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BLU-RAY REVIEW: RETALIATION

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Hey creeps! Remember a few weeks back when I turned ya on to a lil’ flick about bad dudes doin’ really, REALLY bad things entitled MASSACRE GUN? Well, if ya dug that gem, I got some great news for ya; the dynamic diabolical duo of actor Jô Shishido and die-rector Yasuharu Hasebe collaborated on more than one silver-screen slaughterthon; case in point this new release from those sexy devils at Arrow films entitled RETALIATION!

RETALIATION’s story is right there in the title folks; an ex-con by the name of Jiro returns to find his old crime family in shambles so he turns to the Hasama family for a lil’ helpin’ hand. Long story short, they give him a promise which they of course break (they are an evil crime syndicate after all), which leads Jiro to…well, to retaliate, so ya know, RETALIATION!

Released only a year after Hasebe’s previous violent epic MASSACRE GUN (1968 to be exact ya demandin’ B@$tards!); RETALIATION really ups the ante in terms of violence; i.e. there’s more slicin’ and dicin’ goin’ on here than Saturday night at the local Hibachi place (and my lord, you absolutely do not want to be a lady in this film). No holds are barred as the tempera paint blood rains down like an all-Yakuza production of the finale of CARRIE! And unlike MASSACRE GUN, this flick is presented in lurid color (made all the more vivid by that award winnin’ ARROW Films transfer quality)!

And if ya dig the flick proper, there’s also a S-ton of extras; i mean just look at this copy and pasted list of goodies:

Brand new interview with star Jô Shishido
Interview with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns
Original theatrical trailer
Gallery featuring rare promotional images
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, newly illustrated by Ian MacEwan and featuring original archive stills

So, if ya like your flicks bloody, bawdy and beautiful (yeah, I forgot to mention ol’ Y.H. die-rects the hell out of this thing!) I recommend ya pick up a copy of RETALIATION right here!

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