Join us as we lick our blades, banter and ramble on, and provide in depth reviews of some of our favorite (and not so favorite) Anime, Kaiju, Martial Arts, Chambara, and Asian films. You can find out more about our show, all of our previous episodes, and our show notes at our blog: bladelickingthieves.wordpress.com
Super agents, sleazy soft-core, skateboarding assassins, and one stupendous snake. BLT Team B are back with a review of director Andy Sidaris' trashy 80's action flick : Hard Ticket to Hawaii(1987), touted by some as "the best B-movie of all time".
The Thieves review our first Indian film, the insanely bombastic, international blockbuster, RRR! Plus, a brief chat about Naoki Urasawa's ongoing Kaiju manga Asadora!, audio book light novels, the Ranking of Kings anime, and serious answers to your most important twitter questions!
[00:00] Intro, Asadora, Ranking of Kings, Faraway Paladin
[41:41] RRR Review
[2:14:25] Twitter Questions
When the world's greatest athletes are infected by a deadly unknown virus, the mysterious, genius doctor for hire, Black Jack, is forced to find a cure, in this over the top, medical thriller, directed by the singular Osamu Dezaki, that brings to life the iconic Osamu Tezuka character with flamboyant confidence. Tune in for the full review of Black Jack: The Movie!
[00:00] Intro, Gamera, Turn A Gundam, Konosuba Season 3, Boiling Point
[51:10] Black Jack: The Movie Review
The Thieves are back with another Shaw Brothers kung fu classic! On today's show, we are reviewing director Lau Kar-Leung's spectacular Eight Diagram Pole Fighter. Released at the tail end of the Shaw Brothers era, the film stars the iconic Gordon Liu, Alexander Fu, and Kara Hui as the last surviving members of the Yang family who pursue a bloody, teeth shattering, revenge against the Khitan invaders that defeated their clan in battle...
We review Masaaki Yuasa's 2017 anime film, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, a bold and breezy romantic comedy based on the light novel by Tomihiko Morimi about a young college student pursuing the girl he fancies while she carouses around the city on an endless night of adventures...
We review John Boorman's classic fantasy film, Excalibur (1981). Tune in to hear us chat for admittedly way too long about the legends of King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Percival, and the Knights of the Round Table, plus our thoughts on why the stories and themes still resonate and why the power of the myths continue to endure.
[00:00] Intro, Wonder Egg Priority, Demon Slayer, Gaogaigar
[40:10] Excalibur (1981) Review
Infused with an irreverent, chaotic energy, reminiscent of Monkey Punch's original manga, director Soji Yoshikawa's completely madcap Lupin the Third: The Mystery of Mamo (1978) sees Lupin and the gang, in their first animated theatrical outing, face off against a mysterious villain plotting to takeover the world while seeking to obtain from Lupin the philosopher's stone said to possess the secret to immortality...
In Korean director Jae-hoon Choi's period action film, The Swordsman (2020), a retired master swordsman (Jang Hyuk) is forced into action when his daughter (Hyeon-soon Kim) is placed in mortal danger by Qing invaders, lead by the merciless Gurutai (Joe Taslim) relative of the Qing emperor, who seek to complete their subjugation of Korea's Joseon Dynasty through subterfuge, threats, and force if necessary...
We review Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love (2000), an intimate, heartbreaking, and emotionally simmering peek into the lives of two forlorn souls (actor Tony Leung and actress Maggie Cheung) who seek companionship with one another after discovering that their spouses are having an affair together.
[00:00] Intro, Demon Slayer, Dragon Ball GT, Yamato 2202
[26:45] Review of In the Mood for Love
We review the 2001 anime TV series Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, a zany coming of age comedy from famed anime studio Gainax and director / writer Hiroyuki Yamaga, about two young friends that find themselves repeatedly transported into a series of parallel worlds, each one a hilarious spoof of some geeky interest, from RPGs to Dating Sims, Giant Robots to Prehistoric Monsters, to Martial Arts flicks and Hollywood movies...