Archive for the ‘Taiwan Noir’ Category
The Asian film industry of the mid 70s was infused with the spirit of sharing–or, at least, borrowing. And often without permission. One of the results of this was a series of incredibly strange hybrid superhero films that were just as likely to include figures from Thai folklore as they were mad scientists and damsels in distress. In this episode therefore we’ll be discussing two of these pan-Asian franken-films, Mars Men and Superriders Against The Devils.
00m 00s – Intro/Mars Men background/The story of Sompote Sands
32m 38s – Mars Men review
57m 50s – Kamen Rider & Superriders Against The Devils background
63m 00s – Superriders Against The Devils review
Once upon a time there was a big forest and in it sat two podcasters. One found a movie based on a fairy tale about deers fighting wolves (and there’s also exotic dancing) and the other found a movie where West meets East mixed with a possibly supernatural serial killer plotting. Far apart in genre and production year, Taiwan Noir takes a look at 1961’s The Fantasy Of Deer Warrior and in the second half, Chen Kuo-fu’s Double Vision starring Tony Leung and David Morse.
00m 00s – Intro/The Fantasy Of Deer Warrior background
18m 05s – The Fantasy Of Deer Warrior review
41m 25s – Double Vision background
47m 14s – Double Vision review
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For once, we’re talking AVAILABLE Taiwanese cinema. It can be prolific, important aaaaand promptly lost. But since it has been part of the discussion, somewhat available before but now to the masses via a shiny new restoration, Taiwan Noir tackles a high profile Taiwanese movie for once: King Hu’s Dragon Inn from 1967.
00m 00s – Intro/King Hu biography/discussion
28m 46s – Dragon Inn review
We return to the universe of Peach Boy, as played by a woman, as portrayed by Taiwanese children’s fantasy filmmakers who knew a thing or two about pace, energy, special effects free for all creativity etc. And face-pissing. Hear us try and break down what makes the ‘Child Of Peach’ sequel Magic Of Spell so special. And in the second half we look at sooooort of a spirited cousin of these movies without it being a sequel: The energetic Magic Warriors.
00m 00s – Intro/Magic of Spell review
43m 00s – Magic Warriors review
Grabbing an icon from Japanese folklore and putting a Taiwan reefer madness spin on it, this is the type of fantasy with exploding heads, tiny cocks and dangerous fire stunts filmmakers gave to their young audience. Plus creepy peach puppet in the 1987’s fantasy spectacle The Child Of Peach.
00m 00s – Intro/Momotaro/Peach Boy background
22m 23s – Actress Lin Shao-luo and director Chen Chun-liang discussion
36m 32s – The Child Of Peach review
EDIT – Unfortunately there are three instances of unexplained audiodropouts at these points in the show: 11.26-11.32, 12.30-12.36 and 52. 53-52. 57. Many apologies for this.
00m 00s – Intro/Na Cha literary and movie background
24m 18s – Feng Shen Bang review
General Guan Yu battles aliens from Mars. Interested yet?
This slowly more widespread 1976 movie The Big Calamity (aka War God) is an event unlike any other from Taiwan. An event that sparks giddiness in even non fans of the men in suits smashing buildings and battling other man in suits-movies. Taiwan was a little Kaiju-engine that could
00m 00s – Intro/The Big Calamity production background/Taiwan Kaiju through the ages
42m 00s – Chen Hung-min bio/discussion
51m 58s – General Guan Yau background
58m 18s – The Big Calamity review