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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 Graceland (2013 film). September 16, 2013
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Graceland
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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Texhnolyze
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. …
posted a Quick Tip about Sunday Without God (Anime series). September 07, 2013
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Sunday Without God (Anime series)
Based on the series of novels written by Kimihito Irie, and directed by Yuuji Kamazawa, this series tells of a story where God had abandoned the world as humans stopped being born and the dead stopped …
posted a Quick Tip about From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film). September 06, 2013
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From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film)
Director Goro Miyazaki redeems himself after his somewhat misfire "Tales From Earth Sea". Yeah, well...his Pop wrote this film and planned it. But still, the son did a good job.   …
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” …
posted a Quick Tip about A Company Man (Korean film). August 31, 2013
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A Company Man (Korean film)
Despite the fact that the premise of "A Company Man" reminded me of the 2005 action hit "A Bittersweet Life", the hard-boiled action in this film gave me a lot of visceral entertainment.   …
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about The Berlin File (2013 Korean film). August 24, 2013
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The Berlin File (2013 Korean film)
Easily one of the best action films of 2013! 'nuff said.      See Full Review here.     
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (.... August 18, 2013
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Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (Season Three)
Black Lagoon is Back! ....but this time, so is the Terminator-like Maid called Roberta! Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail Takes a Darker Turn in this new collection of OVA's      …
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Another - Complete Collection (Anime .... August 10, 2013
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Another- Complete Collection (Anime)
I was surprised just how much I enjoyed this anime series...not perfect, but its steady storytelling and lack of fan service was indeed a treat. See full Review here.     
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Ghost in the Shell: Arise (Japanese A.... August 08, 2013
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Ghost in the Shell: Arise (Japanese Anime)
I want this! From the writer of Mardock Scramble, a 4-part prequel to Oshii's fantastic cyberpunk anime masterpiece. The series features the origins of Kusanagi Motoko became the cybernetic crime-fighting …
reviewed Outrage (Japanese film). August 05, 2013
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Outrage
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” …
reviewed The Guillotines (2012 Chinese film). July 29, 2013
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The Guillotines (2012 Chinese film)
   Period actioners can be a very tough vehicle to sell, especially when they’re loaded with characters.  Typically, the bigger the cast the longer the film has to be in order to …
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