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by HungFist
24 Dec 2019, 09:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778344

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

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (USA, 2019) [Flight] – 1.5/5 Dull, overlong superhero film with Johnson and Statham battling a flying super villain. I guess they tried to get a piece of the Marvel / DC cake. Even the action scenes are boring, minus a slightly inventive vehicle bit near the en...
by HungFist
23 Dec 2019, 13:22
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4823
Views: 548425

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

Tale of Showa Era Chivalry (昭和侠客伝) (Japan, 1963) [VoD] - 1.5/5 An early ninkyo film by Teruo Ishii who wasn't particularly enamoured by the genre (at least in its later years). Unfortunately there is little exciting about this film other than the ending, which plays out almost like a ghost story wi...
by HungFist
23 Dec 2019, 10:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778344

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

grim_tales wrote:
23 Dec 2019, 03:32
How did the film look, Hung?
Fine (for a DCP).
by HungFist
22 Dec 2019, 15:23
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778344

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

Once Upon a Time in the West (Italy / USA, 1969) [DCP] - 5/5 Leone's grand epic and finest picture, an endlessly inspiring piece of filmmaking and the one film where men are allowed to cry. There was a 35mm screening in Finland some years ago, but me being in Japan I had to settle for a DCP celebra...
by HungFist
21 Dec 2019, 14:26
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778344

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

All the Colors of the Dark (Italy, 1972) [BD] – 2/5 Frustrating, insanely over-rated 90 minutes of Edwige Fenech screaming and running from a killer who may be real, or just her imagination (you’ll never know, ha-ha-ha). It’s a shame since the “Satan worshipping hippies” story context has its momen...
by HungFist
17 Dec 2019, 16:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4823
Views: 548425

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

Scoundrel vs. The Delinquent Boss (極道VS不良番長) (Japan, 1974) [TV] – 2/5 This is a bit of a Toei fraud! Delinquent Boss Tatsuo Umemiya dumbfucks himself into hospital in his first scene, and remains there for the rest of the film. So much for Scoundrel vs. Delinquent Boss. What we're left with is new ...
by HungFist
15 Dec 2019, 07:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778344

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

Black Christmas (Canada, 1974) [VoD] – 4/5 Excellent, gritty Christmas slasher with a bunch of non-objectified, charmingly foul-mouthed women as protagonists. Rather exceptional in the genre. Terror Train (USA, 1980) [VoD] – 1.5/5 Regrettably dull graduation party / revenge slasher with Jamie Lee C...
by HungFist
13 Dec 2019, 17:08
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread
Replies: 192
Views: 67477

Re: Sonny Chiba Mega Review Thread

New Battles without Honor and Humanity: Boss's Head (Japan, 1975) [BD] - 4/5 Nothing but assholes for 93 minutes! Sugawara is a greedy bastard after his jail stint compensation money, which he's going to squeeze from a former friend gone miserable junkie Takashi Yamazaki when prick boss Ko Nishimur...
by HungFist
13 Dec 2019, 17:08
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4823
Views: 548425

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

The Boss's Head (総長の首) (Japan, 1979) [DVD] – 1.5/5 A long, star studded yakuza drama; the epitome of the new era. It cuts down the violence and takes 40 minutes to set up what a mid-70s film would have done in 4. The remaining 95 don’t go any faster. There are dozens of characters, most of them of ...
by HungFist
10 Dec 2019, 07:11
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 46
Views: 11704

Re: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)

Yep. Here's my take on it. VoD Review / Not Available on DVD Capone's Younger Brother: Heart and Speculation (カポネの舎弟 やまと魂) (Japan, 1971) [VoD] – 2.5/5 Lesser, but still modestly entertaining sequel. Wakayama is wonderfully bastardly here, but has to do without Chicago bros. Yamashiro & Watanabe and ...
by HungFist
10 Dec 2019, 07:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4823
Views: 548425

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

Mist and Shadows (霧と影) (Japan, 1961) [VoD] - 2/5 A Tsutomu Minakami novel adaptation with a reporter investigating a mysterious death in small town. This was one of Teruo Ishii's first Toei pictures, and surprisingly low thrills at that. It's essentially 83 minutes of talking heads. The good news i...
by HungFist
07 Dec 2019, 13:05
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 153
Views: 74505

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

By the way, did you watch the movie Tai Kato Ahen Daichi Jigoku Butai Totsugeki Seyo / 阿片台地 地獄部隊突撃せよ? I myself did not see him and could not find anywhere any description of this film. No, I haven't seen it. I might have timed my Tokyo trip a few days later if I had known it's screening (it was add...
by HungFist
07 Dec 2019, 07:44
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 46
Views: 11704

Re: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)

https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/capo0.jpg VoD Review / Not Available on DVD Brothers of Capones (舶来仁義 カポネの舎弟) (Japan, 1970) [VoD] – 3.5/5 Completely ridiculous, and yet superbly entertaining action comedy non-sense with Tomisaburo Wakayama as Kuriyama Capone who learned his tra...
by HungFist
07 Dec 2019, 07:27
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Nikkatsu Youth Films (are dope!)
Replies: 15
Views: 642

Re: Nikkatsu Youth Films (are dope!)

The Beautiful Teen (美しい十代) (Japan, 1964) [VoD] - 2.5/5 A young yakuza punk (Mitsuo Hamada) falls in love with an adorable orphan girl (Mieko Nishio) who is going out with a sweet guy (Akira Mita) who loves kids, animals and singing. Guess who wins her heart? A pretty enjoyable Nikkatsu youth / ligh...
by HungFist
07 Dec 2019, 07:22
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4823
Views: 548425

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

The Beautiful Teen (美しい十代) (Japan, 1964) [VoD] - 2.5/5 A young yakuza punk (Mitsuo Hamada) falls in love with an adorable orphan girl (Mieko Nishio) who is going out with a sweet guy (Akira Mita) who loves kids, animals and singing. Guess who wins her heart? A pretty enjoyable Nikkatsu youth / ligh...
by HungFist
07 Dec 2019, 05:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778344

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

Markgway wrote:
06 Dec 2019, 17:35
HungFist wrote:
06 Dec 2019, 17:17
The Case of the Bloody Iris and The New York Ripper... now those are good cinema!
I fear all those Japanese exploitation movies have irreparably damaged your taste. :o ;)
It has introduced me to a new world of joy! :lol:

Speaking of irreparable damage, look at Guro Taku :lol:
by HungFist
07 Dec 2019, 04:52
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan
Replies: 153
Views: 74505

Re: Retro Cinemas and Cult Films in Japan

I caught Red Peony Gambler 4 & 6 at Shin bungeiza's Tai Kato mini-retrospective (10 films) last weekend. This is the third Kato retro held in Tokyo over the past three years, following far bigger retros at Shin Bungeiza and National Film Archive in 2016. Says something about how respected he has bec...
by HungFist
06 Dec 2019, 17:17
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778344

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

Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975) *½ Second-rate giallo has more nudity than violence (save a little crude gore where sexual organs are shown cut off). When the killer's identity is finally revealed, I thought to myself, 'who is that, again?' It's not a good film, clearly, and for Edwige Fenech fan...
by HungFist
06 Dec 2019, 15:33
Forum: General Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Love for 35mm (or 16mm / 8mm) prints
Replies: 10
Views: 8943

Re: Love for 35mm (or 16mm / 8mm) prints

Last weekend Red Peony Gamber 6: Oryu Returns (1970) became the 100th Toei film I see in 35mm (no. 101 was Teruo Ishii's History of the Shogun's Harem from a mind-blowingly beautiful print). https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/kato8.jpg https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2...
by HungFist
06 Dec 2019, 15:09
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 629
Views: 593643

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

I wrote a few posts regarding Nikkatsu censorship in a Facebook group, let me copy-paste them here as well. Most of the content has been discussed here before over the years but maybe this post serves as a quick summary. Nikkatsu Censorship: Part 1 Some of you may be aware of the censorship case reg...
by HungFist
06 Dec 2019, 15:05
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 629
Views: 593643

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

I meant to post this before but didn't get around to doing it until now. Lusty Discipline in Uniform (セーラー服色情飼育) (Japan, 1982) [VoD] – 3/5 Middle aged, well dressed professor has a crush on a cute high school girl, starts harassing her with obscene phone calls. And he's the film's hero! At first a ...
by HungFist
03 Dec 2019, 15:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4823
Views: 548425

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

My Sweetheart (君は恋人) (1967) [VoD] - 2/5 A Nikkatsu youth / musical about a young actor making a comeback (Mitsuo Hamada making a real comeback after an 8 month hospital stint following a bar fight that nearly blinded him) in a yakuza film that he feels is too dark and needs to be re-written. The ta...
by HungFist
29 Nov 2019, 15:35
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10080
Views: 778344

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

Summer of 84 (Canada, 2018) [VoD] - 4/5
Four 15 year olds begin suspecting their neighbor is a serial killer. Thrilling 80s / childhood throwback thriller with a phenomenally good ending. 10 times better than the same filmmakers' Turbo Kid.
by HungFist
29 Nov 2019, 15:25
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Nikkatsu Youth Films (are dope!)
Replies: 15
Views: 642

Re: Nikkatsu Youth Films (are dope!)

Thanks! Young Meiko Kaji is so funny. And The Spiders are a fun group. Japanese Wikipedia writes that The Spiders participated in 10 Nikkatsu films, two Toho films and one Shochiku film. Have you watched any other films with their participation? I tried one of their Nikkatsu films, ザ・スパイダースのゴーゴー向う見...
by HungFist
27 Nov 2019, 05:28
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Nikkatsu Youth Films (are dope!)
Replies: 15
Views: 642

Re: Nikkatsu Youth Films (are dope!)

https://sketchesofcinema.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/y9.jpg You and I (逢いたくて逢いたくて) (Japan, 1966) [VoD] - 1.5/5 A rather unbearable vanity project / fan film for singer Mari Sono, disguised as Nikkatsu youth film. A college girl (Sono) participates a look-a-like competition for beloved idol Mari Son...