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Film Review: The Pirates (2014)

SYNOPSIS: On the eve of the founding of the Joseon Dynasty, an unprecedented robbery shocks the nation-in-waiting: a whale has swallowed the Emperor’s Royal Seal, and a bounty placed on its retrieval. Now, every infamous gang of thieves, thugs, pirates, and government agents take to the seas, battling the elements, creatures of the deep, and each other to possess the …

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Film Review: Patient X (2009)

SYNOPSIS: After twenty years, local police captures the murderer of the older brother of a young boy. Now a doctor, he must go back to his old town and face the murderers himself. He then discovers that the murderers are Aswang (folkloric Filipino vampire-like creatures) and they pose a deadly threat not only to him but also for the entire …

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Film Review: Meat Grinder (2009)

SYNOPSIS: MEAT GRINDER takes you to taste the bizarre horror of traditional noodle recipe cooked by Boot, a woman who owns a noodle stall, a unique noodle stall REVIEW: Director: Tiwa Moeithaisong Actors: Mai Charoenpura * Rattanballang Tohsawat * * Duangta Tungkamanee Who watches the horror movies from Thailand? I watch them, that’s who! And here is another movie I …

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Film Review: Deathquake (1980)

SYNOPSIS: “Seismologist Hoichi loses touch with his family when he predicts that there will be an earthquake in Tokyo of greater magnitude than the one in 1923, which his father predicted. Because of this he starts seeing another woman who already has a boyfriend. Hoichi’s wife wants to meet her before she will grant a divorce. Eventually, the earthquake he …

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Film Review: The Coffin (2008)

SYNOPSIS: Inspired by a true Thai ritual of lying in coffins to get rid of bad luck and prolong life, The Coffin is a supernatural thriller about a young man and a young woman who decide to go through the ritual in Thailand. REVIEW: The Examination Results: Balance of life and death, interrupted.  Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham Cast: Karen Mok, Ananda Everingham, …

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Film Review: Sex Hell (1975)

SYNOPSIS: It’s new arrivals day as the latest batch of hardboiled jailbait are incarcerated in the toughest juvenile detention center that never existed. REVIEW: With a title as blunt and intriguing as “Sex Hell“, one might either assume a Hell-centered genre movie or a film about rape and trafficking. Typical for these older films, the original title was actually released …

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Film Review: Guinea Pig 5: Android of Notre Dame (1989) – CAT III

SYNOPSIS: By the time of Android of Notre Dame, the fifth installment in the Guinea Pig Series, any mondo factualization of the fictional has disappeared. Instead, we have a typical cyberpunk narrative as if focalized through the fevered imagination of Manfred Clynes who posited in the 1960s that the body would become redundant at the interface of new cybernetic technologies. …

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Film Review: Uzumaki (2000)

SYNOPSIS: In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend’s father silently videotaping a snail. He seems unaware of her presence and she thinks no more of it. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. Soon other inhabitants become …

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Film Review: Shutter (2004)

SYNOPSIS: A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past. REVIEW:  Within the smattering of Asian horror releases that arrived like a tidal wave of fear, “Shutter” (2004) was one of ones that carried a well known legacy of being frightful. Its later …

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Film Review: Marebito (2004)

SYNOPSIS: A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo. REVIEW: Director: Takashi Shimizu Producer: Tatsuhiko Hirata Music: Toshiyuki Takine Cinematographer: Tsukasa Tanabe Editor: Masahiro Ugajin Actors: Shinya Tsukamoto * Tomomi Miyash*ta * Kazuhrio Nakahara * Miho Ninagawa * Shun Sugata After watching this I was reminded of several different …

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Film Review: Caterpillar (2010)

SYNOPSIS: During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier… but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle in mainland China. All hopes, from the village men and women to close family members, turn to Shigeko, the Lieutenant’s wife: she must honor the Emperor and the country in setting an …

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Film Review: Sector 7 (2011)

SYNOPSIS: Something awaits 8,000 feet under the sea off the southern tip of Jeju Island. The Eclipse is the offshore drilling rig stationed at Sector 7, a mining area in the vast open sea located off the southern tip of Jeju Island. The oil drilling excavations end in failure and headquarters gives the order to withdraw. Captain Jeong-man is sent …

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