This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Just learned about the whole revival of Joe Bob Briggs on Shudder... Just picked up a Shudder account... Will be reviewing a LOT of the movies featured on those series over the next good while.
I've actually been meaning to watch this one for a while (whether or not Joe Bob Briggs was involved). Really glad I finally did.
Features TWO way-better-than-they-should-be-for-this-kind-of-film ("this-kind-of-film" meaning something produced by Charles Band) performances from Chuck Connors and Jocelyn Jones.
Mannequins can either…
I love this movie. Kinji Fukasaku's film-making is just so frantic and kinetic. The violence is astoundingly brutal and ruthless. The performances are studied and subdued, yet over-the-top and highly melodramatic when they need to be. The story is such a fantastic, high-speed tale of yakuza crosses and double-crosses... And through it all sits Bunta Sugawara; just being King Badass.
I'm so glad I've decided to revisit this series. I think I'm setting myself up for a yakuza kick, and may re-watch some Seijun Suzuki stuff I haven't seen in a while, also.