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Interview magazine [07 Jun 2005|12:58pm]

Not sure if anyone's seen it but the new issue of Interview Magazine has a quick one-page interview with Kitamura. Kind of cool. It's their all-asian issue so they have interviews with Chiaki Kuriyama,Puffy AmiYumi,Takeshi Kaneshiro,Takashi Shimizu, and a crapload more.
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Longinus [07 Jun 2005|12:47pm]

I watched the film, 'Longinus' not long ago (roughly about 3 weeks ago) directed by Kitamura and it had a few familiar faces (Hideo Sakaki etc etc) and it starred the japanese band Buck-Tick vocalist Atsushi Sakurai. This film was only 40 minutes so it's considered a 'short film' although it felt almost forever because how bad the film was.

Has anyone else here actually seen this?
What are your opinions? a conclusion?

For the ones that haven't heres the story:
A war rages on,it's end unknown, covering the age in despair. At a military field hospital, a group of soldiers bring in one of their own, wounded by a large, vicious, bite-like wound, along with a large box.
The soldiers are visibly shaken. Suddenly, an enigmatic man appears. As he starts telling the legend of the Lance of Longinus, their night of unimaginable terror begins.
*spooky* from Ryuhei-Kitamura.com

I myself, felt the film was terrible, but I wanted to see if anyone out there had a positive reaction to it other than getting fan-girl/boy over Atsushi Sakurai because your a fan of Buck-Tick.
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[12 May 2005|11:56pm]

Since this community seems dead as usual...two questions to spice things up...

1) Has anyone noticed the use of jet sounds (more specifically jet engines) in Kitamura's fights. I've noticed it in Azumi, Versus, and MGS:TTS. It might be in Alive...but I'll be damned if I watch that again...(not a fan of that one...at all).

And...2) Anyone know where I can get decent photos of the red haired guy from Versus? The Neo-Ronald McDonald?
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[31 Mar 2005|01:10am]

I'm a new fan, and found out about Ryuhei Kitamura when I discovered he'd be directing "Godzilla: Final Wars" (I'm a longtime Godzilla fan). I became curious, watched "Azumi", loved it, and ordered "Versus".

I ordered the 128 minute cut of "Azumi" off Ethaicd.com (cheap, legit, and regtion 0!) and now I see the Japanese version is 142 minutes. Can anyone tell me or direct me to an article as to why there are two different running times, and what scenes were cut?
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[03 Jan 2005|06:59pm]

[ mood | resolved ]

I got Aragami for my birthday a few weeks ago, it was good, maybe I'll write a more thorough review later. Probably I'll rewatch it first, I've been meaning to rewatch the Kitamura films I have.

I was just on Amazon and discovered that Tokyo Shock is releasing Sky High in March:


I still have to buy the Alive Director's Cut. Maybe Tokyo Shock will pick up the rights to Azumi and Down to Hell, while they're at it.

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Azumi OST and Versus Pics [16 Dec 2004|07:45pm]

[ mood | crushed ]

Anyone know where I can find the Azumi OST? I also am looking for some Versus pictures. Can anyone help out a fellow Kitamura fan?

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New. [08 Dec 2004|04:49am]
[ mood | awake ]

To the community and to Kitamura sorta. Of course my fandom started with Versus. When I first seen it, it blew my mind, and after rewatching the other night (introduced it to my sister) I was motivated to try some more films. I think right now I'm most interested in seeing Longinus.

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Versus OST [24 Nov 2004|01:55pm]

Anyone got the Versus OST mp3s? If so...mind...sharing? :D

Also, anyone seen the Versus t-shirts? I wanted to buy one at Suncoast but they only had XL and L and I wear a M.
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[14 Oct 2004|10:35pm]

Hello all, new to this community.

Versus is Godly, pure orgasmic ecstacy. Now I know it's no the best film ever made, but it is my favorite film ever made. Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes is also great. Gameplay wasnt anything new over MGS2, and it was those awesome cut scenes which warranted my buying of a cube and the $40 game.

Other than that his only other work I've seen is Azumi, which was cool, but I prefered Versus.

Is it true Hideo Kojima was an extra and get's killed by Azumi in the final battle in Azumi? Heard that somewhere and thought it was kinda funny.
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Heat After Dark [25 Sep 2004|06:38pm]

[ mood | confused ]

I found Heat After Dark for ten bucks at a local store. Coupled with the 20% off DVD sale they were having, I had to buy it. (They also had Alive, but I'll wait for the legit R1 release).

It certainly wasn't as great as either Versus or Azumi, but it was certainly an interesting film. It's a shame it was so short, had it been fleshed out, even just another half hour, it could've broaden its appealled. As it stands now, it really is the kind of thing only Ryuhei Kitamura fans would be interested in. I think it was definitely worth the time, and I'll definitely watch it again, especially considering it's so short. I just can't help but think it's a film rife with missed potential.

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Versus Soundtrack [19 Sep 2004|07:14pm]
Where Can i get it? Has it even been released? I really must have the song at the final duel where Tak beheads Sakaki!
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Aragami [08 Sep 2004|12:37pm]

Found this on Kung Fu Cult Cinema this morning:

"The Fantasy samurai movie Aragami, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, has been announced on DVD for release on September 16th. The Region 1 DVD will be released by Media Blasters under their Tokyo Shock label. Alive, another kitamura production, is still coming this October 26th."

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the future of cinema looks bleak! [30 Aug 2004|05:45pm]

I've only just found this article!

Ryuhei Kitamura moving to Hollywood. wtf? I hope not, is it just me or does anyone else see the John woo parallels here? Let's hope Kitamura soesn't start directing utter crap Woo did!

The world will be a poorer place.
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SkyWhy. [28 Aug 2004|09:03pm]

[ mood | curious ]

A question to the community: Was anyone else disappointed with SkyHigh?

I didn't experience the level of unfullfillment that I'd had with, say, Alive, but still, this and the Princess Blade make 2 movies that Yumiko Shaku's misled me on. The movie might've been better if all the trailers I'd seen hadn't placed such an emphasis on her involvement; because damn if the priestess and the two other characters from Aragami as the villains didn't steal the movie right the fuck out from under her. Maybe it's just because I'm not familiar with the series this was based on.

Also, one minor beef with the plot...

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fuseji has 500 times slower reflexes than Mike Tyson.
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wow my first community [26 Aug 2004|11:33pm]
Well It took me a couple of days but I finally found out how to post in a community! w00t

Sorry, self-confessed LJ noob!

What can I say that hasn't already been said RK rocks! versus was such an amazing ride I watched the whole damn film with my jaw dropping on the floor.  It's always amazing when a director can do so much with such a small budget, but Kitamura seems to be a master at that. 

so far I've only seen Alive, Versus and Azumi but I'm working on Heat after dark!

I'm into mostly japanese and hong kong cinema! Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike (well some of his anyway), early John Woo, some Andy Lau stuff, Sogo Ishii (has anyone else seen electric dragon 80,000 volts, I loved that film!).  My favorite actor is Tadanobu Asano.  The guy just has such an amazing screen presence and I loved him in Ichi.  Also in the way of actors Tak Sakaguchi, Kenji Matsuda and Hideo Sakaki (the amazing trio!).

Anyway! thanks for the invite! Kitamura definitely deserves his own community
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[25 Aug 2004|09:51pm]

Hello there.
I noticed I got an invitation to the community so I decided to join straight away.
I'm a big fan of Ryuhei Kitamura films. My current collection consists of Sky High, Versus, Aragami, Azumi and Alive, I've also seen Battlefield Baseball which he was a producer of(?). I'm a fan really of Japanese films altogether, and fans of directors such as Takeshi Kitano, Takeshi Miike, Sogo Ichii etc etc could go on for ages but I'll keep the post short.

Just thought I'd post to show my presence here as I've nothing better to write...
Thank you for the invite.

Which Ryuhei Kitamura film was your favorite?
What is the reason for the film being your favorite?
Was there any Ryuhei Kitamura film you've disliked in any way?
Do you think there is a better director of the future? if so, who?
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A few quick things [25 Aug 2004|04:51pm]

[ mood | cinematic ]

One, I'd just like to step in and speak and little about my taste in movies, which is on the eclectic side of things. I like movies in general, there aren't any genres I absolutely hate or anything like that. Some of my favorite directors include Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez (pretty much just Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn, two great brainless action films), Ridley Scott (Blade Runner is absolutely amazing), Sergio Leone, Miyazaki, and The Coen Brothers. I also like Monty Python and Charlie Kaufman's work. Some favorite movies of mine, the works of these directors and writers not included, are: Fight Club, Wayne's World, Groundhog's Day, The Manchurian Candidate, Amelie, High Fidelity, The Professional, Stargate, and Akira.

Lots of people seem to like Miike. I must admit I haven't seen much of his work. The friend who lent me Versus, he burnt me two CD-Rs with Audition and Dead or Alive on them, but I've only gotten around to watching Audition so far. I've had Dead or Alive next to my computer for months, but I can never seem to remember to find time for it.

Secondly, I'd like to get some opinions on the community's page design. I'm not particularly good with all the intracacies of modifying LJ pages, but if anyone has anyone suggestions, I'd appreciate it. Also, suggestions for interests for the community info page are appreciated.

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[25 Aug 2004|04:08pm]

Hi, just joined a second ago and wanted to say hi. So far I've only seen Versus, Azumi, and Alive. I loved Versus and Azumi, even if they were a little long, but I was kinda let down by Alive, so it's made me a little unsure about getting Sky High, Aragami, and Ultimate Versus, for those of you that have seen them what did you think? Since everyone else is listing their favorite directors then I guess I should too, I like Takashi Miike, he makes me go "what the fuck" more than any other director I've ever seen. Akira Kurosawa has made some of the best movies I've ever seen, Luc Besson is awesome, and Wes Anderson nails my type of humor right on the head. So yeah, hi.
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It Starts. [25 Aug 2004|03:49pm]

[ mood | shocked ]

Well, it's about time -- the more people that know of Ryuhei Kitamura's work, the better.

Glad to have recieved the offer to join the community! Up until visiting R.K.'s site I had no idea that he'd already put out another film before Godzilla: Final Wars, let alone the soundtracks for his previous movies as well. Longinus will go on my wish list along with the DVDs for Heat After Dark, Ultimate Versus & SkyHigh, since my current collection includes Down To Hell, Alive, Aragami, Azumi, & (of course) Versus*.

My only beef with Ryuhei? USE KENJI MATSUDA MORE. The man was brilliant as the knife-wielding psycho in Versus and he was barely in Alive.

Other Asian films I'm obsessed with include Wild Zero, Stacy (what a surprise! both have zombies in them!), Returner & Ping Pong. Takashi Miike's a pretty hit-&-miss director for me: he does shit in his movies just to do it, and it only works half the time.

*also Battlefield Baseball, but that's not really a Kitamura movie.

Die slowly. fuseji doesn't want you coming back.

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