It's about time

Discussion in 'Asian Horror and Other Pleasures' started by Jason25, Mar 27, 2002.

  1. Disco Stu

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    I saw Ichi at an unreleased film festival at Lincoln Center in NYC last month. It is extroadinarily violent. Even if you don't take it seriously, or watch it on a comic book level, it is nearly impossible not to be emotionally unnerved on some level. It is an emotional pounding that goes on for over two hours that I would not hesitate to see more than 2 or 3 times. More brutal and savage than Battle Royale by far.

    You seem to have seen Dead or Alive as well, did you see it in the theater? It played in NY for a month or so, and I've been waiting to get a DVD of it. I understand the German disc has no English subtitles though, although the film is entertaining solely on a visceral level, so I'm not sure that comprehension of the dialogue is entirely a neccesity. I loved the opening and especially the incredible conclusion, but the middle left me cold (except for the hooker drowning in shit). Sort of the George Lucas way of thinking, he believed that you only need to entertain the audience for the first ten minutes and the last five and they'll remember it as a great experience. The rest is all padding.

    Note on Dead or Alive: Miike has admitted that the middle section is boring, he was going for a more realistic documentary style in that section. He also said that the script was based Michael Mann's "Heat," of all things.

    For everyone reading this post, there is a great new book out on unheralded Japanese cinema by Patrick Macias called Tokyo Scope. I culled the previous paragraph's info from that book. The book has a lot on all kinds of Japanese cinema, Yakuza, Horor, Porn, Godzilla stuff, a whole section deidcated to Fukasaku, and many interviews. I bought one at the Virgin Megastore after meeting the author at a local video store where he was reading from the book. He suggested seeing "Female Convict Scorpion," which I immedaitely rented. It is probably the best film I have seen since Battle Royale, last summer. Image put out a fairly good DVD, especially considering it was thought of as a C-movie. It is in fact a terrific criticism of patriarchal society, under the guise of women-in-prison flick. It is amazingly acted, written, directed, and shot.

    Oh, and I don't work for the publishing company, I was just impressed with the book.
     
  2. Erg0n

    Erg0n My Baby Picture

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    Asian Gross Out!

    1) The Ebola Syndrome( youll never eat pork again!)
    2) The Untold Story(seriously nasty ending!)
    3) Anything with `Rape` in the title :p


    I saw The Ebola Syndrome out of curiousity, and it definately was a sick sick sick movie, Classified as Category 3, I think. But since you placed that as #1 on your list, I'm assuming that the other movie is less sick
     
  3. slinker

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    Catagory III without a doubt,The Untold Story is very much in the same vein as The Ebola Syndrome..just with less body fluids and rape! (but only slightly)
    The ending to The Untold Story is one of the most disturbing scenes i think i can remember in any Anthony Wong film, especially as it involves children :eek:
     
  4. Lindane

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    Discostu- That book sounds cool I'll probably pick it up sooner or later. This Female Convict Scorpion movie- It's on DVD you say? Where can I find it? I think Iv'e heard of it before. Do you know where to get a boot of Ichi The Killer from? It is Miike right? Is it a newer Miike flick?

    Ergon and Slinker- I thought Ebola was actually kinda funny in parts. Some of it was pretty crazy though. Ebola and The Untold Story go hand in hand. I'd almost go so far as to say it's kind of a sequel. If you though that kind of stuff was gross what do you think about some of these:
    Guinea Pig 1 and 2
    Organ
    Men Behind the Sun 1 and 2
    Trent Reznor's (NIN) Broken Film--Anybody seen this? It's made to look like a snuff film. A masked man kidnaps some guy, pulls his teeth out, shits in his mouth, burns him with a blow torch, cuts off his dick and rubs his face in whats left of his bleeding genitals, and kills him. I allways thought that was really hard to watch. Iv'e got a friend who is burning my VHS copy on to DVD for me right now.
     
  5. about effing time!!!!!!!!!

    great idea for a forum!

    my current top 5....

    -untold story
    -battle royale
    -organ
    -evil dead trap (probably my all-time favorite)
    -guinea pig #1 (classic!)


    :D :) :D :) :cool:
     
  6. Disco Stu

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    Ichi is a newer Miike film, probably one of 22 he made in the last year or two. That's only a slight exxageration. I think he's actually made 12. I don't know where you could get a bootleg, but I'd suggest going to the Chiller Theatre convention in New Jersey next month. www.chillertheatre.com

    Female Convict Scorpion is on DVD, it was released by Image a few years ago. It appears on ebay every so often (yesterday, for example) and there are a few on half.com. You could probably order one from buy.com or amazon as well.
     
  7. suspiria

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    Asian horror you HAVE to checkout include:

    Ring 1/2/0 (yes, Ring 0 rules too!)
    Audition
    Uzumaki
    Inugami
    St. John's Wort
    Evil Dead Trap
    Bio-Zombie
    Battle Royale
    Hypnosis (available in R1 as "The Hypnotist")
    Kairo (Pulse)
    Organ
    i'm sure i've forgotten a few more...

    Anyone seen Cure?

    Where the hell can I get Versus from!? I ain't buying it without English (Engrish?) subtitles... DVD or VCD will do for now...
     
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  8. DVD Connoisseur

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    I believe Versus is coming out soon as a Japanese disc with English subs... www.cdjapan.co.jp have it on pre-order.
     
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  10. Lindane

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    Suspiria:

    I just got through seeing "Cure" yesterday at an Asian Film Festival in Dallas. I liked it alot. It did a good job at creating a cool and creepy atmosphere. It dragged a bit but it was definitely intentional witch I don't mind. You are left with a rather ambigous ending that will have you scratching your head a little.

    DiscoStu:

    Thanks for the info!
     
  11. Sinister Ash

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    I will have to highly recommend bio-zombie. The mei-ah disc has an alternate ending as someone has mentioned, plus it's probably cheaper than the mediablaster's version. Jordan Chan and Sam Lee are excellent in this film.

    The Ring is pretty freaky so if you want freaky get that one. I haven't seen something that freaky in the longest time.
     
  12. suspiria

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    sorry to do this to ya dudes but get off ya asses and get "Kairo (Pulse)".. watched the R3 disc last night and was BLOWN AWAY.. this film is creepier and more stylish than RING ever hopes to be... i was really scared in many moments and that hardly ever happens to me these days...

    i won't say anything more about it.. just get it, watch it.. again and again and let me know what ya thought..
     
  13. Luna

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    Woohoo!!

    I just ordered this disc last night from DDDHouse! I also got Uzumaki, St. John's Wort, The Record (all R3) and threw in a VCD of Hot War for approximately $1.25USD. Not too bad, I say. I also went for the Benson's World sale and got Battle Royale and Audition. All in all, I can't freakin' wait for my stuff to arrive! Anyone know how fast DDDHouse or Benson's World ships to the US? *tapping impatiently* :D
     
  14. suspiria

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    both those online retailers are exceptionally good at getting goods to you fast... MUCH faster than Amazon even! :)
     
  15. Luna

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    Excellent! Next on my list to get from DDDHouse is Nightmare. I was torn and almost bought A Lamb in Despair, Daughter of Darkness and Red to Kill, but I decided against them for the time being. I saw a thread on Daughter of Darkness, but has anyone seen A Lamb in Despair or Red to Kill? I would like to get them, eventually, just because they're so damn cheap, but I have this bad habit of buying DVDs in bulk and never getting around to watching forEVER. I figured I'd wait till I saw these 7 first. ;) :p
     
  16. DVD Connoisseur

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    My mini-review of Red To Kill will be posted soon. It's a grim little tale but I enjoyed it. Definitely worth a gamble....
     
  17. Luna

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    Sounds like it's right up my alley, then! I'll be anxiously awaiting that review! :D
     

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