Category Archives: Japanese Film

#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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#51: Highlander: The Search for Vengeance

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We review Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, an anime continuation of the HIGHLANDER saga. The movie follows immortal Colin MacLeod’s quest for revenge in the future, and is directed by veteran director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Ninja Scroll).

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (35:57)
  • Twitter Questions (1:33:45)

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#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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#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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#43: Gintama (2017)

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We review Gintama (2017) the live action film based on the popular, long-running, gag manga by Hideaki Sorachi.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (34:40)
  • Twitter Questions (1:38:50)

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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.

  • What We’ve Been Watching + News (00:00)
  • Review (31:25)
  • Twitter Questions (1:46:05)

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