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by HungFist
Today, 17:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9945
Views: 672196

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

Ad Astra (USA, 2019) [DCP] - 3.5/5 I can't remember the last time I've been so torn about a movie. This is 75% beautiful, haunting, poetic, best space cinema in decades. And 25% Michael Bay action, as believable as Armageddon. What on earth were they thinking? It was a very troubled production, wit...
by HungFist
Today, 15:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9945
Views: 672196

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

Ad Astra (USA, 2019) [DCP] - 3.5/5 I can't remember the last time I've been so torn about a movie. This is 75% beautiful, haunting, poetic, best space cinema in decades. And 25% Michael Bay action, as believable as Armageddon. What on earth were they thinking? 3 From Hell (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 3.5/5 ...
by HungFist
18 Sep 2019, 17:15
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4759
Views: 463447

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Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣) (Japan, 1971) [35mm] – 3/5 This is the only film in the series where Zatoichi farts! On someone's face, even! The reason I bring this up is that that fart in descriptive of the film: funny and functional, but rather unambitious, which is a shame ...
by HungFist
17 Sep 2019, 18:54
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9945
Views: 672196

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

Cut-Throats Nine (Spain/Italy, 1972) [VoD] - 4/5 Nihilist survival western with a sergeant and his daughter left alone with 7 chained killers in the middle of snowy mountains after they've been attacked by robbers. Brutal, unique and captivating if not quite masterclass in execution, unmistakably 7...
by HungFist
17 Sep 2019, 18:48
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 143
Views: 50477

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

Continued… As the day was turning into a night, I headed for my final destination, Shin bungeiza , who were doing a brief 6 film Zatoichi series . The double features were: The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) (DCP) Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965) (35mm) Zatoichi Challenged (1967) (35mm) Zatoichi Meets...
by HungFist
15 Sep 2019, 15:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4759
Views: 463447

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Play it, Boogie-Woogie (スローなブギにしとくれ) (Japan, 1981) [VoD] - 3/5 A slice of life picture with a bar / semi-drifter girl, an angry youngster with a bike, a divorced asshole, and a middle aged woman living with him. There's no plot, just one year of gritty life. And it works. Yoshio Harada (the asshole...
by HungFist
13 Sep 2019, 11:52
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Recent and not so recent Japanese dramas
Replies: 240
Views: 124108

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: 143
Views: 50477

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: 9945
Views: 672196

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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: 9945
Views: 672196

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: 50687

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: 4759
Views: 463447

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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: 4759
Views: 463447

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: 383191

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: 143
Views: 50477

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: 143
Views: 50477

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: 4759
Views: 463447

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: 4759
Views: 463447

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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: 347673

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: 4759
Views: 463447

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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: 50687

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: 9945
Views: 672196

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: 347673

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: 4759
Views: 463447

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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: 50687

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...