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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale is one of the most impressive Taiwanese films I’ve ever seen and one of the best acquisitions that Well Go USA has released in the U.S. thus far. The films revolves around the indigenous tribes living in Taiwan, that get attacked by the Japanese occupation in the early 20th […]

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My Way

My Way

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War was the first Kang Je-gyu film I saw and the second Korean film I ever purchased, the first being Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, obviously. I was in absolute awe after seeing Kang’s take on the Korean War and felt that after seeing this and his first film Shiri, I felt the […]

Butterfly Swords

Butterfly Swords

| July 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

On July 10th 2012 Well Go USA will release the 1993 martial arts action flick Butterfly Swords, starring Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, and Tony Leung, on DVD and Digital. Donnie Yen has received much acclaim recently for his many contemporary works, including Ip Man 1 and 2, Bodyguards and Assassins, Legend of the Fist: The […]

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The Great Killing

The Great Killing

| June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Eiichi Kudo’s The Great Killing is like the chambara version of Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers. With its focus on realism and commentary on the social upheaval in 1960′s Japan, the second film in Kudo’s Samurai Rebellion trilogy is an absolute pinnacle of the genre and elevates it to new heights. The film follows […]

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Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

| June 20, 2012 | 3 Comments

Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike is a prequel to the 2008 Xbox 360 game Tales of Vesperia. Although not exclusively meant for fans, those who haven’t played the game may have a hard time keeping up. It does, however, reveal more about the protagonist Yuri Lowell, as well as his best friend and rival […]

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Black Cat

Black Cat

| June 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Animated in 2005 by Studio Gonzo and serialized in Shonen Jump, Kentaro Yabuki’s Black Cat holds up very well and is a fine foray into the shonen genre. The series follows  Train Heartnet, an assassin for the Chronos Organization, a shadowy group that vies for world peace by setting up assassinations and other dirty means. […]

Accident

Accident

| June 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

My introduction to Soi Cheang was his 2006 film, Dog Bite Dog, that was an impressive and visceral crime thriller and one of the best Hong Kong action films I had seen in years. Now, Shout! Factory has just released his 2009 film Accident, produced by Johnnie To and his Milkyway Production team that is […]

Boogiepop Phantom: Complete Collection

Boogiepop Phantom: Complete Collection

| June 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Boogiepop Phantom, one of the first shows to be based off of a light novel, is the closest thing to an anime coming from the mind of David Lynch. Animated by Madhouse and initially released by Right Stuf, their now anime distribution arm, Nozomi Entertainment has decided to rerelease this anime classic for a whole […]

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Gasaraki: Complete Series

Gasaraki: Complete Series

| June 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Nozomi Entertainment has been on a roll with their license rescues from other companies and one of the real surprises was when they announced that they were rereleasing Gasaraki. Made in 1998 by Sunrise and released by ADV Films, Gasaraki was Sunrise’s attempt to make something along the lines of the successful Neon Genesis Evangelion, […]

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Films of Fury

Films of Fury

| June 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

If one is a fan of kung-fu cinema, one will know the name of Ric Meyers, the writer of many books, columns and articles on the genre. Seeing Ric Meyers’ name on the cover of Films of Fury made me extremely happy because I felt as though I was going to receive a master class […]

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