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Speaking of recent yakuza films, I just came across the listing for a DVD box set called 893239 (Yakuza Nijuusan Ku). Have you seen this? Any good? It sounds interesting (and even has some animation directed by Ide Yasunori) but it's kinda pricy to just order out of the blue.

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I don't really see it myself. My nose and mouth are way bigger than his. But coming from a sad little habitual troll like yourself (AKA magnumzine, holger, jcccnc, and bab), it's probably supposed to be a compliment of some sort.

yes, i really like yakuza movies, of the relatively few i've seen... even been tempted by some of those lower-rent ones featuring takeuchi in the past... but, no, i'm kind of hoping some american companies would plough this furrow a little more.

there must be a whole host of books about genres out there, i'm sure, and it would be nice to hear about some more of them. some, even though they're clearly in japanese, get fantastically detailed and obsessive, heavy with the pictures sometimes too... i like the 'king of v-cinema' one i picked up cheaply.

tempted by this yakuza movie mook, even though it's a recent focus.

here's the amazon listing for those interested in picking it up :

http://www.amazon.co.jp/やくざ映画完全ガイド-DVD付-COSMIC-MOOK/dp/477475093X/

...btw, i've seen the trailer for that 'kindergarten yakuza' movie, which, on one level, perhaps hints at the levels it's currently sunk too. not that it looks bad, but it looks perhaps odder than it is because it stands out as a rarity with an approach that's not too familiar, rather than part of a slew with anything better to draw people's attention.

I just saw Miike's recent yakuza-fest Ryu ga Gotoku which I thought was great fun. I hadn't seen Miike do cartoon Kabuki-cho in a long time and there's some very good gags it. The closet point of comparison would be his City of Lost Souls.

I'm super addicted to the video game the movie based on, so that probably added to the enjoyment as well. Torrents are all over the place, but the English subs on the VCD version blow. Avoid.

...waiting on 'ryu ga gotoku' (like a dragon) - there was a korean edition advertised and packaged as having subs, then, when copies started to arrive on foreign shores, people discovered there are no subs on the disc! .. i've seen subs patches, seen torrents, but to be perfectly honest, although it's always tempting, i don't get involved in those things as far as films are concerned. what i've noticed, and what i fear (i think) is that things take so much time to manage that once you delve into downloads you draw your own attention towards that as a separate field of interest and you'll lose track of the upcoming projects, new releases, DVDs (and whatever else...) in terms of official releases; at least, you'd have to have a superhuman rare talent for too much trivia to cope with what should be made plainly obvious by good business practice, if we saw it regularly.

hell, even regular DVD buyers suffer from not wanting to take part in the digging-up of information and supporting the scene as a whole, simply because there's so little in terms of advertising, trailers, specs, determination, inspired choices and general vibrancy from the industry that licenses and releases japanese stuff into america that you're left doing all the effort in order for them to feel even more rewarded for the small slice of cash that lands back on their laps, as they bemoan an ever-decreasing industry but fail to see where they pretty much all fall flat, all of the time.

so, i'll stick to my film efforts trying to compensate for all those things, and just keep pushing for some decent stuff, some broader appeal and some more specific insight to be used to bring us stuff that likely has a good deal of potential fandom awaiting, but which doesn't quite match the typical narrow vision and supposed cherry picking attitudes we normally get stateside.

for the life of me, considering we're now seeing some stuff being picked up fairly quickly from miike's recent work - media blasters hopped onto 'crows zero' quick smart - i can't figure out why nobody is declaring their reasons for not having been successful in licensing 'waru', 'sun scarred' and 'detective story' from his other stuff. is 'like a dragon' even coming to america?!

btw, only yakuza movie on the radar for america, at least the only one that stands out in my memory right now, is hideo gosha's 'the wolves' from animeigo, in the next couple of months.

A great find! To bad i can't understand or read a lick of Japanese. Unless they are constantly repeating yakuza eiga chants (from women) "Ata!", (from disgruntled bosses) "Baka!", (the old man) "Nani?" and as stated (from underlings) "Aniki!". So basically, my japanese language skills are tutored from yakuza eigas.

As for "Like A Dragon", I know where to find a very very good copy with English subs. I don't know why distributors aren't gobbling up Miike films. I'm not waiting forever, so i'll settle for what i can get. If you're reading this website, i'm sure you know where to go.

Waru and Scars/Sun from my understanding will be available soon. just not from companies like MediaBlasters etc. Family and Bodyguard Kiba's have made there way here, you can get boxsets cheap on the internet. I love the genre as well, but I would like to read an english version of the 90's+ VC films. the worse, the better. wishful thinking.
spm

A great find! To bad i can't understand or read a lick of Japanese. Unless they are constantly repeating yakuza eiga chants (from women) "Ata!", (from disgruntled bosses) "Baka!", (the old man) "Nani?" and as stated (from underlings) "Aniki!". So basically, my japanese language skills are tutored from yakuza eigas.

As for "Like A Dragon", I know where to find a very very good copy with English subs. I don't know why distributors aren't gobbling up Miike films. I'm not waiting forever, so i'll settle for what i can get. If you're reading this website, i'm sure you know where to go.

Waru and Scars/Sun from my understanding will be available soon. just not from companies like MediaBlasters etc. Family and Bodyguard Kiba's have made there way here, you can get boxsets cheap on the internet. I love the genre as well, but I would like to read an english version of the 90's+ VC films. the worse, the better. wishful thinking.
spm

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