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Film Review: Sadi-Scream (2007)


SYNOPSIS: Rumi, an investigative journalist, prepares to interview a garbage collector. Her colleague has heard a rumor that the man is involved in the disposal of dead bodies for the yakuza, and persuades Rumi to conduct the interview alone, under surveillance. When the man’s suspicions are eventually aroused, he and his cohorts capture the reporters and take them to a ...

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Film Review: Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)


SYNOPSIS: The Katakuri family has just opened their guest house in the mountains. Unfortunately their first guest commits suicide and in order to avoid trouble they decide to bury him in the backyard. Things get way more complicated when their second guest, a famous sumo wrestler, dies while having sex with his underage girlfriend and the grave behind the house ...

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Film Review: Tell Me Something (1999)


SYNOPSIS: Detective Cho has been assigned a particularly challenging case. Mismatched body parts are showing up all over Seoul in garbage bags, with little possibility of identifying who they belong to, until dental implants offer an important clue. This eventually leads to the discovery that the victim’s next of kin, a museum curator called Suyeon Chae, is actually an acquaintance ...

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Film Review: Beautiful Girl Hunter (1979) – CAT III


(aka Star of David: Beauty Hunting) SYNOPSIS: NA REVIEW: BEAUTIFUL GIRL HUNTER (1979) Director: Norifumi Suzuki Producer: Yoshio Murai & Yoshihiro Yuhki Writers: Masaaki Sato & Jiku Yamatoya Actors: Yuka Asagiri * Yuko Asuka * Shu Domon * Hiromi Namino * Hiroshi Nawa * Asami Ogawa * Rei Okamoto Every movie begins with the potential that you may be getting ...

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Film Review: Women’s Flesh: My Red Guts (1999)


SYNOPSIS: After her boyfriend dumps her, a young woman goes into her bathroom and begins to masturbate with a toothbrush. Autoeroticism gradually turns into self-mutilation, and she attempts to eat one of her own fingers. She then asphyxiates herself, and the focus changes to another woman, who also begins to mutilate herself. She starts with a fork, switches to a ...

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Film Review: Hitch-Hike (2013)


SYNOPSIS: The beautiful young Saeko and her abusive husband Yoshio are driving through the Japanese countryside. Yoshio continually makes things unpleasant for his unfortunate wife, fingering her while she’s driving and slapping her whenever his beer spills. They pick up a hitchhiker who, like Yoshio, is a fishing enthusiast. Things quickly turn sour, however, and the moment they find out ...

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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: Girl Hell (1999)


SYNOPSIS: Misaki, a kindhearted 17-year-old schoolgirl, leads a lonely and miserable life. Abandoned by her mother, she lives with her invalid sister and abusive father. Unable to defend herself, her sister is sexually abused by their father constantly, but Misaki herself manages to avoid his incestuous attentions. She is unable to relate to her only friend, a fellow student who ...

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Film Review: Attack Girls’ Swim Team Versus the Undead (2007)


SYNOPSIS: The swim team of the local girls high school is getting ready for an upcoming competition. Their concentration is quickly derailed, however, when they are informed over the loudspeaker that a new virus is doing the rounds and they will all need to be vaccinated. Before long the virus has caused the school to be overrun with zombies, among ...

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Film Review: Mad Detective (2007)


SYNOPSIS: Inspector Bun has developed a reputation for solving crimes with his clairvoyant power, which enables him to see manifestations of the different sides of an individual’s personality. His career comes to a crashing halt, however, when he inexplicably severs his ear and offers it to the chief as a retirement gift. Years later, Inspector Ho approaches Bun for help ...

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