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Devilman (2004) Movie Review

Adapting manga or anime for live action cinema is never an easy affair. Although some stand alone features such as...

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Zeiram 2 (1994) Movie dvd

Zeiram 2 (1994) Movie Review

The original “Zeiram” must have made money for somebody somewhere, because a sequel was released three years later. They really...

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Gunhed (1989) Movie dvd

Gunhed (1989) Movie Review

Whenever you see the credit “directed by Allan Smithee”, you know you won’t be experiencing life to the fullest for...

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Chaos (1999) Movie Review

Hideo Nakata, best known for the genre defining Japanese horror “Ringu”, has finally given in to the persuasive lure of...

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Kakashi (2001) Movie Review

Like “Uzumaki”, “Kakashi” is based upon a manga by Japanese artist Ito Junji. There are actually a number of similarities...

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Tomie (1999) Movie Review

“Tomie” is based on a Japanese manga by popular artist Ito Junji, who was also responsible for the material that...

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Lady Snowblood (1973) Movie Review

“Lady Snowblood” was, until the recent “Kill Bill” by Tarantino, a relatively obscure 1973 female samurai revenge film. However, since...

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Naked Blood (1995) Movie Review

Nobody does existential sadism quite like the Japanese. This sounds like quite an odd and probably unflattering cultural generalization, but...

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A Snake of June (2004) Movie Review

Shinya Tsukamoto is one of the most interesting and challenging director/writer/actor working in world cinema today. Best known for his...

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Doppelganger (2003) Movie Review

Kiyoshi Kurosawa has built an impressive reputation as one of the best Japanese genre directors of recent years. His films,...

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Kichiku (1997) Movie Poster

Kichiku (1997) Movie Review

Probably the most amazing thing about “Kichiku” is not the amount of gore, but the fact that it was made...

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Dead End Run (2003) Movie Review

“Dead End Run”, the latest work from director Sogo Ishii, continues in the vein of “Electric Dragon 80,000v”, with its...

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A.li.ce (1999) Movie Poster

A.li.ce (1999) Movie Review

While the title isn’t exactly original, the premise certainly is. “A.li.ce” is an all-CGI feature and it’s a fairly impressive...

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Appleseed (2004) Movie Review

“Appleseed” is a mixture of CGI and traditional anime, and is based upon an early manga by Masamune Shirow, creator...

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Gonin 2 (1996) Movie Poster

Gonin 2 (1996) Movie Review

It’s difficult to say why writer/director Takashi Ishii (“Freeze Me”) decided to do a sequel to “Gonin”. While the original...

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Rainy Dog (1997) Movie Poster

Rainy Dog (1997) Movie Review

(Movie Review by Bill Paterson) Upon viewing the two films following “Shinjuku Triad Society”, it became clear to me that...

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