Asian

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 […]

×
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 […]

×
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 […]

×
Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story/Police Story 2

Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story/Police Story 2

| April 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

On April 16, 2013, Shout! Factory will release the second of their Jackie Chan Double Features, following January’s double feature of Crime Story (1993) and The Protector (1985). In this sophomore release, Shout! brings the first two installments of Jackie Chan’s Police Story series together on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Whereas, as I […]

×
The Four

The Four

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Gordon Chan’s The Four, based off a Wu Xia novel by Wen Ruian, is a convoluted mess of a film, that still manages to entertain through its action and flair. The film focuses on the Divine Constabulary, a department commissioned by the Emperor himself, to handle secret missions and operate in the shadows. Zhuge Zhengwo […]

Woochi the Demon Slayer

Woochi the Demon Slayer

| April 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

I was amazed by the sheer epic scope of Korean writer-director Dong-Hoon Choi’s 2006 feature, Tazza: The High Rollers, when I covered its DVD release in September of last year. More recently, upon the Blu-ray release of his 2012 picture, The Thieves, I declared that the film “may just be perfect,” going to quite some […]

×
The Great Magician

The Great Magician

| March 19, 2013 | 1 Comments

Full of whimsical performances by its fantastic cast, Derek Yee’s The Great Magician is an enjoyable romp of a film. Based off of the novel written by Zhang Haifan, The Great Magician is set in the early 1920′s in Beijing, where Zhang Xian (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) has returned from studying magic abroad. To his dismay, […]

×