Category Archives: Japanese

100 Yen Love (2014) Review

Director: Masaharu Take Writer: Shin Adachi Cast: Sakura Ando, Hirofumi Arai, Miyoko Inagawa, Saori Koide, Shohei Uno, Tadashi Sakata, Yozaburo Ito, Osamu Shigematu, Toshie Negishi, Ruka Wakabayashi Running Time: 113 min. By Martin Sandison As well as being a beautiful … Continue reading

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13 Assassins (2010) Review

Director: Takashi Miike Writer: Shoichiro Ikemiya, Daisuke Tengan Cast: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki, Masachika Ichimura, Mikijiro Hira Running Time: 114/126 min. By HKFanatic “13 Assassins” is one of those rare films that comes out of nowhere … Continue reading

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20th Century Boys: Chapter 1: The Beginning of the End (2008) Review

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi Producer: Nobuyuki Iinuma Cast: Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Takako Tokiwa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Takashi Ukaji, Kuranosuke Sasaki Running Time: 142 min. By HKFanatic 20th Century Boys is a live-action film based off the immensely popular and award-winning manga … Continue reading

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Ace Attorney (2012) Review

Director: Takashi Miike Writer: Yukiko Ohguchi, Takeharu Sakurai Cast: Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saito, Mirei Kiritani, Akiyoshi Nakao, Shunsuke Daito, Akira Emoto, Rei Dan, Mitsuki Tanimura, Takehiro Hira, Eisuke Sasai, Makoto Ayukawa, Kimiko Yo, Ryo Ishibashi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Minami Hamabe Running … Continue reading

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Alien vs. Ninja | aka AVN (2010) Review

Director: Seiji Chiba Writer: Seiji Chiba Producer: Seiji Chiba, Yoshinori Chiba Cast: Shuji Kashiwabara, Ben Hiura, Mika Hijii, Donpei Tsuchihira, Masanori Mimoto, Yuki Ogoe Running Time: 83 min. By HKFanatic “Alien vs. Ninja” arrived on Western shelves just in time … Continue reading

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Asako in Ruby Shoes | aka Sunaebo (2000) Review

Director: E J-Yong Producer: Koo Bon-Han, Tsuchida Masaki, Iwata Hitoshi Cast: Lee Jeong-Jae, Misato Dachibana, Kim Gumija, Kim Min-Hee, Ren Osugi Running Time: 115 min. By Mlindber Asako in Ruby Shoes is another one of those great films from Korea … Continue reading

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Asia-Pol | aka Asiapol Secret Service (1967) Review

AKA: Asiapol Director: Ma Chi Ho Writer: Gan Yamazaki Producer: Kenzo Asada, Run Run Shaw Cast: Jimmy Wang Yu, Ryoriko Asaoka, Wong Hap, Cheung Pooi Saan, Yuen Sam, Jo Shishido, Takashina Kaku, Chan Sing, Gam Tin Chue Running Time: 97 … Continue reading

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Assassination Classroom (2015) Review

Director: Eiichiro Hasumi Writer: Yusei Matsui, Tatsuya Kanazawa Cast: Ryosuke Yamada, Masaki Suda, Maika Yamamoto, Seika Taketomi, Mio Yuki, Miku Uehara Kanna Hashimoto, Seishiro Kato, Kang Ji-Young, Masanobu Takashima, Kippei Shiina, Kazunari Ninomiya, Wakana Aoi, Mirei Kiritani Running Time: 110 … Continue reading

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Attack on Titan: Part 1 (2015) Review

Director: Shinji Higuchi Writer: Yusuke Watanabe, Tomohiro Machiyama Based on Manga by Hajime Isayama Cast: Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongo, Takahiro Miura, Nanami Sakuraba, Satoru Matsuo, Satomi Ishihara, Pierre Taki, Jun Kunimura, Rina Takeda, Shu Watanabe, Ayame … Continue reading

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Attack on Titan: Part 2 – End of the World (2015) Review

Director: Shinji Higuchi Writer: Yusuke Watanabe, Tomohiro Machiyama Based on Manga by Hajime Isayama Cast: Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongo, Takahiro Miura, Nanami Sakuraba, Satoru Matsuo, Shu Watanabe, Ayame Misaki, Rina Takeda Running Time: 90 min. By … Continue reading

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Audition (2000) Review

Director: Takashi Miike Writer: Daisuke Tengan, Ryu Murakami Cast: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Miyuki Matsuda, Renji Ishibashi, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura Running Time: 115 min. By Alexander Takashi Miike’s Audition scared the hell out of me. Even though I figured … Continue reading

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Away with Words | aka Kujaku (1999) Review

Director: Christopher Doyle Writer: Christopher Doyle, Tony Rayns Producer: Hiro Tokimori Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Kevin Sherlock, Mavis Xu, Georgina Hobson, Christa Hughes, Takanori Kubo Running Time: 86 min. By Mighty Peking Man A dispirited young man (Tadanobu Asano of “Ichi … Continue reading

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Azumi (2003) Review

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura Writers: Isao Kiriyama, Yu Koyama Producer: Mataichiro Yamamoto Cast: Aya Ueto, Shun Oguri, Hiroki Narimiya, Kenji Kohashi, Takatoshi Kaneko, Yuma Ishigaki, Tak Sakaguchi, Yoshio Harada, Kenichi Endo, Kazuya Shimizu Running Time: 124/148 min. By Alexander Strip the … Continue reading

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Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005) Review

Director: Shusuke Kaneko Producer: Mataichiro Yamamoto Cast: Aya Ueto, Yuma Ishigaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Shun Oguri, Kenichi Endo, Kai Shishido, Eugene Nomura, Tak Sakaguchi, Shoichiro Masumoto, Kenji Takechi, Ai Maeda, Toshie Negishi, Toshiya Nagasawa, Shigeru Koyama, Kazuki Kitamura Running Time: 102 … Continue reading

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Battle Royale (2000) Review

Director: Kinji Fukasaku Writer: Kenta Fukasaku, Koushun Takam Producer: Akio Kamatani, Tetsu Kayama, Masumi Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Takeshi Kitano, Kou Shibasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Yuko Miyamura Running Time: 114 min. By JJ Hatfield “Battle Royale” … 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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Battles Without Honor and Humanity Vol. 1 (1973) Review

AKA: The Yakuza Papers Vol. 1 Director: Kinji Fukasaku Writer: Koichi Iiboshi, Kazuo Kasahara Producer: Koji Shundo, Goro Kusakabe Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Kunie Tanaka, Eiko Nakamura, Tsunehiko Watase, Goro Ibuki, Nobuo Kaneko, Toshie Kimura, Tamio Kawaji, Mayumi Nagisa, … Continue reading

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Battles Without Honor and Humanity Vol. 2: Hiroshima Death Match (1973) Review

AKA: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima Director: Kinji Fukasaku Writer: Koichi Iiboshi, Kazuo Kasahara Cast: Kinya Kitaoji, Sonny Chiba, Bunta Sugawara, Meiko Kaji, Mikio Narita, Hiroshi Nawa, Asao Koike, Shingo Yamashiro, Hideo Murota, Tatsuo Endo, Yoshi Kato, Kinji Nakamura, Gin Maeda, … Continue reading

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Battles Without Honor and Humanity Vol. 3: Proxy War (1973) Review

Director: Kinji Fukasaku Writer: Koichi Iiboshi, Kazuo Kasahara Producer: Goro Kusakabe Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Takeshi Kato, Mikio Narita, Kunie Tanaka, Nobuo Kaneko, Shingo Yamashiro, Nobuo Kaneko, Tsunehiko Watase, Hideo Murota, Tatsuo Umemiya, Asao Uchida, Tatsuo Endo Running Time: … Continue reading

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