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Initial post: Nov 25, 2010 1:39:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2010 1:41:34 AM PST
Stupid question really, but with the proliferation of Japanese movies to the US and Europe, many more people have had some kind of exposure. So what's your poison?

Me personally, I'm enjoying the insanity being produced by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Yudai Yamaguchi, Noboru Iguchi, Tak Sakaguchi and their peers. I'm talking about movies like:

Mutant Girls Squad (2010)
Vampire Girl vs.Frankenstein Girl
The Machine Girl
Tokyo Gore Police
Meatball Machine
RoboGeisha

If you have read my work (esp "de Sade Assassins" or "Media Whores"), you will understand why. The beauty of the over-the-top violence and cheesy graphics is sheer brilliance to me. I realize of course, I am in a minority. But that's just as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2010 10:03:11 AM PST
chris lail says:
I've been reading your stories on my kindle, really enjoying them! I'm going to read your new release Bukkake Brawl next, I'm impressed by the work you've done through twitter. But, would be thrilled to read a full release from you!
Okay, on topic..
Well, I guess I've been watching Japanese craziness for quite some time now. I'm assuming you've already watched Tetsuo: the Iron Man. Probably the first over the top live action I saw as a kid. I'm a bid fan of the oddness of Suicide Circle, the pacing of the film is done to keep you a little off balance. Not really in the violent over the top cata-gory, but more of a comedy I would really suggest Party 7. And, the hyper cute, kinda girly but rather likeable Kamikaze Girls. You know, need to change it up once in awhile and cross polinate. I think the last two movies still might be of interest to you.
Keep writing! I'm looking forward to more creative insanity from you in the future!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2011 2:23:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2011 2:24:31 AM PST
Chris! Geez, I feel like an ass for making you wait so long before getting your reply. Many apologies.
You dig the work? Thanks! I appreciate the support.
Nah, you can go as off-topic as you like. I wouldn't begrudge anyone that.

Ahh, those are some classics! - and I have seen every one of them. Tons of gory fun to be sure.

There's much more to come... much, much more. Hoping to pound out another novella and some short work this year.

Take care, and feel free to leave a message here any time!

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 8:37:39 PM PST
chris lail says:
I guess I'll toss up some of the other Japanese movies that I have liked over the recent years also,
Uzumaki- A great adaptation of the manga, such a brilliant ideal of spirals bringing terror to a small town. Junji Ito has a natural talent for creating horror, fantastic illustrator to boot.
Crows Zero- Another adaptation, by Miike of all people, such a hit or mainly miss director, but I am a sucker for people fighting for no reason what so ever, gotta rep your gang type stuff. I think of this more along the lines of the book, Kung Fu Highschool, though. The manga, Crows, and Worst, were pretty good.
Rubbers Lover- Japanese cyberpunk makes no sense what so ever.. Great look to the film, kinda poor story. Would like to see a fan re-edit of this.
Death Trance- I love the visual style in this, a great mix of Mad Max and Edo era. The director is Yuji Shimomura, I think he also made Versus, also okay.
X Cross - This really surprised me, well made. A great job at running parallel stories connected by cell phones. This guy has alot of potential. And, it has a chainsaw giant scissors fight!
Organ- A creepy gross film about black market organ theivery, not a great movie but there's a fight that sticks out in my head, and some of the imagery is great. Icky movie, brutal, loved the ending.
I think that's good for now, I'm looking forward to what's in the pipeline for Japanese movies.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 4:06:58 AM PST
I have seen just about all of those, but I am surprised to see you have seen Death Trance. I have been looking at that on the rental DVD store shelf for a long time. Each time I wonder if it's worth it. Now that you give me a little inside to it (I like Shimonura), I'm going to give it a whirl. I will have to try Rubbers Lover too. Have you seen Burst City. It's insane. Perhaps not a really strong script, but it has an atmosphere you just want to inhale.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 4:43:45 PM PDT
Lone Wolf and Cub series
Zatoichi series
Yojimbo
Akira
Ghost In The Shell
Ninja Scroll
Stray Dog
Village of the Watermills (last short of Kurosawa's Dreams)
Basically I like anime and chanbara ("Samurai" (though some are more concerned with Yakuza, or are set post-Meiji) sword-fighting movies), and anything directed by Kurosawa or starring Mifune. I do like others, but haven't really seen much apart from a few Kurosawa films. I've got The Burmese Harp, but it seems like a difficult movie to watch, emotionally, so I'm waiting for a time when I feel I can handle it.
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