Tag Archives: 1980s

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Kare no ootobai, kanojo no shima AKA His Motorbike, Her Island (1986)

After being threatened by his girlfriend’s brother, Ko (Riki Takeuchi) goes on a trip on his Kawasaki to contemplate his options. He meets Miiyo (Kiwako Harada) by chance, and the two stay in touch. He later receives an invitation to her island, where he begins to teach her how to ride, and quickly falls for her. Miiyo is an extremely quick study, and the two are a well-matched pair. However, her obsession with motorbikes seems to be leading her down a dangerous path. Read More »

Yoshihiko Matsui – Tonkei shinjû aka Pig-Chicken Suicide (1981)

Directed by Japanese underground legend Yoshihiko Matsui, most famous for his epic film Noisy Requiem and his early work with maverik Japanese director Sogo Ishii (Gojoe, Crazy Thunder Road), Pig Chicken Suicide is a veritable assault on the senses, mixing violent images of animal slaughter, racial strife and surrealism to tell the story of two Koreans living in Japan who’s love is destroyed due to overwhelming racial discrimination. Read More »

Zivorad ‘Zika’ Mitrovic – Savamala (1982)

Quote:
The events that preceded the WWII and subsequent fall of bourgeoisie in Yugoslavia are shown through the bloody strikes and awakening of civic consciousness in Belgrade’s poor neighborhood of Savamala. Read More »

Tom Huckabee & Kent Smith – Taking Tiger Mountain [+ Extras] (1983)

Militant feminist scientists brainwash research subject to assassinate the Welsh Minister of Prostitution. Meanwhile World War III is being fought and refugees are fleeing from North America en masse. Read More »

Carlos Diegues – Um Trem para as Estrelas AKA Subway to the Stars (1987)

A moody, noirish film that explores both personal loss and social disintegration in present-day Rio de Janeiro. After his girlfriend disappears with no explanation, saxophonist Vinicius scours the city’s underworld in an attempt to find her. His pleas for help go unanswered by officials and the girl’s parents, and his search becomes more desperate as Vinicius grows to understand the despair and hopelessness of the prostitutes, drug dealers and street people he encounters. Read More »

Krzysztof Gradowski – Akademia pana Kleksa AKA Mr Blot’s Academy (1984)

Story:
A young boy is sent to a boarding school run by an eccentric scientist/magician. He befriends a talking bird named Matt and is told how it lost its human form, Matt was once a boy prince. Touched by the story, our young hero vows to help his feathered friend regain his true identity. The fairytale is based on the eternal conflict between Good and Evil. Good symbolised by Mr Blot means benevolence, understanding of different people and nature. Evil symbolised by Alois Bubble means egotism and thirst for power. But above all Mr Blot’s Academy is always full of fun and humour. Read More »

Jean Rollin – Les paumées du petit matin AKA The Runaways AKA The Escapees (1981)

Synopsis:
Marie and Michelle are escaping from a lunatic asylum. Michelle is a tough girl who knows how to survive on the road, but the extremely shy Marie desperately clings to her until Michelle gives in and promises help. The two get into a lot of trouble which puts their friendship to a test. Read More »