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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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Diamond Ninja Force

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 29 - 2013

Diamond Ninja Force (1986)
Director: Godfrey Ho
Writers: Godfrey Ho
Starring: Richard Harrison, Melvin Pitcher, Andy Chrorowsky, Pierre Tremblay, and Kong Do



The Plot: Diamond Ninja Force tells the story of an ancient battle between ninja sects… kinda. In a previous ninja war, the Diamond Ninja Force had defeated the nefarious Black Ninja Clan. After the war concluded, the Black Ninja Clan had their dead buried in a secluded area that has went undisturbed for numerous years. In the present, however, this hidden graveyard is in the process of being dug into by a wealthy land owner. The Black Ninja Clan, who desperately wants this land, decide to kill off the land owner by unleashing a curse on him. This curse somehow transfers to the land owner’s daughter who is now being haunted after she, her husband, and their son Bobo have moved into a new home. They call up their good friend Gordon (Richard Harrison), who also happens to be a member of the Diamond Ninja Force, who steps in to attempt to rid them of these evil spirits.


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Tiger on the Beat 2

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 29 - 2013

Tiger on the Beat 2 (1990)
Director: Lau Kar-Leung
Writers: Cheung Lai-Ling and Kelvin Wong
Starring: Danny Lee, Conan Lee, and Ellen Chan



The Plot: In this sequel to Tiger on Beat, we follow police officer Sgt. Lam Yik Lim (Danny Lee) as he is tasked with finding a wife for his nephew Buffalo (Conan Lee). Buffalo has come to Hong Kong from The United States and often finds himself getting into trouble, which gets his uncle in trouble by proxy. Almost as soon as Buffalo gets off the boat, he finds himself in a bar fight while trying to protect a young woman named Sweet Dream (Ellen Chan). Unknown to Buffalo, this young woman is a hustler who ultimately leaves him hanging out to dry once the police arrive. Soon after this, Sweet Dream ends up as the witness to a murder, but because of her reputation as a thief/hustler, no one believes her. That doesn’t stop the triads from putting a price on her head. As Sweet Dream tries to evade the numerous killers that are now on her trail, she teams up with Buffalo who still doesn’t believe her story – but is slowly falling for the young woman. Before long, Buffalo and Sgt. Lim are both in the middle of a personal war against these violent triads.


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