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Tokyo Shock Cinema – A Retrospective
If you are a horror fan, if you are an Asian film horror fan or if you are an extreme horror fan, you have likely come across one if not more of these wonderfully quirky over-the-top films. The genre has struggled with classifying them as they tend to combine several different influences both Asian an Western. Lets throw out a few classifications, so that … Continue reading
Office manager LeeSun is at odds with the work performance of the younger, newly hired employee SaeYoung. As LeeSun begins to investigate the young womanâ€™s secretive life and mysterious past, she uncovers things that were better left unknown.
“Yu is a young man who has a past he desperately wants to forget. At present he is a superhuman top agent for ARCAM, an organisation dedicated to protecting ancient artifacts to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. However, he receives several bloody messages, culminating in the suicide of a friend, stating that Noah would be his death. In response, Yu travels to Turkey to visit the ARCAM dig at … Continue reading
“Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo’s supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira’s secrets were buried thirty … Continue reading
AÂ STUDY OF ASIAN CAT III (Category 3) FILMS
CAT III, otherwise known as Category 3 is the rating system used on Extreme horror and exploitation films from the Asian market. While the films range from extremely disturbing horror to p*rnographic, this list is primarily focused on the Horror rela(1986)ted titles. Soft p*rn for Asian films are also classified under “Pinku” (pink film) though when the filmmakers blend extreme violence, torture, gore or taboo … Continue reading
Asian horror films on the most part fall somewhere between “deep to my heart” to recycled nonsense. Though I do enjoy the thrill of weeding thru all the stinkers to find the gems. For anyone new to these, they present a special brand of fear and dread that is far removed from many Western releases. In fact, I’m quite confident in saying that Asian films tend to rule in the ghost and loony categories. Usually … Continue reading
Battle Royal is one of those films which come out of Japan and make people look and say to each other â€śWTF Japanâ€ť. The film shows the rapid creation, destruction and perseverance of family structures. Thatâ€™s academic talk for explain how and why people create families in tense situations. It happens all the time. Look at high school or your workplace. People have roles they fall into and they see themselves as a family unit. … Continue reading
Another compact edition of Kamera Books that is focused on Asian filmmaking comes per way of “East Asian Cinema” written by David Carter. The book is a bit more rooted in Asian historics and culture than some of Kamera’s other books. This could be a plus or minus depending on your perspective. The focus here though is specifically the directors and films within the East Asian region. So they are not entirely … Continue reading
You’re walking home at night on a deserted road when a woman in a surgical mask approaches. It’s not such a strange thing, as many people in Japan wear masks when they’re feeling under the weather or trying to prevent pollen-induced allergies. She stops.
“Am I pretty?” she asks. She has long, shiny black hair and is wearing a beige coat cinched at the waist.
“Yes,” you say.
And that is when … Continue reading
Article: List of Asian Horror Films – Horrornews.net
We scoured the internet and came up short on finding a comprehensive list of Asian HorroR films to help collectors like us narrow our searches. So We put togther a complete list as we could find from numorous sources into a list you can use (587 films). I’m pretty sure that this is not entirely complete, but it surely is a good start. Also keep in mind … Continue reading
A large chunk of the American film industry is devoted to remakes, adaptations, and sequels. This is no news to you. But there’s a problem: we’re running out of stuff of our own to remake. That’s why we’re dipping into whatever is popular in the international horror bay for a quick coin, and thus we get films like Shutter and The Ring. You may have noticed one of the recent French extremities Martyrs, which is … Continue reading
PATRICK GALLOWAY: author- Interview – 12.14.08
Can you tell us about your book, “Asia Shock: Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand” ?
Well, Scarlett, I think the the title says it all. Actually the word “horror” wasn’t in the title originally. I’d developed the concept of “dark … Continue reading
I am a total luncidal blood slurping cinema gorehound on a neverending search/hunt for my next gore fix!! And if you are too then you need to keep reading because if you are just finding out about these movies you will be thanking HorrorNews.net forÂ enlightening you about these unbelievably bloodsoaked, gut ripping, head smashing, outrageously over the top gore flicks coming out of Japan! Look, I’ve all ready wrote the word … Continue reading
Author Jay McRoy stopped by answer some questions about his books and shed a little light on Asian horror cinema! Check it out!
Japanese Horror Cinema, Nightmare Japan : Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema, and Monstrous Adaptations: Generic and Thematic Mutation in the Horror Film,are your latest books, can you tell us about them?
Jese Horror CinemEdinburgh University Press & University of Hawaii Press, 2005) is an … Continue reading
When someone dies amidst rage and intense wrath, those feelings remain at the death site and kills whoever it touches.Â My name is Kayako Saeki and I am the fulfiller of the Ju-On curse.Â
My life has been filled with torment. My mother, Nakagawa Kawamata, was a spirit exorcist and used me to eat the evil spirits she drove away from her patients. This caused me to be shunned and … Continue reading
My name is Jin-hie, although some like to call me disturbed. I like to say I was passionate. I was a schoolgirl from South Korea who was madly in love with a man named Chang-hoon. We shared many special moments together, and he was especially fond of my piano playing. His favorite song was Moonlight Sonata! Even though Chang-hoon was married, that didnĘĽt stop my love for him. To show my adoration, I … Continue reading
Last week celebrated the American DVD/Blu-ray release of Ji-woon Kim’s The Good, the Bad, the Weird. The film is more or less a remake of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western of a similar name involving three mercenaries in hot pursuit of buried treasure and get caught in the midst of a civil war. Here, it’s 1930s Manchuria and the Imperial Japanese army is battling the Qing Dynasty over territory dominance. It has the same “this land … Continue reading
â€śKiri kiri kiri kiri kiriâ€ť, the sound of a beautiful Japanese songbird to some, to others, a painful pathway to truth. You may know me from Audition, but please allow me to introduce myself, I am Asami Yamazaki.
Quiet, obedient, and well spoken, I have been told that I am everything that a man desires in a woman. All I ask for is that the man in my life, love me, and only … Continue reading