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  • Kabei: Our Mother

    Kabei: Our Mother

    ★★★½

    Despite being punctuated by several funny and tender moments, this turned out as one of most tragic films by Yamada I've ever watched. Still very nice though.

  • The River Niger

    The River Niger

    ★★★★½

    One of the greatest cast ever assembled for a single movie. The performances and WAR's music makes this rather ordinary film a near masterpiece. And Glynn Turman is the baddest cat who ever walked the earth.

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  • Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

    Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

    ★★★★½

    One of Norifumi Suzuki best films, "Terrifying Girls’ High School: Lynch Law Classroom" is full of anarchoid energy and very well directed. You can sense a disdain for authority that recurs in many of his films, but this time he really doesn't save "anyone". There isn't a single scene that might be considered a "filler"- all of them are conceived to grab your attention like only the best (exploitation) movies can do. The musical score is also very well done and placed. I personally prefer the Sukeban films, but I can't deny this is Pinky Violence at its peak.

  • Outrage Coda

    Outrage Coda

    ★★★★

    With this great ending of the outrage trilogy, Kitano shows once again his special way of making yakuza movies: the intricate plottings really are descendent of the best battles without honor and humanity films but the detached look at killing is all his own. The ending didn't seem fitting though and this prevented the film to have one more half-star. Like Nathan Stuart I too noticed the homage to Hokuriku Proxy War. Hope Takeshi won't stop churning yakuza films and who knows, being older, he may return in a powerful Oyabun role in the future...