Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)

Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)
I assume that when Capcom first released the Resident Evil videogame many years ago they were hoping it would be a big hit. However, I can’t imagine that even they could have envisioned just what a huge franchise it would become. More instalments in the videogame series than I can recall off the...
September 23rd, 2012 | DVD Reviews | Read More

No Man’s Zone (2011)

No Man’s Zone (2011)
It’s worth remembering that just when you think that you’ve seen everything along comes nature, be it Mother Nature or human nature, to prove you wrong. There have been many shocking sights on the news in my lifetime but only two have made me literally stop in my tracks and try to refute what I […]
June 22nd, 2012 | Film Reviews | Read More

Abraxas (2010)

Abraxas (2010)
It’s a familiar story. The rocker who burnt out looking for a moment of redemption and/or a rekindling of his spirit amidst a lifestyle now full of pills and attempts to find inner peace. People talk about him behind his back and the odds don’t look good when he decides to put on one last...
April 10th, 2012 | Film Reviews | Read More

Legend Of The Millennium Dragon (2011)

Legend Of The Millennium Dragon (2011)
In a way, I almost feel bad for a little movie like Legend Of The Millenium Dragon. It’s a perfectly adequate little movie and should please kids and undemanding fans of anime but it’s nothing special. Not everything has to be special, of course, but it certainly helps when competing in a...
January 16th, 2012 | Film Reviews | Read More

Akira (1988)

Akira (1988)
Even if you’ve not really heard of many anime titles the chances are that you know about Akira. An amalgamation of cool sci-fi and impressive fantasy, this famous animated movie was/is very influential (as much as it is also very heavily influenced by genre predecessors) and holds up to this day...
November 9th, 2011 | Film Reviews | Read More

Empire Of Passion (1978)

Empire Of Passion (1978)
The second Franco-Japanese production between Anatole Dauman and Nagisa Ôshima, Empire Of Passion is, like 1976′s In The Realm Of The Senses, a mythical tale of forbidden love, chronicling the affair between a couple whose uncontrollable desires drove them to murder. The film won Ôshima the Best...
October 16th, 2011 | DVD Reviews | Read More

In The Realm Of The Senses (1976)

In The Realm Of The Senses (1976)
In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai no korîda) tells the disturbing story of Kichizo Ishida (Tatsuya Fuji) and Sada Abe (Eiko Matsuda), whose irrepressible desires acted as a catalyst for their eventual doom. The film is partially based upon an incident which occurred in 1930′s Japan, in which Sada...
October 16th, 2011 | DVD Reviews | Read More

Cold Fish (2010)

Cold Fish (2010)
Love it or hate it, Cold Fish is one of those movies that stands with its head high as something quite unique. It has a load of violence, some sex scenes that may offend some people and buckets of blood here and there but it also has great characters and a languorous pace that just […]
May 11th, 2011 | Film Reviews | Read More

13 Assassins (2010)

13 Assassins (2010)
  *** WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ***   A tour de force battle sequence leading to the defeat of a sadistic villain It’s hard to decide. In 13 Assassins is Takeshi Miike transcending the noble but depleted tradition of samurai films in his own way, or is he simply debasing that tradition...
May 6th, 2011 | Film Reviews | Read More

13 Assassins (2010)

13 Assassins (2010)
Japan’s other great movie director besides Kurosawa is Takashi Miike. Born in 1960, he’s already got more than 80 directorial credits under his belt since the early ‘90s, producing movies at a furious rate. His works are extremely different and span every imaginable genre, from children’s movies...
May 5th, 2011 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More