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#41

Post by St. Gloede » December 21st, 2012, 5:00 pm

Thanks for the list, seen very few. Surprised you didn't have any Miikes on it though. Ichi the Killer is a masterpiece. Other amazing films from him this century:

4.6 Billion Year Love / Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)
Yakuza Horror Theater: Gozu (2003)
Bijitâ Q / Visitor Q (2001) - Warning, incredibly controversial and explicit
Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000)

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Post by themagician » December 22nd, 2012, 9:40 pm

Already posted this in the other thread: http://themagician.host56.com/japan50s/index.html

But here's all of my 1990s Japanese films, ranked: http://themagician.host56.com/japan90s/index.html

This list includes anime too (at the top, ranked).

This list has some interesting films: Fe, Yume no ginga, Sangatsu no raion, Love & Pop, Swallowtail Butterfly, Picnic, Undo, Tetsuo II...

I need to see more from 90s though.

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Post by themagician » December 23rd, 2012, 12:42 pm

Here's a couple of filmographies I completed last month.

Akira Kurosawa ranked: http://themagician.host56.com/kurosawaranked/
Akira Kurosawa unranked: http://themagician.host56.com/kurosawa/

Shohei Imamura ranked: http://themagician.host56.com/imamuraranked/
Shohei Imamura unranked: http://themagician.host56.com/imamura/

Actually I'm missing 1 feature film from Imamura, but it doesn't have Eng subs, same for the missing documentaries. Also I don't like that ranking for Imamura as the trilogy Pigs & Battleships, The Insect Woman and Intentions of Murder were probably some of my first Japanese films I saw and back then I just didn't care about them so I should rewatch them.

History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970) is amazing though, highly recommended.

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Post by mjf314 » December 23rd, 2012, 12:53 pm

themagician on Dec 21 2012, 09:37:40 AM wrote:edit: Would appreciate some good 21st century Japanese film recommendations.
I think you've already seen most of my favorites, but I'll recommend Summer Time Machine Blues.

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Post by themagician » December 24th, 2012, 11:13 pm

The past three days I've been taking screen caps from a lot of films. I felt the need to share the ones from Koji Wakamatsu's Violent Virgin, which is IMO his best: http://minus.com/mTPuKHCy2uF69. Also testing minus.com for uploading, seems pretty good. For some reason they're in reverse order. I might do other films later.
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Post by themagician » December 26th, 2012, 9:42 pm

Japan 1960s Ranked

Ranking these films was really awkward, like really awkward, because of the many various styles. But I tried to put them in some ranked order. I'd recommend all of them, so don't be put off if a film is at the bottom that looks interesting. I haven't rated anything below 6/10. The reason Immortal Love is last is because of the awful Mexican (?) soundtrack that plays non-stop from beginning to end, WTF is up with that anyway? The film is supposed to be emotionally involving but all you can really do is stare at it bewildered. Would've been closer to the top with a better soundtrack, or even without one as it didn't really even need one.

There's still a few screenshots I want to replace, but I just don't care enough right now.

>> Personal ranking <<

By title
By year

edit: added a word
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Post by St. Gloede » December 26th, 2012, 9:46 pm

I love Immortal Love, but I'll admit I found the soundtrack slightly odd. I might rank mine soon too, I think this is the first decade of Japanese cinema I've seen a portion of really bad films from.

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Post by St. Gloede » December 27th, 2012, 3:09 am

Thanks for all these lists, btw! Gotten many from CG during the freeleech. Can we expect a 70s list as well?

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Post by themagician » December 28th, 2012, 3:10 pm

Japan 1970s Ranked

http://themagician.host56.com/japan70s/index.html

Some great films from this decade. Haven't seen that many though.

edit: Throw Away Your Books, Rally In The Streets has a great soundtrack:

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Post by bal3x » December 28th, 2012, 3:31 pm

This is pretty cool, what is this music? Do you have the soundtrack listing?

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Post by themagician » December 28th, 2012, 3:48 pm

bal3x on Dec 28 2012, 08:31:19 AM wrote:This is pretty cool, what is this music? Do you have the soundtrack listing?
You can get the full OST from KG (id 24756). I think it's all original songs for the film. Performed by Tenjo Sajiki, "a Japanese independent theater troupe led by Shūji Terayama".

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Post by bal3x » December 28th, 2012, 3:50 pm

themagician on Dec 28 2012, 08:48:05 AM wrote:
bal3x on Dec 28 2012, 08:31:19 AM wrote:This is pretty cool, what is this music? Do you have the soundtrack listing?
You can get the full OST from KG (id 24756). I think it's all original songs for the film. Performed by Tenjo Sajiki, "a Japanese independent theater troupe led by Shūji Terayama".
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Post by St. Gloede » December 28th, 2012, 5:37 pm

Another really interesting list, TheMagician! Thanks.

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Post by insomnia » December 28th, 2012, 5:49 pm

Cool stuff.
How do you go about finding and choosing these films? A lot of those don't seem like very widely acclaimed films you'll find on ICM lists and the imdb links don't contain too much info either. Do you scour books, blogs, filmographies?

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Post by themagician » December 28th, 2012, 6:22 pm

insomnia on Dec 28 2012, 10:49:05 AM wrote:Cool stuff.
How do you go about finding and choosing these films? A lot of those don't seem like very widely acclaimed films you'll find on ICM lists and the imdb links don't contain too much info either. Do you scour books, blogs, filmographies?
A lot of the obscure stuff is New Wave / Art Theatre Guild productions. Lots of gems to discover there. IMO that's where some of the best Japanese films came from. Lists like Kenji's Japanese Canon are also great for discovering films and directors. And then ADC has great search features where you can search by years, directors etc. I use that a lot. They also have a lot of fans of these obscure films so it's easy to find them.

http://www.midnighteye.com/ is also worth bookmarking.

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Post by themagician » December 29th, 2012, 8:49 pm

ScreenPicker 1.0b1 http://www.mediafire.com/?cpy8d5oa194m5yo

Make sure to remove the old default.avs and config.ini files.

- Fixed a major bug where memory consumption might go very high and crash the program (this is actually kind of a bug in Avisynth)
- Max memory limit for Avisynth was hard-coded in code to 128MB, but is now in the default script
- Progress dialog is forced open when generating screenshots. It still freezes sometimes, not sure why.
- Some widgets weren't reset properly when opening new file
- Show currently opened file in program title
- When saving generated screenshots to disk, the default when asking to resize screenshots is No
- Ask confirmation when closing program
- Framestep and number of screenshots to generate is now saved in config
- Changed default Avisynth script file

...And some other stuff you won't notice.

I've used this to generate screenshots for over 90 films so far and it's working great. Although not this latest version now which I just compiled, so it might be unstable, but I tested it quickly and it seemed to work.

A couple of things I should've mentioned before:

1) Final screenshots are generated using the latest script that you reloaded in script editor. So if you go through a movie and at the end you notice you have to crop it, but the thumbnails under Saved tab are not cropped, you don't have to re-grab them. Just reload the script and then Save.

2) When you load a normal file it needs to create an index file for it so that you get frame accurate seeking, which means it has to read through the whole file first. If you're loading a large file from a slow HDD, it may take a long time.

3) The more filtering you do, the slower it is to generate screenshots. My recommendation is to do as little as possible, e.g. for XviD, nothing, for x264, resize if needed, for DVDs, if PAL, deinterlace + resize (if not progressive), if NTSC, just IVTC + resize, then do the cropping after. There's no plugins included for doing deinterlacing though, because the DLLs are quite large for the rare few cases.


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Post by Pain » January 23rd, 2013, 12:46 am

themagician on Dec 21 2012, 09:37:40 AM wrote:Similar to the South Korean films, here's all the 21st century Japanese films I've seen, "ranked": http://themagician.host56.com/21stjapan/index.html

Nothing special.
Could we have that on iCM? It'd be awesome.
themagician on Dec 21 2012, 09:37:40 AM wrote: edit: Would appreciate some good 21st century Japanese film recommendations.
I didn't watch a lot, but I loved Yôji Yamada's samurai trilogy a lot.

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Post by themagician » January 23rd, 2013, 12:57 am

Pain on Jan 22 2013, 05:46:43 PM wrote:
themagician on Dec 21 2012, 09:37:40 AM wrote:Similar to the South Korean films, here's all the 21st century Japanese films I've seen, "ranked": http://themagician.host56.com/21stjapan/index.html

Nothing special.
Could we have that on iCM? It'd be awesome.
I don't think it's a very good list that's worth adding. Probably 50% is meh. Only a few interesting titles and some good ones at the top.

If you want a good 21st century Japanese list there's several already on iCM:

http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/kenji ... non/zeppo/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/eigah ... ry/mjf314/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/midni ... 09/mjf314/

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Post by Pain » January 23rd, 2013, 1:05 am

themagician on Jan 22 2013, 05:57:28 PM wrote:If you want a good 21st century Japanese list there's several already on iCM:

http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/kenji ... non/zeppo/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/eigah ... ry/mjf314/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/midni ... 09/mjf314/
Thanks for the tip. I'd love to watch some contemporary Japanese films but very few are on my radar. I'll try tackling these lists when the mood is right.

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Post by mjf314 » January 23rd, 2013, 1:10 am

Here's another 2000s Japanese list: http://mubi.com/lists/japanese-cinema-of-the-2000s

The person who made this list also made lists for some other decades: http://mubi.com/users/94613/lists

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Post by insomnia » January 23rd, 2013, 1:16 am

Pain on Jan 22 2013, 06:05:27 PM wrote:Thanks for the tip. I'd love to watch some contemporary Japanese films but very few are on my radar. I'll try tackling these lists when the mood is right.
You need to watch this one pain:
www.icheckmovies.com/movies/eureka/
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Post by Pain » January 23rd, 2013, 1:22 am

insomnia on Jan 22 2013, 06:16:27 PM wrote:
Pain on Jan 22 2013, 06:05:27 PM wrote:Thanks for the tip. I'd love to watch some contemporary Japanese films but very few are on my radar. I'll try tackling these lists when the mood is right.
You need to watch this one pain:
www.icheckmovies.com/movies/eureka/
I don't expect the four hours are going to be a problem since it's recommended by you and it's the second film on themagician's list. I might give it a try this week.

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Post by themagician » January 29th, 2013, 3:21 am

Here's all the Shuji Terayama I've seen, ranked: http://themagician.host56.com/shujiterayama/index.html

The first five are feature films, then all the available shorts. Some of the short films are absolutely brilliant, others not so much. A lot of them are just pure experimental cinema magic. I didn't like the last four films that much.

You can find all of these on the DVD Experimental Image World of Shuji Terayama.

And the obligatory warning: Many of the short films contain a lot of nudity and sexuality is not hidden. This cinema is dirty. Be obscene and not heard, or something like that.

Der Prozess is my favorite. The Woman With Two Heads is a beautiful and very poetic film. I recommend watching that one right now:




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Post by Pain » January 29th, 2013, 1:05 pm

insomnia on Jan 22 2013, 06:16:27 PM wrote:You need to watch this one pain:
www.icheckmovies.com/movies/eureka/
Okay, I just wanted to tell you that I watched but didn't know where to post (sorry Magician). Fascinating film, has a lot of things going on in it (nihilism, psychopathy, few comic scenes) all shot in a wonderful minimalistic way, resembling Ozu's style at times (actors speaking directly to the camera).

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