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Unread post by Guro Taku » 11 Jan 2019, 16:27

One of the all-time great youth films, Miyoji Ieki's Love is in the Green Wind (恋は緑の風の中, 1974), will finally receive a home video release from Happinet on April 2nd! Ieki's final film before his death in 1976 was never even available on VHS but was recently broadcast in HD on TV. Truly a marvellous film and also the debut from Mieko Harada, who was only 15 at the time.

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Unread post by HungFist » 12 Jan 2019, 12:12

I haven't seen that one. I've been meaning to. Good to see a DVD is coming!

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Unread post by HungFist » 18 Feb 2019, 06:08

Guro Taku wrote:
06 Jul 2018, 19:32
HungFist wrote:
06 Jul 2018, 13:57
And no, Sato hasn't died (as far as I know).
A lot can happen in the 5 months before the DVDs come out. Maybe Toei's higher ups know something we don't.
And he's gone :(

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Unread post by HungFist » 18 Feb 2019, 06:14

Also, R.I.P. Arrow's rumored Wolves, Pigs, and Men release, it seems.

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Unread post by HungFist » 24 Feb 2019, 06:41

Organized Crime 2 (続組織暴力) (1967)
Superb proto-jitsuroku type yakuza film by Junya Sato. Fumio Watanabe (in his best role) is a wonderfully untypical crime boss who says he hates the yakuza but acts like one, actually cares for his men, and is the first one to barge into a fist fight when rivals come knocking on the door. Powerful political figure Eijiro Yanagi becomes his consultant, after which short tempered boss Ryuhei Uchida starts feeling the fire under his arse, especially after Watanabe takes a Ginza gambling joint from Chicago mafia with the assistance of machine gun happy lone wolf Noboru Ando. Add Tetsuro Tanba, Hideo Murota and Rinichi Yamamoto (wonderfully cast against type) as a detective squad in desperate battle against red tape while trying to bring the gangs down. The story is fictional, but the film feels like a jitsuroku movie. Like Fukasaku in many of his films, Sato draws an entire underworld map with cops, gangsters and political players all placed on the chess table. The film is talkative, but never boring, feels extremely matter of fact.

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The screencaps above are from a TV broadcasting; the recent Toei DVD surely comes with better encoding.

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