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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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Criterion collection Dvd cover
"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 …
reviewed Shadowless Sword. December 21, 2008
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Shadowless Sword
   During the Korean New wave, the country has come out with real phenomenal dramas, horror, and a few swordplay epics. Two of the more successful films of Korean epics are the terrific adventure …
reviewed Lady Vengeance. December 21, 2008
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Lady Vengeance
      LADY VENGEANCE (aka. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) is the third installment in Park Chan-Wook's "vengeance" trilogy, among of which my favorite is the terrific "Oldboy" …
reviewed Lady Vengeance. December 21, 2008
Lady Vengeance
The last of the "Vengeance Trilogy" is also the last for me as well, I have finally seen all three. Lady Vengeance is definitely not the best of the three but it was still one sick flick. Let's set it …
reviewed OneChanbara. December 21, 2008
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      The film is based on the manga that became a popular PS2 game in Japan. Directed by Youhei Fukuda, the film "OneChanbara the movie" (aka. Chanbara Beauty, Hong Kong …
reviewed Oasis. December 21, 2008
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Oasis
OASIS is a very real tale of life directed by Chang-Dong Lee. I've heard someone saying before that filming comedy is hard; a genuine melodrama is almost impossible. Well, "Oasis" is a film …
reviewed Oldboy. December 21, 2008
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Oldboy
      OLDBOY is the 2nd installment of Park Chan-Wook's vengeance trilogy that is loosely based on the Japanese comic by Tsuchiya Garon and Minegishi Nobuaki. I use the term "loosely" …
reviewed Black Lagoon - Season One. December 20, 2008
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Black Lagoon
I'll be totally honest, at first Black Lagoon didn't seem very interesting. It wasn't my kind of anime to watch. My boyfriend was the one who kept pushing me to watch an episode. Finally, I sat down and …
reviewed Jan Dara (Original Thai Version with .... December 20, 2008
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Jan Dara
JAN DARA is a Thai film based on the novel "The Story of Jan Dara" by Utsana Phlengtham. Directed by Nonzee Nimibutr (Nang Nak), the film caused quite a stir in Thailand because of its illicit …
reviewed Azumi. December 20, 2008
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Azumi
AZUMI (2003) is based on the manga (Japanese comic) which was a massive hit in Japan. Remember that gut-feeling that tickles you in a delightful way when you are watching a film that is really enjoyable …
reviewed The Host. October 31, 2008
The Host
I'm sure there are many fans of the Asian film art that will disagree with me, but this film made little sense. It skipped from here to there with little connection between scenes. It was hard to …
reviewed Meatball Machine. October 29, 2008
Meatball Machine
You know the makers of the film are not taking themselves very seriously when the movie starts with two silhouetted monsters talking to each other. Meatballs! Tacos! This introduction is in English with …
reviewed Azumi. September 08, 2008
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Azumi
Azumi is a nice action flick with a B-movie feel to it. Yeah, it gets boring in some parts, but it delivers kick a.. action, a beautiful lead and samurai swordfights, which are always welcomed and fun …
reviewed Genghis Khan: To The Ends of The Eart.... August 31, 2008
Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea
Genghis Khan was one of the great military minds of history. He built an empire that spread from China into Europe. His armies fought in modern Hungary and even, if I remember correctly, into Vienna. …
reviewed Genghis Khan: To The Ends of The Eart.... August 26, 2008
Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea
"Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea"    The Mystery and the Majesty    Amos Lassen    I have always liked epic movies and "Genghis …
reviewed Vexille (movie). June 19, 2008
Vexille - Movie
Not everyone is an anime fan, if they're basing their opinion on the first of this genre. But Vexville comes as a riveting surprise, first, for the amazing light-years progress of anime and CGI, and second, …
reviewed Vexille (movie). June 18, 2008
Vexille - Movie
I must admit that initial reason for picking this movie was the soundtrack by Paul Oakenfold but I ended up loving the movie. Overall visually it was stunning, nothing less than you would expect from …
reviewed CITY OF VIOLENCE. May 21, 2008
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"The City of Violence" is surprisely good and pays homage to a handful of films and maybe video games. As much as I enjoyed this film there is ultimately much more behind it is probably clear, but the …
reviewed Bad Guy. April 16, 2008
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Dvd cover
I became curious for more films by Ki-duk-Kim, who has a reputation for delivering movies that are pretty edgy about relations between men and women. And this one is pretty edgy. Viewers are lured by …
reviewed One Missed Call (aka. Chakushin ari, .... February 18, 2008
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One Missed Call (aka. Chakushin ari, 2003)
Every time I hear that America is redoing any film I automatically know that I have to see the original first. I'm not hating on my own country but hey, they don't always get it right. So when I saw the …
reviewed Jan Dara (Original Thai Version with .... January 17, 2008
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Jan Dara
I was quickly won over with one reviewer's perception of this film and sure enough this film was very interesting and intriguing enough for me to never leave my seat. Jan Dara opens with the eccentric …
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