Friday, July 31, 2009
Hagetaka (The Vulture) - Keiji Ohtomo (2009)
Nao Omori (Ichi the Killer, Vibrator" stars as a high-powered banker in "Hagetaka (The Vulture)", the big screen continuation of the popular NHK TV drama. Here Omori's character, Masahiko Washizu a.k.a "The Vulture", must match wits with a Chinese financeer who is planning a hostile takeover of a major Japanese car manufacturer. "Hagetaka (The Vulture)" co-stars Chiaki Kuriyama and Ryuhei Matsuda.
Abashiri Prison - Teruo Ishii (1965)
Hokkaido's Abashiri Prison is the Alcatraz of Japan. Surrounded by acres and acres of rough, snowy terrain it is nearly impossible for inmates to escape, but in Teruo Ishii's 1965 film "Abashiri Prison" that is exactly what stars Ken Takakura and Hiroshi Nanbara attempt to do... handcuffed together! This was the first of what eneded up being a 17-film series for Takakura and Toei Studios.