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by HungFist
Yesterday, 14:47
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Sudden Death (USA, 1995) [DVD] – 3.5/5 Competently made “second class” Die Hard clone set in an ice hockey stadium during Stanley Cup finals. Good action, tight pacing (even at 1h 50m), relatively decent production values and a good use of the location make this one of Van Damme's best. Good perfor...
by HungFist
17 Jan 2020, 14:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4806
Views: 521517

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

Rising Dragon's Iron Flesh (昇り竜鉄火肌) (Japan, 1969) [35mm] - 3/5 Teruo Ishii somehow found time initiate this ninkyo series at Nikkatsu in 1969, the year he helmed no less than 6 movies at Toei. A bit of a routine production, Ishii nevertheless elevates several scenes above the film's level with his ...
by HungFist
17 Jan 2020, 14:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10054
Views: 746156

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

The Sisterhood (USA, 1988) [VoD] - 1.5/5 Cirio H. Santiago undoes any good post-apo vibes left by Wheels of Fire (1985) with this dull dud that may have been intended as a children's movie but ended up with an R-rating. In the future men have enslaved all women except THE SISTERHOOD aka two riders ...
by HungFist
13 Jan 2020, 14:44
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 631
Views: 566793

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

A couple of Reiko Oshida stills and photos! https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/oshida3.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/oshida4.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/oshida5.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/oshida1....
by HungFist
13 Jan 2020, 14:29
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 153
Views: 67146

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

HungFist wrote:
10 Jan 2020, 15:11
A 15 film Tetsuya Watari retrospective is starting in Jimbocho tomorrow:
https://www.shogakukan.co.jp/jinbocho-t ... atari.html
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by HungFist
12 Jan 2020, 16:23
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4806
Views: 521517

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

The Vengeful Beauty (Hong Kong, 1978) [VoD] - 3/5 A less focused semi-sequel to the Flying Guillotine films, with a storyline that doesn’t know if it wants to be a revenge film, an escape film, a straight kung fu film or a flying guillotine film. It ends up being a bit of everything – but remains e...
by HungFist
10 Jan 2020, 16:09
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10054
Views: 746156

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

Wheels of Fire (Philippines, 1985) [VoD] – 3/5 A surprisingly good Mad Max derivative with one-impression hero Gary Watkins chasing wasteland bandits who kidnapped his sister (’82 playmate Lynda Wiesmeier). The action is non-stop with occasional bits of originality, Wiesmeier frequently loses her t...
by HungFist
10 Jan 2020, 16:03
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 153
Views: 67146

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

Teruo Ishii Retrospective: Part 3/3 Finally, the program Chirashi https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/ishii23.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/ishii24.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/ishii25.jpg And website: http://www.laputa-jp.com/...
by HungFist
10 Jan 2020, 16:00
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 153
Views: 67146

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

Teruo Ishii Retrospective: Part 2/3 Hot Springs Giesha https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/ishii14.jpg King of the Ring: The World of Glory (1957) https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/ishii15.jpg Queen Bee and the School for Dragons (1960) https://sketchesofcinema.f...
by HungFist
10 Jan 2020, 15:59
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 153
Views: 67146

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

Teruo Ishii Retrospective: Part 1/3 I had a change to visit Laputa Asagaya ’s ongoing T eruo Ishii retrospective (石井輝男 キング・オブ・カルトの猛襲) (Nov. 19~Jan. 25) a couple of times. The retrospective contains 38 movies, all in 35mm. The get a better idea of the scope of this retrospective, that’s 264 Ishii sc...
by HungFist
10 Jan 2020, 15:11
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 153
Views: 67146

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

Busy start for 2020 in Tokyo A 15 film Tetsuya Watari retrospective is starting in Jimbocho tomorrow: https://www.shogakukan.co.jp/jinbocho-theater/program/watari.html And Shin bungeiza will be remembering Tatsuo Umemiya (R.I.P.) next month with a 22 film series: http://www.shin-bungeiza.com/program...
by HungFist
05 Jan 2020, 13:02
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10054
Views: 746156

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

She (Italy, 1984) - 3/5 A goddess (Sandahl Bergman from Conan the Barbarian) walks into a cave full of boxes. Evil swordsmen jump out of the boxes and try to kill her, for no reason. Then a robot jumps out of a box and tries to kill her, for no reason. Then the robot's head explodes. This is one of...
by HungFist
04 Jan 2020, 14:38
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10054
Views: 746156

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

The Warrior and the Sorceress (USA / Argentina, 1984) [VoD] – 2.5/5 Wandering warrior David Carradine plays Yojimbo with two rival gangs a tiny town. Carradine is a better actor and swordsman than most sword and sorcery or barbarian heroes; it’s just a shame the storyline is completely void of orig...
by HungFist
02 Jan 2020, 08:44
Forum: General Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Your 2019 Film Stats
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Your 2019 Film Stats

Total No. of Films Watched: 331 https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/stats1.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/stats2.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/stats3.jpg Favourite Film Discoveries - Goodbye Mr. Tears (Shogoro Nishimura, 1966) - ...
by HungFist
02 Jan 2020, 07:21
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Takashi Ishii thread (A Night in Nude: Salvation etc.)
Replies: 54
Views: 27671

Re: Takashi Ishii thread (A Night in Nude: Salvation etc.)

Great! Thank you! Top: Geneon DVD Bottom: Kadokawa BD (right click for full size) https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/nude2b.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/nude2a.png https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/nude3b.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.f...
by HungFist
01 Jan 2020, 17:04
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Takashi Ishii thread (A Night in Nude: Salvation etc.)
Replies: 54
Views: 27671

Re: Takashi Ishii thread (A Night in Nude: Salvation etc.)

Did anyone get the A Night in Nude (1993) BD? Is it a notable improvement over the R2J DVD?

The BD is OOP now.
by HungFist
31 Dec 2019, 13:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10054
Views: 746156

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

Deathstalker (USA / Argentina, 1983) [VoD] – 2.5/5 Watchable barbarian junk, weighed down by incomprehensible plot, cheap as shit production values and a completely charisma free mullet Rick Hill (where do they find these guys, gym?) as the hero. But it does have: a pig faced monster eating a pig h...
by HungFist
28 Dec 2019, 20:02
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4806
Views: 521517

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

grim_tales wrote:
28 Dec 2019, 19:50
The bottom picture looks like sumo wrestling to me
Topless female sumo, yes.
by HungFist
28 Dec 2019, 10:21
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Teruo Ishii thread
Replies: 37
Views: 8433

Re: The Teruo Ishii thread

History of the Shogun's Harem (徳川女系図) (Japan, 1968) [35mm] – 3/5 The first film in Toei's Abnormal Love series, an unapologetic harem fantasy with an endless array of cute girls devoting their lives to the shogun (Teruo Yoshida), dance, and topless wrestling. An almost plot free affair, what makes ...
by HungFist
28 Dec 2019, 10:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4806
Views: 521517

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King of the Ring (リングの王者 栄光の世界) (Japan, 1957) [35mm] – 2.5/5 Teruo Ishii's directorial debut, a Shintoho sports drama about an aspiring boxer. One can already spot a number of Ishii trademarks here: a night club scene with a scarcely clothed go-go dancer, a femme fatale who seduces the hero (a side...
by HungFist
26 Dec 2019, 20:33
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 455
Views: 369527

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Violent Gang Re-Arms (暴力団再武装) (Japan, 1971) [DVD] - 4/5 Fundamentally honourable but occasionally ruthless yakuza (Koji Tsuruta with darker shades than usual) is set in charge of a port business by a syndicate who are complete arseholes in suits and to whom nothing but money matters (including extr...
by HungFist
26 Dec 2019, 19:43
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4806
Views: 521517

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Japan's Zero Zone: Night Watch (日本ゼロ地帯 夜を狙え) (Japan, 1966) [35mm] – 2.5/5 The first of the three films Teruo Ishii made for Shochiku in 1966. This one feels like two different films stacked together. It opens as a hectic dive into the neon vice night of Tokyo à la the Line series at Shintoho, then ...
by HungFist
26 Dec 2019, 10:40
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10054
Views: 746156

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TNT Jackson (USA / Philippines, 1974) [VoD] – 2.5/5 A Cirio H. Santiago kung fu / blaxploitation mash-up with plentiful nudity. Set in, but obviously not always filmed in, Hong Kong. It’s C-grade stuff with Jeannie Bell pretending she can do kung fu, but you kind of forgive her when she does it top...
by HungFist
24 Dec 2019, 09:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10054
Views: 746156

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (USA, 2019) [Flight] – 1.5/5 Dull, overlong superhero film with Johnson and Statham battling a flying super villain. I guess they tried to get a piece of the Marvel / DC cake. Even the action scenes are boring, minus a slightly inventive vehicle bit near the en...
by HungFist
23 Dec 2019, 13:22
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4806
Views: 521517

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Tale of Showa Era Chivalry (昭和侠客伝) (Japan, 1963) [VoD] - 1.5/5 An early ninkyo film by Teruo Ishii who wasn't particularly enamoured by the genre (at least in its later years). Unfortunately there is little exciting about this film other than the ending, which plays out almost like a ghost story wi...