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by Guro Taku
03 Nov 2019, 11:41
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10084
Views: 782236

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

The Nightingale (Australia/USA/Canada, 2018) [amazon] – 4/5 Gnarly, violent revenge film about an Irish convict in a Tasmanian penal colony in the early 1800s, who, after numerous rapes and the slaughter of her husband and baby , embarks on a quest for revenge. Unfortunately kind of runs out of ste...
by Guro Taku
20 Oct 2019, 11:35
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10084
Views: 782236

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

Crawl (USA, 2019) [BD] – 2.5/5 Survival horror about two people (a Kaya Scodelario I never heard of before and Barry Pepper from BATTLEFIELD EARTH) trapped in house during a hurricane - with a bunch of alligators. I've always liked director Alexandre Aja's visual style but he hasn't made a great fi...
by Guro Taku
19 Oct 2019, 09:28
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 455
Views: 380806

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Happinet is releasing a lot of Nikkatsu action/yakuza films from at least January 2020 through March 2020. The full list is here: http://www.happinet-p.com/jp3/releases/category/moviej This isn't a genre/era I am too familiar with, so someone else can figure out what's essential and what's not so hot.
by Guro Taku
13 Oct 2019, 14:04
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 551488

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

Peanuts (ピイナッツ 落華星) (Japan, 1996) [DVD] – 2.5/5 A minor action/yakuza comedy from Takashi Miike's early V-Cinema days. Riki Takeuchi and Koyo Maeda are the leads. They help a suicidal fish vendor who's up to his neck in debt to a yakuza gang and things escalate from there. It's a decent timewaster ...
by Guro Taku
11 Oct 2019, 18:28
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Welcome to Japan (Yoshihiro Nishimura, 2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 3278

Welcome to Japan (Yoshihiro Nishimura, 2019)

Already in Japanese theaters.

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYaQlmlPTZw

Is it just me of does this look like Nishimura is now making Noboru Iguchi films?
by Guro Taku
10 Oct 2019, 09:14
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: 1960s/1970s/1980s Japanese Genre Cinema – From Books and Magazine Articles
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

I guess we should be glad the films are still legal. And I second the request for a continuation. I'm glad at least a few books like this exist, given the chronic lack of Interviews and commentaries on Japanese catalogue title releases.
by Guro Taku
06 Oct 2019, 17:39
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Arrow's Female Prisoner Scorpion BD Set: An Utter Disaster?
Replies: 45
Views: 14230

Re: Arrow's Female Prisoner Scorpion BD Set: An Utter Disaster?

This set is getting a "standard edition reissue" from Arrow US on October 29th. No mention of new transfers so expect the same old bullshit. And would you look at that new cover art! What the fuck is that?

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by Guro Taku
06 Oct 2019, 17:17
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10084
Views: 782236

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

In the Shadow of the Moon (USA, 2019) [netflix] – 1.5/5 I've been a fan of director Jim Mickle since MULBERRY STREET (2006) so it wasn't any fun to see him shit the bed with this netflix original. The film starts out as an alright mystery but drops the ball in the third act when it's revealed that ...
by Guro Taku
05 Oct 2019, 18:54
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10084
Views: 782236

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

HungFist wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 14:50
Joker (USA, 2019) [DCP] – 3/5
Scorsese by Phillips, for incels. Socially relevant, but too slick to have grit, too superficial to be genuinely challenging.
Which one is you?

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by Guro Taku
04 Oct 2019, 20:13
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 551488

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

Festival Dispatch - Korean Excursion

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (곤지암) (Korea, 2018) [DCP] - 1.5/5
Found footage hijinks about some youtubers investigating a supposedly haunted (and abandoned) mental asylum for epic clicks. There was a lot of hysteric screeching which kept me mostly awake.
by Guro Taku
04 Oct 2019, 10:49
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10084
Views: 782236

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

Film Festival Dispatch - Part 2 Riot Girls (Canada, 2019) [DCP] – 3/5 Jovanka Vuckovic's debut film is set in an alternate 1995 where all adults have died from a mysterious disease and two punk chicks have to rescue a guy from the evil jock gang. Not especially violent for most of its runtime but th...
by Guro Taku
29 Sep 2019, 12:34
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (Takashi Miike, 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 7677

Re: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (Takashi Miike, 2017)

According to a recent interview with Miike , the planned sequels won't happen because the film was a financial flop in Japan. It was way less well received than we expected. (...) So no, there’s no sequel planned and it wasn’t a hit. (...) In any case, it was well received by the writer and a few ot...
by Guro Taku
23 Sep 2019, 18:04
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 551488

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

Festival Dispatch Gaiden - Japanese Films Toxic Insects (ドクムシ) (Japan, 2016) [DCP] – 2/5 Oh, look, it's another Japanese flick about some people playing a death game! How exciting! Some folks wake up in an abandoned and locked down school building, there's a timer counting down five days, a table wi...
by Guro Taku
22 Sep 2019, 15:35
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10084
Views: 782236

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 Guro Taku
22 Sep 2019, 14:38
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10084
Views: 782236

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

Film Festival Dispatch - Part 1 The Lodge (UK, 2019) [DCP] – 2/5 Slow burn thriller about a dysfunctional family holing up in the titular building and things falling appart. Are the kids just fucking with their father's new flame, who just so happens to be the only survivor of a suicide sect, or is ...
by Guro Taku
14 Sep 2019, 16:17
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The White Girl (Christopher Doyle, Jenny Suen) (2017)
Replies: 1
Views: 3539

Re: The White Girl (Christopher Doyle, Jenny Suen) (2017)

DVD/BD release with English subtitles from Hong Kong distributor CN Entertainment on September 20th.

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Now as for why they'd upscale a film from 2018 that no doubt is available in HD is anyone's guess.
by Guro Taku
14 Sep 2019, 13:15
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Vampire Clay (Chi wo suu nendo) (Soichi Umezawa, 2017)
Replies: 9
Views: 5194

Re: Vampire Clay (Chi wo suu nendo) (Soichi Umezawa, 2017)

Trailer for the second part:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BH3idX7ouc

Not a bad trailer, actually, in my opinion. A number of cool visuals and practical effects on display. Those were the best thing about the first film as well.

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by Guro Taku
31 Aug 2019, 09:21
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Vampire Clay (Chi wo suu nendo) (Soichi Umezawa, 2017)
Replies: 9
Views: 5194

Re: Vampire Clay (Chi wo suu nendo) (Soichi Umezawa, 2017)

There's a sequel that'll make the festival rounds this autumn:

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by Guro Taku
30 Aug 2019, 12:42
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese Splatter and Zombies: Part Deux
Replies: 63
Views: 25271

Re: Japanese Splatter and Zombies: Part Deux

Another Japanese zombie flick from 2012, Naoyoshi Kawamatsu's UNDERTAKER, recently got an English subtitled DVD release from German label Midori Impuls.The film currently holds a 1.6 rating at the IMDB . Make of that what you will! This one's getting a BD release in the US on October 29th from Syna...
by Guro Taku
24 Aug 2019, 11:13
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 629
Views: 598081

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. I haven't bought anything from the August batch yet and to be honest I don't think I will upgrade Delicate Skillful Fingers. I liked the film OK but I must...
by Guro Taku
05 Aug 2019, 19:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 551488

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

Haunted Turkish Bathhouse (怪猫トルコ風呂) (Japan, 1975) [TV] - 4/5 Completely insane everything-but-the-kitchen-sink genre mish-mash from director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi that sees Yukino (Naomi Tani in one of her few roles for Toei) first tricked into working as a soap whore and then tortured to death and en...
by Guro Taku
04 Aug 2019, 08:23
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 551488

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

The Harlem Valentine Day (ハーレムバレンタインデイ) (Japan, 1982) [DVD] - 4/5 The best thing about Shigeru Izumiya's weird alternate history cyberpunk sex flick is that it sketches (with a clearly very limited budget) a world that feels fully lived in and that one wishes could be explored further. Of course th...
by Guro Taku
23 Jul 2019, 15:41
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: First Love (Miike, 2019)
Replies: 6
Views: 3690

Re: First Love (Miike, 2019)

HungFist wrote:
23 Jul 2019, 14:34
Seems like the film will hit American theatres long before it opens in Japan.
Well Go Usa will release the film in NY/LA on September 27, with an expansion planned for October 4. Does it even have a release date in Japan other than "2020"?
by Guro Taku
21 Jul 2019, 21:53
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Rare Japanese Cult Cinema reviews (No DVD / BD)
Replies: 46
Views: 11856

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

TV Review / Not Available on DVD https://www.imgbox.de/users/gurotaku/gdt12.jpg Did the Red Bird Escape? (赤い鳥逃げた?) (1973) Two twenty-something guys (Yoshio Harada and Masaaki Daimon) who refuse to grow up and conform keep afloat by means of small-time crime. They eventually meet a young woman (Kaor...