Pure Asian Entertainment: Film, TV, Anime & Manga
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reviewed Hansel and Gretel. January 06, 2009
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         There have been many bits of Asian Horror and most of them have the stereotypical element of the long-haired white-faced vengeful ghost. Of course, it is quite …
reviewed Ghost in the Shell 2.0. January 28, 2010
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Ghost in the Shell 2.0
   Introduction: One of the best animated films I have ever seen is a Japanese anime called KOKAKU KIDOTAI, otherwise known as “GHOST IN THE SHELL” (1995). This is a review of the …
reviewed Murderer. January 24, 2010
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   Hong Kong cinema has been on the decline when it comes to suspense thrillers and “Murderer” is another attempt to try to hit box-office gold. The film was co-produced by Hong …
reviewed DORORO. February 14, 2009
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DORORO is another manga-based (Japanese comic book) film from the proclaimed "King of Manga"; Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy). I haven't read the comic so all I can do is comment on how well the film is made …
reviewed Samaritan Girl. February 16, 2009
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Samaritan Girl
SAMARITAN GIRL (aka. Samaria) is a film by controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk. Needless to say, I enjoy watching his work, I have seen all of Kim's films; his films are unique, powerful, uninhibited, …
reviewed CROWS ZERO. March 30, 2009
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Hong Kong release that I own.
Based on the Manga/Japanese comic book called "Crows" that runs monthly in a magazine, Takashi Miike (Audition) has scored a major box-office hit with "CROWS:Zero". Keep in mind, that this film is NOT …
reviewed 2LDK. May 15, 2009
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Made as part of the DUEL project along with Ryuhei Kitamura‘s experimental samurai film "ARAGAMI", the famed project had certain limiting rules that applied to both films: 1) Both films …
reviewed HANA: Tale of the Reluctant SAMURAI. July 30, 2009
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   HANA: Tale of the Reluctant Warrior is more commonly known as “Hana Ebi Mo Nao” in Asia. The film follows the formulas that made chambara films famous with a bit more humanity …
reviewed Beast Stalker. August 08, 2009
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   I rather thought that 2008 didn’t bring anything special to the world of Hong Kong crime dramas. So, it is quite refreshing to see director Dante Lam with co-writer Jack Ng come up …
reviewed THE SAMURAI I LOVED. August 13, 2009
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   In the tradition of Yoji Yamada’s “Twilight Samurai” and “Love and Honor”, comes a samurai-chambara period film called “The Samurai I Loved” (aka. …
reviewed The Intimate (a.k.a. The Lover, Intim.... September 25, 2009
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The Intimate (a.k.a. The Lover)
             Remember the song; "It's so sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along..."?    This premise has been "warped" …
reviewed Forest of Death. October 03, 2009
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Forest of Death
   There are a lot of legends and myths that surround some forests in most Asian countries (most of these countries are a lot older than the U.S. if you talk recorded history). These legends …
reviewed Diary (Chinese film). October 09, 2009
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   I was real pleased to see the Pang Brothers redeem themselves with “Re-Cycle”. Now, Oxide Pang Shun is all by his lonesome directing “DIARY” (2006), although brother …
reviewed BLACK HOUSE. October 22, 2009
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BLACK HOUSE (aka. Geomeun Jip, 2007) is a South Korean thriller that masquerades as an Asian horror film; in truth the film is more psychological than “horror” although the film’s main …
reviewed Green Chair. November 10, 2009
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Green Chair
This review is rated PG-13.      GREEN CHAIR is a tale of forbidden love between a 32 year old divorced woman and a 19 year old college student. Based on a true story, GREEN CHAIR …
reviewed The Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn. November 25, 2009
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The Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn
   Genuine Japanese Pink films are the type of films that effectively blends eroticism and a powerful narrative. It is easy to dismiss these films as “dressed up softcore” because …
reviewed Gangster High. February 12, 2010
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Gangster High
                    GANGSTER HIGH (a.k.a. Riverbank Legends) at first impression may appear to be like another action …
reviewed City of Lost Souls (Hyoryu gai). March 31, 2010
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City of Lost Souls (Hyoryu gai)
   Quentin Tarantino quotes Takashi Miike as “the best director of this generation”. Like him or not, Miike can pull off almost anything from surreal black comedies, brutal violence, …
reviewed Paprika. June 02, 2009
If you're the type who likes to play chess against a movie, then feel free to try it here. But be warned, trying to find the predictable in almost any Satoshi Kon movie is a challenge. I tell ya, the …
reviewed Tokyo Zombie. April 09, 2009
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Zombies have contributed to film enjoyment almost as much as vampires and werewolves--witches and monsters in the horror genre. Hell, they've even a good run in comedic satirical misadventures in "Shaun …
reviewed SIREN (a.k.a. Erotic Ghost: Siren). October 12, 2009
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SIREN (a.k.a. Erotic Ghost: Siren)
Remember the legends in Greek mythology about seductive Sirens who seduce sailors and drive them mad with lust and greed? Well, Japanese director Satoshi Torao attempts to explore this myth in this Japanese …
reviewed Mushi-Shi the Movie. December 11, 2009
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Mushi-Shi the Movie
   Don’t let the American translation “Bug-master” of its title fool you, writer/director Katsuhiro Otomo’s (Akira) “Mushi-shi” has nothing to do with bugs. …
reviewed BLIND LOVE. December 29, 2009
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   I have often said that Japanese “pink” films have a more intricate storyline and even has a moral message than your regular exploitive soft core seen on cable television. Director/writer …
reviewed Bitter Sweet. February 14, 2010
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   After the cult hit “The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai”, director Mitsuru Meike returns with another piece of Japanese ‘pink’ cinema. “BITTER SWEET” (2004, …
reviewed Accuracy of Death (Sweet Rain). March 22, 2010
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ACCURACY OF DEATH (a.k.a. Sweet Rain)
   Stories about an angel of death or a grim reaper walking among mortals to learn about life’s significance isn’t at all original. Movies such as “Meet Joe Black” have …
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