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  • Last weekend Red Peony Gamber 6: Oryu Returns (1970) became the 100th Toei film I see in 35mm (no. 101 was Teruo Ishii's History of the Shogun's Harem from a mind-blowingly beautiful print).

    I caught Red Peony Gambler 6 together with part 4 at Shin bungeiza's Tai Kato mini-retrospective (10 films). This was the third Kato retro held in Tokyo over the past three years, following far bigger retros at Shin Bungeiza and National Film Archive in 2016. Says something about how respected he has become.

    There was actually a TV crew interviewing viewers (read: old men) but I managed to escape them.

    Upcoming program

    The real reason I was in town was Laputa Asagaya's Toho New Action and Teruo Ishii retrospectives, but I will get back to those next year after my second visit to both.


    • Originally posted by Takuma View Post
      Last weekend Red Peony Gamber 6: Oryu Returns (1970) became the 100th Toei film I see in 35mm (no. 101 was Teruo Ishii's History of the Shogun's Harem from a mind-blowingly beautiful print).
      For the record (not that anyone cares), here's a list of Japanese films from 1954-1999 that I've seen in 35mm.

      Seven Bullets (Nanatsu no dangan) (1959)
      Nagurikomi kantai (1960)
      Police Department Story 12 (1960)
      The Big Gamblers of the Amazon (1961)
      Funky Hat Detective (1961)
      The Proud Challenge (1962)
      Niniroku jiken: Dasshutsu (1962)
      Four Sisters (Sanroku) (1962) (16mm)
      Castle of Owls (1963)
      Violent Street (1963)

      Theatre of Life: Hishakaku (1963)
      Two Bitches (1964)
      Theater of Life - New Hishakaku Story (1964)
      Dragon`s Life (1964)
      Blind Monk Swordsman (1964)
      Tale of Meiji Era Chivalry: Third Generation Boss (1965)
      Abashiri Prison: Saga of Homesickness (1965)
      Abashiri Prison: Northern Territories (1966)
      Tokijiro Kutsukake: Lone Yakuza (1966)
      The Secret of the Urn (1966)

      Game of Chance (1966)
      Kamikaze Man: Duel at Noon (1966)
      Four and a Half Mats (Yojí´han monogatari: Shí´fu shino) (1966)
      The Chivalrous Life (Kyokotsu ichidai) (1967)
      Red Peony Gambler (1968)
      Red Peony Gambler 2 (1968)
      The Fake Game (Ikasama bakuchi (1968))
      Army Intelligence 33 (1968)
      Ninja's Mark (Shinobi no manji) (1968)
      History of the Shogun's Harem (1968)

      Hot Springs Massage Geisha (1968)
      Memoir of Japanese Assassins (1969)
      Horrors of Malformed Men (1969) (thrice)
      Inferno of Torture (1969) (thrice)
      Orgies of Edo (1969)
      Love and Crime (1969) (twice)
      Red Peony Gambler 4 (1969)
      Killer's Black List (1970)
      Bloodstained Clan Honor (1970)
      Prisoner's Black List (1970)

      Red Peony Gambler 6 (1970)
      Red Peony Gambler 7 (1971)
      Onsen Mimizu Geisha (1971)
      Onsen Suppon Geisha (1972)
      Cold Wind Monjiro 2 (1972)
      Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (1972)
      Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)
      Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)
      Female Prisoner Scorpion: Grudge Song (1973)
      Female Yakuza Tale (1973)

      Girl Boss: Escape from Reform School (1973)
      True Account of Ginza Tortures (1973)
      Bodyguard Kiba (1973)
      Criminal Woman: Killing Melody (1973)
      Sex and Fury (1973)
      Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (1973) (twice)
      Account of the Ando Gang: Killer Younger Brother (1974)
      Third Generation Boss (1974)
      Oh Wonderful Utamaro (1974)
      Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (1974) (twice)

      Jeans Blues: No Tomorrow (1974)
      School of the Holy Beast (1974)
      Military Comfort Woman (Jyí»gun ianfu) (1974)
      The Street Fighter (1974)
      The Executioner 2: Karate Inferno (1974) (twice)
      13 Steps of Maki (1975) (twice)
      The Defensive Power of Aikido (1975)
      Gambling Den Heist (1975)
      Graveyard of Honor (1975)
      Shitakari Hanjirí´: (Maruhi) kannon o sagase (1975)

      The Story of a Nymphomaniac (1975)
      Bullet Train (1975)
      Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975) (thrice)
      Karate Bullfighter (1975)
      The Great Chase (1975)
      Truck Yaro (1975)
      Rugby Yaro (1975)
      Kigeki Tokudashi: Himo tengoku (1975)
      A Haunted Turkish Bathhouse (Bakeneko Toruko furo) (1975)
      Cops vs. Thugs (1975) (twice)

      Yakuza Graveyard (1976)
      Okinawa Yakuza War (1976)
      Jitsuroku gaiden: Osaka dengeki sakusen (1976) (twice)
      Jail Breakers (1976)
      Karate Warriors (1976)
      Which is Stronger: Karate or the Tiger (1976)
      Noboru Ando's Filthy Escape into Sex (1976)
      Crazed Beast (1976)
      Violent Panic: The Big Crash (1976)
      Karate for Life (1977)

      Hokuriku Proxy War (1977)
      Okinawa 10 Year War (1978)
      Tenshi no yokubo (1979)
      Shogun's Ninja (1980)
      Samurai Reincarnation (1981)
      The Young Ramblers (Taiyo no kizuato) (1981)
      Roaring Fire (1981) (twice)
      Onimasa (1982)
      Leave it to Kotaro (1984)
      Dolls of Shogun's Harem (1986)

      Sukeban Deka: Counter-Attack of the Kazama Sisters (1988)
      Kyohansha (1999)

      The Burmese Harp (1956)
      Pigs and Battleships (1961)
      The Gambling Monk (1963)
      Wandering Gun - Jail-Break Blues (Kenju mushuku datsugoku no blues) (1965)
      Carmen from Kawachi (1966)
      Tokyo Streetfighting (1967)
      Asia-Pol Secret Service (1967)
      Diamond of the Andes (Sekido wo kakeru otoko) (1968)
      Biographies of Killers (1969)
      Yakuza Native Ground (1969)

      Rising Dragon's Iron Flesh
      Anego (1969)
      Women's Police (1969)
      Kyoka retsuden shumei tobaku (1969)
      Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970) (twice)
      Shinjuku Outlaw: Buttobase (1970)
      Melody of Rebellion (1970)
      Wet Sand in August (1971)
      Virgin Blues (1974)
      Monster Woman '88 (1988)

      Nikkatsu: Roman Porno
      Secret Chronicle: Prostitution Market (1972)
      Trap of Lust (1973)
      Delinquent Girl: Alleycat In Heat (1973)
      (Maruhi) Jorí´ Zankoku Iro-jigoku (1973)
      Modern Prostitution: Lust Under Uniform (1974)
      Secret Chronicle: She Beast Market (1974)
      Love Doll Report: An Adult Toy (1975)
      Woman in the Honmoku Brothel (1975)
      A Woman Called Sada Abe (1975)
      Wet Lust: Opening the Tulip (1975)

      True Story of a Woman In Jail: Sex Hell (1975)
      Assault! Jack the Ripper (1976)
      Runa's Confession: Men Crawling All Over Me (1976)
      Watcher in the Attic (1976)
      Female Delinquent: A Docu-Drama (1977)
      Secret Honeymoon: Rape Train (1977)
      Beauty's Exotic Dance: Torture (1977)
      Girl's Pleasure: Man Hunting (1977)
      Young Beast: Secret Pleasures (1978)
      Rape and Death of a Housewife (1978) (twice)

      Angel Guts: Red Classroom (1979)
      Star of David: Hunting Beautiful Girls (1979) (twice)
      Red Violation (1980) (twice)
      Rape Ceremony (1980)
      Rolling on the Road (1981)
      Hakuchu no onna gari (1984)
      Love Hotel (1985)

      Seven Samurai (1954)
      Car 33 Doesn't Answer (1955)
      Rodan (1956)
      Bullet Terror (1957)
      The Decoy (Datsugokushu) (1957)
      Mothra (1961)
      Gorath (1962)
      Kwaidan (1964)
      Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
      Blood and Diamonds (1964)

      International Secret Police: A Keg of Powder (1964)
      International Secret Police: Key of Keys (1965)
      Professional Killer (1968)
      Goyokin (1969)
      Too Young to Die (1969)
      Attack on the Sun (1970)
      The Creature Called Man (1970)
      Attack in the Sun (1970)
      City of Beasts (1970)
      Lake of Dracula (1971)

      Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
      Trail of Blood (1972)
      The Target of Roses (1972)
      Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
      Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
      Lone Wolf and Cub: Babycart to Hades (1972)
      Lone Wolf and Cub: Babycart in Peril (1972)
      Lone Wolf & Cub: Babycart in the Land of Demons (1973)
      The Blossom and the Sword (1973)
      Did the Red Bird Escape? (1973)

      Beast Hunt (Yajyu gari) (1973)
      Lady Snowblood (1973)
      Lady Snowblood 2 (1974)
      Demon Spies (1974)
      Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)
      Lupin the Third: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy (1974)
      Failed Youth (1974)
      Africa's Light (1975)
      Domyaku retto (1975)
      Tonda Couple (1980)

      Lost Chapter of Snow: Passion (1985)

      King of the Ring: The World of Glory (1957)
      Queen Bee and the School for Dragons (1960)

      Harakiri (1962)
      Tokyo Bay (Tokyo wan) (1962)
      The Shape of Night (1964)
      Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
      Cash Calls Hell (1966)
      Secret Agent 101: Bodyguard Murder (1966)
      Japan's Zero Zone: Night Watch (1966)
      Black Lizard (1968)
      Flower and Dragon (1973)
      Minato no Yoko, Yohohama, Yokosuka (1975)

      Hatakko junjo (1978)
      Fall Guy (1982)
      Village of Doom (1983)
      Shanghai Rhapsody (1984)
      Busu (1987)
      Ready to Shoot (1990)

      Wrath of Daimajin (1966)
      Zatoichi Challenged (1967)
      Certain Killer, A (1967)
      Secret Report from a Woman's Prison (1968) (16mm)
      Yokai Monsters (1968)
      Devil's Temple (1969)
      Sleepy Eyes of Death 13: The Full Moon Swordsman (1969)
      Sleepy Eyes of Death 14: Fylfot Swordplay (1969)
      Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
      Decapitation Island (1970)

      Way In, Way Out (Koukousei bancho) (1971)

      G.I. Samurai (1979)
      Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979)
      Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (1981)
      Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983)
      Tragedy of W (1984)
      The Island Closest to Heaven (1984)

      Aesthetics of a Bullet (1973) (twice)
      Preparation for the Festival (1975)
      Distant Thunder (1981)
      Mermaid Legend (1984)
      Taifu Club (1985)

      Nausicaí¤ of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
      Akira (1988) (thrice)
      My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
      Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
      Ocean Waves (1993)
      Spriggan (1998)
      Perfect Blue (1998)

      The Embryo Hunts in Secret (1966)
      Akamoru: The Dark, Wild Yearning (Chi ha taiyo yori akai) (1966)
      Dark Story of a Sex Crime: Phantom Killer (Aru torima no kokugaku: Gendai sei hanzai ankokuhen) (1969)
      Nihon no Sex jyudan: Hihashi nihon hen (1971)
      The War of the 16 Year Olds (1973)
      Utamaro's World (1977)
      Tokyo Daijishin Magnitude 8.1 (1980) (16mm)
      Ryuji (1983)
      The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor (1983)
      Reibyo densetsu (1983) (16mm)

      Evil Dead Trap (1988) (twice)
      Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
      Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (1993)
      Fried Dragon Fish (1993)
      A Night in Nude (1993)
      Tokyo Fist (1995)
      Picnic (1996)
      Swallowtail Butterfly (1996)
      Pink Salon Hospital: No Pants Nurses (1997)
      Hana-Bi (1997)

      April Story (1998)
      Japanese Hell (1999)

      updated Jan. 11, 2020
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      Last edited by Takuma; 01-11-2020, 03:48 AM.


      • I care and I'm super jealous.


        • @takuma, you ever see a mid-80's delinquent youth/rock n' roll flick put out by Toei called MAJORAN? It was directed by Seiji Izumi but he goes by Akiyoshi Kimata in this one. There is a Toei TVRip going around with English subs. Worth watching? Seems like an interesting look into the early Japanese metal scene.

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          • Impressive

            Originally posted by Takuma View Post
            For the record (not that anyone cares), here's a list of Japanese films from 1954-1999 that I've seen in 35mm so far.
            {large edit}
            I care. ^_^
            But you are doing it incorrectly. ;)
            You should use the forum software's "list" function, and put each studio's titles in its own specific color.


            • Originally posted by 47lab View Post
              @takuma, you ever see a mid-80's delinquent youth/rock n' roll flick put out by Toei called MAJORAN? Worth watching?
              Yes, and yes! It's a small gem. Actually I think I rated it too low a few years ago. I've re-watched the ending like a dozen times since then.

              Originally posted by Takuma View Post
              Majoran (魔女卵) (Japan, 1984) [TV] - 3.5/5
              Exciting delinquent girl drama is in equal parts a youth film and a blazing gangster movie set to "live" music í  la Walter Hill's Streets of Fire. First timer Yuko Watanabe stars as an Osaka bad girl who's introduced to the world of indie rock bands by a friendly biker gay hanging out in a small a rock bar. The film was cast with open auditions, most of the sukeban girls being obvious real delinquents with wonderfully coarse Osaka dialects. The film is also packed with 80s heavy metal bands and rock stars with mind blowing names (Mad Rocker, Jesus, Christ etc.). What sets Majoran apart from Streets of Fire is how it's rooted in reality unlike Hill's pop culture fantasy. There's a wonderfully touching scene at the end - spoiler warning I guess - where the heroine, disappointed by her ex-boyfriend who's relocated to Tokyo and cut his rock star hair in preparation for salaryman life, lets him know just what she thinks of him. She then rides back to Osaka on a night bus alone. The world changes and friends grow adults, but a couple of rebels will never give up. Well, they will eventually, but the film ends before that, on a high note on the streets of Osaka, on a motorcycle, with director Seiji Izumi cross cutting to a gig by heavy metal girl band Majoran as the credits roll.


              • Busy start for 2020 in Tokyo

                A 15 film Tetsuya Watari retrospective is starting in Jimbocho tomorrow:

                And Shin bungeiza will be remembering Tatsuo Umemiya (R.I.P.) next month with a 22 film series:

                Laputa Asagaya screens the three Hanzo the Razor films next month as well

                And Laputa hasn't even finished their Teruo Ishii and Toho New Action retros, which started last November, yet...

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                Last edited by Takuma; 11-04-2021, 10:59 AM.


                • Teruo Ishii Retrospective: Part 1/3

                  I had a change to visit Laputa Asagaya's ongoing Teruo Ishii retrospective (石井輝男 キング・オブ・カルトの猛襲) (Nov. 19~Jan. 25) a couple of times. The retrospective contains 38 movies, all in 35mm. The get a better idea of the scope of this retrospective, that's 264 Ishii screenings (66 days x 4 screenings a day) in total!

                  The program contained movies from Ishii's Shintoho years like King of the Ring: The World of Glory (リングの王者 栄光の世界) (1957), Broken Blossoms (戦場のなでしこ) (1959) and Queen Bee and the School for Dragons (女王蜂と大学の竜) (1960), Shochiku movies such as Japan's Zero Zone: Night Watch (日本ゼロ地帯 夜を狙え) (1966) and The Great Villain's Strategy (1966) (大悪党作戦), the Nikkatsu film Rising Dragon's Iron Flesh (昇り竜 鉄火肌) (1969) and of course loads of Toei movies like The Flower, the Storm, and the Gang (花と嵐とギャング) (1961), Boss's Ruin (親分を倒せ) (1963), Abashiri Prison (網走番外地) (1965), Inferno of Torture (徳川いれずみ師 責め地獄) (1969), Red Silk Gambler (緋ぢりめん博徒) (1972) and Great Jailbreak (大脱獄) (1975). Horrors of Malformed Men (江戸川乱歩全集 恐怖奇形人間) (1969) screened throughout Christmas, lol!

                  There were quite a few guests as well. Teruo Yoshida (吉田輝雄) attended Hot Springs Geisha (温泉あんま芸者) (1968) on Dec. 3, Shunya Ito was at the Mist and Shadows (伊藤俊也) (1961) screening on Dec. 15, Makoto Naito (内藤誠) in Abashiri Prison 3: Saga of Homesickness (網走番外地 望郷篇) (1966) on Jan. 11, and Eizō Yamagiwa (山際永三) at Sexy Line (セクシー地帯)(1961) on Jan. 13.

                  Laputa Asagaya (on the left)

                  Tattoed Ambush and Hot Springs Geisha

                  A poster for Toei Adult Film triple feature with History of the Shogun's Harem, 謝国権「愛」より (秘)性と生活 and Two Bitches.

                  Right: King of the Ring: The World of Glory

                  Red Silk Gambler (1972) and Gang vs. G-Men: Safecracker Gang (1963)

                  Gang vs. G-Men: Safecracker Gang (1963) and Rising Dragon's Iron Flesh (1969)

                  Love and Crime between Target of Roses (Toho New Action retro / late show) and Sazae-san (Chiemi Eri retro / morning show),


                  • Teruo Ishii Retrospective: Part 2/3

                    Hot Springs Giesha

                    King of the Ring: The World of Glory (1957)

                    Queen Bee and the School for Dragons (1960)

                    Queen Bee and the School for Dragons (1960)

                    Abashiri Prison 3: Saga of Homesickess (1965)

                    Original scripts for Love, the Sun and The Gang, Boss wo taose, Love & Crime...

                    Ishii items for sale. Oh and those soundtracks are playing in the lobby around the clock... as usual!


                    • Teruo Ishii Retrospective: Part 3/3

                      Finally, the program Chirashi

                      And website:

                      I only had a change to catch 8 films this time. That was alright since this was the 3rd Ishii event I've attended in 3 or 4 years (following Cinema Vera's Ishii retrospective and Shin bungeiza's Ishii all night). A few brief comments:

                      History of the Shogun's Harem (1968) screened from an absolutely amazing 35mm print. It's one of those movies that have to be experienced in 35mm in an old school theatre… not just for the film, which is a bit slow but sells an image of an almost otherworldly place via beautiful sets, seductive camera work and atmospheric score, but also to get a sense of what people must have been feeling when they first saw it back in '68. I believe it was the first pink film produced by a major studio with lavish production values. Critics were offended, feminists enraged, and audiences flocked to see it.

                      The Nikkatsu film Rising Dragon's Iron Flesh (1969) was better than I expected. A starring vehicle for singer Hiroko Ogi and bit of routine production, Ishii stills injects it with his own brand of the perverse: there's an unexpected 30 min WiP segment with gratuitous bathing scene, a fight where Hideki Takahashi's sword causes someone's face to explode (!), and a cool final massacre where the heroes are repeatedly aligning their tattoos into one big dragon in the midst of the action. Not really a great movie, but has enough great scenes to warrant a viewing.

                      From the Shintoho films King of the Ring (1957) was alright, an entertaining if not very convincing boxing drama with already a number of Ishii trademarks visible: a night club scene with a scarcely clothed go-go dancer, a femme fatale who seduces the hero (a side plot that hasn't aged very well gender politically) and frantic boxing scenes. Queen Bee and the School for Dragons (1960) on the other hand was a thoroughly entertaining street fighting actioner with Yoko Mihara leading a gang of of scarcely clothed, arse kicking prostitutes/townswomens whose tops are constantly about to fall off... unfortunately the time was not yet ripe for full-on pinky violence, hence we get a bit too much plot focus on daddy Kanjuro Arashi's gang struggles and young hero Teruo Yoshida.

                      I also ended up seeing Love and Crime (1969)... again. I was on my way to see Gambler Tales of Hasshu: A Man's Pledge (1963) in Jimbocho when I got another reminder why I hate Shinjuku Station... all four of them! I went to the fucking wrong one! That was because I needed to ride the Shinjuku Line, and there are two of those, too! Then when I finally got to Jimbocho station, with only 3 minutes left till the film, I took the wrong exit in a hurry and ended up on the side of the district that I didn't recognize and was lost. Then changed my plan and headed back to Laputa as fast as I could, got to the theatre about 2 min late, fell in the dark when I was trying to find a seat, and finally managed to sit my butt down when the opening credits were playing. It's the first time I have ever been late from a movie, and I felt embarrassed to enter / disturb others when the film had already started.


                      • Originally posted by Takuma View Post

                        Well, there are other Kumashiro movies as well, and a 60s Detective Movie series at Shin bungeiza at the same time. But I think I can only afford one more Tokyo trip this year, and maybe another one early next year, and I'm thinking about going for the Toho New Action series at Laputa. Dying to see Attack on the Sun (1970) and The Target of Roses (1972) by Kiyoshi Nishimura. And maybe Bullet Wound as well. The others I've seen.

                        The whole program is pretty damn great:

                        11/09(土)~11/15(金) 「狙撃」(Sun Above, Death Below) (Hideichi Nagahara, 1968)
                        11/16(土)~11/25(月) 「弾痕」(Bullet Wound) (Hideichi Nagahara, 1969)
                        11/26(火)~12/02(月) 「白昼の襲撃」(Attack on the Sun) (Kiyoshi Nishimura, 1970)
                        12/03(火)~12/12(木) 「豹(ジャガー)は走った」( The Creature Called Man) ()Kiyoshi Nishimura, 1970)
                        12/13(金)~12/19(木) 「野獣都市」(City of Beasts) (Jun Fukuda, 1970)
                        12/20(金)~12/26(木) 「ヘアピン・サーカス」 (Hairpin Circus) (Kiyoshi Nishimura, 1972)
                        1/06(月)~1/12(日) 「薔薇の標的」(Target of Roses) (Kiyoshi Nishimura, 1972)
                        1/13(月)~1/19(日) 「野獣狩り」(Beast Hunt) (Eizo Sugawa, 1973)
                        As promised, I managed to make it to Attack on the Sun (1970) and The Target of Roses (1972). This was playing in Laputa Asagaya at the same time with the Teruo Ishii retrospective! All I can say is... look at the line-up above, it's bloody amazing! I had actually been hoping for a Toho New Action series for years, and I was just about to start suggesting it to theatres!

                        Attack on the Sun (白昼の襲撃) (1970) , which follows two punks and a girlfriend coming in possession of a handgun, has similar vibe to early 70s Nikkatsu new action, only with Nishimura's trademark aggressive jazz score and international flair with G.I.s and their offspring flocking the bars in the era of ANPO controversy. It isn't Nishimura at his best, but it's still an interesting, politically and socially conscious action film. And I really like Noriko Takahashi, who had an exceptionally captivating presence and facial features. Unfortunately Takahashi would go on to retire soon after co-starring in Jun Fukuda's City of Beasts later the same year following marriage at the age of 24.

                        The Target of Roses (薔薇の標的) (1972) on the other hand is an absolutely fantastic action thriller with professional killer Yuzo Kayama hired to assassinate a foreign photographer (Rolf Jesser) and a Chinese woman (Zhen Zhen). Before soon, he falls in love with the woman and realizes his own employer is the Japanese branch of a neo-nazi organization planning to initiate the fourth reich! This features some of the most beautiful, naturalistic cinematography I've seen in any Japanese film, and very little music, which elevates the intensity near the level of Too Young to Die (1969), Nishimura's masterful debut film. Shot in Japan and Hong Kong, largely in English (thankfully, Kayama is pretty good at pronouncing English lines). Only if the otherwise badass ending had had a bit more inspired action design the film would be even better.

                        The Target of Roses

                        Attack on the Sun

                        The Target of Roses

                        Attack on the Sun

                        Program chirashi


                        • Originally posted by Takuma View Post
                          As promised, I managed to make it to Attack on the Sun (1970) and The Target of Roses (1972).
                          great post and photos as usual Takuma! ... I really look forward to watch "The Target of Roses".


                          • Japan is getting a "Bruce Lee 4K Revival Festival" that will tour the country this summer. It's been booked to 36 theatres already.

                            The films are The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon and Game of Death.

                            4K DCP and blah blah, but what is interesting is that they will be the original Japanese theatrical release versions. They are all listed as being in English.

                            Of course I'd much rather see these in 35mm, but I'll go see these anyway.




                            • I had a bit of a Bruce Lee day today. The Criterion BD set arrived in the morning, and I went to see The Big Boss in theatre in the evening. The screening was part of the Bruce Lee re-releases that are playing nationwide here in Japan.

                              As I mentioned earlier, the soundtrack was the original Japanese theatrical audio, which was actually an ENGLISH language track. This track appears to have been included on an earlier Japanese BD, I don't think is present on the Shout or Criterion releases. Hardcore fans surely know more about this matter than I do, but I can summarize the Japanese English track in three points:

                              1) The Peter Thomas score is NOT present in the opening credits.
                              2) The Peter Thomas score is, however, used frequently during the film, the famous theme tune popping up at least 4 times.
                              3) The film's last 45 seconds feature the Mike Remedios song.

                              I don't know the film well enough to tell what other differences there may be compared to the standard English track.

                              As for audio quality, it was comparable to the English / Peter Thomas tracks on Criterion and Shout BDs, meaning it doesn't sound quite as good as you'd wish.

                              As for picture quality, I can't give a very detailed report, but it looked like the Fortune Star 4K master without the kind of colour correction done by Shout and (to lesser extent) Criterion in USA. So, a green / blue push, though there are parts that look perfectly natural as well (e.g. the ending fight).
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                              • I caught Fist of Fury in cinema yesterday (part of the Japanese theatrical re-releases). This was advertised as a DCP re-construction of the Japanese 1974 Theatrical Version (based on the Fortune Star 4K masters), but that info appears to be partially incorrect. It was the standard 106 min cut unless I'm completely mistaken, and not the shorter Japanese theatrical cut (which I've never seen).

                                I was rather anxious (scared shitless) because the flier ad said the film would be presented with 5.1 audio. I believe the Japanese BD release was also 5.1. What I can say is that it did not sound like a 5.1 track, and there was thankfully no Fortune Star junk on it. It was an English track with the glorious Mike Remedios theme song at the beginning and end, though audio quality left something to be desired and the track sounded like it was stitched together from more than one source.

                                Sadly, this audio track is not included on the Criterion BD, and if I'm not mistaken, it's not on Shout's BD either? Though bizarrely it can be heard playing in the background in the Mike Leeder commentary.

                                Oh and sorry for a noob question, but who exactly was this great man Mike Remedios and how did he end up on the Japanese (only?) prints?