Reviews Tagged with Japan - Page 5

Samurai Princess (Samurai purinsesu: Gedô-hime) (2009)

A new Samurai is born.
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Pazuzu Iscariot

Samurai Princess (Samurai purinsesu: Gedô-hime) - A New Samuirai is Born

Sticking with what seems to be this month's theme of excessively gory Asian horror movies; the biscuit is awarded to and allowed to be taken away by Samurai Princess (Samurai purinsesu: Gedô-hime). Possibly the goriest Japanese cyberpunk splatterfest to grace my DVD player with more severed body parts than Jeffery Dahmer's dinner parties and more v... Click to read more "Samurai Princess (Samurai purinsesu: Gedô-hime)"

Shogun Assassin (1980)

Lone wolf and son. The greatest team in the history of mass slaughter.
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Shogun Assassin - Lone wolf and son. The greatest team in the history of mass slaughter.

It's not usual that a Samurai movie would be reviewed on this site but Shogun Assassin (known in Japan as Kozure Okami) is here for two reasons. Number one is that this movie almost made the notorious Video Nasty list in the UK and number two is the plentiful amount of blood and violence. One of the movie's taglines is "It's impossible to keep a bo... Click to read more "Shogun Assassin"

Shogun's Sadism (Tokugawa onna keibatsu-emaki: Ushi-zaki no kei) (1976)

You will soon forget your god and cling to me like a bitch!
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Shogun's Sadism a.k.a. The Joy of Torture 2: Oxen Split Torturing (Tokugawa onna keibatsu-emaki: Ushi-zaki no kei)

The popularity of so many modern Japanese horror movies over the last ten years has no doubt generally piqued Western curiosity about the country's cinematic legacy: its more recent gory movies didn't emerge out of a vacuum, that's for sure, and it's getting easier to track down earlier works which show us this much, such as Shogun's Sadism (The Jo... Click to read more "Shogun's Sadism (Tokugawa onna keibatsu-emaki: Ushi-zaki no kei)"

Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies (2001)

School's out... Forever!
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Pazuzu Iscariot

Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies - School's Out... Forever!

If you ever find yourself stuck for what movie to watch and you think that you might like to watch a twisted love story disguised as a gore filled, Asian zombie flick then Stacy (also known as Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies) is the movie that you need. Based on a popular Japanese novel by Kenji Otsuki, Stacy is a black comedy featuring ove... Click to read more "Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies"

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)"

Suicide Club (Suicide Circle) (2001)

Well then, goodbye everybody.
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Pazuzu Iscariot

Suicide Club (Suicide Circle) - Well then, goodbye everybody

Not only is Suicide Club (Suicide Circle) a highly original and innovative slice of Asian cinema it also has, in my opinion, the best opening scene in any horror movie ever! There is plenty of blood and gore (most of which is in the first five minutes), the usual confusing-to-Westerners storyline and an abundance of cheesy pop music. The movie is f... Click to read more "Suicide Club (Suicide Circle)"

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