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Unread post by HungFist » 25 Jul 2018, 15:08

Violent Warrior (暴力戦士) (Japan, 1979) [DVD] - 3/5
In 1979 Toei president Shigeru Okada saw the future. More precisely, he saw Walter Hill's The Warriors in the US prior to its Japanese opening. Okada rushed back to make his own version. "Towards the 80! Our era! Now filming!" the trailer exclaimed. The plot is roughly the same as in The Warriors except this time the chased gang has to make it from Kobe to Tokyo and the leader's got the enemy's sister handcuffed to him. The film runs on a logic of its own (gang mates seem to teleport to convenient locations, escapees have time to stop jamming every time they hear music etc.) and one gang in particular, the man eating amazons, make Italian gang and post apocalypse films look like art in comparison. Hardly great cinema, but undeniably entertaining with frantic pacing, loads of music and even a massive roller blade street chase! As a vision of future, it wasn't too far off if the future was defined as 80s rock, bad fashion and comic book films. As for rating, throw the dice, any will do, even 6 out of 5. Teruo Ishii's last theatrical film until the early 90s.

Ken Tanaka and Nana Okada. They actually make a pretty ok lead couple combining
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ARB, which was a semi-well known band. Ryo Ishibashi of Audition and Suicide Club was the vocalist in the band.
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"Stop it, you're tearing my nipple off". Yes, she actually says that, and no, it makes no sense (roller blade chase)
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There's actually a lot of good looking cinematography in the film, easily it's biggest technical accomplishment
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The Hit Man: Blood Smells Like Roses (ザ・ヒットマン 血はバラの匂い) (Japan, 1991) [DVD] - 1.5/5
Teruo Ishii's only V-Cinema film. "Violence and Eros" was printed on the VHS cover. That was true enough, but there's little of the style and excitement of Ishii's better films to be found. The dull storyline is about an avenging hitman going Yojimbo on two gangs. The scene where he loses his suitcase and gun because he leaves it in a cafe when he goes to bathroom, and then has to chase the (irritating) girl who took it, sums up how the film's plot (does not) function. But it's not all bad: the closing credits sequence, which plays like a photo collage from a high quality porn magazine, paired with a rock song, is superb. This film was, btw, Ishii's return to films after more than a decade of TV work.

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BarnDoor;15393140 wrote:On the BBFC there is a listing for a Teruo Ishii film called Orgies of Edo:

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/orgies-edo-1969

This seems like a rather obscure film, and at first I thought this might have been another name for Horrors of Malformed Men, but it doesn't look to be, and there's already a submission for that anyway. So it appears more Ishii is on the way, presumably in November.
- http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php ... st15393140

Nice, even if it's one of the lesser Abnormal Love films. Still a fun flick. Now I can ditch my HK Video dvd.

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Also good to see this going uncut with BBFC. But I still can't imagine BBFC passing the best Ishii films. The Joy of Torture, Inferno of Torture and Bohachi Bushido. Then again, I don't think Toei has those in HD anyway. If we do get more Ishii, it's probably gonna be Yakuza's Law or/and Love & Crime which Toei has in HD.

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Unread post by HungFist » 09 Sep 2018, 14:36

Malformed Arrow vs. Synapse
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRevie ... lu-ray.htm

The BD looks kinda like the old 35mm print I've seen three times in Tokyo although I don't recall it being quite that green. I'm kinda recalling a bit stronger colors as well. I could be mistaken though. It wasn't one of the best Ishii prints anyway. Oh well, something to pay attention to next time...

Too bad they didn't use the Synapse master if that existed in HD.

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Unread post by HungFist » 27 Sep 2018, 14:16

I watched the Malformed BD today. The image is very green indeed. I managed to make it more pleasing by toning down the green and red a fair bit, and boosting contrast a little bit, from my screen settings. The scenes with the strongest tint still remained too green, but many others looked more natural after that. I felt the resulting image was quite ok, though not as good as the old Synapse/Panik House transfer.

As far as extras go, I was expecting more from the Kakefuda interview. He doesn't reveal anything too special, hardly even talks about Malformed Men in fact, and the interview is short with too many film clips from Tokugawa Sex Ban and Orgies of Edo.

Despite its short comings I do feel these Arrow Toei releases should be supported as much as possible, especially if you don't own the film yet. If you have the Synapse dvd already, then, well, I think it comes down to how much you value the HD resolution.

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Re: The Teruo Ishii thread

Unread post by Guro Taku » 28 Sep 2018, 14:22

HungFist wrote:
27 Sep 2018, 14:16
...too many film clips from Tokugawa Sex Ban and Orgies of Edo.
That pretty much guarantees we'll get TOKUGAWA SEX BAN from Arrow in the near future, doesn't it?

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Unread post by HungFist » 28 Sep 2018, 14:45

Guro Taku wrote:
28 Sep 2018, 14:22
HungFist wrote:
27 Sep 2018, 14:16
...too many film clips from Tokugawa Sex Ban and Orgies of Edo.
That pretty much guarantees we'll get TOKUGAWA SEX BAN from Arrow in the near future, doesn't it?
Had those clips been in HD, I'd say yes. But since they weren't, I'm not sure what to make of it...

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