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Hard Romanticker (2011)

Shôta Matsuda , Kento Nagayama , Su-yeon Gu  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shôta Matsuda, Kento Nagayama, Atsurô Watabe
  • Directors: Su-yeon Gu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Artsploitation Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009P9YPCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,640 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

12-page Collector's Booklet (includes an essay in Hard Romanticker , A study of Toei Studios' Yakuza Films by Japanese Cinema Expert Patrick Macias and a Gallery of Orginal Toei Film Posters) and Trailer

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Endlessly entertaining, Hard Romanticker is a fast paced, visceral gangster film with plenty of hard-knuckle fight scenes that will surely garner cult-status in the near future --Twitch Film

Cockily amoral and unsparingly violent..." --Variety

The stylishly bloody and brutal Japanese street gang film..." --Screen Daily

Product Description

Based on director Gu Su-yeon s autobiographical novel, Hard Romanticker is a spectacularly violent gangster movie that delivers its story with equal amounts of style and carnage. Dripping James Dean-like cool, bleach blond Gu (Shota Matsuda) is a young, cocky Korean-Japanese hoodlum living in Japan. When someone accidentally kills the grandmother of a ruthless rival thug, Gu soon finds himself on the receiving end as he becomes the target for bloody, even deadly, revenge. And it doesn t help that the police are on his tail as well. What s a snarly, cigarette-puffing thug to do? With tons of ultra-violence, rampaging youths and nihilistic retribution, Hard Romanticker is a sort of a modern-day A Clockwork Orange yakuza style!.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting April 29, 2013
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Decent little flick right here. An out of left field Japanese number about street gangs and a solid turn by the main guy. Worth a watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wasted Days and Wasted Knights January 20, 2013
Film has had a very long love affair with gangsters. In Frank Capra's LADY FOR A DAY (1933), gangsters are played as mostly lovable, misunderstood heavies who manage to help the police `save the day' in this feel-good Depression era comedy. Fifty years later - in Brian de Palma's version of SCARFACE - a Cuban immigrant seizes power by way a drug cartel and begins his descent into money, madness and greed. In between, gangsters fulfilled a wide variety of roles in hundreds of other pictures. Sometimes, their propensity for violence was glossed over - when it wasn't fully glamorized by an industry largely smitten with power itself - but rarely was it put up on the silver screen with a `tell it like it is' mentality, allowing audiences to think for themselves about whether or not gangs deserved further cinematic study.

(NOTE: the following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

In fairness, it's a bit of a challenge to describe the plot of HARD ROMANTICKER. Iin many ways, the story is awfully similar to the jazz riffs punctuating the film's soundtrack: there's a set-up, some basic note structure, and things just unfold from there. Gu (played by Shota Matsuda) is a gangster who's indirectly linked to the killing of a rival's grandmother, so he and his friends do what they must to avoid the inevitable confrontation ... even if that means destroying one another as they try to get through what suffices for a life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Clockwork Orange....Please February 16, 2013
The cover of the DVD compared the film to Clockwork Orange. Hardly

Perhaps the lack of English dub was a barrier for me. There was a lot of violence but relatively tame frankly. Some shirtless Asian chicks who were cute. But again, nothing special. Save your money
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