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I haven't been posting every movie here lately but I have gradually been working my way through the Studio Ghibli films on Netflix plus one on blu-ray. The ones I've watched recently are:












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Better than expected actually. At least more worthwhile than the remake movie. 
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Actually, I've been listening to a bit of Acid Reign in the past few days. Their song Motherly Love is all about Norman Bates.
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I actually think all three of these movies were better on second viewing, with Oldboy still the main standout. Love the Arrow Video covers too. Clap
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^The vengeance trilogy is absolutely brilliant. It´s not only the twisted and quite unpleasant stories (which always leave me with a feeling like I´m watching something I shouldn´t), but how they are filmed is a stroke of brillance too. The colors and the settings are incredible...
 
...and I agree that Oldboy is probably the best of the three, but they are all brilliant.


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Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

It´s not only the twisted and quite unpleasant stories (which always leave me with a feeling like I´m watching something I shouldn´t)

I get that feeling with most of the Korean cinema I've seen. Have you seen I Saw the Devil (2010) by Kim Jee-woon? I think that one may even one up these on the twisted front. 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

It´s not only the twisted and quite unpleasant stories (which always leave me with a feeling like I´m watching something I shouldn´t)

I get that feeling with most of the Korean cinema I've seen. Have you seen I Saw the Devil (2010) by Kim Jee-woon? I think that one may even one up these on the twisted front. 
No but it´s definitely on my list now.
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It's a great but dark and twisted as hell movie. The bad guy is also played by Choi Min-sik who as you'll know is Oldboy's lead and was also in Lady Vengeance. The lead is played by Lee Byung-hun who has also been in a number of other Korean films I've really enjoyed, including A Bittersweet Life and The Good, The Bad, The Weird, both of which also come highly recommended. 

I'm hoping to eventually see Parasite before long. 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

It's a great but dark and twisted as hell movie. The bad guy is also played by Choi Min-sik who as you'll know is Oldboy's lead and was also in Lady Vengeance. The lead is played by Lee Byung-hun who has also been in a number of other Korean films I've really enjoyed, including A Bittersweet Life and The Good, The Bad, The Weird, both of which also come highly recommended. 

I'm hoping to eventually see Parasite before long. 
Thanks I´ve made notes of all of the above.
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One Korean film I still want to see is Memories of Murder. Unfortunately it does not appear to have ever been given a UK release. Maybe once the pandemic has calmed the success of Parasite may see it get issued here at last. 
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Tried to introduce my Dad to this movie since A Fistful of Dollars is one of his favourite movies. Unfortunately I think because of that he was bias against this right from the start. Ouch

Love the Dollars Trilogy but personally I rank this movie over the spaghetti western remake. I think for me this is the pinnacle of the samurai movie. I know Seven Samurai is typically regarded higher but although brilliant with its length its quite a long winded movie. This one is packed into just under two hours and is tremendously entertaining from start to finish. Clap
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:


I think for me this is the pinnacle of the samurai movie.

Not only that, but the pinnacle of film in general. North by Northwest is the only film I've seen that has even come close to matching this film's greatness, but even that is second to Yojimbo. I think this is the only movie that I've watched more than twice, it's honestly perfect in my eyes.

Does your Dad not like reading subtitles?
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Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:


I think for me this is the pinnacle of the samurai movie.

Not only that, but the pinnacle of film in general. North by Northwest is the only film I've seen that has even come close to matching this film's greatness, but even that is second to Yojimbo. I think this is the only movie that I've watched more than twice, it's honestly perfect in my eyes.

Does your Dad not like reading subtitles?

Subtitles aren't the issue, he actually likes to have them up on anything. But he does seem generally disinterested in anything I suggest to him out of Asian cinema. He only tried this one because it's what Fistful was ripped off from. It's a shame because there's some real gems I've seen out of Japan and South Korea (don't know much about other Asian cinema - yet). It's not a race thing, he'll watch a documentary about those countries and their culture and find it interesting, but he does seem to find the Asian languages grating. 

Each to their own I guess. I might be able to convert him with a newer Japanese movie because he doesn't tend to enjoy older movies anyway (despite growing up with a lot of them when they were first released to cinemas), but my selection of those is rather thin once I discount the anime, samurai, and horror/sci-fi stuff. 
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I don't know what your idea of "newer" would be, but Postman Blues is an excellent Japanese black comedy from the late 90's. I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it yet.
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Never heard of it but I'll certainly keep an eye out. Love a bit of black comedy. Don't always find that comedy translates well with subtitles though. 
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A lot of humor comes in the form of exaggerated expressions and ridiculous scenarios. There's more situational and over the top comedy than wordplay or spoken jokes.
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Sounds promising then though I had a look and unfortunately it doesn't look like it's ever been given a UK release. The only DVDs on Amazon are Spanish and German releases which do not have English subs. 

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My friend and I watched it on some streaming site that had subtitles (Don't know how legal it was though). Sucks that there's no English subtitle DVD release, would've liked to own it myself. Is it on any definitely legal streaming services?

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