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#40: Harakiri

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The orderly, rigid code of bushido smashes up against human feeling in Masaki Kobayashi’s Harakiri (1962), a stunningly trenchant piece of subversive film-making — written by Rashoman and Seven Samurai scribe Shinobu Hashimoto, and starring the great Tatsuya Nakadai — that threatens to demolish the foundational ethos all of samurai cinema is built upon.

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#39: Hard Boiled

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There’s action-packed.  And then there’s Hard Boiled (1992) — John Woo’s final spectacular outing with superstar Chow Yun-Fat in which gun-toting, rough and tumble detective, Tequila (Yun-Fat) partners with undercover officer Alan (Tony Leung) to take on a villainous gang of gun-running triads.

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#38: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

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Today, we review a classic that requires no introduction: Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) from director / writer Hayao Miyazaki.

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#37: Blade of the Immortal (2017)

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We review Takashi Miike’s 100th film, Blade of the Immortal (2017), a bloody, over the top, chambara romp, starring Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, and Sota Fukushi, based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura.

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#36: Who Am I?

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Today, the crew reviews Jackie Chan’s Who Am I?, his last film with Golden Harvest and nearly his last film ever after a few of these stunts – plus Major 2nd for the 3 Minute Rule!

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Listener Mail (45:45)

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Review (57:34)

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#35: One-Armed Swordsman

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Our Shaw Brothers training regimen continues with the bloody saga of Fang Cheng aka the One-Armed Swordsman (1967), a seminal work of wuxia film-making from prolific director Chang Cheh.

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Listener Mail (39:12)

News (49:53)

Review (1:08:35)

Three Minute Rule (2:13:01)

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  • Episode 31: Co
  • Episode 24: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • me Drink With Me
  • Episode 11: 36th Chamber of Shaolin

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#34: Mazinkaiser

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After a bit of a hiatus, the BLT crew is finally back on the couch with our review of Mazinkaiser, a 2001 OVA follow up to Go Nagai’s popular Mazinger super robot series that Turbo Smasher Punches its way into our hearts.

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