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Postby paladin » Wed Oct 01, 2003 11:21 am

Here is a small selection of my favorite (non Godzilla) foriegn movies (Mostly Japanese) that I own and highly recomend.

Battle Royale <I can't get enough of this flick and can't wait for part 2!
The Eye
Uzumaki
28 Days Later
Cross Fire
Avalon
The Ring
The Ring 2
Zeiram
Sakuya slayer Of Demons

Can anyone else recomend some other high quality movies to me. Movies filled with horror, mystery, action, and/or adventer that no collection should be without? If so please tell me! ^_^

I plan to buy Verses and Onmioji soon too.

I guess the style of live action movies I like best tend to lean more towards films that are more gothic or macabre than your average movies.

I prefer my comedies to be japanese anime.

If any one wants any comments about the above movies just ask. ^_~
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Postby mond » Wed Oct 01, 2003 12:41 pm

Here is a list of some foriegn movies you might like

Zeiram 2 (if you like the first one you will like the 2nd)
Dog Soldiers
Brotherhood of the Wolf
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Postby paladin » Wed Oct 01, 2003 12:48 pm

Yep I own all three and loved all three. ^_^

Got any more? ^_~
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Postby takuGuy » Wed Oct 01, 2003 1:10 pm

Well I highly recommend Versus. If you want action you shouldn't be without the first true action film, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. It's without a doubt a masterpiece.
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Postby paladin » Wed Oct 01, 2003 1:48 pm

Oh yeah! I totally forgot about Seven Samurai.

Yep its in my collection too! ^_^

What are some other Kurosawa films are good?

Kagemusha is the only other Kurosawa film I currently own and highly recomned to Kurosawa fans.
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Postby Shonokin » Wed Oct 01, 2003 2:02 pm

if you like Sakuya, you might check out the Yokai Monster series that is currently being released by ADV Films.
http://www.digitalmonsterisland.com/yok ... rfare.html
They're almost half price at deepdiscountdvd.com
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Postby paladin » Wed Oct 01, 2003 2:19 pm

Oh yeah I saw the trailers for those ones. They really have a creepy unique feel to them. I'll have to capture them for my collection. ^_^
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Postby Jim Ballard » Wed Oct 01, 2003 9:28 pm

You've gotta watch "Bullet Train", the camp classic 70's flick that inspired "Speed" :)
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Postby August » Wed Oct 01, 2003 10:28 pm

I wouldn't call it "camp" -- most people that throw that word around, hardly know the proper usage of the word -- and the "International" version is missing over 30 minutes of footage. I also wouldn't recommend this film to someone looking for action movies, per se (in the modern sense of the genre).

The original poster would LOVE:

Takashi Miike's DEAD OR ALIVE

Miike's CITY OF LOST SOULS

The Korean action movie VOLCANO HIGH

Stephen Chow's SHAOLIN SOCCER

Chow's FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE

John Woo's HARD BOILED

Woo's THE KILLER

Woo's A BETTER TOMORROW

Kurosawa's YOJIMBO

(if you like that, try) Kihachi Okamoto's ZATOICHI MEETS YOJIMBO

(if you like that, try) some of the ZATOICHI (The Blind Swordsman) titles released by HVE -- you can read reviews over at http://www.destroy-all-monsters.com

If you want bloody action, try the first two volumes of the LONE WOLF & CUB movie series, out now from AnimEigo -- these are amazingly epic and violent samurai/ninja movies. Classic.

For J-Horror, check out Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation)'s CIRCUIT (Kairo aka "Pulse") and DARK WATER.

Also, my top recommendation for best J-Horror film this year:
JU-ON (The Grudge)... hands down (I haven't seen JU-ON 2, yet).

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Postby GMM_Mothra » Wed Oct 01, 2003 11:41 pm

I'm sorry for anyone who likes this movie, but 28 days later was just so stupid, the zombies had dropped acid or something.
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Postby paladin » Thu Oct 02, 2003 7:55 am

So many great new suggestions! Yep my wallet is doomed to forever be skin and bones (Cowskin that is)

If you consider 28 Days Later a zombie movie than I guess you would be pretty irittated. Best to look at it as a plague Zombiesque sort of movie without real zombies... yes. In the end I think that situation would be about as close as world would get to having real zombies. IMO
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Postby kinggoji » Thu Oct 02, 2003 8:00 am

PALADIN wrote:What are some other Kurosawa films are good?

Kagemusha is the only other Kurosawa film I currently own and highly recomned to Kurosawa fans.


Um.. All of them? :wink:

My favorite Kurosawa:
Ran (My favorite. If you like Kagemusha you will LOVE Ran. Kagemusha sucks compared to Ran, and was pretty much a test run for it)
Yojimbo
Ikiru (Totally underrated)
Rashomon
Red Beard

Those are off the top of my head. I own everything he's ever done that's been released to region 1 DVD, or U.S. VHS. It's hard to go wrong with Kurosawa.

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Postby paladin » Thu Oct 02, 2003 9:18 am

Got it, must buy all Kurosawa films.

^_^

Wheres the best place to find those cheep, or failing that Japanese movies in general? I don't really care which region it is.
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Postby Shonokin » Thu Oct 02, 2003 11:58 am

almost off topic. I saw that Tom Hanks is attached to a remake of Ikiru.

another good Kurosawa samurai movie is Sanshiro Sugata.
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Postby mgkeller » Thu Oct 02, 2003 1:00 pm

The Thai action epic Bang Rajan is starting to be shown in some American theaters - see it!
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Postby JordanGLC » Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:07 pm

PALADIN wrote:Got it, must buy all Kurosawa films.


Yeah I've got Criterion's box of 4 Samurai Classics on my want list.

Any opinions on Kaneko's Pyrokinesis?
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Postby August » Sat Nov 01, 2003 7:51 pm

Kaneko's "Pyrokinesis" is a fun movie, and very well made, although there is one sappy moment near the climax of the film (with slo-mo lovers running towards each other, which garnered laughs when it screened in San Francisco two years ago), but its a wonderful movie -- with good characters. I enjoyed it, and bought the Media Blasters DVD, which has a lot of extras and the audio commentary is subtitled!

As for other Japanese film recommendations, I would urge people to check out the films of Takashi Miike, which are now being released on R1 DVD from a number of companies (snapping them up like hotcakes) -- there's DEAD OR ALIVE (2 and 3 are coming, too), VISITOR Q, HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS, AUDITION, CITY OF LOST SOULS, and others. Miike's films are REALLY out there.

"Beat" Takashi Kitano's BOILING POINT, THE SUMMER OF KIKUJIRO, VIOLENT COP, SONATINE, and HANA-BI (Fireworks). You might want to check out his Japan-US co-production of BROTHER, but I would get the Foreign Version over the US version.

Media Blasters is coming though with other great titles, such as SAMURAI FICTION -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! -- PISTOL OPERA, VERSUS, the aforementioned VISITOR Q, ICHI: THE KILLER and more coming in 2004.

Home Vision Entertainment has released 11 of 17 Daiei-owned ZATOICHI: THE BLIND SWORDSMAN films from 1962-1970, starring the great Shintaro Katsu. This is an excellent film series that you can catch on IFC, too (as well as other Chamabara and Jidaigeki movies). There were 26 films produced, all together (the rest owned by Toho, except for one by Shochiku). These are anamorphic, feature movie trailers, are excellent prints, and are inexpensive, retailing at $19.95 each -- cheaper if you go with Deep Discount DVD or other on-line retailer.

Seven of the Toho-owned ZATOICHIs are being released by AnimEigo [http://www.animeigo.com], with the first already in release: ZATOICHI MEETS YOJIMBO, where Katsu squares off with Toshiro Mifune! This film is awesome -- really excellent -- with many supporting players you can spot from Godzilla films, including Hideo Tsunazuka (who played Niita in G VS. THE SEA MONSTER), Daigo Kusano (who played the Black Hole alien on the ship in G VS. MECHAGODZILLA), and Shin Kishida (who played in the two "Dracula" movies and Agent Nanbara in G VS. MECHAGODZILLA). Also, the score is by none other than, Akira Ifukube, who scored many ZATOICHI films.

I also recommend all of AnimEigo's upcoming Samurai Cinema DVDs -- all are anamorphic -- including the first two (of six) LONE WOLF & CUB movies and LADY SNOWBLOOD (coming in 2004). The video quality, restoration and footnoted subtitles (!) are the best we're likely to see given to any Japanese film in North America. Avoid the cheap knock-offs with terrible picture quality and subtitles. AnimEigo's titles are a little pricey ($29.95), but are worth every penny -- the production is superb. Again, you can always go to Deep Discount or other sites for lower prices.

For fun, I can also recommend ADV's release of Daiei's YOKAI MONSTERS trilogy. These are colorful, lots of fun, and were made during the twilight of the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema (the late 1960s). The third film ALONG WITH GHOSTS features Kojiro Hongo (star of many Showa Gamera films) as the heroic lead. These are inexpensive, and worth checking out!

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Postby JordanGLC » Sat Nov 01, 2003 8:42 pm

August wrote:Kaneko's "Pyrokinesis" is a fun movie, and very well made, although there is one sappy moment near the climax of the film (with slo-mo lovers running towards each other, which garnered laughs when it screened in San Francisco two years ago), but its a wonderful movie -- with good characters. I enjoyed it, and bought the Media Blasters DVD, which has a lot of extras and the audio commentary is subtitled!


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Postby Battra92 » Sat Nov 01, 2003 9:11 pm

I don't know if this is relavent but today I fell in love with the 1969 Shaw Brothers film: "Whose Baby is in the Classroom" Starring Peter Chen Ho and Li Ching and directed by Inoue Umetsugu though I highly doubt anyone else here is interested in Mandarin Musicals directed by a Japanese director but you never know. :)

Some other Shaws I like:
Come Drink with Me
Love Without End

I have a backlog of some more. They are mostly comedy and martial arts but one other musical (Hong Kong Nocturne) and one Opera film (The Bride Napping)
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Postby August » Sat Nov 01, 2003 9:31 pm

I've been collecting the Shaw Brothers flicks from Celestial Pictures, too. But, I am only buying the Martial Arts and Swordplay films -- COME DRINK WITH ME is excellent example (of course, it's King Hu!) showing the influence from Japanese sword films. A few years later, the Shaw Brothers directors branched out on their own, like Chang Cheh.

These are beautiful and incredible DVDs, aren't they? Three of my favorites, so far, are THE TWELVE GOLD MEDALLIONS, THE MAGIC BLADE, HAVE SWORD WILL TRAVEL and HEROES TWO.

BTW, Umetsugu directed a number of musicals, such as HONG KONG NOCTURNE, which I'm sure you have...

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Postby gfanikf » Sat Nov 01, 2003 10:26 pm

I would also recommend 36th Chamber of Shaolin (aka Master Killer) and the Once upon a time in China Trilogy, Master of the Flying Guilitae (sp). This just some things of the top of my head but August and Battra gave you a good starting list to work with.
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Postby Battra92 » Sat Nov 01, 2003 11:33 pm

August wrote:I've been collecting the Shaw Brothers flicks from Celestial Pictures, too. But, I am only buying the Martial Arts and Swordplay films


Well I'm trying to get the musicals, operas, comedies and anything else that strikes my fancy. For example Michael Hui (who is a favorite comedian of mine) started at Shaw so I'll have to get the few films he did at Shaw before too long.

If I had enough dough I'd buy every last Shaw Brothers DVD no matter the genre. There'd be something to say about someone who owns a copy of every film released by a certain studio (though lately I think I've been doing that with Cinema City)

-- COME DRINK WITH ME is excellent example (of course, it's King Hu!) showing the influence from Japanese sword films. A few years later, the Shaw Brothers directors branched out on their own, like Chang Cheh.


Yes Come Drink with Me is definately a great martial arts film and really has the feel of a Japanese sword film which in itself is not a bad thing at all., MOF it's really good.

These are beautiful and incredible DVDs, aren't they? Three of my favorites, so far, are THE TWELVE GOLD MEDALLIONS, THE MAGIC BLADE, HAVE SWORD WILL TRAVEL and HEROES TWO.


Yes, amazing how they are spending the money to do restorations of all these old films. I'm really glad they are though. That and they retail for only like $10 US!! I have Twelve Gold Medalions and watched about a half hour of it and got interupted and just haven't had much desire to watch the rest. I will eventually when I am in the mood. <^_^;

BTW, Umetsugu directed a number of musicals, such as HONG KONG NOCTURNE, which I'm sure you have...


Could I be collecting Shaw Brothers films and not have Hong Kong Nocturne? That'd be like saying I own Shaw Brothers DVDs but don't have "Come Drink with Me" or "Love Without End" or "Inframan"

Now despite the fact that I think Cheng Pei Pei was really pretty (and still is and her daughter is a knockout too BTW)I bought it because HKN looks to be a really neat musical based on what little I've seen of it on the preview on another Shaw Disc. Unfortunately I haven't had the time to watch most of my Shaw DVDs (watched 4 out of 11) . However after seeing "Whose Baby is in the Classroom" this afternoon I think I may get the time to watch HKN soon. If I enjoy that one as much I'll be sure and get the rest of Umetsugu's musicals from Shaw as they are released.

However I really should watch that Super Inframan DVD which just came in Thursday (if I can pry myself away from the 80's Cantonese comedies that also came in) - "Let's see Inframan or Happy Ghost?" I really don't think it should be a big decision to make. :wink:
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Postby August » Sun Nov 02, 2003 3:36 pm

Celestial Pictures has released three of Shaw Brothers' 36 CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN films -- these are the definitive versions. As for MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE, I wouldn't recommend that title as a first look at Kung Fu/Sword films, since it is so odd-ball. I would start with Shaw Brothers and then branch out to the weirder, independent films, like GUILLOTINE and CRIPPLED AVENGERS.

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Postby kinggoji » Sun Nov 02, 2003 4:43 pm

August wrote:Kaneko's "Pyrokinesis" is a fun movie

I enjoyed it as well. It was definitely interesting to see another non-kaiju Kaneko film. And while I did like it, I don't know if I liked it enough to pick it up.

AUDITION, CITY OF LOST SOULS, and others. Miike's films are REALLY out there.


I've seen both of these and really liked them. AUDITION is really interesting and demented. :)

Media Blasters is coming though with other great titles, such as SAMURAI FICTION -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!


Is this one (or PISTOL OPERA) out yet? I've seent he trailer and it looks like a real blast. No pun intended.

Home Vision Entertainment has released 11 of 17 Daiei-owned ZATOICHI: THE BLIND SWORDSMAN films from 1962-1970,


All excellent.

I also recommend all of AnimEigo's upcoming Samurai Cinema DVDs -- all are anamorphic -- including the first two (of six) LONE WOLF & CUB movies and LADY SNOWBLOOD (coming in 2004).


I've loved Lone Wolf and Cub for decades it seems. It's glad to see them popping up on legit US DVD. I keep playing over that head splitting in my mind. Again, no pun intended.

For fun, I can also recommend ADV's release of Daiei's YOKAI MONSTERS trilogy.


These are a real hoot, and really run the gauntlet from horror to slapstick.

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Postby August » Sun Nov 02, 2003 5:30 pm

PISTOL OPERA has been in release about two months and I picked up SAMURAI FICTION over a week ago. Anyone who thinks that American horror films started the gore-craze, should check out the extremely violent sword films from Toho during the 1970s -- HANZO: THE RAZOR, LADY SNOWBLOOD, LONE WOLF & CUB, SHADOW HUNTERS, etc. The later ZATOCIHIs also turn very bloody -- one infamous film even features our titular hero decapitating a horse! I waiting to see this one, because I never caught this one -- saw many ZATOICHIs, but not this one -- at the Kokusai or other art houses that featured Japanese film programs.

Speaking of LONE WOLF & CUB, a new teleseries based on the manga, starring Kinya Kitaoji, is now in its second season on TV Asahi. Check out the website http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/kozure/ and http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/kozure2/

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