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

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grim_tales wrote: 05 Jul 2021, 14:59 You're right, my mistake. Gordon Liu is in this but he doesn't play Pai Mei, I got confused :)
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Tales of Japanese Chivalry: Loyalty Offering Suicide (日本侠客伝 白刃の盃) (Japan, 1967) [TV] - 2/5
Part 6. A routine entry with Takakura an ex-yakuza who tries to lead honest life. Fuji is a sick sister who spends the entire film in hospital. Nagato is back the “doomed chap hopelessly in love” role, only to allow Takakura break his oath and grab the sword at the end. This film should've been better considering it was co-written by Norifumi Suzuki and Sadao Nakajima, both of whom were also making (admittedly not particularly memorable) ninkyo films of their own at the time.

Song of the Night - Street Woman (夜の歌謡シリーズ 女のみち) (Japan, 1973) [TV] - 2/5
A little misleadingly titled 9th film. It could be a mistranslation of the Japanese title "A Woman's Path". Umemiya is a former racer seducing women with the help of desperate girlfriend Yutaka Nakajima, who poses as his sister. The first victim is Yukie Kagawa, who is seduced, slept with, and then dumped naked on the corridor next morning, to be "saved" by Ichiro Araki who then dumps her in a hostess bar he and Umemiya work for. Nakajima hangs with Umemiya until she's so hopeless she tries to kill them both. Ah, perhaps "Street Woman" was a less offensive title than "A Woman's Path" after all. The film's surplus of naked Kagawa (incl. topless catfight) plus the usual pretty production design help overcome what is otherwise an unremarkable effort with plentiful terrible comedy (by the musical group Pinkara Trio, whose song formed the film's basis, and who handpicked Nakajima for her debut role). Disappointing considering this was helmed by the king of breakneck entertainment Kazuhiko Yamaguchi during his sexploitation stint (1973-1974) between the Pinky Violence and karate eras.

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Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979): 4/5

Think this could have done with being a bit shorter but it's still very good and the plot is a little more complex than I was expecting - to exploit his drinking, the main character is framed for molesting the villain's wife and his hands are crippled for his 'crime'. Lau Kar Leung teaches a youngster monkey-style kung-fu in Drunken Master style training sequences). The Wong Fei Hung song even plays a few times.
The fights are great though especially at the end :D
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Police Department Story 9 (警視庁物語 顔のない女) (Japan, 1959) [TV] – 2.5/5
Another big scale production with an 83 min running time, inspired by the Black Dahlia case. This has an oddly playful opening, interrupted by school kids finding a woman's torso floating in a river. The head and all limbs have been cut off. It's disturbing even for modern viewers, let alone 1959 audiences. The film then stagnates as the detectives engage in talking heads investigation, until around halfway it picks up the pace again with a car chase and strippers. There's some solid camerawork as well, though nothing comparable to part 7. Note: the film is only available on streaming and TV; the new DVD box set omits this film and part 18 for unspecified reasons. It could be due to print damage; the presentation here is full of scratches, though seemingly complete and entirely watchable.

Tales of Japanese Chivalry: Attack (日本侠客伝 斬り込み) (Japan, 1967) [TV] -3.5/5
Part 7, a charmingly naïve and old fashioned tale of honour and good deeds. Takakura is a single parent who goes nagurikomi on an evil gang, then flees with his kid. He seeks monetary assistance from noble boss Kenjiro Ishiyama, who helps generously. The boss' daughter, excessively lovely Fuji, becomes a foster mom to the kid. Nobuo Kaneko, the slimiest of the cowardly yakuza film bastards, is a nice guy gang mate who helps Takakura become a tekiya. Toei's regular bit player / dead corpse Takuzo Kawatani pops up as well, with his reportedly first spoken lines in a film (after having acted for 7 years). The best scene: Takakura has a street fight with Amatsu's hired hand Nagato, and they end up sharing a cell for one night. Of course, the men soon find something in common. At the end it’s time walk to Amatsu’s headquarters and tell him “shinde moraimasu!” One more thing: this film does better job than most at capturing its locale, the still developing streets of Shinjuku, lensed though a thick layer of nostalgia.

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Erotic Ghost Story (Hong Kong, 1990) [BD] – 3/5
Early CAT III classic, rather low key compared to some of the later, more outrageous genre offerings like Run and Kill, Robotrix and Ebola Syndrome. This is sexually more graphic, however, with Japanese AV import Hitomi Kudo showing more than is usually seen in mainstream exploitation (whereas Amy Yip has her dress glued to her boobs as usual). Otherwise the film lands somewhere near the same region as Sex and Zen, with enough sex to make you forget this was supposed to be a ghost story. I was afraid I'd have hard time getting through it, but approached with modest expectations there's a fun to be drawn from the pretty-enough production design, some lovely studio sets, b-grade action/horror finale, and other assets. And what better time to enjoy CAT III classics; films like this may not exist much longer under Hong Kong's new National Security Law.

Tales of Japanese Chivalry: State of Severed Relations (日本侠客伝 絶縁状) (Japan, 1968) [TV] - 3/5
Part 8. This has one of the weakest openings in the series, full of talking heads, comic relief, and with little action of any sort. One would feel confident writing this off as a boring talk fest. Then something happens. Takakura, acting as a young substitute oyabun while the old man is in prison, says he's had it. Leading a yakuza clan isn't something he's made for. He'd rather go straight and do honest money in the construction business. The film then takes a turn to psychological character drama, with some great scenes with the anguished Takakura in the neon lit night. Yakuza collaborators Watanabe and Endo don't take it well, paving way to the inevitable conflict. Notable for being the only film in the series set in the contemporary 1960s.

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The Missing Gun (China, 2002): 4/5
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