Posts Tagged Nikkatsu

When Nikkatsu Met the Shaw Brothers

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We have Jimmy Wang Yu, woefully outclassed by his co-stars from Nikkatsu. Scenes between Wang Yu and Shishido play less like a battle of wits between super villain and super spy and more like a world-class talent struggling to work with a petulant upstart, or the cool older kid trying to school the spoiled young brat on how to be suave. Everything Jô Shishido does can’t help but expose Wang Yu’s limitations. Ditto Ruriko Asaoka, who does her best to spark some chemistry between her and Wang Yu but can’t draw much blood from the stone.


Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.

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Gangsters, Dinosaurs, and Naked Girls

A trio of updates.

NAKED GIRL KILLED IN THE PARK
Guest writer Miguel Rodriguez says, “After some scenes of seduction and intrigue, Chris manages to get invited to a quiet weekend at the family villa in the country. It becomes clear that the set pieces of the amusement park and now the Spanish villa are the reasons for making this film. The locations are beautiful and ripe for filming and populating with gorgeous people. Add to the cast two servants and a voyeuristic mute stable boy and you start to have the eccentric group needed for an honest-to-god Giallo. Unfortunately, Brescia’s film neglects the base titillation and stylishly surreal nihilism of proper Gialli in favor of absurd family soap opera dramatics.”
KING KONG
A little late for “No, Not THAT One,” but still…Little time is wasted before the thrills commence, and with the entrance of an agitated group of soldiers we learn of a fearsome creature that is terrorizing the countryside. Hingoo dispatches King Kong, his personal strongman, to deal with the beast, and with that we cut to what will probably be the biggest surprise for any seasoned Bollywood viewer having his or her first introduction to the stunt film genre. It’s an honest-to-goodness man-in-a-suit giant monster, in this case looking like a cross between a dinosaur, a giant cow and a wild boar and which breathes steam out of its giant, flaring nostrils for good measure.
CRUEL GUN STORY
Cruel Gun Story tells the story of Togawa, a con who is sprung from prison early via the machinations of a mysterious underworld kingpin who communicates with him through an emissary, a former mob lawyer named Ito. Ito and his boss want Togawa to carry out a robbery that they’ve planned, involving an armored car shipment of racetrack receipts worth 120 million yen, and have hand selected a crew of four men to assist him in the task.

Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.

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Spies, Lies, and Thighs

uncle5Teleport City is making some changes, but we’re still posting in one of our (revived) offshoots. And the theme so far has been espionage.

THE MAN FROM UNCLE

Guy Ritchie attempts to do for The Man from UNCLE what he did for (or to, depending on your opinion) Sherlock Holmes, and ended up with one of the biggest flops of 2015. But at least it’s a really fun, stylish flop.

PEKING OPERA BLUES

One of the great films of the Hong Kong New Wave, Tsui Hark’s Chinese Revolution era adventure is notable for focusing not on the war or heroic men, but on the friendship that grows between three women who find themselves involved in a tangled web of espionage.

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The notion of the Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers teaming up with Japanese studio Nikkatsu to make a colorful spy adventure that pits Jô “The Cheeks” Shishido against Jimmy “The One-Armed Swordsman” Wang Yu, seems fantastic. It’s disappointing that it all turned out so…disappointing.

OPERATION LIPSTICK

One of the Shaw Brothers most visually talented directors tries his hand at the spy genre in this colorful, absurd, occasionally slapstick tale of a family of thieves who get mixed up in international intrigue after lifting a wallet.

 


Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.

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