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Film Review: Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980) – CAT III

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SYNOPSIS: A group of three disenfranchised young men, Lung (Lung Tin Sang), Ko (Che Bin Law) and Paul (Albert Au) set off a bomb in a movie theatre. Fleeing from the scene of the crime, they run into the beautiful but dangerous Wan-chu (Lin Chen Chi), who spends her days torturing animals and arguing with her neighbours. Wan-chu threatens to ...

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Film Review: Rigor Mortis (2013)

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 SYNOPSIS: A public housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos. REVIEW: J-Pop star turned actor turned writer/director Juno Mak makes his directorial debut with Rigor Mortis, a decidedly offbeat but visually stunning homage to Asian horror films of the 80’s. Working with producer Takashi Shimizu (Writer/Director of The Grudge), Mak has fashioned a film light on ...

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Film Review: Stop the Bitch Campaign: Hell Version (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: In Tokyo, prostitution in the name of “Enjo Kosai” is in fashion among some high school girls. A mysterious man Kuni lament such girls but cannot deny a strong desire for them. He punish the girls by having sex with them without paying them. He calls this operation “Stop the Bitch Campaign” for public justice….. REVIEW: There is a ...

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Film Review: House in the Alley (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Until they lose their baby to a miscarriage, a young couple were happily settling into their new life in their spacious home. After the tragedy, Thao is inconsolable and won’t let her baby’s body leave the house. Normal life eludes her as terrifying visions undermine her sanity. Her husband, Thanh, experiences strange phenomena around their home and when his ...

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Film Review: Robo Vampire (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Drug dealing gangsters enter into battle with a narcotics task force; both parties have secret weapons. REVIEW: You’ve scraped the bottom of the barrel. You’ve scraped, and scraped, and scraped—until you think you can scrape no more. You’ve seen TROLL 2, SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS, THEY SAVED HITLER’S BRAIN. You don’t believe it can possibly get any worse. I ...

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Film Review: Confession of Murder (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: After the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing all his murders in great detail. Detective Choi, who investigated Lee’s murders 15 years ago starts the chase once again and Han Ji-soo, who lost her daughter to Lee, pledges vengeance. Meanwhile, another killer appears, casting doubt to whether Lee is ...

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Film Review: Ghost In The Shell (1995)

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SYNOPSIS: “The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Manga are Japanese ...

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Film Review: Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: According to ancient lore, if a human freely offers their heart to a demon, that monster can become mortal, experiencing the true pains and passions of existence. This is the ultimate triumph of the underworld. Xiaowei (Xun Zhou, THE GREAT MAGICIAN, FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE), a millennia-old fox spirit, is freed from her frozen prison and transforms into ...

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Film Review: Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: From legendary action director Tsui Hark and the creators of international smash hit Detective Dee – Mystery Of The Phantom Flame comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie’s beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest ...

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