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Thread: What Asian Films Have You Been Watching Recently?

  1. #591
    Quote Originally Posted by 47lab View Post
    Hey since you're such a fan of this awesome movie from Sammo. A blu ray came out about a week ago. I'm sure the colors are much better in this release.

    Love MOON WARRIORS. Picking this up.

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    You realize this is the one with the killer whale, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjeon View Post
    You realize this is the one with the killer whale, right?
    That’s an interesting nickname for Sammo Hung.

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    Mothra x 2

    Mothra (モスラ) (Japan, 1961) [35mm] - 3/5
    Entertaining kaiju with a bit of exotic island adventure touch. Editing could be tighter for the 100 min running time, but mostly compensated for by lavish colour cinematography and better than usual cast: Frankie Chan makes a sympathetic lead, Peanuts are Peanuts and Osman Yusuf gets another gaijin henchman role. Only Akira Ikufube's score is sorely missed.

    Mothra vs. Godzilla (モスラ対ゴジラ) (Japan, 1964) [35mm] - 2.5/5
    A bit duller and less colorful picture than Mothra, with less exotics and rather bland characters. The environmental message remains timely, sadly, and the battles between Mothra and Godzilla are quite intense.


    Director’s Company x 3

    Wolf (狼) (Japan, 1982) [DVD] - 2.5/5
    "Running is sex!" A wolf guy runs around Tokyo raping women and punching Renji Ishibashi until he finds a wolf girl (the lovely Megumi Saki from Red Violation and Rape Ceremony) to eat bloody steaks and have sex with. A Banmei Takahashi pink film with a strong Sogo Ishii punk vibe, especially in the punk rock score. Original, but ultimately there isn't that much content other than running, raping and disco partying with an animalistic aroma. Originally released in pink triple bill with Saraba aibo and The Harem Valentine Day, the first productions by Director's Company.



    So Long My Partner (さらば相棒) (Japan, 1982) [DVD] - 2/5
    "Rock is sex". Part 2 in the Director's Company pink triple bill, about a wanna-be rocker and his two friends. Rock, sex and friendship struggles. Ryo Ishibashi stars, Rikiya Yasuoka is a yakuza, and Yuya Fuckin' Uchida (that's how he's credited) a junkie in a 20 second cameo. Also contains tons of other rockers from ARB, ANARCHY and others, playing roles like Rape Guy A, B, C and D, and Drunker A, B and C. And it was written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, produced by Banmei Takahashi and directed by actor Ryudo Uzaki. And yet the film is rather dull, executed without the kind of energy that would grab you by the balls. It's watchable with some cultural-historical interest stemming from the cast and crew and the era, but the drama doesn’t work and you won't be left with much... except Yuya Fuckin' Uchida.

    Harlem Valentine Day (ハーレムバレンタインデイ) (Japan, 1982) [DVD] - 3.5/5
    “Blood is sex”. Death Power director Shigeru Izumiya's cosmic cyber punk pink film set in post Sino-Soviet war future (the film opens with low budget battle footage). A crazed, back-from-the-war soldier wanders in the night searching for his lost girlfriend, who has become a prostitute in some kind of Sogo Ishii / Yoshihiro Nishimura / Shinya Tsukamoto style Blade Runner world. He ends up killing most people he encounters. Like Death Powder, I am not sure if this is a good film, but it is odd, visually stunning and fascinating (especially the soundtrack). Guaranteed to leave even the jaded cult film aficionado wondering "what the hell did I just saw", I can't even imagine how the unsuspecting pink film audiences responded when this opened as the final part of the Director's Company triple bill.




    Others x 3

    Women Who Do Not Divorce (離婚しない女) (Japan, 1986) [DVD] - 1.5/5
    80s human relationship anguish with middle aged people crying and acting stupid. A Tatsumi Kumashiro drama about ordinary, dull people being ordinary and dull. A product of the 80s, an era when Japanese films attempted to capture life at its most unexceptional. Snowy Hokkaido settings add a bit to the film, thankfully.

    The Most Suitable Profession for Women (女がいちばん似合う職業) (Japan, 1990) [DVD] - 3/5
    Interesting, off-kilter neo noir with mentally off-the-rails detective Kaori Momoi entering relationship with murder suspect. It's neither lust nor a grand plan; she just ain't got all the Moomins in the valley and figures in her lonely misery that that might get the investigation moving. Charmingly odd film with director Naosuke Kurosawa's trademark city existentialism, more than a bit of Takashi Ishii influence (they collaborated on the Dream Crimes failure five years prior) and a great Momoi performance. And all the songs on the soundtrack are in French and… Arabian? Persian? I’m not sure. It still falls short of greatness by lacking consistency and a dynamic overall touch - the storyline especially is something of an excuse for mood and character segments - but the film's got several good scenes and it's pleasingly an unorthodox.



    the trailer is one of the best I've seen recently:
    https://vimeo.com/341579769

    Pink Salon Hospital: No Pants Nurses (ピンサロ病院 ノーパン白衣) (Japan, 1997) [35mm] - 1/5
    I guess having seen a movie called No Pants Nurses in 35mm is something. Too bad this Shintoho pink is 50 minutes of sex scenes bordering on hard-core, and a minimal, Deep Throat rip off plot. It was directed by Sachi Hamano (real name Sachiko, she dropped the feminine ko to hide her gender), one of the few female pink directors. It doesn't really show; I and a friend tried to come up with anything in the film that would distinguish it from the male helmed pinks till he finally said “the women are active in taking their own pants off”. Hmm, maybe. Released in the US by Pink Eiga as “Whore Hospital”.

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    Went to check out Won Tae-lee's crime thriller, THE GANGSTER, THE COP, THE DEVIL starring Ma Dong-seok. He's the main reason that I wanted to check this flick out. He's one of my fave actors and "must see" for me but unfortunately, this movie was mediocre and while it did showcase Ma Dong-seok's enormous screen persona & swagger, the rest of the flick was paint by the numbers. The cocky cop played by Kim Moo-yul came across as too try hard annoying and the 'fender bender' serial killer was just laughable & came off as a caricature. I was expecting a genre mashup that Koreans do so well but this flick played it straight and took its self too seriously. There is a decent set up but the latter half just never lived up to my expectations & the finale which turned into a melodramatic court room drama was another letdown. It did feature the usual bevy of action film tropes (the ubiquitous car chase through crowded streets smashing up street vendor stalls, gangland fights with baseball bats and steel pipes & plenty of onscreen violence especially of the bladed variety) but nothing to elevate this film above being just another also ran in the saturated Korean revenge/action thriller genre. Interestingly, Sylvester Stallone's production company has acquired the rights for the English remake and they have retained Ma Dong-seok to reprise his same role. Excellent casting decision since he speaks fluent English & has the heavy physicality & look Western audiences can relate to So I'll probably end up checking out the remake too and I don't think it'll take much to tweak the screenplay to make it more enjoyable than the Korean original.

    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

  6. #596
    shit, I couldn't find the thread where we discussed ADC shutting down and I didn't to start a new thread about it, so I'll just post it here. AvistaZ is now open for registrations. Definitely not as resource friendly as ADC and much more mainstream in their selection but you can find some nice HD remasters.
    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

  7. #597
    I caught Choi Sung-hoon's 2018 Korean dramedy, KEYS TO THE HEART. It's a fairly predictable melodrama with comedic elements and a tearjerker ending but the acting is uniformly excellent especially Lee Byung-hun. Shame that most Western audiences only know him as Storm Shadow or Terminator Genisys or the vigilante in I Saw the Devil because he can definitely act his ass off in all types of roles. Also shout out to Park Jung-min for playing Byung-hun's autistic savant brother as he was also superb. I remember him from BLEAK NIGHT and TINKER TICKER and he caught my eye as a promising young actor back in the day. Recommended!

    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

  8. #598
    Went over the weekend to check out Wong Jing's CHASING THE DRAGON 2: WILD WILD BUNCH & it's a completely separate story from the first one with Donnie Yen as Cripple Ho. This one starts off circa right before the handover of HK back to China and stars Louis Koo & Tony Leung Kai-fai with supporting roles by Simon Yam & Gordon Lam. It is also based on a real life criminal by the name of Cheung Tze-keung aka "Big Spender" who became notorious for kidnapping rich casino & real estate tycoons in the 90s. I don't really know anything about the 'real' Big Spender but if he was anything like Tony Leung's portrayal, then he was a real charismatic SOB and little wonder he had a loyal group of soldiers doing his bidding. Tony Leung really channeled his inner Tony Montana for this one. Louis Koo played the bomb squad expert going deep cover with his usual cool and nothing to criticize in terms of his role here but Leung Kar-fai just one upped everyone. As far as overall, this flick is nothing really special but it had its genuine moments of tension (couple scenes reminded me of Yau's SHOCKWAVE) & it's paced nicely with no real lulls or fillers & the action set pieces were decent too.

    Last edited by 47lab; 06-18-2019 at 04:54 PM.
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