Author Archives: JJ Bona

Versus (2000) Review

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura Writer: Ryuhei Kitamura, Yudai Yamaguchi Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Kenji Matsuda, Hideo Sakaki, Chieko Misaka, Yuichiro Arai, Minoru Matsumoto Running Time: 120 min. By Numskull Hot damn! Evil Dead and Bad Taste meet in-your-face combat like only those … Continue reading

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Branded to Kill (1967) Review

Director: Seijun Suzuki Writer: Hachiro Guryu Producer: Kaneo Iwai, Takiko Mizunoe Cast: Jo Shishido, Mari Annu, Mariko Ogawa, Koji Nambara, Isao Tamagawa, Hiroshi Minami Running Time: 91 min. By Milkcan I must say I am very glad to have seen … Continue reading

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Black Belt | aka Kuro-Obi (2007) Review

Director: Shunichi Nagasaki Writer: George Iida Cast: Akihito Yagi, Tatsuya Naka, Yuji Suzuki, Fuyuhiko Nishi Running Time: 120 min. By Mighty Peking Man After their karate master passes away, two of his best students take opposite directions in life. Giryu … Continue reading

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Battle Royale 2: Requiem (2003) Review

Director: Kinji Fukasaku, Kenta Fukasaku Writer: Kenta Fukasaku Producer: Shigeyuki Endo Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Shugo Oshinari, Ayana Sakai, Riki Takeuchi, Natsuki Kato, Ai Iwamura, Masaya Kikawada, Aki Maeda, Takeshi Kitano, Sonny Chiba Running Time: 134 min. By Equinox21 … Continue reading

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Battlefield Baseball (2003) Review

AKA: Battlefield Stadium Director: Yudai Yamaguchi Producer: Ryuhei Kitamura Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Atsushi Ito, Hideo Sakaki Running Time: 87 min. By Equinox21 Without knowing anything about the movie Battlefield Baseball, I decided to pick it up (a bootleg, unfortunately, as … Continue reading

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Eye, The 2 (2004) Review

Director: Pang Brothers (Oxide Pang, Danny Pang) Writer: Lawrence Cheng Tan-Shui, Jojo Hui Producer: Peter Chan Ho-Sun, Lawrence Cheng Tan-Shui, Jojo Hui Cast: Shu Qi, Eugenia Yuan Lai-Kai, Jesdaporn Pholdee, Phillip Kwok Chun-Fung, Rayson Tan Running Time: 98 min. By … Continue reading

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Eye, The (2002) Review

Director: Pang Brothers (Oxide Pang, Danny Pang) Producer: Peter Ho-Sun Chan Cast: Angelica Lee (Sin Je), Lawrence Chow, So Yut Lai, Candy Lo Hau-Yam, Ko Yin Ping, Edmond Chen, Ben Yuen, Winson Yip, Chutcha Rujihanon, Pierre Png, Wang Sue Yuen … Continue reading

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Pee Hua Kurd | aka The Beheaded (2002) Review

Director: Komsan Tripong Cast: Thep Phongarm, Theng Therdtherng, Thanisorn Satayamongkol, Note Chernyim, Noppawan Srinikorn, Jaturong Mokjok, Chanis Yaisamer Running Time: 120 min. By Numskull This limp-wristed Thai film (all three of it) seems to be afflicted with the cinematic equivalent … Continue reading

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Tom Yum Goong | aka The Protector (2005) Review

AKA: Warrior King Director: Prachya Pinkaew Producer: Prachya Pinkaew Cast: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Xing Jing, Johnny Nguyen, Nathan Jones, Bongkoj Khongmalai, David Asavanond, Dean Alexandrou, Lateef Crowder, Damian De Montemas, Don Ferguson, Jon Foo, Ron Smoorenburg Running Time: 110 … Continue reading

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Nang Nak (1999) Review

AKA: Return from the Dead, Nang Nak: Ghost Wife Director: Nonzee Nimibutr Writer: Wisit Sartsanatieng Cast: Indhira Jaroenpura, Winai Kraibutr, Pramote Suksatit, Pracha Thawongfia, Manit Meekaewjaroen Running Time: 101 min. By Mighty Peking Man Nang Nak is the story of … Continue reading

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Last Life in the Universe (2003) Review

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang Writer: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Prabda Yoon Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Laila Boonyasak, Yutaka Matsushige, Riki Takeuchi, Takashi Miike, Yoji Tanaka, Sakichi Sat Running Time: 112 min. By Alexander Comparisons between Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s Last Life in the Universe … Continue reading

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Jan Dara (2001) Review

Director: Nonzee Nimibutr Producer: Peter Chan, Jo Jo Yuet-Chun Hui, Duangkamol Limcharoen, Nonzee Nimibutr Cast: Christy Chung Lai-Tai, Santisuk Promsiri, Eakarat Sarsukh, Wipawee Charoenpura, Pathawaran Timkul Running Time: 113 min. By T-Style Ah, the long awaited film for whoever that … Continue reading

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Quiet Family, The (2002) Review

AKA: The Quiet Family: A Ruthless Comedy Director: Kim Ji Woon (Kim Ji Wun) Producer: Lee Eun Cast: Park In-Hwan, Na Moon-Hee, Choi Min-sik, Song Kang-ho, Go Ho-Kyung, Choi Cheol-ho Running Time: 105 mins. By Equinox21 Welcome to The Misty … Continue reading

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Real Fiction (2000) Review

Director: Kim Ki-Duk Writer: Kim Ki-Duk Producer: Harry Lee, Seung-Soo Shin Cast: Jin-mo Ju, Jin-ah Kim, Min-seok Son, Je-rak Lee, Ki-yeon Kim, Sun-mi Myeong Running Time: 83 min. By Mighty Peking Man I’m currently on a “Ki-du Kim” natural high. … Continue reading

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003) Review

Director: Kim Ki-duk Writer: Kim Ki-duk Producer: Lee Seung-Jae Cast: Oh Yeong-Su, Kim Jong-Ho, Seo Jae-Gyeong, Kim Yeong-Min, Ha Yeo-Jin, Kim Ki-duk Running Time: 106 min. By Slaxor “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…And Spring” tells the story of a monk from … Continue reading

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Samaria | aka Samaritan Girl (2003) Review

Director: Kim Ki-duk Writer: Kim Ki-duk Producer: Kim Ki-duk, Jeong-min Bae, Jeong-min Baek Cast: Gwak Ji-Min, Seo Min-Jeong, Lee Eol Running Time: 95 min. By Equinox21 Kim Ki-duk’s newest movie, Samaria, takes on the problem of child prostitution in a … Continue reading

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Isle, The (2000) Review

Director: Kim Ki-Duk Writer: Kim Ki-Duk Producer: Lee Eun Cast: Seo Jeong, Kim Yu-seok, Park Seong-hee, Cho Jae-hyeon, Chang Hang-seon Running Time: 100 min. By Alexander The only thing that saved this exploitive and pretentious piece of trash from a … Continue reading

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Bow, The | aka Arrow (2005) Review

Director: Kim Ki-Duk Writer: Kim Ki-Duk Producer: Kim Ki-Duk Cast: Jeon Seong-Hwan, Han Yeo-Reum, Seo Ji-Seok By Equinox21 I thought it would be really difficult for me to be disappointed with a Kim Ki-Duk movie, but after seeing The Bow, … Continue reading

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Birdcage Inn (1998) Review

Director: Kim Ki-Duk Producer: Lee Kwang-Min, Yoo Hee-Suk Cast: Lee Ji-Eun, Lee Hye-Eun, Ahn Jae-Mo, Jeong Hyeong-Gi, Son Min-Seok, Jang Dong-Jik, Lee In-Ok, Jang Hang-Seon, Bang Eun-Jin, Seo Won Running Time: 103 min. By Mighty Peking Man From the lurid-mind … Continue reading

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Bad Guy (2000) Review

Director: Kim Ki-Duk Writer: Kim Ki-Duk Producer: Lee Seung-Jai Cast: Cho Je-Hyun, Seo Won, Kim Yoon-Tae, Choi Duk-Moon, Choi Yoon-Young, Shin Yoo-Jin, Kim Jung-Young Running Time: 100 min. By Mighty Peking Man A vigorous-looking man (Cho Je-Hyun) notices a beautiful … Continue reading

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