Japanese cult cinema thread

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Farewell, Movie Friend: Indian Summer (さらば映画の友よ インディアンサマー) (1979)

Film aficionado Takuzo Kawatani, whose life aim is to watch a movie in theatre every day for 20 years, makes friends with student boy Naohiko Shigeta and his girlfriend Atsuko Asano whose delinquent girl antics and yakuza affiliations proves troubling, in 1969 Tokyo. This was Masato Harada’s (Kamikaze Taxi, Bounce ko gals) first film, a love letter to cinema. Toei’s live action Donald Duck Kawatani gives a heartfelt performance in the lead. He’s best know as a Piranha Gang member (a group of Toei bit-player hell raisers who spent their nights drunk and days competing who gets the most outrageous on-screen deaths; fellow piranha Hideo Murota is in this film too). But those who saw him in Fukasaku’s Gambling Den Heist already knew the underlying talent he had for tragicomedy. Here, from the opening where he runs himself breathless to catch a movie, to reciting movie dialogue at every chance, doing a Dancing in the Rain number, and studying Ken Takakura movies to learn how to deal with the yakuza, Kawatani just oozes sympathy. The film’s weakness is giving too much of (the excessive 110 min) runtime to the good but less interesting Shigeta.

Screencaps from the semi-recent DIG DVD. I'm not sure what to make of the visual look, but it doesn't seem likely we'll ever get anything else on disc, so that's it. Get it if you want it.

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Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock is putting out Sky High on BD, by Ryuhei Kitamura.
https://archive.ph/OGod3
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EvaUnit02 wrote: 06 Apr 2021, 19:17 Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock is putting out Sky High on BD, by Ryuhei Kitamura.
https://archive.ph/OGod3
And they call it classic :lol:
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As usual with Media Blasters, I'll be SHOCKED if it isn't a low-quality upscale.
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Macross is free from licensing jail! English subbed BDs are highly likely on the table now, especially with Funimation signal boosting the news. Gimme SDF, DYRL, Plus, Zero and Frontier! (FUNi are trash, but they can do whatever the fuck they want with their dubs because I won't ever listen to them.)
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Guro Taku wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 20:04 As usual with Media Blasters, I'll be SHOCKED if it isn't a low-quality upscale.
*Shrug* I only own a couple discs from them. The Kite Uncut BD I have of theirs looks pretty good (sans the splicing in of seemingly VHS sourced footage to make the OVA uncut of course) and definitely seemed to be sourced from a HD master scanned from film.

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