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  • The Long Darkness

    The Long Darkness


    Traditional, contemplative love story that is also shot in a conservative manner (except for the zooms). Linear, calm and yet haunting in its psychological traits. Good.

  • Truckstar Goes to Hokkaido

    Truckstar Goes to Hokkaido


    The expected mix of slapstick comedy, goofy action and melodrama is in full force in this 3rd chapter and by then Suzuki and Sugawara made it work like a swiss watch! Fast paced with many memorable sequences... I'll just mention the "bridge scene" which predates the one similar in "Sorcerer" (Friedkin) by one year... all in all, the kind of movie you would bring a (young adult) nephew to the cinema for a hell of a good time!

Popular reviews

  • Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom

    Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom


    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...