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by HungFist
Today, 15:43
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Limit of Sleeping Beauty (Ken Ninomiya, 2017)
Replies: 2
Views: 7

Re: The Limit of Sleeping Beauty (Ken Ninomiya, 2017)

Extracted this into a topic of its own. Saw the feature length version and it`s very good, if flawed. The Limit of Sleeping Beauty (リミット・オブ・スリーピング ビューティ) (Japan, 2017) [DVD] - 3.5/5 One of the few recent Japanese films to grab you by the balls, a wild acid trip into the psyche of a desperate actress...
by HungFist
Today, 15:28
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Misumisou (Liverleaf) (Eisuke Naito, 2018)
Replies: 8
Views: 728

Re: Misumisou (Liverleaf) (Eisuke Naito, 2018)

sad to say but... Liverlief (ミスミソウ) (Japan, 2018) [DVD] - 2/5 Junior high school kids murdering each other is something that could end up looking ridiculous if not handled with delicasy or stylish excess. That is exactly what happens in this long but hollow revenge drama about a bullied girl going a...
by HungFist
Today, 15:24
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

My laptop went up in smoke, don`t expect to see me much here for the next few weeks. Anyway, catching up with recent JP Cinema. Liverlief (ミスミソウ) (Japan, 2018) [DVD] - 2/5 Junior high school kids murdering each other is something that could end up looking ridiculous if not handled with delicasy or s...
by HungFist
17 Oct 2018, 18:41
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 33
Views: 1431

Re: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)

TV Review / Not Available on DVD Evil Boss vs. The Henchmen (悪親分対代貸) (1971) A conceptually fun twist to the usual ninkyo formula with Tomisaburo Wakayama as... The Evil Boss! He's the corrupt bastard who'd normally function as the villain threatening the heroes, who are largely absent from this fil...
by HungFist
16 Oct 2018, 14:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

Evil Boss vs. The Henchmen (悪親分代貸) (Japan, 1971) [TV] - 2.5/5 A conceptually fun twist to the usual ninkyo formula with Tomisaburo Wakayama as... The Evil Boss! He's the corrupt bastard who'd normally function as the villain threatening the heroes, who are largely absent from this film. Made betwee...
by HungFist
14 Oct 2018, 10:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

Angel 2 (aka Iron Angels 2) (1988) Amazon Prime 2.5/5 Angel III (aka Iron Angels 3) (1989, Hong Kong) Amazon Prime 3/5 I wouldn't mind seeing these some day. Is that US Amazon Prime? Do they have proper transfers and original language? I have the 1st film on HK DVD... Mei Ah if my memory serves me ...
by HungFist
13 Oct 2018, 19:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

Be-Bop High School: Koko yotaro koshinkyoku (ビー・バップ・ハイスクール 高校与太郎行進曲) (Japan, 1987) [DVD] - 3/5 Part 3. Miho Nakayama is gone (replaced by Izumi Igarashi from Shojo Commando Izumi, playing similar character in similar manners), and so is the plot. The film works even without them, however. The sound...
by HungFist
13 Oct 2018, 13:23
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The White Girl (Christopher Doyle, Jenny Suen) (2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 46

The White Girl (Christopher Doyle, Jenny Suen) (2017)

Seems to be getting exclusively bad and mediocre reviews, but I can't help but to be in love with this Japanese trailer (even if it's the archetypical 2010s JP indie trailer): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-TdxH70unY Co-directed by Christopher Doyle (also cinematography) and Jenny Suen. https://s...
by HungFist
11 Oct 2018, 14:25
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

Zatoichi and the Fugitives (座頭市果し状) (Japan, 1968) [BD] - 3.5/5 Good, darker than usual entry with a powerful ending. This was made soon after Zatoichi the Outlaw (there was one film in between) and in its depiction of Zatoichi's vulnerability it feels like a follow up of sorts. Takashi Shimura (lik...
by HungFist
10 Oct 2018, 14:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

grim_tales wrote:
09 Oct 2018, 23:51
Apparently this is meant to be in Mandarin, but the HKL DVD is in Cantonese.
Yeah, should be Mandarin since it's 1976. HK cinema didn't switch to Cantonese until 1978. I don't know the details though. Did it happen overnight or how? Mark or Ivan could probably shed some light on this?
by HungFist
07 Oct 2018, 07:08
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 419
Views: 327383

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Happinet will release Chusei Sone's “BLOW THE NIGHT!” 夜をぶっとばせ (1983) on DVD on 2018/12/04 Speaking of Sone, Happinet will also re-release his 元祖大四畳半大物語 (1980) on October 2nd. Happinet is also releasing Sone's thriller Demon's Room (悪魔の部屋) (Akuma no heya) (1982) on on DVD on January 9th. https://ske...
by HungFist
07 Oct 2018, 06:53
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 419
Views: 327383

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Modern Yakuza: Loyalty Offering Breakdown (現代やくざ 盃返します) (1971) Slow moving and quite frankly boring part 3. Dodgy boss Koike orders loyal and clueless Sugawara to stab another boss, who is actually a pretty decent man with a rational son (Hiroki Matsukata). Sugawara eventually comes to realize this...
by HungFist
07 Oct 2018, 06:51
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 419
Views: 327383

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Modern Yakuza: Outlaw's Honor and Humanity (現代やくざ 与太者仁義) (1969) Noirish but not especially moving tale makes Sugawara play the second fiddle to young lovers (Masakazu Tamura, Ai Sasaki) on the run from the yakuza. Sugawara is the loyal yakuza brother trying to protect them, Ryo Ikebe an older broth...
by HungFist
07 Oct 2018, 06:50
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 419
Views: 327383

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Modern Yakuza: Outlaw's Code (現代やくざ 与太者の掟) (1969) Surprisingly good transitional ninkyo / jitsuroku film sparks nicely in both genres, unlike most similar 'halfway-there' efforts. Bunta Sugawara is a jailbird back on the streets, a rough and violent but also chivalrous man who makes friends with a ...
by HungFist
07 Oct 2018, 06:29
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

Japan's Most Chivalrous (Japan) (日本大侠客) (1966) [TV] - 1.5/5 Masahiro Makino's adaptation of an often filmed story, hailed as one of the finest ninkyo films by Chris D, who also described it as "fast moving". I struggle to comprehend his view almost as much as I struggled with the film. Nothing real...
by HungFist
06 Oct 2018, 17:27
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Killing 斬 (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2018)
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Killing 斬 (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2018)

Thanks for the review. Sparked my curiosity. Maybe I'll go see this.
by HungFist
04 Oct 2018, 14:39
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Kuru (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2018)
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Kuru (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2018)

I don't really like Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls, Confessions, The World of Kanako), but his films at least stand out among the otherwise anemic new Japanese cinema. Maybe I'll go see this. Opens Dec. 7. Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2MBqxsq4bo Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEFPDT...
by HungFist
03 Oct 2018, 14:09
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Nobuhiro Yamashita thread
Replies: 49
Views: 22778

Re: The Nobuhiro Yamashita thread

Hardcore looks watchable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja2Kzb5VZuo This is at Tokyo International Film Festival (aka the dullest film fest in the world) and I'll even be in Tokyo the same day it screens but I won't be at TIFF cause I have more important stuff to do. But I might catch this in the...
by HungFist
03 Oct 2018, 13:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

Black Lizard (黒蜥蜴) (Japan, 1962) [TV] - 2/5 The best detective in Japan (Minoru Oki) battles female super villain known as Black Lizard (Machiko Kyo) in a cartoonish and episodic Edogawa Rampo story. This is the 1962 Daiei version, not the better known Shochiku/Kinji Fukasaku 1968 version. This has...
by HungFist
03 Oct 2018, 08:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9720
Views: 577083

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

Mother (USA, 2017) [VoD] - 1.5/5 The most infuriating film I've seen in ages, and no, it's not because Aronofsky is doing "something new" (in his own words), it's because of Bardem's character who keeps doing the exact opposite of what we all know he should do throughout the film, making the audien...
by HungFist
30 Sep 2018, 16:29
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

New Abashiri Prison Story (新網走番外地) (Japan, 1968) [DVD] - 2.5/5 New Abashiri Prison Story: Harbour Duel (新網走番外地 流人岬の血斗) (Japan, 1969) [DVD] - 2/5 It's amazing how much mileage they got out of this idea. How many total movies did they make within the 'Abashiri Prison' concept? 10+8. Ishii directed th...
by HungFist
30 Sep 2018, 13:59
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4570
Views: 397117

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

New Abashiri Prison Story (新網走番外地) (Japan, 1968) [DVD] - 2.5/5 Part 1 in the reboot series. This initially looks like it's going to break new ground with Takakura sent not to Abashiri Prison but a US/JP joint military prison camp in snowy Abashiri, governed by American guards and packing internatio...
by HungFist
30 Sep 2018, 13:24
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 132
Views: 43748

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

A friend of mine just attended this last night in Tokyo: https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/jin.jpg Battles Without Honor and Humanity all night . All 5 films back to back in 35mm, from 8:20 pm to 6 am. Couldn't afford a Tokyo trip myself this time as I needed to save money... all ...
by HungFist
29 Sep 2018, 16:27
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9720
Views: 577083

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

Mandy DCP 4/5 Really looking forward to this one. Opens here in November. Barb Wire 35mm 2.5/5 I fucking hated this flick when I previously watched it on VHS in the late 90ies. I went to this screening because there was to be an intro by Udo Kier and the festival brochure went out of its way to pra...