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The World of Kanako

The World of Kanako

| January 28, 2016

Back in 2014, Japanese film diary, Eiga Geijutsu listed Tetsuya Nakashima’s The World of Kanako as one of the worst films to come out that year. After finally being able to see the film, thanks to Drafthouse Films picking it up for U.S. distribution, its understandable as to why the publication felt this way. For […]

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R100

R100

| March 9, 2015

If you’re a fan of depraved Japanese cult cinema, like early Takashi Miike or Noburo Iguchi films, you simply owe it to yourself to see Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100, which is the most, bats#!t, gonzo, absurdist film I’ve ever seen and that’s a great thing. Nao Omori plays Takafumi Katayama, a lonely salaryman whose wife has […]

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

| January 26, 2015

From its egg throwing, intro ode to Kinji Fukusaku, to the madcap finale, soaked in blood and bullets, Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jikoku de naze warui) is a brilliant ode to cinema itself and one of the best films that Sono has made thus far. In the film, we follow two […]

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Revenge of the Green Dragons

Revenge of the Green Dragons

| January 13, 2015

With Martin Scorsese’s name attached as an Executive Producer, Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the Green Dragons seemed like a perfect way for the two brilliant, Hong Kong filmmakers to break into the U.S. market. The film centers around the Green Dragons, a Chinese street gang that ran extortion rackets and drug running […]

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Moebius

Moebius

| August 22, 2014

Kim Ki-Duk is one of the most well-known South Korean directors in the world, thanks largely to his willingness to embrace controversy by depicting extremes of human behavior. Some of his past films have drawn attention for being difficult to watch for various reasons (including brutal depictions of violence and uncomfortable sexual themes), earning him […]

The Protector 2 and The Ong Bak Trilogy

The Protector 2 and The Ong Bak Trilogy

| August 7, 2014

I was thrilled to learn that Magnolia Home Entertainment was slated to release four new Blu-rays featuring Thai action star Tony Jaa—The Protector 2 (2013) and a collected re-release of The Ong Bak Trilogy—on a single day (July 29th, 2014 o be exact). After all, Tony Jaa is one of my favorite martial artists currently […]

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Space Battleship Yamato

Space Battleship Yamato

| June 3, 2014

Getting into major legacies in any form of media can be quite daunting, whether its a long running TV show or a classic film franchise. As an anime fan, there have been plenty of times where I’ve wanted to get into shows like Gundam or Gatchaman, but there becomes this issue with where does one […]

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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

| May 31, 2014

The latest action-comedy from Chinese writer/director Stephen Chow is a loose reworking of the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West. The film tells the tale of an unshaven Buddhist monk named Xuanzhang struggling to master his humane style of demon slaying whereby he attempts to reform the monsters with nursery rhymes. In the process, […]

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Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

| May 12, 2014

The Princess and the Pilot was a bold choice for NIS America’s first feature film release, having only ever released anime series before. For their first home video release of a theatrical feature, I honestly would have expected something more akin to their second feature release, Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Fuse: teppô musume no […]

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A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

| April 10, 2014

As a person that has grown up watching tons of Japanese cult cinema, pre-Hays code Hollywood films and a plethora of other cinema genres, cinematic violence is nothing new to me. Not that I’ve become desensitized, but I find that cinematic violence can be a liberating form of expression for a filmmaker. Jia Zhangke has […]

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