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reviewed Female Teacher: Dirty Afternoon. June 27, 2014
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Female Teacher: Dirty Afternoon
Sex and sexual awakening (of a sort) have always been near the heart of what I think most filmmakers tried to explore by way of Japanese pink films.  Yes, some of the experiences were traumatic – …
reviewed Seven Warriors (1989). June 03, 2014
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Seven Warriors (1989)
Great stories exploring the class of cultures generally mean the same thing to people of different nations, creeds, and faiths.  There’s something uniquely identifiable that we – as a …
reviewed Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film). April 21, 2014
Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film)
Sometimes I need to pause to reflect on one honest fact for those who stumble across my reviews: I’ve seen scads and scads of foreign releases, and this sometimes means that – because of that …
reviewed Confession of Murder. April 08, 2014
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Confession of Murder
I’ve been enjoying films out of South Korean for going on two decades now.  That isn’t to say that I’ve enjoyed everything that’s come out of that great nation; it is to say, …
reviewed Sword of the Assassin. February 25, 2014
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Sword of the Assassin
There is a veritable treasure trove of Eastern (i.e. Asian, Japanese, Chinese, and other national or cultural influences) that deserve to find wider recognition within the United States, and – for …
reviewed Drug War. November 01, 2013
Drug War
In one way or another, crime touches all of us.  Especially the cops.  Officers of the law are surrounded by it each and every day of their lives.  One could argue it’s their only …
reviewed Drug War (Chinese film). October 28, 2013
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Drug War (Chinese film)
I’ve always considered that Hong Kong director Johnnie To is the epitome of hard-boiled cool and the maestro of crime thrillers. Then, I started to wonder just how To’s production group, Milky …
reviewed Macabre a.k.a. Darah (Indonesian film). October 09, 2013
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Macabre (Singaporean film)
Slasher films are arguably the most clichéd movie genre around, and yet, somehow, movie viewers can’t seem to get enough of it. Different countries have different interpretations, and …
reviewed Poetry (Korean film). October 07, 2013
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Poetry (korean film)
Lee Chang-dong’s films are often lyrical and thematic in their nature. His films are often immersed in the realities of life wrapped around in a very single theme. His movies often become critically …
reviewed A Werewolf Boy (Korean film). October 06, 2013
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A Werewolf Boy (Korean film)
I never liked the “Twilight Saga” movie franchise; I thought it was a story made to channel ‘teen’ fantasies rather than to really develop a compelling storyline. But like it or …
reviewed Caterpillar (Japanese film). October 02, 2013
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Caterpillar (Japanese film)
There have been many films that depict the casualties and the horrors of war. But movies that deal with its aftermath are often few. Films such as “Black Rain” have portrayed the aftermath …
reviewed Golden Boy (Anime OVA). September 23, 2013
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Golden Boy (Anime OVA)
I’ve watched so many depressing material the past few weeks that I thought it was time for me to have a change of pace. I wanted to have some stupid fun and some laughs; this is where director Hiroyuki …
reviewed Graceland (2013 film). September 16, 2013
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Being Filipino-born (though an American citizen), I can tell you that I haven’t been impressed with Philippine cinema. Most of them are over-bearing dramas, sex-driven comedies and melodrama, action …
reviewed Texhnolyze (Anime). September 12, 2013
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There are anime features that are intended to be action entertainment, many are made for fun, while some that serve up fan service and then there are some that really try to push the boundaries of storytelling. …
reviewed From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film). September 05, 2013
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From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film)
Just a few days ago, multi-award winner and Japanese anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki had announced his retirement (I know he was semi-retired as a director for some years now), and while most anime fans …
reviewed Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film). September 03, 2013
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Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film)
Ronny Yu, the director who made his name with 1993’s “The Bride with White Hair”, Jet Li’s “Fearless”, and even such American films such as “Freddy vs. Jason” …
reviewed Wicked City. August 29, 2013
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            WICKED CITY      Many things have been said about this film based on a book and directed by "Ninja Scroll" director …
reviewed Sadako 3D. August 29, 2013
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Sadako 3D
Koji Suzuki’s novel “Ring” has birthed the Japanese horror hit “Ringu”. This film, in turn, has inspired numerous sequels (Rasen, Ring 0, Ringu 2) , an American remake (The …
reviewed A Company Man (Korean film). August 28, 2013
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A Company Man (Korean film)
I have often said that when it came to certain movie genres, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Kim Ji-Woon’s “A Bittersweet Life” was the perfect example how …
reviewed The Berlin File (2013 Korean film). August 19, 2013
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The Berlin File (2013 Korean film)
When it comes to South Korean action thrillers, there are few who can match director (sometimes actor/stuntman) Ryoo Seung-Wan. The man knows how to make his action films with style, intense and even …
reviewed Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (.... August 18, 2013
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Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (Season Three)
It has been well established that I believe that director Sunao Katabuchi’s “Black Lagoon” is one of the best action-oriented anime series that I have seen. Those who watched it will …
reviewed Black Lagoon - Season One. August 15, 2013
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Black Lagoon
                                When it comes to action-oriented …
reviewed Man of Tai Chi (2013 film). August 11, 2013
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Man of Tai Chi (2013 film)
I am certain that most movie-goers knew that George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars” got his inspiration of the JEDI Knights and the Sith Lords, representations of the light and darkness of one …
reviewed Another - Complete Collection (Anime .... August 09, 2013
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Another- Complete Collection (Anime)
Horror Anime often have a sense of familiarity when it comes to character designs and story structure; nonetheless there has been a few that reached that level of suspense that somehow made such things …
reviewed Outrage (Japanese film). August 05, 2013
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There will always be an expected form of ‘hype’ whenever Asian cinema fans got wind of a film directed, written and acted by Takeshi “Beat” Kitano. From his yakuza epic, “Sonatine” …
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