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« on: March 08, 2006, 08:25:36 PM »

Ive been trying to locate the obscure spaghetti western
Stranger in japan(aka The silent stranger).
I cannot find a copy of the dvd anywhere on the web. perhaps one of you know where I can locate it or if you own a copy already can you direct me to where you bought it? much obliged. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2006, 03:14:23 AM »

If you're not worried about buying a bootlleg i quite often see copies on Ebay from UK sellers.

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2006, 11:57:55 AM »

If you're not worried about buying a bootlleg i quite often see copies on Ebay from UK sellers.


How dare you try to persuade me to buy ILLEGAL bootlegs! Shame on you sir.... Grin

(I'll check it out thanks Wink)

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2006, 10:03:36 AM »

Hey Firecracker,check this out!
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SILENT-STRANGER-STRANGER-JAPAN-DVD-Spaghetti-Western_W0QQitemZ9113427246QQcategoryZ4178QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2006, 06:59:54 PM »



Thanks Banjo I appreciate it.
I was checking out myself the other day and it seems to be in abundance with other sellers. surprised jerksi hasnt gotten a hold of it. I'll purchase it soon.

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2006, 06:19:02 PM »

I was fully expecting not to like "The Silent Stranger"...expecting another load of silliness like "Get Mean", but I was, for the most part, pleasantly surprised.

There's actually a pretty good script..a mixture of Spaghetti Western violence...a number of Samurai swordfights which aren't bad at all....nicely done, & a lot of humor.

A little "Yojimbo"...a bit of "Ran"...a "Fistful" of other stuff...it's fun.

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2006, 06:25:29 PM »

I haven't seen it but it looks interesting judging from the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQF4ej2IPlQ

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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2006, 06:29:25 PM »

I was fully expecting not to like "The Silent Stranger"...expecting another load of silliness like "Get Mean", but I was, for the most part, pleasantly surprised.





"Get mean" is'nt that bad...

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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2006, 06:32:30 PM »


"Get mean" is'nt that bad...

I said "silly"..not bad..but well....yeah..OK..I hear ya, but "Silent Stranger" is much better.

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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2006, 06:34:23 PM »

I said "silly"..not bad..but well....yeah..OK..I hear ya, but "Silent Stranger" is much better.


Fair enough. Judging by the trailer it looks like it has the potential to be the best of the Stranger series.

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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2006, 08:27:44 PM »

Firecracker, I assume you have purchased a copy of "Stranger" by now. If not, I can make you a copy from a VHS tape. Please let me know.

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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2006, 09:15:50 PM »

Firecracker, I assume you have purchased a copy of "Stranger" by now. If not, I can make you a copy from a VHS tape. Please let me know.
Got all of em except for the one in question (Silent Stranger).

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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2006, 05:58:39 PM »

The Silent Stranger  (1968)
(Lo Straniero Di Silenzio)

                          
 
Directed by
Luigi Vanzi   

Cast:
Tony Anthony
Lloyd Battista
Kenji Ohara
Kim Omae
Kita Maura
Raf Baldassarre 
Yoshio Nukano                                        
 
 
Written by
Tony Anthony   
Lloyd Battista 
Vincenzo Cerami   
Giancarlo Ferrando

Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani

                                         
 
You gotta hand it to Tony Anthony. The man definitely thought outside of the box. Not content with recycled "revenge for a slaughtered family" or "gang of vicious thugs control a town" plots.......he co-wrote & starred in a series of films as "The Stranger", which, coincidentally, no pun intended, got stranger & stranger as they went along.

He..along with director Ferdinando Baldi, brought "Zatoichi" to the Spaghetti West w/ Blindman in 1971... fought against Moors and Vikings in Spain in 1976's "Get Mean",...& ushered in a modest 3d revival w/ 1981's "Comin' At Ya".

This, the third collaboration with Director Luigi Vanzi...."The Silent Stranger" predates a bunch of East-meets-West Spaghetti Westerns, including 1971's "Red Sun",  "Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe" in '72...and "The Stranger and the Gunfighter" in '73.

I was, for the most part, pleasantly surprised...by this Italian/Japanese/American co-production.
There's a pretty good script..a mixture of Spaghetti Western violence...a number of well-staged Samurai swordfights which aren't bad at all....nicely done, & a lot of humor.

Plodding through the snow in the Klondike.........The Stranger has a run-in with bandits who are attempting to rob a young Japanese man of an apparently valuable scroll. The Stranger manages to kill the bandits, but the young Japanese man is shot. He tells The Stranger that the owner of the scroll will pay him $20,000 for its return. Entrusted to return this mysterious scroll to its rightful owner, & looking forward to a big payday.. The Stranger and his trusty horse board a ship for Japan. Once there, he discovers that two powerful warlords have been vying for control of a village and both parties claim that the scroll is rightfully theirs. The Stranger realizes that the only way to save his hide....and get his money,  is to play both sides against each other.

 Yes, this is yet another twist on Yojimbo, ...adding the old fish out of water bit...having a gunfighter battle both with & against samurai in Japan.
 
 A dispute between the American producer and distributor MGM kept it from being seen in USA theaters until 1975. ..seven years after it was produced.

A little "Yojimbo"...a bit of "Ran"...a "Fistful" of other stuff...it's fun.


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« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2006, 07:51:50 PM »

would you say it is the best of "the stranger" series?

Anthony considered it to be his best film if not for the cuts it got for it's 1975 release.

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« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2006, 08:12:06 PM »

would you say it is the best of "the stranger" series?

Anthony considered it to be his best film if not for the cuts it got for it's 1975 release.

Hmmm...I think it could be...it's definitely better than the first....I haven't seen the 2nd one in a long time...which I recall liking a lot better than the first...but I need to revisit it.


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