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

Posted: 27 Mar 2019, 14:09
by chazgower01
The Drug Connection aka Sexy Killer (Hong Kong, 1976) fansub 3/5
The Shaw Brothers had the right idea…
A heroin pusher injects a desperate female addict so his boss can have his way with her, in a groovy 70’s upstairs nightclub bedroom, above a groovy 70’s nightclub, featuring a groovy 70’s band playing 70’s ‘movie’ rock music. She overdoses afterward and when the cops find her, the older sister holds her and proclaims, “Drugs! Drugs! I hate it so much!” before cutting to one of the coolest 70’s style title credits I can remember.
And we are off and running!

Heroine Chen Ping’s first assault on the underworld is a success, but then a do-gooder cop who tries to do things by the book slows stuff down. Once out of the way, Chen Ping slowly works her way inside the organization until an amazing final 10 minutes featuring a shotgun massacre that makes it all worth it.
We’ve got lesbian sex shows, forced prostitution, revenge, lots of nudity, ultra-violence, outrageous overacting, corrupt cops, catfights, double crosses…
To me, this is one of their better exploitation epics.

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

Posted: 30 Mar 2019, 17:36
by HungFist
Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳) (Japan, 1986) [VoD] - 3.5/5
Classic violence anime in post apocalypse setting, easily enjoyed even by a non-anime fanatic such as me. Kenshiro is basically an animated Bruce Lee gone into Sonny Chiba mode, delivering insane punch and kick combos that make enemies explode. The violence was famously toned down after the initial theatrical release and the uncut negatives apparently lost in fire soon after, but the film remains incredibly violent while still retaining a sense of fun, and a mainstream appeal unlike the similar Violence Jack films that upped the sadism (the 3rd one made me sick) and added sex which is absent here.

Escaped Murderer from Hiroshima Prison (脱獄広島殺人囚) (Japan, 1974) [DVD] – 3.5/5
Anarchic, entertaining jitsuroku film about a jail breaker (excellent Hiroki Matsuka) supposedly based on a real person. Director Nakajima helmed several films on autopilot, but this one is sparkling with violent energy, groovy score and clever humour arising from irony. The performances (most notably Watase, Wakayama, Kaneko, Murota and Umemiya) are all good and the escape scenes even too exciting: you find yourself rooting for the bad guys!

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

Posted: 30 Mar 2019, 18:45
by Guro Taku
HungFist wrote:
30 Mar 2019, 17:36
Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳) (Japan, 1986) [VoD] - 3.5/5
Classic violence anime in post apocalypse setting, easily enjoyed even by a non-anime fanatic such as me. Kenshiro is basically an animated Bruce Lee gone into Sonny Chiba mode
I always thought Kenshiro mostly looks like Sylvester Stallone. :lol: I actually tried to ask Stallone what he thinks about having starred in an anime during an online Q&A but unfortunately my question (with screenshot) wasn't chosen.

The guys who did the source manga were clearly obsessed with American action heroes. Both Mr. T and Hulk Hogan are in the manga and in various episodes of the 152 episode TV series...

Mr. T: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yJLbDeA5AM

Hulk Hogan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZPw2cAOrcQ

There's more insanity where that came from...

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

Posted: 31 Mar 2019, 03:57
by HungFist
Guro Taku wrote:
30 Mar 2019, 18:45
HungFist wrote:
30 Mar 2019, 17:36
Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳) (Japan, 1986) [VoD] - 3.5/5
Classic violence anime in post apocalypse setting, easily enjoyed even by a non-anime fanatic such as me. Kenshiro is basically an animated Bruce Lee gone into Sonny Chiba mode
I always thought Kenshiro mostly looks like Sylvester Stallone. :lol: I actually tried to ask Stallone what he thinks about having starred in an anime during an online Q&A but unfortunately my question (with screenshot) wasn't chosen.

The guys who did the source manga were clearly obsessed with American action heroes. Both Mr. T and Hulk Hogan are in the manga and in various episodes of the 152 episode TV series...

Mr. T: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yJLbDeA5AM

Hulk Hogan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZPw2cAOrcQ

There's more insanity where that came from...


Hah, that's cool.

Now that I think about, you're right about Stallone :lol:

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

Posted: 31 Mar 2019, 11:26
by Guro Taku
It was late yesterday and I couldn't find everything I was looking for.

So, here's Kenshiro vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh2vpMJVND4

Kenshiro vs. Dolph Lundgren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAgt7RyD5os

There's also a couple episodes early on in the TV series where they basically remake MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR scene by scene but add dudes in feathery pink jumpsuits getting shot out of cannons.

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

Posted: 01 Apr 2019, 00:27
by grim_tales
Killer Clans (1976): 3/5

Period Shaws film can get confusing at times with plenty of double crossing and intrigue, it's not always easy to keep track of who is who, and occasionally Chinese characters (writing) appears on screen but I'm not sure what its supposed to indicate.

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

Posted: 02 Apr 2019, 23:58
by grim_tales
Golden Swallow (1968): 4/5

Not quite as good as Come Drink With Me but still a fine film, darker and more brutal than CDWM in places, maybe thanks to Chang Cheh being director, and some really evil villains. This film has nothing to do with it even though Cheng Pei Pei is playing the same character.
There are some nice dramatic moments here and there but the film seems less credible by making one hero - Little Roc, almost a superman. Not sure if he was a character in CDWM?

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

Posted: 03 Apr 2019, 19:49
by Ivan Drago
I don't think any of the characters in Golden Swallow were in Come Drink With Me. Even though the heroines share a common name, they don't seem to be the same character - and I think the historical periods are different, too.

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

Posted: 03 Apr 2019, 20:06
by Markgway
grim_tales wrote:
01 Apr 2019, 00:27
occasionally Chinese characters (writing) appears on screen but I'm not sure what its supposed to indicate.
Actors' names.

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

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 12:03
by grim_tales
Markgway wrote:
03 Apr 2019, 20:06
grim_tales wrote:
01 Apr 2019, 00:27
occasionally Chinese characters (writing) appears on screen but I'm not sure what its supposed to indicate.
Actors' names.
Thank you :) Not sure I've seen that happen during a movie before

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

Posted: 04 Apr 2019, 22:09
by Markgway
They used to do it on occasion.

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

Posted: 05 Apr 2019, 03:05
by chazgower01
Carry on Pickpocket (Hong Kong, 1982) youtube 4/5
A Sammo Hung actor/director movie with composer/actor (and producer) Frankie Chan as part of a team of pickpocket specialists, who give it a creative flair specially made for the movies. Sammo would get a best actor award for his role (shared with Karl Maka in Aces Go Places), but… its probably more for just the sheer energy, ideas, and creative output he has in this.

Deannie Yip as the ‘love interest’ (Sammo’s) was coming off of her Best Supporting Actress Award from the movie ‘Cream Soda and Milk (1981)’ from the 19th annual Taiwan Golden Horse Awards (1982 was the first year of the Hong Kong Film Awards and they had no category for Best Supporting Actress yet), but really Pang Sau-Ha in her only known role is much more interesting.

Richard Ng is a hapless cop after them, with James Tien as his hard-nosed superior.

The physical humor and the fighting are excellent as you’d expect, and its a good thing as the romance and dialogue are a bit corny and dated, but make no mistake, Sammo is at his best here and this is (was) an excellent star role for him. Almost an hour in it becomes a chase/fight movie and that’s even better, as the final 15 minutes are an extended battle, including one of Dick Wei’s best vs Sammo.

Karl Maka doesn’t get enough credit for bringing comedy and action into a modern setting in Hong Kong films, as early as 1981’s Chasing Girls for comedy and of course January of 1982’s Aces Go Places for action/comedy, but here Sammo is only 2 months behind this eventual new trend, and the fighting…
Well..this is where the level and quality of movie fights (along with Prodigal Son in Dec 81/Jan 82) would ramp up from here on out.
His combination of stunts, action, awkward romance, comedy and of course fighting would influence the whole industry, including his buddy Jackie Chan in a big way.

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

Posted: 05 Apr 2019, 08:16
by grim_tales
Forgot to mention some of the music in Golden Swallow which has a spaghetti western feel (the trumpet music)

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

Posted: 06 Apr 2019, 08:57
by chazgower01
One Cut of the Dead (Japan, 2017) Inflight movie 4/5
It starts off as a zombie movie, but pretty quickly we see its a zombie movie about the making of a zombie movie until in the end we see the filming of the filming of the making of a zombie movie and we learn some secrets into how certain scenes actually came together originally.
In between that we see the prep, the casting, the behind the scenes and we get to know the characters and how they interact with one another and how THAT eventually plays a part in the final filming of the filming of the making of the zombie movie.
At first I wasn’t sold on the whole thing, but as it played out, the underlying context made it more and more interesting, humorous and entertaining.
A really cool piece of work.

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

Posted: 07 Apr 2019, 15:52
by HungFist
The Lowlife (最低。) (Japan, 2017) [VoD] – 3.5/5
Exceptionally unbiased examination of women involved in the Japanese AV industry, based on a book by the AV superstar Mana Sakura. The film follows a young AV actress (Kokone Sasaki) whose narrow minded mother keeps putting blame on her over her career choice, a high school girl (Aina Yamada) bullied over her mother’s AV past (the same moral composition as the 1st story but in reverse), and a 34 year old woman (Ayano Moriguchi) who tries AV due to her husband’s lack of commitment to family life. This must be one of the most female centered films I have seen, not only all main and most supporting characters being women, but every scene focusing on how they feel as opposed to what they do. Rather than focusing on the industry; the film deals with people involved in the industry. Thoroughly well acted (with Kokone Sasaki way above her usual level) and directed with unexpected finesse by the frequently disappointing Takahisa Zeze. That is, before the film becomes a crying fest towards the end. Somehow I feel like forgiving that. And no, the film doesn’t shy away from the sex and nudity that naturally accompanies the subject despite being a mainstream film with major female audience appeal.

Internal Sleuth (桜の代紋) (Japan, 1973) [TV] - 3/5
Detective Tomisaburo Wakayama sails in deep yakuza waters in Kenji Misumi's rare cop thriller. Impressively nihilist, but a bit underwhelming considering the talent involved. Misumi goes for a bleak tale of cops interacting with gangsters in a world that doesn't offer instant gratification, but the story could’ve been more memorable and characters deeper. The problem is, not very much happens in the film. The strongest part is the cold blooded ending.

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

Posted: 09 Apr 2019, 19:53
by Guro Taku
Banned Book: Carnal Prayer Mat (発禁 肉蒲団) (Japan, 1975) [VoD] - 4/5
While this was ostensibly directed by Nobuaki Shirai, it's screenwriter (and actor) Atsushi Yamatoya's influence and fingerprints that are all over this film. Beating Fan Ho (Yu Pui Tsuen, 1987) and Michael Mak (Sex und Zen, 1991) by 13 and 17 years respectively, this is the first cinematic adaptation of Yu Li's eponymous 17th century erotic novel. Yamatoya apparently thought the story wasn't crazy enough yet, however, so he combined it with the story of Japanese folk hero and Robin Hood-like figure of Nezumi Kozo, the Rat Monk. Mio (Hajime Tanimoto), the son of a high ranking official, is completely driven by lust depite having a micropenis. He abandons his wife and - despite the warnings of a monk that he's on the path to hell - travels to Edo, where he starts a new life as a writer of erotic stories and whoremonger. When his book about Nezumi Kozo, the Rat Monk, is banned, Mio ends up in jail for 30 days. Here, he is visited and eventually freed by his own literaty creation (the always great Nobutaka Masutomi!), who also arranges for him to get a new and much bigger dick transplanted onto him. This of course boosts Mio's ego and he goes on a sexual rampage but then his mistresses are starting to get assaulted and eventually murdered by someone calling themself Nezumi Kozo... It was great fun to spot several scenes that also made it into the stories' other adaptations, like the dick transplantation, or the two lesbians Mio encounters and who use a black dildo here instead of the flute from 1991's Sex and Zen. The film is fast-paced, funny as hell and throws rapid-fire wierdness at the viewer at a dizzying rate. That it's still only available on VoD and VHS is a crime against humanity.

Twilight Dinner (超いんらん 姉妹どんぶり) (Japan, 1998) [DVD] - 4/5
I generally avoid pink films of the past 25 years because much of what made the genre special and interesting seems to have disappeared. But maybe that's a misconception because this is one of the best films in the genre I have ever come across. With a stunningly dumb title in both Japanese and English, I avoided it like the plague until I realized that it was written by frequent Hisayasu Sato collaborator Kyoko Godai and produced by Kokuei. Then I read it was actually a horror film and that put it at the top of my viewing queue. Kyosuke Sasaki stars as Kazuhiko, a man who we first meet in a police interrogation room because he literally ate a woman's pussy. As he tries to explain what led him to that act (despite his own claims that he doesn't fully understand himself), flashbacks show his recent past. It all started when he made the mistake to offer to help the two mysterious sisters who move in the apparment opposite his own and are in the habit of guzzling red wine from a gigantic bottle collection. Falling first for the younger sister and then having a fatal fling with the older sister as well, he becomes infected with... something. An aversion to sunlight and regular food and drink soon become apparent but also newfound and strange desires, as Kazuhiko suddenly also finds men attractive. But, as he puts it, "No matter how hard I fucked them, I kept feeling unfulfilled." Of course it's something else he really craves and when his female bartender offers to take him home he obliges. As her bad luck would have it, her period starts as he's performing oral sex on her and things escalate to a veritable and literal bloodbath. I can't say I can think of a ton of pink films that fall into the erotic horror genre. Gnarly thrillers, sure. But suerpnatural horror? I definitely can't think of any that are as well made and work as well as this one does, with the possible exception of maybe Hisayasu Sato's Lustmord and his own later remake, Naked Blood. Yutaka Ikejima's film is also just plain well directed, with lots of well-framed shots, great set design (especially the sister's apartment) and a memorable score - also a rarity in the pink genre - by Hitomi Oba. Yutaka Ikejima has some 100+ films to his credit. I will watch a couple more for certain.

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

Posted: 10 Apr 2019, 12:27
by chazgower01
The Rat Catcher (Hong Kong, 1974) fansub 2.5/5

Eight years before Sammo’s ‘Carry On Pickpocket’ there was Shaw Brothers’ director Kuei Chi-Hung’s ‘The Rat Catcher’, about a young pair of pickpocket/con artists.

More of a romantic comedy where the main character (Lau Luk-wa) consistently gets the bad end of the deal with fellow con artist (the young, hip, sexy Tanny Tien Ni) all while time after time getting caught by a chubby traffic cop who continues to get promoted. Finally, the ‘real’ bad guys are introduced, drug dealers, and they all team up to foil them.

Extremely light-hearted throughout (there is a fight scene late in the movie that tries to be comedic) with a more Western style of humor - sort of a Bennie Hill-esqe zany music as characters run around to under-cranked footage.

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

Posted: 11 Apr 2019, 16:48
by HungFist
Guro Taku wrote:
09 Apr 2019, 19:53
Banned Book: Carnal Prayer Mat (発禁 肉蒲団) (Japan, 1975) [VoD] - 4/5
Cool. Added this to my watch list, though I don’t think will enjoy it as much as you did. I’m not a hot a huge fan of period-pink comedies (Sone’s Secret Chronicle: Prostitute Market is an exception), and I don’t really share the common enthusiasm for Yamatoya whose work I tend to perceive as “some fun ideas”.
Guro Taku wrote:
09 Apr 2019, 19:53
(the always great Nobutaka Masutomi!)
He was the unsung hero of Roman Porno. So many good performances in a genre that wasn't exactly fertile ground (ehm) for male actors.

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

Posted: 12 Apr 2019, 08:52
by chazgower01
The Prodigal Son (Hong Kong, 1981) youtube Eastern Heroes dub 4.5/5

Yuen Biao stars as a spoiled rich kid who thinks he’s the greatest Kung Fu Master in all the land. Unbeknownst to him, all his fights are paid off by his father. When a visiting Peking Opera star exposes it (the great Lam Ching-ying who is a fighting dynamo in this), Biao decides he wants to train with him.

He’s not keen on that idea at all, even when Biao’s rich father buys his troupe to try and force the issue. A visiting lord who also thinks he’s a Kung Fu master (Frankie Chan in peak form) along with his henchmen (including an always bad ass Dick Wei) end up complicating things and Biao and Lam go on the run.

That’s where they meet up with Lam’s brother (Sammo Hung) and his daughter and Biao finally starts to learn the skills he needs, leading to the fantastic finale - plain and simply one of the cool fights in Hong Kong movie history.

Slapstick comedy, great fights and action, well paced - this is one of the greats of the genre and a must see for anyone who loves martial arts movies!

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

Posted: 13 Apr 2019, 22:55
by grim_tales
Sister Street Fighter (1974): 4/5

Violent ass-kicking with a cool funky soundtrack. Great fun

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

Posted: 13 Apr 2019, 22:56
by Guro Taku
Wet Lust: Opening the Tulip (濡れた欲情・ひらけ!チューリップ) (Japan, 1975) [DVD] - 2.5/5
A Tatsumi Kumashiro film that was recently released on DVD by Happinet. It's set in the world of pachinko parlours and follows two lowlives called Akira (Masami Ishii) and Hiroshi (Kiyoyasu Adachi). Hiroshi is a ladies man but constantly loses at patchinko. Akira always wins but is still a virgin at age 25! When his friend tries to get him laid, the woman initially agrees but ultimately refuses because he has "a face like a stoned dog". The film doesn't develop much of a plot until the last third when Akira is informed that his father, whom he never knew, has died and he's to inherit 88 million yen - under the condition that he marries until the next day. This leads to a bunch of women who previously couldn't have cared less about him throwing themselves at him but he's not interested because the only one he really wants is Makiko (Meika Seri), who is in love with Hiroshi. Meanwhile, Hiroshi tries to recruit a woman from his harem to marry Akira for the sake of the money. He does that from public phones that are all at the zoo? So in one scene he's calling women while a gorilla is looking over his shoulder and another scene starts with an extreme close-up of a hippo's asshole before zooming out and revealing Hiroshi and his phone. Anyway... Naomi Tani is in this film as well as a stripper called Sayuri but her role is small and she doesn't get tied up or poop into a paper bag. This is appreciated.

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

Posted: 14 Apr 2019, 14:14
by HungFist
Railroad Man (鉄道員) (Japan, 1999) [VoD] - 1/5
Old man devoted his life to work instead of family and spends most of the movie seeing b&w and sepia toned flashbacks. Popular Takakura movie could just as well have been women's sappy TV drama because nothing sets it apart from those other than the occasional widescreen landscape shot. Shinobu Otake's wife character so exceedingly tailor made for female TV audiences that any other viewer's head is likely to explode à la Scanners.

Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread (女必殺拳 危機一発) (Japan, 1974) [BD] - 3.5/5
Fun Shihomi flick suffers from some shaky cam excess, something that director Yamaguchi invented in late '74 (probably a Fukasaku influence) but gradually let go off in 75. It's still a lot of fun with guest star Kurata, Hideo Murota in rare main villain role, sleazy smugglers operating jewels into girls' arses, that awesome apocalyptic shot near the end, and some kiddie porn (is that Eva Ionesco? She seems to have been big in Asia with her Playboy photos in one of the Shaw Bros.'s Criminals films) that EVERYONE had forgotten was in the film until BBFC made it front page news.

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

Posted: 14 Apr 2019, 16:35
by chazgower01
Killers On Wheels (Hong Kong, 1976) dvd 3/5
A Shaw Brothers youth rebel exploitation flick directed by Kuei Chih Hung. Starring a young enough Danny Lee to still have a full head of hair. Lee’s girlfriend and another couple are harassed by a gang of bikers who are obnoxious and lawless, etc., even going so far as to squirt ketchup through their car window (no seriously)! But it just starts off somewhat harmless...

When they try and fight back, the violence escalates more and more leading up to the bloody finale. It tries to give us some class warfare BS to add some lofty intentions to all of this stuff, but it’s pretty laughable. Lots of motorcycle action, ultra-violence, misogyny - this is no women’s revenge flick - they get the bad end of everything here… it’s all kinda dumb, but strangely entertaining, in a pure exploitation way.

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

Posted: 15 Apr 2019, 08:04
by chazgower01
Hex (Hong Kong, 1980) dvd 2.5/5
Director Kuei Chih Hung’s homage to the 1955 French thriller Les Diaboliques, is a worthy if uneven remake. The first 30 minutes are really good, the 2nd 40 minutes are somewhat lesser in their attempt at psychological suspense/small budget horror, and the last 20 minutes veer into outright exploitation.

For most of the movie, the mood and atmosphere is great, though the horror is fairly cheesy by today’s standard’s and the fully nude seance dance at the end went on forever (and was pretty revealing). Don’t get me wrong - she’s attractive and worth viewing, but after 6 minutes of it, you realize the movie’s kind of run out of steam and it’s time to go home.

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

Posted: 15 Apr 2019, 20:36
by Guro Taku
Scissor Dick (本当はエログロいイソップ寓話 シザーチンP) (Japan, 2018) [DVD] - 2.5/5
A highly anticipated film for me and ultimately a disappointment. Director Naoyuki Tomomatsu again uses much of the running time for insane rants about misandry and how anti-molestation laws will lead to mankind's extinction. There's a digression that lasts at least 20 minutes where the enlightens us about the Japanese idol industry and how it dates back to the Virgin Mary, who, if I remember correctly, is also responsible for starting moe culture. Tangents and nuclear-warhead grade political incorrectness are nothing new with Tomomatsu's films but this latest entry in his filmography lacks the fun world-building of the Rape Zombie saga and the New Century Amazones duology. Instead, this story, as eventually and tenuously glimpsed between rapid-fire monologues, is about a guy called Kametaro Debe, who wants to find love, loses his grip on reality, grows a three-pronged knife-cock and kills a bunch of women with it. His adversary is a young woman called Usako (Sasa Handa in bunnygirl suit). You see, they are destined for each other because he has a murder cock and she has a guillotine pussy. They ultimately have a kid with a propeller made of swords growing from his ass. I will say that the film's last third is its best, the splatter effects are mostly practical and there are some inspired bits of psychotic nonsense. But it's not the film of the year.