Latest Asian Horror Movie Reviews

Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku) (2005)

The family that eats together stays together.
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Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku) - The family that eats together stays together.

My first impression of Sion Sono's work came via the insanely creative Suicide Club, a film which revolved around the presence of an online cult which compelled its members to off themselves; Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku), made four years later, fits around the time and events of the earlier film, most notably the mass suicide at Shin... Click to read more "Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku)"

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot) (2002)

Revenge was never this sweet.
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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - Revenge was never this sweet.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot) is the first instalment of Chan-wook Park's Vengeance Trilogy (followed by Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). It is a complex tale of various intertwined vengeful exploits and the strongest yet perhaps the least accessible of the trilogy. The audience isn't spoonfed the plot and it is likely to... Click to read more "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot)"

The Eye 10 (Gin Gwai 10) (2005)

When seeing is never believing.
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The Eye 10 (Gin Gwai 10) - When seeing is never believing.

Some so called film critics may regret having been so harsh on The Eye 2 after having seen The Eye 10 (Gin gwai 10). This movie is actually the third film in the "The Eye" series and is known as The Eye 3 in some parts of the world as well as The Eye: Infinity in other parts. It isn't officially known as The Third Eye in any parts of the world whic... Click to read more "The Eye 10 (Gin Gwai 10)"

The Eye 2 (Gin Gwai 2) (2004)

Evil always seeks its second chance.
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The Eye 2 (Gin Gwai 2) - Evil always seeks its second chance.

The Eye 2 is a sequel in name only. It is still directed by The Pang Brothers and still about someone afflicted with the uncanny ability to see the spirits of the dead, but that is where the similarities end. Eyes aren't really even the main focus so this feels a little like a seperate movie trying to cash in on the success of the first. The qualit... Click to read more "The Eye 2 (Gin Gwai 2)"

Strange Circus (Kimyô na sâkasu) (2005)

Reality is the mystery.
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Strange Circus (Kimyô na sâkasu) - Reality is the mystery.

What's in a story? How close can fiction and non-fiction drift together before transforming into one another, and – most of all – why do we tell stories? These are all questions given the irrepressibly deranged, yet painterly treatment by maestro Sion Sono in Strange Circus, a film which crosses multiple boundaries in its consideration of such weig... Click to read more "Strange Circus (Kimyô na sâkasu)"

Tomie: Unlimited (Tomie: Anrimiteddo) (2011)

Exist everywhere, extend everywhere.
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Tomie: Unlimited (Tomie: Anrimiteddo) - Exist everywhere, extend everywhere.

Those familiar with the works of Noboru Iguchi (horror films such as The Machine Girl and Mutant Girls Squad rather than his previous enema and scatology works) won’t be in for any surprises with Tomie: Unlimited. An emotionally confusing story touching on a number of sensitive subjects in a non-sensitive manner with a hidden depth poking satirical... Click to read more "Tomie: Unlimited (Tomie: Anrimiteddo)"

Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka) (2002)

He is the hunter and the hunted.
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Deadly Outlaw: Rekka - He is the hunter and the hunted

It is difficult to say anything about a Takashi Miike film without resorting to comparisons with his more famous and outlandish works such as Ichi the Killer, Gozu and Visitor Q. Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka) seems a quite subdued offering when compared to the lunacy he is more renowned for. Despite this, in comparis... Click to read more "Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka)"

Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki (Shiryô no wana 2: Hideki) (1992)

Beware of the "box" cutter.
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Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki - Beware of the "Box" Cutter

Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki (Shiryô no wana 2: Hideki) has very little to do with it predecessor apart from the occasional appearance of the now older Hideki (the ex-conjoined tormentor revealed in the final section of Evil Dead Trap). Izô Hashimoto (scriptwriter of Akira) takes the writing (along with Chiaki Konaka) and directorial reins and provides... Click to read more "Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki (Shiryô no wana 2: Hideki)"

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