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reviewed K-20: Legend of the Mask. May 21, 2012
K-20: Legend of the Mask
These days, superhero films are a dime a dozen.  With the present success of both Marvel and DC Comics properties, it’s no surprise that everyone would want to get a dog in this fight.  …
reviewed Battle Royale. March 30, 2012
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Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
   So much has been written about the film.  So much has been said.  So much has been debated, discussed, dissected, and so much has been praised or insulted or misunderstood.  …
posted a Quick Tip about The Happiness of the Katakuris. October 07, 2011
The Happiness of the Katakuris
Having seen this feature's first fifteen engaging minutes a decade ago, I was very late to view its entirety, especially in the wake of its preponderant acclaim. Miike's production values are …
reviewed Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (T.... August 03, 2011
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Two-Disc
   Let me begin this review by saying I'm biased. Yes, you read correctly--biased, I say! I absolutely adore anything written, directed, and drawn by Hayao Miyazaki. Thus, it is very …
reviewed Ju-on: The Grudge. June 20, 2011
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Ju-on: The Grudge
*** out of ****     For a guy who hasn't actually seen another film in the "Ju-On" curse film saga, "Ju-On: The Grudge" actually struck me as fairly impressive. It was directed by …
reviewed Sanjuro. June 20, 2011
Sanjuro
Exceptionally shot, played, scored and staged, Kurosawa's follow-up to his hit comedic actioner Yojimbo is every bit as good as its predecessor, and far better photographed. Reprising his role as …
posted a Quick Tip about Ichi the Killer. June 18, 2011
Ichi the Killer
That Takashi Miike shot this with his usual eye for detail and furnished its cast with some first-rate character actors (Asano, Tsukamoto, Terajima) doesn't help that every aspect of its story is completely …
posted a Quick Tip about Yo-Yo Girl Cop. May 12, 2011
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Yo-Yo Girl Cop
The type of film that you need beer and pizza to enjoy. It is a low-budget adaptation of the anime Sukeban Deka and stars Aya Matsuura. J-pop stars take on anime action!! A little goofy and silly...but …
reviewed Yo-Yo Girl Cop. November 09, 2010
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Yo-Yo Girl Cop
"YO-YO GIRL COP" has the kind of title that anyone shouldn't take seriously, and quite frankly, that's the only way to approach this latest film from Kenta Fukasaku (Asst. 2nd unit Director …
reviewed Black Rain a.k.a. Kuroi Ame (Japanese.... November 01, 2010
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Black Rain
Back in 1989, two movies entitled “Black Rain” were released. One film was the insignificant Hollywood blockbuster starring Michael Douglas while the other was the art house Japanese film …
reviewed Battle Royale. August 08, 2010
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Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
Battle Royale is a theatrical adaptation of the Japanese novel of the same name.  The film takes place in a near future Japan under the rule of a ultra-conservative government.  In order to …
reviewed Maid Droid. April 15, 2010
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Maid Droid
                  I’ve often wondered whether Japanese “pink” movies have ever been critically acclaimed …
reviewed K-20: Legend of the Mask. January 19, 2010
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K-20: Legend of the Mask
With all the worldwide fame that super-hero movies have enjoyed this past recent years, you know filmmakers around the world capitalize on the super-hero wave. Japanese writer/director Shimako Sato’s …
reviewed GROPER TRAIN: SEARCH FOR THE BLACK PEARL. December 28, 2009
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Warning: This review is about a movie with mature content.       I’ve often said that most acclaimed Japanese directors made their ’breaks’ into the film industry …
reviewed SHOGUN'S SHADOW. December 08, 2009
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SHOGUN'S SHADOW
Chambara films have evolved much through the years since the days of Kurosawa, Kobayashi and Gosha. Yasuo Furuhata’s “SHOGUN’S SHADOW” (aka. Shogun Iemitsu No Rashin: Gekitotsu, …
posted a Quick Tip about Princess Raccoon. November 05, 2009
Princess Raccoon
Japanese musical starring Zhang Ziyi. Highly entertaining with colorful traditional costumes & dancing. For those who love Japanese stuff...
posted a Quick Tip about Battle Royale. October 28, 2009
Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
Fantastic film with Takeshi Kitano. While violent, it's relatively mild when compared to Martyrs and the gore porn films making the rounds.
posted a Quick Tip about The Happiness of the Katakuris. October 23, 2009
The Happiness of the Katakuris
An amazingly bizarre, hilarious, and musical movie that everyone should see. Did I mention there's singing zombies in it? :) See my review!
reviewed The Happiness of the Katakuris. October 23, 2009
The Happiness of the Katakuris
I'm a huge film fanatic. When I bought my first house, the first room that I envisioned designing was my Theater Room. I've always wanted my own private Theater... so my wish finally became a reality. …
posted a Quick Tip about Battle Royale. October 14, 2009
Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
I don't know very much about cult Japanese gore films but this movie really makes me want to look into it. SO GOOD!
reviewed All Night Long 3. October 11, 2009
All Night Long 3 is the third film of the dark and depraved series. Part three (like the second movie) was also shot on video giving the movie a gritty snuff film feel. This movie summarizes the series …
reviewed All Night Long 2: Atrocity. October 10, 2009
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All Night Long 2 is the second film of the dark and depraved All Night Long series. If you thought the first film was nasty and it couldn't get any sicker, well it has. This time around the movie was …
reviewed All Night Long (J-Horror). October 10, 2009
DVD cover
All Night Long is a very dark and twisted film following mundane lives of three Japanese school mates. One day one of their girlfriends is brutally tortured and raped by a gang of sick individuals. The …
reviewed Battlefield Baseball. October 05, 2009
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Battlefield Baseball is a fine adaptation of a Japanese manga comic and it stays very close to the original source. The movie is filled with cheesy sentimental melodrama, cartoon violence, music and over …
reviewed Battle Royale. September 07, 2009
posted in ASIANatomy
Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
          Kinji Fukasaki’s “BATTLE ROYALE” (Batoru Rowaiaru, 2000) is the type of film whose reputation precedes it. The film sparked such controversy …
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