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reviewed Marebito. January 16, 2009
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Marebito
Japanese Horror has become widely popular in the U.S. after the successes recently achieved by acclaimed hits such as "Ringu" and Ju-on, and while these past horror films are classics in their …
reviewed Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. January 11, 2009
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Pros: Tifa looks hotter than Jessica Alba     Cons: HOW did the game's designers forget to write a story?     The Bottom Line: Stick to the game.     …
reviewed Bad Guy. January 08, 2009
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I'm a fan of Kim Ki-Duk's work, granted he has a somewhat of an "outcast" director image in South Korea but his films never fail to engage me or even "warp" me into another marginalized …
reviewed Ghost in the Shell (original movie). January 06, 2009
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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) Honestly, for those very unfamiliar with anime, its …
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 Black Belt (Aka. Kuro Obi). January 06, 2009
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Whether it be Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do or Jiu-Jitsu; ALL forms of Martial Arts is a way of Self Expression. The fantastic Japanese Martial Arts melodrama, "BLACK BELT" (aka. Kuro Obi, 2007) …
reviewed Chocolate (2008 movie). January 05, 2009
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         Ever since the international successes of Prachya Pinkaew‘s "Ong-Bak" and "Tom Yum Goong" with Tony Jaa, the U.S. has been flooded by …
reviewed Imprint. January 05, 2009
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      Japanese director Takashi Miike has always been a master of controversial cinema. His films such as "Visitor Q", "Gozu" and of course, the cult hit "Audition" …
reviewed A Bittersweet Life. January 05, 2009
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At first impression, it would be easy to dismiss director Kim Jee-Woon's (A Tale Of Two Sisters) film as another revenge thriller from South Korea in the same vein as Park Chan-Wook's "Vengeance …
reviewed A Tale of Two Sisters. January 01, 2009
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A Tale of Two Sisters
Based on a Korean folktale, writer/director Kim Jee-Won (The same guy who gave us the fantastic "A Bittersweet Life" ) has crafted an intelligent, absorbing piece of psychological terror that …
reviewed Dumplings three extremes. January 01, 2009
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Disclaimer: This review is about a film rated NC-18 and may contain graphic photos of scenes from the movie.       Those who have seen the short in the Asian Horror compilation …
reviewed Peppermint Candy (movie). December 29, 2008
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PEPPERMINT CANDY is directed by Lee Chang-Dong (OASIS), another film professor turned director. I think he is one of the frontrunners of Korean cinema along with Hong Sang-soo (Woman is the future of …
reviewed Secret Sunshine. December 29, 2008
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Secret Sunshine
Lee Chang-Dong is a film professor turned director who is responsible for such acclaimed hits such as the fantastic "Peppermint Candy", the touching "Oasis" and "Green Fish". …
reviewed Love and Honor (Bushi no ichibun). December 26, 2008
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Love and Honor (Bushi no ichibun)
LOVE AND HONOR (a.k.a. Bushi No Ichibun) is the third chambara period film by Yoji Yamada. After the two award-winning samurai films by this acclaimed director, the expectations for his third and last …
reviewed The Hidden Blade. December 26, 2008
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The Hidden Blade (Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume)
HIDDEN BLADE (a.k.a. Kakushi Ken Oni No Tsume) is the second chambara film by Yoji Yamada, who is not particularly well-known for his samurai films. However, there aren't too many directors during these …
reviewed The Twilight Samurai. December 26, 2008
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The Twilight Samurai
TWILIGHT SAMURAI (a.k.a. Tasogare Seibei 2002) is based on the novel by Shuhei Fijisawa and is directed by Yoji Yamada who was achieved fame for his Tora-san series in Japan. This acclaimed film is a …
reviewed My Sassy Girl. December 26, 2008
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      I do not like romantic teen comedies; I occasionally see one only when I'm with a date. I think teen romantic comedies are so full of clichés and stereotypical characters, …
reviewed Legend of the Black Scorpion. December 25, 2008
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      LEGEND OF THE BLACK SCORPION (a.k.a. The BANQUET) is the Chinese rendition of Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Directed by Mainland China's own acclaimed director …
reviewed Summertime (2001 movie). December 24, 2008
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Remakes aren't just being done in America, and Japan isn't the only country that rules eroticism with their dosage of sexy "pink" films. This re-imagining of the Filipino erotic tale …
reviewed Seven Days. December 24, 2008
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      South Korea has made a name for itself in the crime thriller genre after "Memories of Murder". Now, director Shin-yeon Kim (A Bloody Aria) brings us a crime thriller …
reviewed Painted Skin. December 23, 2008
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Gordon Chan Kar-Seung's "Painted Skin" is a remake of the once popular horror-fantasy genre and looks aimed towards western audiences, no surprise since this is supposed to be Hong Kong's …
reviewed HARA-KIRI (aka. SEPPUKU). December 22, 2008
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"Rage when FOCUSED on a Single purpose is a very powerful weapon…" HARAKIRI (1962) (aka. Seppuku) is the award-winning film from Masaki Kobayashi (Samurai Rebellion, Kwaidan) and has …
reviewed Samurai Rebellion. December 22, 2008
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"The Greatest Evil is when Good Men do nothing in the face of Injustice…" SAMURAI REBELLION (1967) is directed by Masaki Kobayashi, the same director responsible for the awesome KWAIDAN …
reviewed Shadows in The Palace. December 21, 2008
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SHADOWS IN THE PALACE (2007) is a South Korean period film which is also a mystery-horror-thriller that takes place during the Chosun era. 85% mystery thriller and 15% supernatural horror thriller, the …
reviewed Azumi 2. December 21, 2008
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Azumi 2
Two years after the success of the Japanese Jidai Geki swordplay action film; "AZUMI" (2003), comes its sequel, Azumi 2: Death or Love. The sequel once again features the beautiful Aya Ueto as the young …
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