Nine convicts escape from prison; most are convicted murders. They commandeer a van from a strip club. Their plan is to find a stash of counterfeit money that a deranged cell mate told them... See full summary »
Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot.
A young man gets off the train in the morning and wanders the business districts aimlessly. He runs across some yakuza gangsters, whom he despises, and goes on a killing spree, but soon becomes involved with a subordinate gang.
The film traces the growth and friendship of two very different high-school ping-pong players. "Peco" Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn pro. He taught his quiet, nerdy... See full summary »
32-year-old Ichiko (Sakura Ando) lives at home with her parents, passing the days in self-indulgent grunginess. Ichiko's recently divorced younger sister Fumiko has moved back home with her... See full summary »
Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she... See full summary »
mmmm, interesting. saw this & battale royale at a festival, and of the
this was the more disturbing by far. it doesn't really matter that you
actually see a student's groinal area getting tenderised with a baseball
bat, or another student having a drink can wedged into his mouth before
gang leader stomps on his head - the screaming and the scattered teeth
enough. battale royale's camp qualities & tomato sauce (ketchup for US
readers) undercut any identification with real, actual, terrorising
highschool-type terror... i gather from this site that battale royale has
not been released in the states. where are your priorities, o america
anyway, this is supposedly a rant on blue spring. this girl is very, very
glad she's not a student at a japanese highschool, it all seems awfully
bleak and graffiti-covered. but fabulous to watch (and the failed
player is delicious, for those of you who like school uniforms.) it's
occasionally emotive and over-played, but blue spring makes its points
adolescent (and adult) despair with economy and nice lighting. & i
particularly liked the way the thrash japanese rock score sometimes plays
the characters' heads & drowns out any attempt at
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