Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 105: Saturday Apr 16, 2011

Shogun Assassin: Rio Cinema, 11.30pm

This is sure to be another memorable night courtesy of the Cigarette Burns crew. The dj will spin some great tunes before and after the screening (at the last one he played this great disco riff on the theme John Carpenter's Assualt On Precinct 13); the shorts and the pre-film adverts will be wonderfully diverting and the main feature will be a rarely shown cult classic.

Tonight it's Shogun Assassin, which was long banned here because of its extreme violence.

Here's Dave Kehr's review of the movie in Chicago Reader:

"Producer David Weisman has taken the first two episodes of a popular Japanese samurai series—the so-called “Babycart” films—and spliced them into this incredibly violent, thoroughly delirious 1980 feature. The result almost qualifies as a work of art—a collage, perhaps—in itself. With all the exposition and nuance eliminated, the film becomes pure elemental conflict; it suggests a Road Runner cartoon populated by hordes of anonymous extras, all spouting great fountains of orange Day-Glo blood as severed limbs fly everywhere. The original direction, by Kenji Misumi, shows the heavy influence of Sergio Leone; it's full of booming close-ups and lyrical decapitations filmed against the setting sun. Overall, an amazing cross-cultural artifact. 86 min."

Here is the trailer.

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