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Fetish Factory (2017)
Strange low budget zombie strippers
Absolutely a low budget movie. Acting is absolutely top of the shelf, but at the same time I have also seen worse. Story is relaxed and the movie does not really take itself serious. They do unfortunately have some sound troubles where some voices are hard to hear.
No real nudity but you do see a lot of skin. It is not a movie for everyone though. But maybe if you are to zombie movies and don't mind low budget and crazy story it can be your movie.
Not all parts of the movie was interesting but I have seen a lot of Hollywood blockbusters that offered far less than this movie. I found the movie okay and short so it did not outstay its welcome :-)
very bloody revenge
I see the rest of the reviewers and people love this movie. I do see some of the good points in the movie.
For me problem is maybe the start. The start points more or less to the way the movie ends. I am not a fan of knowing the ending. It made the movie feel half an hour too long for me. It is a very long movie, But I have enjoyed other very long movies of these kinds before.
The movie is definitely also bloody in those parts where the swords are drawn. Maybe more bloody and brutal than it really needed to be in some cases.
The acting and directing I found neither really good or bad. Just kind of average.
Would I recommend this movie? For most people no. For people that like black and white samurai revenge movies there is a good chance they will like parts or al of it. The story is fine enough and connected to the 47 samurai in an interesting way.
Yakuza and Okinawa
I had forgotten what this movie was about so when I sat and watched it I expected a drama. I quickly found out I was very wrong. Main players in this movie is a tough local girl, an escaped yakuza boss, the local yakuza, and a poor village.
The girl is not a little weak girl like women are often in these gangster movies. She is involved in fighting several times in the movie.
I found the story engaging. Topics this movie touch is: The american occupation of Okinawa, relationship between Okinawa and mainland Japan, and the hard impact the war had on the civilians on Okinawa. But main part of the story is the conflict with the bad yakuza.
I found the acting good and the fighting scenes were also good.
Would I recommend this movie? If you can live with older movies and like the Japanese gangster movies then go for it by all means. I personally found it refreshing and above average. Actually I enjoyed it a lot :-)
Up Your Alley (1971)
What happens when you combine breasts, mafia, and catering
First of all. If you do not like real low budget movies then skip this one.
Are you offended by seeing breasts then this movie will make you boil. you will see more breasts in this movie than in most movies I have seen. But again there are no real sexual situation. you will find that much more detailed in many conventional movies.
I had no idea why this movie had entered my movie list, and in the start I did initially not like it a lot. But it had some bizarre attraction. I did plan to turn it off. Then somehow after I guess 10 minutes I got a bit intrigued anyway and decided to continue.
Is the story great? No - But I have seen award winning movies with less story. There is not really so much focus on the smugling part even though the movie evolves around it.
Is there any character development? Nope.
In the start I did find this movie 0% funny. But later in the movie there was some bizarre situations where I just could not help smiling or laughing. maybe because it was funny or maybe because I was baffled by how any writer could get to that end line.
Would I recommend it? For most people absolutely no. Do you enjoy weird low budget movies and don't mind a few breasts and bizarre humor then give it a try if it pops up on a television near you.
The Night Visitor (1971)
The snow visitor
I do not really understand peoples high praise of this movie. Of course I can see why some people can like it but that they see it as a masterpiece is out of my understanding.
First of all I did not really find the story itself interesting. I have seen much better both revenge and murder movies from both before and after. max Von Sydow that I normally like I found dull in this role. Only bright light for me was when Trevor Howard was on the screen. The rest of the time was mostly dull.
This guy Max Von Sydow plays is apparently some kind superman that can get from a closed institution back and forth without leaving footprints in the snow or freezing even though he run far in underwear.
The ending was maybe supposed to be funny or something. I just sat and stared and thought that is stupid.
Well it seems like fans of Ingmar Bergman loves this movie. But if not Ingmar Bergman fan then I would recommend skipping it. it is not the worst movie you can find but I found it rather dull and far fetched.
Young love for a gangster wannabe
This movie the central characters are two young people that meet and fall in love. You both follow them and their family. It is not a movie that try to paint a nice dream world for you. Settings is in modern time Japan when the movie was made I believe..
Someone try to luring the 16 years old girl and her friends into being a hostess at a nightclub. Searching for that she meet the young guy. After that you follow what happens in the families and around them. And you mostly focus on the guys internal struggle if he should use the girl to get accepted as a gangster or follow his heart.
I found story and acting convincing. Both of the young couple did well I think.
Would I recommend this movie? I am not sure it is a great date movie :-) And as a romantic movie I do not think I would recommend it. As a gangster movie I would not either. But as a drama if you are into these topics I think it is worth trying. I think the movie is done well. Even if this not really was my type of movie it did keep my attention and I stayed curious for what would happen.
Nu sha shou (1971)
Interesting female assassin movie
Place: Hong Kong
Plot line: Female assassin gets blackmailed into doing a job she does not want to do.
Acting: Quite fine but of course nothing groundbreaking.
Stunts/fighting: well some of it was fine enough. Other things I noticed and laughed a lot about was especially in the start there was a few episodes where it was very obvious camera speed was speeded up to make things very fast. Especially the car chase scenes in the start made me laugh.
Story: Well it does follow the traditional revenge part that is included later in the movie. She meets sleazy bosses. 3 special assassins. A jumping guy and 2 strong men.
Would I recommend this movie? Well if you are into the early Hong Kong action movies and want to see a part of where it started, then for go for it. if you expect a lot of fancy stuff then watch something newer. I was well entertained and found the movie above average for the time it was made.
A bit like watching a disturbed familys video recordings
I know a lot of people love this movie. For me it was not entirely successful. This is not one ceremony but many seen without any connection.
I saw a lot of events but I did not really feel I got to know any of the characters better and their motivation for their behavior. In fact I felt I knew as little about them when the movie ended as when it started.
I am not the big flashback fan for a starter. But some of the baseball things were contradicted from others as never happened. Well I have no idea now really if it did or was just made up. but again how much was then made up? What did really happen and what did not. For me not a great premise for a movie. This could as well have been all a dream.
Maybe I missed something because of the subtitles maybe not were adequate, but I doubt they could have missed that much. It did not help that I did not feel connected to any of the characters. At the same time I think their actions did not feel connected to other episodes in the paper thin story line.
I think I have seen many better and more subtle Japanese movies that were critical to society. This is not one for my collection
Il gatto a nove code (1971)
No clues but in the end you are told who the murderer is
I did think the start of the movie was promising, but as it moved on I did not really connect with any of the characters. The story moved on. But you did not get any hint about who and why the murders was really happening. As the end of the movie came closer I felt it had outstayed its welcome and had failed to keep me interested. Actually I did not care who the murderer was in the end.
Do not look for anything like great acting here or a great mystery. But you will see a few brutal killings, not knowing why they happen except for keeping the murderer secret. Those killings are not enough to satisfy those that see it for those reasons though I assume. So watch another movie. Maybe like "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" by the same director and a far better movie.
Kozijat rog (1972)
Good start but end of film a bit letdown for me
I was very much taken in by the movie in the start. Not to the point where i would say masterpiece but a solid and interesting approach to things. Unfortunately a film of this character only have a few viable endings and for me I think it was fast limited further down.
I did think the acting was good and I do think the landscapes was beautiful. But I felt the story lacked some development outside the very narrow scope of the father and the girl. And I did also think there was lack of character progression besides one of the main characters.
It is by no means a bad movie. I just felt if could easily have achieved so much more than ending up being a very average movie.
Dzhentlmeny udachi (1971)
it did not work for me
Story is the classical doubleganger comedy . This time a kindergarten helper is used by the police to get stolen and hid a golden helmet back from some criminals.
I have watched old Russian comedies before and liked some a lot and liked others less. This did just not work for me. I did not find anything in the movie really funny. But it seems like a lot like it. Maybe the movie is also more fun for Russian people, But I guess sometimes comedies are also very individual what people like.
Tian zhan (1971)
So bad it is awful
This movie have it all. Bad editing. Bad acting. Bad fighting scenes.
Actually I cannot find one redeeming feature about this movie.It is not even short to spare the pain.
I am not an expert in so bad it is good movies. But this one I just found trashy in the boring way. Where in many of these Asian fighting movies they are extremely "powerful" this guy is nearly like superman. Maybe you can enjoy that.I did not.
Juste avant la nuit (1971)
Watch the Japanese version of the book from 68 instead
I felt this movie was very slow moving the first 40 minutes until I thought I recognized parts of the story. Then i checked and can see it is based on the same novel. But I do find the pain and the anguish is better felt in the Japanese version .
Well for me this movie should be a skip, but it may be okay if you have not seen the other version. I cannot say if it is more true to the novel either. But anyway I do not understand people describe this as a masterpiece. I neither found the acting or the dialog very inspiring here.
Most likely good for children
I have just seen this movie for the first time so I do not have fond childhood memories about it. I was not really impressed by the start but the movie sort of grew a bit on me in the later part. It is in my opinion not a masterpiece but a foretelling about what would later come. I had hoped for more muppets and less people.
It is a fair way to spend your time but unless looking for something to see with the kids then it is not worth searching long and hard for.
Kaibyô nori no numa (1968)
A cat and a swamp
An evil vassal kills his lord to take over the castle and the lords wife. The lords wife drown herself together with her beloved cat in the cursed swamp to avoid this fate.....
This is a haunting Black and white movie. I would not really call it scary but I think it is a good supernatural movie. Acting and fight scenes are also quite fine. The story is not one of the wonders of this world but fine enough for this kind of movie.
So who would I recommend this movie to? People who are interested in Japanese horror or super natural will most likely have a good time here if they can live with black and white and maybe not the best effects in the world.
Burai hijô (1968)
Ordinary but entertaining yakuza stuff
Is it different from the other installments in the series? The clear answer is no. As the other parts of the series it is also a good old yakuza movie entry point. yes there is a bit violence but not as grim as many other yakuza movies from the same time. it is more light in the mood.
Do I need to see any of the prior or later episodes to enjoy this? Nope everything is pretty clear and well ended.
Once again Goro the nice yakuza gets involved in a conflict. This time he choose to help the wife of a victim for a faulty gambling debt.
So is there anything new here? Nope the same all the way. Pretty women and a lot of talking about honor. Even a lot of knife fights where the blood sometimes flow as it was paint ;-)
Would I recommend this? To people that love these early yakuza movies or want to try one then this is a good choice for a relaxing evening. If you go for deep story or something special then look elsewhere. I was well entertained and had a good time with the movie and I did enjoy the end especially.
Heitai gokudo (1968)
Sort of Japanese Dirty Dozen
And again not. Mostly revolving around the main character and other yakuza from his own and other gangs and their troubles in the army. It is really a strange mix. First I thought it was a comedy. Then suddenly harsh and brutal scenes appeared. After watching I am not really sure what I would describe the movie as.
But there is a nice mix for everyone but most likely also something that would make it hard to please all in the crowd. I did enjoy the movie and I am happy I encountered this movie. It is not the best movie in the world, but if you are to the somewhat strange mix the movie gives then you may very well enjoy it.
I do mostly think this movie is for people that do enjoy older Japanese movies and have seen a yakuza movie or two. I have not seen the first movie in the series but I did not feel anything missing for that.
Bakuha 3-byô mae (1967)
Japanese undercover agent looking for diamonds
I did find this movie quite entertaining especially considered the time it was made. There is the goverment agent "hero" that seems to have his doubt about the mission. Two well armed gangs trying to get their hands on the diamonds. And as a wild card a former agent. None of the parties are picky about killing enemies.
There is no real black and white in this movie. But mostly unpleasant gangsters that are not shy to kill and maim anyone. It is not a mindblowing or deep movie but I did enjoy watching it. but of course it does not have lots of explosions and so on as modern action movies.
Dainippon koroshiya den (1965)
A guy get assassinated and his comrades hire a lot of assassins to protect themselves and someone else hires assassins to kills those.....
First let us go into is this movie funny? Well that is a matter of taste. Some people will find it hilarious I am sure. All parts of the comedy is overacted and the assassins are silly in a stupid way. I could see some of the things could have been funny with a different delivery. But I just did find all the assassins too stupid and silly for the jokes to work.
I am sure some people will love this movie but I wonder why I stuck with it to the end. And the end I think was failed too.
Mito komon umi o wataru (1961)
Samurai visiting the Ainu people on Ezo
Pirates attack a ship and kills everybody on board and steal a map of the northern Ezo province. This takes an old man and two samurai on a journey to Ezo where they encounter the Ainu tribal people and a clan that may be involved in the troubles.
This is an investigation samurai movie showing some for this period quite unique clash of two worlds stories. acting and so on is quite good. But what makes this movie interesting for me is it is different with a story not seen in the traditional samurai movie. It is maybe not a masterpiece but still good and a movie that is worth seeing if you like samurai movies. It has good entertainment value and a good pace. I doubt you will regret watching this. I enjoyed it a lot.
Chiyari musô (1959)
cowards, vendetta, and a spear man
A cowardly samurai/noodle vendor get an important part to play in a vendetta attack. To top that there is also added a grumpy spear man and two pretty ladies.
This is an unusual vendetta movie closer to humor than a fighting movie even though there is a bit of fighting in the movie. To be honest the main character sees his limitations and expect to be a distraction that will die so his brother can kill the person who killed him.
I thought it was a nice refreshing take on the whole vendetta business as we have seen done so many times before and after. I enjoyed it a lot but I would say if you only see it for the martial arts then you can find many better suited movies. Otherwise I would say it is good entertainment for people into Japanese movies.
Onmitsu Shichishoki (1958)
Unfortunately unknown movie
I was lucky enough to see this movie. A will gets stolen and then the chase for the lost will starts. This is one of those movies you cannot 100 percent predict. One thing is for sure that you cannot get a completely happy ending for all the characters.
The movie have enough fighting to keep you entertained and love stories that makes you wonder what twist of fate they will lead to, and also counter moves all the time like a game of chess between two clans and their helpers. In my opinion this movie is far above the average samurai movie. If you happen to fall over it it is definitely worth a look. I will not write a lot about the story as it should come as a surprise.
So who is it recommended for? I would say are you into Samurai movies and you can get to see it then don't miss it.
Daibosatsu tôge (1957)
1957 vs 1960 version
I have to say I saw the 1960 version starring Raizô Ichikawa first.
Lead actor does really do a lot of difference. I feel Chiezô Kataoka seems to old for what I feel Tsukue Ryunosuke should be. I may be wrong there of course :) But I think the 1960 version of Tsukue Ryunosuke seems more cold and scary. and the scenes were just set up in a much better way saying a lot more.
Otherwise I guess it is okay but I would go directly for the 1960 version if I was going to choose. i feel both mood and the lead does a big difference for me giving the advantage to the later version.
Sasaki Kojiro Kohen (1957)
Not as good as the first movie
To be honest I did not really appreciate Sasaki Kojiro Kohen as much as the first movie. Of course there is a lot less fighting in this one, but a movie can be interesting without a lot of fighting also :-)
I did think the acting was fine and so on. I just felt a lack of content. A lot of talking and events that did not really lead anywhere. There was no deeper character development anywhere. The few places where you learned something new about the Sasaki Kojiro and I found it beginning to get interesting then the subject was discontinued and the movie jumped to the next event. So very little about his new style, mission with life, and women.
Worth seeing if you have seen the first movie. Otherwise you can find better.
Sasaki Kojiro (1957)
Interesting tale about fame and swords
Interesting tale about Sasaki Kojiro that I have earlier seen from the Musashi Miyamoto. Quite interesting to see another view on the story and his greatest opponent.
The movie is well acted and I have to say it is not the sharpest copy ever I have seen here. But still I enjoy it a lot and it is filled with fights I have to say and chasing and killing. I have no idea how true to the story this movie is and I do not see it as a history lesson but more a guide with artistic freedom.
Who would I recommend this to? People that like samurai movies and can handle a movie in black and white. I think those people will enjoy if they can find the movie.