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  2. Has anyone ever gotten dinged from the mods for inappropriate screenshots? Heh. The poster itself already leaves little to the imagination. A more personal question: in the Karate Kill thread, you mentioned that a friend gave you a book of the lead actresses pictures. Is it normal (or at least not unheard of) in general Japanese culture for men to have those sorts of books in their personal library and their wives or girlfriends not care?
  3. I could've posted screencaps from the film that would've gotten me banned from this forum
  4. OpiumKungFuCracker

    KFF 20th Anniversary

    20 years? Thought it felt longer than that, hahahha. Congrats guys. It's why we are here, we love movies!!!
  5. TibetanWhiteCrane

    KFF 20th Anniversary

    Nice... the ONE AND ONLY film forum of those I have frequented over the years that has survived. I was lurking in '03-04 and I think, wrote my first post in '05.
  6. Read both reviews. Thanks for posting! Huh...a Japanese giallo film rivalling New York Ripper and Strip Nude for Your Killer in terms of sleaziness? Huh.
  7. De Ming Li

    Gold Ninja Video?

    @JDecloux Justin, are the the OOP Asian films on your site going to be permanently out of stock or is there still a chance for them to come back? I want to get them for some of the special features.
  8. Frank Bolte

    KFF 20th Anniversary

    I think I ve been on here since 2005 (used to be Franky Lau) ..wow time flies indeed ...
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  10. AlbertV

    KFF 20th Anniversary

    Now that's a landmark! You all have become like a second family to me Seriously, it's like having more brothers and sisters with a common love for these films. Thanks for making me feel welcome and I'll continue to keep going here
  11. I know some of you won’t have the time to read the full review above, so here’s a capsule version: Maniac Driver (マニアック・ドライバー) (Japan, 2021) [Yubari Fanta 2021] – 3/5 Kurando Mitsutake's madcap giallo pastiche, jam-packed with sleaze. It opens with a leather-gloved, motorbike helmet wearing killer stalking a naked woman who is touching herself in the shower. He proceeds to ram a knife through her breast, after slicing her nipple in two. Mitsutake isn't challenging Deep Red here, but rather Strip Nude for Your Killer. The film originated as a pink film production, from which Mitsutake walked out, but shot the script as it was with all sex intact. The storyline follows a taxi driver looking for people to kill. Maniac and its remake, New York Ripper and other gialli, Evil Dead Trap and even Naomi Tani films are present here, though it's debatable how pure a giallo tribute is a film that reveals the killer's identity immediately and lacks mystery. The film feats in low-budget aesthetics (the colour use is pure 70s Argento, but comes out more like Hobo with a Shotgun due to low production values) and ridiculously overdone exploitation (the samurai fight is rather dumb), but also features hugely atmospheric quiet moments and a kick-ass score. It’s such sincere exploitation you can't help but to enjoy it. Only if Mitsutake had refrained from having the killer appear butt naked behind a victim's door and and then chase her while rock music plays and his balls are hanging out, the suspense might have been on a whole different level.
  12. This is a bit of a hastily put together review, but here goes: It's good for a film to show its true colors in the very beginning. Maniac Driver opens with a leather-gloved, motorbike-helmet wearing killer stalking a naked woman who is touching herself in the shower. "A Japanese Giallo" appears on screen before the killer pulls out his knife out and rams it through hear breast, after first slicing her nipple in half. All is set to an unmistakably retro 80s score and against a psychedelic colour design. It's a little questionable if a film that features little mystery, and reveals the killer's identity in its opening scene, matches the expectations of a "pure" giallo. But that's debatable. What's more important to note is that Maniac Driver isn't going to challenge Deep Red, or really even Tenebre, but rather Strip Nude for Your Killer. Director Kurando Mitsutake has clearly set his aim at the sleaziest genre film imaginable, and in that regard, oh boy, does he deliver. The film's title driver is a mentally disturbed Tokyo cabbie searching for a sacrificial victim to die with. Flashbacks reveal his wife fell under the knife of a masked killer. Now the driver has gotten himself an identical outfit and a blade, and is seeking to perform an ecstatic knife murder that would provide him with a release and let him also take his own life. Mitsutake is best known for his genre-celebrations. The samurai spaghetti tribute Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf (2009) crumbled under the weight of its near-endless genre references, but the subsequent Gun Woman (2014) and Karate Kill (2016) found a voice of their own while paying loving tribute to other films. Now Mitsutake goes heavy on borrowing from his influences again. The New York Ripper and other gialli are present here, as are Maniac (1980) and its remake (2012). Evil Dead Trap (1988) comes to mind in one scene, and the helmet is probably sourced from Nightmare Beach (1989). There's even a brief samurai swordfight, that soon turns into Nikkatsu style SM-sleaze featuring a "noble lady" (actually hostess, but the costume and attitude are about the same) not too different from Flower and Snake. (1974) or Wife to be Sacrificed (1974). Pink films are the film's 2nd important reference. There are two long sex scenes (complete with slow-motion bouncing boobs) and two shorter solo-sex scenes, in addition to which all women (every single one, minus the extras) lose their robe, particularly at the time of their death. Some might feel inclined to call the director a misogynist! But this isn't a film for them anyway. And the skin springs from deeper down the film's production roots. Mitsutake says he was originally offered a pink film to direct, with supposedly unlimited artistic freedom. However, the financing fell apart on the last moment when the company fully realized what Mitsutake was about to shoot for them and started imposing restrictions. Mitsutake walked out and shot the script as it was without the studio, with producer Mami Akari pulling the necessary funds out of her own pocket. The cast remained unchanged, explaining why every actress in the film is an AV performer (and not quite A-listers either). The resulting film is, uhm, a maniac mixture of sleazy sexsploitation and low-budget knifing. The filmmakers identify Maniac Driver as a giallo, and in that regard the film sets itself against some cinematic masterpieces whose production values it couldn't dream of approaching. For instance, the lighting in the murder scenes is pure 70s Argento, but with the limited production values it comes out more like Hobo with a Shotgun. That's not saying the scenes aren't fun to watch, however, as Mitsutake rocks at mixing music with images. What we have here appears even more impressive once you learn Mitsutake had to shoot the film in just 4½ days (the last shooting session was 50 hours non-stop, he says)! Another weakness is that the film doesn't invest as much in suspense as it does in totally overdone exploitation. Maniac Driver is actually at its best in some of its quieter moments, such as when the melancholic cabbie is cruising in the Tokyo night (with some great time-lapse footage) or practicing his knife combos in from of a mirror gleaning in red and blue. Only Mitsutake he had exercised similar restraint in the murder scenes and refrained from having the driver appear butt naked behind a victim's door and then chase her while rock music plays and his balls are hanging out (though an admirable scene on its own, sort of!), the suspense might have been on a whole different level. Thematically one of the film's most interesting aspects is - the way I perceived it at least - is just how much the main characters comes out as homicidal incel. I wonder if it was a pure coincidence that the maniac, whose narrator voice babbles about the mad society, men and women, and his desire to kill people before he takes his own life, commits his first murder in mid-October 2019. That about a week after incel landmark film Joker opened in Japanese theaters. Perhaps a coincidence. Maniac Driver is a bit of a tough one to evaluate. It takes its exploitation to the point of being ridiculous, feasts in low-budget aesthetics, and really dives deep in the pink end of the pool. There are bits that I think miss the mark, such as the convoluted climax and closing the film on a pink note. Gialli have been done better before, including the Japanese one (Zoom In: Sex Apartments, 1980). Yet, it's impossible not to enjoy such a frank, no-holds-barred exploitation filmmaking that we have here. There are scenes where Mitsutake paints the screen red from the bottom of his heart, does it without resorting to CGI splatter, and even manages to pull odd fascination from the film's messy doom's day mixture of genres and influences. And there's no denying the beauty of the film's more atmospheric moments, a testament to just how good Mitsutake can be. You won't be bored for a moment! I wasn't, and I've seen it twice. Reviewed at Yubari Fanta 2021 Online Edition Tom Mes! Another passenger I spotted on the back seat in another scene was Yubari Programming director Tokitoshi Shiota!
  13. e7m

    Carter Wong

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CTC4ajWF2BZ/?utm_medium=copy_link Master Carter Wong Instagram
  14. WJA

    Eastern Heroes magazine coming back?

    Still waiting on issue #2 with poster arriving from Eastern Heroes. Anyone else still waiting?
  15. Those that are waiting for 88 Films to start selling Riki-Oh and Robotrix, 88 Films is telling people to order from Amazon.co.uk to guarantee a copy as 88 Films is currently switching warehouses.
  16. I wont see the resemblance until I witness the amount wanton destruction of property and violence when I watch New York Ninja.
  17. I loved the bit where Tanya Roberts wanted an disguise outfit tailored to her figure for a particular scene, and because of the alterations they lost about a day of filming. So when they finally came to shoot the scene, Moore ad-libbed at her, 'couldn't you find one that fits?' Absolute class. Miss that man.
  18. Tiger Cage 1, 2 and Line of Duty 1, 2, 3, 4 are currently being restored in 2k by Fortune Star and they are pre-sold to UK and Germany already (Hapkido and Magnificent Warriors also)
  19. Asmo

    KFF 20th Anniversary

    Twenty years, wow! That's some longevity, and no doubt this place has always been a great place to be. I haven't been here for all of those years, but my thanks to everyone that was here before, is here now, and will join in the future. Thanks for making the forum what it is. Wouldn't be the same.
  20. Chu Liu Hsiang

    KFF 20th Anniversary

    20 Years Trophy enabled! That's an incredibly long time in the interwebs, probably corresponds to 2000 years offline. And it's also quite a portion of everyone's life. Thank you @SMK, all mods and everyone. Kudos all around!!
  21. I would much imagine line of Duty 1-4 and Tiger Cage 1-3 are vey much a possibility as Fortune star own the rights so fingers crossed.
  22. nectarsis

    KFF 20th Anniversary

    As i stated on Facebook earlier, I'm sad we lost so many members thru the changeovers/rise of social media...but am happy for those still around, and for Sifu Ray that keeps the dream alive, and helping it thrive.
  23. Word is that the video rights to HARD-BOILED, A BETTER TOMORROW 1-3, THE KILLER and BULLET IN THE HEAD aren’t available outside Asia. The rights holders just aren’t interested. Same for the CHINESE GHOST STORY trilogy.
  24. well In the line of Duty 1-4 and Tiger Cage 1-3 are fortune stars if I am not mistaken and 3 others from my wish list also belong to them but the other 5 no idea who holds the rights to those all I can do is hope a deal can be made between them and Eureka or them and 88 films or both
  25. I would hope so that 88 Flims will go a different direction by next year going into different genre flims. You're right the issue is the fact nobody know's who own's what movie. Which explains why we haven't seen a 4K edition like example Hard Boiled because nobody know's who owns that 35 mm print. I would love to see more Jet Li flims and Donnie Yen flims, but the rights is really crazy on wondering who owns the rights to the flims both men have made. I honestly believe it will be harder for Donnie Yen with his post In the Line Duty IV/Tiger Cage flims would harder to get hold of since the rights to Crystal Hunt, Cheetah On Fire and High Voltage. I would imagine that it would be harder to get ahold of not knowing who owns the rights to them. Eureka is doing well with their direction they're at. 88 Flim's as well knowing now they'll have their blu-ray's for Region A. They're picking out their releases well releasing category 3 flims like Erotic Ghost Story, Story of Ricky and Robotrix. I believe 88 Flims will continue to be successful on their releases as long as fans keep on supporting them, then the future will be very bright for 88 Flims.
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