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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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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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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. …
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” …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
reviewed Outrage (Japanese film). August 05, 2013
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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 Tai Chi Hero. July 29, 2013
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Tai Chi Hero
I wasn’t too fond of Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi Zero” and so I was very reluctant to continue on with this trilogy with his “Tai Chi Hero”. Honestly, I barely even remember …
reviewed Ip Man: The Final Fight. July 28, 2013
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Ip Man: The Final Fight
Lately, Bruce Lee’s teacher Ip Man has been on the receiving end of many attempts to portray his life to the big screen. The Wilson Yip-Donnie Yen "Ip Man" collaboration brought superficial, …
reviewed Dusk Maiden of Amnesia- Complete Coll.... July 18, 2013
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Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Anime Series)
Manga-anime series adaptations has been a common exercise in Japan. There are those that succeed, and those that don’t, because the manga series had not been concluded before the airing of the anime …
reviewed Masquerade (Korean film). July 08, 2013
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“Masquerade” (aka. Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King) is a film based on a real king during the Joseon era. The film is currently the 4th highest grossing Korean film of all time and has earned …
reviewed The Tower (Korean film). July 05, 2013
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The Tower (Korean film)
I wasn’t too impressed with the monster flick “Sector 7”, but I guess I was curious how director Kim Ji-Hoon would fare in a disaster movie. “The Tower” is a film that has …
reviewed Fate Stay Night- Collection Two (Anim.... June 24, 2013
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Fate Stay Night- Collection Two
The Holy Grail Wars begin to reach its epic conclusion. After Saber’s defeat of Rider, Shirou (Noriaki Sugiyama) must know dig even deeper to the secrets behind his father’s death and admit …
reviewed Nightmare Detective 2. June 21, 2013
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Nightmare Detective 2
Shinya Tsukamoto has both been successful as an actor and as a director. Tsukamoto had starred in horror hits such as “Marebito” and “Ichi the Killer” that had acquired a cult …
reviewed Love Exposure. June 18, 2013
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Love Exposure
Sion Sono is one director that is definitely controversial. His films range from the bizarre to the weird, to something more commercial and even going to the darkness that makes one doubt humanity. Sono’s …
reviewed Fate Stay Night- Collection One (Anim.... June 11, 2013
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Fate Stay Night- Collection One (Anime Series)
There had been quite a good number of tales that concern the legendary Holy Grail. Those stories often come in the form of depictions within different time periods, but none is as known as the story of …
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 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 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 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 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 Black Eagle (aka. R2B: Back to Base, .... March 23, 2013
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Black Eagle
While I really got into the “Korean New Wave” because of directors Kim Ki-Duk, Park Chan-Wook, Lee Chang-Dong and Kim Ji-Woon, lately it seems like Korean movies also have their share of what …
reviewed Samurai of Ayothaya (aka. Muay Thai W.... March 23, 2013
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Samurai of Ayothaya (aka. Muay Thai Warrior)
Remember what they say “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight”? Well, these guys in “Muay Thai Warrior” bring “Fists to a Swordfight” in several scenes. Originally …
reviewed Silenced (Korean film, aka. The Cruci.... March 10, 2013
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Silenced (Korean film, aka. The Crucible)
The real events that took place in the Gwangju Inhwa school for the hearing impaired caused public outcry in South Korea. The sexual abuse of many deaf/mute students was just so horrific that such lenient …
reviewed The Thieves (Korean film). February 21, 2013
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The Thieves
                 Heist or crime caper films are a dime-a-dozen. While most are mediocre using formula and familiar devices, there …
reviewed Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Anime.... February 18, 2013
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Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Anime Film)
Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli are household names when it comes to Japanese anime and animated films in general. They have always managed to capture the essence of Japanese folklore-ish tales around …
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