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    Quote Originally Posted by Maito Guy View Post
    Maybe any recommendations on which to start?
    I don't know Daiei's cinema very well and to be honest, I often find their movies to be too safe and conservative. There are exceptions of course, like Masumura's films. I discovered his film Yakuza Masterpiece (やくざ絶唱) (1970) last year and it's amazing.

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    That's surprising. I've seen almost nothing but praise for all of the films (forums, reviews, Chris D... and myself when I first saw them 10 years ago... but back then I'd eat anything pinky violence).

    I still decided to keep Rica 2 in addition to the first film, but I got rid of Rica 3...

    Amazon JP is streaming them on HD, I think. Just btw.
    The one comment I remember clearly, was refering to the Rica films as worst of Pinky Violence, from a swedish forum ~5-8 years ago. That's kinda the one that hold me back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maito Guy View Post
    I really need to see this again. Have watched it maybe five or six years ago and remember it being great. The Daiei movies from the mid 50ies up until the early 70ies are the next big block of movies I have sincere interest in exploring, but as of now Roman Porno still occupies most of my movie watching free time. Maybe any recommendations on which to start?
    Some great Daiei ones i've seen from this period (could be distributed by aswell, don't have my personal database fully sorted yet)

    I'm sure you've seen many of these already (just to make a general comment, haven't really seen to much myself either from Daiei and this period I think. Will try to make a similiar project with Shochiku though eventually.. rather soon I hope..)

    Rashomon (Kurosawa), Ugetsu (Mizoguchi), Yotsuya Kaidan (Misumi), Fires on the Plain (Ichikawa), The Tale of Zatoichi (Misumi), Kiru (Misumi), Yoso (Kinugasa), Manji (Masumura), Captive's Island (Shinoda), The Snow Woman (Tanaka) and ofcourse Blind Beast (Masumura)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takuma View Post


    Bankaku Rock (Japan, 1973) [TV] - 3/5
    One of the lesser known Toei girl gang films. This one has a fantastic opening with school girls walking to the train station where they strip down to their panties and change to casual wear in front of everyone as they just don't give a damn. From here on, despite the usual gang rivalry plot, the film takes a bit more serious and character driven path. There is relatively little action and the film offers a more credible portrayal of the lower class (gang) life than most films of its kind. It feels perhaps closer to Nikkatsu Action than Toei's Pinky Violence, no doubt partly due to screenwriter Atsushi Yamatoya. Further enhancing the Nikkatsu feel is rock band Carol that not only contributes the soundtrack but is also seen playing in the club sequences. Unfortunately the film's climax is exceptionally low key, realistic it might be. One can't help but to feel that the ending should've been a bit wilder, after all.
    Watching Bankaku Rock I felt that Yumiko Katayama was a so much better actress than Emiko Yamauchi...
    and I think it's sad that Yumiko never had a chance to play the leading role in a film back then... except maybe for "Inferno of Torture" by Teruo Ishii (1969) in which she had a sizeble role in the first half of the film
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    Quote Originally Posted by Takuma View Post
    I don't know Daiei's cinema very well and to be honest, I often find their movies to be too safe and conservative. There are exceptions of course, like Masumura's films. I discovered his film Yakuza Masterpiece (やくざ絶唱) (1970) last year and it's amazing.
    Thanks! The DVD for YAKUZA MASTERPIECE seems quite reasonably priced for a Japanese release. Maybe will get this with the next batch I am going to order.

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    Will try to make a similiar project with Shochiku though eventually.. rather soon I hope..)
    50ies golden age Shochiku is another strand of Japanese movies I really want to check out. The best thing about Japanese cinema is that they just produced such a load of movies that there always will remain hidden gems to be found. Have fun on your journey through Shochiku

    Quote Originally Posted by ropo1 View Post
    Rashomon (Kurosawa), Ugetsu (Mizoguchi), Yotsuya Kaidan (Misumi), Fires on the Plain (Ichikawa), The Tale of Zatoichi (Misumi), Kiru (Misumi), Yoso (Kinugasa), Manji (Masumura), Captive's Island (Shinoda), The Snow Woman (Tanaka) and ofcourse Blind Beast (Masumura)
    Thanks! I've seen all of the Kurosawa and Mizoguchi films. I also really like some of the late Kawashima Yuzo films I've seen like GRACEFUL BEAST and THE TEMPLE OF THE WILD GEESE, but besides that haven't watched all that much Daiei. I think I'll start out with Masumura and Ichikawa Kon, and I also have an eye on the Criterion Zatoichi boxset, which is just crazy cheap for the quantity of content it offers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maito Guy View Post
    50ies golden age Shochiku is another strand of Japanese movies I really want to check out. The best thing about Japanese cinema is that they just produced such a load of movies that there always will remain hidden gems to be found. Have fun on your journey through Shochiku
    Indeed! To me it seem to be, generalizing, such a competative field where directors inspired each other to do better. Remember reading some quote from Fukasaku mentioning something like how great Tai Kato was for example. And to me japanese 60s cinema is uncharacteristic compared to other countries that it pushed boundaries with less restraint and where more daring already here for example directors like Kato and Wakamatsu. I think ill focus on 60s-80s though BTW, I have a harder time to consume 50s - partly due to much less knowledge but also even though finding some great movies from the period it just does not that often make me put on the explorer hat. (Ill spend some good time first to survey the field, as in gather as many titles as possible, first though as that's my usual approach to everything cinema)

    Thanks! I've seen all of the Kurosawa and Mizoguchi films. I also really like some of the late Kawashima Yuzo films I've seen like GRACEFUL BEAST and THE TEMPLE OF THE WILD GEESE, but besides that haven't watched all that much Daiei. I think I'll start out with Masumura and Ichikawa Kon, and I also have an eye on the Criterion Zatoichi boxset, which is just crazy cheap for the quantity of content it offers.
    I've only seen A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era from Kawashima, but maybee should look up some more! Would love to get the full zatoichi set eventually aswell, the price is great but to expensive for me at this point in time especially with the pretty much guaranteed toll fees, got the first 4 movies in a DVD box now.

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    Caught a double bill from Malaysian directors. First up was Kah Wai Lim's THE NEW WORLD aka SHINSEKAI...this is the first flick in his proposed Osaka trilogy. I've seen FLY ME TO MINAMI as well and enjoyed that one more than this flick. His films seem to be getting more accessible with their narratives and less artsy but THE NEW WORLD (about a spoiled Beijing nouveau riche brat who thinks she's going to spend a glamorous X-mas holiday in Osaka but ends up with more than she bargained for) really plays like a Jim Jarmusch penned rom com. The weird characters & situations constantly popping up to challenge & confound the viewer's expectations but unfortunately, it just doesn't work. The characters were annoying and the feel good message at the end was so predictable.



    The second film was James Lee's supernatural absurd black comedy, MY BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE. A much better film even with its arthouse pretensions and languid pacing. it had a bit of an aura of another Malaysian director, Tsai Ming-liang with the same quirks.

    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

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    I caught Gordon Chan's latest big budget period war film, GOD OF WAR. I had some high hopes after the opening battle sequence reminiscent of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN with all the chaotic shaky cam footage but the rest of this was really mediocre. Sammo Hung has a nice staff fight with Vincent Zhao (for some odd reason, he is written out of the rest of the film) and it was good to see Yusuaki Kurata's impressive sword skills on display but despite the impressive set pieces and gritty battle action, I felt this was just a middling effort & nothing special.

    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

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    Caught a nice quadruple bill of Taiwanese kung fu mayhem. All sourced from superior German prints and even a Kuenfist custom dvd for DEVIL AND ANGEL.

    First up was TIGER LOVE aka KUNG FU ZOMBIE vs TIGERHALLE (1977):



    DEVIL AND ANGEL aka WU KUNG - HERR DER BLUTIGEN MESSER (1973)



    GOLD SNATCHERS aka CHEN SING - DER SUPERHAMMER (1973)



    THE SHAOLIN INVINCIBLES aka DAS TÖDLISCHE DUELL DES SHAOLIN



    My fave out of the bunch was THE SHAOLIN INVINCIBLES for the kung fu gorillas & the black and white kung fu killers with the 3 foot long tongues!
    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

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