This is one of the bloodiest black and white films from the mid-sixties. This film tells the brutal story of a young recruit to the Shinsengumi, the para-military force of ronin led by Kondo Isami, and made famous to the west in Sword of Doom. This is another view of that group without the usual whitewashing of their character. The full translation of the title tells it all. A Cruel Story set during the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It's a powerful indictment of the brutality going on in Japan at the time in the name of keeping the West out of the country. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
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Allan C (it) wrote: A tumor in Ken Marino's rear end emerges as a monster that proceeds to kill everyone around him who causes him stress. Something of a throwback to 1980s monster films along the lines of "Ghoulies," "It's Alive" but especially "Basket Case" which mixed black humor or horror as this film is striving to do. I really do enjoy just about any horror film that uses throwback style practical special effects, which this film used to a nice effect. Unfortunately, my preference would have been for a bit less overt of a comedy and more attempts at straight horror. The film does deliver some good gore and special effects, if that's you sort of thing, but it's definitely more comedy than horror, which I should have guessed from the casting of solid comedy actors Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs and Patrick Warburton. Peter Stormare also has a funny supporting role, though I could also see him playing straight horror quite easily. So even though I was expecting something more tonally aligned with 80s creature horror/comedy films, it's still a fairly entertaining gross-out comedy.
Chosen 7 (jp) wrote: Interesting independent film written and directed by Leon Lozano. This drama is about a man struggling with depression stemming from a tortured childhood, he attempts to kill himself because he can't live with what he was forced to do as a child and the haunting memory of a sister he wishes he could have protected. He also has to deal with a mother in denial, a beautiful fiance, and two best friends who care about him...all of whom don't understand the gravity of what's going on with him or know how to help him. It's a bit slow but it's real. Good performances for the most part; especially by Jocko Sims ["Crash" the series], Kevin Nichols, Aliza Pearl, and Robin Dionne Smith. Great ending, I don't want to give it away but Tate confronts what drove him to this point. Overall it's a compelling film, worth a watch if you can get past how low-budget it is.
Angela B (de) wrote: fanTAStic, delicious for the eyes and heart.
Peter A (gb) wrote: Beguiling, gentle and chaotic all the same time
Cj W (us) wrote: I love Bad B movies!
Eva J (ag) wrote: Beautiful landscape, but the story didn't stick with me at all.
Andrew C (ru) wrote: I greatly enjoyed this film. I love most of the roles Ralph Fiennes tends to pick. They're each very different from one another. Here he plays an eccentric bright red-headed priest, Oscar, who adopts a gambling problem. What starts out as a means to an end. Winning bets, keeping only the amount he needs and donating the rest to the poor; turns into an addiction. Despite Oscar's phobia for the ocean, he meets Lucinda (played by Cate Blanchett) on a ship; who is equally obsessed with gambling. They become good friends and eventually a final wager is made as to whether or not Oscar would be able to transport and put together a glass church for one of Lucinda's friends, who is also a priest working in a location that doesn't have a proper church.
Michael M (us) wrote: It somehow gets better every time I watch it. One of my Top 30 all time favorites.
Matthew C (us) wrote: A team of mercenaries must go into the Guatemalan jungle to rescue a group of politicians, but when they find dead bodies that have been skinned and hanged, they soon realize they are being hunted by a brutal predator. Predator has memorable characters, terrific action, and some great comedic moments. What is most impressive about Predator is that even though the last 30 minutes of this film barely has dialogue, it is riveting and is my favorite part of the entire movie.
Andrew L (it) wrote: Absolutely entertaining and inspiring. A wonderful cast to boot.
Dan F (ag) wrote: Absurd, preposterous schlock horror. If you have a sense of humour and you're in the right mood, you may find this fun. It's no worse than the majority of Dario Argento's films, and at least it knows it's cheap. There's an almost Warholesque quality to the pulp of it all, only without the posturing smugness.
Gregory W (it) wrote: good but not the best race movie
shady s (nl) wrote: In fact , the screenplay was Traditional , but that something you have knew before you going to watch the movie . nothing I can say about very good Performance from John Marley . the overly part is the end i know but greet for Arthur Hiller to make entertainment