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Japan Challenge (Official, September 2019)

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » September 8th, 2019, 3:43 am

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FTV:8:Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (1970) 10.

Kicking off with a bang,Arrow present a great transfer, with each note on the soundtrack roaring, and whist the picture has some moments when it is dark, (likely due to the makers using cheap film stock) Arrow keep the colours on the picture clean and vibrant.
Circling in on biker Ako driving into the camera, director Yasuharu Hasebe & cinematographer Muneo Ueda charge up with a blazing unique multi- genre criss-cross of a “Happening” hanging out 60’s/70’s flick, a rebellious teen group,a Musical (!), and all wrapped up in Film Noir double crossing. Facing all those different genres, Hasbe and Ueda astonishingly make them all fit together, thanks to splashing the streets in a Punk Rock atmosphere of blazing primary colours shimmering on the catchy songs performed at concerts and the animated tough chicks Ako and the Stray Cat gang.

Appearing to have sequences filmed guerilla -style as a motorbike drives down the stairs of a subway station,Hasbe takes the Power-Pop appearance of the Stray Cats and punches the gritty underworld with Pop-Art ultra-stylisation,landing killer hits in a first-person filmed boxing match, Comic-Book panels placed round the characters, riding into the fights to eye-catching freeze-frames on the attacks,pulled across via whip-fast tracking shots following the gang fights. For the first in the series, the screenplay by Hideichi Nagahara offers up a fantastic, velvety pulpy creation, springing from Ako’s head-on confrontation with a all-male gang in the opening, leaping to the Film Noir thrill of Ako and Stray Cat leader Mei encouraging a boxer called Kelly to not follow demands from underworld gang Seiyu Group to lose the match,but instead win it, leading to Seiyu being down for the count,with an eye for revenge. Entering as a outsider, Akiko Wada gives a wicked turn as Ako,whose clipped lines of dialogue Wada delivers with a self-confidence of Ako being the toughest in town, whilst sexy Meiko Kaji brings a a fighter instinct out of Mei, who turns out to be far from the only stray cat.

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Post by jeroeno » September 8th, 2019, 5:42 am

10. Fall Guy (Kinji Fukasaku, 1982)
11. Desperado Outpost (Kihachi Okamoto, 1959)
12. Fe (Kanji Nakajima, 1994)
13. Till We Meet Again (Tadashi Imai, 1950)

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Post by Onderhond » September 8th, 2019, 8:06 am

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03. 3.0* - Pastoral: To Die in the Country [Den-En ni Shisu] by Shûji Terayama (1974)
My first Terayama and I have a feeling I'm going to like this guy. A unique take on cinema that has served as a clear inspiration for some of my own favorites. It's pretty weird, not very linear and at times quite absurd, but it's also very atmospheric and intruiging. A bit rough around the edges, but definitely worth a try if you're in the mood for something different.

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01. 3.5* - Rise Up by Ryo Nakajima (2009)
02. 3.5* - Seto & Utsumi [Setoutsumi] by Tatsushi Ohmori (2016)

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Post by Onderhond » September 8th, 2019, 8:08 am

DareDaniel wrote:
September 7th, 2019, 6:16 pm
01. Cycling Chronicles: Landscapes the Boy Saw (2004) - 7/10
A fine pick, not many have seen this one. Still sad Wakamatsu had such an untimely end.

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Post by ororama » September 8th, 2019, 12:31 pm

1. Eight Hours of Terror (1957) * 77 min.

*First time viewing

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Post by flavo5000 » September 8th, 2019, 12:41 pm

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32. Kurutta kajitsu a.k.a. Crazed Fruit (Kô Nakahira, 1956)

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33. Family (Takashi Miike, 2001)

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34. Family 2 (Takashi Miike, 2001)

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35a. Saimin Jutsu Zero a.k.a. Sex Hypnotist Zero OVA E1-2 (Keishi Sakai, 2013)
25 min. Episodes

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35b. Paulette no Isu a.k.a. Paulette's Chair (Hiroyasu Ishida, 2014)
35c. Hand In Hand (Kobe University of Art and Design, 2012)

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36. Wakare-gumo a.k.a. Dispersed Clouds (Heinosuke Gosho, 1951)
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1. Anjô-ke no butôkai a.k.a. The Ball at the Anjo House (Kôzaburô Yoshimura, 1947)
2. Gurotesuku a.k.a. Grostesque (Kôji Shiraishi, 2009)
3. Baiohazâdo: Dijenerêshon a.k.a. Resident Evil: Degeneration (Makoto Kamiya, 2008)
4a. Ikebana (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1957)
4b. Ako (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1965)
5. Urutoraman sâga a.k.a. Ultraman Saga (Hideki Oka, 2012)
6. DNA² OVA E1-3 (Jun'ichi Sakata, 1995)
7. Death Note: L Change the World (Hideo Nakata, 2008)
8. Poketto monsutâ: Serebî - Toki wo koeta deai a.k.a. Pokémon 4Ever (Kunihiko Yuyama, 2001)
9. Ukigumo a.k.a. Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse, 1955)
10. Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke a.k.a. Samurai Spy (Masahiro Shinoda, 1965)
11. Keisatsukan a.k.a. Policeman (Tomu Uchida, 1933)
12. Kizzu ritân a.k.a. Kids Return (Takeshi Kitano, 1996)
13. SF Shinseiki Lensman (Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 1984)
14a. Itsudatte my Santa OVA E1-2 (Noriyoshi Nakamura, 2005)
14b. Akichi Asobi: Playground (Ryosuke Oshiro, 2013)
15. Sekai meisaku dôwa: Mori wa ikiteiru a.k.a. Twelve Months (Kimio Yabuki, 1980)
16. Gall Force: Destruction (Katsuhito Akiyama, 1987)
17. Bakku ga daisuki! a.k.a. I Love It From Behind (Koryu Ohara, 1981)
18. Space Battleship Yamato (Takashi Yamazaki, 2010)
19-21. Area 88 OVA E1-3 (Hisayuki Toriumi, 1985)
22. Evil Brain from Outer Space (Teruo Ishii/Koreyoshi Akasaka, 1965)
23. Yôkai daisensô a.k.a. The Great Yokai War (Takashi Miike, 2005)
24-25. FLCL Alternative E1-6 (Katsuyuki Motohiro/Kiyotaka Suzuki/Yutaka Uemura,2018)
26. Nagagutsu o haita neko: Hachijû nichikan sekai isshû a.k.a. Puss 'N Boots Travels Around the World (Hiroshi Shidara, 1976)
27. Gall Force: Stardust War (Katsuhito Akiyama, 1988)
28. Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû a.k.a. Space Amoeba (Ishirô Honda, 1970)
29. Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (Kenichi Shimizu, 2014)
30. Ju-on: Shiroi rôjo a.k.a. Ju-On: White Ghost (Ryûta Miyake, 2009)
31. Ju-on: Kuroi shôjo a.k.a. Ju-On: Black Ghost (Mari Asato, 2009)
32. Kurutta kajitsu a.k.a. Crazed Fruit (Kô Nakahira, 1956)
33. Family (Takashi Miike, 2001)
34. Family 2 (Takashi Miike, 2001)
35a. Saimin Jutsu Zero a.k.a. Sex Hypnotist Zero E1-2 (Keishi Sakai, 2013)
35b. Paulette no Isu a.k.a. Paulette's Chair (Hiroyasu Ishida, 2014)
35c. Hand In Hand (Kobe University of Art and Design, 2012)
36. Wakare-gumo a.k.a. Dispersed Clouds (Heinosuke Gosho, 1951)

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Post by vortexsurfer » September 8th, 2019, 3:21 pm

7. Karisuma/Charisma (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1999)
8. Ôinaru gen'ei/Barren Illusions (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1999)
9. Yurîka/Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000)
10. Kôrei/Seance (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2000)

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1. Zatôichi monogatari/The Tale of Zatoichi (Kenji Misumi, 1962)
2. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1997)
3. Hebi no michi/Serpent's Path (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1998)
4. Kumo no hitomi/Eyes of the Spider (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1998)
5. Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindô, 1968)
6. Ningen gôkaku/License to Live (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1998)
7. Karisuma/Charisma (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1999)
8. Ôinaru gen'ei/Barren Illusions (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1999)
9. Yurîka/Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000)
10. Kôrei/Seance (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2000)

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#128

Post by Traveller » September 8th, 2019, 4:56 pm

25. Goyokin (1969, Hideo Gosha) - 8/10
26. Zigeunerweisen (1980, Seijun Suzuki) - 5/10
27. This Transient Life (1970, Akio Jissoji) - 8/10
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Post by allisoncm » September 8th, 2019, 5:13 pm

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1. Madamu to nyôbô/The Neighbor’s Wife and Mine (1931) 6/10 Criterion Channel
2. Otôto/Her Brother/Younger Brother 6/10 Criterion Channel
3. Sapporo Orinpikku (1972) 6/10 Criterion Channel
4. Yûyake-gumo (1956) 7/10 Criterion Channel

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#130

Post by hurluberlu » September 8th, 2019, 7:47 pm

7. Floating Weeds / Ukikosa (Yasujirô Ozu, 1959) 8+
8. [125 mins] TV episodes
Neon Genesis Evangelion Ep1-5 / Shin Seiki Evangerion (Hideaki Anno, 1995-1996) 7

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1. Ikigami (Tomoyuki Takimoto, 2008) 6
2. Rainy Dog / Gokudô kuroshakai (Takashi Miike, 1997) 7
3. Youth of the Beast / Yajû no seishun (Seijun Suzuki, 1963) 7+
4. Ju-on: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, 2002) 5
5. Miss Zombie (Sabu, 2013) 4
6. Godzilla / Gojira (Ishirô Honda, 1954) 7
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Remember if you want to participate to the challenge (rules in the OP), you may share your progress (but not reveal your guesses for the OP stills until final posting). Whether you shared your progress or not, please shout when you have completed everything and post your guesses and watches accordingly.

The below is just my own progress.

Done:
- Watch one film from Takashi Miike: Rainy Dog (1)
- Watch three films from the Official and Non-Official lists mentioned in the OP: Godzilla (Kinema Junpo Top Japanese Films), Ju-on (Asian Cinema: A Field Guide), Miss Zombie (Onderhond's Top 205 from the Heisei era) (3)

Open:
- Watch one film with Machiko Kyô (1)
- Watch four films from four different decades (4)
- Watch a film with a character watching the horizon and post the still (1)
- Watch a film in theater (1)
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Post by 72allinncallme » September 8th, 2019, 8:50 pm

28. Kuruizaki sanda rodo / Crazy Thunder Road (1980)
29. Bakuretsu toshi / Burst City (1982)
30. Seishun zankoku monogatari / Naked Youth (1960)
31. Tsubaki Sanjûrô / Sanjuro (1962)
32. Shitoyakana kedamono / The Graceful Brute (1962)
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1. Jôen / The Affair (Yoshishige Yoshida, 1967)
2. Mata au hi made / Till We Meet Again (Tadashi Imai, 1950)
3. Chikamatsu monogatari / The Crucified Lovers (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
4. Miyamoto Musashi / Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (Hiroshi Inagaki, 1954)
5. Ukigumo / Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse 1955)
6. Akarui mirai / Bright Future (2002)
7. Kimi ga wakamono nara / If You Were Young: Rage (1970)
8. Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki / Violent Cop (1989)
9. Nippon konchûki / The Insect Woman (1963)
10. Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota / Street Mobster (1972)
11. Shiranui kengyô / Agent Shiranui (1960)
12. Aragami (2003)
13. Kiru / Kill! (1968)
14. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
15. Kurutta kajitsu / Crazed Fruit (1956)
16. Shin Heike monogatari / Taira Clan Saga (1955)
17. Kaii Utsunomiya tsuritenjô / Ghost of Hanging in Utusunomiya (1956)
18. Ohayô / Good Morning (1959)
19. 3-4 x jûgatsu / Boiling Point (1990)
20. Hentai kazoku: Aniki no yomesan / Abnormal Family (1984)
21. Mibu gishi den / When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
22. 2LDK (2003)
23. Ankokugai no bijo / Beauty of the Underworld (1958)
24. Hakuôki / Samurai Vendetta (1959)
25. Kiru / Destiny's Son (1962)
26. Kakushi-toride no san-akunin / The Hidden Fortress (1958)
27. Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki / When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
28. Kuruizaki sanda rodo / Crazy Thunder Road (1980)
29. Bakuretsu toshi / Burst City (1982)
30. Seishun zankoku monogatari / Naked Youth (1960)
31. Tsubaki Sanjûrô / Sanjuro (1962)
32. Shitoyakana kedamono / The Graceful Brute (1962)

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#132

Post by fori » September 9th, 2019, 1:15 am

3. Twilight of the Dark Master (Akiyuki Shinbo, 1997)
4. Denso Ningen (Jun Fukuda, 1960)
5. Taki no Shiraito (Kenji Mizoguchi & Takuaki Seiryo, 1933)
6. Writhing Tongue (Yoshitaro Nomura, 1980)
7. The Song of Home (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1925)
8. Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion (Akiyuki Shinbo & Yukihiro Miyamoto, 2013)
9. Whistle in My Heart (Mikio Naruse, 1959)
10. Ironfinger (Jun Fukuda, 1965)
11. Mother (Zenzo Matsumaya, 1988)
12. To Sleep So as to Dream (Kaizo Hayashi, 1986)
13. Circus Boys (Kaizo Hayashi, 1989)
14. Zipang (Kaizo Hayashi, 1990)

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Post by 3eyes » September 9th, 2019, 1:43 am

3. Kono sekai no katasumi ni / In this corner of the world (Jap 16, Sunao Katabuchi) - double
Anime about the lives of ordinary people in the vicinity of Hiroshima before, during and immediately after WW II. Gentle compared to Grave of the Fireflies, but gripping. Visually stunning.
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1. Minato no nihonmusume / Japanese girls at the harbor (Jap 33) - double
2. Seishun no yume ima izuko / Where are now the dreams of youth? (Jap 32, Ozu) - double
3. Kono sekai no katasumi ni / In this corner of the world (Jap 16, Sunao Katabuchi) - double
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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » September 9th, 2019, 2:40 am

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FTV:9:Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970) 8


Placing the criminal activities at the beginning and ending of the flick, co-writer/(with Hideichi Nagahara) director Toshiya Fujita enters the franchise with cinematographer Shohei Ando and surfs on a utterly delightful Beach Party adventure (backed by Yoshio Saito’s awesome psychedelic jazz fusion.) Walking on the beach with the gang in rough hand-held camera moves, Fujita rolls out a utterly groovy atmosphere, heightening the Pop-Art of SCR 1 in sliding the camera along deep sea diving, party on the beach, and the lads (but sadly not the ladies) mooning onlookers as they casually plan their heist in between partying. Getting into a laid-back mood, Fujita cuts the partying down to size with a pure Psychotronic shoot-out between the gang and cops, ending the hippy hangout on ultra-stylised freeze frames/zoom-ins on the thieves rocking their last moments of life.

Given less than three months by the studio to write a sequel, Fujita & returning Stray Cat writer Nagahara get into a nifty spin by wisely placing the focus on the hangout aspect, whilst picking up in clipped side-plots the learning from a heiress they kidnap that a religious organisation called Shinkyo Gakkai has a stash of cash coming in,leading to a wonderfully downer ending. Teaming up with regular collaborator Fujita again, cute Meiko Kaji hits giddy, joyful notes as gang member C-ko, while fittie Bunjaku Han brings a calculating toughness in planning the robbery as Asako,in the middle of this wild jumbo party.

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Post by jeroeno » September 9th, 2019, 6:13 am

14. The Yakuza Papers (Kinji Fukasaku, 1973)
15. The Shiranui Sea (Noriaki Tsuchimoto, 1950)
16. Space Adventure Cobra (Osamu Dezaki, 1982)

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Post by St. Gloede » September 9th, 2019, 6:27 am

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1. Akutarô-den: Warui hoshi no shita demo / Stories of Bastards: Born Under a Bad Star (1965, Seijun Suzuki) 5/10
2. Kagerô-za / Heat Shimmer Theater (1981, Seijun Suzuki) 7.5/10
3. Nihon rettô / The Japanese Archipeligo (1965, Kei Kumai) 3/10
4. Yumeji (1991, Seijun Suzuki) 7.5-8/10
5. Yotamono to komachimusume / The Lumberjack and the Lady (1935, Hiromasa Nomura) 7/10
6. Joyû to shijin / The Actress and the Poet (1935, Mikio Naruse) 5/10
7. Uwasa no musume / The Girl in the Rumour (1935, Mikio Naruse) 7/10
8. Gubijinsô / Poppies (1935, Kenji Mizoguchi) 6/10
9. Maria no Oyuki (1935, Kenji Mizoguchi) 6.5/10
10. Koi no hana saku Izu no odoriko / The Dancing Girl of Izu (1933, Heinosuke Gosho) 7/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 9th, 2019, 8:23 am

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1. Battle Royale (2000k Kinji Fukasaku)
2. Sansho the Bailiff (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)
3. Millennium Actress (2001, Satoshi Kon)
Question for you folks who know anime: This is my second Satoshi Kon film, Perfect Blue being the first, and I have enjoyed both. Both are a 7/10 for me, which is high for animation, and especially high for anime for me (Miyazaki, for comparison, is at 5.7/10 over 7 films). So... do I like Satoshi Kon? Are more of his films worth checking out? I genuinely dread working on the Paste Anime list just because I've never been a fan of the genre. But a couple films in on him now and I'm starting to rethink... :circle:

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- Watch four films from four different decades (2/4) [1950s: Sansho the Bailiff; 2000s: Millennium Actress]

Not started:
- Watch three films from the Official and Non-Official lists mentioned in the OP (0/3)
- Guess 4 films from the OP Poster. Stills are numeroted from 1 to 18 from left to right and top to Bottom. (4)
- Watch one film from Takashi Miike (1)
- Watch one film with Machiko Kyô (1)
- Watch a film in theater (1)

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Post by Onderhond » September 9th, 2019, 8:34 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 8:23 am
Question for you folks who know anime: This is my second Satoshi Kon film, Perfect Blue being the first, and I have enjoyed both. Both are a 7/10 for me, which is high for animation, and especially high for anime for me (Miyazaki, for comparison, is at 5.7/10 over 7 films). So... do I like Satoshi Kon? Are more of his films worth checking out? I genuinely dread working on the Paste Anime list just because I've never been a fan of the genre. But a couple films in on him now and I'm starting to rethink... :circle:
Sadly there's not much to "work on" with Kon. There's Paprika, which should be a pretty decent bet if you liked Actress & Blue. Then there's Tokyo Godfathers, which is a very different kind of film. Some people like it, personally I wasn't a fan.

And that's that really. If you like series then Paranoia Agent is pretty nice and if you want to dig a little deeper then Memories (1995) is definitely worth trying (Kon wrote the story for Magnetic Rose, directed by Koji Morimoto, a genius if you ask me). He died way too soon, he had one more film in production (Dreaming Machine) but that was never finished. At least they're making a doc about it now, but that's a poor substitute for the real thing.

Not sure what else you've seen from the anime Paste list, but if it's just the Ghibli stuff then there's definitely more to try out before making a final judgement I think. Otherwise Kon is probably just an exception to the rule, as it's hard to recommend other directors that come close to Kon's direction style.

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 9th, 2019, 9:04 am

Onderhond wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 8:34 am
maxwelldeux wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 8:23 am
Question for you folks who know anime: This is my second Satoshi Kon film, Perfect Blue being the first, and I have enjoyed both. Both are a 7/10 for me, which is high for animation, and especially high for anime for me (Miyazaki, for comparison, is at 5.7/10 over 7 films). So... do I like Satoshi Kon? Are more of his films worth checking out? I genuinely dread working on the Paste Anime list just because I've never been a fan of the genre. But a couple films in on him now and I'm starting to rethink... :circle:
Sadly there's not much to "work on" with Kon. There's Paprika, which should be a pretty decent bet if you liked Actress & Blue. Then there's Tokyo Godfathers, which is a very different kind of film. Some people like it, personally I wasn't a fan.

And that's that really. If you like series then Paranoia Agent is pretty nice and if you want to dig a little deeper then Memories (1995) is definitely worth trying (Kon wrote the story for Magnetic Rose, directed by Koji Morimoto, a genius if you ask me). He died way too soon, he had one more film in production (Dreaming Machine) but that was never finished. At least they're making a doc about it now, but that's a poor substitute for the real thing.

Not sure what else you've seen from the anime Paste list, but if it's just the Ghibli stuff then there's definitely more to try out before making a final judgement I think. Otherwise Kon is probably just an exception to the rule, as it's hard to recommend other directors that come close to Kon's direction style.
That is sad about Kon - two good films definitely earns you a third for me, and I've heard good things about Paprika around here, so that was on my radar before you mentioned it; but good to hear that a) it's by Kon, and b) it'll hold up.

I've seen the ones on 6+ official lists including the Paste list, but I'm certainly not deep on there (21/104). Two of those 21 are on my favorites list: Whisper of the Heart (1995; my favorite Miyazaki-ish) and Grave of the Fireflies (1988; which might be a perfect vie except that I never want to watch it again based on what it made me feel).

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Post by Onderhond » September 9th, 2019, 9:40 am

Well, that's mostly Ghibli it seems, though there's also some late 20th century scifi (Ghost in the Shell/Akira).

It's tough for me to make some good recommends since I'm a lifelong anime fan (though I dislike most mainstream anime), so I'm probably looking at it quite differently, but I would try out something like Jin-Ro, Memories and maybe Dead Leaves to take in some different vibes from the anime niche. And definitely watch Paprika, I'd be surprised if that'd be a disappointment after liking the other Kons.

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Post by sebby » September 9th, 2019, 10:32 am

01 Shara (2003)
02 Maborosi (1995)
03 Still Walking (2008)

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Post by blocho » September 9th, 2019, 2:30 pm

1. Battles without Honor and Humanity (Fukasaku, 1973)
This was not enjoyable to watch, which is kind of the point of the whole thing. This Yakuza movie is fast, brutal, and ugly. The violence is pointless and relentless. The characters are underdeveloped, and we're left with little sense of their inner life or motivations beyond the desire for power. The few who speak of honor or family are quickly shown to be disingenuous or fools. This is gangsterism robbed of any veneer of style or glamor.

2. Onibaba (Shindo, 1964)
Stylish psychodrama that becomes a thriller and then edges into horror. Very impressive. Added it to my 1964 list.

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Post by Ritesh » September 9th, 2019, 2:42 pm

17. The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 4: Police Tactics (1974)
18. The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 5: Final Episode (1974)
19. Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)
20. Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold? (1974)

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Post by cinephage » September 9th, 2019, 3:00 pm

03. Aragne: Sign of Vermillion, de Saku Sakamoto (2018) 7/10

Disturbing pictures, and very atmospheric. This movie will certainly appeal to some of the members of our forum, as I found reminiscences of Lain in it.
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01. Seisaku no tsuma, by Yasuzô Masumura (1965) 7,5/10
02. Rurôni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan, by Keishi Ohtomo (2012) 7,5/10

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Post by Traveller » September 9th, 2019, 4:11 pm

28. Naked Youth (1960, Nagisa Ôshima) - 7/10
29. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983, Nagisa Ôshima) - 8/10
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Post by flavo5000 » September 9th, 2019, 6:40 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 9:04 am
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September 9th, 2019, 8:34 am
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September 9th, 2019, 8:23 am
Question for you folks who know anime: This is my second Satoshi Kon film, Perfect Blue being the first, and I have enjoyed both. Both are a 7/10 for me, which is high for animation, and especially high for anime for me (Miyazaki, for comparison, is at 5.7/10 over 7 films). So... do I like Satoshi Kon? Are more of his films worth checking out? I genuinely dread working on the Paste Anime list just because I've never been a fan of the genre. But a couple films in on him now and I'm starting to rethink... :circle:
Sadly there's not much to "work on" with Kon. There's Paprika, which should be a pretty decent bet if you liked Actress & Blue. Then there's Tokyo Godfathers, which is a very different kind of film. Some people like it, personally I wasn't a fan.

And that's that really. If you like series then Paranoia Agent is pretty nice and if you want to dig a little deeper then Memories (1995) is definitely worth trying (Kon wrote the story for Magnetic Rose, directed by Koji Morimoto, a genius if you ask me). He died way too soon, he had one more film in production (Dreaming Machine) but that was never finished. At least they're making a doc about it now, but that's a poor substitute for the real thing.

Not sure what else you've seen from the anime Paste list, but if it's just the Ghibli stuff then there's definitely more to try out before making a final judgement I think. Otherwise Kon is probably just an exception to the rule, as it's hard to recommend other directors that come close to Kon's direction style.
That is sad about Kon - two good films definitely earns you a third for me, and I've heard good things about Paprika around here, so that was on my radar before you mentioned it; but good to hear that a) it's by Kon, and b) it'll hold up.

I've seen the ones on 6+ official lists including the Paste list, but I'm certainly not deep on there (21/104). Two of those 21 are on my favorites list: Whisper of the Heart (1995; my favorite Miyazaki-ish) and Grave of the Fireflies (1988; which might be a perfect vie except that I never want to watch it again based on what it made me feel).
I personally liked Paprika more than Millenium Actress, although Perfect Blue is still my favorite Kon film. I liked Tokyo Godfathers as well but it is radically different than his others. It's a kind of remake of the John Ford movie Three Godfathers and has a strong sentimental streak to it his other movies don't really have.

I suggest looking at anime on the fringes. Here are some off the top of my head that stick out as more atypical, interesting ones: Angel's Egg, Night on the Galactic Railroad, Cat's Soup, Mind Game, the TV series Monster (it's 75 episodes but is an extremely well made psychological thriller with excellent character development), Serial Experiments Lain (another very low-key series with a more experimental tone) and Tatami Galaxy (a very dense 12 episode series with a radically different art style and some mind-bending plot developments). Although if you want to dip your toe into the Masaaki Yuasa (director of Tatami Galaxy) without a 12-episode commitment, his movie Night is Short, Walk On Girl is a good intro to the style while being more self-contained.

Anyway, the way I look at anime is the way I look at any other film medium. Anime isn't in and of itself a genre. Just like how you have big dumb action movies in the US, you can have big dumb action movies/tv series as anime. Anime is as varied in tone as any other film medium. And just like anything else, you have to dig below the popular mainstream stuff to seek out the more interesting things.

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Post by 72allinncallme » September 9th, 2019, 8:53 pm

33. Dare mo shiranai / Nobody Knows (2004)
34. Tôkyô nagaremono / Tokyo Drifter (1966)
35. Koroshi no rakuin / Branded to Kill (1967)
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1. Jôen / The Affair (Yoshishige Yoshida, 1967)
2. Mata au hi made / Till We Meet Again (Tadashi Imai, 1950)
3. Chikamatsu monogatari / The Crucified Lovers (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
4. Miyamoto Musashi / Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (Hiroshi Inagaki, 1954)
5. Ukigumo / Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse 1955)
6. Akarui mirai / Bright Future (2002)
7. Kimi ga wakamono nara / If You Were Young: Rage (1970)
8. Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki / Violent Cop (1989)
9. Nippon konchûki / The Insect Woman (1963)
10. Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota / Street Mobster (1972)
11. Shiranui kengyô / Agent Shiranui (1960)
12. Aragami (2003)
13. Kiru / Kill! (1968)
14. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
15. Kurutta kajitsu / Crazed Fruit (1956)
16. Shin Heike monogatari / Taira Clan Saga (1955)
17. Kaii Utsunomiya tsuritenjô / Ghost of Hanging in Utusunomiya (1956)
18. Ohayô / Good Morning (1959)
19. 3-4 x jûgatsu / Boiling Point (1990)
20. Hentai kazoku: Aniki no yomesan / Abnormal Family (1984)
21. Mibu gishi den / When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
22. 2LDK (2003)
23. Ankokugai no bijo / Beauty of the Underworld (1958)
24. Hakuôki / Samurai Vendetta (1959)
25. Kiru / Destiny's Son (1962)
26. Kakushi-toride no san-akunin / The Hidden Fortress (1958)
27. Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki / When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
28. Kuruizaki sanda rodo / Crazy Thunder Road (1980)
29. Bakuretsu toshi / Burst City (1982)
30. Seishun zankoku monogatari / Naked Youth (1960)
31. Tsubaki Sanjûrô / Sanjuro (1962)
32. Shitoyakana kedamono / The Graceful Brute (1962)
33. Dare mo shiranai / Nobody Knows (2004)
34. Tôkyô nagaremono / Tokyo Drifter (1966)
35. Koroshi no rakuin / Branded to Kill (1967)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 9th, 2019, 10:34 pm

3. Burai yori daikanbu [Outlaw: Gangster VIP] (1968): 7.5
4. Daikanbu - burai [Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2] (1968): 7.2
5. Burai hijō [Outlaw: Heartless] (1968): 7.0
6. Burai hitokiri Goro [Outlaw: Gorô the Assassin] (1968): 7.2
7. Burai kurodosu [Outlaw: Black Dagger] (1968): 7.0
8. Burai barase! [Outlaw: Kill!] (1969): 7.0
Outlaw is a solid albeit repetitive yakuza series based on the writings of real life ex-yakuza Goro Fujita. The series is credited as being one of the first with a more realistic and sympathetic portrayal of its protagonist. This goes especially for the first entry, which is the most nuanced in its characterizations, which is one of the main reasons why it's the best in the series. In the later parts the sympathetic portrayal of Goro morphs more in an uncritical portrait, with Goro basically being the virtuous (ex-)yakuza drifter fighting the real bad guys. Although the later entries stick to the proven formulaic plots and tropes of its predecessors the execution is constantly solid enough to make them very watchable. In true studio factory fashion (all 6 entries were made between 1968 and 1969 :o ) the serie re-uses a lot of the same actors in different entry, most notable Chieko Matsubara playing a different love interest in each one (except the second in which she plays the same part as the first). Goro himself is played by Tetsuya Watari, who has enough charisma to carry the series. The highlights of the series are the well shot action sequences often shot from a bird eyes view. These knife fights are realistic choreographed as messy and chaotic (though not as messy and realistic as in the later The Yakuza Papers series), while the stable angle(s) keep all the action clear to follow. It also has a very catchy tune.
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1. Riaru onigokko [Tag] (2015): 7.2
2. Seishun zankoku monogatari [Cruel Story of Youth/Naked Youth] (1960): 8.0

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » September 10th, 2019, 3:12 am

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FTV:10:Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)10.

Greeting the audience wearing her iconic hat,alluring Meiko Kaji gives an incredibly expressive performance as Mako, whose tough as nails leadership in taking on the racist men of The Eagles street gang,is threaded by Kaji with a thoughtful femininity of supporting each member of her gang facing any challenge,plus not only using actions, but words in standing up against the racists for Mari dating Ichiro. Targeting the Stray Cats and Ichiro every time they are in his sights, Tatsuya Fuji gives a delicious, snarling performance as merciless The Eagles leader Baron.

Filmed at the same time as the (also reviewed) second SCR, (they did not wait around!) returning co-writer/(with Ai Kennedy and Atsushi Yamatoya)director Toshiya Fujita & cinematographer Muneo Ueda strikingly make the atmosphere of both flicks completely different. Taking inspiration from the US Drive-In/Grindhouse scene, Hasebe alters the Pop-Art stylisation of the franchise with a rougher edge, slashing the aspect ratio in a experimental manner between wide-screen for the Stray Cats, and 4:3 to close in on the seedy happenings of The Eagles, and taking the flower power off-beat mood of the past SCR into lightning fast gun-shot edits and Coca-Cola bottle Molotov cocktails.

Successfully dancing to a more serious tone, the screenplay by Hasebe/ Kennedy and Yamatoya deliver their message against racism with a chirpy sincerity, holding firm even against The Eagles attempted sexual assault of the Stray Cats, and the brutal treatment they hand out to Ichiro in their attempt to keep the Japanese race “pure.”. Along with the heavier themes, the writers joyfully don’t miss a beat in keeping time spent hanging out with the partying Stray Cats a joy to mingle with,whilst they take down The Eagles.

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Post by allisoncm » September 10th, 2019, 4:30 am

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1. Madamu to nyôbô/The Neighbor’s Wife and Mine (1931) 6/10 Criterion Channel
2. Otôto/Her Brother/Younger Brother 6/10 Criterion Channel
3. Sapporo Orinpikku (1972) 6/10 Criterion Channel
4. Yûyake-gumo/夕やけ雲/Farewell to Dream (1956) 7/10 Criterion Channel
5. Nihon no yoru to kiri/Night and Fog in Japan (1960) 6/10
6. Chinmoku / Silence 4/10
7. Fuefukigawa/ The River Fuefuki (1960) 6/10 Criterion Channel
8. Ansatsu/The Assassination/TheAssasin (1964) 6/10 Criterion Channel
9. I Flunked But…/Rakudai wa shitakeredo (1930) 5.5/10 Criterion Channel

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Post by ororama » September 10th, 2019, 10:31 am

2. What Did the Lady Forget? (1937) * 71 min.

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1. Eight Hours of Terror (1957) * 77 min.

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Post by Onderhond » September 10th, 2019, 11:49 am

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04. 3.5* - She and Her Cat: Everything Flows [Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows] by Makoto Shinkai (2016)
Sweet but sad. A follow-up of Shinkai's very first project, revisiting and expanding on the story of a girl and her cat. While this short is quite light on plot, the drama is touching and cat owners are sure to recognize a thing or two. Not quite as stunning as Shinkai's feature films, but a very sweet and adorable short that is very much on point.

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01. 3.5* - Rise Up by Ryo Nakajima (2009)
02. 3.5* - Seto & Utsumi [Setoutsumi] by Tatsushi Ohmori (2016)
03. 3.0* - Pastoral: To Die in the Country [Den-En ni Shisu] by Shûji Terayama (1974)

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Post by flavo5000 » September 10th, 2019, 2:35 pm

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37. Dokuro (Sentaro Shirai, 1927)

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38. X (Rintaro, 1996)

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39. Ringu 2 (Hideo Nakata, 1999)

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40. Jûsan-nin no shikaku a.k.a. 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike, 2010)

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41. Shikioriori a.k.a. Flavors of Youth (Haoling Li/Yoshitaka Takeuch, 2018)
Japan/China Co-production

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42. Rupan Sansei: Ai no da capo - Fujiko's Unlucky Days a.k.a. Lupin III: The Columbus Files (Shinichi Watanabe, 1999)

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43. I''s E1-2 (Shigenori Kageyama, 2002)
two 30-minute episodes

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44. Casshern (Kazuaki Kiriya, 2004)
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1. Anjô-ke no butôkai a.k.a. The Ball at the Anjo House (Kôzaburô Yoshimura, 1947)
2. Gurotesuku a.k.a. Grostesque (Kôji Shiraishi, 2009)
3. Baiohazâdo: Dijenerêshon a.k.a. Resident Evil: Degeneration (Makoto Kamiya, 2008)
4a. Ikebana (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1957)
4b. Ako (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1965)
5. Urutoraman sâga a.k.a. Ultraman Saga (Hideki Oka, 2012)
6. DNA² OVA E1-3 (Jun'ichi Sakata, 1995)
7. Death Note: L Change the World (Hideo Nakata, 2008)
8. Poketto monsutâ: Serebî - Toki wo koeta deai a.k.a. Pokémon 4Ever (Kunihiko Yuyama, 2001)
9. Ukigumo a.k.a. Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse, 1955)
10. Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke a.k.a. Samurai Spy (Masahiro Shinoda, 1965)
11. Keisatsukan a.k.a. Policeman (Tomu Uchida, 1933)
12. Kizzu ritân a.k.a. Kids Return (Takeshi Kitano, 1996)
13. SF Shinseiki Lensman (Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 1984)
14a. Itsudatte my Santa OVA E1-2 (Noriyoshi Nakamura, 2005)
14b. Akichi Asobi: Playground (Ryosuke Oshiro, 2013)
15. Sekai meisaku dôwa: Mori wa ikiteiru a.k.a. Twelve Months (Kimio Yabuki, 1980)
16. Gall Force: Destruction (Katsuhito Akiyama, 1987)
17. Bakku ga daisuki! a.k.a. I Love It From Behind (Koryu Ohara, 1981)
18. Space Battleship Yamato (Takashi Yamazaki, 2010)
19-21. Area 88 OVA E1-3 (Hisayuki Toriumi, 1985)
22. Evil Brain from Outer Space (Teruo Ishii/Koreyoshi Akasaka, 1965)
23. Yôkai daisensô a.k.a. The Great Yokai War (Takashi Miike, 2005)
24-25. FLCL Alternative E1-6 (Katsuyuki Motohiro/Kiyotaka Suzuki/Yutaka Uemura,2018)
26. Nagagutsu o haita neko: Hachijû nichikan sekai isshû a.k.a. Puss 'N Boots Travels Around the World (Hiroshi Shidara, 1976)
27. Gall Force: Stardust War (Katsuhito Akiyama, 1988)
28. Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû a.k.a. Space Amoeba (Ishirô Honda, 1970)
29. Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (Kenichi Shimizu, 2014)
30. Ju-on: Shiroi rôjo a.k.a. Ju-On: White Ghost (Ryûta Miyake, 2009)
31. Ju-on: Kuroi shôjo a.k.a. Ju-On: Black Ghost (Mari Asato, 2009)
32. Kurutta kajitsu a.k.a. Crazed Fruit (Kô Nakahira, 1956)
33. Family (Takashi Miike, 2001)
34. Family 2 (Takashi Miike, 2001)
35a. Saimin Jutsu Zero a.k.a. Sex Hypnotist Zero E1-2 (Keishi Sakai, 2013)
35b. Paulette no Isu a.k.a. Paulette's Chair (Hiroyasu Ishida, 2014)
35c. Hand In Hand (Kobe University of Art and Design, 2012)
36. Wakare-gumo a.k.a. Dispersed Clouds (Heinosuke Gosho, 1951)
37. Dokuro (Sentaro Shirai, 1927)
38. X (Rintaro, 1999)
39. Ringu 2 (Hideo Nakata, 1999)
40. Jûsan-nin no shikaku a.k.a. 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike, 2010)
41. Shikioriori a.k.a. Flavors of Youth (Haoling Li/Yoshitaka Takeuch, 2018)
42. Rupan Sansei: Ai no da capo - Fujiko's Unlucky Days a.k.a. Lupin III: The Columbus Files (Shinichi Watanabe, 1999)
43. I''s E1-2 (Shigenori Kageyama, 2002)
44. Casshern (Kazuaki Kiriya, 2004)

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Post by Traveller » September 10th, 2019, 4:05 pm

30. Nishi Ginza Station (1958, Shôhei Imamura) - 4/10
31. Pigs and Battleships (1961, Shôhei Imamura) - 6/10
32. Crazed Fruit (1956, Kô Nakahira) - 7/10
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Post by weirdboy » September 10th, 2019, 8:52 pm

日本作映画世界へようこそ~Show
1. Zoku Zatoichi monogatari 続座頭市物語 AKA Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962) - Mori Kazuo
2. Shin Zatoichi monogatari 新・座頭市物語 AKA New Tale of Zatoichi
3. Zatoichi kyojo-tabi 座頭市兇状旅 AKA Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963) - Tanaka Tokuzo
4. Zatôichi kenka-tabi 座頭市喧嘩旅 AKA Zatoichi on the Road (1963) - Yasuda Kimiyoshi
5. Zatôichi senryô-kubi 座頭市千両首 AKA Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964) - Kazuo Ikehiro
6. Zatôichi abare tako 座頭市あばれ凧 AKA Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964) - Kazuo Ikehiro
7. Tokyo nagaremono 東京流れ者 AKA Tokyo Drifter (1966) - Seijun Suzuki
8. Koroshi no rakuin 殺しの烙印 AKA Branded to Kill (1967) - Seijun Suzuki [re-watch]
9. Zatôichi kesshô-tabi 座頭市血笑旅 AKA Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (1964) - Kenji Mimumi

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » September 11th, 2019, 2:19 am

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FTV:11: Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970) 9

Up to now the best Print in the set, Arrow present a shiny clean picture,and a smooth soundtrack.

For a flick involving the selling of LSD, returning director Yasuharu Hasebe & cinematographer Yoshihiro Yamazaki fittingly make this the trippiest entry in the series, via increased experimentation with editor Mutsuo Tanji of hip screen wipes, ultra-stylised spilt-screens catching multiple perspectives, and jump-cut dissolves on the Stray Cat Rock gang tripping out. Dipping into the psychedelic, Hasebe splashes the screen with lush primary colours,which dazzle in the thrill-ride motorbike chase final set-piece,along with heightening the far-out atmosphere.

Playing a different character but returning in her iconic hat, (the producers making sure to get every Yen out of that costume budget!)Meiko Kaji (who also sings the lovely theme song) gives an enticing turn as gang leader Maya, who in this entry is given a brittle edge by Kaji in putting a firm stamp on her fellow gang members of who the boss is. The lone SCR that he wrote, the screenplay by Ryuzo Nakanishi takes a fabulous turn into a more unusual path for the series via giving the SCR gang an anti-hero bite via their slicing into the drug trade, whilst also being the most overtly political,in the gang helping the drug dealers who are after safe passage due to being deserters of the Vietnam War,who now have to fight off the machine animal.

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Post by jeroeno » September 11th, 2019, 4:49 am

17. Break Through! (Kazuyuki Izutsu, 2004)
18. Hula Girls (Sang-il Lee, 2006)
19. The Graceful Brute (Yûzô Kawashima, 1962)

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Post by fori » September 11th, 2019, 5:34 am

15. The Most Terrible Time in My Life (Kaizo Hayashi, 1994)
16. Stairway to the Distant Past (Kaizo Hayashi, 1995)
17. Trap (Kaizo Hayashi, 1996)
18. Cat’s Eye (Kaizo Hayashi, 1997)
19. The Code (Kaizo Hayashi, 2008)
20. Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Macoto Tezuka, 1985) <- holy cow this one surprised me with how good it is, second best so far
21. Ghost Hero (Macoto Tezuka, 1990)
22. Tattoo Ari (Banmei Takahashi, 1982)
23. A New Love in Tokyo (Banmei Takahashi, 1994)
24. Hibi (Banmei Takahashi, 2005)
25. Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables (Isao Takahata, 2010) should this be classified as a rewatch? I did see the show 7 years ago or so.
26. Eros Eterna (Koji Wakamatsu, 1977) fuck... :(
27. Bohachi Bushido: The Villain (Takashi Harada, 1974)

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Post by Onderhond » September 11th, 2019, 7:25 am

fori wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 5:34 am
25. Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables (Isao Takahata, 2010) should this be classified as a rewatch? I did see the show 7 years ago or so.
So what is it you watched? Is it just the TV show or is their some film-version of it? I've seen this being credited to Takahata before, but never really figured out what exactly it is supposed to be :)

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Post by fori » September 11th, 2019, 12:44 pm

Onderhond wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 7:25 am
fori wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 5:34 am
25. Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables (Isao Takahata, 2010) should this be classified as a rewatch? I did see the show 7 years ago or so.
So what is it you watched? Is it just the TV show or is their some film-version of it? I've seen this being credited to Takahata before, but never really figured out what exactly it is supposed to be :)
It’s a compilation film similar to the Gundam 0079 features etc. Looked like no new animation was done.

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