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post #8501 of 8528

So I guess Johnnie To's Three is basically his version of the finale of Hard Boiled. That gunfight was incredible.

post #8502 of 8528
I've been dying to watch it!
post #8503 of 8528

In this sad depressing world, its heartening to know this exists.

 

post #8504 of 8528
I picked up a DVD of Johnny To's THREE in Chinatown recently but it was a really bad boot with no subs. I think Well-Go just put it out, didn't they?
post #8505 of 8528

Derek Yee's Sword Master is a pretty faithful re-do of the Shaw Bros. classic Death Duel. It's certainly visually imaginative, if nothing else.

post #8506 of 8528

Yesterday I re watched Yimou Zhang's House of Flying Daggers. Certainly a masterpiece.

post #8507 of 8528

I watched the first Lone Wolf and Cub film the other day, it was awesome. There was more going on than I expected. The backstory and the odd adventure in the 2nd half were all great.

 

Needless to say, I did not expect the dilemma with the prostitute threatened by the gang to go the way that it did. You don't see that in your average US film.

 

I might spring for the Criterion box set of all six movies around Christmas time.

post #8508 of 8528

Good to see this thread is (somewhat) still alive.  I guess I'll add my own:

 

The Villainess

 

 

 

I was looking forward to this because all I've heard about the movie is that the action sequences were fucking bonkers. And they are! The first scene is nearly 10 minutes of the main protagonist fucking dudes up, all in first person. Than later on, engaging in a swordfight with two guys--all while on a motorcycle. There's some crazy stuff here; the problem, I think, is that it's the sort of thing that doesn't really sustain itself as a full-fledge movie. And that's largely because the actual drama is so needlessly complicated that I stopped caring. It's not enough that the protagonist wants revenge on the guys who killed her father, but eventually she wants revenge on the guys who killed her husband. Oh, and also she's employed by some secrete organization as a sleeper cell, and might be carrying on a relationship with a man who may have been one of her handlers. It's one of the cases where it should kept it simple (stupid).

 

Basically you can probably get all you need from the film just by youtubing The Villainess' sequence. Which is a shame because I really, really wanted to love this.

post #8509 of 8528

I forgot about this thread as well, but wanted to recommend a movie I saw during the horror challenge: Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees, an incredible film featuring a ton of severed heads.

post #8510 of 8528

Just did The Chaser, Korean film from 2008.

 

It was pretty good, but I wasn't wild about it. It reminded me of the style of I Saw The Devil. The balance of drawn out comic absurdity combined with drawn out suspense isn't one of my favorite tones, but they did it very well.

 

In the film's version of the South Korean justice system, it's impossible for criminals to be charged with murder, no matter what kind of psychopath they are. This is very frustrating for the protagonist.

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Yeah. South Korean cinema is all about how either incompetent or outright corrupt the law is.
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It so burns me that American DVD releasers have basically thrown up their hands at the films of TAKASHI MIIKE.  My favorite still-working Japanese director has made something like a dozen movies in the last few years that still don't have Region 1 representation.  Sure, we got releases of 13 ASSASSINS and HARA-KIRI.  And BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL is in theaters.  But there's so many that could be out here and aren't.  Lame.  

 

Seems if I want to add physical copies of these to my collection, my only recourse is 35-dollar imports or 12-dollar bootlegs.  

post #8513 of 8528

I dove in head first with Miike recently. I've really been missing out. This guy gets it.

 

The first one I watched was Yakuza Apocalypse. What a blast! I've been wondering if it's a one-off, or if there was any previous Miike Cinematic Universe stuff it built off of.

 

Then I went through Audition, Visitor Q (perfect double feature for a first date), and The Happiness of the Yamadas.

 

So I guess I've only got about 96 more to go?

post #8514 of 8528
I'd recommend FULL METAL YAKUZA and GRAVEYARD OF HONOR. Maybe IZO, though that's more of a repetitive exercise and GOZU for something a little David Lynchian. And the granddaddy of the Yakuza Miike experience, ICHI THE KILLER.

Then again if someone were to ask me which Miike films I'd recommend most, I'd probably just say ALL OF THEM.
post #8515 of 8528

Walked into my base's store and randomly came across Takashi Miike's Dead Or Alive trilogy on blu-ray. I have no idea what it was doing there...

 

I have to believe it materialized itself in front of me so I could buy it.

 

Which I did.

post #8516 of 8528

Miike's Happiness of the Katakuris is pretty damn amazing. Weirdest musical ever?

post #8517 of 8528
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Originally Posted by Ska Oreo View Post
 

Good to see this thread is (somewhat) still alive.  I guess I'll add my own:

 

The Villainess

 

I was looking forward to this because all I've heard about the movie is that the action sequences were fucking bonkers. And they are! The first scene is nearly 10 minutes of the main protagonist fucking dudes up, all in first person. Than later on, engaging in a swordfight with two guys--all while on a motorcycle. There's some crazy stuff here; the problem, I think, is that it's the sort of thing that doesn't really sustain itself as a full-fledge movie. And that's largely because the actual drama is so needlessly complicated that I stopped caring. It's not enough that the protagonist wants revenge on the guys who killed her father, but eventually she wants revenge on the guys who killed her husband. Oh, and also she's employed by some secrete organization as a sleeper cell, and might be carrying on a relationship with a man who may have been one of her handlers. It's one of the cases where it should kept it simple (stupid).

 

Basically you can probably get all you need from the film just by youtubing The Villainess' sequence. Which is a shame because I really, really wanted to love this.

I agree with you here. I picked this up on a blind buy. I wanted to like it more, but it was overly complicated.

 

The wackiness of the action scenes was there, but as you said, too nutty to really get behind.

 

I was hoping for something better.

post #8518 of 8528
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I'd recommend FULL METAL YAKUZA and GRAVEYARD OF HONOR. Maybe IZO, though that's more of a repetitive exercise and GOZU for something a little David Lynchian. And the granddaddy of the Yakuza Miike experience, ICHI THE KILLER.

Then again if someone were to ask me which Miike films I'd recommend most, I'd probably just say ALL OF THEM.

His films are so varied in term of tone that it is hard to recommend the right one to people, as you have to know what they like.

 

Stuff like 13 Assassins and Audition are his most mainstream, but shit like Visitor Q will send people in the opposite direction.

 

I also wish they would release more of his titles in the US, as I used to have to always import them, but I don't have a region free player anymore.

post #8519 of 8528
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Originally Posted by Kyle Reese View Post
 

Just did The Chaser, Korean film from 2008.

 

It was pretty good, but I wasn't wild about it. It reminded me of the style of I Saw The Devil. The balance of drawn out comic absurdity combined with drawn out suspense isn't one of my favorite tones, but they did it very well.

 

In the film's version of the South Korean justice system, it's impossible for criminals to be charged with murder, no matter what kind of psychopath they are. This is very frustrating for the protagonist.

I dug The Chaser. I really enjoy the South Korean films.

 

You have to watch the "Vengeance trilogy" that Park Chan-wook did to see some of the best, but there were quite a few good films out there.

post #8520 of 8528
Originally Posted by Kyle Reese View Post

So I guess I've only got about 96 more to go?

 

Of the 67 or so Miike films I've seen, I only didn't really dig two, HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (too wacky for me) and PHOENIX WRIGHT: ACE ATTORNEY (too dull).

Still...   65 out of 67 ain't bad.

 

I'm still hoping all of his films' original scores get released someday.  I have quite a few, but there are so many more to get.

 

post #8521 of 8528
Originally Posted by Electrichead View Post

I also wish they would release more of his titles in the US, as I used to have to always import them, but I don't have a region free player anymore.

 

If you use VLC Media Player on your PC, it can get around region coding!

post #8522 of 8528

Yeah, you guys gave me that tip in the B-movie thread, and it worked great, opening up all the old discs that I have and haven't been able to see in awhile.

 

Sometimes I just like to watch something on my regular TV setup.

post #8523 of 8528
I enjoyed Happiness of the Katakuris thoroughly. The song lyrics cracked me up, and the stylistic flourishes were like Wes Anderson possessed by demons. Maybe he watched this before he made Moonrise Kingdom?

I have seen all of the Vengeance trilogy, too. Mr.Vengeance was interesting, but I felt like there was something about it I didn't quite get. Lady Vengeance was great, though.
post #8524 of 8528
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You have to watch the "Vengeance trilogy" that Park Chan-wook did to see some of the best, but there were quite a few good films out there.

The Vengeance trilogy is great, but The Handmaiden might be his masterpiece (although I love Oldboy and Stoker).

post #8525 of 8528

I consider the Vengeance Trilogy to be like music...

 

Mr. Vengeance - Indie or Punk Rock

Old Boy - Classic or Hard Rock

Lady Vengeance - Orchestral or Opera

 

I like them all but yeah, Mr. Vengeance is the one I've revisited the least.

 

Which reminds me: I still need to see The Handmaiden.

post #8526 of 8528
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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
 

I consider the Vengeance Trilogy to be like music...

 

Mr. Vengeance - Indie or Punk Rock

Old Boy - Classic or Hard Rock

Lady Vengeance - Orchestral or Opera

 

I like them all but yeah, Mr. Vengeance is the one I've revisited the least.

 

Which reminds me: I still need to see The Handmaiden.

It's funny that you list them that way.

 

Oldboy is the one that I have watched the most, and Classic/Hard rock is my favorite kind of music.

 

I still need to see The Handmaiden myself.

post #8527 of 8528

Did anyone watch Miike's Yakuza Apocalypse?

 

 

It's about bunch of Vampiric Yakuza members taking on demons. Takes a bit to get going but once it does.....Frog Bruce Lee is really all that needs to be said.

 

Also Miike at his most shonen: Crow Zero.

 

post #8528 of 8528
Watching YAKUZA APOCALPYSE right now, actually. I saw CROWS ZERO and thought it was okay but a bit overlong, so I haven't been in a hurry to see CROWS ZERO II. I should give it another look.
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