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Beyond Outrage

Posted by Josh Samford On June - 4 - 2014

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 - 2014

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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No Holds Barred

Posted by Josh Samford On May - 22 - 2014

No Holds Barred (1989)
Director: Thomas J. Wright
Writers: Dennis Hackin
Starring: Hulk Hogan, Joan Severance, Kurt Fuller, and Tommy “Tiny” Lister.



The Plot: Rip (Hulk Hogan) is the World Wrestling Federation champion, and if there’s one thing you can say about him: he is loyal. So, when Brell (Kurt Fuller), the head of the World Television Network, tries to persuade Rip to jump ship and join his network, he turns him down flat. Brell isn’t used to being turned down though, so a war is immediately declared between the two men. This leads Brell on a quest to find someone equally as magnetic and tough as Rip, which leads him to some local dive bars that are packed with numerous roughnecks who fight in no-holds-barred fighting competitions. Brell decides to make these vulgar events into television history and gives them the name, “Battle of the Tough Guys.” During the first event, Brell finds his man. A monster known as Zeus (Tommy “Tiny” Lister) steps forward and destroys the competition. Soon, Brell is doing everything in his power to set up Zeus vs. Rip, and he will go to any length necessary to make this match happen.


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HEIR – A Practical FX Horror Film Kickstarter

Posted by Josh Samford On February - 24 - 2014
7f5f4b4f3e78d4118824bd20a00601be_largeRichard Powell and the folks over at Fatal Pictures may not be household names, but for those who have seen their body of work, it’s hard not to be impressed. Their short films Consumption (2008), Worm (2011), and Familiar (2012) are among some of the best independent short films that I have personally come across. Familiar showed this talented group moving into the world of body horror and adult ideas, but it sounds as if their next feature, HEIR, will be even more ambitious! And you too can be a part of it!

Fatal Pictures are in the last two weeks of their Kickstarter for HEIR and things are looking good, but now is your opportunity to be a part of it. The film, which looks to pair Fatal Pictures once again with Robert Nolan (one of the strongest leading men in the indie film world), is looking for a budget of $17,000 and they are getting close to reaching that number. For just $20, you can help get this project funded and also score a copy of the movie on DVD for yourself! The plot synopsis for the movie is as follows:

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After connecting with a stranger of similar interests online, Gordon and his young son Paul, embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge a secret passion. Before the day ends, a horrible truth will be uncovered and a harsh lesson will be learned. HEIR is a monster movie unlike any other, it is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power.


Give the Kickstarter a look and hopefully throw them a few bucks. While you’re doing that, you can check out their previous short film Familiar for free! I am sure you will be impressed. I will end this with some of my favorite artwork posted on the Kickstarter page. This is looking excellent.

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Charlie Cho: The Cinematic Lover

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 27 - 2014
DonThe legend of Don Juan dates all the way back to the 14th century. Originally showing up in a play by Tirso de Molina, this ancient story has been retold countless times in all manners of artistic expression. The story, in most retellings, focuses on a prosperous libertine man who has dedicated his life to seducing women of all sorts. This character has become synonymous with the Western concept of the “ladies man.” This is a character that is obsessed with copulation, the opposite sex, and holding dominance over these women. I put forth to you today that the greatest variation of this mythos within the East would be through the cinematic lover known as Charlie Cho. He, unfortunately, remains little known to those outside of the darkest recesses of Hong Kong cinema, but for those who have seen his work: there becomes a desire, something that is impossible to resist, that they must help spread his reputation within the west.

Charlie Cho in False Lady (1992)

Charlie Cho in False Lady (1992)

Cutting past all of this BS, Charlie Cho is one of the very best onscreen perverts that the world has ever known. An actor who has, outside of his perverted roles, performed in several high quality projects, his sparse Western fanbase rallies behind him not for his role in Jackie Chan’s Police Story, but instead for the incredibly cheap sex comedies that he made during the 1990s. These movies were ludicrous and obscene in most regards, but they dominated the Category III film market during the late 80s-to-early 90s. For those who are unaware, Category III, or CAT III, is a cinematic rating within Hong Kong. It’s nearest equivalent would be the 18 rating within the UK, or NC-17 within the USA. In the West, the best known films from this category would be the various extreme crime thrillers that have become cult favorites. Films such as The Untold Story, Ebola Syndrome, and Dr. Lamb have all had plenty of time dedicated to them, but Hong Kong sex comedies have unfortunately been left, mainly, for the superfans. Within this genre, there are several notable “cocksmen” who deserve mention. Stuart Ong, Lee Chung-Ling, and Elvis Tsui are all actors who made numerous films within the CAT III market, specializing in films about seduction, stupidity, and obsessing over breasts. However, of all these actors, one man stands out as king. That man is Charlie Cho Cha-Lee.

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