Encapsulated Cinema: Father’s Day, Bounty Hunters, and Yakuza Weapon

Father's Day (2011) Movie PosterFather’s Day (2011)
Canadian filmmakers Astron 6 have done for late night UHF programming what countless others have done for the 70’s grind house scene. The freakishly demented yet thoroughly enjoyable exploitation opus “Father’s Day” is one seriously messed up motion picture, one that I wouldn’t recommend watching with your father and/or your father-in-law. Between the graphic anal rape scenes and the unchecked brutality delivered to penises of all shapes and sizes, it’s sure to make some viewers very uncomfortable. Still, if you handle the rough stuff like the champ you are, this tale of a one-eyed bounty hunter’s quest to stop a dad-murdering madman should provide fans of silly low-budget 80’s cinema with plenty of off-color entertainment. Just remember to tell your papa you love him when all is said and done. Highly recommended, though it’s clearly not for the easily offended.

Bail Enforcers (2011)
I know that director Patrick McBrearty’s 2011 action extravaganza “Bail Enforcers” is being released here in the States as “Bounty Hunters”, but I prefer the former, so I’m going to refer to it as such. Regardless of what you call the damned thing, it’s responsible for my crush on Trish Stratus. The girl can kick ass like it’s nobody’s freaking business, due in part to her extensive training as a real-life professional badass. McBrearty and his remarkable cast and crew definitely put her skills to good use, and she looks at ease beating the absolute crap out of her adversaries. The story is pretty simple — a group of bail enforcement agents lock horns with the local mafia — but the action is leaps and bounds beyond other like-minded DTV efforts. It’s fast, it’s brutal, and it’s surprisingly funny. If this doesn’t get Stratus more work, then there’s no hope for Caucasian martial arts flicks. I recommend that you watch it.

Yakuza Weapon (2011) Movie PosterYakuza Weapon (2011)
I went into Sushi Typhoon’s over-the-top 2011 actioner “Yakuza Weapon” expecting loads of violence, lots of arterial sprays, and a plethora of scenarios which allowed co-director/star Tak Sakaguchi to scream his fool head off. Not surprisingly, that’s precisely what I received. There isn’t much to the film, narratively speaking, though I don’t think that’s much of a problem. The story — a bratty son sets out to avenge the death of his yakuza boss father — is just a lame excuse for the filmmakers to toss a vast array of gore-encrusted carnage at the screen. When our hero winds up with a machine gun for an arm, things really start to get crunchy. The film caters shamelessly to fans of the genre, and, in a way, that’s the picture’s only law. It’s exactly what I expected, nothing more. “Yakuza Weapon” is a great addition to Sushi Typhoon’s filmography, but it’s clear that the gimmick is wearing thin.