Category Archives: Japanese

Golgo 13 (1973) Review

Director: Junya Sato Writer: Takao Saito, K. Motomitsu Cast: Ken Takakura, Mohsen Sohrabi, Jaleh Sam, Yadolla Shirandami, Jalal Pishvaian, Arezu, Siamak Atlassi, Arash Taj, Dariush Asadzade, Ezatallah Ramezanifar Running Time: 104 min. By Martin Sandison A couple of nights after … Continue reading

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Gonin (1995) Review

AKA: The Five Director: Takashi Ishii Writer: Takashi Ishii Producer: Kazuyoshi Okuyama Cast: Koichi Sato, Masahiro Motoki, Jinpachi Nezu, Kippei Shiina, Naoto Takenaka, Takeshi Kitano, Kazuya Kimura Running Time: 109 min. By Equinox21 In 1995, stylish director, Takashi Ishii, brought … Continue reading

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Graveyard of Honor (2002) Review

AKA: New Graveyard of Honor Director: Takashi Miike Writer: Goro Fujita, Shigenori Takechi Cast: Narumi Arimori, Yoshiyuki Daichi, Hirotaro Honda, Harumi Inoue, Renji Ishibashi, Goro Kishitani, Takashi Miike, Ryosuke Miki, Yasukaze Motomiya, Mikio Osawa, Daisuke Ryu, Harumi Sone, Shun Sugata … Continue reading

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Guilty of Romance (2011) Review

Director: Sion Sono Writer: Sion Sono Producer: Yoshinori Chiba Cast: Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kazuya Kojima, Satoshi Nikaido, Ryuju Kobayashi, Shingo Gotsuji, Motoki Fukami Running Time: 113 min. By HKFanatic Sion Sono, the acclaimed director of “Suicide Club,” … Continue reading

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Gun Woman (2014) Review

Director: Kurando Mitsutake Writer: Kurando Mitsutake Cast: Asami, Kairi Narita, Noriaki Kamata, Matthew Floyd Miller, Dean Simone, Tatsuya Nakadai Running Time: 86 min. By Z Ravas It’d be easy for detractors to label 2014’s Gun Woman another case of low-budget … Continue reading

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Happiness of the Katakuris, The (2001) Review

Director: Takashi Miike Writer: Kikumi Yamagishi Producer: Hirotsugu Yoshida Cast: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Tetsuro Tamba, Naoto Takenaka, Tamaki Miyazaki, Takashi Matsuzaki Running Time: 113 min. By Kyle Warner When Takashi Miike agreed to … Continue reading

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Hard Romanticker (2011) Review

Director: Su-Yeon Gu Writer: Mitsunori Gu, Su-Yeon Gu Cast: Shota Matsuda, Kento Nagayama, Atsuro Watabe, Shido Nakamura, Tokio Emotom, Kaname Endo, Sei Ashina, Yoko Maki, Dai Watanabe, Claude Makik, Keiko Awaji Running Time: 109 min. By HKfanatic If there’s a … Continue reading

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Hidden Fortress, The (1958) Review

Director: Akira Kurosawa Producer: Sanezumi Fujimoto, Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Misa Uehara, Susumu Fujita, Takashi Shimura, Misa Uehara, Eiko Miyoshi, Toshiko Higuchi, Yu Fujiki, Yoshio Tsuchiya Running Time: 139 min. By Numskull The titular location … Continue reading

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House (1977) Review

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi Writer: Chigumi Obayashi, Chiho Katsura Cast: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Ai Matubara, Kumiko Oba, Mieko Sato, Eriko Tanaka, Masayo Miyako, Yoko Minamida, Kiyohiko Ozaki, Saho Sasazawa, Haruko Wanibuchi Running Time: 88 min. By Martin Sandison Ten years … Continue reading

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I Am a Hero (2015) Review

Director: Shinsuke Sato Writer: Kengo Hanazawa, Akiko Nogi Cast: Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Yoshinori Okada, Nana Katase, Jin Katagiri, Makita Sports, Muga Tsukaji, Yu Tokui, Toru Kazama Running Time: 126 min. By Paul Bramhall It’s rare … Continue reading

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Incident at Blood Pass | aka Ambush (1970) Review

AKA: Ambush Director: Hiroshi Inagaki Producer: Toshiro Mifune Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Yujiro Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka, Shintaro Katsu, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Chusha Ichikawa, Ichiro Arishima, Mika Kitagawa, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Jotaro Togami, Chieko Nakakita, Ryunosuke Yamazaki Running Time: 117 min. By Kyle Warner Toshiro … Continue reading

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Ju-On (2002) Review

AKA: Ju-On: The Grudge Director: Takashi Shimizu Writer: Hiroshi Takahashi Producer: Taka Ichise Cast: Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa, Tomomi Kobayashi, Takashi Matsuyama Running Time: 92 min. By Mighty Peking Man Imagine waking up in the middle … Continue reading

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Ju-On 2 (2003) Review

Director: Takashi Shimizu Writer: Takashi Shimizu Cast: Shin’ya Egawa, Takashige Ichise, Kunio Kawakami, Yoshinori Kumazawa, Haruhiko Matsushita, Hiroki Numata Running Time: 95 min. By Mighty Peking Man They should have called this movie Ju-On II: Overkill – not only would … Continue reading

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Kamui Gaiden | aka Kamui The Lone Ninja (2009) Review

AKA: Kamui, Kamui The Lone Ninja Director: Yoichi Sai Writers: Kankuro Kudo Yoichi Sai Cast: Ken ichi Matsuyama, Koyuki Koyuki, Kaoru Kobayashi, Koichi Sato, Hideaki Ito Running Time: 120 min. By Mighty Peking Man “Kamui Gaiden” is the story of … Continue reading

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Karate Kill (2016) Review

Director: Kurando Mitsutake Writer: Kurando Mitsutake Cast: Hayate, David Sakurai, Asami, Katarina Leigh Waters, Mana Sakura, Kirk Geiger, Noriaki Kamata, Kirk Geiger, Tomm Voss, Jeffrey James Lippold Running Time: 85 min By Paul Bramhall Japanese action cinema has a history of … Continue reading

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Kids Return (1996) Review

Director: Takeshi Kitano Writer: Takeshi Kitano Producers: Masayuki Mori, Yasushi Tsuge, Takio Yoshida Cast: Masanobu Ando, Ken Kaneko, Leo Morimoto, Hatsuo Yamaya, Mitsuko Oka, Ryo Ishibashi, Susumu Terajima, Koichi Shigehisa, Michisuke Kashiwaya, Yuko Daike, Atsuki Ueda, Ren Osugi, Masami Shimojoe … Continue reading

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Killers (2014) Review

Director: The Mo Brothers Writer: Takuji Ushiyama, Timo Tjahjanto Cast: Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy, Ersya Aurelia, Epy Kusnandar, Mei Kurokawa, Denden, Motoki Fukami, Tara Basro, Dimas Argobie Running Time: 137 min. By HKFanatic Killers … Continue reading

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Kunoichi: Lady Ninja (1998) Review

Director: Hitoshi Ozawa Writer: Junichi Inoue, Hitoshi Ozawa Producer: Yoshimi Arai, Tetsuji Hayashi Cast: Hitoshi Ozawa, Yuko Moriyama, Tomomi Kuribayashi, Kazuki Takeda, Yoshio Shima, Tomoroo Taguchi Running Time: 105 min. By Numskull ‘Ninja Magic: Energy Ball!’ A blazing, luminous sphere … Continue reading

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Kwaidan | aka Ghost Stories (1965) Review

AKA: Weird Tales Director: Masaki Kobayashi Writer: Yoko Mizuki, Lafcadio Hearn Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentaro Mikuni, Tetsuro Tamba, Takashi Shimura, Michiyo Aratama, Kunie Tanaka Running Time: 182 min. By Kyle Warner It’s long been my opinion that every great filmmaker should try their … Continue reading

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Lady Snowblood: Blizzard from the Netherworld (1973) Review

AKA: Blood Snow, Shurayukihime Director: Toshiya Fujito Writer: Osada Norio, Koike Kazuo, Kamimura Kazuo Cast: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza, Noboru Nakaya, Takeo Chii, Yoshiko Nakada, Kaoru Kashiwada, Akemi Negishi, Sanae Nakahara Running Time: 97 min. By … Continue reading

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