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by HungFist
Today, 14:05
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 42
Views: 4622

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

https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/ag9.jpg VoD Review / Not Available on DVD / BD Taiyo no koibito: Agnes Lum (太陽の恋人 アグネス・ラム) (1976) A Toei curiosity that misleadingly occasionally pops up in Pinky Violence context. This isn't actually a movie, but a 25 min gravure film with Hawai...
by HungFist
Today, 14:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4771
Views: 470504

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

East Meets West (Japan, 1995) [VoD] – 2/5 Overlong samurai western with swordsman Hiroyuki Sanada chasing stolen gold in the Wild West. This could work if they didn't pair Sanada with a blond American kid and play the premise as comedy / action / mainstream junk spoken in broken English (some of it...
by HungFist
Yesterday, 14:44
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?
Replies: 5
Views: 69

Re: Do I need to watch the Rambo movies in "order"?

I just can't believe he hasn't seen Rambo (IV)! :o Seconded. It's pretty universally acknowledged as one of the best action films of the 2000s. I re-watched it recently and it was still almost as good as when it came out. Looking forward to Last Blood but the damn thing doesn't even have a release ...
by HungFist
20 Oct 2019, 06:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4771
Views: 470504

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

Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (ゴジラvsスペースゴジラ) (Japan, 1994) [VoD] – 2/5 The cutest minilla ever almost saves this watchable but unremarkable entry. The end fight has potential for an epic, but comes off unfocused. Megumi Okada from Hana no Asuka gumi co-stars, the score rips off You Only Live Twice. T...
by HungFist
19 Oct 2019, 18:43
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 452
Views: 349710

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Oh, nice, I hadn't noticed that.

From the 20 DVD releases, the DVD debuts (10) are listed in my post above. The rest (10) are re-releases.
by HungFist
19 Oct 2019, 12:01
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 452
Views: 349710

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Happinet is releasing a lot of Nikkatsu action/yakuza films from at least January 2020 through March 2020. The full list is here: http://www.happinet-p.com/jp3/releases/category/moviej This isn't a genre/era I am too familiar with, so someone else can figure out what's essential and what's not so h...
by HungFist
15 Oct 2019, 14:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4771
Views: 470504

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

Son of Godzilla (怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子) (Japan, 1967) [VoD] – 2.5/5 Godzilla teaches toxic masculinity to his son. Intelligent kaiju film was 50 years ahead of its time. High Noon for Gangsters (白昼の無頼漢) (Japan, 1961) [DVD] - 4/5 An excellent early Fukasaku picture, a racially and sexually charged heist thr...
by HungFist
14 Oct 2019, 09:41
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas
Replies: 241
Views: 124785

Re: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas

Toshiya Fujita & Kahori Takeda x 2 The Day of No Return (Kaerazaru hibi) (帰らざる日々) (1978) A young man (Toshiyuki Nagashima) returns to his hometown and recalls his youth, including an unlikely friendship with a brutish bully (Jun Etô), and a girl (Kahori Takeda from Pink Hip Girl) whose father (Atsu...
by HungFist
14 Oct 2019, 07:55
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Welcome to Japan (Yoshihiro Nishimura, 2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: Welcome to Japan (Yoshihiro Nishimura, 2019)

5 years ago I would've said this looks disappointing.

Now I just don't care. I didn't even know Nishimura had a new film coming.
by HungFist
14 Oct 2019, 07:53
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Tunguska Butterfly - Asami's Final Film?
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: Tunguska Butterfly - Asami's Final Film?

Dear God that trailer narrator!

Asami and the action look good, the rest...
by HungFist
09 Oct 2019, 13:55
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4771
Views: 470504

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

King Kong vs. Godzilla (キングコング対ゴジラ) (Japan, 1962) [VoD] – 3/5 Fun entry with an awesome monster pairing, a more watchable than usual media satire storyline, and perhaps the most awesomely ridiculous Godzilla discovery scene in the whole series. Osman Yusuf appears for a few seconds as well. Version...
by HungFist
08 Oct 2019, 15:27
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 624
Views: 521718

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/sen1.jpg So, I bought Norifumi Suzuki’s book Toei Guerilla Senki (東映ゲリラ戦記) and the 1st chapter is called “The 16 Year Old Enchantress” and it’s about Reiko Ike and the making of Hot Springs Mimizu Geisha (温泉みみず芸者) (1971) . Suzuki says he and prod...
by HungFist
08 Oct 2019, 10:18
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 683206

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

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 3/5 Fun, but with a downwards trend. The best stuff is in the beginning. The knife room fight is fabulous, with Keanu in career best form, filmed with very long (but not overly long takes). and choreographed mad creativity. The final fights are ...
by HungFist
05 Oct 2019, 16:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4771
Views: 470504

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

Cat Girl Gambling: Naked Flesh Paid Into the Pot (賭場の牝猫 素肌の壷振り) (Japan, 1965) [BD] - 2/5 A direct follow-up with Nogawa now working in a bathhouse where gangster runaway Nitani (different role than last time) seeks shelter. Nogawa’s detective uncle is again investigating the case with young partner...
by HungFist
04 Oct 2019, 14:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 683206

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

Joker (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 3/5
Scorsese by Phillips, for incels. Socially relevant, but too slick to have grit, too superficial to be genuinely challenging.
by HungFist
02 Oct 2019, 18:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4771
Views: 470504

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

The Villainess (South-Korea, 2017) [DVD] - 2/5 Korean actioner opens with mechanical PoV action scene that forgets to tell us why this little girl of a protagonist is supposed to be able to beat more bad guys than Bruce Lee in his dreams. The film gets better as it goes on, with a cute love story +...
by HungFist
01 Oct 2019, 15:04
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 624
Views: 521718

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Yasuharu Hasebe's excellent Roman Porno neo-noir Erotic Liaisons (1978) makes its HD debut on Toei Channel next month.
- https://www.toeich.jp/program/1T0000013206/201911

A DVD or BD release may be coming next year... Let's hope for the best.
by HungFist
27 Sep 2019, 16:18
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 189
Views: 51837

Re: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread

Hokuriku Proxy War (Japan, 1977) [35mm] – 4/5 This would be one of Fukasaku’s best movies if it wasn’t for the inconsistent tone. The problem is Ko Nishimura and Hana Hajime overdoing their cowardly boss roles to a comedic effect, an example of Fukasaku’s trademark authority hate materializing as c...
by HungFist
27 Sep 2019, 16:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4771
Views: 470504

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

Best Guy (ベストガイ) (Japan, 1990) [VoD] - 1/5 A miserable Top Gun derivative from Toru Murakawa. The biggest problem is that while it's as superficial as Top Gun, it's not any wilder, imaginative or exploitative, it's just duller. The characters are cardboards, the Canadian band doing the music awful,...
by HungFist
26 Sep 2019, 19:34
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese Splatter and Zombies: Part Deux
Replies: 63
Views: 17229

Re: Japanese Splatter and Zombies: Part Deux

In case anyone missed it, there was a successful crowd funding in Japan a few weeks ago to get Evil Dead Trap 1&2 on Blu-Ray . - https://motion-gallery.net/projects/cinema_donuts-001 The BDs will feature English subs. A Japanese staff member also said that Synapse were waiting for the results of the...
by HungFist
25 Sep 2019, 14:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4771
Views: 470504

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

Downtown Heroes (ダウンタウンヒーローズ) (Japan, 1988) [VoD] - 1/5 Deadly Yoji Yamada boredom. Even Hiroko Yakushimaru can't save this as she is barely in it despite being the 1st billed. Yamada is more interested 1940s boy’s boarding school drama and nostalgia than her or, well, anything of interest. Had I h...
by HungFist
23 Sep 2019, 18:19
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4771
Views: 470504

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

The only point of interest here is that the film was directed by Kayoko Asakura, a woman, which isn't exactly common for Japanese genre cinema. So it becomes kind of interesting how she'd film a rape scene, for example, but I'm kind of reaching here. Those were my thoughts about Girls, Dance with t...
by HungFist
23 Sep 2019, 16:04
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 144
Views: 51359

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

A pretty great Toho New Action series coming up at Laputa. Dying to see Attack on the Sun (1970) and The Target of Roses (1972) by Kiyoshi Nishimura. And maybe Bullet Wound as well. The others I've seen. The whole program: 11/09(土)~11/15(金) 「狙撃」(Sun Above, Death Below) (Hideichi Nagahara, 1968) 11/1...
by HungFist
22 Sep 2019, 17:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 683206

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

Ad Astra (USA, 2019) [DCP] - 3.5/5 I can't remember the last time I've been so torn about a movie. This is 75% beautiful, haunting, poetic, best space cinema in decades. And 25% Michael Bay action, as believable as Armageddon. What on earth were they thinking? It was a very troubled production, wit...
by HungFist
22 Sep 2019, 15:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 683206

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

Ad Astra (USA, 2019) [DCP] - 3.5/5 I can't remember the last time I've been so torn about a movie. This is 75% beautiful, haunting, poetic, best space cinema in decades. And 25% Michael Bay action, as believable as Armageddon. What on earth were they thinking? 3 From Hell (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 3.5/5 ...