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The Blood of the Wolves (孤狼の血) (Japan, 2018) [VoD] – 2/5
Toei is back at the gangster game… with a film that opens with a close up of shit coming out of a pig's ass. The turd finds its way to a man's mouth, who is soon to be found dead, initiating a police investigation lead by take-no-shit detective Koji Yakusho. An ugly portrait of ugly business, as witnessed by idealistic rookie cop Tori Matsuzaka. Over-rated director Kazuya Shiraishi borrows heavily from Fukasaku, which only highlights this film’s relative shortcomings. Gone is the filmic look, gone are Toshiaki Tsushima's badass riffs, replaced by a nauseatingly dull modern soundtrack, and while Yakusho is good in his role, the cast just doesn't have the grit of the 70s Toei guys in films like Okinawa Yakuza War or Osaka Shock Tactics. These modern stars come out as great pretenders, which is what the whole film ultimately is.

Bullet Wound (弾痕) (Japan, 1969) [DVD] – 3.5/5
Interesting, bloody counter-espionage thriller set in 1969 Tokyo during violent, anti US student protests. Yuzo Kayama is an American-Japanese operative working for the US to uncover an arms deal between an American seller and Chinese communists, and to take out both parties. After almost getting assassinated himself, he takes a wounded civilian (Kiwako Taichi) with him despite living in a world where no one can be trusted. This is a loosely linked companion to Kayama’s other sniper / professional killer films Sun Above, Death Below (1968), The Creature Called Man (1970) and Target of Roses (1972), but with a more political approach. And there is no lack of nihilism, as proven by the unnecessarily long torture / interrogation scene. The film’s first half runs at leisure pace and ought to have been cut down, but the second half is tight, suspenseful and action packed. The era is captured well, and Kayama is great at channelling lonely tough guy vibes as a man with no true homeland, looked down upon by Americans and Japanese alike.

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Lethal Panther (1991, Hong Kong) Subs - 3/5
It may look silly and cliched now, but back in the day this was one of those movies they held up as an example of what the ‘Girls With Guns’ genre was all about. I mean… it IS and it isn’t.
The story is dumb, and the acting is lame, but Godfrey Ho decided to emulate John Woo’s slow mo, 10,000 bullet gun fights, and the actual fighting is entertaining as well. It just has a non-stop pace that makes it watchable. There are better examples of the genre, but this one is still good, dumb fun.
It’s about 2 rival female assassins (Miyamoto Yoko and Maria Yuen) who are being chased by a jaded law enforcement officer (Sibelle Hu, natch) and two greedy siblings who are fighting for control of the cartel of their deceased boss. Or whatever.
It’s non-stop fight/gun battle/gratuitous nudity, and repeat. There’s a rape scene in it that was cut from the UK version, that I previously hadn’t seen, but heard many lament. Early 90's Hong Kong Cinema.
Also with Alex Fong and Ken Lo.
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The Virgin Psychics (2015, Japan) 4/5
Director Sion Sono tells the story of a virgin who gains the power of ESP while masterbating, and joins with a group of misfit ESPers to take on the Evil ESPers. Yep.
Mano Erina (Bleach: The Movie) plays the cute new girl at the school that the ‘Hero’ (Shota Sometani) lusts after, while his true love (that he overlooks) is played by Elaiza Ikeda. Both are cute, but nowhere near the only attractive females in the movie. You have the ‘Hot’ Teacher (Gravure Idol Airi Shimizu), the ‘Hot’ psychic investigator (Megumi Kagurazaka, the directors wife), the Evil Lesbian (Ami Tomite from Sono’s 'Antiporno') plus appearances from Gravure Idols, Ai Shinozaki and Anna Konno. Plus a whole lot more. Yep.
There’s no nudity in it, other than a censored horny boy who can teleport without clothing, but a whole lotta bra and panties, upskirts, Tenga product placement (!)…yep. As well as nerdy heroes, boners, evil lesbians, horny old men, etc. The Japanese do these kind of movies unapologetically and because of that, better than anyone else and this is pretty entertaining in a base level way. If you like pretty Japanese females in various states of undress with huge helpings of sophomoric humor, without resorting to nudity… this is about as entertaining as it gets.

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And it gave us this scene...

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I actually saw this in theatre back in 2015... in the biggest multiplex in town :lol:
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HungFist wrote: 18 Feb 2021, 07:00 I actually saw this in theatre back in 2015... in the biggest multiplex in town :lol:
As it should be! :lol:

I'm curious... here in the U.S., the type of teen sex comedy most closely associated with this (though still much, much less bold) would be an 'American Pie' or 'Not Another Teen Movie' - those are now a thing of the past here with the #metoo movement and such - has Japan seen any kind of backlash or movement to not do these type of films?
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chazgower01 wrote: 18 Feb 2021, 12:43
HungFist wrote: 18 Feb 2021, 07:00 I actually saw this in theatre back in 2015... in the biggest multiplex in town :lol:
As it should be! :lol:

I'm curious... here in the U.S., the type of teen sex comedy most closely associated with this (though still much, much less bold) would be an 'American Pie' or 'Not Another Teen Movie' - those are now a thing of the past here with the #metoo movement and such - has Japan seen any kind of backlash or movement to not do these type of films?
Not really. Not that I've noticed at least. #metoo never really landed in Japan. But there has been some related discussion as brought up by Guro Taku, and there was the recent "women talk too much" ( :lol: )Olympics thing (though that was strictly due to foreign pressure) etc. So some "development" is taking place, but I think we can say Japan will remain a safe haven for this kind of stuff (more or less) for the time being...
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Thankfully.

All for equal rights and respect in the real world. They need to leave the movies alone.
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Coed Report - Yuko’s White Breasts (1971, Japan) 4/5
Spoiler Alert, as I'm going to spell out the whole movie here...
Yuko (Yuko Katagiri) has the hots for her gym teacher, fantasizing about being naked with him as they train for volleyball, but when she finally gets him alone and about to do the deed he quickly backs off and decides it’s not right. He’s having a moral dilema. She wants to lose her virginity, but only to him.
This doesn’t stop him from having sex with her nymphomaniac friend who won’t take no for an answer though, while Yuko settles for being taught the ropes by a nerdy lesbian classmate.
Afterwards there’s a party where all the girls are naked and the (older) guys have to put their dicks in beer mugs full of eels! As it turns into an orgy, Yuko joins in, but she doesn’t’t like it - so the lesbian takes her place with the guy, preserving her virginity.
When the lesbian actually likes it, Yuko runs and calls her teacher to finally agree, BUT… on her way there she’s attacked by three guys in the elevator, who rape her - leaving her there for the teacher to find.
Does this deter her?
Nope, a soapy shower assist from her teacher and she’s ready to go! But just as he’s about to enter her… the thoughts of seeing her lying on the floor of the elevator start popping into his mind.
He takes off for Switzerland (or at least he’s dressed that way) to climb a mountain (?) and she wanders the streets in a depressed daze…
The nympho friend and an older guy pick her up and take her drinking - getting her passed out drunk, taking her home and having their way with her! Talk about a bad night! What kind of high school is this?
The ending - We see the teacher frustratingly pounding stakes into the side of a mountain he’s climbing, intercut with Yuko getting black out boinked by the nympho’s older dude while dreaming of the teacher relentlessly hitting volleyballs at her while they’re naked.
Her toes curl from an orgasm - the teacher falls off the side of the mountain - and she finally passes out peacefully on the bed as the nympho and her guy go at it on the floor.
The End.
Note: Released in December of 1971, this was Yuko Katagiri’s first starring role, and a part of Nikkatsu’s 2nd ever Roman Porno double feature. According to jmdb, she had small parts in ‘Wet Sand in August’ and ‘Bad Girl Mako’ earlier in the year where she’s credited as ‘Yumi Katagiri’.

Now I'm no expert on Roman Porno - but this has to be considered a classic of the genre. Great performances, angst, drama, pure sexual lust... it's like watching a real movie that isn't afraid to show us anything (except pubic hair) - almost like being a fly on the wall for real life - a fucked up, sick kind of real life, but... that's pretty much the real world. And that ending...

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