Pure Asian Entertainment: Film, TV, Anime & Manga
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reviewed Sadako 3D. May 31, 2013
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Sadako 3D
    I’ve always said that horror films tend to be easiest to make because – on the face of it – they require the smallest investment in characters.  The thrill is …
reviewed Back to 1942 (Chinese film). May 29, 2013
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Back to 1942 (Chinese film)
Feng Xiaogang is one name in Chinese cinema that usually means a film that contains emotional power and often accompanied with such splendid cinematography that Western viewers just eat up his work. While …
reviewed Pieta (Korean film). May 28, 2013
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Pieta (Korean film)
I have seen the majority of Kim Ki-Duk’s films. He was one of the South Korean directors that first got me into the “Korean New Wave” some years ago. There is something to be said for …
reviewed Blade of the Immortal- Complete Colle.... May 26, 2013
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Blade of the Immortal- Compete Collection (Anime)
“Blade of the Immortal” was one of the more successful manga series that ever made it to U.S. production published by Dark Horse comics. It was a critically acclaimed series and of course, …
reviewed The Grandmaster (2013 Chinese film). May 21, 2013
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The Grandmaster (2013 Chinese film)
I suppose being Bruce Lee's former teacher and someone who had made the martial art Wing Chun known around the world, the curiosity around his life became so strong that directors Wilson Yip and Herman …
reviewed Haibane Renmei. May 15, 2013
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Haibane Renmei
After pondering some more about Haibane Renmei, I realized that it was better than I initially thought, so here's an updated review.      Haibane Renmei is quite an enigma with …
reviewed Flower and Snake 2. May 15, 2013
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Flower and Snake 2
When I saw the first Flower and Snake film, I became impressed with the lengths Aya Sugimoto, a popular pop star/model would go to make that film. Despite its multiple scenes of sexual intercourse and …
reviewed Running Turtle (Korean film). May 13, 2013
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Running Turtle (Korean film)
Korean films always carry a certain theme even when they are making a film about cops and robbers. They always seem to have the ability to create interesting characters that can easily be related to. …
reviewed Nightfall. May 07, 2013
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    Everyone appreciates a good cop story, and the Chinese are no different.  Those dedicated investigators who stick it out through thick and thin to get to the bottom of things are …
reviewed Bunohan: Return To Murder. May 02, 2013
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Bunohan: Return To Murder
   Here’s the thing about having ghosts and/or spirits serve as characters: unless the story goes to great lengths to humanize whatever their cause or struggle is, then there’s very …
reviewed She Cat. April 30, 2013
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She Cat
   The Pinky/Pinku films kinda/sorta underwent a bit of re-invention in the early-to-mid 1980’s due to the emergence of adult home video.  These direct release properties were vastly …
reviewed Beijing Bicycle (Chinese film). April 30, 2013
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Beijing Bicycle (Chinese film)
I saw bits and parts of this film last night on TV and decided to check it out again on dvd. It is quite surprising that a movie about a boy losing his bicycle can be compelling. It is a harrowing account …
reviewed Female Teacher Hunting. April 29, 2013
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Female Teacher Hunting
    There’s much more afoot here than what get more commonly delivered in the average Pinky/Pinku film (which this is and is not).  With an almost macabre ‘After-School …
reviewed The Assassin's Blade. April 25, 2013
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The Assassin's Blade
    Love, love, love.  What life is worth living if you don’t have love?  All you need is love, for love is a many splendored thing … or so the songs go.  What’s …
reviewed Banner of the Stars. April 18, 2013
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Banner of the Stars, the sequel to Crest of the Stars, is a mixed bag to say the least. On the one hand it’s slow, tiresome, badly paced, and boring; on the other it boasts some of the best space …
reviewed The Secret World of Arrietty. April 18, 2013
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The Secret World of Arrietty
My love for Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli know no bounds. With each film they manage to capture the magic, the art, and the heart that make films great. Even what I consider their weaker films, such as Ponyo …
reviewed IRON MAN: Rise of Technovore (2013 An.... April 17, 2013
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IRON MAN: Rise of Technovore (2013 Anime film)
Marvel Anime: Iron Man was based on Marvel Comics Characters and definitely took more inspiration from the highly popular live-action movies starring Robert Downey Jr. The series wasn’t terrific, …
reviewed Woochi: The Demon Slayer (Korean film). April 15, 2013
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Woochi: The Demon Slayer (2009)
There are Asian films that do not surprise me at all as to why and how they became so successful in their native country. However, there are those that do make me wonder why they became successful in …
reviewed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. April 14, 2013
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Every bone in my body is telling me “Jonathan, this is a romance, it’s a time traveling romance filled with plot holes, love triangles, and more teenee gooy romance then you can handle.” …
reviewed Tokyo Noir. April 12, 2013
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Tokyo Noir
   Compilations can be a rigorously mixed bag.  What happens more often than not, there’s usually a single strong piece in the bunch, while the other additions feel a bit like creative …
reviewed Blue Submarine 6. April 10, 2013
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Blue Submarine 6
Something about this OVA caught my attention a long time ago, and ever since I’ve wanted to see it but just never got around to it. There was always another series that looked more interesting, …
reviewed Dead Ball. April 09, 2013
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Dead Ball
   Comedy is the most difficult film to cross international waters.  This isn’t because different folks require different laughs; rather, it’s because effective comedy – …
reviewed Rurouni Kenshin (Live Action film). April 09, 2013
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Rurouni Kenshin (Live action)
Being a fan of the anime series and the film “Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal”, I was ecstatic to learn that a live-action adaptation of “Rurouni Kenshin” became one of Japan’s …
reviewed Kill 'Em All (2012 film). April 07, 2013
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Kill 'Em All
Anyone who has followed my reviews know that I have a large amount of action films and martial arts movies. I am not saying that I know all that is needed for such a film to work, but I do know what to …
reviewed Gunslinger Girl (Season 1). April 01, 2013
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Gunslinger Girl (Season 1)
(Quotes are paraphrasing, not exact wording).    Welcome to the Social Welfare Agency, a top secret part of the Italian government which, despite its name, has absolutely nothing to do …
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