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

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 03 Nov 2019, 11:56

Planet of Amoebas (プラネット・オブ・アメーバ) (Japan, 2018) [DVD] - 2/5
Space amoebas from a camouflaged spaceship abduct women and try to mate with them. Certainly a solid enough premise for a schlocky exploitation flick but unfortunately the budget must've been so low that the titular amoebas are literally just dudes covered in pink saran wrap! The human side of the story, which involves a woman who makes her living by recording compromising footage with spycams and the secret government agency trying to fight the aliens isn't exactly thrilling either.

Homejack (ホームジャック) (Japan, 2016) [DVD] - 4/5
A serial killer nicknamed "Jack the Ripper" is murdering women in their own homes. While the media is reporting on his latest victims, Natsuko's (Sasa Handa) husband leaves on a business trip. As soon as her husband is gone, her lover arrives for some quick sex. Unfortunately, she's satisfied by neither her hubby nor her lover, so it's all the better that Jack knocks on the door and teaches her how much she likes abuse and degradation. This leads to surprisingly hilarious scenes like the villain lecturing them on the nutritional value of a proper breakfast and sniffing Natsuko's farts on the toilet! I had a blast with this and will definitely check out the sequels.

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Sex Comedy: Quick on the Trigger (セックス喜劇 鼻血ブー) (Japan, 1971) [VoD] - 1.5/5
A goofball car salesman (Tonpei Hidari) can't hold it for more than 8 seconds (shouldn't be that difficult with some the ladies this film has to offer), embarks on a scientific project to cure premature ejaculation with newly designed condoms. “Sex Can Be Hilarious” is an alternate title for this, although “This Movie Can Be Shit” would be more appropriate. You know you're in trouble when guest star Shingo Yamashiro is the funniest part of the film. It does get more watchable (the film and the ladies) towards the end though. The one noteworthy point is the amount of nudity and (albeit brief) sex scenes which far exceed the pre-1972 standards, especially for Toei's sex comedies. Director Shin Takakuwa later helmed the more successful Sex Up And Down (1972) and the gritty Sonny Chiba noir A Narcotics Agent's Ballad (1972).

Experience (経験) (Japan, 1970) [VoD] - 3/5
Sweet-talking lady killer kid Hayato Tani hustles with bargirls and girlfriends, and everyone is having good time even when getting an abortion. This has the common Toei youth film characteristic that it doesn't quite seem to be taking place on this planet, most evident when Tani and Tsunehiko Watase have a friendly fist fight to save a girl's face - with neither one dying or even getting a skull fracture from the 50+ received head-punches. Insignificant, but sort of fun film; the final reel especially has a good swing. Imagine Delinquent Girl Boss or Three Pretty Devils minus the gang stuff and double the disco swing and you’re close. Reiko Ohara (does a shower scene with body double), Mieko Tsudoi and Yoko Mihara play the gals, Reiko Oshida does musical cameo as a disco singer, and Tani is energetic in the lead - I'm starting to see where his popularity (with the ladies) stemmed from.

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Sex Highway (SEXハイウェイ 女の駐車場) (Japan, 1974) [VoD] - 2/5
Plenty of sex, but no highway. This seems like an aimless miss at first, but an old geezer's young wife falling in love with a young bloke makes for watchable character drama during the 2nd half. Helps that the wife is played by the sweet Yoko Katagiri who delivers one of her better performances. This is also surprisingly un-explicit for 1974. Not to be confused with the Nikkatsu action influenced Sex Rider: Wet Highway (1971).

Gang vs. Gang: The Red and Black Blues (ギャング対ギャング 赤と黒のブルース) (Japan, 1972) [VoD] - 3.5/5
Stylish, well written tale of a to-be Olympic sharpshooter (Koji Tsuruta in one of his best later day roles) who wastes a blackmailing chinpira scum, then has a gangster boss (Noboru Ando in a very good role) waiting for him at the prison gates four years later. The gang could use a man of such talent. There's the usual Junya Sato surplus of gangster brutality, as well as all players from cops to gangsters to civilians laid on the chess table, but also a romantic ninkyo breeze with Tsuruta a man of honour who falls in love with a suicidal woman (Hiroko Fuji, the weakest performance in the film) who witnessed him commit an assassination. One of the rare films that successfully merges bits of ninkyo romanticism with jitsuroku grit, producing a tough film with heart instead of a mediocre halfway-there effort that was the more common outcome of this formula.

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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 14 Nov 2019, 10:27

THE LEG FIGHTERS (1980)
Director: Lee Tso-Nam

Great as it is to see a Taiwanese old school indie lovingly preserved on Blu-Ray, this is pretty poor with far too much stupid comic relief (especially from a strange fellow called Ding-Dong who dresses like a Native American draped in bells), an uninspiring villain and underwhelming fights. Dorian Tan Tao-Liang is a decent lead, and Ha Kwong-Li is very adorable, but I wish they'd found the long lost TIGER BOY instead!

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Scoundrel vs. the Viper Brothers (極道VSまむし) (Japan, 1974) [VoD] – 2.5/5
A crossover between Wakayama's Gokudo and Sugawara Mamushi series. Gokudo runs a restaurant and makes Takuzo Kawatani his kitchen bitch. He tries to do the same for the Mamushi bros. but the boys don't play along, which pisses Gokudo off. Things get worse when he starts helping a young teacher and Bunta has a crush on a pretty girl... and unbeknownst to them it's the same woman! Yes, the film has not one but two romantic subplots! Of course it all ends in bloodshed. Pretty disposable, yet entirely passable cheap entertainment. Lacks highlights, though.

Lusty Discipline in Uniform (セーラー服色情飼育) (Japan, 1982) [VoD] – 3/5
Middle aged, well dressed professor has a crush on a cute high school girl, starts harassing her with obscene phone calls. And he's the film's hero! At first a positively ridiculous piece of Japanese pop culture - surely no other country could produce films like this - but it's only so far till you start feeling bad for the victim, and become disgusted by the filthy bastard of a protagonist. But then, what do you expect from a film written by Gaira Komizu! He wins you over again by the end. Kazumi Kawai, an insanely pretty young actress in her film debut role, plays the stalking interest. This was her first and only foray into Roman Porno, which has further elevated the film's status. She went on to act on TV and films, including Chusei Sone's Blow the Night (1983), before taking her own life by jumping off a building in 1997 at the age of 32. Title is a bit of a misnomer btw, there's little lust under this girl's uniform, and Kawai does little more than topless nudity as contractually stated. The film remains one of Nikkatsu’s most popular titles, having been released theatrically multiple times, as well as on VHS, DVD (4 times!) and BD!

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

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HungFist wrote:
14 Nov 2019, 13:10
Lusty Discipline in Uniform (セーラー服色情飼育) (Japan, 1982) [VoD] – 3/5
Middle aged, well dressed professor has a crush on a cute high school girl, starts harassing her with obscene phone calls. And he's the film's hero!
It's been a while since I watched this but what I found most disturbing about it was that I felt that the script was written with a girl much younger than the lead actress in mind. The way she talked and her overall naiveté didn't seem to make sense for someone the lead actress' age. Maybe that was just me but considering some of the other stuff that Nikkatsu was putting out in the early 80ies, I wouldn't be that surprised.

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Guro Taku wrote:
Today, 10:26
HungFist wrote:
14 Nov 2019, 13:10
Lusty Discipline in Uniform (セーラー服色情飼育) (Japan, 1982) [VoD] – 3/5
Middle aged, well dressed professor has a crush on a cute high school girl, starts harassing her with obscene phone calls. And he's the film's hero!
It's been a while since I watched this but what I found most disturbing about it was that I felt that the script was written with a girl much younger than the lead actress in mind. The way she talked and her overall naiveté didn't seem to make sense for someone the lead actress' age. Maybe that was just me but considering some of the other stuff that Nikkatsu was putting out in the early 80ies, I wouldn't be that surprised.
I didn't think about that before, but now that you mention it, yeah, maybe. The scenes between her and her mother are certainly in favor of your argument.

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