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Locarno in L.A. Review: ‘Destruction Babies’ Subverts the Action Genre

26 April 2017 6:03 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If Sion Sono directed the “Pick a fight with a stranger” sequence from Fight Club without any fantastical flourish, it’d come out something like Destruction Babies. That one sentence might be enough to turn certain people off ever watching this film – and fair enough, since there’s a minimal chance they’d even remotely like it. Hell, even if that description intrigues you, this movie might still not be for you. It is willfully, aggressively unpleasant, a domino string of violent scenes that are deliberately anti-entertaining.

Think about the usual mechanics of cinematic fight scenes, and Destruction Babies does the opposite. The camera spectates from a cold, steady remove. There’s zero feeling of choreography, as combatants flail about messily, missing their punches and kicks as often as they hit. There are few fancy moves – men dance around one another until one of them pins the other and then proceeds to pummel him mercilessly, »

- Daniel Schindel

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“Ushijima: The Loan Shark 2” continues where its predecessor left off

16 February 2017 12:39 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The coolest loan shark of all times returns, but this time he has to face even more struggle than before.

As with the previous film, the story revolves around a number of characters. Rei Kanzaki is male host at a club, where each person’s rank is measured according to the number and price of bottles their clients order. Rei has the ambition to be number 1, and is willing to go to extremes to succeed. Ayaka, a teenager who is desperately in love with him decides to help him, and is willing to go to even further extremes just to do that. Koji Aizawa is a father whose wife is constantly nagging him to get money, and also the leader of a gang comprised from underage kids dressed in military-style jackets. When Takada, a lowlife, and his friends steal his bike and destroy it, in a series of events that »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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‘Destruction Babies’ Review

6 February 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Yuya Yagira, Nijoro Murakami, Masaki Suda, Nana Komatsu | Written by Tetsuya Mariko, Kôhei Kiyasu | Directed by Tetsuya Marko

When you watch a film you often look for some meaning behind the images you are seeing. Whether it be horror, action, love, or any other genre there is an aim to the story. This is what makes Tetsuya Marko’s Destruction Babies (Disutorakushon beibîzu) so hard to pin down, because it doesn’t care about the rules, it just wants to cause chaos!

The film starts with Taira (Yuya Yagira) deciding to leave town before a coming of age festival. Nobody seems to care but for his younger brother Shota (Nijoro Murakami) who witnesses Taira being attacked by a group of young thugs. Wandering to a nearby city, he starts fighting with anybody in his path, which catches the interest of Yuya Kitahara (Masaki Suda) who soon joins Taira in his need for destruction. »

- Paul Metcalf

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90th Kinema Junpo Awards

5 February 2017 11:58 PM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The award ceremony for the oldest Japanese cinema competition took place on February 5 at the Bunkyo Civic Center, and the list of winners is:

Best Actor: Yuya Yagira (Destruction Babies)

Best Actress: Rie Miyazawa (Her Love Boils Bath Water)

Best Supporting Actor: Pistol Takehara (The Long Excuse)

Best Supporting Actress: Hana Sugisaki (Her Love Boils Bath Water)

Best Director: Sunao Katabuchi (In This Corner of the World)

Best Director (Foreign): Clint Eastwood (Sully)

Best Screenplay: Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla)

Best New Actor: Nijiro Murakami (Destruction Babies, Natsumi no Hotaru)

Best New Actress: Nana Komatsu (Oboreru Knife, Destruction Babies)

Best Ten Japanese Feature Films

In This Corner of the World (Sunao Katabuchi)

Shin Godzilla (Shinji Higuchi/Hideaki Anno)

Harmonium (Koji Fukada)

Destruction Babies (Mariko Tetsuya)

Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa)

The Bride of Rip Van Winkle (Shunji Iwai)

Her Love Boils Bath Water (Ryota Nakano)

Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

Over the Fence »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Tetsuya Mariko’s “Destruction Babies” gives a whole new meaning to street fighting

21 January 2017 5:03 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Winner of the Best New Director prize at the Locarno Film Festival, and one of the greatest recent Japanese films, alongside “Hime-Anole“, “Destruction Babies” is a combination of Miike’s “Izo”, Tsukamoto’s “Tokyo Fist” and Toyoda’s “Pornostar“.

The film starts in Mitsuhama, a small port in the west of Ehime prefecture where two brothers are living, abandoned by their parents. The younger is named Shota and seems like a regular high-school boy, and the second is Taira, a delinquent who is introduced through a fight with the local gang, he against half a dozen that is. Almost immediately after the fight, and a little before the mikoshi (portable shrine) festival, Taira leaves and embarks on a trip of blind violence through the streets of the city, where he picks fights with anyone that comes across his way, including the members of the local gang who run a  hostess club. »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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