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Old 19-04-2003, 15:40   #1
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Available Cyberpunk/tech DVDs

Having just re-watched the awesome Avalon I find myself left with a craving for more of the same. I have lots of others already but was hoping you lovely people might be able to suggest a few I didnít know about. Any suggestions welcome, live-action or anime, any region and any language. If possible please note which region they are and while itís interesting to hear about movies as yet unreleased on disc IĎm really looking for stuff I can get my hands on now.

Once Iíve got an hour to spare Iíll list up all the ones I know of.
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Old 19-04-2003, 15:51   #2
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Re: Available Cyberpunk/tech DVDs

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Having just re-watched the awesome Avalon I find myself left with a craving for more of the same. I have lots of others already but was hoping you lovely people might be able to suggest a few I didnít know about. Any suggestions welcome, live-action or anime, any region and any language. If possible please note which region they are and while itís interesting to hear about movies as yet unreleased on disc IĎm really looking for stuff I can get my hands on now.

Once Iíve got an hour to spare Iíll list up all the ones I know of.

I think the korean movie Resurrection Of The Little Match Girl would definitely fit the bill

Very good film (IMO anyway) and the supposedly confusing storyline isnt that confusing at all.

The only really bad thing is that the korean dvd has no bloody english subs!

I had to make do with a fansubbed rip but I would buy a subbed version in an instant ( naughty I know but no proper subbed dvd exists )

The big reason for this having no subs is that it was one of the biggest failures in South Korean cinema ever. Hence they are hoping someone will buy the rights for an overseas market to get some of the money back. Cost a fortune to make (in korean movie budget terms that is - around $20 million I think) and was a massive flop in korean cinemas. But it was a very brave film to try and make simply because the koreans seem to love romantic comedies/love stories.

A german company bought the rights to it but it is unknown whether or not it will have english subs.

As you can probably tell I am a big admirer of the film and I would say it's a bit of cult film. If you can ever getting your hands on a subbed copy then give it a watch, even if you dont like it the film is worth watching once

Another movie that also look pretty good is the korean movie Yesterday, it also flopped at the korean cinemas but from what I have seen it looks interesting. The dvd release keeps getting delayed and is 'supposedly' due out next week in South Korea but its been delayed many times so only time will tell. It is supposed to have english subtitles


A few links to reviews for the films:

Ressurection Of Little Match Girl

Yesterday
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Old 19-04-2003, 15:54   #3
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Great:

BladeRunner
Strange Days
Ghost in the Shell

ok:

eXistenZ
Thirteenth Floor, The
Virtuosity
Hardware

poor:

Johnny Mnemonic
Lawnmower Man, The
Brainscan

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Old 19-04-2003, 16:16   #4
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Ummm...

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Old 19-04-2003, 16:46   #5
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And monochromatically - and frankly completely insane - from Japan...

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Old 19-04-2003, 20:37   #7
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William Gibson wrote a couple of 'The X Files' episodes: "Kill Switch" (season five/episode eleven) and "First Person Shooter" (season seven/episode thirteen).
Not cyberpunk but worth checking out is 'Urusei Yatsura 1 : Only You' from 'Avalon' director Mamoru Oshii.

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Old 19-04-2003, 20:43   #8
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I also notice thereís some Oshii short films DVDs out in Japan but sadly they have no English subs. Anyone see the short William Gibson film, The Gernsback Continuum? Some of the tinting in it reminded me a lot of Avalon.

mr_woo, sounds really interesting, Iíll be keeping an eye out for any eventual releases.

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Wasn't aware of any William Gibson films, short or otherwise (outside of '...Mnenomic' of course). Any further details?

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Strange, I canít find any mention on IMDB. IIRC itís a 20-25 minute film co-funded by Channel 4 and shown a couple of times over the last 10 years once I believe in their short films strand. I could be totally wrong but I seem to remember the lead being played by Colin Salmon. I think the story comes from Gibsonís Burning Chrome collection and features a man who suddenly begins to see pulp SF airships and weird things flying about in the air in the present day. Canít for the life of me remember how it ends but I may have it on an old VHS somewhere and will try to find it.
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Wow, I was almost gona start a thread like that, my favorite sub-genre, so I'd use some of these recommendations too if I didn't already have them.

All of Rubber Duck's listed movies except Brainscan and both of Bronso's.

New Rose Hotel: Christopher Walken, Asia Argento, and Willem Dafoe, what an excellent group!

Hardware and Virtuosity are for a very particular taste, like mine, only. Hardware has great lines like: "I think it's stupid, sadistic, and suicidal to have children these days." and tv news bits like: "Eager citizens are already lining up at sterilization centers which will be open around the clock to aid in the transition to what the president termed, a clean break with procreation. In a related story, the two creaters of the population control bill were found dead yesterday in what appeared to be a bizarre..." make it great!
Virtuosity's got Traci Lords pimping one of her songs in a club, I got her CD, she's good

I'd recommend Circuitry Man 1 & 2, available on a double feature DVD. Also Cyborg 2, it's way way better than the Van Damme "original", has almost no connection to it, great acting and scene chewing, and one of Angelina Jolie's first roles, showing off her Tomb Raider skills.

Johnny Mnemonic is good too, it has Ice T being all Ice T and Dolph "Halt Sinners!" Lundgren as a killer priest, I mean how cool is that? It might be described as one of Neo's subliminal messages/wet dreams before he awoke to the reality. Remember him listening to Dissolved Girl, sleeping by his computer when the guys came to get a minidisc with data from him, that's when he dreamt being the "cool" Johnny Mnemonic.

I'll have to check out Mr Woo's recommendations, never heard of them.

But either way, I've tried, for more than a year, to get something like Avalon, you've just gotta accept three things, one, you're gona die some day, two, there is never enough money, and three, you'll never see a movie like Avalon! Not even close. It's so great and unique.
Well, .hack//Sign, .hack//Luminality, and .hack//Dusk anime series have a similar, in-game kind of theme.
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Is New Rose Hotel any good? Looked it up on IMDB and its got a great cast Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe & Asia Argento :norty: but a poor score of 4.3/10.
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was just going to ask the same thing.

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Heres a few more....
Akira - no one mentioned this yet ?
Armitage polymatrix and Duel matrix
Avenging Fist
Hell comes to Frog town
Class of 1999
Patlabor movies 1-3
Cowboy Beebop series and Movie
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Cowboy Bebop is pure excellence.
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well if were going to start naming the stupid amounts of anime which fall into this category you can't leave out
Cyber City Oedo 808 .
Cowboy Bebop is good, but I would place it outside of the genre of the thread really.
And Armitage III Polymatrix is a hacked together version of the ARmitage III OVA, without the original Japanease soundtrack.
Fortunately the OVA did get a DVD release finally in October 2002.

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well if were going to start naming the stupid amounts of anime which fall into this category you can't leave out
Cyber City Oedo 808 .
Well said that man!!!!1111
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.....meanwhile backto the future: Casshern looks pretty damn good. Any release apart from the highly expensive Japanese disc?

The Gernsback Continuum short I mentioned above was "Tomorrow Calling"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372574/
http://www.antonraubenweiss.com/gibson/gibson0.html
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Incidently, did a subbed version of Resurrection Of The Little Match Girl ever appear? I'd like to see it...
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I have a subbed Little Match Girl but looking at the DVD box I'm starting to think it might be hooky... hadn't questioned it til I saw this thread. Got it off ebay, natch.

New Rose Hotel, for those asking above, is one of the worst films I've ever seen. I loved the short story but Ferrara's adaptation is a dog, especially the astoundingly repetitive final reel.

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