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Old 09-18-2010, 06:11 AM
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Suicide Club (2001)

So, admittedly, it's been quite a while since I've watched what I would consider (with a lack of better words) an absurd/symbolic/intellectual horror film (examples: Miike - Audition/Gozu/Ichi the Killer, David Lynch - Mulholland Drive/Eraserhead/Blue Velvet), so Suicide Club took me a bit off guard.

This is a fairly complex film which examines themes of suicide (which is incredibly poignant and risque especially within Japanese culture), peer pressure, and the susceptible mass collective subconscious. To be honest, I left the film feeling a bit dissatisfied and unresolved, but the more I think about and read about this movie, the more I think it's an incredibly smart, macabre masterpiece.

I am having a hard time "rating" the film as I am still not sure that I completely "get" it yet... I honestly feel as though I am missing something integral to appreciating the movie as a whole... Which is why I am about to start a discussion thread here... I am perplexed (but not in a bad way) - I honestly want to explore this film a bit more as I feel as though it does deserve my cognitive attention.

Not a film to watch lightly, Suicide Club is smart, striking, and will definitely stay with you. Recommended for viewers who are looking for a little more than "just" a Japanese ghost story ("just" being in quotation marks as there is honestly nothing wrong with a damn good Japanese ghost story!).
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:06 AM
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PORNOSTAR aka Tokyo Rampage http://www.asian-horror-movies.com/tor.php

A young man decides one day to start killing yakuza. After he kills his first two he gets roped into helping a wannabe gangster to perform a hit.

This young psychopath quickly becomes more trouble than the gang expected. Will they be able to rid themselves of him, or will they be his next victims?

Great movie. I love the revenge on gangster movies. When I tried to download it however I had some trouble with spam, if anybody knows here I can download a copy of this(not from a torrent) please let me know. 4 out of 5.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:20 AM
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Okay so after watching Tokyo Rampage last night I got into this big Yakuza/Takashi Miike binge.

I started with Ichi the Killer, which is always a fun a movie in my opinion. Unfortunately I had to watch in Youtube and a few English subbed parts were missing. So I had to watch about 20 minutes in Japanese with some Thai subtitles.

Then I watched Dead or Alive, http://www.asian-horror-movies.com/doa.php

Without a home and feeling no obligation to Japanese society or Yakuza, Ryuichi and his small group decide to make their own place by trying to take over the Shinjuku underworld and the drug trade from Taiwan. A Takashi Miike lesson is ultra violent extremes.The ending really does have a WTF moment. 4/5

Then of course I watched the sequel, http://www.asian-horror-movies.com/doa-22.php

Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to team up and use their talents in killing for good. This also gets 4/5

I'm working on Dead or Alive: Final which is the end to this Takashi Miike trilogy.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:43 AM
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:45 AM
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Acacia (2003)

A decent K-Horror with a bit tragic plot but the pace was pretty slow.

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:28 AM
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Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge - http://www.asian-horror-movies.com/neg.php

One day, a pathetic high school student Yosuke meets a beautiful girl named Eri. Eri does battle every night with an indestructible, chainsaw-wielding maniac, “Chainsaw Man”. As Yosuke and Eri bond, he eventually joins the fight. Based on the best-selling novel by Tatsuhiko Takimoto. 4/5.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:48 PM
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The last Asian horror movie I have seen was Ichi The Killer. I bought it on DVD a couple months ago but simply didn't watch it until recently. A friend back in high school told me it was ridiculously gory so I had to check it out.

Boy was he right.

Not only did it come with a little fake packet of blood souvenir, but the movie itself was practically dripping of blood. I enjoyed the movie as a whole, but there was some CGI that I didn't like. For example:

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There is one scene where a bad guys face is literally sliced right off his head and splats against a wall, then slides down. While it was an inventive idea, it looked incredibly fake. I know that's probably pretty hard to imitate with real effects, but if you can't make it look decent then don't do it.
**Spoiler End**

Ichi The Killer WOULD be the bloodiest movie I have ever seen, if it weren't for Tokyo Gore Police. That movie was just...ridiculous. If you have seen it, you know what I mean.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:25 AM
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I loved Ichi the Killer. One of my favorite Takashi Miike movies.
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