From Asia With Lust Volume 1: Camp/Hitchhike (DVD Review)

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From Asia With Lust Volume 1: Camp/Hitchhike (DVD Review)
Rated: UR/Region: 0/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Troma Entertainment

Camp (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Ainosuke Shibata
Starring: Miyuki Yokoyama

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A camping trip will turn into a nightmare for sisters Akane and Kozue when they become trapped by five men who abuse and torture them. Kozue is brutally murdered but her sister manages to escape. Now, with the help of Misaki, a mysterious female vigilante, Akane is ready for her vengeance. And nothing will stop her until her sister’s murderers pay for their crime!

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Sometimes if you are a movie (work with me here) it is better to be weird and strange than dull and boring, even if you aren’t that good when you break everything down. I’ve seen the strangest of the strange when watching Asian cinema and “Camp”, does bring some strange things to the table, as well as some things we have seen many times over. There is a whole lot of nudity and I don’t think in a double bill like this we’d expect anything less. Things seem pretty mellow at first, but soon things in this film take a very weird twist and then soon after that, things take a torture porn twist, and then again, soon after that, things take a gross turn. Keeping with the changing course of the film, we finally end up with our “I Spit on Your Grave” and “Thriller” (Not the Michael Jackson kind) portion of the film and things get a bit bloody and more entertaining there. Not taking into account all we’ve already seen done better in other films, Camp, does give us some interesting plot points and a bit of a twist that isn’t too bad. Nobody will be watching something like this for the storytelling or anything anyway, so if you are here to get what you came for, you at least get that. This one just happens to be the more interesting and the better overall of the two. We’re aren’t at all breaking new ground with this one, but we aren’t boring anyone watching either. I’ll take the strange and weird over the boring any day of the week.

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Extras

– Trailer

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Hitch-hike(2013) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Ainosuke Shibata
Starring: Miyuki Yokoyama

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The brutal Yoshio and his quiet young wife Saeko are on a road trip. Their drive will take a wrong turn when Yoshio decides to pick up a hitch hiker along the way. When the man reveals himself as a deranged bank robber and serial killer, the couple will be forced to cooperate in his getaway. Now it’s Saeko s turn to take revenge on the man who drove her through hell!

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Well, we keep the strange and weird here, we even have more originality in this movie than in the other one on the disc, but we just aren’t as interesting oddly enough. We mostly keep company with a strange couple on the road, the weird sexual stuff is on an 11 if you are doing a 1 to 10 scale, and we have another story that takes a million turns along the way before we ultimately end up where we are heading. This just still doesn’t end up being as good as our other film, which isn’t the best film in the world either. So, that should tell you what you are getting here. I think if anything the plot here is a bit of a mess, but if you are watching just for Ainosuke Shibata, then you should find all the stuff you need for a late and lonely night with just this DVD, a box of tissues, and a bottle of lotion. Not that any of you well respected folks reading this will be doing such a thing, but if the mood hits, you got your material here. Not that I’d ever do such a thing or condone such actions when watching a movie starring an Asian porn star, but I’m just saying, if you are into that, the material on the disc works for it. Outside of that, perhaps it is safe to say that there isn’t a whole lot of stuff other than hot women to be excited over when watching Hitch-hike.

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Extras

– Trailer

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