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Question: Are any of Chow's films (aside from Kung Fu Hustle) available on Blu-Ray? I've been trying to find God of Cookery and Shaolin Soccer for ages. There appears to be an Italian release of Shaolin Soccer, but that's all I can find. I'd buy a Chow Blu-Ray box set asap.

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Yeah, but most will probably be imports...    

http://www.yesasia.com/us/stephen-chow/0-aid10762-0-bpt.47-en/list.html

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I believe a couple are on Netflix.

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I believe a couple are on Netflix.

That's where I watched them. I'd like to have them on Blu if possible. 

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A Touch Of Zen 4K Restoration Trailer

 

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Watched THE GREAT HYPNOTIST for review a couple of days ago. Very entertaining! It's an Inception-esque cat and mouse game between a therapist and patient. There were so many twists that I was a little befuddled by the third act, but it's well worth checking out.

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Well, it seems I'm not a fan of Shohei Imamura's 60's offerings.  Having just spent three nights (plus) watching the films that make up the Criterion Collection's PIMPS, PIGS AND PROSTITUTES set of Imamura films, I can only say one worked for me.

 

THE INSECT WOMAN (1963) and INTENTIONS OF MURDER (1964) were two of the most dull slogs I've had in a long time.  While the central themes about put-upon village women standing up for themselves at long last and forging their own destinies are worthwhile ones, man, these films sure take their time getting there and any rewards these women earn after all they've been through are slight at best.  The films just sort of stop.  INSECT gets points for a nice bit of bookending, but for a film called INTENTIONS OF MURDER, there's a shocking lack of murder happening.  These are films about total jerks who bully a woman to breaking points that never come.  Realistic, maybe, but not interesting.

 

PIGS AND BATTLESHIPS (1961), though, has the good luck of having likeable characters, a solid story, a discernible point, colorful locations and tight direction.  The story of the various criminal elements operating around an American military base, the ne'er-do-well Yakuza-in-training anti-hero and his strong-willed girlfriend and baby mama, there are underworld deals, soldiers throwing their weight around where they're not wanted, hookers with heart of gold (and malice), gangster hijinks and even some silly, fun action stuff.  The film takes a detour at the end into darker territory but even then the drama feels earned rather than just an afterthought.  Easily the most interesting of the three.

 

I'm glad I've already seen two other Imamura films, the superior VENGEANCE IS MINE (1976) and WARM WATER UNDER A RED BRIDGE (2011)....  I still need to see his BLACK RAIN (1989) someday.

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Question: Has anybody here seen Yang's A Brighter Summer Day? I know it just came to Criterion, and David Bordwell recently published an extended rave about its greatness. I rarely do a blind buy, but this four-hour epic seems like it might be worth it.

NOTE: This same question also applies to A Touch of Zen.

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I bought A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY and haven't seen it, but it is extremely reputed and probably worth a blind buy. I also have to watch YI YI.

 

I saw A TOUCH OF ZEN in a theater last year, it is technically an action film but the rhythm is extremely slow and I was surprised to see the film going on and on, the story could have almost stopped after 2 of its 3 hours, not that it's a flaw. One year later the movie is still in my head and is probably a masterpiece for its visual and narrative ambition, it really stands apart in the wu xia pian genre, which I know pretty well. Go for it, go for the both of them actually.

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I bought A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY and haven't seen it, but it is extremely reputed and probably worth a blind buy. I also have to watch YI YI.

 

I saw A TOUCH OF ZEN in a theater last year, it is technically an action film but the rhythm is extremely slow and I was surprised to see the film going on and on, the story could have almost stopped after 2 of its 3 hours, not that it's a flaw. One year later the movie is still in my head and is probably a masterpiece for its visual and narrative ambition, it really stands apart in the wu xia pian genre, which I know pretty well. Go for it, go for the both of them actually.

Thanks! I haven't seen Yi Yi either.

A Touch of Zen is playing at a theater in town next weekend. They're also showing Ran the day before, so hopefully I'll get my Asian epic fix in a few days.

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SKIPTRACE posters!

 

Hahahaha, CITY HUNTER!  YES!!!

 

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I just started watching The Classified File (2015), and it looks like a very good Korean crime drama/thriller.

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Bong Joon-Ho's "Memories of Murder" is now available on Hulu Plus. Watch it. It's freakin' great.

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I love it so much.
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TBH if you haven't seen Memories of Murder yet, fan of foreign cinema or otherwise, you should probably just end it all tonight.  Or rent it or something.

 

 

I was watching this the other day.  The ending is fantastic.  Song Kang-Ho's character, older and plumper, has apparently succeeded as an entrepreneur, as so many men are wont to do, apparently content...and then he happens upon the original crime scene.  You see he hasn't left it behind at all, and is as obsessed as ever...This open-ended ending is so much better than the traditional happy or nihilistic ending.  Top marks to Song Kang-Ho and Bong Joon-Ho here.

 

I was reminded of this because back in the day I sent Jeremy Smith a really great book about the hunt for the Green River killer and when I recently dropped him a good luck note for his crowd-funder he wrote me back to say again how much he enjoyed it and went looking for books by the same author.

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God I love that ending.

Right after he gives his son some grief for lying about studying... but says get good at video games why not?
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So Phil (sorry, Phil!) RT'd a tweet from Gabe Powers mentioning that a lot of movies from Arrow Films are now on Amazon Prime. Doing some digging, I stumbled upon the Stray Cat Rock series, a series of 5 films released within a year or two about a girl gang in Japan. I watched a bit of "Machine Animal," mainly because I thought the title was awesome. Well worth checking out! A Japanese psychedelic freakout which was quite fun. Think Russ Meyer minus all of the breast ogling.

 

Apparently "Machine Animal" was the 4th in the series, so I plan on catching up with the rest in short order. Learn more here - http://dangerousminds.net/comments/meiko_kaji_and_the_ass-kicking_female_gangs_of_the_stray_cat_rock_films_197

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I LOVE GEB POWERS

 

he stabs me all the time on facebook for saying things that anger him!

 

(stabs joon)

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Oh man, is Memories of Murder still on Hulu?  I'll have to take a look.  I remember having seen it, but ironically enough, don't remember a thing about it.

Edit: Aaaaaand it appears to be gone.  :(

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I see Jackie's KUNG FU YOGA will be playing select US theaters this Friday.  

RAILROAD TIGERS played here a couple of weeks ago but I missed it.  Has anyone caught that one yet?

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I see Jackie's KUNG FU YOGA will be playing select US theaters this Friday.  

RAILROAD TIGERS played here a couple of weeks ago but I missed it.  Has anyone caught that one yet?

I read a review comparing it to Inglourious Basterds which made me interested in seeing it.

I see that WellGoUSA is promoting its theatrical release, so I'm guessing it will arrive on home video in a couple of months. I used to get Blu-Rays from WellGoUSA for review, but I don't anymore, unfortunately. I believe they have a deal with Netflix to show their movies a couple of weeks after home video release.

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I had a similar deal with ArtsMagic.  Got tons of review screeners from them back in the DVD film-critic days before they went under.  Loved their catalog!

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/studio.php?ID=281

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So Phil (sorry, Phil!) RT'd a tweet from Gabe Powers mentioning that a lot of movies from Arrow Films are now on Amazon Prime. Doing some digging, I stumbled upon the Stray Cat Rock series, a series of 5 films released within a year or two about a girl gang in Japan. I watched a bit of "Machine Animal," mainly because I thought the title was awesome. Well worth checking out! A Japanese psychedelic freakout which was quite fun. Think Russ Meyer minus all of the breast ogling.

 

Apparently "Machine Animal" was the 4th in the series, so I plan on catching up with the rest in short order. Learn more here - http://dangerousminds.net/comments/meiko_kaji_and_the_ass-kicking_female_gangs_of_the_stray_cat_rock_films_197

 

I did a write-up of the Stray Cat Rock series on my blog https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/stray-cats-delinquent-girls-the-first-wave-of-pink-violence-films/

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That was great, thanks Nathan.

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I also did a follow-up about the second wave of pinky violence films https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/girl-boss-blues-the-second-wave-of-pink-violence-films/

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What do you think of the ANGEL GUTS series? I can't decide if they're interesting little crime films or afronts to humanity.
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I don't think I've seen it, I'll have to check it out.

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Last night I discovered Miike's Happiness of the Katakuris is currently available on Amazon Prime, and finally got to see it.

 

Ahem:

WOW.

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Thread Starter 

http://kore.am/jackie-chan-is-a-big-brother-for-everyone/

 

Watch till the end, it's great.  If you're a longtime Jackie fan like I am (30+ years), you'll be bawling.

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I saved this video to my hard drive for posterity!

 

The music during the broadcast is overbearing and unnecessary, but OH WELL.  Amazing.

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Thread Starter 

"大哥~~~!!!"

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Great Video.

 

Have you seen Kung Fu Yoga, Isao? I watched it this week and found it breezily enjoyable.

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Thread Starter 
I have not. I've read some decent/not terrible reviews so I'll probably check it out at some point. Among his recent output I did catch Dragon Blade when it played on cable and it was laughable. Dude still loves grabbing boobs into his 60s.
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Dude still loves grabbing boobs into his 60s.

 

Who doesn't.

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Also, you guys need to see Train to Busan if you haven't yet.

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