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by HungFist
13 Sep 2019, 11:52
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas
Replies: 240
Views: 124036

Re: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas

Haruhiko Arai about modern Japanese cinema: “You have people who don’t know the history making the films and people who don’t know the history watching them. In other words, idiots make films and idiots watch them. That’s where we are now.” - https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2019/08/28/films/sti...
by HungFist
13 Sep 2019, 10:28
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 142
Views: 50362

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

Tokyo is screening Failed Youth this year like it's the end of the world. Shin bungeiza just announced they will be screening it a dozen times next month in a Kazuhiko Hasegawa appreciation, following Jimbocho's 1 week run (the Saturday screening I attended sold out 25 minutes before the screening, ...
by HungFist
11 Sep 2019, 16:13
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9937
Views: 670177

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

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 4.5/5 Breezy ride through 1969 L.A. is best Tarantino since Kill Bill Vol. 2. The Bruce Lee scene is funny as hell, and also refreshing because finally there is a movie that doesn’t have its tongue up Lee’s arse but instead dares to poke some fun o...
by HungFist
10 Sep 2019, 19:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9937
Views: 670177

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

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 4.5/5 Breezy ride through 1969 L.A. is best Tarantino since Kill Bill Vol. 2. The Bruce Lee scene is funny as hell, and also refreshing because finally there is a movie that doesn’t have its tongue up Lee’s arse but instead dares to poke some fun o...
by HungFist
10 Sep 2019, 16:19
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 188
Views: 50463

Re: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread

Resurrection of the Golden Wolf(Japan, 1979) [35mm] – 4/5 A toxic, overly contrived and positively astonishing anti-hero spectacle with badass Yusaku Matsuda an office worker at day and a villain climbing the underworld ladders at night. Haruhiko Oyabu’s source novel delivered 2½ films worth of gan...
by HungFist
10 Sep 2019, 16:08
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4757
Views: 462145

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

Sting of Death (死の棘) (Japan, 1990) [VoD] – 2.5/5 An unfaithful family man and a ‘jealous to the point of mental illness’ wife face each other in a series of heated but unnaturally formal dialogues only interrupted by occasional surreal visions and scenes of almost horror film like dark atmosphere. ...
by HungFist
08 Sep 2019, 16:23
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4757
Views: 462145

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

The War of the Sixteen Year Olds (十六歳の戦争) (Japan, 1973/1976) [35mm] – 4/5 Funeral Parade of Roses director Toshio Matsuda's bloody excellent youth film set in rural Japan. This has one of the best opening scenes I've seen since Kiyoshi Nishimura's Too Young to Die (1969), with a young man arriving ...
by HungFist
08 Sep 2019, 16:13
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?
Replies: 6216
Views: 382069

Re: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?

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by HungFist
08 Sep 2019, 08:43
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 142
Views: 50362

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

My adventure continued in the afternoon. I headed to National Film Archive who were celebrating dead people with their once-in-two-years R.I.P. retrospective (no, it’s not really called that, but that’s what I call it). It was a massive series with mostly two films per corpse, approx 80 flicks in to...
by HungFist
05 Sep 2019, 13:36
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 142
Views: 50362

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

I dropped by in Tokyo for some extreme movie watching again last week. First up was a race Jimbocho Theater , with first screening at 12:00. I had booked an early as motherfucker flight, only for it to be 30 min late. I missed the cheap Keisei train as a result, and had to ride an expensive Narita E...
by HungFist
04 Sep 2019, 17:35
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4757
Views: 462145

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

Mosquito on the 10th Floor (十階のモスキート) (Japan, 1983) [35mm] – 2/5 Yoichi Sai's debut, a depressing life-is-shit picture with Yuya Uchida as a cop in debt (to the bank, not the yakuza, unfortunately). He proceeds to do... very little. I first saw this on DVD and found it largely a bore; a 35mm screen...
by HungFist
02 Sep 2019, 16:35
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4757
Views: 462145

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

A Man's Showdown (男の勝負) (Japan, 1966) [TV] - 1.5/5 Hideo Murata was a pretty big ninkyo star in the 60s despite lacking anything resembling charisma. His enka singing career ensured his popularity. This is a co-starring vehicle for Murata and Shigeru Amachi, an actor who did better when portraying ...
by HungFist
25 Aug 2019, 15:46
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 447
Views: 347211

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Love for an Idiot (痴人の愛) (Japan, 1967) [VoD] – 3/5 A couple goes domestic World War III in Masumura's exceedingly 60s gender satire. A pre-otaku era salaryman (excellent Shoichi Ozawa) gets a young wildcat (Michiyo Yasuda) as his pet, a role she goes along with for a while till she gets bored with t...
by HungFist
25 Aug 2019, 14:47
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4757
Views: 462145

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

Time and Tide (時代屋の女房) (Japan, 1983) [VoD] – 2/5 Nice guy antique store owner Tsunehiko Watase meets idiosyncratic girl Masako Natsume, then later another odd girl (also Natsume). A rather dull and very Shochiku-like drama co-scripted by Haruhiko Arai, whose usually identifiable touch is barely vis...
by HungFist
23 Aug 2019, 07:54
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 188
Views: 50463

Re: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (USA, 2006) [VoD] – 2/5 An American guy moves in with his American father, falls in love with an Australian girl, and makes friends with a Korean. What country was this film set in again? A nonsensical Hollywood foreign vacation only utilizes Japan as a superfi...
by HungFist
22 Aug 2019, 15:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9937
Views: 670177

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

Chato's Land (USA, 1972) [DVD] - 3/5 A group of white men try to hunt down Apache Charles Bronson who killed a racist pig in a pub, only to find the roles reversed in the wilderness. A pleasingly tough chase / revenge film, but there's almost zero character depth to Bronson's character. The miscell...
by HungFist
21 Aug 2019, 18:07
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 447
Views: 347211

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

The Miracle of Joe Petrel (海燕ジョーの奇跡) (Japan, 1984) [VoD] – 3.5/5 Toshiya Fujita's gangster film loosely based on the 4th Okinawa Yakuza Conflict (also the base for Okinawa Yakuza War, 1976) where a Kyokuryu-kai president was shot dead by a hitman. The film starts out a bit dull, but gains momentum ...
by HungFist
21 Aug 2019, 18:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4757
Views: 462145

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

New Battles without Honor and Humanity (新仁義なき戦い) (Japan, 1974) [BD] - 3.5/5 The somewhat over-rated Battles w/o Honor and Humanity series has never been most exciting Fukasaku in my books, and the New series even less so. But this first one, while a rehash of the original films, features very enjoy...
by HungFist
18 Aug 2019, 13:23
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 188
Views: 50463

Re: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread

Yakuza Deka: No Epitaphs for Us (Japan, 1971) [VoD] - 3.5/5 The 4th and final film in the Yakuza Deka series. It's another programmer picture, but this one does its job admirably, packing action, fights and great stunt sequences every 15 minutes and filling the gaps with Chiba riding a horse toples...
by HungFist
17 Aug 2019, 17:59
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 620
Views: 512410

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Anyone gotten the Delicate Skillful Fingers BD yet? I'd like to know if it's worth the upgrade? A screencap or two would be hugely appreciated.
by HungFist
15 Aug 2019, 14:26
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4757
Views: 462145

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

Inujini seshi mono (犬死にせしもの) (Japan, 1986) [VoD] - 1/5 Fisherman Hiroyuki Sanada and two pals go pirate in 1947 Japan. A rather miserable drama with awful quirky direction and performances, including a couple of Japanese Richard Nortons. Sanada is the only one who comes off at least half-tolerable....
by HungFist
13 Aug 2019, 15:09
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas
Replies: 240
Views: 124036

Re: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas

Lover’s Time (Koibitotachi no jikoku) (恋人たちの時刻) (1987) Kadokawa discoveries, part deux. Great opening scene with cute, disturbed girl (Michiko Kawai from Somai’s P.P. Rider) silently watching the sea. She sees a lonely surfer boy swallowed by the waves. The next moment two biker guys emerge and try...
by HungFist
13 Aug 2019, 05:26
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: I've just got banned from KFC!
Replies: 564
Views: 103944

Re: I've just got banned from KFC!

I see they're still fisting in that thread!
by HungFist
12 Aug 2019, 16:30
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 447
Views: 347211

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Marshall Crist wrote:
11 Aug 2019, 18:26
Thanks for the reviews. I ordered HIGH SCHOOL AFFAIR just for the heck of it. Been a while since I've seen any new old Japanese movies. Looks enjoyable.
Looking forward to hearing what you thought about it.
by HungFist
11 Aug 2019, 17:18
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The idol film thread
Replies: 40
Views: 14938

Re: The idol film thread

Kadokawa launched their own Kadokawa Channel on Amazon Prime, so I decided to finally watch Aijou monogatari . Curtain Call (愛情物語) (1984) Utterly crazy Kadokawa dance flick with an amazing, ultra-80s "Broadway" musical opening which also collects all the black dudes in Japan into one scene! It's poo...