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click to enlarge Ichi the Killer (NR)  -  - Directed by Takashi Miike  - Tokyo Shock/Media Blasters -  -  - Takashi Miike first came to many genre fans notice with - the release of his 1999 shocker Audition. Since - then, he's made more than 20 films, but the one that has - stood out is the 2001 gore-fest Ichi the Killer. - Based on a lauded manga by Hideo Yamamoto, - Ichi is a sonic-boom descent into the most - depraved character of the Japanese criminal - underground, as masochist Yakuza enforcer (a brilliantly - scary performance by Tadanobu Asano) searches for his - boss's killer, who happens to be the titular assassin Ichi, - a childlike, mentally deranged assassin who cries - uncontrollably when he kills. This movie is as whacked- - out as it gets and is one of the most important films to - come out of Japan in 10 years.  Louis - Fowler
  • Ichi the Killer (NR)

    Directed by Takashi Miike

    Tokyo Shock/Media Blasters

    Takashi Miike first came to many genre fans notice with the release of his 1999 shocker Audition. Since then, he's made more than 20 films, but the one that has stood out is the 2001 gore-fest Ichi the Killer. Based on a lauded manga by Hideo Yamamoto, Ichi is a sonic-boom descent into the most depraved character of the Japanese criminal underground, as masochist Yakuza enforcer (a brilliantly scary performance by Tadanobu Asano) searches for his boss's killer, who happens to be the titular assassin Ichi, a childlike, mentally deranged assassin who cries uncontrollably when he kills. This movie is as whacked- out as it gets and is one of the most important films to come out of Japan in 10 years. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Golden Temple Amazons  -  -  - Directed by Jess Franco  - Shriek Show/Media Blasters  -  -  - Legendary Spanish exploitation master Jess Franco is the - ultimate definition of "acquired taste." I have seen more - than 30 of his films, from Succubus to Killer - Barbys, and even as a fan of his type of filmmaking, - I still have to fast-forward through about half of his - output. Luckily, Golden Temple Amazons - doesn't fall into this category. A jungle girl, her - missionary parents killed by Amazons, gathers a group - of hilarious stereotypes to help her find the killers, - whom reside in said golden temple, which appears to be - a stucco building covered in gold foil and spray paint. - Amazons is so blissfully incoherent  the - atrocious dubbing seems to have been read off a - different script  that it makes this a "so bad it's good" - rental.  Louis Fowler
  • Golden Temple Amazons

    Directed by Jess Franco

    Shriek Show/Media Blasters

    Legendary Spanish exploitation master Jess Franco is the ultimate definition of "acquired taste." I have seen more than 30 of his films, from Succubus to Killer Barbys, and even as a fan of his type of filmmaking, I still have to fast-forward through about half of his output. Luckily, Golden Temple Amazons doesn't fall into this category. A jungle girl, her missionary parents killed by Amazons, gathers a group of hilarious stereotypes to help her find the killers, whom reside in said golden temple, which appears to be a stucco building covered in gold foil and spray paint. Amazons is so blissfully incoherent the atrocious dubbing seems to have been read off a different script that it makes this a "so bad it's good" rental. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Felicity  -  - Directed by John Lamond  - Severin Films  -  - I've been on an Australian films kick lately, so I thought - this week I'd review Severin's newest discovery, the 1979 - outback sex romp Felicity. Mixing an - Emmanuelle-like story of a young girl's - blooming sexuality in the Orient with a decidedly nave - (and at times, even sweetly innocent) worldview, - Felicity is a tease of a sex film; while never - ultra-graphic, I can only imagine the maddening crowds - who paid to see it in '70s theaters. During a sex scene, - just when you think it's about to get a bit harder, all of a - sudden director Lamond cuts to a shot of scenery. It's a - delightfully playful style, much like the personality of - Felicity herself. It's good, old-fashioned art smut they - don't make anymore.  Louis Fowler
  • Felicity

    Directed by John Lamond

    Severin Films

    I've been on an Australian films kick lately, so I thought this week I'd review Severin's newest discovery, the 1979 outback sex romp Felicity. Mixing an Emmanuelle-like story of a young girl's blooming sexuality in the Orient with a decidedly nave (and at times, even sweetly innocent) worldview, Felicity is a tease of a sex film; while never ultra-graphic, I can only imagine the maddening crowds who paid to see it in '70s theaters. During a sex scene, just when you think it's about to get a bit harder, all of a sudden director Lamond cuts to a shot of scenery. It's a delightfully playful style, much like the personality of Felicity herself. It's good, old-fashioned art smut they don't make anymore. Louis Fowler

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