Rate the Last Film You Watched

NormanicGrav

(゜ロ゜)
AUKN Staff


For Day 6 I watched the 1998 Japanese film Spiral (らせん) by George Lida. I heard quite a lot about how this one was the weaker sequel to the original 1998 Ring film and after watching for the first time I can understand why. This film to me has some ups and downs overall. I thought the first half was great but the second half starts to go into a direction that pretty much tries to be its own thing but at the same time loses the charm to why Ring worked in the first place. I didn't particularly like the ending in general. Considering this film follows the original novel more than Ring 2 did, I respect that but if I had to choose between Ring 2 and Spiral for a re-watch I would probably go for Ring 2.

Spiral is available to own as part of the Ring collection on Blu-ray from distributor Arrow Video.

3/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan

Coming Soon:
Localised NameDirectorCountry
9 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
Cold FishSion SonoJapan
ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Dragons ForeverSammo Hung, Corey YuenHong Kong
Gushing PrayerMasao AdachiJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Hana-BiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 

NormanicGrav

(゜ロ゜)
AUKN Staff


For Day 7 I watched the 1988 Hong Kong film Dragons Forever (飛龍猛將) by Sammo Hung. The version I watched was the Japanese cut aka the longest & most complete version of the film. I loved this film and the best parts were honestly the comedic aspects especially in the scenes with Sammo Hung and honestly, his acting in this film is actually convincing me to check out more of his works. Jackie Chan was great fun and so was Yuen Biao, even though their characters in this film is a departure from what I have read, their roles didn't affect my enjoyment and the ending was great too. I think the first part of the film where they are setting up Jackie as the lawyer for this one individual was the only issue where I was a bit lost on, but overall this is probably my favourite Jackie Chan role so far from what I have watched.

Dragons Forever is available to own on Blu-ray from distributor 88 Films.

4.75/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong

Coming Soon:
Localised NameDirectorCountry
9 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
Cold FishSion SonoJapan
ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
For Love's Sake NEW ADDITION TO THE LISTTakashi MiikeJapan
Gushing PrayerMasao AdachiJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Hana-BiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 

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NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff


For Day 8 I watched the 1971 Japanese film Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old Prostitute (噴出祈願 十五代の売春婦) by Masao Adachi. Another pink film and this one is kinda complicated. It's very slow-paced and the film explores the idea of prostitution and abortion for a 15-year-old teenager. While the music was pretty good, I felt the story and characters were hit or miss and the presentation, while also switches between black & white to various colours, was quite jarring to experience. It's an okay film but needs more polish if it wants to be really good.

Gushing Prayer is available to own as part of the Pink Films Vol. 1 & 2 collection in Blu-ray & DVD combo pack from distributor Third Window Films.

2.5/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan

Coming Soon:

Localised NameDirectorCountry
9 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
Cold FishSion SonoJapan
ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Hana-BiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 

NormanicGrav

(゜ロ゜)
AUKN Staff


For Day 9 I watched the 2010 Japanese film Cold Fish (冷たい熱帯魚) by Sion Sono. This film was one hell of a rollercoaster for emotions. I was frustrated with a lot of what was going on, but then you reach a certain point and it ends in the most satisfying way possible. The film does have a filter which can be annoying to see but the premise overall was great and the acting was well done. There are scenes that might not please select folks but overall I thought the film was really good.

Cold Fish is available to own on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films.

4/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan

Coming Soon:
Localised NameDirectorCountry
9 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Hana-BiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 

NormanicGrav

(゜ロ゜)
AUKN Staff


For Day 10 I watched the 2010 Japanese film Confessions (告白) by Tetsuya Nakashima. This has been a film that I had been meaning to watch for years, like at least 5 years or so which was a long time and being able to acquire the out of print Blu-ray back in March was a miracle because this film was worth the wait. When I first heard of the film's synopsis, I was expecting it to be the whole film but as I watched the story progress it became something else entirely and it blew my expectations. This is a really good film, in fact, it's so good that I am disappointed that it's no longer available in print because it deserves more attention. That being said, the soundtrack is really unique because it doesn't have an original soundtrack but rather a mixture of songs from bands including Boris, Radiohead and The XX. The characters were well-developed and the pacing was pretty good even though it's slow but it builds up to a pretty satisfying level.

Confessions was licensed by distributor Third Window Films for Blu-ray but as of 2019 has since gone out of print.

4.5/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan

Coming Soon:
Localised NameDirectorCountry
9 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Hana-BiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 

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For Day 11 I watched the 1998 Japanese film Pornostar (ポルノスター) by Toshiaki Toyoda. This is an interesting film and I like the concept. The best parts for me personally were the scenes with the Yakuza gang because it reminded me a lot of the Yakuza games. Unfortunately, this film is not perfect because the main character's motivations felt inconsistent and there were side characters that just appear and go away without enough context. It's a shame because there's a lot of good stuff going with this film such as the visual presentation and the music score. Regardless it's a good film overall.

Pornostar is available to own as part of the Toshiaki Toyoda: The Early Years collection on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films.

3.5/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan

Coming Soon:

Localised NameDirectorCountry
9 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Hana-BiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 

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For Day 12 I watched the 2000 Japanese documentary film Unchain (アンチェイン) by Toshiaki Toyoda. This documentary follows the life of Unchain Kaiji and his boxing friends throughout the 90s and it's surprisingly interesting. The focus is a bit unpolished since it covers different boxers throughout the documentary but I felt that the fights themselves were pretty interesting. These people aren't the best boxers out there but it's admirable that they kept going even if they fall. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt but overall I thought it was a good watch.

Unchain is available to own as part of the Toshiaki Toyoda: The Early Years collection on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films.

4/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan

Coming Soon:

Localised NameDirectorCountry
9 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Hana-BiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 

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For Day 13 I watched the 2003 Japanese film 9 Souls (ナイン・ソウルズ) by Toshiaki Toyoda. The latest film in the Early Years collection and honestly it's the highlight. This is a character-driven film and well-done with each character having enough development to make you understand their backstory and motives, and it ends on a solid note. The music is pretty good and the presentation fits the tone of the film. The story is simple but easy to understand despite the almost 2 hour runtime that it has. Overall, 9 Souls is probably Toshiaki Toyoda's best work of the four films that I've watched from his catalogue (Pornostar, Unchain and Blue Spring) followed by Blue Spring.

9 Souls is available to own as part of the Toshiaki Toyoda: The Early Years collection on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films.

4.5/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
13149 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan

Coming Soon:

Localised NameDirectorCountry
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Hana-BiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 
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For Day 14 I watched the 1985 Hong Kong film Heart of Dragon (龍的心) by Sammo Hung. This is a different type of action film compared to the others and like Crime Story it's got its own twists to the mix. While Crime Story was more serious, Heart of Dragon is more focused on characters most notably with Sammo Hung's portrayal of a mentally disabled person. His character will divide folks for this film and there's some scenes that can make you cringe, but his interactions with Jackie Chan were pretty good and the ending was bittersweet. There is some action scenes and they were good fun, with the final act being the best part. There is a villain but it's not as well detailed as other films were, heck the first half of the film never really had one.

Heart of Dragon is available to own on Blu-ray from distributor 88 Films.

3.75/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
13149 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1415Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong

Coming Soon:

Localised NameDirectorCountry
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Hana-BiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 
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For Day 15 I watched the 1997 Japanese film Hana-bi (はなび) by Takeshi Kitano. Yes folks I finally watched a Takeshi Kitano film and honestly, I don't need to say anything - this film is fantastic, I could just end the paragraph there. The best thing about going into these films blind is that they can surprise you with what they deliver in its presentation. This film's story is simple but is portrayed really well by the characters, visual presentation and music score, which was composed by Joe Hisaishi who did the music for various Studio Ghibli films and one of my favourite Japanese films Departures. This film has a lot of charm to it and Kitano's character is quiet but understandable. The pacing was surprisingly well-done and every scene flowed really well. You could say it starts a bit confusing but it gets clearer quite early on as to what is happening. Overall, Hana-bi was amazing and I can't wait to check out the rest of his works which thankfully one of his most popular films Sonatine is out on UK Blu-ray next month.

Hana-bi is available to own on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films.

5/5

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
13149 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1415Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
1516Hana-biTakeshi KitanoJapan
Coming Soon:


Localised NameDirectorCountry
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
The ProtectorJames GlickenhausHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong

Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 

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I watched Heart of Dragon tonight and my thoughts on it are very similar to that of yours @NormanicGrav, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Sammo Hung’s character at times but the action and car chase sequences were typically raw and gritty (in the bonus features they show the filming of the motorcycles jumping from a bridge and one of the stunt drivers ends up-from what can be fathomed-badly injured) but also fun and frenetic.
 

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For Day 16 I watched two films because these are not actually made in Asia but rather have actors and the speaking languages involved with the film. The first is the 2016 Australian film Top Knot Detective by directors Dominic Pearce and Aaron McCann, which is a mockumentary of a fake 90s Japanese series that is considered 'so-bad-it's-good'. This is a lot better than I had anticipated and it's quite impressive the creators were able to come up with a silly idea like this. There's a lot of fun humour as well and the way it was presented was pretty good. The only issue is that the quality of the film is hit or miss most notably with the on-screen text and its hard-subbed for the Japanese dialogue, but overall this was entertaining.

3.75/5

Top Knot Detective is available on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films.

The second is the 1985 American film The Protector by director James Glickenhaus starring Jackie Chan in his second attempt at reaching the US audience in Hollywood format. The version I watched is the original US version which is the one that Jackie Chan hates. Honestly, I can see why because the action scenes are rather slow when you compare it to the Hong Kong films he's been in. That being said, I do think this film is entertaining and the side-kick role that Danny Aiello plays is not as bad as I had imagined (I thought he would be an annoying one but turned out to be pretty decent). The villain is average and the American police officers are your typical idiots but overall this film was a good popcorn flick, definitely not as strong as the actual Hong Kong films of course.

3.5/5

The Protector is available on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films.

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
13149 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1415Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
1516Hana-biTakeshi KitanoJapan
1617Top Knot DetectiveDominic Pearce, Aaron McCannAustralia + Japan
1618The ProtectorJames GlickenhausUnited States + Hong Kong

Coming Soon:

Localised NameDirectorCountry
AntipornoSion SonoJapan
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 
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Tonight, I delved once again into my (way too big) film backlog and watched Stormy Monday (1988, Mike Figgis in their directorial debut). I was quite impressed with this, it’s a gritty neo-noir that is fairly straightforward but works thanks to the actors and their performances.

Sean Bean and Melanie Griffith are great in their respective roles as the leads whilst the supporting cast like Sting and Tommy Lee Jones also do well with their characters. The ending was unexpectedly not as dire as I was expecting too. I’m a sucker for these kinds of films and this was a solid 4/5 for me.

This is available in a Blu Ray/DVD set from Arrow Video for those who want to check it out.
 

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For Day 17 I watched the 2016 Japanese film Antiporno (アンチポルノ) by director Sion Sono. Despite its shorter runtime than his other films, Antiporno is pretty complex in its story-telling. I like the narrative that it was going for and the music and characters were well done. I think my main issue is that it was a bit too confusing in terms of the direction but overall it's an interesting and unique film for Sono to go through. I wouldn't say that it was his best though but there is something to like with this film.

3.75/5

Antiporno is available on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films.

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
13149 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1415Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
1516Hana-biTakeshi KitanoJapan
1617Top Knot DetectiveDominic Pearce, Aaron McCannAustralia + Japan
1618The ProtectorJames GlickenhausUnited States + Hong Kong
1719AntipornoSion SonoJapan

Coming Soon:

Localised NameDirectorCountry
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 
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For Day 18 I watched the 2000 Japanese film Ring 0: Birthday (リング0 バースデイ) by director Norio Tsuruta. I went into this film expecting it to be the weakest of the Ring Arrow box set and honestly I liked a lot of aspects this had to offer. The film does have a bunch of flaws though, for starters the characters are pretty badly developed with one of them being an idiot and then at the very end decides to support the main characters which is baffling. The only characters I liked were Sadako and Toyama. There is also a scene that is inspired by Carrie but I haven't watched that film but I am aware of what scene it's referring to. The final act is pretty much my biggest issue because it just feels like they forgot that this was a Ring film and even though it tries to tie into the prequel aspect, there's a lot of missing gaps that need explaining. Overall it's actually a decent entertaining watch, but it fails as a prequel to the Ring films. I think of this film as a non-canon side-story that just happens to be set in the prequel-verse.

3.25/5

Ring 0: Birthday is available to own as part of the Ring collection on Blu-ray from distributor Arrow Video.

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
13149 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1415Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
1516Hana-biTakeshi KitanoJapan
1617Top Knot DetectiveDominic Pearce, Aaron McCannAustralia + Japan
1618The ProtectorJames GlickenhausUnited States + Hong Kong
1719AntipornoSion SonoJapan
1820Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan

Coming Soon:

Note: Despite recently acquiring 5 films from Akira Kurosawa as well as 2 more coming soon from BFI, these will not be joining Phase 2 of the Asian Cinema Watch. Heck I didn't even realise Seven Samurai was a 3.5 hour film until I was checking the discs lol.

Localised NameDirectorCountry
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 
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For Day 19 I watched the 2011 Japanese film Kotoko by director Shinya Tsukamoto. Kotoko is a horror film in disguise and it's very unsettling to watch due to the main character's experiences. It's really intriguing and scary as you watch the film unfold and it ends on an interesting note. The main actress is also a singer and her songs are great too which fit her character. Also a baby's head explodes jfc. Overall, Kotoko is a disturbing but solid film to watch.

4.25/5

Kotoko is available to own on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films.

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
13149 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1415Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
1516Hana-biTakeshi KitanoJapan
1617Top Knot DetectiveDominic Pearce, Aaron McCannAustralia + Japan
1618The ProtectorJames GlickenhausUnited States + Hong Kong
1719AntipornoSion SonoJapan
1820Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
1921KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
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Note: The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice, Funeral Parade of Roses, The Hidden Fortress, Sanjuro, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo won't be watched during the Asian Cinema Watch Phase 2 line-up.

Localised NameDirectorCountry
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
VulgariaPang Ho CheungHong Kong

Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 
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For Day 20 I watched the 2012 Hong Kong film Vulgaria (低俗喜劇) by director Pang Ho-cheung. This is a comedy that I actually really enjoyed watching, and it's not for everyone considering there's a lot of crude jokes but the main character was great. Loved his performance especially in moments that just makes him express a "are you kidding me" reaction in many scenes. I will definitely rewatch this film sometime because it was a fun watch. Not going to give away any plot details or trailers because this film is a lot more fun going in without much knowledge.

4.5/5

Vulgaria is available to own on Blu-ray from distributor Third Window Films, however, their license has expired so it'll be going out of print.

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
13149 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1415Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
1516Hana-biTakeshi KitanoJapan
1617Top Knot DetectiveDominic Pearce, Aaron McCannAustralia + Japan
1618The ProtectorJames GlickenhausUnited States + Hong Kong
1719AntipornoSion SonoJapan
1820Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
1921KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
2022VulgariaPang Ho-cheungHong Kong

Coming Soon:

Note: The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice, Funeral Parade of Roses, The Hidden Fortress, Sanjuro, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo won't be watched during the Asian Cinema Watch Phase 2 line-up.

Localised NameDirectorCountry
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 

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For Day 21 I watched the 2004 Japanese film Kamikaze Girls (下妻物語 ヤンキーちゃんとロリータちゃん), also known as Shimotsuma Story: Yankee Girl and Lolita Girl, by director Tetsuya Nakashima. This is a film that definitely screams "don't judge it by the cover" because it is a great film to watch. I loved the main character Momoko and her interactions with the girl biker character Ichigo was great. Pretty much this film was very "anime" and a nice change of pace. Yoko Kanno did the music for the film and it's got a FLCL-esque feel to it. Story is simple but was good.

4/5

Kamikaze Girls was licensed by distributor Third Window Films, however, it is no longer in print.

Watched:
Day#Localised NameDirectorCountry
0101Crime StoryKirk WongHong Kong
0202PlutoShin Su-wonSouth Korea
0303Inflatable Sex Doll of the WastelandAtsushi YamatoyaJapan
0404The Adventures of Denchu-kozoShinya TsukamotoJapan
0405HazeShinya TsukamotoJapan
0506KillingShinya TsukamotoJapan
0607SpiralGeorge LidaJapan
0708Dragons ForeverSammo HungHong Kong
0809Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old ProstituteMasao AdachiJapan
0910Cold FishSion SonoJapan
1011ConfessionsTetsuya NakashimaJapan
1112PornostarToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1213UnchainToshiaki ToyodaJapan
13149 SoulsToshiaki ToyodaJapan
1415Heart of DragonSammo HungHong Kong
1516Hana-biTakeshi KitanoJapan
1617Top Knot DetectiveDominic Pearce, Aaron McCannAustralia + Japan
1618The ProtectorJames GlickenhausUnited States + Hong Kong
1719AntipornoSion SonoJapan
1820Ring 0: BirthdayNorio TsurutaJapan
1921KotokoShinya TsukamotoJapan
2022VulgariaPang Ho-cheungHong Kong
2123Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya NakashimaJapan

Coming Soon:

Note: The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice, Funeral Parade of Roses, The Hidden Fortress, Sanjuro, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo won't be watched during the Asian Cinema Watch Phase 2 line-up.

Localised NameDirectorCountry
For Love's SakeTakashi MiikeJapan
Han Gong-JuLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Lowlife LoveEiji UchidaJapan
Memories of MatsukoTetsuya NakashimaJapan
Miracles: The Canton GodfatherJackie ChanHong Kong
Tokyo SonataKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Tokyo TribeSion SonoJapan
Localised NameDirectorCountry
13 AssassinsTakashi MiikeJapan
After the StormHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
AuditionTakashi MiikeJapan
Battle RoyaleKinji FukasakuJapan
Before We VanishKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
Black ButlerKentarō Ōtani, Keiichi SatōJapan
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi MiikeJapan
Blue SpringToshiaki ToyodaJapan
BurningLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Dangan RunnerSabuJapan
Dark WaterHideo NakataJapan
Dead or AliveTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive 2: BirdsTakashi MiikeJapan
Dead or Alive: FinalTakashi MiikeJapan
DeparturesYōjirō TakitaJapan
DreamsAkira KurosawaJapan
The Forest of LoveSion SonoJapan
The HandmaidenPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Happiness of the KatakurisTakashi MiikeJapan
HeroZhang YimouChina
The HostBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
HouseNobuhiko ObayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part I: No Greater LoveMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part II: Road to EternityMasaki KobayashiJapan
The Human Condition Part III: A Soldier's PrayerMasaki KobayashiJapan
I Saw The DevilKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Infernal AffairsAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Infernal Affairs IIAndrew Lau, Alan MakHong Kong
Lady SnowbloodToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of VengeanceToshiya FujitaJapan
Lady VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Legend of the Stardust BrothersMacoto TezkaJapan
Lesson of EvilTakashi MiikeJapan
Ley LinesTakashi MiikeJapan
Love ExposureSion SonoJapan
The MermaidStephen ChowChina
MotherBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
OldboyPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
One Cut of the DeadShinichiro UedaJapan
Orgies of EdoTeruo IshiiJapan
ParasiteBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
Police StoryJackie ChanHong Kong
Police Story 2Jackie ChanHong Kong
Project AJackie ChanHong Kong
Project A Part IIJackie ChanHong Kong
PulseKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The RaidGareth EvansIndonesia
The Raid 2: BerandalGareth EvansIndonesia
Rainy DogTakashi MiikeJapan
RetaliationYasuharu HasebeJapan
RingHideo NakataJapan
Ring 2Hideo NakataJapan
Rurouni KenshinKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto InfernoKeishi ŌtomoJapan
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend EndsKeishi ŌtomoJapan
ShadowZhang YimouChina
Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno, Shinji HiguchiJapan
Shinjuku Triad Society: China Mafia WarTakashi MiikeJapan
ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
The Story of YonosukeShūichi OkitaJapan
Street MobsterKinji FukasakuJapan
Sympathy for Mr. VengeancePark Chan-wookSouth Korea
TagSion SonoJapan
Tale of CinemaHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
A Tale of Two SistersKim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Terra FormarsTakashi MiikeJapan
Tetsuo: The Iron ManShinya TsukamotoJapan
Tetsuo II: Body HammerShinya TsukamotoJapan
The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-edaJapan
ThirstPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
Train to BusanYeon Sang-hoSouth Korea
The VillainessJung Byung-gilSouth Korea
The Woodsman and the RainShūichi OkitaJapan
UnforgivenLee Sang-ilJapan
Wolf Guy: Enraged LycanthropeKazuhiko YamaguchiJapan
Woman is the Future of ManHong Sang-sooSouth Korea
Yakuza LawTeruo IshiiJapan
 
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