Those Crazy Asians

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Audition (dishon) 1999,  R)
Audition (dishon)
This is the movie fatal attraction wishes it could be.
Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha 1999,  R)
Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha
"1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4" With that count off we begin one of the most hyper-active, ultra-violent, over the top spectacles I've ever had the child-like joy of witnessing. Seriously, the first ten minutes contains more insanity than most movies do in their entire running time, but that's just a punch in the gut to get your attention. The film truly is an exercise in envelope pushing. Kiddy pools full of human excrement (the technical term being shit), bestiality porno filmmakers , Takashi's increasingly over the top brand yakuza antics, and, if I may be allowed to make an extremely lame and cliched remark, an explosive ending. Depravity, sweet depravity, you have found the perfect vessel in the form of Mr. Miike.
Dead or Alive 2: Birds (Dead or Alive 2: Tbsha) (Dead or Alive 2: Runaway) 2000,  R)
Dead or Alive 2: Birds (Dead or Alive 2: Tbsha) (Dead or Alive 2: Runaway)
see review for Dead or Alive.
Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer) 2001,  R)
Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)
The word extreme does not do this movie justice.
Visitor Q (Bijit Q) 2002,  R)
Visitor Q (Bijit Q)
Holy incest! Fun for the whole family. It may be one of the most twisted things I've ever seen, and believe me, I've seen some pretty twisted shit.
Three...Extremes (Saam gaang yi) 2005,  R)
Three...Extremes (Saam gaang yi)
Takashi Miike, Park Chan Wook, and Fruit Chan each contribute a short to this amazingly disturbing anthology.
Sukiyaki Western Django 2008,  R)
Sukiyaki Western Django
Only Miike could make a movie like this. It's a western, a samurai film, a comedy, and a surrealist film with an all Japanese cast that speaks fractured English throughout.
It caused a bit of a stir with Shintoists thanks to the scene which depicts a man hanging dead from a torii mon, one of their sacred symbols. Fortunately Shintoists are a bit more open minded and understand the concept of freedom of expression unlike some other religious organizations that I can think of. Tarantino makes a guest appearance, and provides some of the worst acting I've ever seen. I'll tell ya, for a guy who writes some of the best dialogue in American cinema, he can't act worth a shit. He's outshined by a cast that can barely speak English (it's pretty funny, actually). If you're a fan of spaghetti westerns then you should definitely give this stir fried take on the genre a look, and if you're a Miike fan, it's essential viewing.
Tetsuo: The Ironman 1989,  R)
A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no hebi) 2002,  R)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot) 2002,  R)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot)
The first in Park Chan Wook's Vengeance Trilogy is a great comment on the futility of revenge.
Oldboy 2005,  R)
The second in The Vengeance Trilogy is much darker and more violent than the first one. If the ending doesn't rattle you than you must have an odd definition of family.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 2005,  R)
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
This is my favorite of The Vengeance Trilogy. The story, to me anyway, is more heartbreaking than the first two, and the visual style is outstanding.
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Saibogujiman kwenchana) 2006,  Unrated)
Bat sin fan dim ji yan yuk cha siu bau (The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story) 1993,  Unrated)
Bat sin fan dim ji yan yuk cha siu bau (The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story)
WARNING: This movie bites with sharp, nasty teeth.

What can I say about The Untold Story? Well it tricks you, for one thing. The first half is more of a horror comedy. There are a few brutal moments, but nothing when compared to what comes in the second half. This movie shifts gears before you can blink, and throws you into an insane world of prison beatings, botched suicide attempts, police brutality, and one horrifically graphic confession. There are bits of humor, but I don't know whether they lighten the tone or just make what's going on seem more fucked up. This movie is supposedly based on a true story, although it seems to be very hard to find any info on it outside of the old, "I have this friend of a friend who told me...". But true or not, this movie is a must see for fans of rough horror. And I don't know about you, but those pork buns look mighty tasty.
Blind Beast (Mj) 1969,  Unrated)
Tky Zankoku Keisatsu (Tokyo Gore Police) 2008,  Unrated)
Meatball Machine 2005,  Unrated)
Infection (Kansen) 2004,  R)
Jigoku (The Sinners of Hell) 1960,  Unrated)
Shogun Assassin 1980,  R)
Onibaba 1965,  Unrated)
964 Pinocchio (Screams of Blasphemy) 1992,  Unrated)
Rubber's Lover 1996,  Unrated)
Rubber's Lover
Scientist, attempting to induce psychic abilities in people get the results they're looking for by strapping a fellow (unwilling) scientist down, shooting him full of either, and blasting incredibly loud sounds in his face. Needless to say, the unwilling scientist is not happy, and with his newly acquired power, shit goes down.

Full of graphic violence, perversions, oddness, and lots of noise, Rubber's Lover has got something for everyone (and by everyone I mean people like me, which is essentially about twenty people). This movie wears it's Tsukamoto influences on it's ragged, bloody sleeve. Once the insanity starts it doesn't let up. This isn't a movie so much as a hostile assault on the senses. A must see for fans of graphically, high paced, weirdness.
Stacy 2001,  Unrated)
Lik Wong (Riki-Oh - The Story of Ricky) 1991,  R)
Hausu (House) 1977,  Unrated)
Nekeddo burddo: Megyaku (Splatter: Naked Blood) 1996,  Unrated)
I Saw the Devil 2011,  Unrated)

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