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Dragon Head (2003) Movie DVD

Dragon Head (2003) Movie Review

George Iida’s “Dragon Head” opens with high school student Teru (Satoshi Tsumabuki) waking up inside a bullet train. Teru is...

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The Battling Angel (2003) Movie DVD Cover

The Battling Angel (2003) Movie Review

Ishould really stop watching Japanese movies that sells itself as “action” because, invariably, I am disappointed. “The Battling Angel” follows...

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Ghost System (2002) Movie Poster

Ghost System (2002) Movie Review

Although it clocks in at just a shade over 70 minutes, writer/director Toshikazu Nagae’s “Ghost System” really has no business...

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Alive (2002) Movie Poster

Alive (2002) Movie Review

It’s no surprise at all that Ryuhei Kitamura chose “Alive” as his first film post-”Versus”. Whereas that low-budget zombie/yakuza film...

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Cat Soup (2003) Movie DVD

Cat Soup (2003) Movie Review

Tatsuo Sato’s “Cat Soup” is an odd brew. And because it’s such a short experiment in bizarre visuals, giving this...

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Moon Child (2003) Movie DVD

Moon Child (2003) Movie Review

Takahisa Zeze’s “Moon Child” is artistically very satisfying, but is unfortunately very generic. Gackt Camui, a big pop star in...

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I.K.U. (2000) Movie DVD

I.K.U. (2000) Movie Review

“I.K.U.” is written and directed by Shu Lea Cheang — who, if my name recognition skills is correct, is Chinese...

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Versus (2000) Movie DVD

Versus (2000) Movie Review

What “Versus” gives in place of a storyline is this: apparently there is a portal to some unknown dimension that...

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Sanjuro (1962) Movie Review

Sanjuro is the sequel to Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, and returns star Toshiro Mifune as the title character. In this installment,...

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Hush! (2001) Movie DVD Cover

Hush! (2001) Movie Review

I hate to admit it, but sometimes watching an Asian drama, most notably those from China, Japan, and South Korea,...

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Kite (1998) Movie Poster

Kite (1998) Movie Review

Yasuomi Umetsu’s one-hour animation, “Kite” (which is actually compiled from 2 25-minute episodes), suffers from what I like to call...

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Zipang (1992) Movie Poster

Zipang (1992) Movie Review

Kaizo Hayasahi’s “Zipang” isn’t bad, it’s just irrelevant. There isn’t really much to say about “Zipang” other than that you...

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