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by HungFist
27 Sep 2019, 16:18
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 192
Views: 67461

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Hokuriku Proxy War (Japan, 1977) [35mm] – 4/5 This would be one of Fukasaku’s best movies if it wasn’t for the inconsistent tone. The problem is Ko Nishimura and Hana Hajime overdoing their cowardly boss roles to a comedic effect, an example of Fukasaku’s trademark authority hate materializing as c...
by HungFist
27 Sep 2019, 16:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4823
Views: 548278

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Best Guy (ベストガイ) (Japan, 1990) [VoD] - 1/5 A miserable Top Gun derivative from Toru Murakawa. The biggest problem is that while it's as superficial as Top Gun, it's not any wilder, imaginative or exploitative, it's just duller. The characters are cardboards, the Canadian band doing the music awful,...
by HungFist
26 Sep 2019, 19:34
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese Splatter and Zombies: Part Deux
Replies: 63
Views: 25068

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In case anyone missed it, there was a successful crowd funding in Japan a few weeks ago to get Evil Dead Trap 1&2 on Blu-Ray . - https://motion-gallery.net/projects/cinema_donuts-001 The BDs will feature English subs. A Japanese staff member also said that Synapse were waiting for the results of the...
by HungFist
25 Sep 2019, 14:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4823
Views: 548278

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Downtown Heroes (ダウンタウンヒーローズ) (Japan, 1988) [VoD] - 1/5 Deadly Yoji Yamada boredom. Even Hiroko Yakushimaru can't save this as she is barely in it despite being the 1st billed. Yamada is more interested 1940s boy’s boarding school drama and nostalgia than her or, well, anything of interest. Had I h...
by HungFist
23 Sep 2019, 18:19
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4823
Views: 548278

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The only point of interest here is that the film was directed by Kayoko Asakura, a woman, which isn't exactly common for Japanese genre cinema. So it becomes kind of interesting how she'd film a rape scene, for example, but I'm kind of reaching here. Those were my thoughts about Girls, Dance with t...
by HungFist
23 Sep 2019, 16:04
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 153
Views: 74493

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

A pretty great Toho New Action series coming up at Laputa. Dying to see Attack on the Sun (1970) and The Target of Roses (1972) by Kiyoshi Nishimura. And maybe Bullet Wound as well. The others I've seen. The whole program: 11/09(土)~11/15(金) 「狙撃」(Sun Above, Death Below) (Hideichi Nagahara, 1968) 11/1...
by HungFist
22 Sep 2019, 17:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778086

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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
22 Sep 2019, 15:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778086

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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: 4823
Views: 548278

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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: 10080
Views: 778086

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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: 153
Views: 74493

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: 4823
Views: 548278

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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: 242
Views: 142959

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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: 153
Views: 74493

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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: 10080
Views: 778086

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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: 10080
Views: 778086

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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, 16:19
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 192
Views: 67461

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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: 4823
Views: 548278

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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: 4823
Views: 548278

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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: 6219
Views: 435196

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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: 153
Views: 74493

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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: 153
Views: 74493

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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: 4823
Views: 548278

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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: 4823
Views: 548278

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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: 455
Views: 379848

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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 ...