The VCinema gang look fondly back at their high school days with the hostage sieges, food fights, stunt mannequins, pep rallies, and teen suicides. Oh crap, they actually just review Sogo Ishii’s debut 1978 film Panic High School. Also included is the usual shenanigans: the Netflix Instant Watch, film discussion question (“Does cult film deserve to be revered and homaged?”), Twitter question (“What’s your favorite high school movie?”), and other blathering about film. They also start shopping for party favors for their first big themed episode. Details included in this episode
Panic High School
Rock and Roll High School
Isseifubi Sepiya video directed by Sogo Ishii with Sho Aikawa
S.O.B. – Leave me Alone
Soul Scream – Uzuku Yokkyuu
Rhymester – Kuchi Kara Demakase
The Stalin – Niku
GISM – Anthem
DJ Krush (feat Rino) – Shin-Sekai
Lamp Eye – Shougen
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About The Author
Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He is an avid movie fan who specializes in Japanese cinema, but enjoys everything from artsy high-brow to mega-billion blockbusters to straight-to-video turds. As an Asian-American, he got the best of all cinematic worlds as a child by receiving mega-doses of Ozu, Bruce Lee, Kamen Rider, and American drive-in movies in addition to a steady diet of punk rock, Japanese literature, and Buddhism. He spent six years in Japan as an English teacher and translator. In 2004, he returned to the United States to complete his Masters in Language Education and continue his career as a language educator and cultural anthropologist with a focus on language policy and language shift. Jon is a former Myrle Clark Award recipient for excellence in creative writing and has contributed to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011).