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Thread: What Asian Films Have You Been Watching Recently?

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    As mentioned previously in my Japanese custom subs thread, there are some films that are being ripped from the Toei Junk Films Channel through Amazon Prime Japan. This channel ispecifically features cult, rarely-seen action, gangster and erotica B movies and straight-to-video flicks. Thank goodness, there is a subbing group that is willing to sub some of these gems for the Western audience. One that I recently watched was Shin Takakuwa's 1972 sex comedy, SEX UP AND DOWN. It's just a series of adult themed skits tied together by a plot involving Shingo Yamishiro as a con artist playing a doctor specializing in sex education and treatment with his comedic sidekick played by Tôru Yuri as an ex-sex toy salesman. He receives various 'patients' (frigid newlyweds, virgins, various fetishes, etc) seeking his services and even gives sex ed conferences to businessmen. The ensuing hijinks are a mixed bag. Some of the skits & gags are laugh out loud funny while others are just droll to outright lame given most of the humor is of the juvenile sophomoric variety. Overall, it was quite entertaining. There is plenty of topless ladies and simulated sex with vibrators, french ticklers, etc on display too.

    While writing this review, I noticed @Takuma has seen this as well and I mostly concur with his review, although I might've enjoyed it a wee bit more than he did. But he mentions one of my favorite scenes when Miki Sugimoto busts into the office of Shingo Yamashiro and along with two other sukeban girls & does the whole yakuza introduction routine only to meet with a nonplussed Yamashiro and the gals finally have to give up their tough gal act and beg for jobs as secretaries or assistants.

    Sex Up And Down (Kigeki sex kobo-sen) (喜劇セックス攻防戦) (Japan, 1972) [VoD] - 2.5/5
    Amusing Shingo Yamashiro sex comedy about a love doctor treating miscellaneous patients. Miki Sugimoto plays one of the three sukeban girls who barge into his clinic and demand to be hired (her role is small though). The supporting cast also includes Tooru Turi, Yukie Kagawa, Yoko Mihara, Yayoi Watanabe and Ryuhei Uchida as "pervert ninja". Unlike Master of the Turkish Bath, this film is absolutely packed with boobs - and gags dumb enough to get some laughs. Norifumi Suzuki's sex comedies like the two onsen geisha films make a good comparison as this resembles them. There's not much plot or exceptional qualities, but director Shin Takakuwa does acceptable job keeping things watchable and not overly goofy. He also directed one of the best Sonny Chiba films, the cop thriller A Narcotics Agent's Ballad (1972).
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  2. #692
    Still waiting on custom subs for Shin Takakuwa's A NARCOTIC'S AGENT BALLAD (it just needs another $25 to get funded!), so I went ahead and checked out the sequel, NARCOTICS/PROSTITUTION G-MEN: TERRIFYING FLESH HELL aka THE HORRIBLE OBSESSIONS (that's the working title of the print that I watched) & I have to say it was rather tame considering the sleazy title and poster. Chiba is back again as undercover agent, Kikuchi and is dispatched to Okinawa to uncover a heroin and prostitution racket by the local yakuza. He links up with local cop played by Tsunehiko Watase to take down the baddies and uncover an American behind it all. Speaking of which, this movie is no holds barred in how much contempt it has for Americans (not surprising since it's situated in Okinawa with the huge US military presence there) as the sister of Watase's girl who ends up brutally sexually assaulted by her American fiancee (played by the ubiquitous character actor, Osman Yusuf) unleashes a torrent of anti-American slurs at Yusuf & attempts to knife him. The rest of the film is pretty nondescript and unfortunately despite the big shootout at the end, there just isn't enough violence or action to elevate this flick beyond mediocre status. For Chiba completists only. The print that I saw was a nice if soft looking web rip with accurate and legible subs. Shoutout to Kemushi's sub team again.





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    Quote Originally Posted by 47lab View Post
    Still waiting on custom subs for Shin Takakuwa's A NARCOTIC'S AGENT BALLAD (it just needs another $25 to get funded!), so I went ahead and checked out the sequel, NARCOTICS/PROSTITUTION G-MEN: TERRIFYING FLESH HELL
    I think the custom subbers fell in the poster trap. In addition to being a 10 times better film, A Narcotic's Agent's Ballad is also the sleazier of the two

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takuma View Post
    I think the custom subbers fell in the poster trap. In addition to being a 10 times better film, A Narcotic's Agent's Ballad is also the sleazier of the two
    I really want to see the first movie, it's got a couple weeks to go to get fully funded and I'm pretty optimistic that it will. In the meantime, I'm going to check out Toshiya Fujita's DID THE RED BIRD ESCAPE? starring Yoshio Harada.
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    Recently watched Kim Dong-won's CITY OF DAMNATION which is a Korean gangster comedy version of INFERNAL AFFAIRS. It started out very light hearted with a lot physical gags and goofy comedy but man, I wasn't ready for the dark turn the movie took in the final twenty minutes or so. I shouldn't have been surprised as Koreans do the cinematic multi-mood experience better than anyone but I have to admit to being caught off guard. Actually, the grim finale elevated this flick in my view and made it a bit better than the average gangster comedy so prevalent during the comedy boom of the early 2000s. The ending even had a showdown between the two "moles" just like the original but fortunately, the script, acting and direction keeps it from just being cheap copy of the now familiar deep cover movies. I can imagine a comedic retelling of a classic film like INFERNAL AFFAIRS isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea but it's recommended for fans of the gangster comedy genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 47lab View Post
    I really want to see the first movie, it's got a couple weeks to go to get fully funded and I'm pretty optimistic that it will. In the meantime, I'm going to check out Toshiya Fujita's DID THE RED BIRD ESCAPE? starring Yoshio Harada.
    Time's running out. Why not throw $25 towards the cause? You don't have to be a member to contribute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason C View Post
    Time's running out. Why not throw $25 towards the cause? You don't have to be a member to contribute.
    I already did. I'm one of the 4 or 5 that's already pledged. Still short $25 with 3 weeks left.
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    I went to check out Kim Young-hoon's debut feature, the mystery crime thriller BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS starring Jung Woo-sung & Jeon Do-yeon. It's early but this is my forerunner for movie of the year. It's based on a novel by Japanese writer Sone Keisuke & I'm hoping that book gets an English translation down the road based on the movie. In addition to the novel, I can sense a lot of Coen Brothers influence as well but the tone and feel also has some Kim Jee woon vibes too. The story centers on a Louis Vuitton bag full of stolen loot stored away in a locker in a public bathhouse and as the plot begins to reveal itself like layers of a onion with multiple characters and timelines, the movie never fails to entertain along the way with plenty of suspense, treachery, comedy and violence to keep the viewer engaged. The acting is strong with particular standout performances going to Jeon Do-yeon as an amoral grifter and Shin Hyun-bin as a young wife trapped in an abusive marriage. Jeong Do-yeon doesn't show up until past the half way point but boy, does she steal the show. Her performance in Lee Chang-dong's SECRET SUNSHINE is one of my favorite female perfs in any film and she brings a lot of the same verve to this role. Highly recommended!

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    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 trade under Al Capone in Chicago. The film follows his first venture to Japan with gangster brothers Frank (Shingo Yamashiro) and Joe (Fumio Watanabe). They all speak heavily American accented Japanese with bits of English here and there, sometimes complete gibberish, something that caused my brain to melt at least a dozen times. And if that isn’t enough, the film has them watching a Tomisaburo Wakayama flick in cinema (“who’s that guy, some C-grade actor!”) and being chased by gangster and the FBI, including the granddaughter of Eliot Ness (played by a blonde actress who is actually pretty good!). The whole thing is a good amount of fun, the performances especially (Wakayama, Yamashiro, Watanabe in a rare heroic role), making this one of routine director Takashi Harada’s best pictures.



    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 the film is just that much less fun. It's also a little bogged down by an out-of-place environmental message. In return one does get Willie Dorsey (best known for losing his balls in The Street Fighter) in a rather big role as Capone's right hand man. There's a legion of other gaijin as well, Osman Yusuf among them of course. The rating could be a notch higher on a good day.



    Bad Girl Mako (不良少女 魔子) (Japan, 1971) [DVD] - 3/5
    Koretsugu Kurahara's first and last Nikkatsu New Action - the studio went Roman Porno three months later. Though a hip gangster film, this also has the kind of low key character realism that young Nikkatsu audiences identified with. The morals are ambiguous, the characters unconfident and the gang story relatively down to earth compared to Toei's more outlandish pictures. Junko Natsu is the delinquent girl who doesn't know on whose side to be: yakuza big brother Tatsuya Fuji or small time gang leader Jiro Okazaki. Entertaining, but not particularly memorable. The scrip was penned by Yasuharu Hasebe under his screenwriter pseudonym Tahashi Fujii.

    Tekken (鉄拳) (Japan, 1990) [VoD] – 2/5
    Old grump Bunta Sugawara takes young hothead Takeshi Yamato under his wings and tries to make a boxing champ out of him. Fate intervenes and cripples the young hope, THEN some kind of super-right pure-Japan group of karate hooligans beat him half dead because he's a cripple. This is an odd, drawn-out meditation on ultra-masculinity, ultimately more admiring than critical of its heroes and their huge balls. They get their share of almost homo-erotic love from director Junji Sakamoto via endless slow-motion images and scenes trying to accomplish “something” by constantly running 30 seconds longer than they need. And then, just when you're bored out of your head, Bunta builds a training course and boxing ring in the middle of a fucking forest (!) for his protégé who has now been enhanced with an iron fist (literally), resulting in a freaking amazing, 5 minute cyber-punkish training sequence. And then some more big balls at the end when it’s payback time! Bunta goes full-on killer boxing, too! Not a good film, but has its moments.



    Slum-Polis (Japan, 2014) [VoD] - 1.5/5
    Ambitious but unconvincing early feature Ken Ninomiya (The Limit of Sleeping Beauty), set in 2041 when parts of Japan have become outlaw areas ruled by gangs and killers. Ninomiya's energized editing rhythms and eye for striking visual compositions are partially evident, but the young (evidently student) cast lacks any credibility in tough guy roles, and the ending is the epitome of an emotional J-film climax gone embarrassing. The characters may be crying their hearts out, but the audience doesn't buy any of it. Ninomiya soon after established himself as one of the few new Japanese filmmakers worth keeping an eye on.
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