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King of Thorn

King of Thorn

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

King of Thorn was a manga created in 2002 by Yuji Iwahara and then made into a feature film by Sunrise in 2010. The film has now come stateside from Funimation and presents a gripping survival film set in the not too far future. A mysterious virus, called Medusa, that turns people into stone is […]

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Moss (Iggi)

Moss (Iggi)

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

For years now, South Korean cinema has been crafting some of the best thriller and mystery films that demand absolute attention from anyone that loves film. The new label from Right Stuf Inc., Five Point Pictures, have now graced us with yet another film that rightfully belongs up there with the likes of Memories of […]

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Karate-Robo Zaborgar

Karate-Robo Zaborgar

| September 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

The cinematic curiosity that is writer/director Noboru Iguchi’s (The Machine Girl) 2011 film, Karate-Robo Zaborgar, serves as both a comedic send-up of the live action mecha dramas so popular in Japan in the 1970′s and a fairly faithful adaptation of 1974′s Denjin Zaborger, according to my cursory research into the series. Although it’s not uncommon […]

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Sacrifice

Sacrifice

| September 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice is an epic period piece set in ancient China, that manages to weave an elaborate revenge tale with gorgeous production design, superb cinematography and a cast that makes the film absolutely spellbinding. Tu’an Gu (Wang Xue Qi) is a general in the army of Zhou, that gets tired of being sidestepped by […]

White Vengeance

White Vengeance

| September 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance is somewhat of a mixed bag. While the films story is definitely an epic film, it was very much difficult to keep track of everyone properly. Many of the characters names are similar and I felt as though if I knew the history of the Chu-Han Contention a bit better, I’d […]

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Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror

| August 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

You’ve never seen anything like Oblivion Island. And when I say that, know that I mean it quite literally in fact, as the animators behind this feature-length family adventure film from Japan developed a whole new style of animation specifically for the film. To this end, the animators combined 3-dimensional, computer-generated character models with traditional […]

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The Sword Identity

The Sword Identity

| August 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Xu Haofeng’s The Sword Identity is one of the most visually arresting Wu Xia films I have ever seen. While Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Zhang Yimou’s Hero are two films that would probably come to mind when thinking along these lines, yet The Sword Identity is very much far removed from that […]

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The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption

| August 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

In 2011, Welsh director Gareth Evans brought the traditional Indonesian martial art of pencak silat to world cinema in his intense actioner, The Raid (Serbuan Maut). For The Raid, Evans teamed up with star/fight choreographer Iko Uwais, who had previously starred in Evan’s 2009 film, Merantau. Together, the team produced easily one of the most […]

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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 […]