Posts Tagged "japanese"

Voice Without a Shadow (1958)

Director Seijun Suzuki was a titan of Japanese cinema. Appreciated for his output during the 60’s and 70’s, he began making films in the 50’s and continued to work all the way into the 2000’s. Known as a stylist, his films have garnered a rabid following. Voice Without a Shadow is one of his lesser […]

Doberman Cop (1977)

After a very tiring day, I just wanted to sit back and watch something fun. Something that wouldn’t be too taxing hit all the right notes. That something I grabbed was Doberman Cop. This 70’s Japanese cop/gangster flick starring Sonny Chiba looked like the perfect movie to cure what ailed me. Doberman Cop begins with […]

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Cops vs. Thugs (1975)

About a dozen years ago a friend of mine’s little brother gave me some Japanese movies on dvd to check out. Among the pile were the five films of the Yakuza Papers directed by Kinji Fukasaku. I watched all five films in quick succession and really enjoyed their gritty portrayal of yakuza life. Fast forward […]

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Dead or Alive (1999)

I discovered director Takashi Miike around the year 2002. I believe the very first of his films that I saw was Audition. A friend of mine brought it over to my house for a group viewing and told us nothing about it. What started as a mild drama quickly turned into one of the most […]

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Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975)

I have to be honest and say that before Arrow Video put this movie out, I had never heard of it. The cover art plus the title plus Sonny Chiba attracted my attention and I was excited to check out this slice of 70’s action. Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope come from the same director as Sister […]

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Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)

Takashi Miike is a devisive director. He’s spent his very prolific career cranking out hyper violent cheap yakuza films, bizarre and often highly disgusting personal films, dramas, a musical, family fantasy films, and high class respectable art cinema. He’s had a varied career to say the list. Best known for Audition, Ichi the Killer, 13 […]

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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

I’ve known about the Female Prisoner #701 for many years. Despite this knowledge I’ve never been able to get my hands on any of the films. More often than not the series would go out of print on DVD causing their prices to skyrocket and frankly I had given up. Thanks to the new set […]

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A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series, 2d ed (2010)

I don’t remember the first Godzilla movie i ever watched. I feel like it must have been at a time in my life before solid memories were formed. I’m sure i first saw one of the films as a very young child on TV. He became a part of my DNA. I have always known […]

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Massacre Gun (1967)

U.K. cult film lovers have been enjoying the spoils of Arrow Video for many years now. Known for their killer artwork, beautiful remasters and numerous special features, they have fast become the cream of the crop. I’m so happy that they have decided to branch out and attack the U.S. market. It is Arrow that […]

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Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl (2010)

I love me some J-Gore. I’ve reviewed several films from the current wave and I’m always hungry for more. After the disappointing Samurai Princess and the laughable Sukebanboy, we finally get a film that can proudly stand next to Tokyo Gore Police and The Machine Girl, and of course its from the same guys that […]