Category Archives: Japanese

Dark Water (2002) Review

Director: Hideo Nakata Writer: Koji Suzuki (novel) Cast: Hitomi Kuroki, Mirei Oguchi, Rio Kanno, Shigemitsu Ogi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yu Tokui, Isao Yatsu, Asami Mizukawa Running Time: 102 min. By Numskull Director Hideo Nakata and novelist Koji Suzuki follow their success … Continue reading

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Dead or Alive (1999) Review

Director: Takashi Miike Cast: Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa, Shingo Tsurumi, Kaoru Sugita, Hirotaro Honda, Minoru Iizuka, Michisuke Kashiwaya, Mizuho Koga, Ren Oosugi, Tomoro Taguchi, Susumu Terajima Running Time: 105 min. By Mairosu And so finally, I … Continue reading

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Dead or Alive 3: Final (2002) Review

Director: Takashi Miike Producer: Toshiki Kimura, Mitsuru Kurosawa Cast: Sho Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Richard Chen, Terence Yin, Josie Ho, Maria Chen, Hiroyoshi Komuro Running Time: 86 Min. By SlaXor Well, the first thing I’d like to get out of the … Continue reading

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Doberman Cop (1977) Review

Director: Kinji Fukasaku Writer: Buronson, Koji Takada Cast: Sonny Chiba, Janet Hatta, Eiko Matsuda, Masaru Shiga, Tatsuo Endo, Hideo Murota, Koichi Iwaki, Takuzo Kawatani, Hiroki Matsukata, Ryuji Katagiri Running Time: 90 min. By Kyle Warner An Okinawa girl’s been murdered, the latest … Continue reading

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Drop (2009) Review

Director: Hiroshi Shinagawa Writer: Hiroshi Shinagawa Producer: Taiichi Inoue Cast: Hiroki Narimiya, Hiro Mizushima, Yuika Motokariya, Yusuke Kamiji, Noriko Nakagoshi, Kazuki Namioka, Junichi Komoto, Yuji Ayabe Running Time: 122 Min. By HKFanatic “Drop” is a live-action filmed based on the … Continue reading

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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972) Review

Director: Shunya Ito Story: Toru Shinohara Writer: Fumio Konami, Hiro Matsuda Cast: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe, Yōko Mihara, Akemi Negishi, Keiko Kuni, Yumiko Katayama, Emi Jo, Isao Natsuyagi, Fumio Watanabe Running Time: 87 min. By Kyle Warner Almost … Continue reading

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701’s Grudge Song (1973) Review

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe Writer: Toru Shinohara Cast: Meiko Kaji, Masakazu Tamura, Yumi Kanei, Hiroshi Tsukata, Yayoi Watanabe, Sanae Nakahara, Akemi Negishi, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Junko Ando, Kotoe Hatsui Running Time: 89 min. By Kyle Warner After apparently feeling that his job … Continue reading

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973) Review

Director: Shunya Ito Story: Toru Shinohara Writer: Hiro Matsuda Producer: Kineo Yoshimine Cast: Meiko Kaji, Mikio Narita, Reisen Lee, Yayoi Watanabe, Koji Nanbara, Takashi Fujiki, Tomoko Mayama Running Time: 87 min. By Kyle Warner Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable is a … Continue reading

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972) Review

Director: Shunya Ito Story: Toru Shinohara Writer: Fumio Konami, Hirn Matsuda, Shunya Ito Cast: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi, Yukie Kagawa, Yuki Arasa, Hideo Murota, Kyoichi Sato Running Time: 94 min. By Kyle Warner In the opening moments of Female … Continue reading

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Fireworks | aka Hana-Bi (1997) Review

Literally: Fire Flowers Writer: Takeshi Kitano Director: Takeshi Kitano Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima, Tetsu Watanabe, Hakuryu, Yasuei Yakushiji, Taro Istumi, Kenichi Yajima, Makoto Ashikawa, Yûko Daike Running Time: 103 min. By Equinox21 Hana-bi was the … Continue reading

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Freeze Me (2000) Review

AKA: Freezer Director: Takashi Ishii Producer: Takashi Ishii, Nobuaki Nagae, Taketo Niitsu Cast: Shingo Tsurumi, Shunsuke Matsuoka, Harumi Inoue, Kazuki Kitamura, Naoto Takenaka Running Time: 102 min. By Jesse Freeze Me tells the story of a woman who was gang … Continue reading

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Gamera Trilogy (1995-1999) Review

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996) Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999) Director: Shusuke Kaneko Writer: Kazunori Ito, Shusuke Kaneko Cast: Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani, Yukijiro Hotaru, Ai Maeda, Toshiyuki Nagashima Running Time: 100/100/108 … Continue reading

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Gantz (2010) Review

Director: Shinsuke Sato Writer: Hiroya Oku, Yusuke Watanabe Cast: Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Kanata Hongo, Natsuna Watanabe Running Time: 130 min. By HKFanatic Much like “Death Note,” 2010’s “Gantz” is a two-part live-action adaptation of a popular and … Continue reading

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Gantz II: Perfect Answer (2011) Review

Director: Shinsuke Sato Writer: Hiroya Oku, Yusuke Watanabe Cast: Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Takayuki Yamada, Gou Ayano, Kanata Hongo, Ayumi Ito, Tomorowo Taguchi Running Time: 141 min. “Perfect Answer” picks up right where the first live-action “Gantz” movie … Continue reading

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Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (2007) Review

Director: Shinichiro Sawai Writer: Takehiro Nakajima, Shoichi Maruyama Cast: Takashi Sorimachi, Rei Kikukawa, Mayumi Wakamura, Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Eugene Nomura, Go Ara, Takahiro Araki, Kachiwo Endo, Yusuke Hirayama, Naoki Hosaka, Sosuke Ikematsu, Satoshi Jinbo Running Time: 136 min. By … Continue reading

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Getting Any? (1995) Review

Director: Takeshi Kitano Writer: Takeshi Kitano Producer: Masayuki Mori, Hisao Nabeshima, Takio Yoshida Cast: Moeko Ezawa, Hakuryu, Tokie Hidari, Yojin Hino, Minoru Iizuka, Takeshi Kitano, Akiji Kobayashi, Yuuji Minakata, Masumi Okada, Ren Osugi, Shintaro Takado, Susumu Terajima, Kanji Tsuda, Yuurei … Continue reading

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Godzilla | aka Gojira (1954) Review

AKA: Godzilla: King of the Monsters Director: Ishiro Honda Writer: Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda Cast: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Takashi Shimura, Fuyuki Murakami, Sachio Sakai, Ren Yamamoto, Toyoaki Suzuki, Toranosuke Ogawa, Akihiko Hirata Running Time: 96 min. By Woody Ishiro Honda was a great … Continue reading

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Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) Review

Director: Jun Fukuda Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka Cast: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham, Kotaro Tomita, Ulf Ootsuki Running Time: 81 min. By Woody My fondest memories of Palmdale, California are of visiting my Grandma Mary, eating TV dinners, … Continue reading

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Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) Review

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura Writer: Isao Kiriyama, Wataru Mimura Cast: Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Akira Takarada, Kane Kosugi, Kazuki Kitamura, Maki Mizuno, Masami Nagasawa, Chihiro Otsuka, Don Frye, Naoko Kamio, Tsutomu, Kitagawa, Kumi Mizuno, Motokuni Nakagawa, Toshihiro Ogura Running Time: 125 min. … Continue reading

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Goemon | aka The Legend of Goemon (2009) Review

AKA: Goemon: The Robin Hood of Japan Director: Kazuaki Kiriya Writer: Kazuaki Kiriya, Tetsuro Takita Cast: Yosuke Eguchi, Takao Osawa, Ryoko Hirosue, Gori, Eiji Okuda, Eiji Okuda, Kazuaki Kiriya, Jun Kaname, Masato Ibu, Hashinosuke Nakamura, Susumu Terajima, Mikijiro Hira, Tetsuji … Continue reading

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