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Doberman Cop

Doberman Cop

| July 1, 2017

While Arrow Video has made it a point to release gems like Wolf Guy and Battles Without Honor and Humanity from legends Sonny Chiba and Kinji Fukusaku, nothing can truly prepare you for the beauty that is Doberman Cop. Never before released in the U.S., this 1977 film is loosely adapted from a Shonen Jump […]

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Wolf Guy

Wolf Guy

| May 23, 2017

Without a doubt, I can say that Wolf Guy from Arrow Video is the weirdest film that I’ll see in 2017. I say this with the utmost heartfelt attitude that while nothing at any point makes any sense of the film, it is an amazing experience and a film that Japanese exploitation film lovers should […]

Cops VS Thugs Blu-Ray Review

Cops VS Thugs Blu-Ray Review

| May 23, 2017

Cops VS Thugs is another masterpiece from filmmaker Kinji Fukusaku and the folks at Arrow Video have done an amazing job to re-release this in the U.S. Created a few years after the series, Cops VS Thugs follows two characters, in particular, Detective Kuno, played by the legendary Bunta Sugawara and Yakuza leader Kenji Hirotani, […]

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Kijū Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

Kijū Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

| May 12, 2017

Many American cinephiles are familiar with the French New Wave, but in the 1960s a number of countries were seeing their own versions of that movement in cinema. In Japan filmmakers like Nagisa Oshima, Koreyoshi Kurehara, and Seijun Suzuki were taking a wrecking ball to tradition and expanding Japanese cinema in new directions. A number […]

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Three

Three

| March 31, 2017

A neurosurgeon whose pushed to her limits, a thief in need of brain surgery and a cop who can’t draw the line between obstructing justice and pursuing it collide in Johnnie To’s latest crime thriller, Three. While in the midst of interrogating Shun (Wallace Chung), he’s accidentally shot in the head by a cop. One […]

Takashi Miike’s Black Triad Society Trilogy

Takashi Miike’s Black Triad Society Trilogy

| January 24, 2017

For some ungodly reason, I had never laid eyes upon Takashi Miike’s first films which make up the Black Society Trilogy until this past week. Sure, I’ve made it a point to see early films like Audition and Ichi the Killer and I’ve even kept up with his career to his much larger commercial films […]

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Outlaw: Gangster VIP

Outlaw: Gangster VIP

| April 19, 2016

After years of waiting for the Criterion Collection to release the Outlaw: Gangster VIP series on their label, here comes Arrow Video to the rescue.  A precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s seminal yakuza series, Battle with Honor or Humanity series, the Outlaw: Gangster VIP manages to be a major bridge between the Ninkyo-eiga (Chivalry Films) and […]

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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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