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Old 11-08-22, 10:48 PM
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Neon Eagle Video - “trashy Asian films” from Mondo Macabro and Cauldron Films

The first announcement from Neon Eagle Video is coming next week: “a side label devoted to trashy Asian films”. It’s a collaboration between Mondo Macabro and Cauldron Films.

Jared from Mondo Macabro indicated that a ‘70s Toei film is on the way from this new label. Judging by the placeholder page on Cauldron’s website, it’s from 1974 specifically.

There’s also a stub for a Taiwanese action/exploitation flick from 1982.
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The more the merrier, and hopefully wilder selections than the yawn-inducing lineup of Italian stuff on their slate. Hopefully their combined forces will also mean better momentum than Error 4444 and their various delays, etc. There are plenty of fantastic Asian cult films that are worthy of discovery (or more realistically, rediscovery) and none of the bigger boutique labels seem interested in going too far down those rabbit holes anymore. Can't agree that they're "trashy" (shades of Thomas Weisser, I guess) but I suppose I understand where their marketing is coming from. Nice to see another company digging into Taiwan's comparatively untapped archives, too -- anything to shift genre film interest away from Mainland China and toward a country that allows its filmmakers and artists the freedom to make whatever they please (for now, anyway >shudders to think< ).
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Apparently the 1982 Taiwanese film is Underground Wife, but Jared from Mondo Macabro says that's not the full story. So we'll see what that means next week.

Gonzo, action packed rape-revenge themed Taiwanese “Black Movie” featuring Juliet Chan and “Tattooer Ma” Sha. The original “Underground Wife” cut runs 85 minutes, the later IFD “Kill Butterfly Kill” English language cut is 89. This movie was released again by IFD in the late 80s in a ‘cut-and-paste’ version called “American Commando 6: Kill Butterfly Kill” (see separate listing).
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I've wondered for ages when a US company would finally start digging through the IFD catalog. There are a ton of them available in what I've read are pretty decent Blu-rays, combos and 'MediaBooks' in Germany -- many with English audio and/or subs and bonus features (presumably in German). Some are expensive, some not, but as amusing as a lot of IFD "trash" is, a lot of it requires serious research to decide whether ownership is really worth the money. And I can't imagine these new US releases are going to be budget-friendly at all if they're sourcing multiple versions of essentially Godfrey Ho-style flicks. There's probably a dozen variations of just about everything he "made" (i.e. stitched together). Still, I remember reading about UNDERGROUND WIFE somewhere decades ago (maybe those same Thomas Weisser mags I mentioned, back before I knew better? ), but I've never seen it, so I'm intrigued for sure. And like I said, anything that draws more attention to Taiwan and its culture and away from its biggest existential threat is a good thing.

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Welcome to NEON EAGLE VIDEO! A new boutique video label dedicated to Asian Trash Cinema!
Here's the press release regarding the announcement of ourselves and our first release -
Cauldron Films’ Jesse Nelson and Brian Izzi, in collaboration with Mondo Macabro’s Jared Auner are proud to announce the formation of a new home video boutique imprint, Neon Eagle Video (NEV), that will focus on the trashier side of Asian cinema, highlighting exploitation, action, horror, and other ‘cult’ films that have been neglected in the High Definition era.

Each disc will be lovingly curated and produced by Jared Auner, with restoration, authoring, manufacturing, and distribution handled by Cauldron Films. Each release will be sold through the Cauldron Films site and DiabolikDVD.com.

“Our goal is pretty simple”, says Auner, “And that’s to issue deluxe collector’s edition Blu-rays of films which we love that have not gotten the kind of attention we feel they deserve. Films from all over Asia, with a focus on the grubbier, grittier, more low budget side of things”.

To that end, NEV is working closely with the legendary IFD Films in Hong Kong. “The crazy trash aesthetic that IFD perfected in the 1980s, with the films they both distributed and produced, is exactly the kind of thing we love and want to celebrate with this new label”, Auner says further.

Putting their money where their mouth is, NEV will debut with a deep cut from the IFD catalog, the wild Taiwanese exploitation marvel KILL BUTTERFLY KILL, in a ridiculously elaborate double Blu-ray limited edition release. This set will have not only IFD’s 1983 English language dub version of the film and its later 1987 variant AMERICAN COMMANDO 6: KILL BUTTERFLY KILL in glorious 1080p taken from brand new 4K restorations, but will also feature a standard definition print of the original Taiwanese cut of the film, UNDERGROUND WIFE, along with an SD trailer compilation from the IFD vaults, highlighting Taiwanese exploitation and crime films as well as the complete AMERICAN COMMANDO series.

UNDERGROUND WIFE was part of the ‘Taiwan Black Movie’ wave that originated in the late 70s and early 80s combining a concern for serious social issues with gutter exploitation, ridiculous action, and sometimes even outright horror. “UNDERGROUND WIFE is a pretty tough revenge film that fans of MS. 45, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE and THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE will definitely appreciate”, says Jared Auner who made the deal for the film and is producing this release. “It has a gritty grindhouse feel to it and will also appeal to fans of Japanese Pinky Violence and later Category III films from Hong Kong. The violence is so outrageous and cartoonish that it mostly reminds me of the cheap and wild Turkish genre films of the 70s and 80s. What more could you want?”

IFD Films distributed this picture to foreign markets in the mid-80s with a slightly re-edited and English dubbed version they called KILL BUTTERFLY KILL, and this is the version of the film that is highlighted in this release. “It’s actually superior to the Mandarin language version. IFD did an amazing job re-jigging the film for an international trash audience”, Auner concludes.

The film got another lease on life in the late 1980s when it got the patented IFD ‘cut and paste’ treatment and was issued as part of the ongoing AMERICAN COMMANDO series. This version edits out some scenes in favor of newly-produced footage featuring actors like Mike Abbot and Mark Miller, and makes it a more straight-forward action film, albeit a truly crazy one. “Although one thing I’d like to correct about this version”, Auner says, “no matter what the IMDb says, Godfrey Ho did not direct it!” The director of this version is Charles Lee Chiu, although likely the rumor that Ho made it will live on.

KILL BUTTERFLY KILL will go up for pre-order in November alongside a much-anticipated Euro-horror release from Cauldron Films.

Future releases will include more from IFD including some honest-to-God(fry Ho) cut and paste cult classics, as well as a bona-fide pinky violence gem from Toei Studios in Japan, and possibly even some insane action/exploitation from Indonesia!

So, keep an eye out on the Neon Eagle Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the Cauldron Films website for more info!

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Tempting. As much as I'll always push folks to move toward Taiwanese cinema and away from mainland Chinese cinema, these IFD movies will probably prove a mixed bag to a lot of folks who will inevitably jump at these releases because of the packaging, the "crazy trash aesthetic" (as NEV calls it), the hyperbolic Severin-grade marketing spin, the 4K scans, all that stuff. Hell, the treatment has me hovering over the buy button. At least on the first one they've sourced the original film as well as IFC's dreadful remixes (one of which isn't even good bad, really, although I haven't seen the other one), so if they can keep that up they might have a solid line. If future releases are just the Ho bastardizations of various films, then similar pricing should be hard to justify. A lot of IFC/Godfrey Ho pictures turned up cheaply during the DVD era, and people barely bothered, but slap the veneer of 'cult collectible' on them now and we'll handily fork over. I'll probably take a chance on this first one, but approach others with caution . . .

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