Category Archives: Japanese

Battles Without Honor and Humanity Vol. 4: Police Tactics (1974) Review

Director: Kinji Fukasaku Writer: Koichi Iiboshi, Kazuo Kasahara Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Takeshi Kato, Tatsuo Umemiya, Hiroki Matsukata, Nobuo Kaneko, Hideo Murota, Shingo Yamashiro, Kunie Tanaka, Shinichiro Mikami, Ichiro Ogura, Asao Koike, Asao Uchida, Harumi Sone, Tatsuo Endo Running … Continue reading

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Battles Without Honor and Humanity Vol. 5: Final Episode (1974) Review

Director: Kinji Fukasaku Writer: Koichi Iiboshi, Koji Takada Producer: Goro Kusakabe Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Kinya Kitaoji, Joe Shishido, Junkichi Orimoto, Kunie Tanaka, Shingo Yamashirom Hiroki Matsukata, Goichi Yamada, Goro Ibuki, Nobuo Kaneko, Asao Uchida, Isao Konami Running Time: … Continue reading

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Before We Vanish (2017) Review

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Masami Nagasawa, Mahiro Takasugi, Yuri Tsunematsu, Hiroki Hasegawa, Atsuko Maeda, Masahiro Higashide, Takashi Sasano Running Time: 129 min. By Matija Makotoichi Tomic Following the premiere at 2017 Cannes Film … Continue reading

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Beyond Outrage (2012) Review

Director: Takeshi Kitano Writer: Takeshi Kitano Cast: Beat Takeshi, Tomokazu Miura, Ryo Kase, Akira Nakao, Shigeru Koyama, Toshiyuki Nishida, Sansei Shiomi, Katsunori Takahashi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yutaka Matsushige, Hideo Nakano, Kenta Kiritani, Hirofumi Arai, Tetsushi Tanaka, Ken Mitsuishi, Tatsuo Nadaka Running … 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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Blind Woman’s Curse (1970) Review

AKA: Black Cat’s Revenge Director: Teruo Ishii Writer: Teruo Ishii, Yoshitada Sone Producer: Hideo Koi Cast: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Sato, Hideo Sunazuka, Shiro Otsuji, Toru Abe, Tatsumi Hijikata Running Time: 85 min. By Kyle Warner Teruo Ishii was … Continue reading

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Boiling Point (1990) Review

AKA: San Tai Yon X Jujatsu; 3-4x Jugatsu Director: Takeshi Kitano Writer: Takeshi Kitano Producer: Hisao Nabeshima, Takio Yoshida, Masayuki, Mori Cast: Masahiko Ono, Yuriko Ishida, Takahito Iguchi, Minoru Iizuka, Makoto Ashikawa, Hisashi Igawa, Bengal, Johnny Ohkura, Katsuo Tokashiki, Takeshi … 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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Brother (2000) Review

AKA: Aniki, Mon Frère (French title) Director: Takeshi Kitano Writer: Takeshi Kitano Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Omar Epps, Kuroudo Maki, Masaya Kato, Susumu Terajima, Royale Watkins, Lombardo Boyar, Ren Osugi, Ryo Ishibashi, James Shigeta, Tatyana Ali, Makolo Ohtake, Kouen Okumura, Naomasa … Continue reading

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Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles (2013) Review

Director: Takanori Tsujimoto Writer: Takanori Tsujimoto Cast: Mitsuki Koga, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Masanori Mimoto, Kentaro Shimazu, Kazuki Tsujimoto, Ema, Kensuke Sonomura, Masaki Suzumura, Naohiro Kawamoto, Marc Walkow, Yasutaka Yuuki, Takashi Tanimoto Running Time: 88 min. By Kyle Warner Bushido Man: Seven … Continue reading

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Casshern (2004) Review

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya Cast: Yusuke Iseya, Kumiko Aso, Akira Terao, Kanako Higuchi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Jun Kaname, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Susumu Terajima, Hideji Otaki, Tatsuya Mihashi, Toshiaki Karasawa Running Time: 140 min. By Ningen A scientist can’t get … Continue reading

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City of Lost Souls, The | aka The Hazard City (2000) Review

AKA: The City of Strangers Director: Takashi Miike Writer: Seishu Hase (novel), Ichiro Ryu Cast: Teah, Michelle Reis, Patricia Manterola, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Koji Kikkawa, Ren Osugi, Akaji Maro, Anatoli Krasnov, Sebastian DeVicente, Terence Yin, Atsushi Okuno, Akira Emoto, Eugene Nomura, … Continue reading

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Cold Fish (2010) Review

Director: Sion Sono Writer: Sion Sono, Yoshiki Takahashi Producer: Yoshinori Chiba, Toshiki Kiimura Cast: Makoto Ashikawa, Denden, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka, Hikari Kajiwara, Lorena Koto Running Time: 145 min. By HKFanatic Japanese director Sion Sono first caught the … Continue reading

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Colt is My Passport, A (1967) Review

Director: Takashi Nomura Writer: Nubuo Yamada, Shuichi Nagahara, Nobuo Yamada Cast: Jo Shishido, Chitose Kobayashi, Jerry Fujio, Akiyoshi Fukae, Zenji Yamada, Hideaki Esumi, Jun Hongo, Akio Miyabe, Toyoko Takechi, Kojiro Kusanagi, Ryotaro Sugi, Takamaru Sasaki, Asao Uchida, Zeko Nakamura Running … Continue reading

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Cops vs. Thugs (1975) Review

Director: Kinji Fukasaku Writer: Kazuo Kasahara, Goro Kusakabe Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka, Nobuo Kaneko, Reiko Ike, Hiroki Matsukata, Toru Abe, Mikio Narita, Akira Shioji, Tatsuo Umemiya, Shotaro Hayashi, Hideo Murota, Masaharu Arikawa Running Time: 100 min. By Kyle Warner No one dies well in a Kinji … Continue reading

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Crazy Thunder Road (1980) Review

Director: Sogo Ishii Producer: Mitsuhiko Akita, Hiroshi Kobayashi Cast: Tatsuo Yamada, Hiroshi Kaiya, Masamitsu Daichi, Yōsuke Nakajima, Tadashi Kamiya, Akihiro Kimura, Hiroyuki Kiyosue, Katsunori Hirose, Masahiro Ōzeki, Nenji Kobayashi, Masashi Kojima, Koji Nanjō, Michiko Kitahara, Naoto Ōmori, Masahiro Yoshiwara, Akemi … Continue reading

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Creepy (2016) Review

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Novel: Yutaka Maekawa Writer: Chihiro Ikeda, Kiyoshi Kurosawa Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi, Haruna Kawaguchi, Masahiro Higashide, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryoko Fujino, Masahiro Toda, Toru Baba Misaki Saisho, Takashi Sasano Running Time: 130 min. By Martin Sandison An … Continue reading

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Crows Zero | aka Crows 0 (2007) Review

AKA: Crows: Episode 0 Director: Takashi Miike Producer: Mataichiro Yamamoto Cast: Shun Oguri, Kyosuke Yabe, Takayuki Yamada, Shunsuke Daito, Meisa Kuroki, Tsutomu Takahashi, Goro Kishitani Running Time: 131 min. By Ningen A new kid in town named Genji enrolls in … Continue reading

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Cutie Honey (2004) Review

Director: Hideaki Anno Writer: Hideaki Anno, Rumi Takahashi, Go Nagai Producer: Morio Amagi, Motoo Kawabata Cast: Eriko Sato, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Murakami, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Hairi Katagiri, Shie Kohinata, Mayumi Shintani, Eisuke Sasai, Toru Tezuka, Ryō Kase, Ryo Iwamatsu, Suzuki Matsuo, … Continue reading

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Danger Pays (1962) Review

AKA: Danger Paws Director: Ko Nakahira Cast: Joe Shishido, Ruriko Asaoka, Hiroyuki Nagato, Arihiro Fujimura, Eiji Go, Bokuzen Hidari, Kojiro Kusanagi, Torahiko Hamada, Daizaburo Hirata, Toyoko Takechi, Zenji Yamada Running Time: 82 min. By Kyle Warner Danger Pays is an … Continue reading

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