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VincentPrice wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 1:22 am 1. Guinea Pig: Devil's Experiment-1985: 2/10

Dumb and I don't expect much more from the other Guinea Pig films either.
The question is, are you interested enough to bother with another of them? Because the first one really is depressingly bad and repulsive. It did nothing much for me.
The cooler Guinea Pig, and as you know the most notorious one, is Part 2. The plot is not much different with its faux snuff approach of a tortured female victim, but it's more bloody, graphic and just works better all around. So if you're going to waste another 40 minutes on torture porn, it should always be GP2, not the first entry of the saga.
The rest of the series varies in style and quality, the "comedic" ones are among the worst films I've ever seen .. but that's just me.
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1. Yurîka a.k.a. Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243889/
Well, when you start a challenge with a 3.5 hour sepia-toned film that's as slow as molasses, it can only get better, right? Seriously though, I've been putting off this mammoth Aoyama film for a long time and decided to finally bite the bullet and jump in. While it has its moments, it is no exaggeration to say this should have been at least 1.5 hours shorter. The material just isn't there to sustain interest this long for me personally.

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2. Ai to makoto a.k.a. For Love's Sake (Takashi Miike, 2012) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1980033/
Miike's star-crossed meet cute bruiser musical, like Yurika, is too long for its own good, but Miike still throws in enough pizazz and exuberance to partially make up for it. The musical numbers aren't amazing and the plot is a fairly standard delinquent/star student romance, but it still kinda works despite all this.

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3. Ninjô kami fûsen a.k.a. Humanity and Paper Balloons (Sadao Yamanaka, 1937) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029314/
Deeply tragic and depressing but shot beautifully with a strong emotional core. Very good.
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1. Yurîka a.k.a. Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000)
2. Ai to makoto a.k.a. For Love's Sake (Takashi Miike, 2012)
3. Ninjô kami fûsen a.k.a. Humanity and Paper Balloons (Sadao Yamanaka, 1937)
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flavo5000 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 3:16 am 1. Yurîka a.k.a. Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000)
Well, when you start a challenge with a 3.5 hour sepia-toned film that's as slow as molasses, it can only get better, right?
:lol:
Will this be your main challenge this month, or are you planning to do triple-digit leads for Thriller & Western, too? I'm looking forward to your Japanese picks if they're only 20% as wildly mixed and random as for the (great!) Animation challenge .. :sweat: So much stuff to find.
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1. Hero (2001) episodes 1-2 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0288960/
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Decided to watch this one after TraverseTown recommended it in the coming-of-age results thread. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I can see what Traverse likes about it (usually we see very eye-to-eye on films).
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2. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
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5. August in the Water (1995) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113834/

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This has some striking shots of various swimming pools and deep blue water, but it is only in the second half of the film (post-accident) that I thought that the plot really got going. Even then, I wish the film made more out of the ambiguity over whether she is schizophrenic (as the doctors believe), enlightened (as she believes) or confused as a result of disturbing dreams. Whatever the case, her perception of the world, water and stones is all quite interesting.
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1. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader, 1985) 7+ :imdb:

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Big Man Japan
1. One Cut of the Dead (2017)
2. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
3. Tetsuo - The Bullet Man (2009)
4. A Colt is My Passport (1967)
5. August in the Water (1995)
6. The Forest of Love (2019) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10589914/

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For the entire first half, it is hard to nut out where Sono is heading; virginity, mourning and parental abuse all pop up in subplots that feel random. The second half of the film really works though; all subplots gradually converge as the suspected killer (asked to act in their film) starts to not only direct the movie, but also the real lives of his cast and crew - with the help of electricity. Not quite as full-on as Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell? but still cool stuff.
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sol wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 9:31 am
Big Man Japan
1. One Cut of the Dead (2017)
2. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
3. Tetsuo - The Bullet Man (2009)
4. A Colt is My Passport (1967)
5. August in the Water (1995)
6. The Forest of Love (2019) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10589914/

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For the entire first half, it is hard to nut out where Sono is heading; virginity, mourning and parental abuse all pop up in subplots that feel random. The second half of the film really works though; all subplots gradually converge as the suspected killer (asked to act in their film) starts to not only direct the movie, but also the real lives of his cast and crew - with the help of electricity. Not quite as full-on as Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell? but still cool stuff.
Did you watch the normal version or the Deep Cut? It's also on my list to watch this challenge (with some other Sonos), but don't know which version I should go for.
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Lonewolf2003 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 9:40 am Did you watch the normal version or the Deep Cut? It's also on my list to watch this challenge (with some other Sonos), but don't know which version I should go for.
Ohh. I did see the 'Deep Cut' advertised on Netflix, but I thought that it was a separate spin-off since it was listed as a miniseries. :facepalm: I watched the 2.5 hour version. I'd recommend it, or at least based on that cut, especially if you enjoyed Why Don't You Play in Hell?. I added the film to my 500<400 ballot.
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sol wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 6:35 am 5. August in the Water (1995) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113834/
Fun fact: the director is considered the godfather of Japanese cyberpunk (with many of his films predating Tetsuo). You wouldn't really say it from this one, later on he even took on an alter ego to split from his cyberpunk image, but Ishii made some awesome punk stuff. Not quite up to the level of Tetsuo, but if you're looking for something similar Electric Dragon 80.000V might be a good start :)
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3. Lady Snowblood (1973) 7.1/10
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0158714/

A lot of style to appreciate in this one, but it's a revenge movie that sadly wasn't satisfying at all for me, which is usually the failure for a revenge story..
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Onderhond wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 9:58 am
sol wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 6:35 am 5. August in the Water (1995) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113834/
Fun fact: the director is considered the godfather of Japanese cyberpunk (with many of his films predating Tetsuo). You wouldn't really say it from this one, later on he even took on an alter ego to split from his cyberpunk image, but Ishii made some awesome punk stuff. Not quite up to the level of Tetsuo, but if you're looking for something similar Electric Dragon 80.000V might be a good start :)
I have a couple more Ishii films lined up in my watch-list for the month. Not that one, but if I like the other two enough, I'll seek it out. :thumbsup:
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Big Man Japan
1. One Cut of the Dead (2017)
2. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
3. Tetsuo - The Bullet Man (2009)
4. A Colt is My Passport (1967)
5. August in the Water (1995)
6. The Forest of Love (2019)
7. One Missed Call (2003) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0366292/

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The premise is intriguing here, especially as they try to avert their own deaths, only to be supernaturally pulled when they refuse to budge. Alas, the gradually delivered explanation is pretty mundane, all to do with vengeful spirits, and it is easy to see why the film has garnered unfavorable comparisons to Ringu. Miike does mount some real originality towards the middle of the film though with a media sensationalism angle, though this soon goes away.
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sol wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 12:06 pm
Onderhond wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 9:58 am
sol wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 6:35 am 5. August in the Water (1995) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113834/
Fun fact: the director is considered the godfather of Japanese cyberpunk (with many of his films predating Tetsuo). You wouldn't really say it from this one, later on he even took on an alter ego to split from his cyberpunk image, but Ishii made some awesome punk stuff. Not quite up to the level of Tetsuo, but if you're looking for something similar Electric Dragon 80.000V might be a good start :)
I have a couple more Ishii films lined up in my watch-list for the month. Not that one, but if I like the other two enough, I'll seek it out. :thumbsup:
Burst City is probably his most influential punk movie. Ishii is one that seems to have multiple different styles of films he's made over his long career. I plan to dig into more of his stuff too.
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Torgo wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 3:44 am
flavo5000 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 3:16 am 1. Yurîka a.k.a. Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000)
Well, when you start a challenge with a 3.5 hour sepia-toned film that's as slow as molasses, it can only get better, right?
:lol:
Will this be your main challenge this month, or are you planning to do triple-digit leads for Thriller & Western, too? I'm looking forward to your Japanese picks if they're only 20% as wildly mixed and random as for the (great!) Animation challenge .. :sweat: So much stuff to find.
Well, I was gonna try to juggle between the three. I'm guessing the western challenge will end up taking a backseat to the other two though.
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flavo5000 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 12:15 pm
sol wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 12:06 pm
Onderhond wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 9:58 am
Fun fact: the director is considered the godfather of Japanese cyberpunk (with many of his films predating Tetsuo). You wouldn't really say it from this one, later on he even took on an alter ego to split from his cyberpunk image, but Ishii made some awesome punk stuff. Not quite up to the level of Tetsuo, but if you're looking for something similar Electric Dragon 80.000V might be a good start :)
I have a couple more Ishii films lined up in my watch-list for the month. Not that one, but if I like the other two enough, I'll seek it out. :thumbsup:
Burst City is probably his most influential punk movie. Ishii is one that seems to have multiple different styles of films he's made over his long career. I plan to dig into more of his stuff too.
Good hint by Onder and flavo too. Burst City is a small cult milestone, although the undergroundish look may appear a bit aged today (except one might especially look for that early 80s aesthetics). E-Dragon 80kV is much more modern, features the 2000s-J-superstar Tadanobu Asano and most importantly runs only 55 minutes with credits, so it's the perfect challenge movie, really. :lol: One of the typical 2000s "WTF? Japan" films that is a big omission on our ICM lists (not even 500<400 (anymore)) ..
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For what it's worth, the two that I have potentially lined up are Crazy Thunder Road and Labyrinth of Dreams - both on account of being in Official Lists that I'm working on.
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sol wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 1:40 pm For what it's worth, the two that I have potentially lined up are Crazy Thunder Road and Labyrinth of Dreams - both on account of being in Official Lists that I'm working on.
Those two are probably good examples of Ishii's early punk aesthetic and his later slower more experimental films.
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sol wrote: May 1st, 2021, 9:32 am
Melvelet wrote: May 1st, 2021, 9:28 am Please remember to include an IMdb link if it's not too much of a hassle ;)
It makes the updating/stats collection much easier (and more accurate)
Oh, I'm so sorry, Mel. I'm not used to this requirement so I missed it when I skimmed the OP. Will edit + update my posts shortly...
No problem, I already guessed that quite a few people wouldn't see/remember the rule about including the IMDb link but it does make updating much easier for me so kudos to everyone who includes them :thumbsup:
I also won't disqualify anyone but especially for the people who plan to watch a lot, including the link is greatly appreciated
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06. Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (2000) - 3/10
07. Helter Skelter (2012) - 8/10
08. Illusion of Blood (1965) - 6/10
09. Immortal Love (1961) - 8/10
10. Melancholic (2018) - 7/10

Two great movies today, can't ask for more really.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2147319/
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1. Sukiyaki Western Django (Takashi Miike 2007) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0906665/reference

A stranger walks into town... I guess this is the perfect film to start off the challenge this time, since it fits two of them, and since there's plenty of correlation between both American and Italian westerns, and Japanese genre films. Another in a long tradition of cross-cultural fertilization that probably began before John Sturges remade Kurosawa in the early 60s, followed by Leone also taking on the Japanese master a few years later... and so on, and so on. I'm not sure there's any single film that this is referencing in particular, though the Django song played at the end is an obvious homage, and the stranger at one point says he's not Yojimbo - though his function in the film obviously is, pitting the Reds and the Whites who view for control of the town and some mysterious missing gold. There's not much of interest here plot-wise and I think the appeal will mostly be for those wanting yet another twist on postmodern riffs of the spaghetti era, Miike's fanbase, and those who, like me, are tired of the desaturated and dull colors so prevalent in films of most countries and genres over the past couple of decades who are bound to to be delighted by the super-saturated dense color palette on display here, especially in the framing sequences featuring Quentin Tarantino

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I really do feel like Miike made a mistake in shooting this in English - though this does allow for QT maybe not being the worst actor in the film for once; I'm not sure any of the Japanese actors here are both fluent in the language and capable of acting smoothly while speaking it. Not sure why, given the clear influence of Italian westerns - and for that matter, of John Woo in a couple of places - he didn't just shoot it silent and post-dub it in several languages, the way both Western European genre films and Hong Kong films were done for many years. Of course it's not a film about the acting or performances for the most part, but even so the stilted dialogue detracts.

I watched the 98 minute theatrical release; I'm sure I'll watch the longer cut someday since I have the BD, but I'd appreciate anyone's comments as to how it might be better or worse.
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Traveller wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 3:17 pm 07. Helter Skelter (2012) - 8/10
Glad to see this is doing the rounds! (even more glad to see high grades for it) :party:
OldAle1 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 4:26 pm I really do feel like Miike made a mistake in shooting this in English
Hear hear! It ruined Imprint for me too.
OldAle1 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 4:26 pm I'm not sure there's any single film that this is referencing in particular,
Isn't the entire setup a pretty straightforward copy of Django?
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Onderhond wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 4:33 pm
OldAle1 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 4:26 pm I'm not sure there's any single film that this is referencing in particular,
Isn't the entire setup a pretty straightforward copy of Django?
Django is a copy of A Fistful of Dollars which is a copy of Yojimbo. Not quite ground zero for imitation, but certainly one of the more popular. There is even a popular Nordic viking version: Hrafninn flýgur / When the Raven Flies (1984).
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St. Gloede wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 4:44 pm
Onderhond wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 4:33 pm
OldAle1 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 4:26 pm I'm not sure there's any single film that this is referencing in particular,
Isn't the entire setup a pretty straightforward copy of Django?
Django is a copy of A Fistful of Dollars which is a copy of Yojimbo. Not quite ground zero for imitation, but certainly one of the more popular. There is even a popular Nordic viking version: Hrafninn flýgur / When the Raven Flies (1984).
Yeah it's a VERY basic concept - and of course Yojimbo itself was heavily influenced by two Dashiell Hammett novels - The Glass Key and Red Harvest. And there are dozens and dozens of Italian westerns that are - plotwise - almost interchangeable with any of these. I just don't get a sense that Miike is particularly attempting to ape or re-adapt any of them, just mostly going on the whole rich if highly repetitive tradition. Which is fine, I definitely could enjoy it for what it was without caring about it having either fidelity to any source, or on the other hand real originality.
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sol wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 6:35 am Decided to watch this one after TraverseTown recommended it in the coming-of-age results thread. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I can see what Traverse likes about it (usually we see very eye-to-eye on films).

5. August in the Water (1995) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113834/

This has some striking shots of various swimming pools and deep blue water, but it is only in the second half of the film (post-accident) that I thought that the plot really got going. Even then, I wish the film made more out of the ambiguity over whether she is schizophrenic (as the doctors believe), enlightened (as she believes) or confused as a result of disturbing dreams. Whatever the case, her perception of the world, water and stones is all quite interesting.
Thanks for checking it out! The other film by Ishii I really love is Angel Dust (1994), a somewhat chilling crime thriller about a serial killer who kills undetected on the subway once everyday. Love the vibes.
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04. Izo (2004)

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01. Gyakuryû (1924) + Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005) + Kingyo (2009) + AKB48: Ambulance (2014)
02. Gojira (1954)
03. Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi (1945)
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Mario Gaborović wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 5:54 pm 04. Izo (2004)

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01. Gyakuryû (1924) + Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005) + Kingyo (2009) + AKB48: Ambulance (2014)
02. Gojira (1954)
03. Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi (1945)
Care to write a word or two about that? It's a .. divisive film.

OldAle1 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 4:26 pm I really do feel like Miike made a mistake in shooting this in English - though this does allow for QT maybe not being the worst actor in the film for once; I'm not sure any of the Japanese actors here are both fluent in the language and capable of acting smoothly while speaking it. Not sure why, given the clear influence of Italian westerns - and for that matter, of John Woo in a couple of places - he didn't just shoot it silent and post-dub it in several languages, (...) but even so the stilted dialogue detracts.
It's true, I'm afraid.
If you want to relive that, you may give the latest Disney cash-in reboot of Mulan a try. Brrr.
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04. Izo (2004)

Care to write a word or two about that? It's a .. divisive film.
Apparently there's a substantial niche who watch films for the sake of violence; have nothing against it unless it seems to be the crucial, the point of their enjoyment. I've heard Miike made 100 films? Spare me please. Zero emotion I get from that.
And he seems to be obsessed with scenes where katana actually makes enemy look like a cut of a cake after slashing, after which the rest of the body slides down smoothly - is that possible at all? :think: ; I've already seen that in his films. Huhh... okay, if that makes his fans happy.

I liked the little schoolgirl's rant about nations, though. :poshclap:
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Melvelet wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 3:15 pm
sol wrote: May 1st, 2021, 9:32 am
Melvelet wrote: May 1st, 2021, 9:28 am Please remember to include an IMdb link if it's not too much of a hassle ;)
It makes the updating/stats collection much easier (and more accurate)
Oh, I'm so sorry, Mel. I'm not used to this requirement so I missed it when I skimmed the OP. Will edit + update my posts shortly...
No problem, I already guessed that quite a few people wouldn't see/remember the rule about including the IMDb link but it does make updating much easier for me so kudos to everyone who includes them :thumbsup:
I also won't disqualify anyone but especially for the people who plan to watch a lot, including the link is greatly appreciated
D'oh! I forgot about that. I added the IMDB links to my previous post and will make sure they're on future ones.
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Lonewolf2003 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 9:40 am
sol wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 9:31 am
Big Man Japan
1. One Cut of the Dead (2017)
2. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
3. Tetsuo - The Bullet Man (2009)
4. A Colt is My Passport (1967)
5. August in the Water (1995)
6. The Forest of Love (2019) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10589914/

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For the entire first half, it is hard to nut out where Sono is heading; virginity, mourning and parental abuse all pop up in subplots that feel random. The second half of the film really works though; all subplots gradually converge as the suspected killer (asked to act in their film) starts to not only direct the movie, but also the real lives of his cast and crew - with the help of electricity. Not quite as full-on as Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell? but still cool stuff.
Did you watch the normal version or the Deep Cut? It's also on my list to watch this challenge (with some other Sonos), but don't know which version I should go for.
Anyone else have any advice on this? I know Hond isn’t the biggest series aficionado, so he will probably recommend the movie version.
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Lonewolf2003 wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 8:01 pm Anyone else have any advice on this? I know Hond isn’t the biggest series aficionado, so he will probably recommend the movie version.
Hence why I didn't even bother replying. Screw those padded versions. Still waiting for subs on the Tokyo Vampire Hotel movie version.
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I'm in and I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to this month. While I certainly highly appreciate Japanese cinema, for some reason over the course of last month I've decided to focus on three film series this month: Daimajin (3 movies), Zatoichi (25 movies) and Lone Wolf and Cub (6 movies). I'm not sure if I'll even make it to the last series, but I'll definitely try.

1. Daimajin (1966, Kimiyoshi Yasuda) a.k.a. Majin the Monster of Terror

My first for this month was Daimajin and I have to say it wasn't as bad as I expected a movie on a statue coming to life would be. All considering, I'd give it a 6/10. I'm not too sure if the second and third part will keep things as interesting. My main worry (and that goes for all three series) is that the movies will become repetitive pretty soon.
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1. Shinsengumi shimatsuki (1963) 5/10 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0227492/
Decent samurai film, it reminded me of those crime films where one youngster goes up the rank of the mafia, this time set in a samurai clan.

2. Nogiku no gotoki kimi nariki (1955) 5/10 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048429/
Too melodramatic for my taste. Also I can't say I'm a fan of seeing his memories that takes up 3/4 of the film in an oval shape.

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1. Shinsengumi shimatsuki (1963) 5/10
2. Nogiku no gotoki kimi nariki (1955) 5/10
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02. 3.0* - His Motorbike, Her Island [Kare no Otobai, Kanojo no Shima] by Nobuhiko Ôbayashi (1986)

Obayashi goes full in on this youthful romance. After a short introduction in the city, he moves his film to the countryside and serves up a very idyllic, sweet and explosive romance. Fans of Hausu may be surprised, but dig deeper into the man's oeuvre and you'll find he made plenty of softer youth dramas. A biker kid is threatened by his girlfriend's brother and decides to take a little road trip. He takes his favored bike and leaves everything behind. Not long after he runs into a mysterious young girl. When she invites him to her island, he decides to take a change and accepts her invitation. I'm not entirely sure if the alternations between color and sepia made much sense here, but at least the cinematography was pretty impressive. Performances are fine, the energy of the film is great and there are a few memorable moments, the soundtracks pretty cheesy though and the film does have some pacing issues. But if you love Obayashi's work, it's definitely worth checking out.

Is this even a country?
xx. 3.5* - Asia Strikes Back [Ajia no Gyakushu] by Gakuryu Ishii (1983)
01. 2.5* - Another Heaven [Anaza Hevun] by Jôji Iida (2000)
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2. Onna hissatsu ken: kiki ippatsu [Sister Street Fighter 2: Hanging By A Thread] (1974, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183704/: 7.5 - Sister Street Fighter is back to kick some more butt this time to save her sister instead of her brother from some criminals. What most improved between the first movie and this sequel is Etsuko Shihomi skills and even more her confidence. Estuko did all the fights and stunts herself in this series. In the first at times she seemed unsure in her ability to pull of a move or stunt, but that's completely gone now. Unfortunately the rest didn't improve as much. The plot is basically a bad copy of the first, but that doesn't harm the movie. What's worse is the constantly frenetic handheld camerawork. Still there is plenty too enjoy in what's is again a blast of a 70s Japanese genre fun.
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1. Onna hissatsu ken [Sister Street Fighter] (1974, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073714/: 8.0
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5. Akanishi Kakita (Capricious Young Man, 1936, Itami) 6/10
6. Karumen kokyô ni kaeru (Carmen Comes Home, 1951, Kinoshita) 7/10
7. Doro no kawa (Muddy River, 1981, Oguri) 8/10

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1. Sono yo no tsuma (That Night's Wife, 1930, Ozu) 7/10
2. Suzaki Paradaisu: Akashingô (Suzaki Paradise: Red Light District, 1956, Kawashima) 7/10
3. Ai no mukidashi (Love Exposure, 2008, Sono) 7/10
4. Shin Gojira (Shin Godzilla, 2016, Anno) 6/10
5. Akanishi Kakita (Capricious Young Man, 1936, Itami) 6/10
6. Karumen kokyô ni kaeru (Carmen Comes Home, 1951, Kinoshita) 7/10
7. Doro no kawa (Muddy River, 1981, Oguri) 8/10
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1. Daimajin (1966, Kimiyoshi Yasuda) a.k.a. Majin the Monster of Terror
2. Daimajin Ikaru (1966, Kenji Misumi) a.k.a. Return of Daimajin
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1. Hero (2001) episodes 1-2 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0288960/
2. Hero (2001) episodes 3-4 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0288960/
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1. Violent Cop (1989) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098360/

Probably a 6/10 for me. Just not a big interest for me in the current policing climate, but decent enough.
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The leaderboard is up now. Some notes/questions:

- Wish to see other lists? I will try to add a table with general lists (TSPDT, DtC, 500<400, ...) soon - for those I also take list wishes
- Please think about a movie for the bonus challenge if you are interested/generally willing to watch other people's recommendations (no pressure though)
- which lists do we want to work on collectively? Kinema Junpo 200 and what else?

Also thanks for all the IMDb links, updating is much faster this way :)
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