nagoya

Member of the "Toei Masochists" Letterboxd Clan.
Showa enthusiast. New Hollywood lover.
Tomoko fan. Peace. Love.

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  • Eighteen Years, to the Sea

    Eighteen Years, to the Sea

    ★★★½

    Quite interesting story revolving about the serious matter of double suicides that never lose its light touch even when things get ugly. A bit confusing start and a foreseeable ending don't affect much the bulk of the film which is graced by convincing performances and good script.

  • Play it, Boogie-Woogie

    Play it, Boogie-Woogie

    ★★★½

    The red-tinted title sequence made me hope for a much more memorable film. With the sole exception of (...strangely...) Hideo Murota none of the characters are sympathetic and the story isn't very original even though there are some twists here and there. Still a rather good drama, just not a great one, especially considering the its 130 mins lenght. Kaori Takeda and Renji Ishibashi play not much more than some glorified cameos while Tsutomu Yamazaki complex performance is rather convincing.

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  • Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

    Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

    ★★★★½

    One of Norifumi Suzuki best films, "Terrifying Girls’ High School: Lynch Law Classroom" is full of anarchoid energy and very well directed. You can sense a disdain for authority that recurs in many of his films, but this time he really doesn't save "anyone". There isn't a single scene that might be considered a "filler"- all of them are conceived to grab your attention like only the best (exploitation) movies can do. The musical score is also very well done and placed. I personally prefer the Sukeban films, but I can't deny this is Pinky Violence at its peak.

  • Outrage Coda

    Outrage Coda

    ★★★★

    With this great ending of the outrage trilogy, Kitano shows once again his special way of making yakuza movies: the intricate plottings really are descendent of the best battles without honor and humanity films but the detached look at killing is all his own. The ending didn't seem fitting though and this prevented the film to have one more half-star. Like Nathan Stuart I too noticed the homage to Hokuriku Proxy War. Hope Takeshi won't stop churning yakuza films and who knows, being older, he may return in a powerful Oyabun role in the future...