Category Archives: Japanese Film

Blade Licking Thieves Podcast #27 – Audition

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Download Link – Episode 27: Audition

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Today, we have a special, spooky, Halloween themed episode of BLT for you, as we review the Japanese horror classic, Audition.  We also briefly talk about Blade Runner Black Out 2022Gintama, Kamen Rider W, Lupin Season III, the live action Your Name film announcement, Neo Yokio, and answer your twitter questions.  You can also find our take on another infamous Takashi Miike film, Gozu (reviewed back on episode 20 of the podcast).

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Blade Licking Thieves Podcast #26 – Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie

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Download Link – Episode 26: Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie

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Introduction + What we’ve been watching + News (0:00)

Reader Email (29:55):

We attempt to answer your questions about Shin Godzilla, which we reviewed last episode.

Review (42:25):

The space pirate Cobra with his android partner Lady cross the galaxy in search of thrills, treasure, and, yes, adventure!  Cobra first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1978 and is old school space opera through and through, of the sort found in old pulps of yesteryear, with a dash of Barbarella, Bond, Star Wars, Westerns, and any bizarre idea creator Buichi Terasawa can come up with, thrown into the mix.  The film version followed in 1982.  Produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha with the backing of the studio’s top talent, such as legendary director Osamu Dezaki, character designer and animation director Akio Sugino, and art director Shichiro Kobayashi, Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie is a kaleidoscopic, tripped out, wild and weird ride from start to finish, featuring some of Dezaki’s most satisfingly “out there” direction.

Twitter Questions (1:47:26)

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Blade Licking Thieves Podcast #25 – Shin Godzilla

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Download Link – Episode 25: Shin Godzilla

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Introduction + News (0:00)

Review (20:40):

Released in 2016 (a full twelve years after Godzilla: Final Wars), Shin Godzilla marks the third reboot of the franchise as the eponymous lizard stomps his way across modern Japan with the Japanese government racing to stop him.  It’s a well worn plot by this point, yet the film’s almost singular focus on the tumultuous bureaucratic response to the crisis — rather than, say, around a few core characters — makes for something that feels fresh and new, while also giving writer and director Hideaki Anno ample time to take aim at the bureaucratic morass that is Japanese government.  As for Godzilla himself — courtesy of veteran VFX director Shinji Higuchi and a new design by Mahiro Maeda — probably not since his original outing in Gojira (1954) has the creature looked so terrifyingly monstrous.

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Blade Licking Thieves Podcast #21 – Fist of the North Star (1986 Movie)

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Download Link – Episode 21: Fist of the North Star (1986 Film)

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Review (36:02):

Fist of the North Star (movie), a remake of the first arc of the TV show (itself a remake of the famous manga by Tetsuo Hara and Buronson), released to Japanese movie-goers in 1986 with greatly improved art and animation over the TV series but also, like almost all anime movie remakes, a heavily cut down plot.  General TV Series director Toyoo Ashida returned to helm the film along with character designer & animation director Masami Suda and many other Toei Animation staff; but, for my money, it’s the soundtrack by classical composer Katsuhisa Hattori and rock group Kodomo Band (“Heart of Darkness”, “Purple Eyes”) that provides the real emotional punch making this absurdly macho, apocalyptic splatter-fest seem almost poignant.  Tune in for the full review!

Twitter Questions (1:57:50)

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Blade Licking Thieves Podcast #20 – Takashi Miike’s Gozu

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Download Link – Episode 20: Takashi Miike’s Gozu

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Review (51:08):

Today, the thieves take a wrong turn and end up in the incredibly bizarre and unsettling world of Gozu, a film directed by Takashi Miike, who, though, he has since gained a measure of respectability, was once known in the West for his anything goes, flyby night films set predominately in the horror and yakuza genres (of which Gozu, from 2003, is no exception).  The film stars Sho Aikawa and Yuta Sone as two yakuza brothers, Ozaki and Minami that head off from Tokyo towards a small town on some unknown business; however, soon after arriving, Ozaki goes missing, setting Minami off on a quest to find his friend amidst a backdrop freakish residents, bizarre happenings, and even stranger secrets.  This is one weird film.  Tune in, as we unravel the mysteries of Gozu!

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Blade Licking Thieves Podcast #19 – Samurai Fiction

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Download Link – Episode 19: Samurai Fiction

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Review (1:09:47):

Hiroyuki Nakano’s Samurai Fiction (1998) is a zany samurai comedy about Peace pretending to be a jidai-geki tale of revenge.  After a skilled swordsman named Kazamatsuri (Japanese rocker and composer for the film, Tomoyasu Hotei) waltzes off with the clan treasure, the rambunctious and young Heishiro (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) sets off in pursuit, hoping to restore his clan’s honor by retrieving the treasure and slaying the thief; however, Heishiro soon finds that revenge is not so easy and requires the help of Hanbei, a master swordsman played by Morio Kazama, and the affection of his lovely young daughter (Tamaki Ogawa), which ultimately forces Heishiro to make a choice between Honor and Pride or Love and Peace!

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Blade Licking Thieves Podcast #16 – Paprika

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Download Link – Episode 16: Paprika

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Intro, What We’ve Been Watching, and News (00:00)

Review (53:04):

2006 saw the release of Satoshi Kon’s final film, Paprika, about a group of scientists slash psychotherapists that use an experimental device called the DC Mini to enter into the dreams of their patients in order to solve their problems; however, when several of the the devices are stolen, the dreams of multiple individuals begin to merge, and the fantastic becomes all too real as the barrier between dreams and the real world begins to crumble.

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