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The Protector 2 and The Ong Bak Trilogy

The Protector 2 and The Ong Bak Trilogy

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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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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