#58: The Happiness of the Katakuris

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It’s the annual Blade Licking Thieves Halloween episode, so, of course, as seems to have become something of a tradition for the show, that means we’re reviewing yet another Takashi Miike film.  This time we’re watching the joyfully bizarre, genre mashup that’s part family drama, part dark comedy, part musical, and many parts absurd: The Happiness of the Katakuris.  Enjoy the show!

Review (42:49)

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#57: Red Cliff Part I & II

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In 2008, after a relatively successful stint in Hollywood, John Woo returned to Chinese-language features with Red Cliff Part I & II, a two part epic adapted from arguably the most famous novel in Chinese literature, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Tune in to hear Grant’s book report on that 1400 page tome along with our thoughts on this nearly five hour film series.

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#56: Survive Style 5+

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There’s nothing quite like Survive Style 5+.  With an unusual narrative of five interweaving stories, off the wall humor, tripped out art direction, and an all around odd sensibility to it, this debut film from commercial and music video director Gen Sekiguchi feels just as fresh and exciting today as it did in 2004 the year of its release.  You don’t want to spoil this one for yourself — please go watch the film first, then listen to the review.  Enjoy!

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Team B #2: Yor, the Hunter from the Future

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Life keeps finding ways to delay the release of our next show (the Survive Style 5+ episode should be out by end of next week, I promise), but thankfully BLT Team B is here to fill the void with a short review of the truly terrible: Yor: The Hunter from the Future.  I apologize in advance to anyone that tracks down this movie because of us.  Please don’t do that.

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#55: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

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He’s a loner.  A rebel.  And so are we…because Blade Licking Thieves is quite possibly the only podcast daring (or stupid) enough to spend nearly thirty five minutes talking about old 1970’s Tatsunoko cartoons, wuxia-puppet-shows, Godzilla, and the Chinese epic Romance of the Three Kingdoms before completely flipping the script and launching into a review of an american comedy classic like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.  But then there’s a lot things you don’t know about us.  Things you wouldn’t understand.  Things you couldn’t understand.  Things you shouldn’t understand.

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#54: Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture

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Get your quarters ready!  Because we’re traveling back to the early 1990s — a time of flashy arcades, fighting games, Saturday Anime, and peak Masami Obari — to find out whether Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture still possesses the power to… ROCK YOU!

  • Review (19:50)
  • Twitter Questions (1:44:30)

 

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#53: One Piece Film: Strong World

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One Piece Film: Strong World, the 10th film in the franchise but the first to feature designs and story ideas from One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, catapults the Straw Hat crew onto a mysterious series of floating islands controlled by Shiki, a vicious pirate hailing from the era of Gol D. Roger with plans to destroy all of East Blue.

  • Review (24:25)
  • Twitter Questions (1:41:48)

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