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Thread: What Asian Films Have You Been Watching Recently?

  1. #401
    Had a few movies on my "to watch queue" that I finally got around to catching earlier today. First up was Kinji Fukasaku's DRIFTING DETECTIVE: TRAGEDY IN RED VALLEY. I was thinking it was going to be neat to see a real young Sonny Chiba in a 'drifter' type series with a heavy Western influence but damn, he was goofy as hell here. On top of that, he wasn't even funny in the supposed comedic scenes & Chiba's hammy acting was strictly amateur hour. This is only recommended for Chiba completists and those interested in seeing one of Fukasaku's early works. I believe he made another flick right after in this DRIFTING DETECTIVE series & can only hope that one is more entertaining than this one.



    Next up was Joseph Kuo's THE SEISURE SOUL SWORD OF A BLIND GIRL. Okay, lead actress Cheung Ching-ching is no BLIND OICHI in the CRIMSON BAT series but she puts in a decent effort here. Similar storyline about a blind girl trained by a master and sets on her path for vengeance. I like the fact, this flick doesn't get too much into her backstory, instead it goes straight to the point of what the viewers want to see and that is this blind lady fucking up the baddies with her 'magic' sword. I cracked up at the rather primitive optical effects that show the 'power' of her sword onscreen but can't really expect much from these low budget Taiwanese martial arts flicks. It was still entertaining despite my copy sourced from Jamal having embedded Korean subtitles over the English ones which was annoying.



    The best for last and that was Miike's BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL. I'll have more to say about this flick on its own thread but suffice to say, it was goofy fun. I really enjoyed this one on a purely visceral level. One of the better Miike flicks in recent memory and I prefer this over his adaptations of 13 ASSASSINS and HARI-KIRI.

    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

  2. #402
    @Jared from Mondo Macabro.

    I tried to PM you back but get this message.

    Jared A. has exceeded their stored private messages quota and cannot accept further messages until they clear some space.
    Btw, when are you going to acquire more Korean horror titles or Asian titles in general?
    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

  3. #403
    Oh shit! Will fix that immediately.

    I am trying! About to make a concerted effort to get a Taiwanese exploitation film from the early 80s. Wish me luck!

    Also have a bead on some more vintage Korean films! So hopefully sometime in the next two years we'll be able to do more of those.

  4. #404
    Quote Originally Posted by Jared A. View Post
    Oh shit! Will fix that immediately.

    I am trying! About to make a concerted effort to get a Taiwanese exploitation film from the early 80s. Wish me luck!

    Also have a bead on some more vintage Korean films! So hopefully sometime in the next two years we'll be able to do more of those.
    okay, the PM should go through now. So check your inbox if you don't get a notification.

    Early 80s Taiwanese exploitation? Hope it's one of the 'rape and revenge' black films like GIRL WITH A GUN.
    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

  5. #405
    Caught the Korean political crime thriller, V.I.P. directed by Park Hoon-jung. I had high expectations going into this one due to 1) having been scripted & helmed by the guy who wrote the screenplays for I SAW THE DEVIL & THE UNJUST and directed NEW WORLD (all 3 are very good to excellent flicks), 2) starring some big name actors such as Jang Dong-gun, Kim Myung-min and rising young actor, Lee Jong-suk & 3) being a fan in general of Korean crime thrillers as they have a knack for the genre...well, I guess my expectations were too high as this was a terribly disjointed movie with a ridiculous politically motivated plot line. Not too mention it was boring for most of its runtime. The bookend opening and closing scenes were okay but this flick needed some serious editing (another in a long line of Korea films that are over 2 hours) & Lee Jong-suk, with his delicate flower boy looks appeared to be the perfect candidate for the role of the effete North Korean serial killer but halfway in, I realized he was miscast. He lacked any depth to his character and his attempts to emote any type of sinister aura was a joke. Also, that Swedish actor from FARGO (Steve Buscemi's partner in crime) is in this as a CIA operative and he was terrible! The director could've gotten some fat balding sexpat from Itaewon to play that role more convincingly. I believe this is also Jang Dong-gun's first movie since that godawful NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD and he plays a similar type of character. What happened to this guy? He had a string of great roles in the late 90s to early 2000s & was poised to be Korea's breakout star in the West. I blame that movie he did with Kate Bosworth as starting his downfall.

    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

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