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  • Kung Fu: The Invisible Fist

    Kung Fu: The Invisible Fist 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 02 May, 2015

    I'm watching this film and one other (Black List) before I jump back into my chronological Shaw Brothers project and start 1973. These two films were in the Top 10 Hong Kong Box Office for 1972, and I figured they'd add an interesting context to what else was going on in 1972 HK other than Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest/Bruce Lee films that I've already seen.

    The story in Kung Fu: The Invisible Fist is as generic as "Kung Fu…

  • Blind Woman's Curse

    Blind Woman's Curse 1970

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Apr, 2015

    Really enjoyed this. I don't know if this has a cult following, but the elements to attract one are surely all here and the availability of the recent Arrow DVD/Blu-ray should help it find more fans.

    It contains all the trashiness you'd expect from a B-Movie, but it's made with much more grace and skill than they would normally suggest. There's some seriously great shots and camera work here. It reminded me a lot of the work of Takashi Miike, too, and I have a feeling Ishii was an influence on him.

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  • The Beyond

    The Beyond 1981

    ★★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    I'm starting to think I'll never completely warm up to Italian horror movies. I definitely liked this more than City of the Living Dead, but it was still fairly uninteresting and slow for the most part. The gore, though, holy hell, so much to love there.

  • Ichi the Killer

    Ichi the Killer 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Apr, 2015

    Miike is so damn good. A film like this that's so incredibly bloody and violent, but yet the main takeaway is the need for a deep intellectual discussion... that's hard to pull off.

    Oh, and the nipple scene is torture. I literally pushed my chair back as far as it would go, cringed and repeated "Goddamn!" in a whisper for the next 30 seconds or so.