Film Noir/horror movie, released in 1987. Directed and written by Alan Parker. Based on William Hjortsberg's novel "Falling Angel". Starred Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, Robert De Niro as Louis Cyphre, Lisa Bonet as Epiphany Proudfoot, Charlotte Rampling as Margaret Krusemark, Brownie McGhee as Toots Sweet, and Stocker Fontelieu as Ethan Krusemark.

Although this movie is probably best known for the controversial sex scene between Rourke and Cosby Kid Bonet (making this movie got her disowned by the Huxtable clan), this is, first and foremost, a creepy, creepy movie. Hard-boiled private eye Harry Angel gets hired by rich weirdo Louis Cyphre to find missing crooner Johnny Favorite, who owes a big debt to Cyphre. The trail leads from New York City to New Orleans, with gruesome murders--apparently committed by the deranged Favorite--being visited upon nearly everyone Angel interviews. The film does a great job of immersing the viewer in 1950s New Orleans, with lots of jazz, voodoo, poverty, rain, heat, and humidity. The cinematography, writing, and acting all work together to create a surreal mix of film noir and horror. And the film's celebrated plot twist turns on a truly evil pun. If you haven't seen this one yet, don't let anyone tell you how it ends!

And if anyone wants to add a writeup here, be warned: Give the ending away, and you get nuked. Hard.

Latest manga by Tsukasa Hojo, published in Bunch magazine since it's launch last year. The ongoing series has just reached chapter 28, and 2 tankoubon paperbacks have been published so far, the first of which had already reached record sales of 1.000.000 volumes when the second one came out two months later.

The story is a darker version of City Hunter, set after that series, and according to the author's insistance, is actually an alternate universe of City Hunter, rather than a simple continuation of the story. In this universe, Kaori, Ryo Saeba's partner has died in a car accident, as a result, he has become harder, although he is still chasing around innocent women.

Kaori's heart that was supposed to be used in a heart transplant was stolen en route, and instead transplanted into a young women called Glass Heart, who has been trained to be a serial killer since she was 5, and had tried to commit suicide after her 50th killing broke her heart.

Meanwhile Ryo is still searching for the thieves that took Kaori's heart, believing Kaori lives on in the person who got Kaori's heart. And when Glass Heart wakes from her coma she distinctly remembers strange dreams of a man she doesn't know...

Here's a few links:

  • http://www.tsukasa-hojo.com
  • http://angelheart2001.multimania.com/
  • http://members.fortunecity.com/ryosquall/div2/
  • http://www.animedream.org/animedream/news/2001/1045.shtml

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