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    Cool unreleased/foreign films

    So, one of the guys at my work is way into films. So much so he produces a movie magazine called 'Cashiers du Cinemart' about films (usually offbeat/foreign/bizarre). Having had a few discussions with him about various films, he was nice enough to send me a ****load of DVDs in the mail from his 'company'. It's located at:

    http://www.superhappyfun.com/content.htm

    From what I know, basically he skirts copyright laws by virtue of the fact that the films he sells have not yet been commercially released in the US. I dunno how legit it is, but as a result I've seen a bunch of cool (some stupid) films.

    My favorites have been (and the main reason I'm writing this is I'm curious to know what others think of these):

    Old Boy
    Interesting Korean film about a man imprisoned and tortured by a myterious captor and his quest for revenge. Reminded me of the 'Count of Monte Cristo'/'The Stars My Destination' (by Alfred Bester). This has now been released in theaters so I don't think you can get it from the site anymore.

    Night Watch:
    Slick Russian film (apparently it did better than 'The Return of the King' in Russia) about good and evil. It starts with a pact between the forces of light and darkness that the neither can perform actions without the sanctino of the other. Somewhat similar in tone to 'Constantine', the beginning of the film was the best part IMO. They're doing a follow up 'Day Watch' as well doing a US remake.

    Battle Royale:
    Japanese film about a law institued to teach children to behave in which one high school class is chosen every year, placed on an island, and forced to kill eachother until only person is left. Very gory, but damn entertaining. Probably my favorite of the films I saw.

    So, anyone see these (or similar kinds of movies) and have any opinions?

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    Old Boy has now been released in various theaters. I saw an add for it in the paper the other day.
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    So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
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    Check out http://www.delirium-vault.com. They used to have a bittorrent tracker where I could download random movies that I had no chance of finding anywhere else. The tracker is gone now, and only the forums remain - you can find a lot of help there in seeking out obscure movies.

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    Battle royale is pretty old. I remember seeing it on the theaters a couple of years ago.

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    City of God is a brazilian movie and got me into watching foreign movies because i realized how much better they are then most holywood crap. City of God is my 2nd favorite movie before Band of Brothers (but thats because im a WWII fanatic )

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    Battle Royale is my favorite. The sequel sucked.
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    Ichi the Killer

    Not work safe, not for the squeemish. http://www.ichithekiller.net/trailer/trailer_high.html

    You can buy Ichi the Killer at some places in the states, but most copies are edited.

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    So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky
    Ichi the Killer

    Not work safe, not for the squeemish. http://www.ichithekiller.net/trailer/trailer_high.html

    You can buy Ichi the Killer at some places in the states, but most copies are edited.
    I saw the other film he directed, "Audition"...it was pretty gross too, he definitely likes to take violence to the extreme.

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    I thought Battle Royale was terrible. Nothing special about it really, just a bunch of kids killing each other. I can look out the window and see that ****.


    I recently saw a German movie called 'Goodbye Lenin' about a boy who creates a false cold-war reality for his mother who fell into a coma before the wall fell and woke up afterwards. The knowledge of the fall of the USSR would be too much for her frail condition, so he creates a perfect falsehood for her. Its really a fantastic movie and is hilarious at times.
    Note that there is a penis that shows up in the movie, and breasts. I guess penises and breasts are more acceptable in family type German movies. I don't know. I'm not German. I just kinda speak it.

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    Ichi the Killer and Battle Royale = overrated, although somewhat entertaining.

    City of God is one of my all-time favorites. It's everything a movie should be.

    Old Boy was pretty good. Very stylish, although it does lack in substance. The movie requires the viewer to seriously stretch their imagination in order to go along with the plot. (Why is it that so many Korean movies are full of ultra-sadistic scenes/plot-lines?)
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    I don't know, Rasta, but their movies tend to lean to the extremes. I mean, look at their cartoons and pornography. Or their cartoon pornography. I'm sorry. Hollywood be damned and all, but I'm pretty damned glad that cartoon porn isn't an industry in America.

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    I just watched this Aussie movie (or really a short series ala band of brothers) ANZACs (made in the 70s I think.). And all I can say is DAMN. Seriously, BoB is NOTHING compared to ANZACs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teh BDK
    I don't know, Rasta, but their movies tend to lean to the extremes. I mean, look at their cartoons and pornography.
    No kidding. Have you seen Save the Green Planet? Most of the scenes feature a character being tortured (there was even an electric dildo involved.. I won't say anymore). I'm guessing the movie was intended to be a black comedy, but for every scene that made me laugh, there was one that made me feel mildly disturbed.

    There are two foreign asian movies that I will be watching in the next few weeks: Memories of Murder, and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (I believe both are Korean). Anyone seen?
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