Category Archives: Japanese Film

#72: Zeiram & Zeiram 2

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Special guest David Bednar (@ykarps) joins us on the show to chat about two of his favorite ’90s Tokusatsu films, the action filled, science fiction cult classics, Zeiram and Zeiram 2, from the creative mind of artist / director Keita Amemiya.  

Timestamps:

  • [00:00] Intro + What We’ve Been Watching: Violet Evergarden, Alita, Cyber Punk Movies, One Piece, Golden Kamuy
  • [43:17] Zeiram
  • [1:23:10] Zeiram 2

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#71: Infini-T Force: Farewell, Friend

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Classic Tatsunoko super heroes return in this cross dimensional, team up film follow up to the 2017 CG animated Infini-T Force series by Tatsunoko and Digital Frontier studios. Tune in for the full review of Infini-T Force: Farewell, Friend!

Review (54:50)

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#69: Cat Soup / One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island

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Our series of donation funded listener requests continues with a Blade Licking Thieves‘ Double Feature! First, we have a review of Tatsuo Sato and Masaaki Yuasa’s short, surreal and slightly twisted 2001 OVA, Cat Soup, based on the manga by the late Nekojiro. And, lastly, we review One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, the sixth film in the long running shonen action series by Eiichiro Oda, notable for being directed by Mamoru Hosoda (a year before he would go on to achieve monumental success with his next feature, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time).

Cat Soup Review (5:46) | Twitter Questions (36:08)

OP: Baron Omatsuri Review (41:23) | Twitter Questions (1:58:36)

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#65: The Dagger of Kamui

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We chat about the 3-D anime, centered around 1990s arcade nostalgia, Hi Score Girl.  Argue the merits of the Berserk anime before a court of law.  Sally forth into the whimsical world of slimes, heroes, and dragons with the launch of Dragon Quest Your Story.  And, finally, review a hidden gem from 1985, Rintaro’s tragically underappreciated ninja epic: The Dagger of Kamui.

Review (46:10)

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#63:Versus (2000)

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Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia Podcast joins us to review Ryuhei Kitamura’s break out Japanese action film Versus!

Review (39:48)

Twitter Questions (2:32:05)

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#60: Tokyo Godfathers

 

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We ring in the New Year with a review of Satoshi Kon’s somewhat overlooked Christmas film, Tokyo Godfathers (2003): an animated comedy about three homeless people on a quest to reunite an abandoned baby with its parents that, through a series of wildly improbable, yet seasonally appropriate, coincidences and several generous sprinklings of movie magic, carries with it the promise of salvation for all.

Review (41:05)

Twitter Questions (1:50:02)

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#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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#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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