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Boogiepop and Others

Boogiepop and Others

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

As much as I love the Boogiepop Phantom TV series, I can honestly say that its narrative can feel a bit impenetrable. The live action film version, Boogiepop and Others, which is based off of the first light novel, makes for a much smoother transition and an easier effort, that could help people get into […]

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Shakugan no Shana S: OVA Series

Shakugan no Shana S: OVA Series

| January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The fifth release in FUNimation Entertainment’s series of Shakugan no Shana Blu-ray and DVDs, available today, collects the 4-episode OVA series, Shakugan no Shana S.Although the first two episodes take place at nonspecific points during the series’ first two seasons and the closing two-parter serves as a prequel to the series, S is intended to […]

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Hard Romanticker

Hard Romanticker

| January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

My introduction to the Yakuza in cinema was from the 1989 Ridley Scott film, Black Rain. The film, probably having been born from the obsession of everything Japanese in the 80′s, was my first interaction with this organized crime group and the legendary Ken Takakura. Years later, after coming into contact with Kinji Fukusaku’s filmography, […]

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Tai Chi Zero

Tai Chi Zero

| January 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tai Chi Zero is a brilliant return to the director’s chair for Stephen Fung and one of the coolest kung fu movies to come out in a long time. A mash between comic book aesthetics, Steampunk elements and kung fu action, Tai Chi Zero oozes cool from its opening frames to its abrupt closing, that […]

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Shakugan no Shana: The Movie

Shakugan no Shana: The Movie

| January 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Shakugan no Shana: The Movie is interesting in that it is not a follow-up to the series in any way, nor does it fit seamlessly into the existing narrative of the series. If anything, it could be viewed as a summation of the events depicted in the first story arc in which Shana and Yuji […]

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Sleepy Eyes of Death Vol.3

Sleepy Eyes of Death Vol.3

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I think of a cult samurai film, the very first thing that comes to my mind is Lone Wolf & Cub. It’s got some crazy plot elements, over the top action and plenty of blood to go around. Now, it won’t be, thanks to watching Animeigo’s release of Volume Three of the Sleepy Eyes […]

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The Assassins

The Assassins

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Well Go USA has managed to fill the asian cinema void that Dragon Dynasty and the Weinsteins had started a few years back. Now, their first entry in their 2013 catalog is certainly a benchmark and one of the best films they’ve put ever put out. Zhao Linshan’s The Assassins stars Chow Yun Fat as […]

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Doomsday Book

Doomsday Book

| December 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Anthology films are always exciting to me because you never know what you’re gonna get with any given tale. Even though they’re usually mediocre to decent, there’s just something about them that I enjoy diving into to see what the group of filmmakers are going to explore, through certain themes or genres. Doomsday Book is […]

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Wu Dang

Wu Dang

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Patrick Leung’s kung fu film Wu Dang is one part Indiana Jones and another part Goonies, mixed with some great kung fu action that makes for a really fun film, with the exception of an awkward subplot. Professor Tang (Vincent Zhao) and his daughter Ning (Josie Xu) are on their way to help a family […]

Hellsing Ultimate I-IV Boxed Set

Hellsing Ultimate I-IV Boxed Set

| October 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Kouta Hirano’s Hellsing was one of the very few breakout manga and anime hits of the early 2000′s. After Studio Gonzo’s 13 episode series had made its mark in the states, Geneon USA decide to coproduce an OVA in 2006, that was modeled closely to the original manga. Thus, Hellsing Ultimate was born, which gave […]

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