Archive for August, 2013
Classy neo-noir nightmare with a svelte, swivel-eyed, deranged Klaus Kinski prowling the shadowy city streets on an enigmatic, ostensible mission of vengeance; Is he dead? Is he innocent? Who knows? This stylish film is an enigma, wrapped inside of a cinematic conundrum, and all the better for it! Visually the film is very striking, sharing many similarities with the vintage gialli of Mario Bava; or the deep, chiaroscuro palate of early Fritz Lang. (To be fair, there is a definite grim sensibility of his ‘M’ crawling through this playful and surreal bacchanal)
Shot / created / spirited into deranged celluloid sentience, and seemingly without pausing for breath; the martial arts polymath, and all-round action-movie mad scientist / impresario Godfrey Ho is back in the ring with this beauty, and after his deadly K.O blow ‘Commando Fury’; he’s still swinging like a crack-addled, bipolar mo-fo; dazzling his fans with this unwieldy tumult of dementoid Ninja delirium! Ninja movies were ubiquitous DTV fodder in the mid-late 80’s, and yet, only one man; only one film-making visionary knew the future of composite, schiziod action; and that vertiginous future is right here, Ninjoids! Right now, scabies and gentlesperms: and that future is….’Shadow Killers Tiger Force’. The words ‘Rip’ and ‘Roaring’ were made and paired for such cinematic glory as this. Godfrey Ho, wherever thou art; thine magnificent art is appreciated; especially by this sleep-deprived, over-boiled noggin of mine!