#50: AKIRA

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Crazy.  It’s our 50th episode.  A big thanks goes out to all of our listeners new and old.  Truly.  We’ve been thrilled by all of your feedback, comments, and responses — please keep them coming — but, more than that, knowing that quite a few of you actually track down and watch the weird, obscure, and sometimes crazy films we discuss here on the show before tuning in to each episode, frankly, means the world to us.  Thank you.

Anyways.

Grant wanted to do something big for our 50th episode, and, well, Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA was and is a big freakin’ deal.  For a certain generation of anime fans, this film was the anime equivalent of the Empire Strikes Back, which is to say, it blew our minds and quickly achieved legendary status.  Honestly, there’s no way our episode about it can measure up, but that didn’t stop us from rambling on and on about the film for well over two hours anyways.  Hope you enjoy the show!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (28:51)
  • Twitter Questions (2:18:14)

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#49: Chungking Express

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The romance genre goes art house in Chungking Express, Wong Kar Wai’s two part riff on loneliness, yearning, and the comforts of late night take-out, featuring the talented Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Brigette Lin, and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

  • Intro & News (00:00)
  • Review (30:41)
  • Twitter Questions (1:47:59)

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Bonus #3: The Last Dragon (1985)

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Grant is joined by CerealSensei of the Dojo Talk Podcast, CallmeDJM of Anime Podcast of Some Sort, and SentaiFive of Build Casters for a chat about the martial arts cult classic The Last Dragon (1985).

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#48: Ip Man (2008)

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Donnie Yen stars as the self-effacing, Wing Chun master of Foshan, Ip Man (2008) in this award winning martial arts drama, loosely based on the early life of Bruce Lee’s famous teacher.

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (42:48)
  • Twitter Questions (1:49:13)

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#47: Dragon Ball Super: Broly

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After appearing as the overpowered, screaming meathead of villainy — and enduring power fantasy of twelve year old boys worldwide — in not one, not two, but three (count’em) previous Dragon Ball films, Toei producers, through either massive payments of undisclosed cash or a nefarious, undisclosed blackmail scheme, have finally forced series creator Akira Toriyama to officially recognize their most divisive creation with the arrival of the new film Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

Did Toriyama spin a decent yarn?  Did One Piece: Film Z and Dragon Ball Super series director Tatsuya Nagamine bring the goods?  Did Toei animation finally remember how to draw the characters from one of their most enduring and popular franchises ever?  Does wearing a DBZ shirt to the theater amplify your power levels or merely strengthen your body odor?  The BLT crew is back from the theater with all the answers!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (14:56)
  • Twitter Questions (1:00:55)

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#46: Lone Wolf and Cub Baby Cart at the River Styx

 

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We jump head first into the wild world of 1970s Japanese cinema with the second installment of the preeminent chambara film series of the decade: Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (35:09)
  • Twitter Questions (1:42:32)

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#45: Transformers The Movie (1986)

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Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong?  Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong!

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (22:39)
  • Twitter Questions (1:37:23)

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