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Posted: Aug 09, 2005 1:59 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 06 Aug 2005 Posts: 8
The next movie I'm waiting to pick up is Kichiku Dai Enkai. It's a student film made in 1997, and it's literally supposed to be one of the most gut-churning movies ever filmed. I'll have to see if it lives up to the hype, because I've seen a number of gut-churning movies in my day (including the infamous Cannibal Holocaust, which, despite the horrific violence and real animal killings, is fantastic). Hopefully, I'll pick this up on my vacation in Maine (along with Lady Snowblood). Next up is my review of Tetsuo: The Iron Man.
Posted: Aug 09, 2005 2:25 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 06 Aug 2005 Posts: 8

Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Country of Origin: Japan

Summary: One day, a Japanese salaryman and his girlfriend are out for a drive when they accidentally hit a person in the street. This person is a "metal fetishists," who get off by sticking metal pieces in their body. The salaryman and his girlfriend are frightened about what to do, so in typical hit and run fashion, they leave the body in a ditch (but just happen to be turned on by the idea of death, so they have sex right then and there). The next day, when the salaryman is shaving, he cuts himself, leaving a small piece of metal imbedded in his cheek. Throughout the rest of the movie, he undergoes a horrendous transformation into a metal monster.

Review: I don't even know where to start with this review. I had the pleasure of watching this movie the other day, and I'm still in shock. It has to be just about the most freaking bizzare movie I have ever seen. It is shot entirely in black and white, only runs for about an hour, has just about no tanglible plot whatsoever, and has only a few lines of dialogue...and yet I find it absolutely fantastic. Shinya Tsukamoto gives you a film like that of David Lynch, where it doesn't even try to explain itself, and you will often walk away in complete shock, still trying to comprehend the images you just saw. I have seen some VERY bizarre movies in my day, but this one takes the cake. Shinya Tsukamoto has given us, the viewer, a sensory shock that we will never forget. It's almost like a fast paced live action manga. I don't think there's a take that lasts over ten seconds before switching the camera angle. I can't even begin to comprehend the insanity of this film...and yet, I absolutely loved it. It's a breath-taking piece of cinema that has to be seen to be believed. It's almost a peek into the warped mind of Shinya Tsukamoto. He also draws a great influence from the works of David Lynch and David Cronenberg. I have not seen the film but know quite a bit about it, and there seems to be a HUGE connection between David Lynch's first film Eraserhead and Tetsuo. They are both black and white, and deal with life in a bleak, industrial city. A prominent theme in the work of Cronenberg is that of the flesh and horrendous bodily mutations, which is the basic theme in Tetsuo. We see all these influences, yet it's completely original to Tsukamoto. This film is just...mindblowing. Tsukamoto bombards us with warped images, and he never lets up. There's some really bizzare stuff in here. When the Salaryman begins to transform, it's quite horrific. Even his, um...manhood is changed into...a large, rotating drill, which leads to one of the most jaw-dropping scenes I have ever seen put to film. I commend Tsukamoto for making such an amazing film. If you want to see a film with just about no dialogue, almost mind-numbingly violent (it's not even that excessive; just the way it is portrayed gets to you) and super fast paced, then check out this film. You could end up having a new found love for film, or hating it altogether. It's up to you.

Rating: 5/5
Posted: Aug 14, 2005 12:22 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 30 Jul 2005 Posts: 135

country or origan - Japan

Summary - This is a story of a young girl who was found at a young age by a washed up samurai. She was found looking over the dead body of her mother, She was taken in by the man along with nine other boys. They then trained for years in the art of assasination, confined to a mountain for most of there lives they were told that once there training was complete they would leave the mountain and comence with a mision to assainate three warlords who are hell bent on starting a fudel war.

Review - After hearing how kick-ass this movie is suposed to be I decided to watch it. I knew I'd love it anyway since I've already seen and love movies of the same genra, such as princess blade. One of the things that really sucked me in was the preformance by aya ueto, who'd have thought a J-pop star would be able to pull off such kick-ass action sequences, Some of them were even good enough to challange yumiko shaku's in princess blade. I'm glad it was based on a manga, since Ryuhei Kitamura isnt the best person for story lines, but for action sequences he was the right choice.

rating - ***** 5stars

battle royale
country or origan - Japan

Summary - On going on a school field trip you dont think of something like this of ever happening. During the bus ride to your field trip you look around, everyone else is asleep, most people whouldnt think anything of it, but something else was starnge, shuya himself felt a bit drousy, he looks to the front of the bus and sees the bus attendent and driver are both wearing gas maks, well that is weird. The next thing that happens is waking up in a class room with all your classmates scaterd about also just waking up from a slumber. Next you are told by your former teacher and nutcase kitano (beat takashi) that you are to kill each one of your classmates in the space of three days or you will all die. What would you do?

Review -In my opinion the greatest movie of all time. The plot is amazingly structured and the situation that these 42 students are placed with is just mind blowing. Based on one of japans most controversiol books of all time and directed by one of japans most respected directors of all time (Kinji Fukasaku) it was set to be an amazing film. But battle royale ended up being Kinji Fukasaku's last completed film, since he died during the filming of battle royale 2. The proformances of all the young acted casted in this film are outstanding, this film also set off chiaki kuriyama's acting career, since this was one of the main reasons that she got the part as gogo in kill bill. Sonme of the issues that are dealt with during this movie are the reason it stands out as a masterpiece, it isnt just about high school kids that are getting slauted its much much deeper than that. Its play with trust and buckling under the presure of the game are one of the main dynamics of the movie, like would you kill the person you love for your own survival? Its interesting to watch peoples relationships blossom and wither during the course of the movie, and trying to spot peoples true intentions is cool too. A must see for all asian movie fans, one of the greats.

rating - ***** 5 stars
Posted: Aug 14, 2005 2:19 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 30 Jul 2005 Posts: 135

country of origan - south korea

Summary - The film starts with a conversation between 5 old fogies discusing how kids these days are no longer intrested in martial arts. The convosation is funny and witty but dosnt get you into the story at all. Next comes the title sequence and pans onto a beutiful woman working in a convinience store. She has a sudden vision of a woman getting her bag stolen by a motocycle thief, she then runs out of the store and you see her running up and down biuldings like there is no tommorow. Meenwhile a hopless traffic cop is trying to get his job done but is getting nowhere fast, he witnesses the handbag crime and pursues the thief. After more building climbing by the woman and the traffic cop getting ran other the three of them end up in an ally together, the woman does a powerful palm blast in atempt to hit the theif but ends up hitting the cop instead. The cop wakes up in the womans house and soon becomes obsessed with learning her skills. He becomes aprentace to the 5 tao masters (the old fogies from the begining) and the rest pretty much writes itself.

Review - The film is directed by ryoo seung-wan who is said to be the koreon awnser to stephen chow, after seing this movie I now understand why he has been given this title. The movie reaks of the same style and comedy of a stephen chow film, wich of course is a good thing. Its has kick-ass action sequences compact with rib splitting comedy, everything you would want from a movie.

stars - ****4stars
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 8:27 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 25 Jan 2006 Posts: 48 Location: Bulgaria

Kikujiro (Kikujirô no natsu ) 1999
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Summary: Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro hardly seems the ideal companion for little Masao who is determined to travel long distances to see the mother he has never met. Their excursion to the cycle races is the first of a series of adventures for the unlikely pair which soon turns out to be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with a wide array of surprises and odd ball characters to meet along the way (taken from )
Review: This was the first movie which I knew that Kitano made it, and after I watched it I was in somewhere in the clouds, this movie is not ordinary movie, after you watched it, you will think for this movie atleast for some weeks. For maximum enjoyment you can see this work of art with your family but it is not very proper for children because of the vulgar language. Must see film
stars: 5/5

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Posted: Mar 11, 2006 5:57 am Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 11 Nov 2005 Posts: 655 Location: Finrando

Sky High [2003]
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
Counrtry Of Origan: Japan
Genre: Fantasy / Mystery / Action / Horror
Writing credits: Tsutomu Takahashi (Sky High, manga]

Summary - A serial-murderer is removing his victims hearts and taking them with him. Kanzaki is a detective on the case. The day he is due to be married his fiance, Mina, is killed displaying the same MO as the other victims. He discovers geneticist, Kudo, and Rei, his evil "secretary" to be the killers. When they have six hearts they will be able to summon demons from beyond the `Gate of Rage` to grant any wish, but darkness will fall upon the earth. Mina becomes Guardian of the Gate of Rage, and must fight Kudo when he is killed. Kanzaki enters the world of the dead to protect her. [credits go to]

Review - If you are familiar with Kitamura's films like: Azumi/II), Godzilla, Versus. You will recognize his style from the beginning to end. Very nice done cinematography, fight scenes that blow your mind , and all top of that. Story lines that might be hard to catch.
But trust me when you get the story its like heaven to you.
When i watched this film i was at the edge of my seat almost from the beginning to the end. Imo there is no flaws in this movie all the actors do a good job specially Takao Osawa who is playing the role of Tatsuya Kudo. Only flaw that might get to my eye is the monster in the gate of resentment what was actually they thinking. It shure does not look good but thats so small thing that it wount ruin the movie/story This movie it a must see of Ryuhei Kitamura fans. If you like top notch fighting/story/good acting scenes with a sometimes twisted humor with a lil add of blackhumor you wanna see this.

Stars: ******* 7
Posted: Mar 12, 2006 10:51 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 22 Aug 2005 Posts: 455 Location: In a Box
Its Japanese but this is the only cover I could find...

Ima, ai ni yukimasu/Be With You [2004]
Counrtry Of Origan: Japan
Genre: Fantasy / Romance

When two souls find one anoter , nothing can tear them apart. Widower Takumi (Shidou Nakamura) lives a quiet life with his six-year-old son Yuji (Akashi Takei) after the loss of wife and mother Mio (Yuko Takeuchi). Yuji unfailingly remembers her promise to him: "I'll be with you again in a year's time, when the rains come." On the first anniversary of her passing, Takumi and Yuji are taking a walk in the woods when they come across a woman sheltering from a monsoon downpour. She bears an uncanny resemblance to Mio, but has no recollection of who she is or what she is doing there. Family life resumes from where they left off, while Takumi and Mio's memories of their first encounter in high school come flooding back. However, their new life together is interrupted by the discovery of Mio's old diary, which reveals the secrets of her past and how they must say goodbye once more in six weeks time...
[Taken from here.]

Its really sad;.;

and I read some where they are making an american version in 2007... Yes.. i suck at revews.. watch it.. its awesome.

Download here:

Posted: Mar 13, 2006 1:15 am Reply with quote
Joined: 26 Jun 2005 Posts: 497 Location: New York

I've heard of that one ^ "Ima, ai ni yukimasu". I wanted to see the j-dorama version with Narimiya Hiroki because i LOVE him. Love He's such a gifted actor. Nod

Eh, they're making an American version? Why can't they just show the original japanese version? Well I hope they do a good job since usually it's really...bleh No (American remakes, that is). I really hope they do a good job with this one though! Sad
Posted: Mar 21, 2006 9:08 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Feb 2006 Posts: 247 Location: Peterborough, England
Ima, Ai Ni Yukimasu is the one i was going to recommend. i can see it appealing to fans of Ai chan for some reason. it's such a wonderful mix of sadness and happiness that it did actually make me cry (that rarely happens). Jennifer Garner is going to be in the remake........ that puts me off straight away because i'm not a big fan of hers. i can't see them doing the original justice but i'll have to watch it just so i can have a basis for all the complaining i will do Tongue

another one that i'm singing the praises of is

Bin-Jip (3-Iron) [2004]
Director: Kim Ki-Duk
Counrtry Of Origan: South Korea
Genre: Drama / Romance

plot outline : A young drifter enters strangers' houses - and lives - while owners are away. He spends a night or a day squatting in, repaying their unwitting hospitality by doing laundry or small repairs. His life changes when he runs into a beautiful woman in an affluent mansion who is ready to escape her unhappy, abusive marriage. (from imdb)

i had a go at writing a little review for this on another forum but i failed miserably.... and i've sat here for ten minutes and still can't think of the right words to do this film justice Smile

i shall just say that it's beautifully shot and for such a simple scenario it delivers much more than you could ever imagine. you'll probably need a bit of patience to watch it but it will feel so worth it when you come out the other side. yeah that'll do. also if you're a fan of Kim Ki-Duk's work then you must see this film!

Mark's rating = 5/5
Posted: Mar 29, 2006 3:15 pm Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 09 Jun 2005 Posts: 302 Location: USA


In this wacky action comedy, a surly female cop goes undercover in a high school to track down an elusive criminal whose testimony could put a notorious mobster behind bars. But along the way, she has to deal with school bullies, exams, and a mysterious classmate she soon develops feelings for. Neither a rousing crowd pleaser nor a total waste of time, She's On Duty basically amounts to less than two hours of innocuous entertainment. But let's be real, fun as the film may be on occasion, it's all stuff we've seen many times before.

the voice
south korea

The story of Young Eon (Kim Ok Bin), a timid high school student who dies mysteriously while singing in the school's music room. But even in death, Young Eon's voice continues to be heard by her best friend, Sun Min (Seo Ji Hye). Although startled by this supernatural development, Sun Min adapts rather quickly to the situation and tries to uncover the reasons for her friend's untimely demise. But Sun Min's absolute faith in her dearly departed friend is soon shaken when a plague of mysterious deaths start to occur on campus! Are these murders Young Eon's doing? Or could the culprit be someone far more sinister?
5 out of 5 stars
Posted: Mar 31, 2006 12:09 pm Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 29 Jan 2006 Posts: 715 Location: India
I have one movie that I think everyone should watch.
Its called Rang De Basanti
It is an awesome movie which blends the past and present perfectly and in the end leaves you in a state of hysteria. This Indian movie is definitely a must watch!
Rand De Basanti
Directed by: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Produced by: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Deven Khote, Ronnie Screwvala
Written by: Renzil D'Silva, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Starring: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Sharman Joshi, Madhavan, Siddharth, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Kiron Kher, Alice Patten, Mohan Agashe, Waheeda Rehman, Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Cyrus Sahukar
Music by: A R Rahman
Language: Hindi
Posted: Dec 23, 2006 11:55 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 30 Nov 2006 Posts: 61
If you want something that will rattle your cages until the end of time watch this Korean movie called Old Boy (sorry no pictures). WARNING DO NOT WATCH IF YOU ARE UNDER 18. I am warning you now. If you are under 18 stay away at all costs. Heck, even 18 isn't a correct age for this film. I would suggest 21 or 24 years of age for this film.

You will be left completely shaken after this movie for at least a few days.
Posted: Oct 16, 2007 4:08 pm Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 15 Sep 2007 Posts: 174 Location: United Kingdom
WOW, great thread! I myself am a huge fan of Asian films! Some that I would recommend:

A Tale of Two Sisters
Probably the best horror film I have ever seen!!! Although another one likely to be spoilt by the American remake Crying
A Bittersweet Life
Like the vengeance films, from the same director/writer as A Tale of Two Sisters
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Great start to the vengeance trilogy, my personal favourite.
Amazing film, just a shame it is getting an American remake No
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Equally brilliant as the rest of the trilogy!
Astounding war film!!!
Memories of Murder
Could well be the best hunt-the-killer film ever!!!
The Host
Same director as MoM^, great horror!
Plus any Wong Kar-wai film!!!!

I also really want to see:

Infernal Affairs trilogy
Once Upon A Time In China

Plus many other listed in this thread!

Posted: Oct 21, 2007 9:30 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Feb 2007 Posts: 8011 Location: Canada
Oh sweet I didn't know this tread existed.

I'd have to agree with most the movies that I have seen that have appeared in this thread which are the likes of:
Infernal Affairs - the movie "Departed" was actually based from this movie, but this movie was better executed in acting and sceneplay). Andy Lau and Tony Leung does an excellent acting job in this movie. Pretty much the whole movie is one the edge of your seat suspense and so many plot twists ...

Shaolin Soccer - Stephen Chow is absolutely HILARIOUS in this movie. So is Vicki Zhao Wei. But personally I think you have to be in the mood to see a comedy movie because it can be quite ridiculous ...

Battle Royale - very gory, especially if you're not one to watch violent shows or movies before. I personally watched this at 6 in the morning after an all nighter for a term paper, so I was numbed for most of the scenes but even a couple scenes was just too much. However it is a recommended movie if you can handle the violence. The actors and actresses (even if they are literally from Jr.Highs) do an excellent job in this movie ... partly because the director Kinji Fukasaku was very strict on the set and made sure the scenes were exactuly to his liking. I have heard rumbling on the net about a remake for this movie but that idea has been currently put on hold due to the Virgina Tec shootings over a year ago (this is completely understandable). Oh and read the book after the movie. If you plan to read the book, do not read the book and than watch the movie because than you may not like the movie as much as the book. DO NOT WATCH the sequel as it will be a waste of your time.

Azumi - not as gory as Battle Royale but still pretty violent. I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the plot but there are good fight scenes and interesting ways of executing the various camera angles for the fight scenes. The sequel isn't really worth watching though ...

Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu - Fantastic romance/"chick flick" movie. Well executed in the directed, location and acting. I consider this to be one of my favorite romance of all time just because of how subtle things are in the beginning and then BAM the ending just hits you. The clues are there all along but it doesn't really hit you till you get to the end of the movie. Highly recommended is all I have to say. Oh and random tid bit. the female lead and the male lead actually fell in love with each other during the filming of the movie and eventually married. As far as I know, they are still together.

Other movies:
If you like(d) Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu, I highly recommend Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru. The are somewhat similar to each in a sense that they're both romance movies and plus they are both books written by a writer named Takuji Ichikawa. I could say so much more about Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru that I can write forever about this movie but I'll let my past blog entries to that are HERE

Who Am I- Best Jackie Chan movie to date (in my opinion). I'd watch it just for this awesome Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5 moment.
Posted: Oct 26, 2007 6:31 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 13 Mar 2007 Posts: 260 Location: Monterey, CA
The only asian movie I'm interested in watching right now is called "Naraka 19", which stars Gillian Chung from Twins.
Based on a popular Internet novel, Naraka 19 is a horror thriller with a unique modern twist. For the first time since 49 Days, Gillian Chung of Twins takes on a lead film role as Rain, a student who checks into her university dorm room only to discover that it has a troubled and ominous history. Ten years prior, a student named Gao Yuan (Jones Xu) committed suicide in the room, and the resulting psychic scars run deep. Rain's roommates begin getting text messages on their mobile phones inviting them to play a special game, where they must traverse the 18 levels of Hell in order to reach the fabled "Naraka 19". However, the price for not passing a level is madness or even death! In order to uncover the game's secret, as well as her friends' fates, Rain agrees to join the game. Suddenly, she finds herself in a dark and fantastic world, surrounded by demons and otherworldly creatures, with only her wits and her surprisingly handy mobile phone to point the way home.
The original fiction for Naraka 19 has attained quite a following online, resulting in some concerns from fans about how the film version would turn out. Allaying those fears is director Carol Lai, who follows up her last horror film, the under-appreciated The Third Eye with this new effort, utilizing state-of-the-art CG effects to render the fantastic levels of Hell visited by Rain and her roommates. The effects resemble those from the Pang Brothers hit Re-cycle, with hidden psychological pains bringing grisly imagery and the threat of violence to each character's individual Hell. Backing Gillian Chung is a promising cast, including Patrick Tam (Beast Cops), Shaun Tam (Star Runner), Yan Ng (Whispers and Moans), new EEG singer Vincy, models Maggie Li and Bonnie Xian, and finally Gillian Chung's Twin partner, Charlene Choi, in a very special cameo.
I just ordered this movie through eBay, and I should be receiving it within the next 10 days. I can't wait to watch it, because when I saw the preview clips on youtube, I noticed that the visual effects in this movie are very amazing. For people who liked the movie "Pan's Labyrinth", I'm sure that they'll also love this movie.
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