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Postby JimPV » Sun Feb 13, 2005 1:12 am

kiryugoji04 wrote:
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kiryugoji04 wrote:I finally saw AZUMI the other night!!! It rocks!!!

Can't wait for Kaneko's Azumi 2 :D


Yes, its one of my favorites. Any word on when Azumi 2 is coming out?


"Azumi 2: Death or Love?" is released (in Japanese theatres) on March 12th 8-)

Just watched Azumi this evening. Was gonna' just start it and finish it up tomorrow night, but ended up watching the whole damn thing. Amazing movie! Made me feel the same way I did after after seeing The Road Warrior for the first time (when it was first released to theaters). I liked Versus, but Azumi floored me. I gotta' see a Godzilla movie directed by this guy!!

And Kaneko's doing Azumi 2? Wow...
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Postby king-gojira » Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:35 pm

Uhhhhh....Howabout EVERY ZATOICHI EVER MADE!!!
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Postby planetxman » Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:43 am

taku wrote:I'd highly recommend Casshern.


I saw it last night...
I could not wait till it was over. First off, it is paced horribly and the ending is preachy and really drawn out. Despite the visuals, the cinematography, this DVD could not have ended sooner for me.
I liked the story. I liked the entire premise. Some of the backgrounds and the SPFX were GREAT eye candy. However, the film was snail slow in parts and could have been edited a little tighter.
Overall, I'm glad I saw this film. I heard a LOT of buzz on it. I'm not happy that I bought it.
I'd give it a 2 out of 5 stars.
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Postby Lord Hastur » Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:59 am

:-\ Damn Greg.

I really thought you were gonna like CASSHERN.

You never did like Japanese superheroes or Anime though.
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Postby Xenorama » Thu Sep 01, 2005 12:56 pm

i didn't like Casshan either- very overrated, pretentious, dull, washed out colors and REALLY poor "fight" scenes.

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Postby Lord Hastur » Thu Sep 01, 2005 1:08 pm

Megaloman wrote:i didn't like Casshan either- very overrated, pretentious, dull, washed out colors and REALLY poor "fight" scenes.

David


I figured YOU wouldn't dig it! :wink:

It's not perfect. Why did they show the helmet, but he never wore it?
FINO - "Friender in name only"
VERY depressing, but I guess the original series isn't exactly happy either.
Not enough action at all.

However, it was done well enough for me to dig it. I'm just happy to see that CASSHAN is remembered at all on both sides of the Pacific.

Besides, compared to the inexcusable, piss-poor, joke of a film DEVILMAN was :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: Cashern is a masterpiece. I think I gotta turn planetxman onto the REAL Casshan.
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Postby Destroysall » Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:41 pm

Anybody seen Akira Kurosawa's RAN?
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Postby kiryugoji04 » Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:48 pm

Yes. It is good. It is also very depressing and long. Everyone dies.
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Postby Jim Ballard » Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:52 pm

Xenorama wrote:i didn't like Casshan either- very overrated, pretentious, dull, washed out colors and REALLY poor "fight" scenes.

Totally agree. The film put me to sleep (really!). Took a couple of attempts to finish it.
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Postby Destroysall » Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:43 am

kiryugoji04 wrote:Yes. It is good. It is also very depressing and long. Everyone dies.


I know, I was sad through the whole thing.
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Postby Hawanja » Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:08 am

Uhhhhh....Howabout EVERY ZATOICHI EVER MADE!!!


You know honestly they don't impress me. I've seen like four of them, and while each was pretty good Samurai drama, pretty soon it dawned on me that they were all the same movie, over and over and over again.

So, unless you really like Samurai movies, just watch one of them - doesn't matter which one, because if you've seen one, in this case then you've truly seen them all.


Anyway...

I'm not even gonna try to one up anyone on this forum, as you people are experts in Asian cinema, so I'll just name a few I like:

Tetsuo the Iron man - A guy's wee-wee turns into a drill = must see

The Thi Chi Master (w/Jet Li, known as Twin Warriors in the states, excellent high flying kung fu)

The flying guillotine - Best Kung Fu weapon ever

Lone Wolf & Cub: Baby Cart to Hades- One of those movies where the guy's head gets cut off and like a firehose of blood shoots out

The Kid with the Golden Arm - Pretty budge kung fu flick, worth it if you can find a decent, subtitled non-butchered copy

The Returner
- Aliens, gangsters, transforming robot planes, time travel, excellent
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Postby Destroysall » Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:07 pm

I wanted to see the Great Yokai Warrior. Is it good?
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Postby Shonokin » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:43 pm

You mean Miike's recent Great Youkai War? Personally, I loved it, but I'm quite fond of Youkai. Especially the Mizuki inspired type.

KPA did a huge write up on it a while back.
http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2006 ... yokai-war/
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Postby Destroysall » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:46 pm

i gotta see if my local hollywood video has it
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Postby Temjin » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:48 am

Lord Hastur wrote:
Megaloman wrote:i didn't like Casshan either- very overrated, pretentious, dull, washed out colors and REALLY poor "fight" scenes.

David


I figured YOU wouldn't dig it! :wink:

It's not perfect. Why did they show the helmet, but he never wore it?
FINO - "Friender in name only"
VERY depressing, but I guess the original series isn't exactly happy either.
Not enough action at all.

However, it was done well enough for me to dig it. I'm just happy to see that CASSHAN is remembered at all on both sides of the Pacific.

Besides, compared to the inexcusable, piss-poor, joke of a film DEVILMAN was :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: Cashern is a masterpiece. I think I gotta turn planetxman onto the REAL Casshan.


I actually purchased Cashern and I'm satisfied with it.....though ONLY because of the way it was filmed. The movie's too darn emo for its' own good....No action, no dog, no helmet, and worst of all - he only used his "special" ONCE, and it was against a common 'bot....though I gotta say, those 4 mins. of fight time were incredible, as that scene encompases pretty much one of the few good scenes in the entire movie.



BTW, The Great Youkai War's a great movie, and I know it's great simply because my non-subtitle-reading family members actually sat down to watch it and enjoyed it. Any movie, and FOREIGN movie that does that, MUST be interesting at least. :P :D


Also, I'll vouch for Returner - I saw it on the big screen, in a theater packed with folks, most of them saying things like "M:I2 rip-off", "This guy stole Tom Cruise's shades", "Mission: Matrix" and " I didn't know Tom Cruise's stunt double was in The Matrix"....in other words, while you may hear some wierd and interesting things about this movie, it's awesome n its' own right, and should be seen to be believed.
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Postby Shonokin » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:17 pm

The Returner ripped off all sorts of stuff and ironically came up with a much better movie than most of the stuff it ripped off.
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Postby August » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:49 pm

Director Takashi Yamazaki also made the kick-ass-but-ignored JUVENILE for Toho and the Japanese Academy Award-winning ALWAYS (and the recently released sequel, ALWAYS 2). THE RETURNER is a lot better than some of the films it mimicks, and is much better (and far more clever and self-referential) than its sleep-inducing dystopian brothers, such as PRINCESS BLADE and CASSHERN.
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Postby Destroysall » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:40 pm

I was at Hollywood Video today and rented AVH: Alien Vs Hunter, I wouldn't call it awesome, but alright, it really lived up to it's type, ripoff. But I still enjoyed it. I saw something else called Yo-Yo Warrior or Blade, I forget the title but it was Japanese made.
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Postby Temjin » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:13 am

Shonokin wrote:The Returner ripped off all sorts of stuff and ironically came up with a much better movie than most of the stuff it ripped off.



I 100% agree. Is more of these rip-off movie studios employed this sort of emulation, we'd get some good-to-decent actioners from the B-Movie and Japanese crowd.

Returner was in all consideration, a great TRIBUTE film to all those movies....

BTW, anyone catch any nods to other movies besides "the Matrix", Mission: Impossible 2", and "Time Cop"?
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Postby Tyler E. Martin » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:32 pm

I bought "The Burmese Harp" as a birthday present for myself. A beautiful film on many levels, to be sure. I highly recommend it.
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Postby Flame of Udin » Wed May 13, 2009 11:56 pm

Just watched 'Empire of Passion', great flick.

Also for you extreme people I recently bought Martyrs, Splinter, and Laid to Rest, all recommended if your into horror.

Also got Agon: The Atomic Dragon and Daigoro vs. Goliath.
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Postby godziwolf » Sun May 17, 2009 1:10 pm

king-gojira wrote:Uhhhhh....Howabout EVERY ZATOICHI EVER MADE!!!


I've gotten through the first 9, and I have to echo this one.

Ifukube's all over most of them, too.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Sun May 17, 2009 1:21 pm

Zatochi is good...the scores are impressive...but they are essentially all the same movie...i've watched about 7 in total including the first and the last and the absolutely horrible remake...haven't seen the new remake where Ichi is now a female character but I can't imagine it'd be any worse than the first remake....seriously..the musical number at the end of the film....just wow. :goofy:
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Postby zekend01 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:50 am

Any Shaw brother/Gordon Liu. So many good movies have already been named! Lucio Fulci's stuff... Zombie 2 especially. The Princess and the Warrior is a good German movie.
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Postby The Dark Uniter » Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:05 pm

I recommend any Jackie Chan/ Bruce martial arts film. Also Hard Boiled is an excellent all out action film. I heard the adaptation of the Death Note stories are also good but I haven't seen them yet.
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