small supporting role. The film's only problem is that it can't quite keep the wonderful momentum it establishes during the superb first half till the very end.

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HungFist wrote:most importantly the Taiwanese-Japanese actress Judy Ongg is just amazingly hot and badass as Rika.


Is that the same Judy Ong that was in 'Zu'?

Didn't know she was half-Japanese.
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HungFist wrote:most importantly the Taiwanese-Japanese actress Judy Ongg is just amazingly hot and badass as Rika.
Is that the same Judy Ong that was in 'Zu'?

Didn't know she was half-Japanese.
Seems to be the same person yes.

According to JP Wiki she was born in Taiwan in 1950 but grew up in Japan (since the age of 2 apparently) and got Japanese citizenship in 1972.

I didn't realize she was 16 in Kaettekita ookami :oops:

edit: if Nikkatsu's website is correct about the production year being 1965, then she was 15! :o

I gotta be more careful next time I call someone "amazingly hot" :lol:

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Biographies of Killers (刺客列伝) (Japan, 1969) [35mm] - 2.5/5
Although better known for contemporary films, Nikkatsu also produced scores of period yakuza films. I am far from well educated in Nikkatsu's yakuza output, but compared to Toei's ninkyo films, this movie at least is somewhat grittier in philosophy (as suggested by the title), leaving less room for chivalry, stoic pathos and manly bonding than you'd find in your average Ken Takakura or Koji Tsuruta film. Sentimental drama is not avoided though: the film features Nikkatsu's regular wallflower Chieko Matsubara as a young woman with a missing brother and a sick kid to take care of. Hideki Takahashi is the main character, a yakuza joining a gang of killers to make some money. He later runs into Matsubara, who doesn't know he's a yakuza and indirectly related to his missing brother who has been killed. There's also a common yakuza film theme with poor workers being targeted by the yakuza. The storyline isn't especially interesting and the lack of a strong plot hurts, but Nishimura's direction is pretty good, often vitalizing quiet scenes with emotional tension.

Yakuza Native Ground (やくざ番外地) (Japan, 1969) [35mm] - 4/5
A very good transitional era yakuza film by Shogoro Nishimura. Tetsuro Tamba is a businessman-like gangster who builds his gang of youngsters willing to do the dirty work for him, including a psychotic hothead Jiro Okazaki. Tamba is pals with Kei Sato, a slightly more righteous boss in a rival gang, likewise leaving the quarrels to the youngsters while trying remain friends with Tamba. The film takes a while to get going with some seemingly random side plots, which however all come together big time when Tamba's sister falls in love with a young man associated with the rival gang, and then all hell starts breaking loose, leading to a well orchestrated final massacre. There's also an interesting mix of ninkyo-like honour themes and jitsuroku shades of gray, especially evident in Tamba's well written character. Nishimura's character direction is effective and it's always a pleasure to see Tamba in starring roles.

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Black Sun (Japan, 1964) FilmstruckVOD 2.5/5
dir: Koreyoshi Kurahara
Tamio Kawaji is back as Akira from ’The Warped Ones', squatting in an old abandoned building and grooving out to jazz records. His black friend Gill is also back (Chico Roland), only this time they don’t know each other (maybe this is a prequel?), and he’s a disturbed war vet with a machine gun who holds Akira hostage. Akira’s female prostitute friend Yuki is here too (Yuko Chishiro), as he tricks her into having sex, despite actually being broke - but it’s a small part as this is very much a ‘dude’ movie.
It’s about Akira’s idealized version of ‘black’ people, because of his love for jazz vs the reality, which is that no one is representative of their whole race. It gets preachy at times, and it has some racially charged situations (Akira wearing ‘blackface’ and making Gill wear ‘whiteface’), but it’s primarily a product of it’s times. It has it’s moments - Gill playing trumpet while a group of Japanese faces crowd around to watch, while thoughts of the civil rights atrocities flash around in his head…but an hour and a half of just these two over acting is a little too much for me.
If you're curious about 'Chico' Roland who plays Gill, he had an interesting career as a black man in Japanese films during this period, and here's some info on him: http://sidelongglancesofapigeonkicker.b ... -1929.html
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Intimidation (Japan, 1960) FilmstruckVOD 4/5
dir: Koreyoshi Kurahara
A neat little crime noir film, director Koreyoshi Kurahara has a good story here to go along with his exceptional framing abilities. You’d almost think you were watching classic Hitchcock.
Takita (Nobuo Kaneko) is a bank manager preparing to be transferred out of town for a promotion, when a mysterious stranger blackmails him into robbing his own bank. The perfect patsy is his forever underacheiving lifelong friend Nakaike (Ko Nishimura).
Of course, nothing goes as planned, and nothing is as it seems, and that’s what makes it all the more fun getting to.

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Furyo Bancho Ichimou dajin (Delinquent Boss: Rounded Up) (Japan, 1972) DVD 2/5
One of the last, if not THE last of 16 or so Furyo Bancho movies, this survives solely because of the star power involved and a scene that Yuriko Hishimi fans won’t want to miss.
It’s the same story, minus the rape for fun and kidnapping women to sell in forced prostitution of the earlier episodes (I guess it’s trying to go more ‘mainstream’), as wanted small time criminal Tetsuo Umemiya crosses the yakuza, and to escape them, turns himself in to the cops.
Looking a little pudgier, dressed in a pink button up shirt and loose leather pants, he’s still the coolest guy in the room, at least until he meets Tatsuya Fuji in prison, who he’ll run into later on. He gets out of jail rather quick and runs a scam, meets a new ragtag gang of colorful characters, and forces himself as leader.
The movie then tries to move toward the same conclusion I suspect we’ve seen in all of these (I’ve only seen this one and the first two, so I’m assuning this). There isn’t much interesting through most of it, so they break out in song and dance a few times (I'm not joking), and show us far too much of Umemiya in his tighty whiteys or worse, his naked butt.
The only saving grace to it is Yuriko Hishimi’s full nude scene ('essential part blurring’, as they say) from front and back, though I did catch a glimpse of her ‘maebari’, the ONLY reason this movie gets a ‘2’ rating. There’s also the wasted use of Annu Mari (Branded to Kill) in her last listed movie role for 30 years!
Save yourself the trouble and look at the NSFW pictures I’ve linked.

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The Maebari!
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