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Unread post by HungFist » 31 Jan 2018, 08:08

Teruo Ishii Wonder Night

- Inferno of Torture (Japan, 1969) [35mm] - 4/5
- Horrors of Malformed Men (Japan, 1969) [35mm] - 4.5/5
- Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (Japan, 1973) [35mm] - 4.5/5
- The Executioner 2: Karate Inferno (Japan, 1974) [35mm] - 4/5


All night Teruo Ishii marathon with four excellent films from pristine prints. It didn't hurt at all that I had seen all of them before in theatre, some of them several times. Inferno of Torture is cruel yet romantic, supremely stylish tale of two tattoo artists in Edo competing each other and tattooing the horrors of hell on the backs of beautiful topless women. Horrors of Malformed Men, Ishii's most legendary and atmospheric film, is a mystery following a man who discovers an island where a tragic madman is building a society of malformed men. Bohachi Bushido, Ishii's best film, is a visually amazing tour de force of a nihilist samurai wandering in a surreal ero-guro pop Japan and fighting ninjas and naked female bodyguards in terrific, bloody action scenes. All three films excel at creating imaginative fantasy worlds, at which Ishii was at his best. The Executioner 2 is a smaller but no less enjoyable film: an insanely funny and crude action comedy and a perfect closing film to keep people awake at 4:30 am. All in all, amazing night where every film, partly due to the circumstances, made me think "this is a strong candidate for the best movie ever!"

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 31 Jan 2018, 14:27

If we only had film fests like that here!

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Unread post by HungFist » 02 Feb 2018, 12:33

International Secret Police: A Keg of Powder (国際秘密警察 火薬の樽) (Japan, 1964) [35mm] - 1.5/5
Part 3 in the International Secret Police series, Toho's response to James Bond. There were 5 films in total (1963-1967). The series is probably best known internationally as the source material for Woody Allen's What's Up Tiger Lily? (1966). Allen used footage from the 3rd and 4th films to arrive at his comedy spoof, which I have not seen but which seems somewhat redundant since A Keg of Powder was already a comedy - albeit a rather unbearable one. Tatsuya Mihashi and Makoto Sato are two secret agents (whose identity is not a secret to anyone) goofing around and chasing a crazy Austin Powers type of criminal genius. Mihashi is also trying to have romantic relations with a girl, but there are constant silly assassination attempts made at him. The film is a mess with loads of dumb comedy, nonsensical storyline and clumsy action, and the fact it does all everything with its tongue firmly in the cheek doesn't make it any less painful. Akiko Wakabayashi provides some eye candy at least. The director of the film is Takashi Tsuboshima, who later helmed the equally unbearable and in many way similar Lupin the Third: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy (1974), as well as the excellent ninja exploitation Demon Spies (1974).

International Secret Police: Key of Keys (国際秘密警察 鍵の鍵) (Japan, 1965) [35mm] - 2.5/5
Part 4. Makoto Sato is out, and Tatsuya Mihashi is left alone with assassins, femme fatales and foreign terrorists who are all after a secret safe that could enable a revolution. While still goody and relatively nonsensical, this is an improvement over the previous film. At the very least the film takes itself seriously enough to work as a b-grade spy film, even if it's a comedic one. Parts of the story are set in foreign locations, in a fictional nation called Tongwan, channelling India or Egypt (?) type of exotic vibes. The film also features both Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama, who would go on to appear as Bond girls in You Only Live Twice (1967). Director Senkichi Taniguchi also helmed the fantastic one-night patrol car docudrama Car 33 Doesn't Answer (1955), which would be a fantastic candidate for a Criterion release.

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Unfortunately Key of Keys was one of those beaten "pink prints" while the vastly inferior A Keg of Powder screened from an absolutely gorgeous print.

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 03 Feb 2018, 01:53

Thirst For Love (Japan, 1967) FilmstruckVOD 3.5/5
dir: Koreyoshi Kurahara
My fourth Kurahara movie, I’m continually impressed by his style, considering I had previously been completely unaware of him. From the very opening scene, we're shown, that what there is more going on underneath the surface of this movie, than what we know.
Thirst for Love is based on a novel of the same name by Yukio Mishima. It’s the story of Etsuko (the very pretty Ruriko Asaoka), a young widow who lives with her father-in-law, brother-in-law, his wife, and their kids on a large wealthy estate in the country. She’s having an affair - I guess you’d call it that - WITH the father-in-law, played with eye rolling contempt for everyone by Nobuo Nakamura (He considers them all good-for-nothings who are just mooching off of him).
He’s not wrong, but he severely underestimates Etsuko, who seems to have a LOT going on inside that head, hidden behind that pretty vacant stare.
She suddenly becomes infatuated with Suburo (Tetsuo Ishidate), the young family servert; but when he gets the maid pregnant, her already confusing desires start to collide with everyone else’s reality. And boy, does it.
Beautifully shot in black and white, it again showcases Kurahara’s use of a number of storytelling techniques, and for being a somewhat cerebral drama, moves along at a nice pace and tells an interesting story, with one heck of an ending.
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Tokyo Gore Police (Japan, 2008) Netflix DVD 2.5/5
dir: Yoshihiro Nishimura
I’m not a gore fan. When it comes to movies with sex and violence, I generally lean much more toward the sex. Gore though… it either looks fake, or it looks gross.
Which is why my enjoyment of Machine Girl kinda puzzled me. It was more than just Minase Yashiro’s sex appeal and star power…couldn’t have been the gore though…right?
And then I saw Tokyo Gore Police, directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, the special effects wiz from Machine Girl and I realized something.
It’s the pure creative energy of it.
This movie is just so chocked full of ideas and concept’s, it’s hard not to be impressed.
Sure, the story is like something out of a badly written comic, and the acting isn’t always the best, but the ideas… the creativity… the art of it... the concept’s…. they just keep coming at you. You have to appreciate it. This isn’t exploitation on crack, it’s exploitation on LSD.
And it doesn’t hurt to have Eihi Shiina.
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Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (0課の女 赤い手錠) (Japan, 1974) [35mm] - 4.5/5
Superb, unbelievably violent action thriller is like Street Trash directed by Kinji Fukasaku as a straight action picture. Miki Sugimoto is an undercover cop infiltrating a gang of brutes who have kidnapped a politician's daughter. Her task is to eliminate the evil men one by one and save the hostage. Some of the violent scenes are hard to take, but the film is also stunningly stylish, well paced, set to a terrific score by Shunsuke Kikuchi, and spiced with ultra-black humour (in an interrogation scene two guys in the background are already digging a grave!). The final pay-off is also extremely satisfying, with one of the most badass action climaxes in 70s cinema. The leading role is probably Sugimoto's best, and there are excellent supporting performances by Tetsuro Tamba and Hideo Murota. It's a film that keeps getting better on every viewing (I still remember when I was first introduced to the film long time ago, and wondered if it was ok to enjoy an action movie as violent as this).

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Akumyo: Tough Guys (悪名) (Japan, 2001) [DVD] - 1.5/5
A remake of the 1961 yakuza classic "Bad Reputation" which starred Shintaro Katsu and Jiro Tamiya. The new version casts Koji Matoba and Mikihisa Azuma, two gentlemen of far lesser reputations, in the lead roles. Sonny Chiba appears as a yakuza boss. Director Seiji Izumi, who spent the first 10 years of his career helming pink films, proved in the 80s that he could do more than just skin flicks (On the Road, 1982; Majoran, 1984). Perhaps this film would have been better had he directed it 15 years earlier, when he still had something to prove. The new Akumyo is a regrettably lame, television-like period yakuza drama with a bit of underwhelming action and lots of talk. It was a (minor) theatrical release, but obviously intended for video distribution. Chiba's appearance is so brief that it doesn't justify seeing the film.

Fighting Fist (覇拳 ふりむけば修羅) (Japan / Kong Kong, 1992) [DVD] - 2.5/5
Cheap but relatively watchable martial arts thriller is one of Sonny Chiba's few directorial efforts. The Japan - Hong Kong co-production probably originated from Japan where low budget V-Cinema films were the new big thing, and many of which were filmed abroad, including Chiba's 1991 film Minefield. Chiba is credited as the director in the Japanese print, but in the Hong Kong version Casey Chan, who was a producer-director involved in distribution of Japanese films, apparently gets the credit. The storyline is about a Japanese man (Shogo Shiotani) sent by his boss (Chiba) to Hong Kong to assassinate a gangster boss' family to lure the big man out. Local cops (Sibelle Hu, Chin Kar Lok) as well as nasty martial arts assassin (Ken Lo, Jackie's opponent in Drunken Master 2) are soon on his tail. The story then moves to Japan for a showdown. The film is a mess - badly acted, lacking in continuity, and suffering from needless ultra-cruel gore and strange characterization - but at the same time strangely watchable in a trashy sense. The action, which combines Japanese and Chinese martial arts, isn't half bad for this type of film, and Shiotani makes a passable poor man's Hiroyuki Sanada - he was a Japan Action Club member and the film was probably intended to make him a star. Unfortunately he committed suicide in 2002 at the age of 35.

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 06 Feb 2018, 04:39

HungFist wrote:Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (0課の女 赤い手錠) (Japan, 1974) [35mm] - 4.5/5
Superb, unbelievably violent action thriller...
I bought the UK copy from Amazon UK and it should be here any day... can't wait to see this....

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Violent Panic: The Big Crash (Japan, 1976) DVD 4/5
dir: Kinji Fukasaku
One of Miki Sugimoto’s last movies, she plays the love interest of a bank robber (Tsunehiko Watase, again, but that’s ok!), who she slowly wins over, even though he has more than his share of problems. His partner gets killed in a heist, and his dead partner’s brother decides to come after him. Then the police discover his identity, and track him down leading to an amazingly crazy car chase involving angry citizens, a motorcycle gang, an angry cop… Fukasaku knows how to create and film frantic mayhem, that’s for sure!
There’s a lot here… if you’ve only seen Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor and Humanity, then you’re missing out. Here he’s able to stretch out and have fun with the characters, though still within the confines of their desperation. It’s still intense, it’s just able to switch gears more naturally and take some time with the characters.
Miki Sugimoto of course, is naked throughout and it includes one of her more revealing scenes….
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No maeberi’s here!
A classic of it’s genre that is very much worth seeing.
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chazgower01 wrote:
HungFist wrote:Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (0課の女 赤い手錠) (Japan, 1974) [35mm] - 4.5/5
Superb, unbelievably violent action thriller...
I bought the UK copy from Amazon UK and it should be here any day... can't wait to see this....
UK copy? Surely hell will freeze before BBFC will allow Zero Woman to be released uncut in the UK?

Dutch copy perhaps?

Unfortunately none of the DVD releases are very good. I've seen the film in 35mm twice in Tokyo and the print looks a 100 times better than any of the DVD transfers I've seen (Toei, Discotek, HK Video).
chazgower01 wrote:Violent Panic: The Big Crash (Japan, 1976) DVD 4/5
dir: Kinji Fukasaku
One of my favourite Fukasaku films! It may lack depth, but it's an extremely entertaining ride with amazing action, good leads and a very cool score.

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HungFist wrote:
chazgower01 wrote:
HungFist wrote:Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (0課の女 赤い手錠) (Japan, 1974) [35mm] - 4.5/5
Superb, unbelievably violent action thriller...
I bought the UK copy from Amazon UK and it should be here any day... can't wait to see this....
UK copy? Surely hell will freeze before BBFC will allow Zero Woman to be released uncut in the UK?

Dutch copy perhaps?
Apparently it has a Japanese and German language track and it's subtitled in English, Dutch and German.
So I guess, it's a German or Dutch release...
Here's the back cover:
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HungFist wrote:Unfortunately none of the DVD releases are very good. I've seen the film in 35mm twice in Tokyo and the print looks a 100 times better than any of the DVD transfers I've seen (Toei, Discotek, HK Video).
I'd love to see some of these in 35mm....

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 08 Feb 2018, 04:21

I Am Waiting (Japan, 1957) FilmStruck VOD 3.5/5
dir. Koreyoshi Kurahara
An early success in Nikkatsu's attempt to capitalize on the American crime noir market, this is also the first full film from director Koreyoshi Kurahara. Featuring Yujiro Ishihara and Mie Kitahara, who starred in 'Crazed Fruit' the previous year (and quite a few others together), it’s a decent little movie that grows as it goes along - from a mystery, to a love story, to a crime story, to a mystery again… but all in a good way.
As we often see in movies of these type, there are ‘improbable coincidences’, though they didn’t bother me as much as they might some others - I thought the story was fairly tight, the characters interesting, and even the fight scenes enjoyable. I was excited for the finale as it unfolded, and justly rewarded.
When an ex-boxer meets a singer at night down by the pier they slowly begin to learn secrets that connect them to each other. But those secrets connect them even more in ways they don't yet realize, as they slowly unfold the truth....
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chazgower01 wrote: dir: Korayoshi Kurahara
chazgower01 wrote: dir: Korayoshi Kurahara
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dir. Koreyoshi Kurasawa
A few more films and you'll eventually get Koreyoshi Kurahara's name right ;) :lol:

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HungFist wrote:
chazgower01 wrote: dir: Korayoshi Kurahara
chazgower01 wrote: dir: Korayoshi Kurahara
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dir. Koreyoshi Kurasawa
A few more films and you'll eventually get Koreyoshi Kurahara's name right ;) :lol:
lol my spellcheck has a mind of it's own, especially when I write on my iphone.
Strangely enough, it was spelled correctly in all the same cut and paste entries I made to my blog.
Wrong in my notes, wrong on here, and correct in the last place I usually cut and paste it to, my blog.
I have no idea how. lol

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The Hot Little Girl (Japan, 1970) Japanese DVD 2/5
dir: Yasuzo Masumura
I guess Daiei Studios tried jumping on the sleaze train as they were headed toward their demise, introducing Mari Atsumi to the world. I hadn't seen one of her movies yet, this was my first (roughly her 14th), but it's one they've actually released on Japanese DVD. And since Daiei is probably a ways from making any of these available on the English speaking market, I watched it with no dubs or subs.
From what I can gather, Atsumi is a magazine model that everyone would like a 'piece' of, including her slick young manager, played by Yusuke Kawazu (Cruel Story aka Naked Youth), looking more tan than his female co-star. Yakuza involvement of course follows, along with an O.D., some beatings, etc.
Atsumi isn't naked much here, but she does wrestle around in her underwear a lot, highlighting her slim body and tan skin. It's fun, or whatever, I just don't think she has the screen presence of a Reiko Ike or Miki Sugimoto. She was, apparently a sex idol in Japan though, and like those two, pretty much disappeared by the latter part of the 70's.
I don't know if it was the tans or the Fujicolor, or maybe just the transfer of the film, but the color stood out to me as realistic but strong. You could very easily pick out the dark blue from the black; and yes, this train of thought probably speaks volumes about how I thought the story was boring. They stood around and talked A LOT.
And I somehow doubt it would've made a difference if I knew what they were saying. It picks up towards the very end, as it gets a bit more violent, but not much here I'd need to see again. Atsumi's highlight is a quick shower scene early on, but even that is fairly coy compared to some of what we've seen from Reiko or Miki.
It's not terrible or anything, it's just not as Nikkatsu as it's trying to be.
Here are some Mari Atsumi nekked pics for you:
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Those are easily the two most revealing shots of her in the movie, BY FAR - so if you're planning on seeing it for her - there you go. Unless of course you like the underwear wrestling...plenty of that, including stuff like this!:
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Unread post by HungFist » 11 Feb 2018, 04:32

Daiei was a rather conservative studio whose main source of income was samurai and jidai geki films. They did have a few oddball directors like Masumura who did "whatever" they wished, and there was obvious commercial pressure to flirt with exploitation cinema, but most of the time you could see how reserved the studio was about it. For example, they did a 6 film WiP series in the late 60s and early 70s, and from the 4 films I've seen only one actually shows nudity although thematically they are exploitation. It's the same thing with some gang / sukeban type of films they did. And that was at the same time when naked women were literally lining up to show their boobs to the camera in many Toei films (e.g. Teruo Ishii's Abnormal Love series).

As for Masumura, I tend to love half of his films and be bored by the other half. Red Angel and Yakuza Masterpiece are amazing, but Electric Medusa and Manji bored me.

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 11 Feb 2018, 04:46

Good info!

And speaking of Daiei's Mari Atsumi, I just happened to check one of my favorite websites (pulpinternational.com) and there was a story on Atsumi just 3 days ago! Looks like she put on some weight...

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Hanzo The Razor: Sword of Justice (Japan, 1972) Fimstruck VOD 3/5
dir: Kenji Misumi
For those going into this thinking it would be a traditional samurai movie, they’d get a big surprise.
Set in feudal Japan it begins with a ceremony of police officers signing their blood oath of upholding the law - but Hanzo refuses. He finds it hypocritical that certain factions of the community pay off the police to look the other way - how can he sign such an oath when this is a part of the daily norm? It’s a perfect scene to set up Hanzo’s… personality and style… and each scene after that for the first part of the movie introduces us to who Hanzo is and how he goes about things differently than others.
(Having some insight into how Koike Kazuo writes, I suspect this follows the way the manga was done - now I’m curious to read it!)
But what REALLY sets Hanzo apart is his massive dong… yep, his massive manhood, that he uses to interrogate women to get information. In a lesser movie, this might be truly offensive, or done so crass as to be uncomfortable - but here it’s so… obviously comical it’s almost bizarre.
(Especially the second time he does it, involving Mari Atsumi - 30 pounds heavier and virtually unrecognizable from 2 years earlier in ‘The Hot Little Girl. Still beautiful and attractive, just… a completely different look. She got some Hooters out of the weight gain as well!).
Played with a perfectly serious demeanor by the great Shintaro Katsu (Zatoichi), Hanzo is a cult hero across the land, as shown in a final small segment at the end of the movie. He just knows what to do and when it’s right to do it. Not for his own gain, but for the benefit of everyone.
The pace of the movie chugs along nicely, though it ends somewhat incomplete, as Hanzo has higher to go in his quest. And I kept thinking, this could be just a BIT more… over the top and it’d be GREAT… yeah, I hear the sequel is even better!

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MAJISUKA GAKUEN 4 マジすか学園 4 (Japan, 2015) Rakuten VIKI 4/5 (though incomplete)
Majisuka Gakuen 4 is the fourth season of a show starring girls from the Japanese Pop Band AKB48. Rather than starring in a breezy show about how 'kewl' high school is, this is instead a rather bleak story about high school girl gangs who rule a completely trashed school (where there never seems to be any classes) and as in previous episodes, a new student shows up to try and claim the top spot.

The new student is singer and AKB48 Pop Idol Sakura Miyawaki who has to take on the Big 4 (all are members of AKB48), who protect the stairwell leading up to the leader of the 'Rapappa' gang, named Salt (also a member of AKB48).
There's also a Team Hinabe (2nd Year Students) who act almost as a 'Greek Chorus' to gossip and advance the plot and update us and Sakura's two 'underlings', who she whopped early on, only to have them start to admire her and her quest. All of them are also members of AKB48!

Like a lot of Japanese entertainment in the fight genre, each epsiode features a lead up to a battle, highlighting a style or interesting quirk of one of the fighters. Sakura battles every episode, though there are occasional side battles as new charcaters are introduced and their intentions revealed.

The fights are an interesting mix of quick cut camera angles (these are pop stars, not trained fighters), which I normally despise, but somehow they make it look believable, and there's no shortage of bruises and blood dripping from the side of mouths to try and show these are bare knuckle brawls these characters are in.

Sakura herself has her own motivations for wanting to get to the top, and the mysterious leader Salt, slowly lets on to her mindset as well. Not surprisingly, if you look up Sakura on Yahoo, the pictures are pretty much what you'd expect - the over sexualized image making of a Japanese Pop Star (she was only 16-17 when she did this - 19 now), but this show itself isn't about that.

Most of the skirts are long - Sakura's being the shortest (just above the knees) - but there are no stereotypical 'upskirt' kicks or torn clothing or anything like that - this is about fighting and... small lessons... or something.
I just know that I enjoy it - the episodes are 20 minutes long and subtitled (I hear it's on Hulu, but I've been watching it on Rakuten VIKI). I'm 8 episodes in and looking forward to finishing it.

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Massacre Gun (みな殺しの拳銃) (Japan, 1967) [VoD] - 2/5
Hitman Joe Shishido and his yakuza brothers, hothead Tatsuya Fuji and failed-boxer-in-love Jiro Okazaki, turn against their rotten boss and try to make money on their own. A rather tiresome Nikkatsu yakuza film that smells of a programmer picture. It's not so much a "bad film" as a movie whose kind have been made in too large quantities. Chris D. associated Massacre Gun with A Colt is My Passport and Branded to Kill, calling them a loosely linked trilogy. There is no direct (if any) connection between the film, and Massacre Gun is by far the least stylish and innovative of the three.

+ Sonny Chiba Special: Part 66 (2/2)

The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy (柳生一族の陰謀) (Japan, 1978) [DVD] - 3.5/5
Toei resurrected the samurai film genre with this epic, which served as their answer to the waning popularity of karate and yakuza films. It was the start of a new era of bigger budgeted Toei films, and even got released it as a standalone feature as opposed to half of a double feature. It was also the first time for Sonny Chiba to play the legendary ninja Yagyu Jubei, whom he would later portray in film, TV and stage. Kinji Fukasaku's take on the material was interesting as well: he'd dropped the documentary antics of his gangster films and taken creative, provocative freedoms from acknowledged history, while at the same time taking a more realistic approach than most 60s samurai films. It's a long and talkative tale of power struggle between two brothers (Hiroki Matsukata and Teruhiko Saigo) wishing to become the next shogun, with some historical dryness and perhaps a subplot or two too much. At the same time it's an interesting, massive and well crafted tale with some nice action and good performances by Chiba (whose JAC stars co-star in the film) and Kinnosuke Nakamura, whose highly theatrical acting creates a great portrayal of a man who is not allowed to show his true feelings under the Japanese etiquette. The audiences agreed: the film was the 3rd most popular domestic release of 1978.

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 17 Feb 2018, 18:41

HungFist wrote:Massacre Gun (みな殺しの拳銃) (Japan, 1967) [VoD] - 2/5
Hitman Joe Shishido and his yakuza brothers, hothead Tatsuya Fuji and failed-boxer-in-love Jiro Okazaki, turn against their rotten boss and try to make money on their own. A rather tiresome Nikkatsu yakuza film that smells of a programmer picture. It's not so much a "bad film" as a movie whose kind have been made in too large quantities. Chris D. associated Massacre Gun with A Colt is My Passport and Branded to Kill, calling them a loosely linked trilogy. There is no direct (if any) connection between the film, and Massacre Gun is by far the least stylish and innovative of the three.
I can't disagree with any of what you say here, but I guess I just haven't seen enough of these to be too jaded yet - I enjoyed it!
Put Jo Shishido and Tatsuya Fuji in a movie with some hot ladies, yakuza gun battles, and a cool jazz score and I'm going to be entertained!
Let's see where I'm at after watching about a 100 of these!

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

Unread post by saltysam » 18 Feb 2018, 01:01

Duel Of Fists 3/5
David Chiang heads out to Thailand in search of his long lost brother Ti Lung,who it turns out is a up and coming Thai boxer being hassled by the great and dodgy Chen Sing. A change of pace for a Shaw movie,pretty decent.

Angry Guest 3/5
Sequel finds Chen Sing out for revenge against the two brothers. quickfire sequel is again pretty decent.

Sacred Knives Of Vengeance akaThe Killer 3.5/5
Excellent Shaw movie is loaded with violent action and is pretty much non-stop, a change from the Shaw norm. Had to watch this as a custom with english subs added,as the only release is the expensive german dvd with no english subs. Needs an official english friendly upgrade.

14 Amazons 3.5/5
Large scale Shaw epic, captivating and exciting.
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Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Unread post by chazgower01 » 18 Feb 2018, 03:36

saltysam wrote:Duel Of Fists 3/5
David Chiang heads out to Thailand in search of his long lost brother Ti Lung,who it turns out is a up and coming Thai boxer being hassled by the great and dodgy Chen Sing. A change of pace for a Shaw movie,pretty decent.
I need to see this... curious to see how much of early 70's Bangkok I can recognize...

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

Unread post by chazgower01 » 18 Feb 2018, 03:38

Forbidden Tale of the Genroku Era (aka The Story of a Nymphomaniac (好色元禄㊙物語) (Japan, 1975) 'Fan Sub’ DVD 3/5
dir: Ikuo Sekimoto
Yuriko Hishimi is Natsu, a golddigger in old Japan who isn’t interested in romance, only money. Her sister (Maki Tachibana) believes in love and marriage and that her loser husband is ok. UNTIL she gets sold to a neighbor for the night for 10 gold coins by him. Afterwards she comes home to catch him red handed raping her sister after killing her father. In a daze she stabs and kills him and they dump him in the swamp.
Overwrought with guilt she decides she must sleep with 1000 men to atone for her crime…
Meanwhile, Natsu isn’t fazed and instead seeks revenge on the silk merchant that thought she was too low rent for his father’s high standards, marrying a ‘nice’ girl. And boy does she get her revenge!
If the ‘fan’ subtitles are legit, I thought this was a pretty funny little tale (clocking in at a modest 67 minutes) with some life lessons, some funny dialogue, and of course lots of skin.

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

Unread post by HungFist » 18 Feb 2018, 13:37

chazgower01 wrote:MAJISUKA GAKUEN 4 マジすか学園 4 (Japan, 2015) Rakuten VIKI 4/5 (though incomplete)
I was aware of this series (well, the earlier seasons) about a decade ago when I was crazy about Sukeban Deka (the 3 series, not the films), Rebellion League of Girls in Sailor Uniform and Shojo Commando Izumi, but just I assumed a modern high school action series wouldn't be worth it...
chazgower01 wrote:Hanzo The Razor: Sword of Justice (Japan, 1972) Fimstruck VOD 3/5
I hear the sequel is even better!
I had flights reserved to see the 1st two films (and other stuff) in Tokyo in 35mm last year. Then got sick and had to cancel the whole trip...

And yeah, the 2nd film is better. The 3rd one is not bad either although it's the least of the three (nothing especially wrong with it... it just feels somehow less inspired than the first two).
chazgower01 wrote: I can't disagree with any of what you say here, but I guess I just haven't seen enough of these to be too jaded yet - I enjoyed it!
Well, that's a blessing!
chazgower01 wrote: I need to see this... curious to see how much of early 70's Bangkok I can recognize...
You were in Bangkok in the early 70s? :thumbs:
chazgower01 wrote:Forbidden Tale of the Genroku Era (aka The Story of a Nymphomaniac (好色元禄㊙物語) (Japan, 1975) 'Fan Sub’ DVD 3/5
This film bored me to death... on dvd, and in 35mm :lol:

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

Unread post by chazgower01 » 18 Feb 2018, 23:59

HungFist wrote:
chazgower01 wrote: I need to see this... curious to see how much of early 70's Bangkok I can recognize...
You were in Bangkok in the early 70s? :thumbs:
No no... how much early 70''s Bangkok I can recognize by how it looks now!
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chazgower01 wrote:Forbidden Tale of the Genroku Era (aka The Story of a Nymphomaniac (好色元禄㊙物語) (Japan, 1975) 'Fan Sub’ DVD 3/5
This film bored me to death... on dvd, and in 35mm :lol:
Did it have subtitles?

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