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Lesser known Tsukamoto Shinya films?
Topic by: JGifford
Posted: July 28, 2003 - 10:12 AM PDT
Last Reply: July 31, 2003 - 7:56 PM PDT

author topic: Lesser known Tsukamoto Shinya films?
JGifford
post #1  on July 28, 2003 - 10:12 AM PDT  
"Bullet Ballet" and "Gemini" are two fantastic Tsukamoto films that don't appear on the GC list. While I am a fan of Miike Takeshi and other genre directors from Japan, Tsukamoto always seems to get neglected in any discussion of the "Japanese New Wave." Please consider this one vote/request for more Tsukamoto.
ColonelKong
post #2  on July 28, 2003 - 11:04 AM PDT  
I wish Tsukamoto's early short film The Adventure of Denchu Kozo was on DVD, it was released as a double feature with Tokyo Fist in Japan in 95, I only have a very poor VHS copy of it. It's a blast, sort of a very very warped kids' film, it's the movie playing on TV in the background in a couple of scenes in Tetsuo.

I've seen just about everything by Tsukamoto expect one or two of his short films and his most recent film (the name eludes me).

A non-Tsukamoto film that would definitely appeal to his fans that isn't on DVD but should be is Sogo Ishii's Crazy Family. I keep waiting to see it parodied on one of the Simpsons Halloween Specials one of these days, which probably isn't too likely to happen :(
underdog
post #3  on July 28, 2003 - 11:09 AM PDT  
> On July 28, 2003 - 10:12 AM PDT JGifford wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> "Bullet Ballet" and "Gemini" are two fantastic Tsukamoto films that don't appear on the GC list. While I am a fan of Miike Takeshi and other genre directors from Japan, Tsukamoto always seems to get neglected in any discussion of the "Japanese New Wave." Please consider this one vote/request for more Tsukamoto.
> ---------------------------------

We do have a few of his films: Shinya Tsukamoto

I'll see if we can dig up a copy of Snake of June (the new one) though I'm not its available on DVD here yet.

If you find a good place to get his films on R1 or all region discs, let us know!

C
JGifford
post #4  on July 29, 2003 - 6:12 PM PDT  
Good call on the CRAZY FAMILY. Ishii Sogo is another one of the more interesting directors from Japan that rarely get mentioned. ANGEL DUST is very good as well and a surprising choice to be the only Ishii film to get a video release in the states. I can do without the early punk films.
I can't help but think of Sabu when Ishii's name comes up. His films seem to have incredible setups, but always manage to deflate when the plot takes hold. MONDAY and POSTMAN BLUES are two great examples. I got MONDAY last week from GC and was really excited at the 25 minute mark. Then the obligatory "yakuza" storyline brought what was up to that point a refreshingly unique film to grinding halt.
>
> A non-Tsukamoto film that would definitely appeal to his fans that isn't on DVD but should be is Sogo Ishii's Crazy Family. I keep waiting to see it parodied on one of the Simpsons Halloween Specials one of these days, which probably isn't too likely to happen :(
> ---------------------------------

Brujaria
post #5  on July 31, 2003 - 7:53 PM PDT  

Bullet Ballet came out on a R0 disc, as did Gemini you can get them both here: http://www.pokerindustries.com/poker.store?page=browse&browse=search&query=Shinya%20Tsukamoto.
I've been buying from these guys since they started up a few years ago and have provided me with nothing but excellent service.

Personally I thought BB was dull, tedious and forced. A pale imitation of Tsukamoto's earlier work. I had the disc and dumped it on E-Bay.

Gemini on the other had I thought was an unheralded masterpiece. Superb use of color and monochrome, atmosphere, surreal visuals, tension and a nifty plot. No code-free disc, though.


> We do have a few of his films: Shinya Tsukamoto
>
> I'll see if we can dig up a copy of Snake of June (the new one) though I'm not its available on DVD here yet.
>
> If you find a good place to get his films on R1 or all region discs, let us know!
>
> C
> ---------------------------------

Brujaria
post #6  on July 31, 2003 - 7:56 PM PDT  


Oops! I contradicted myself there. Where's the edit button?

Anyway, both are available R0 from the link I posted.


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