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Beyond Outrage

Beyond Outrage

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Takeshi Kitano released the first Outrage film, I was left pretty unsatisfied. While the film had some great elements to it, including its cast and setting, the film had plenty of plot points that were either entirely unnecessary or just plain boring. When I found out that there was to be a sequel to […]

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Young Detective Dee

Young Detective Dee

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tsui Hark’s career has managed to be a conundrum to me, seeing as though I’m a huge sucker for asian cinema, I’ve never really gotten much out of his films. Sure, I’d seen things like Once Upon a Time in China, Black Mask and even Knock Off, which I think is one of the funniest […]

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Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition

Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition

| November 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 cyberpunk classic, Akira, which he adapted from his manga of the same name, is perhaps the single most recognizable feature-length anime. For many in North America, Akira served as their introduction to anime and it is without a doubt the anime feature most viewed by American audiences. And rightly so, because Akira […]

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Drug War (2013)

Drug War (2013)

| October 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hong Kong director Johnnie To returns to form with his latest, Drug War. What is unknown to most Americans is that the inclusion of drugs in any film in China is normally taboo, so in his own way  which tells the story of  undercover cop Captain Zhang, played by Chinese mainland actor Sun Honglei, who meets […]

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From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you haven’t heard by now, beloved director Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from filmmaking following the completion of his upcoming animated feature, The Wind Rises. And that’s it folks. After that, no new Miyazaki films. Ever. He’s serious this time, and as much we want to believe he’ll be back some day, we need to […]

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The Princess and the Pilot: Premium Edition

The Princess and the Pilot: Premium Edition

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

The release of The Princess and the Pilot (2011) on North American Blu-ray marks NIS America’s first foray into distributing anime feature films. To confer their usual Premium Edition treatment on a single, feature-length film may seem like an overextension of resources at first, especially since they had only previously presented episodic anime series in […]

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Sadako 3D

Sadako 3D

| May 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

So what do we call this thing? Is it the second sequel to Ringu? The third? Something else entirely? I’m not exactly sure about that. After all, there was the pseudo-sequel Rasen, released concurrent with Ringu in 1998. Only, Rasen bombed (and rightly so, perhaps) and so the next sequel was simply titled Ringu 2 […]

Deadball

Deadball

| May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Deadball is- well, maybe that’s the best place to start. Deadball simply is. Even days after watching the movie, the fact that Deadball exists is nothing short of amazing. Not because the movie itself is shocking, but because I’m still trying to figure out… why? I mean, I know a blame lot of swill I […]

Girl$

Girl$

| April 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kenneth Bi’s Girl$, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from FUNimation Entertainment, follows four young women as they explore the life of a nanan, or a paid date. Girl$ is an in your face look at the prostitution world in Hong Kong. It tells the story of four girls who are caught up in the exciting yet […]

Dragon (Wu Xia)

Dragon (Wu Xia)

| April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

I know it will certainly seem like a bunch of hyperbole, but Peter Chan’s Dragon is one of those rare kung fu films that is pretty much perfect. Every fist thrown and every kick launched has meaning behind it and the film manages to blend both character development and plot progression that make something much […]

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