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Electric Dragon 80000V - Sogo Ishii (2001)


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Sogo Ishii se lâche à nouveau après une accalmie de quelques films (Labyrinth of Dreams et Angel Dust entre autres) et ça fait mal.

Tadanobu Asano (toujours impeccable) incarne Dragon Eye Morrison, un mec qui a un nom cool, légèrement instable depuis qu'il a été électrocuté sur une ligne à haute tension étant enfant. Comment contenir cette énergie ? En jouant de la guitare bien sûr ! Il se retrouve confronté à un adversaire tout aussi puissant que lui (voire plus), Thunderbolt Buddha, lui aussi un peu instable (voire schyzo).

Electric Dragon est un court-long métrage fou qui va à 80000 à l'heure et qui n'épargne ni nos yeux ni nos oreilles (à regarder avec le son à fond bien sûr). Un pur plaisir jouissif, tant pour le réal que pour le spectateur, le film peut aussi faire penser à la genèse d'un super-héros. Electric Dragon 80000V, un film de super-héros ? Pourquoi pas !

 

Il faut se ruer sur le DVD zone 1 qui possède des STA, mais aussi quelques bonus (tournée promo au japon, itv sur les FX, etc...), mais surtout, il contient la BO du film, absolument explosive.

IL LE FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!

 

LA BA :

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Sogo Ishii has ended - Long live Gakuryu Ishii!

 

by Chris MaGee

 

It was a little while ago that I was chatting online with Jasper Sharp and Outcast Cinema's Marc Walkow about "Burst City" and "Electric Dragon 80,000V" director Sogo Ishii. My question was, "What the hell has Ishii been up to lately?" to which Marc Walkow replied that he has been teaching the Kobe Design University, but that he hasn't been doing much filmmaking for about six or seven years. I thought, "Good for Ishii for passing on his knowledge, but too bad for us that he's not making films at the moment." And that was the end of the story.

 

Then a couple of days later I caught wind of a new and surprising development on the Ishii front from Tidepoint Pictures founder and owner Testuki Ijichi that Sogo Ishii was no longer Sogo Ishii. In an update last month on his official blog Ishii announced that he has changed his name to Gakuryu Ishii. The announcement actually came in the form of a poem:

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Some people should know,

[My] stage name changed.

 

Sogo Ishii has ended.

Long time, thank you.

 

In the future,

???? (ISHII GAKURYU)

 

All activities will be in this name, will do the job.

 

I intend to work actively as a rookie

Thank you very much.

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Ishii has also changed the name of his official website to ishiisogo-gakuryu.com. This won't be the first name change for the 52-year-old filmmaker. At the age of 19 Ishii changed his given name from Toshihiro to Sogo and bean his career as the chronicler of Japan's punk movement with films like "Charge! Hooligans of Hakata" and "Panic in High School" before gaining widespread recognition for his 1980 film "Crazy Thunder Road" (above).

 

So does this third name change indicate a return to filmmaking for Ishii? The poem certainly hints at an artistic rebirth of sorts with Ishii stating that "I intend to work actively as a rookie." Well, all I can say is - Sogo Ishii has ended! Long live Gakuryu Ishii!

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