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Weird Cinema Episode 1

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 17 - 2014ADD COMMENTS
For those who frequent the site regularly, you may have noticed the slowdown in posts during the Summer. While the initial goal was to take the Summer to write many more reviews, due to my being out from school and having a bit of free time, but instead I ended up working on a different side project. That side project is Weird Cinema. This is a new webshow based around niche films and film markets. The idea is to take a lot of time for each episode in order to make it as thorough an well-crafted as is possible for a one-man team. That doesn’t mean Varied Celluloid is completely on the side, it just means that thins are progressing and things are expanding. There are more reviews written right now and are sure to be posted soon. However, for the time being, take a quick look at this first project in order to get a feel for what Weird Cinema is going to bring to the table.

This episode covers IFD Films and Arts along with Godfrey Ho and all of the “big” cast members who helped bring to life many of the crazy ninja movies that have been reviewed here on the site within recent months. Hope you enjoy it and I hope many can learn something about these crazy movies.



Female Teacher: Dirty Afternoon

Posted by Josh Samford On June - 28 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Female Teacher: Dirty Afternoon (1981)
Director: Kichitaro Negishi
Writers: Yuki Kazamatsuri, Ayako Ohta, and Hiroko Fuji.
Starring: Yuki Kazamatsuri, Ayako Ohta, Hiroko Fuji, and Tatsuya Hamaguchi.



The Plot: Yuki (Sakiko Kurata) is a young woman living in the big city and working as a school teacher. She hasn’t always been in this situation though, as she used to be a teacher in a small mining town called Akita. It was during this era of her life where she first met young Sueko. Unfortunately, it was also during this period where something awful happened to her, and since then she has tried to put it behind her. Living now in the big city of Tokyo, Yuki is surprised one day to hear from Sueko. It seems that Sueko has been busted for prostitution, among other charges. Sueko is a free-wheeling young woman who does what she wants, and as this young girl comes into her life, Yuki is reminded of the dark times she had in Akita. It was in Akita where she was attacked by a masked assailant, and the man she blamed for the crime also happened to be Sueko’s father. As it turns out, Sueko’s father may not have been the guilty party after all.


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Robo Vampire

Posted by Josh Samford On June - 11 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Robo Vampire (198)
Director: Joe Livingstone (alias)
Writers: William Palmer (alias)
Starring: Robin Mackay, Nian Watts, Harry Myles, and Joe Browne



The Plot: Somewhere in Hong Kong (presumably), there is a gang of drug peddlers who are at war with the law. There is one man in particular that seems to constantly get in the way of their nefarious goals, and that man is Tom. The mob are soon working with a witch doctor, of sorts, who devises a plan to create the ultimate vampire in order to defeat Tom. This ultimate vampire looks a lot like an ape… so yeah, the ape man’s former girlfriend comes back from the dead as a ghost in order to marry the ape-man-vampire which is supposed to soothe his spirit. This has no bearing on the plot, but it’s fun to mention. Tom does eventually fall in combat to the ape-man-vampire, but thanks to the miracles of modern medicine he comes back as a Robo Warrior, complete with a spray-painted outfit that is supposed to look like metal. The Robo Warrior, with his arsenal of firearms, begins blasting hopping vampires and random goons for the rest of the movie. Also, there’s some subplot from another movie cut into the action that I could not figure out how it was supposed to work with all of the Robo action.


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Beyond Outrage

Posted by Josh Samford On June - 4 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Beyond Outrage (2012)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Writers: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Beat Takeshi, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, and Fumiyo Kohinata



The Plot: This sequel to Takeshi Kitano’s 2010 film Outrage takes place in the years following the events of the first movie. Otomo (Beat/Takeshi Kitano) is shown serving time in prison with very little interest in the yakuza life. However, the police are soon rattled when a government official is revealed to have been murdered in what appears to have been a yakuza execution. Corrupt detective Shigeta (Yutaka Matsushige) is placed on the case along with his straight-edge partner, and Shigeta immediately begins investigating the new leader of the Sanno-Kai syndicate, Kato (Tomokazu Miura). Detective Shigeta instigates as much turmoil in the Sanno-Kai syndicate as he can, but when his first attempts to cause internal struggle within the group is foiled, he turns to Otomo in order to find an ally. Otomo had a falling out with the Sanno-Kai, but will he be pressured back into “the life”?


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Jeans Blues: No Future

Posted by Josh Samford On June - 3 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Jeans Blues: No Future (1974)
Director: Sadao Nakajima
Writers: Takeo Kaneko and Sadao Nakajima
Starring: Tsunehiko Watase, Meiko Kaji, and RyƓhei Uchida



The Plot: Hijiriko (Meiko Kaji) is hostess at a bar, Jiro (Tsunehiko Watase)nis a low-rent hood who is working with his buddies on their biggest score yet. In the same night, both of these outsiders run away from their jobs, but Jiro happens to take all of the prize money from this “big score” and now all of his old friends want him dead. So, with a laundry list of people searching for them, these two find a bond with one another and are soon enjoying their newfound riches. However, few great things are meant to last.


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