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Unread postby HungFist » 12 Jul 2008, 20:41

HungFist wrote:
What a crazy Toei year it is...


... and it just got crazier. November: 4 Hiroyuki Sanada films, including the long awaited Roaring Fire, and Shadow Warriors season 2
- http://adg.invisionzone.com/index.php?s ... =522&st=97

And more excellent news; Criterion picks seven Nikkatsu action titles, including A Colt is My Passport.
- http://twitchfilm.net/site/view/criteri ... -passport/

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Kino grabs Suzuki's Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell, Bastards! and Bakuhatsu sanbyomae.

- http://outcastcinema.blogspot.com/2008/ ... pdate.html
- http://www.avmaniacs.com/forums/showthr ... 183&page=2

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Toei’s low priced batch is coming November 1. There seems to be at least a lot of yakuza films, a couple of Hideo Gosha movies (Tokyo Bordello, Wives of the Yakuza + non-Gosha sequels) some pink (School of the Holy Beast, Mantis Wife’s Confession) etc. No Abashiri Prison unfortunately...

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/newrelease/jmo ... 2008-11-01

Kadokawa’s low priced dvds hit the streets October 24th. Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (original threatrical cut, almost certainly), Resurrection of the Golden Wolf, Beast to Die, The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (Obayashi), Legend of the Eight Samurai etc. Note that many of these are available in R1 and / or R3 HK. The R1 dvds should about the same quality, but as mentioned before in this thread, the IVL HK discs feature shitty encoding and badly timed subtitles.

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/newrelease/jmo ... 20&step=20

I need to get The Little Girl Who Conquered Time at least. I've been meaning to get rid if the poor HK disc. Tomoyo Harada's face deserves a solid transfer!

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Unread postby HungFist » 21 Jul 2008, 10:02

Toei November

Shogun's Ninja (Ninja bugeicho momochi sandayu) (忍者武芸帖 百地三太夫) (1980) (Sanada, Chiba, Shihomi, Tamba... directed by Suzuki)
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The Blazing Valiant (Moeru yusha) (燃える勇者) (1981) (Sanada, Wakayama)
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The Kamikaze Adventurers (Bokensha kamikaze) (冒険者カミカゼ) (1981) (Sanada, Chiba)
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Roaring Fire (Hoero! Tekken) (吼えろ鉄拳) (1982) (Sanada, Chiba, Shihomi, Ishibashi... directed by Suzuki)
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+ Kage no Gundan S2 (sorry, no pic avaible yet)

EDIT:

Missed one release. A film every self-respecting inhabitant of planet earth has been eagerly awaiting to hit the dvd. Yes!

Doberman Deka (ドーベルマン刑事) (1977) (directed by Kinji Fukasaku and starring Shinichi Chiba
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Unread postby HungFist » 10 Oct 2008, 12:51

Toei December

反逆児 (1961)
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http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1961/ck004970.htm

関の彌太ッペ (1963)
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http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1963/cm003550.htm

血と砂の決斗 (1963)
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http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1963/cm003660.htm

資金源強奪 (1975)
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http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1975/cy001840.htm
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0326140/

沖縄やくざ戦争 (1976)
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http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1976/cz002700.htm
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183594/

Okinawa Yakuza War (沖縄やくざ戦争) at least is a must buy.

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All credit to Al Edwards from dvd maniacs for spotting these.

Cinema Epoch’s Yellow Fangs is scheduled for January 13, 2009 release
http://www.hkflix.com/xq/asp/filmID.548 ... etails.htm

And Animeigo is releasing Kosaku Yamashita’s 199 minute war epic Aa kessen kokutai (1974) starring Koji Tsuruta, Akira Kobayashi, Bunta Sugawara, Hideo Murota, Noboru Ando, Tatsuo Umemiya, Goro Ibuki, Tsunehiko Watase, Nobuo Kaneko... damn, that cast is almost on par with the 1970 Toei war masterpiece Saigo no tokkotai (review a few pages back).

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http://www.hkflix.com/xq/asp/filmID.548 ... etails.htm

Toei has released the film twice; original and low priced edition.

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Unread postby HungFist » 12 Oct 2008, 19:36

BCI will release Genji Nakamura's Go for Broke (V Madonna: Daisenso) (V.マドンナ大戦争) (1985) in 2009.

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http://outcastcinema.blogspot.com/2008/ ... amura.html

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Unread postby HungFist » 14 Oct 2008, 10:55

The second director Outcast Cinema folks interviewed was Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, one of my favourite filmmakers. The interview will appear on Synapse's Wandering Ginza Butterfly dvds.

For once I'm excited about a dvd extra.

http://outcastcinema.blogspot.com/2008/ ... guchi.html

Yamaguchi films I've seen (with ratings out of 5)

Blossoming Night Dreams - 4/5
Tokyo Drifters - 3/5
Ballad of Yokohama Hoods - 4/5
Worthless to Confess - 4/5
Sister Street Fighter - 4/5
Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread - 4/5
Return of the Sister Street Fighter - 3/5
Karate Bull Fighter - 4/5
Karate Bear Fighter - 4/5
Karate for Life - 3/5
Karate Warriors - 3,5/5
Which Is Stronger, Karate or the Tiger? - 2,5/5

Not a single bad movie in the list. Amazing filmography, and that's not even complete. Can't wait to see the Wandering Ginza Butterfly films. Also, hopefully Toei will back us up with Wolfguy Enraged and Tarao Bannai: Kimen mura no sangeki dvds soon.

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Unread postby HungFist » 21 Oct 2008, 20:44

Dokaben (1977)

Norifumi Suzuki’s humour has never been very intelligent. But this... is a landmark in stupidity. Based on manga by Shinji Mizushima (who also has a cameo in the film) it’s a baseball – karate comedy with some ”drama” thrown in. The characters are probably 1:1 copies of the manga heroes... it’s really the only logical explanation. Or how else do you explain a character who has a 10 inch flower in his mouth in every scene. Or a guy who wears baseball glove in his leg. Obviously not for everyone, but offers good laughs for those who enjoy Suzuki’s triple-swedish-o grade jokes. Those looking for slightly (only slightly) more substance and higher quality should check out his excellent Truck Yaro films from the same era (1975-1980).

The image quality is good as you can see from the caps, but what's really worth mentioning is that Toei has found not one but two teasers from their vaults. Behind the scenes footage, including some with the manga author Shinji Mizushima can be see in the teasers. Trailer and stills are also included. Toei's Tarao Bannai dvd (see the next post) features one teaser and one trailer, both with some fantastic promo footage (but not behind the scenes clips). The transfer is excellent.

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Unread postby HungFist » 21 Oct 2008, 20:47

Tarao Bannai (1978)

Tarao Bannai ala Norifumi Suzuki is a dialogue loaded detective film that gets increasingly weird as the case becomes more complicated. Although the tempo is rather slow in the beginning, it will change later. Humour is plenty, and Suzuki has a couple of big surprises in his back pocket, including some Italian genre cinema borrowals. Akira Kobayashi and his numerous disguises play the lead role. Toei’s no. 1 yakuza and karate villains Bin Amatsu and Masashi Ishibashi also appear, among many other stars.

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Unread postby HungFist » 23 Oct 2008, 12:19

Toei upcoming

January is a Teruo Ishii month!!! Could there possibly be a better start for the new year!!!!!

花と嵐とギャング (Hana to arashi to gyangu) (1961)
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- http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1961/ck003030.htm
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054962/

顔役 (Kaoyaku)(1965)
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- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142427/
- http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1965/co000010.htm

異常性愛記録 ハレンチ (Ijo seai kiroku, harenchi) (1969)
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- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064472/
- http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1969/cs000540.htm

実録三億円事件 時効成立 (Jitsuroku 3 okuen jiken: Jiko seiritsu) (1975)
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- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142414/
- http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1975/cy003550.htm

大脱獄 (Daidatsugoku) (1975)
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- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142208/
- http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1975/cy001000.htm

暴力戦士 (Boryoku senshi) (1979)
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- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142129/
- http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1979/dc002960.htm

February: Sukeban 3-7
http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... &start=350

March: New Abashiri Prison 5-8

Shin Abashiri Bangaichi: Fubuki no Hagure Okami 新網走番外地 吹雪のはぐれ狼 (1970)
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Shin abashiri bangaichi: Arashi yobu shiretoko-misaki 新網走番外地 嵐呼ぶ知床岬 (1971)
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Shin Abashiri Bangaichi: Fubuki no Dai-Dassou 新網走番外地 吹雪の大脱走 (1971)
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Shin abashiri bangaichi: arashi yobu danpu jingi 新網走番外地 嵐呼ぶダンプ仁義 (1972)
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+ Yaju-deka (野獣刑事) (1982)
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+ Keisho sakazuki (継承盃 ) (1992)
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Unread postby HungFist » 18 Nov 2008, 13:33

Toho’s LW&C 1-3 cover arts

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Trailers and picture galleries listed... and a 4500 yen price tag. Almost makes you wonder if Toei authored these dvds...

However, the box set comes with bonus disc with interviews (and possibly other content).

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Also, Raro Video is listing Hunter in the Dark for February 2009. No specs so far, but there’s a chance english subs will be included. With both Shochiku and HK Video being flawed this could turn out the best release so far.

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Also coming in February is Pale Flower. Again, no specs yet

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Shochiku vs HK Video comparison:
http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4309

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Unread postby thelostdragon » 17 Dec 2008, 11:00

Hey Hung, where did you buy it?
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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Dec 2008, 13:05

yesasia. I usually use cdjapan, but currently yesasia is cheaper because they have fixed dollar prices, and now yen has gone up to heaven. Their R2J product prices are currently below the Japanese standard / street prices.

Film caps and comments

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Unread postby thelostdragon » 17 Dec 2008, 23:27

HungFist wrote:yesasia. I usually use cdjapan, but currently yesasia is cheaper because they have fixed dollar prices, and now yen has gone up to heaven. Their R2J product prices are currently below the Japanese standard / street prices.

Film caps and comments

Thanks! No wonder I haven't found it. I was looking for the English title. But whoa!! €37.79 is quite expensive for ONE film. I know it is cheaper than usual, but still, it isn't worth paying an amount of money for one film, when the same amount can easily get me three other films.
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Unread postby HungFist » 18 Dec 2008, 13:27

thelostdragon wrote:
HungFist wrote:yesasia. I usually use cdjapan, but currently yesasia is cheaper because they have fixed dollar prices, and now yen has gone up to heaven. Their R2J product prices are currently below the Japanese standard / street prices.

Film caps and comments

Thanks! No wonder I haven't found it. I was looking for the English title. But whoa!! €37.79 is quite expensive for ONE film. I know it is cheaper than usual, but still, it isn't worth paying an amount of money for one film, when the same amount can easily get me three other films.


or 16 VHS. Be clever :bom:

It's approx. 33€, btw. You have some fixed currency asshole converter turned on. Everything is fixed at yesasia...

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Unread postby thelostdragon » 18 Dec 2008, 13:44

WTF? For real? Can it be turned off?
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Unread postby HungFist » 08 Jan 2009, 14:40

The second batch of R2J Kozure ookami coming 20.3.2009. The bonus disc comes again with interviews (and maybe something else) and... if I understood correctly... Shogun Assassin!

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'Oh, this is a good year. Animeigo just announced a 4 disc Nemuri Kyoshiro (Sleepy Eyes of Death) set for 2009.
http://www.animeigo.com/Samurai/SLEEPY.t

I was just thinking I'll never be able to afford the R2J's... well, now this only leaves 8 of them (but perhaps, in 2010 Animeigo will... lets hope for the best...)

They also have The Loyal 47 Ronin (Chushingura, 1958) coming.
http://www.animeigo.com/

And have uploaded a trailer for Gosha's The Geisha
http://www.animeigo.com/Other/GEISHA.t

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There’s a great Art Theather Guild article in Eiga Go Go:
http://eigagogo.free.fr/Articles/ATG/atg_01.htm
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Unread postby grim_tales » 09 Jan 2009, 13:33

I'm guessing the JP DVDs of LW+C have no English subs? I'm fine with the Thai box TBH (basically the same as the R1's), Shogun Assassin is on R1 Animego as well.
The different fonts on the R1 were useful though, so you could see who was talking.

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Unread postby HungFist » 11 Jan 2009, 01:05

No subs Grim.

Cops vs Thugs

This hard hitting study on the thin red line between the police and yakuza is one of my favourite Kinji Fukasaku crime films. Unfortunately I'm not entirely pleased with the R1 Kino transfer. I was hoping that Toei might have better image, but then, the Kino transfer actually looks a lot like some of Toei's weaker transfers. So I did a bit of investigation.

Against all odds I found this japanese review of the film, with a few screencaps. I can't quarantee they are from the R2J, but I think it's pretty safe to assume they are. JP cap top, R1 bottom.

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yes, that's Reiko Ike

The cap from the japanese site is streched, and to make the comparison easier I have given the R1 cap the same treatement. All the other R1 caps in this post are correct.

It seems like the transfers are pretty similar. They could be the same, actually, as the R2J cap may not be accurate

Next up is the Wild Side Video dvd. This time I'm stealing caps from dvdrama. These caps don't seem very reliable, so lets only use them as rough reference only. FR top, R1 bottom. Not the exact same frame, this shouldn't cause much problems here.

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It's a bit hard to say how accurate / inaccurate those caps are, but the cropping looks pretty nasty. Is there anyone who can confirm these Wild Sideo Video caps are correct or even close?

Finally, here's some more R1 caps. The transfer is interlaced and dvd-5 (shows some compression artifacts). If I had to take a guess, I'd say Toei is the same but without compression problems. Wild Side is most likely progressive.

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Unread postby izo » 11 Jan 2009, 09:33

HungFist wrote:So subs Grim.
Is there anyone who can confirm these Wild Sideo Video caps are correct or even close?


Some more caps

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Unread postby HungFist » 21 Jan 2009, 16:44

I finally added the remaing Red Peony Gambler reviews:
http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... 0&start=46

Fantastic series. It also revealed the origins of many scenes seen later in Toei's pinky violence films, such as

The umbrella fight in Red Peony Gamber 2 (1968)...
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...that Suzuki re-used in Ero shogun to 21-nin no aisho (1972)
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Both films may have influenced...
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...Teruo Ishii, whose Female Yakuza Tale (1973)...
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... opens with an umbrella fight.
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Female Yakuza Tale is actually a sequel to Sex & Fury (1973)...
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...which seems to have borrowed a bit from Red Peony Gambler 8 (1972)
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Of course, Junko Fuji's clothes never malfunctioned like Reiko Ike's
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Moving on, I noticed Shochiku is releasing Noboru Tanaka’s Village of Doom (1983)
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An old UK dvd exists. Here’s a film review:
http://www.mjsimpson.co.uk/reviews/villageofdoom.html

Shochiku's website: http://www.shochiku-home-enta.com/

Kaneto Shindo's Hokusai manga is also coming to R2J. I think there's an old HK dvd available, too.
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EDIT: Michael spotted Shochiku's promo video for their 25.2.2009 releases:
http://wildgrounds.com/index.php/2009/0 ... -releases/

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Unread postby HungFist » 28 Jan 2009, 14:52

In April Toei will release six Gekkou kamen (aka Moon Mask) films

月光仮面 (1958)
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月光仮面 絶海の死斗 (1958)
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月光仮面 魔人の爪 (1958)
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月光仮面 怪獣コング (1959)
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月光仮面 幽霊党の逆襲 (1959)
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月光仮面 悪魔の最後 (1959)
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In 1981, Yukihiro Sawada directed a Gekkou kamen film with Daijiro Harada, Takeo Chii, Johnny Okura and Etsuko Shihomi. It was a Kadokawa production, so Toei won’t be releasing it.

Toei May; four Kinnosuke Nakamura movies

源氏九郎颯爽記 白狐二刀流 (1958)
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浅間の暴れん坊 (1958)
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お役者文七捕物暦 蜘蛛の巣屋敷 (1959)
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独眼竜政宗 (1959)
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EDIT: missed one:

浪花の恋の物語 (1959)
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Unread postby HungFist » 22 Feb 2009, 00:47

In June Toei is releasing more gangster films from the series that stared with Hana to arashi to gyangu (see January 2009 releases). The films to be released are parts 2-5 and 7. I don’t know what happened to part 6. It’s possible they forgot to list it.

恋と太陽とギャング (1962)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1962/cl001010.htm
Directed by Teruo Ishii, starring Ken Takakura, Tetsuro Tamba and Shinichi Chiba

ギャング対ギャング (1962)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1962/cl002300.htm
Directed by Teruo Ishii, starring starring Koji Tsuruta, Tatsuo Umemiya and Tetsuro Tamba

ギャング対Gメン (1962)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1962/cl003500.htm
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, starring Koji Tsuruta, Tatsuo Umemiya, Shinichi Chiba and Tetsuro Tamba

暗黒街の顔役 十一人のギャング (1963)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1963/cm000210.htm
Directed by Teruo Ishii, Starring Koji Tsuruta, Ken Takakura and Tatsuo Umemiya

ギャング同盟 (1963)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1963/cm002400.htm
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, starring Ryohei Uchida

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Unread postby HungFist » 08 Mar 2009, 11:59

In July Toei is releasing 6 yakuza films starring Bunta Sugawara.

関東テキヤ一家 (Kanto Tekiya ikki) (Kanto Street Peddlers Clan) (1969)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1969/cs003710.htm
http://www.ofdb.de/film/127731,Kant%C3%B4-Tekiya-ikka
Directed by Norifumi Suzuki

関東テキヤ一家 喧嘩仁義 (Kanto Tekiya ikki: Goromen jingi) (Kanto Street Peddlers Clan: Violent Loyalty) (1970)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1970/ct000520.htm
http://www.ofdb.de/film/127736,Kant%C3% ... omen-jingi
Directed by Norifumi Suzuki

関東テキヤ一家 天王寺の決斗 (Kanto Tekiya ikka: Tennoji ushi no ketto) (Kanto Street Peddlers Clan: Royal Temple Duel) (1970)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1970/ct001160.htm
http://www.ofdb.de/film/127735,Kant%C3% ... i-no-ketto
Directed by Norifumi Suzuki

懲役太郎 まむしの兄弟 (Chôeki Tarô: Mamushi no kyôdai) (1971)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1971/cu001600.htm
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0321692/
Directed by Sadao Nakajima

まむしの兄弟 お礼参り(Mamushi no kyôdai: orei mairi) (1971)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1971/cu002890.htm
Directed by Michio Honda

まむしの兄弟 懲役十三回 (Mamushi no kyôdai: chôeki jûsankai) (1972)
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1972/cv000290.htm
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0323170/
Directed by Sadao Nakajima

The first three films are the first three instalments in the Kanto Street Peddlers Clan series. In case someone doesn’t know, Norifumi Suzuki was a seminal yakuza film worker before he became the king of exploitation in the early 70’s. In the late 60’s he wrote (most Red Peony Gambler films) and directed several yakuza films for Toei. He wasn’t considered the studio’s most remarkable yakuza director, but his input was nevertheless remarkable. As for the five part Kanto Street Peddlers Clan series he directed the first four films. The fifth movie was directed by Takashi Harada.

Mamushi no kyôdai is a long running series with 7 instalments (as far as I know). Several directors (Kosaku Yamashita, Sadao Nakajima, Norifumi Suzuki, Eiichi Kudo, Michio Honda) have contributed to the series, but each film stars Sugawara. The films Toei is releasing are the first three movies in the series.

Here's some posters for Mamushi no kyôdai and Kanto Street Peddlers Clan movies

Chôeki Tarô: Mamushi no kyôdai (1971) (the first film)
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Mamushi no kyôdai: orei mairi (1971) (the second film)
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Mamushi no kyôdai: musho gurashi yonen-han (1973) (the fifth film)
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The fifth Kanto Street Peddlers Clan film: 関東テキヤ一家・喧嘩火祭り(1971)
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If you feel like buying some Mamushi no kyôdai or Kanto Street Peddlers Clan goods just follow the links to yahoo.
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Unread postby gerira » 27 Mar 2009, 05:26

I know, that even Chuck D. says, that there are only 5 Parts of KANTO TEKIYA IKKI,
but please check this link

http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=143065

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Unread postby HungFist » 27 Mar 2009, 08:10

Interesting notice. The 6th film is Kantô hizakura ikka, Junko Fuji's retirement movie. I didn't know it was considered a part of the series. Could this be one of those cases where it's not so clear whether a film is a part of the series or not (like Sister Street Fighter 4, or Karate Warriors which jmdb considers a Street Fighter film). But I haven't seen any of the Kanto films and I don't know the backgrounds so this is just speculation.

Here's a review of Kantô hizakura ikka
http://www.asiandvdguide.com/toei/junko/khi.html

And a VHS cover. Toei has also released this on dvd ages ago.
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And thanks to that link you posted I notice amazon has update the Toei July cover arts.

Kanto Tekiya ikki 1-3
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Mamushi no kyôdai 1-3
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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Mar 2009, 16:11

Golgo 13 (1973)

Takao Saito’s Golgo 13 comics aren’t very easy to adapt into live action features due to their international nature, but Toei went all the way with this first attempt. Junya Sato shot the film on location in Iran with mostly foreign cast. The lead role is played by the heavenly cool Ken Takakura, whose combination of charisma, black sunglasses and M16 assault rifle makes him one of the coolest asssassins in film history. Both execution and storywise the film could be better – and it would’ve been a good to opt for local languages istead of having the entire Iran speak Japanese – but with its rare international setting, superb leading man and some exciting action Golgo 13 easily ranks more interesting than Toei’s average action thrillers of the era. Due to the high expenses the studio didn’t allow Golgo 13 to return to the big screen until in 1977 in a slightly inferior Shinichi Chiba film Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment.

Stills, teaser (consisting of manga pics) and trailer included.

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