Reviews Tagged with Japan

Apartment 1303 (1303 gôshitsu) (2007)

Some rentals are too good to be true.
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Apartment 1303 (1303 goshitsu) - Some rentals are too good to be true

When the made-up term "hair horror" is thrown at movie fanatics, brain scientists maybe estimate that 85% will immediately visualise the stereotypical Asian ghost, the wicked 10% visualise the ungroomed bush popular in 70s exploitation while 5% insist that horror is all around us and we should combat this by smoking pot at music festivals (statisti... Click to read more "Apartment 1303 (1303 gôshitsu)"

Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru) (2000)

Could you kill your best friend?
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Battle Royale - Possibly the best Asian Horror Movie

Battle Royale (Batoru Rowaiaru) is a work of genius from Japanese director Fukasaku Kinji based on a novel by Takami Koshun. The originality of this movie is definately one of it's strong points. The movie was made in 2000 and paints a picture of a dark future in ruins where violence among Japan's youth has made adults fear their offspring. The ver... Click to read more "Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru)"

Carved - The Slit-Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna) (2007)

Lock up your daughters.
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Carved - Lock up your Daughters

J-Horror movies are not renowned for being sick and disturbing and usually rely on shocks, scares and an abundance of creepiness, Carved - The Slit Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna) breaks this mould and manages to combine supernatural Japanese mythology with relentless depiction of and a flippant attitude towards kidnapping, beating the crap out of, ... Click to read more "Carved - The Slit-Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna)"

Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara) (2002)

Drenched in creepiness.
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Dark Water - Drenched in Creepiness

Even with its PG-13 rating, Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara) still manages to be a very unsettling movie and is one of the original influences (along with Ring) on what has become the current commercially accessible J-Horror formula. Dark Water was one of the first mainstream Japanese horrors to create scares through very subtle means makin... Click to read more "Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara)"

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)"

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