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US Trailer for Down Terrace released!

Posted by Josh Samford On September - 15 - 2010
British crime films are all the rage these days! That’s for good reason, since so many of them have turned out to be so spectacularly made! Down Terrace is another in the long line of well made UK crime dramas to make the trip across the ocean and land in our midst. Magnet is releasing the film in NY and LA on October 8th, and will expand with it throughout October. Look out for the US trailer posted below, as the film appears to be a mix of quirky criminal happenings and atmospheric tension. This one shows some real promise! The ploy synopsis is as follows:

Father and son Bill and Karl (real life father and son Bob and Robin Hill) have just been released from jail free and clear, but all is not well at Down Terrace. Patriarchs of a small crime family, their business is plagued with infighting. Karl has had more than he can take of his old man’s philosophizing and preaching, and Bill thinks Karl’s dedication to the family is seriously compromised when he takes up with an estranged girlfriend who claims to be carrying his baby. To make matters worse, there‚Äôs an unidentified informant in their midst that could send them all to prison for a very long time, and none of their associates can be trusted.

And as for that promised trailer, you can find it via apple’s page which can be found: HERE.

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Shinjuku Outlaws Review

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 14 - 2010
Back again people, this time with some classic Takashi Miike! It has been a little bit since I reviewed anything from the mad dog of Japanese cinema, so why not go back to something a little more obscure from the man? So this goes back to Miike’s earliest days and is generally considered one of his first real “Miike” movies. Not a bad film at all either, check out the review to discover more!

The Plot: The story begins in Shinjuku with the boss of a Yakuza crime family sitting in the hospital dying of cancer. The bosses impending death scares the family and they think that when their rivals find out about the shift change in the upper echelon of the group, that they’ll take it as their time to move in on their territory. So, looking to make the first move the bosses son turns to Katsuichi Yomi (Hiroyuki Watanabe) to kill the boss of this rival gang. He is given a gun, arranges to be picked up by the law if he survives the attack and starts looking for the boss of their rivals. When he tracks the old man to a bowling alley, he goes in guns a-blazing. He takes out the old man (in front of his granddaughter, who’s face is splattered with blood) but gets mowed down by his bodyguards. When he arrives at the hospital, he falls into a coma. For the next ten years he lays asleep in a medical ward of a prison. When he finally awakens, the whole world has changed around him. His best friend Eto has run off with his woman Ayumi and the two now run a small time Filipino prostitution ring. Eto has himself in a decent amount of debt so on Yomi’s return he finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time, as Eto has been kidnapped by a group he owes money to and they are now looking to extort to get their cash back. Yomi, who everyone assumed would hunt down and kill Eto for what seems like betrayal, instead risks his life to save his former partner. The yakuza takes notice of Yomi and decides they want him in their organization and make him an offer he can’t refuse. Yomi will have to battle his own personal demons as well as a crooked cop, the mob and the Taiwanese mafia.






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