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Babes, blades & boobs. UK trail for CHANBARA STRIPTEASE

Exploitation cinema at its best? In Akira Hirose’s Chanbara Striptease, farcical comedy, martial arts and gratuitous breast baring are the orders of the day, and its heading to the UK on DVD. Striptease boasts action and boobs aplenty - mixed with more cheese than a Dairylea factory - in a time-travelling romp starring two of Japan’s hottest Adult (ahem) Video stars, Ryo Akanishi and Sasa Handa. There’s a summary of “the plot” to be read, or whizz on down for gals, topless katana duels, and sword-wielding mayhem. Which will you choose…hmmm. Chanbara Striptease goes on sale via Manga Entertainment, on July 26th.

Synopsis: Following the death of her mother, twenty-year-old college girl Lili has been living with her grandmother and is about to inherit her legacy as becoming the latest in a long line of female warriors adept at the deadly martial art of Sayama Hashinryu. During an informal ceremony inducting her into the legendary ranks, Lili is mysteriously transported 300 years back in time to a small village in 18th Century Japan, where she finds herself completely naked and alone. Fortunately (for her, but not necessarily the viewers!), her dilemma doesn’t last too long and in no time at all she is fulfilling her destiny as a warrior by rescuing a young pregnant girl, Miss Yae, who is being harassed by three ninja members of the Yamishika gang. It transpires that the gang is working for the evil Lady Okinu, who is running a protection racket throughout the local villages. After being introduced to, and falling for, Miss Yae’s brother, Hikoichi, Lili agrees to help the villagers by taking on Lady Okinu and her henchmen in a bid to free them from the tyranny under which they are being forced to live. Believing her samurai swordfighting skills – not to mention her magical, power-enhanced breasts – to be unmatched and unbeatable, Lili is confident she can overcome the despot. But Lady Okinu is not all she seems, as Lili soon finds out.

Check into the twisted world of the MONGRELS

A quick heads up for all our readers in the UK, who have yet to catch BBC3’s latest oddball, adult puppet comedy ‘Mongrels.’ Having caught the first two episodes yesterday we’d highly recommend you give it a watch as it is just f**king hilarious.

Written by Jon Brown and Daniel Peak, Mongrels - which we can only describe as a darkly twisted 'The Muppets' meets 'South Park' - follows the exploits of a unlikely group of animal friends; Nelson, a “metro”sexual fox; Destiny, a pretentious pedigree 'it-bitch'; Kali, a deeply cynical pigeon; Marion, an abandoned tom cat; and Vince, a foul mouthed and streetwise fox.

Episode 3 screens tonight on BBC3 at 10.30, but you can catch the first two episodes on the BBC I-Player. Readers outside the UK alas won’t be able to use the I-Player (though fingers crossed it shows up on BBC World/America soon), but we have found some clips - including the song “Everyone Loves A Lesbian” - and a trailer, to give you a taster. Pure genius!

Mongrels trailer

Clip 1: Everyone loves a Lesbian song

Clip2: Trim Downstairs

Mongrels BBC3 page

Full trailer drops for DEATH BELL 2

Teens in peril. It’s a popular premise for a horror yarn, and one that this Korean horror sequel appears to take great delight in exploiting to the max. The full length trailer for Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp has arrived - with screams aplenty - and the fun all kicks off on July 28th.

Synopsis: Find the answer to survive! The killing game begins again. Se-hee is haunted by her step sister Tae-yeon who used to be a promising swimmer, but suddenly she killed herself in a swimming pool 2 years ago. During the summer vacation, she joins the study camp at school for upcoming college entrance exam. On the first night, the succession of cruel killings occurs whenever the students fail to answer the given questions in time. Meanwhile, the hidden truth behind Tae-yeon's suicide is slowly revealed and terrified students struggle to solve the puzzle before they become the next victim.

Death Bell 2 trailer

The SUSHI TYPHOON unleashed in English

They’re still ironing out the wrinkles, but the English language site for the Nikkatsu Corporation’s newly created genre arm, Sushi Typhoon, is now up and running. ‘Ninja VS Aliens’ and ‘Mutant Girls Squad’ are just two of the much anticipated horror/gore/splatter creations heading our way from some of the top names (Nishimura, Miike!!!, Sono!!!) in Japanese genre movie making. Want to know more? The press release reveals all…..

“Born in 2010, The Sushi Typhoon is the upstart, wild offspring of a respectable parent—Nikkatsu Corporation, the oldest film studio in Japan and once home to legendary 1960’s action stars like Joe Shishido, Akira Kobayashi, Tetsuya Watari, Meiko Kaji and Yujiro Ishihara. With a long history of genre films and violent gangster epics, the company was also the leader of Japan’s erotic renaissance of the 1970’s with their Roman Porno line…and now, Nikkatsu’s latest offering, The Sushi Typhoon, takes their century-old extremes to the next level. The brainchild of veteran producer Yoshinori Chiba, responsible for introducing directors Takashi Miike, Noboru Iguchi and Yoshihiro Nishimura to Western audiences, The Sushi Typhoon seeks to satisfy audiences who crave the good taste of bad taste, and for whom too much is never enough.

The Sushi Typhoon has brought together the best and brightest of Japan’s genre entertainment world, with Miike, Iguchi and Nishimura joined by the festival award-winning Sion Sono, Tak Sakaguchi and Yudai Yamaguchi. A tour-de-force of inventive, boundary-pushing entertainment, the first phase of The Sushi Typhoon’s films will be released in late 2010 and early 2011, with the company self-distributing their titles in North America with the assistance of FUNimation Entertainment, the Texas-based company responsible for releasing some of the best anime titles in America. FUNimation will begin releasing Sushi Typhoon titles to DVD and BluRay in early 2011. Connoisseurs of dangerous and wild Japanese cinema need look no further to satisfy their hunger for comedy, action, horror, splatter and raucous cult entertainment: The Sushi Typhoon is headed for America’s shores, ready to fill your belly with the raw entertainment you’ve been craving!”

...or to check out tentacle armed mutant gals, and arterial spray by the bucket load, head to the Sushi Typhoon official site

Bong Joon-Ho’s MOTHER: DVD review

Director: Bong Joon-Ho. Review: Adam Wing.

Following the massive success of Korean smash The Host, you’d be forgiven for thinking Bong Joon-Ho might sell out. The Host has gone on to become one of the biggest films in Korean history and a sequel is on the way, but for all his commercial success, Bong Joon-Ho has decided to go the other way. Back in 2003 Bong Joon-Ho introduced himself to the world with an assured detective drama called Memories of Murder, it’s a stunning little movie that showcases Bong’s immense talent behind the camera. His latest is a reminder of those times, not that The Host was a CGI juggernaut you understand. Bong has always put character development first, that said Mother is a smaller picture reminiscent of his breakthrough entry. It plays out like a human tragedy for the most part, but as with Memories of Murder before it, Bong is smart enough to wrap dramatic intent in crime thriller packaging, ensuring that commercial cinema fans come along for the ride as well...Continue review here.

 

Mother official site

Full trailer for comedy crime caper SNOWMAN’S LAND

A thriller, a comedy, a crime caper….it’s hard to pin down just exactly what you’d tag German director Tomasz Thomson’s latest work - Snowman’s Land - as. One thing’s for certain the full length (alas it’s not subbed) trailer on the now live official site, starts with a bang. Two actually! The film received “ok” reviews at its screening at this years Edinburgh film festival, so if off the wall comedy is your thing, it might well be worth a watch.

Synopsis: Hapless contract killer Walter has screwed up a hit badly, and he has to leave town FAST. Intent on keeping a very low profile, he agrees to take a job guarding Mr Berger’s (a former underworld boss) house, in a remote area of the Carpathian Mountains, with his pal Mickey. Berger’s wife Sybille turns up at the house unannounced, and shortly after, is killed in a freak accident. Fearing for their lives Walter and Mickey hide Sybille’s body, but it’s only a matter of time before Berger discovers his wife’s fate, and a fight for survival begins for all parties involved.

 

Snowman’s Land official site

New clip from THE STORM WARRIORS

With the UK Release of Storm Warriors - the Pang boys big budget follow up to the 80s action-fantasy epic ‘Storm Riders’ - just a blink away, they’ve just dropped a rather bloody new clip from the movie online for us to see. Storm Warriors hits the DVD (and better yet , Blu-ray) shelves July 12th. Here's the synopsis again, or head on down for the action.

Synopsis: The courage, skill and determination of Wind and Cloud have helped maintain a balance of peace throughout the empire for many years. But this time of tranquility is about to come to an end. Lord Godless, the evil warlord, has set his eyes on ruling all of China and, in an attempt to usurp the throne, has used a specially formulated poison to subdue the country’s leading martial arts masters, including the legendary swordsman, Nameless. Having absorbed all of Nameless’s powers in the process, Lord Godless has attained near invincibility. To prevent this barbaric quest to conquer China, Wind attempts to increase his powers by recklessly giving himself over to the stronger dark side of his mystical fighting arts, but, as his potency increases, he is completely overcome by evil. Now, Cloud must master an all-powerful, unbeatable sword-style, fight to defeat Godless and then to face his ‘brother’ in a titanic duel to the death.

Film4 FrightFest 2010 announces full line-up

The full line-up for the London Film4 Fright Fest 2010 horror festival has been announced and as always it’s a moving feast of the best horror that the UK and the rest of the world has to offer. Now in its eleventh horrifying year Fright Fest runs from Thurs 26 August to Monday 30 August. Adam Green’s HATCHET II opens the festival and Daniel Stamm’s THE LAST EXORCISM brings the curtain down, but in between all that splatter n fear there’s plenty of other highlights including..

MONSTERS, Gareth Edwards’ post-Apocalyptic debut, and The Ford Brothers’ African Zombie flick THE DEAD. Other home-grown titles are DEAD CERT (East-End gangsters meet Eastern European vampires), ISLE OF DOGS (gangland horror), Paul Andrew Williams’ harrowing CHERRY TREE LANE and werewolf thriller 13HRS stylishly sick Aussie pic THE LOVED ONES, and French creature feature THE PACK, to name but a few.

For all the films and all the dates, check the festivals official site.

Shooting starts on A CHINESE GHOST STORY remake!

The news on this just gets better and better. Last year we revealed that a big budget reboot of Siu-Tung Ching’s HK classic A Chinese Ghost Story was in the offing, and yesterday it was finally announced that shooting has begun, with action maestro Wilson Yip (Ip-Man,’ ‘Dragon Tiger Gate’) at the helm. On the casting front Hong Kong veteran Louis Koo has been tipped to play the character Swordsman Yen, Yu Shaoqun will be in the role the bumbling tax collector Ning, and Liu Yifei is the Ghost. As for the style of the film, after some speculation Yip revealed he hasn’t been tempted into filming the pic in 3D, and to that all we can say is….Good! A Chinese Ghost Story is tipped to open this year, but even considering the speed of Hong Kong film production we reckon that puts it at least around November/December for release. Can’t Frickin wait!

Via CRI

Korean fantasy horror HANSEL & GRETEL on R1 DVD

YIM Phil-Sung's lush Korean horror fantasy Hansel & Gretel is finally set for release on R1 DVD, via Tokyo Shock. Good news then that it’s finally getting out to a wider U.S audience, the bad news...they waited 3 years to do it? Sheesh. Never mind, Hansel & Gretel goes on sale - depending on which DVD site you look at - in August/September.

Synopsis: Eun-su (Chun Jeong-myoung), while arguing over the phone with his girlfriend, has a car accident in the middle of nowhere. Deep in the heart of a forest, he finds sanctuary in a beautiful house, where a charming family of five greets him. Here, rooms are filled with a myriad of colourful toys, and sumptuous three-tier cakes and other cavity-causing sweets are served for breakfast. But that's one thing to imagine and another to actually live through, especially when you cant get away from it...Ever.  

 

 

Hansel & Gretel trailer

Our review of Hansel & Gretel