yakuza tagged posts

DVD Review: New Battles Without Honor and Humanity Trilogy

Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Writers: Fumio Konami, Misao Arai (New Battles Without Honor and Humanity), Susumu Saji, Yozo Tanaka, Kôji Takada, (New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss’s Head), Kôji Takada (New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Last Days of the Boss)

Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Meiko Kaji, Tsutomo Yamazaki, Nobuo Kaneko, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kô Nishimura, Mikio Narita, Yuriko Hishimi, Chieko Matsubara

Cert: 15

Running time: 98/94/91mins

Year: 1974/1975/1976


New Battles without Honour and Humanity: medium_3
The Boss’s Head:
Last Days of the Boss:


What’s the story: Three unrelated crime stories follow the criminal travails of street-level yakuza and their attempts to make their marks in cruel, dishonourable worlds.

What’s the verdict: Proof that you can’t keep a g...

Read More

Blu-Ray Review: Tampopo

Director: Jûzô Itami

Writer: Jûzô Itami

Cast: Tsutomo Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe, Kôji Yakusho, Kinzô Sakura, Rikiya Yasuoka, Yoshi Katô

Cert: 15

Running time: 114 minutes

Year: 1985


Film:
Extras: medium_5


What’s the story: Timid Tokyo ramen shop owner Tampopo (Miyamoto) begins a journey of culinary and self discovery when the gruff Goro (Yamazaki) teaches her how to make the perfect bowl of noodles.

What’s the verdict: Oh, what torture reviewing one of cinema’s greatest food movies. How tasty look those clichés. The urge to call it “flavourful”, “a feast for the eyes” or “a banquet for the cinematic palate, presented with Michelin-star worthy élan”.

We quite like that last one…

Ah, shame be flambéed...

Read More

15 Five Star Movies You May Have Forgotten

Lady-Vengeance---feature-image
One of the nicer problems for the first world film fan is not only making time to watch all the movies now available, but also remembering them.

With all year round blockbusters dazzling the eyes it is easy to forget those movies that fired the brain cells and stimulated the imagination in the way the best cinema does.

So, in salute to those special movies that deserve the all five stars yet may have been clouded by a decade of sound and fury or simply slipped under the radar, here are 15 five star movies made since 2000 you may want to reacquaint yourself with.


In the Mood for Love (2000)
The plot: In Hong Kong, 1962 a man and woman living in the same apartment building discover their respective spouses are having an affair and begin a tentative relationship themselves.

Why 5 stars: Cin...

Read More

Tokyo Tribe

Tokyo Tribe - posterDirector: Sion Sono

Writer: Sion Sono (script) Santa Inoue (manga)

Cast: Young Dais, Ryouhei Suzuki, Nana Seino, Shota Sometani, Riki Takeuchi

Cert: 18

Running time: 117mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Ichi the Killer with a transfusion of West Side Story is one way to describe Tokyo Tribe. The most dazzling teen movie since Scott Pilgrim is another. The latest film from Japanese provocateur Sion Sono is cinematic MDMA. The plot: rival gang war, organised crime and sentimental bromance is standard stuff. The rush comes in the telling, a narcotic blast of hip-hopera, kung-fu, nudie exploitation, yakuza silliness and bizarro horror. Addiction is mandatory.

Tokyo Tribe - Sion Sono, Young Dais, Nana SeinoTokyo Tribe - Mera, Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais

The full verdict: Tokyo Tribe will split audiences in much the same way various gang members are bisected by the myriad katana samurai s...

Read More

The Raid 2: Berandal

The Raid 2 - posterDirector: Gareth Evans

Writer: Gareth Evans

Cast: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusodewo, Alex Abbad, Ken’ichi Endô, Julie Estelle, Very Tri Yulisman, Cecep Arif Rahman, Yayan Ruhian

Cert: 18

Running time: 150mins

Year: 2014

medium_5

The lowdown: The Godfather Pt II of heroic bloodshed movies and surpassing the ballistic brilliance of the first instalment, The Raid 2: Berandal is a five star encore. Iko Uwais returns as beleaguered cop Rama, sent undercover to bust the criminal empire and corrupt police force hinted at in the final moments of the first movie. Yakuza crime movie cool slams headlong into Jacobean revenge tragedy, punctuated by some of the most exhilarating, red raw action ever slammed onto the silver screen. Watch it. Don’t make us tell you twice.

The Raid 2 - Iko Uwais, prison riotThe Raid 2 - Iko Uwais, Cecep Arif Rahman

The full verdict: The R...

Read More

The Wolverine

Untitled-1Director: James Mangold

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Hal Yamanouchi, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee

Cert: 12A

Running time: 126mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: The Wolverine is back and this time he’s clawsome! Cinema’s favourite X-Man gets a second stab at his own movie and all involved are determined to make amends for the spectacularly dull, clumsily titled X-Men: Origins – Wolverine. Drawing inspiration from a classic 1980s Japan-set comic series has re-energised the character, and director James Mangold shoots the adventure as a gritty yakuza thriller. Jackman may be on his sixth outing as hirsute grumpy-boots Logan, but attacks the part with claws fully extended. Best superhero film of the summer, and who would have thought that?

The Wolverine - Jackman, holeThe Wolverine - Jackman, funeral

The full...

Read More