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Isola (Isola: Tajuu jinkaku shôjo) (2000)

Chihiro suffers from muliple personalities - and one of them is deadly.
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Isola (Isola: Tajuu jinkaku shôjo) - Chihiro suffers from muliple personalities - and one of them is deadly

Although filled with traditional Japanese horror supernaturalness, wild flights of fantasy and schoolgirl beatings, Isola (Isola: Tajuu jinkaku shôjo) is not a traditional J-Horror with long black haired sexy ghosts crawling along ceilings and jump scares via dead people's reflections. The majority of the movie creates an air of mystery through som... Click to read more "Isola (Isola: Tajuu jinkaku shôjo)"

Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi) (2008)

The beginning of Hell.
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Love Exposure - Shion Sono

As a general rule, when a director can move seamlessly from knob gags to profound emotion, then he or she is doing something right. You can expect all of this and much, much more from Shion Sono in 2008's Love Exposure; despite being quite an undertaking with around a four-hour running time, this is not a film which ever felt boring, nor did it ove... Click to read more "Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi)"

The Machine Girl (Kataude mashin gâru) (2008)

She wont stop, until she's got revenge.
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The Machine Girl - She wont stop, until she's got revenge

The Machine Girl (Kataude mashin gâru) is a Japanese cacophony of action and gore from Noboru Iguchi and if you know that name from Tokyo Gore Police then you pretty much know what to expect... nonsensically named ninjas, malicious married mobsters, gratuitous gore and enough spent metal to repair the Titanic. As seems to be a common thread in Japa... Click to read more "The Machine Girl (Kataude mashin gâru)"

Marebito (2004)

They didn't see something that terrified them. They saw something because they were terrified.
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Marebito - They didn't see something that terrified them. They saw something because they were terrified.

Takashi Shimizu (director of Ju-On: The Grudge and Reincarnation) brings us an original J-Horror movie by the name of Marebito AKA (The Stranger from Afar). The movie takes the humble vampire movie in a new direction, in a Japanese kind of way, but is much less focused on the supernatural ghosts and spirits that we tend to associate with your typic... Click to read more "Marebito"

Naked Blood: Megyaku (Nekeddo burâddo: Megyaku) (1996)

Hisayasu Sato's notorious sex & gore masterpiece.
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Splatter: Naked Blood - Hisayasu Sato's notorious sex & gore masterpiece

It's not often that a horror movie shocks and appalls me but Japanese director Hisayasu Sato managed to do so with his enticingly titled movie Splatter: Naked Blood (Nekeddo burâddo: Megyaku). Although the effects are not entirely convincing Sato is not afraid to subject the viewer to some close-up, detailed, slow, torturous, graphic gore, with one... Click to read more "Naked Blood: Megyaku (Nekeddo burâddo: Megyaku)"

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)"

Pyrokinesis AKA Crossfire (Kurosufaia) (2000)

Fire is another emotion.
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Pyrokinesis AKA Crossfire (Kurosufaia) - Fire is Another Emotion

From the offset it is quite apparent that the heroine in Shusuke Kaneko's Pyrokinesis AKA Crossfire (Kurosufaia) is going to go out with a bang, and not the kind of bang that a female in a snuff flick goes out with but the kind of bang that is likely to appear in a generic action movie either just before or just after the obligatory fist-fight betw... Click to read more "Pyrokinesis AKA Crossfire (Kurosufaia)"

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