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Blackmail Is My Life (Kamikaze Club)(Kyokatsu koso waga jinsei)

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 12 March 2011

Blackmail is my Life (Kamikaze Club) (Kyokatsu koso waga jinsei) DVD Cover

Blackmail is my Life (Kamikaze Club) (Japanese title: Kyokatsu koso waga jinsei(1968) directed by Kinji Fukasaku (Sympathy for the Underdog (1971), Battle Royale (2000) and many others) with Hiroki Matsukata, Tomomi Sato, Eriko Sono, Shinjiro Ebara and others.  This yakuza and ambitious gangster/blackmailer film is most certainly one of the forerunners of many contemporary gangster/lowlife films:  Stylish, sexy, villains with dubious ethics, catchy, hip music, ample, dramatically bold blood, a sharp, dynamic visual style complete with sequences in black & white, sepia and color, and abundant attitude while still being a critique of politics and power. Tarantino is really nothing new. (PR)

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Battle Royale

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 10 March 2011

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Battle Royale (2000) (DVD) directed by Kinji Fukasaku with Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano and others.  This alternative-future Japanese violent action/horror film, Kinji Fukasaku’s last complete film, based on Koushun Takami’s 1999 novel of the same name, stirred significant controversy even prior to its release, with the Japanese legislature calling it harmful to teenagers.  Its near manga-style acting may not be to everyone’s liking, but Quentin Tarantino called it, in 2009, his favorite film released since he began directing in 1992. (!!) (PR)

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Sympathy for the Underdog

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 8 February 2011

 

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 Sympathy for the Underdog (Bakuto Gaijin Butai) (Guerre des Gangs à Okinawa), 1971, (DVD), directed byKinji Fukasaku  (Battle Royale, and others) with Koji Tsuruta and others.  This Japanese Yakuza film, with its highly stylized fury and humour, and the debuts of a choreographed violence is thought to have influenced Quentin Tarantino and, most certainly, left its mark on Takeshi Kitano: as a director, most clearly, in Kitano’s Sonatine (1993), and as an actor, starring in Fukasaku’s Battle Royale (2000).  Sympathy for the Underdog is, most probably, a must for those interested in Kitano or in Tarantino; that covers a lot of ground, it would seem. (PR)

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Zatoichi

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 5 February 2011

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Zatoichi , 2003, (DVD). Written, Directed and co-Edited by Takeshi Kitano, with Beat Takeshi (Kitano as actor), music by Keiichi SuzukiWinner of the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 60th Venice Film Festival, in 2003.  Though firmly in the Samurai film tradition, Zatoichi is an anomaly.  Kitano plays the part of the eponymous  anti-hero Zatoichi, the blind samurai who takes revenge on the evil gang terrorizing a small Japanese village, his still, understated acting, disguising controlled violence with stereotypical Clint Eastwood-like demeanor.  Zatoichi, the film, refuses to be categorized:  There is the extreme violence we’ve come to expect from Kitano (Battle Royale [2000], directed by Kinji Fukasaku and starring Kitano, Violent Cop [1989] directed by and starring Kitano, Boiling Point [1990] directed by, and starring Kitano, and others) but juxtaposed is slap-stick humour, mock-Shakesperian staginess, poetic interludes and spontaneous song and dance sequences (think Singing in the Rain meets Riverdance).  The film lacks the photographic beauty of Kitano’s previous films, but where the eyes are denied, the ears profit, as the sound and diegetic score are fabulous, tribal, inspired; the power of sound in a film about a blind samurai. (jlg)

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Editors’ note: This DVD has both ‘Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman’ and the excellent film ‘Sonatine’ by and with Takeshi Kitano.

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