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Posted by Josh Samford On September - 18 - 2008
Originally Written by KidCaffeine
Plot Outline: The intellectual, the humorist, the gangster and the brute: Four unlikely friends growing up during the 70s. But as with all good things, this friendship must eventually come to an end. After enrolling in college, Joong-ho and Sang-taek return to their hometown, only to find out that one of their oldest friends has become a drug addict and the other is in jail. Let alone the fact that both are involved in gang activities. As the years go by, we follow the twists and turns in the lives of the four friends. We follow the tests and trials of the friendship between Joong-ho and Jeong-suk, as well as the rivalry between Jeong-suk and Dong-su in the deceiving world of organized crime.


The review: I’m stunned! 5 stars and an award for this movie: review end… No, really, I haven’t got one bad word to say about this Korean gem, but I bet I would have old man Josh on my back if I didn’t at least comment on it. So, brace yourself young ones, and get ready to hunger for this fantastic drama that’ll take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride, which in many ways changed the way I look at Korean cinema.

So, what’s so great about this movie you ask me? I wouldn’t know where to start. Even though I had read some pretty good reviews of the movie before buying it, I still couldn’t help but to be astonished by how good it actually was. It made me laugh at the right times, it managed to make me feel for the characters, and actually made me a bit sad towards the end (trying my best not to spoil the ending for you). But most of all, this movie made me nostalgic. It made me think of my earlier years with my friends. After I moved to another town I stopped seeing a lot of them, and I more or less felt like calling them up on the phone right after I finished the movie. It made me think of how hard it must be to witness your best friends become junkies and gang members without you being able to do anything about it.

“Friend” deals with something that everybody has to face at some point or another, the crossroads of life. It portrays several ways of dealing with the act of growing up, both the “correct” way that your parents would tell you to do things, enrolling in college etc, as well as the “wrong” way, earning your money the fast way. I think this is one of the reasons that this movie has become so popular. The problems at hand are something that everybody can relate to. Most people have tried stopping for a minute and look around one day, only to find out that you didn’t have as much in common with your friends any longer. It’s a tough situation to be in, and “Friend” does an excellent job at depicting the feeling that you get in a situation such as that, especially in the friendship between Joong-ho and Jeong-suk. Even though not many people have been in the situation of Jeong-suk and Dong-su, the movie also does an excellent job at drawing the audience in, and showing them how hard the lives of these two gangsters really are.

One thing that took me by surprise was the acting. I don’t mean to sound prejudice or anything, but as much as I love Asian cinema, there’s just something about the acting in many of the movies that I haven’t found too likable. Take for instance Ringu: I loved the movie, but don’t tell me that you found the acting to be spectacular, especially not during the first 10-15 minutes. That was just bad acting, not even Mike and the bots could make that acceptable. The acting in “Friend” was spectacular, though, and I was especially surprised to see “Bulldozer” from “Attack the Gas Station” acting out his role so well. I always had this picture of him in my mind as somewhat comical and unable to play serious roles, but I guess that’s what an unserious role like that will do to ones reputation, even though I liked the movie itself. As for the rest of the cast they’re doing a great job as well, so I’ll not get into commenting on each and everyone of the character’s ability to act.

As for the DVD itself, what I have here is the All Region Mega Star release. As opposed to what I’ve heard some people say, I was pretty satisfied with this release. It comes with a 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen picture, as well as some pretty good English subs (good enough for me not to notice any errors nonetheless.) Last but not least, it has a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track in Korean. That’s right, no English dubbing here! All in all, I consider this an above average release, with a pretty good image quality compared to what we’ve seen from a lot of the other Asian DVDs.

What’s left to say about this movie? Nothing much really, except that I urge all of you to go out and buy it. I got it pretty cheap off DDDHouse, and that was money well spent on a DVD of pretty good quality and a movie of exceptional quality. A gem in the collection! As I said in the beginning of the review, I haven’t got anything bad to say, which actually make this movie quite hard reviewing for an old angry bastard like me. But if you ever need to take a break from the ultra-violence of Miike, or the Nazi sleaze that you appreciate so much, perhaps even if you need a movie to watch with your girlfriend (you know that she won’t appreciate “The Gestapo’s Last Orgy”) this may be just what you need.

Foxy Brown

Posted by Josh Samford On September - 13 - 2008

Plot Outline: Foxy Brown is a young black woman trying to make her way through the seventies. She has plans to get out of the ghetto along with her boyfriend Michael who works for the government in stopping the local gangsters. See, Michael faked his death along the way and has recently been let out of the hospital after facial reconstruction. So now it looks like Foxy has finally got her man and life is looking up. Well, things aren’t going to stay that way and pretty soon the word is out on the street that Michael faked his death, and he is shot to death outside Foxy’s home. Now, an average woman might turn away, being outnumbered and outgunned, but Foxy isn’t an average woman and she’s got revenge on her mind. Bodies fall, guns blast and Pam Grier changes costumes more times than you could shake a stick at!

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Five Deadly Venoms

Posted by Josh Samford On September - 13 - 2008
Plot Outline: The Poison Clan is a five man group of martial artists trained by an old master anonymously. Each of the five Kung Fu masters possess their own special skill based around a specific animal. The clan consists of The Centipede, The Scorpion, The Lizard, The Snake and The Toad. After all the members of the clan have completed their training, the old master decides to send his unfinished pupil (Chiang Sheng) out to make sure that they haven’t been using their skills for evil purposes. The only problem is that the pupil doesn’t know who is in the clan, they were all trained wearing masks, and not even the master himself knows who they really are or what they look like. So the young pupil must find the members of the clan who are still on the side of good and join them to defeat the evil clan members, who are now after the gold of the old Master’s close friend.


The Review: Chang Cheh, who passed away not too long ago, shall forever be admired by his fans as one of the most inventive and original old school kung fu directors of all time. No matter what some of his detractors may have to say. His films, unlike many other movies produced at the same time that were following dense plots about revenge, always seemed to have an edge above the rest. Sometimes gimmicky, but always fun, his films usually had some kind of levarage that lifted his films above the rest. Whether we’re talking about the five venoms of Five Deadly Venoms, the five crippleds from Crippled Avengers or even the Chi Saw Gang of The Kid with the Golden Arm, Cheh always knew how to keep things interesting, fun and unique. Most people when they think of Old School Kung Fu, or the Shaw studios in general, they think of a story along the lines of Master Killer. You know, man’s family/wife/dog is murdered, he travels to shaolin/elderly man/unknown master and learns a secret style of kung fu that helps him defeat the baddies at the end. There’s nothing wrong with that or anything, I’m a huge fan of Master Killer and dozens of other films that use the same generic plot device, but Cheh’s films always felt like a breath of fresh air. Of course Cheh utilized stories similar to the one above, but even then his films still felt more innovative than your average chop socky flick from the same era. He just had a golden touch that was able to lift almost any average plot, and make it something almost magical. His films were beautifully simple, but ultimately extremely rewarding because he knew exactly how the action was to be shot and how the story should be told. Like a Hong Kong John Ford or Howard Hawks. He always gave his actors the room they needed to perform their highly complex choreography, and he always tried to top himself. That’s what made his films so unique, and when there was a film with both Chang Cheh and the Venoms Clan, you absolutely knew you were in for a treat. Although Five Deadly Venoms isn’t the first film the clan made together (they all appeared in Chinatown Kid a year earlier), this was the film that made them stars and won their way into the hearts of many old school film fans. It, much like Master Killer, is a simple story told in a large way. Much less focus on action as many of his later films would be, this is Chang Cheh at his most focused. He trusts his story here and doesn’t rely on a plethora of battle sequences to make up for the miniscule script. He delivers what is easily the best Kung Fu mystery ever made, and a true epic, even if the running time isn’t equal to three hours. I could very well just be the most biased reviewer on the planet, and I assure it’s possible, but the film is pure escapist entertainment. It’s not a complex film, and I’ll admit that forth right. You’ll either have fun while watching the film or you won’t, but there’s no denying the it’s incredible place in martial arts cinema history.

I can’t pretend that Five Venoms is the kind of film your average movie audience is just going to sit down and love immediately. Particularly some of the kids who have grown up with The Matrix or Jackie Chan films. Five Deadly Venoms isn’t half as action oriented as even Chang Cheh’s later films, which believe it or not, works extremely well in this case. Believe it or not, there are only a handful of fight scenes that take place throughout the whole film. The story takes it’s time to unfold, without the slightest care for the limited patience of some viewers. The action is dispersed throughout a few fairly decent sized run-ins from beginning to end, and the fighting that is here is absolutely brilliant as per usual for the venoms. The most impressive of all fights is easily the climatic battle between the remaining members of the Poison Clan, I can’t tell who is there and who isn’t because that’s half the fun, figuring out which poison is which. All I can tell you is that the nearly eight minute fight sequence is top notch. The action is handled with ease by Cheh, and the Venoms all excuse themselves brilliantly. The second biggest battle would be a small street fight between The Centipede and The Toad, Lu Feng and Lo Meng are amazing to watch during the course of the fight. I’ve always been quite fond of Lo Meng’s fighting style in the film, using his fists like sledgehammers, you can tell he intends to hurt whatever stands in his way. Then again, we are talking about my favorite member of the Clan! That is just yet another fun part of the film, choosing a favorite member of the Poison Clan. No matter who watches it, whether they like it or not, everyone develops a favorite member while watching. It’s like watching a battle between Super Heroes, we all secretly dream to be at least one of them. Like I said, I’ve always took a fondness to The Toad. His Kung Fu prevents him from being hurt by any attack or weapon, his skin is like iron and being the biggest member of the Venoms he’s perfect for the role. The torture chamber sequence wherein certain evil Poison Clan members try their best to discover The Toad’s weak spot, which would then make him vulnerable to their torture, is easily one of the most memorable scenes in any Kung Fu film ever. Right up there when Bruce Lee breaks out the nunchaku in that cavern towards the end of Enter the Dragon. Every member of the clan has some form of super power worth emulating though. The Lizard is able to walk up walls and strike down on his opponents from below. The Centipede is extremely fast with his Kung Fu, especially his kicks which are enough to kill a man. The Snake’s fisted attacks which act like claws make it easy for him to rip through his opponents skin, easily disabling them. The Scorpion carries a series of small sharp objects that he can use to throw and injure his opponents, which goes along with his sharp and fast moving Kung Fu that resembles a Scorpion’s Pincer. The whole addition of the different poisons may seem like a rather simplistic method of making things interesting by the more intellectual (read: snobby) among you, but it works and that’s all there is to it. It may be a bit violent to show to younger children, but if I had seen the film when I was a kid I have no doubt that I would have loved it. It’s just that curiously entertaining.

If there’s one thing anybody can say about Chang Cheh, it’s that he knew how to handle action. Five Deadly Venoms may be fairly conservative with the amount of actual fighting there is, but that doesn’t detract anything from the quality as I’ve pointed out. Here Cheh is actually even more exciting than his usual work. He gives the choreography room to stretch, but he still keeps the audience right in on the dance floor with our highly trained combatants. During the climax with our eight minute (or so) fight sequence, there are some truly amazing shots. The camera shakes when our fighters get too close, it’s fluid in it’s editing but doesn’t make the mistake of over-editing, Cheh is simply masterful. This is in no small part thanks to the cinematographers and choreographers, but Chang Cheh’s name is written over everything within the film. No doubt, most essentially in the writing stage of the film with his long running partner Ni Kuang. Five Deadly Venoms goes beyond just the clutchings of a mere Kung Fu film, if you want to think of it in that light it’s fine, but Five Venoms is a great ‘film’, not just for any individual genre. This is all thanks in my opinion to the script provided for the film. The pacing may not be lightning fast, but it’s so interesting that one is drawn into paying attention. This is why you may run into some resistance for the film. Some people walk in expecting one thing only to be delivered another. Think of Five Venoms as a mystery with men beating each other up and you’ll no doubt walk away somewhat satisfied. The questioning of ‘who is which venom’ throughout the film may leave you a bit confused on first viewing if you aren’t familiar with the actors, but I think the broadly different personalities that each actor creates easily paints them as individuals for the audience. Chiang Sheng, who is often considered the Sixth Venom because of his participation in so many of the other Venom teamups, is equally sarcastic and charming, as he always tends to be. He plays the young student fresh into the world on a quest from his master, he plays up the naive bit and makes it work well, but his humorous attitude helps to balance out the more darker moments within the film. Philip Kwok plays an inspector alongside Chien Sun, trying to guide us through the mystery and discover just who is who. Kwok is as good as ever, this time playing a rather dramatic character who believes in the law as the only thing he knows. Chien Sun is much the same, but keeps to himself much to himself and remains more reserved. Then there’s my personal favorite member of the Clan, favorite poison and one of my favorite actors, Lo Meng! Lo is the biggest of the guys as far as muscle goes, and he doesn’t get to flip around quite as much as the other guys, but he’s easily the most likable of the Venoms with a natural charisma and honor about him that is hard to explain. I don’t exactly have a man-crush on the guy or anything like that, but for some reason, perhaps because of his fighting style or his acting talents, he’ll always remain my favorite member of the clan. Pai Wei shows up as rich boy Hung Wen Tung, although Wei only acted in about four Venom teamups, I’ll always consider him equal alongside the others. This time around he gets to play the bad guy who might even regret some of his mistakes. He keeps things heavy but doesn’t come off as a sadist or a butcher, unlike his partner in crime Tang Sen Kue played by a bearded Lu Feng. The two are distinctly opposite but still equal in their greed and corruption. The characters are all polar opposites to one another really, and just because their Kung Fu styles are unlike any other film, what really separates them all is the individual actors and their ability to create such interesting characterizations. A beautiful script doesn’t hurt anything either.

What else can be said about the film? It’s not perfect really, the plot may drag a bit too much for the new school Hk fans, but to me this is the pinnacle of a great man’s career and signifies a turning point in HK cinema. An absolute must see for anyone into kung fu films, as well as those interested in Asian cinema generally. I advise anyone new to the genre, if you’re wanting to get into these films or just test the waters, see Five Deadly Venoms doubled with Shaolin Master Killer. Both films are diametrically apposed to one another in style and substance, but both compliments one another showing the wide variety of ways any Kung Fu film can take. I can’t stress how highly recommended Five Venoms in, but I just hope I don’t over hype it for anyone who might get the wrong ideas about it. To give the film anything less than a Stubbing would be cheating the world, I mean that.

Electric Dragon 80,000 V.

Posted by Josh Samford On September - 3 - 2008
Plot Outline: As a child “Dragon eye” Morrison was accidentally electrocuted while hanging on to an electrical tower. The shock from the electricity caused the part of his brain that helps to control emotions and acts of desire, to stop functioning. Now the only thing that can help him keep it together is playing his electric guitar (from which he conducts electricity). As Morrison lives out his days working as a pet detective hunting for reptiles, Thunderbolt Buddha (A man with half a golden Buddha head and half a normal head) decides to make “Dragon Eye” Morrison his enemy. When everything comes to a head, the two men will have to do battle!


The Review: How does one begin to persuade others to see a film like this? That’s basically the job of a ‘reviewer’ isn’t it? To let other people know what films they should check out and what they should avoid. The only problem with Electric Dragon 80,000 V. (ED8V) is it’s not the kind of film you can just recommend for others to see. I think it takes a certain type of person to truly appreciate the film. I’ll just get the things that should scare people away first, then if you’re still around afterward you can contemplate whether it’s something you should see. For one, there’s basically no story to ED8V. The little plot that is here is only there so the film can actually have an opening and ending. The film has very little dialogue. Tadanobu Asano, the star of the film, probably only has seven lines throughout the whole film. The soundtrack is another thing that might scare some away, it’s made up of industrial and punk music that should blare as loud as possible. When the film was shown in theaters, the director made them turn the volume up as loud as it would go, thus killing dozens of people’s ear drums. The film is in complete black and white, and the film only has a 54 minute run time… that’s about it. If you think it sounds interesting and seems like something you might enjoy, see it now!

I first saw ED8V about a year or so ago. I don’t know why I picked it up, I had no idea what it was about and I only heard a short synopsis, but I guess my love for weird stuff just kind of took hold of me. Now I tell you this, I can’t think of one other film that has had the influence on my sense of style that ED8V has. It’s opened my eyes to so much. Like how powerful and important a film’s score can be, and what can be accomplished when a film has only one care: style. That’s what ED8V is about. Style and style alone. Sure, there might be some deeper issues lying in there somewhere, but ED8V stands as one of the most stylish lo-fi films ever made. There’s no complex camera angles or lush colors, the film has a beaten down and gritty look to it thanks to the black & white colors. What makes the film so spectacular to watch is the intense editing and the audio and visual. It’s a film tour de force in my opinion.

Of course, as I’ve tried my best to make it abundantly clear, the film just isn’t for everyone. It’s best to just look at the film as one large experiment by the director. He made this film with Asano and Nagase as they were all working on their other film Gojoe. I imagine they just hit the town on weekends, shooting whatever they could, then Sogo Ishii got in the editing chair and mixed it all up. That’s what’s so great about Japan right now. They’re taking chances that no other region is daring take. In my eyes, I think Japan has elevated cinema as a whole. ED8V is just another stepping stone among the many brilliant films released in the past ten years or so.

The only other thing I can comment on is Tadanobu Asano, but I don’t think I have to. I made a paragraph about him in my review for Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, and I think I made my case there. The man is a genius, pure and simple. Anyway, ED8V is a mad scientists experiment gone wrong. The film is exciting, but nothing happens. It’s beautiful, but grimy and gritty. It’s like a comic book, but is missing the story. The film defies all explanation and logic. If you’re up for something avante garde and something truly unique, Electric Dragon 80,000 V. is for you.

Driller Killer

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 26 - 2008
Originally written by Prof. Aglaophotis

Plot Outline: Reno Miller is a man clinging to a shoe string; living in his New York apartment as an exceptional painter with his two girl friends Carol and Pamela with a number of mounting problems, particularly their attrition of money, lack of support from his art dealer coupled with the pressure of completing his current painting, the heavy bill to pay with poverty looming over their backs, the non-stop practices of the new punk band downstairs…the list of problems just goes on for Reno. Under this sort of pressure, there seems to be no way Reno can ventilate his emotions, much less direct his anger. That is of course, after Reno starts to fulfill his new found infatuation, for after helping Pamela drill a hole in one of the doors, Reno gained this hidden desire with drills…so much to the point that he slowly begins to lose his mind from the pressure and begins burning out his rage by using the power drill on the local street paupers. But how far will Reno go once his problems reach their negative zenith?


The Review
I have always loved a good character study in whatever I read or watch; it proves that a human being can use their imagination to its fullest lucidity in order to bring a fictional character to life, especially in a psychological manner. Although I knew I was in for a character study with a unique blend of visual artistry in Driller Killer, I felt amazed at witnessing the spectacle of a man trying to live out his imagination only to find that it cannot reach its expected potential due to suppressed feelings that shatter his social control, leading to detrimental behavior as a sole outlet and that is one of the many things I enjoyed about The Driller Killer. I first heard of this movie from Pantsman over the horror forum and as blasé as the title sounded, the more I read about it, the more intriguing it became to my mind. There is practically nothing you can’t find symbolic or meaningful to life in this movie, as ambiguous/long winded shots can easily be inferred and interpreted in ways that, no matter which direction they are taken either in the obviously new-found phallic/homoerotic obsession or the elimination of negative figures that are held equal to the character’s father, hit pretty damn close to home. What blows me away about this character is how realistic he and his situation really are; it may just be a horror movie, but it has its share of reality in mind. As most people try to chase their dreams and ambitions, some will grab hold to nightmares as they already struggle desperately to the life they already lead and how Abel’s character Reno finds his way to vent and lash out is deeply effective as you can see anyone with enough suppression in their lives to find a different way out on their own a harrowing ordeal and that is what really makes the movie stand out.

The audio quality in the movie was just about average, as keeping the volume too low makes lighter toned dialogue sound like murmurs and keeping it too high might throw you back into your seat (unless you have a stable surround sound system so that not every word is channeled in a seemingly singular solid direction). The soundtrack was interesting enough to keep the audience somewhat drawn in as we get a few synthesized tracks that reflect Reno’s drilling sprees with some industrial sound pounds and an almost Jaws/guitar-twang feel to it, teeming with some tribal chase-inducing drumbeats. The punk band contributes to the audio and soundtrack as well, as the sound of the band practicing and playing on stage sound raw enough to emit the feeling of actually standing in front of the band in a stuffy closed up room, the bass lines and heavy voice of the singer over the microphone and the drum beats throbbing against your body and banging against your ears, making their incessant role in the movie boost up enough so that the audience sort of feels for the struggling Reno (I should know; I used to have a band playing my garage). The cinematography was quite effective in the sense that even the most candid and obvious continuity lags are forgivable, seeing how well they actually adhere to the unfolding of events. Reno continually watches the winos outside his apartment from time to time like a hateful cruel reminder of the results of his artistic failure; that he could end up just like them. The use of occasional hallucinations and dream sequences as well as the use of Douglas Metro’s paintings in Reno’s apartment all contributed in the artistic form of the movie, as well as the all time favorite reoccurring red theme which would all contribute to the foreshadowing violence ahead (the reoccurring image of Reno being sprayed with blood was dirty enough to keep me in awe). The acting, for the most part was average, but highly down to Earth as the characters were all brought into light with the actor’s dialogue and actions (Pamela actually reminds me of a punk girl I know today), the bums Reno runs into are all highly believable and well improvised and of course Abel Ferrara starring as the main character was quite a treat, bringing his anger and depression to the screen with personally lucid sharpness.

Driller Killer has a lot of style to it any way you look at it. There were various scenes that just made the movie feel greater than it already is, such as when Reno is presented with a dead rabbit for dinner and as he dresses up with lipstick and lingerie before going on a new drilling spree. Although I did get a little tired with the incessant band as we received various shots of them just being their annoying and intolerable selves (when they weren’t inadvertently bugging Reno, they bug the audience for reasons I don’t think Ferrara ever listed) and some of the drilling scenes might have needed a little more work in the process of creativity (what? No throat impaling?), they all contributed in the line of producing succinct grueling effects as well as some fun-with-drill-bits, so either way, the drillings were pretty cool. I found it hard to find something not to like about the movie as it said something about the human mind, how it can bend around circumstances until it wears out, as well as just about every theme within the movie being hard not to ignore. The poor bums might not have deserved the deaths since no one wants to live on the streets forever, but that is exactly where the ending of misery pops into the film, as well as the character’s cleverness, taking his anger out on those not as missed in society as others would. As a striving literary artist, I found the film’s theme of failure of artistic success being sparred with someone else’s annoying yet more successful art form to be as equally and personally powerful; it’s one of the cruelties of life and society that director Abel Ferrara has used in his work that applies so well in the Driller Killer. It’s violent, gritty, personal and enriching…check it out.

I couldn’t help myself once I saw what this DVD really contained aside from one of my new favorite low budget serial killer horror films: a second disc featuring the early short films of director Abel Ferrara! How can one resist the temptation of watching one of the greatest realist cinema director’s early work in the film industry? Starting with the Driller Killer disc though, it really is a pretty good one as the transfer isn’t crystal clear, but hardly anything is obscure to our eyes. Most DVD commentary you run across is somewhat formal and informative, am I correct? Well, alright, perhaps I am not, but Abel Ferrara’s commentary on the film is not so much non-informative or informal as it is informative, slightly enlightening and quite humorous. He brings the facts and opinions up most of the time, as well as bringing some random light to whatever is on screen with jivy spontaneous comments, which really brings you into his mentality. Delving into his early short films, I began to appreciate his settings, themes and style of commentary, regardless of the fact that many background noises were heard alongside his dialogue. We got a better sense of Abel and where he comes from with his own personal stories, experiences with other actors and the mundane world around him. The shorts themselves, (Could this be Love and The Hold Up) were quite tangible as we get succinct yet down-to-earth feelings for some of the characters involved and their actions. The short entitled Nicky’s Film was ultimately intriguing as it’s a fortuitously/inadvertently silent movie with surreal themes involved and the theatrical trailer for Nine Lives of a Wet Pussy was great, seeing that you could still see Ferrara’s style of filming amidst the adult theme. In short, the second DVD is quite a find as it brings Ferrara’s mentality and first few films available to the audience, as well as a great horror film that’s worth the money digitally released from Cult Epics.

The Conclusion
Seeing that this is the first movie AND (multiple) DVD review I am offering as viewer sacrifice, I would have to say that the combination is great enough to be recommended for just about everyone interested in either discs.





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