Category Archives: Japanese

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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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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Ley Lines (1999) Review

Director: Takashi Miike Writer: Ichiro Ryu Cast: Show Aikawa, Samuel Pop Aning, Takeshi Caesar, Yukie Itou, Michisuke Kashiwaya,Kazuki Kitamura, Dan Li, Ryuushi Mizukami, Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Naoto Takenaka, Koji Tsukamoto, Hua Rong Weng Running Time: 105 min. By Kyle Warner … Continue reading

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972) Review

Director: Kenji Misumi Writer: Kazoo Koike, Goseki Kojima Producer: Shintaro Katsu Cast: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Tomoko Mayama, Fumio Watanabe, Keiko Fujita, Reiko Kasahara, Yunosuke Ito, Shun’ya Wazaki, Yoshi Kato Running Time: 83 min. By Martin Sandison In February of this year, … Continue reading

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Love Exposure (2008) Review

Director: Sion Sono Writer: Sion Sono Producer: Haruo Umekawa Cast: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Ando, Makiko Watanabe, Atsuro Watabe Running Time: 237 min. By HKFanatic This is a film whose reputation precedes it – that of being one long-ass … Continue reading

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