Asian Movie Reviews

Asian Reviews is a general listing of Asian Movies. You'll find Asian horror reviews (general & CAT III) here that are intermingled with non-horror Asian films (martial arts, action, drama).

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Film Review: Cure (1997)

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A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation goes nowhere. An odd young man is arrested near the scene of the latest murder, who … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Joy of Torture (1968) – CAT III

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Set in the Tokugawa (or Edo) period, the first in Teruo Ishii’s Joys of Torture series opens with a montage portraying a succession of women being decapitated, burnt alive at the stake and torn in two by oxen. The film then adopts a portmanteau approach of three short stories which all culminate in lengthy torture sessions

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Director Teruo Ishii starts 1968’s The Joy of Torture (one of four movies he put … Continue reading

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Film Review: CrocZilla (2012)

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Xiao, befriends Amao a 36 foot crocodile, who lives on his fathers croc sanctuary. Xiao’s father is forced to sell his crocodiles to a gangster who plans to use them for high priced meals. Before Amao is due to be slaughtered, he escapes, slaying his captors in the process. Amongst the chaos, Amao accidentally swallows a bag with $1 million dollars inside. When rumor’s of this spread, the town locals are split … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Killer Snakes (1975)

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A young man who has been beaten, abused, humiliated and laughed at all his life finds that he has an unusual empathy with snakes. He can talk to them and they understand him, and eventually he finds that he can get them to do his bidding. He decides to use his newfound friends to take his revenge on everyone who ever did him wrong

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Here we have a bizarre little curio … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ghost Train (2006)

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On her way to school, high school girl Nana sees a train accident. Then Nana and her friend Kanae start to come across various bizarre phenomena, including red fingerprints and a female spirit who ‘lives’ on the station platform. One day, Nana’s younger sister is lost, and the only possibility seems to be that she had been taken by these spirits. The missing tracks. The predictions that a mysterious woman makes.

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Film Review: Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead (2011)

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A group of teenagers go camping in the woods. They find themselves in deep trouble, when poop covered zombies that are controlled by parasites come out to attack them.

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Film Review: Centipede Horror (1984) – CAT III

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A young woman, Kay, on holiday with a friend in South East Asia, suddenly becomes ill. Her friend dies of a heart attack when she discovers Kay in agony in a small clearing by the side of the road. The doctors at the hospital are mystified by what is causing reddish sore wounds to appear on her skin, or indeed what is preventing her from speaking. Her brother, Wai Lun, rushes to … Continue reading

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Film Review: New Tokyo Decadence: The Slave (2007) – CAT III

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A secretary is introduced to the world of BDSM by her boss. She becomes his personal slave as they take a walk on the wild side of experimentations. This film is based on main actress, Rinako Hirasawa’s personal experiences.

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New Tokyo Decadence – The Slave does not so much fall into the horror genre as it does the pinku eiga, or pink film, genre. A pink film in Japan … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beauty’s Evil Rose (1992) – CAT III

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The Beauty’s Evil Rose is a great title, but rather misleading – The Beauty’s Evil Parasitic Penis-monster would have been more apt, as the plot – such as it is – involves a Satanic female cult who seek to take vengeance on men, for perceived and/or real wrongs, using a parasite which is transmits deadly poison through sexual contact. The police, helmed by Inspector Cheng (Alex Fong) come into contact with the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Genki Genki 17 (Octopus)

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Numerous tentacles coil around female bodies. The suckers cling to their skin, stimulating all the most sensitive areas. Their licentious desire knows no limits.

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While there have been many atrocious Asian films released over the years, you do have to admit that they tend to rule the market in imagination. “Genki-Genki” #17 is one in a series of Genki Genki films designed and executed by horror artist Daikichi Amano . While … Continue reading

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Film Review: Versus (2000)

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There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal…. The forest of resurrection.

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We all like to whine and wring our hands about how there’s too much choice these days, entertainment-wise, and how a lot of the time you just can’t make your mind up what you want to watch. You don’t know whether … Continue reading

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Film Review: One Missed Call (2003)

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People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.

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I’m sure I can’t be the only one who, upon seeing the words ‘directed by Takashi Miike’ flashing up on the screen, thinks: ‘Brace yourself. This is going to be pretty unpleasant.’ In certain circles Miike qualifies as a specimen of that rare beast, the celebrity film … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Lamb in Despair (1999) – CAT III

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Chinese-American Wu and his friend Paul are accused of killing 25 women in the United States.

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Our story begins when Ted Wu is picked up from the airport for questioning upon returning to Hong Kong after seven years in America. The detective fills us in on the back-story via dialogue, mentioning that Ted had been suspected but not charged in twenty-five murders in the United States and will now be carefully … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rasen (1998)

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A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend’s wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.

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Most people haven’t heard of this film, and not without reason. Rasen is the first sequel to Hideo Nakata’s Ring, with some of the same cast but with … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beasts (Shan Kou) (1980) – CAT III

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A father seeks from a gang of thugs who raped his daughter and murdered his son.

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While The Beasts (Shan Kou) has been marketed as a Hong Kong version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and/or The Hills Have Eyes (1977) it is in fact much closer in feel and structure to the rape-revenge film – most notably I Spit On Your Grave, although it bears similarities with Ingmar Bergman’s The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Brother of Darkness (1994) – CAT III

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Brother of Darkness begins with a young man, Toh (Hugo Ng Doi-Yung) on trial for the brutal murder of his brother, Wah (William Ho Ka-Kui). As the court case unfolds and witnesses take the stand, a horrific tale of sibling abuse, domestic violence and all-round thugary ensues. We discover that Toh was subject to frequent attacks by Wah whenever he returned to the family home after being released from prison; one attack … Continue reading

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Film Review: X Game (2010)

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A man in the name of Hideaki and his 6th grade classmates, Takeshi, Chie and Tetsuya, wake up to find themselves in their old elementary school after the suicide of their teacher. There they play a game called x game. X game was created by a classmate which was used to bully a girl named Mariko. In order to survive they must play the game until the final level, level 13 the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Laddaland (2011)

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Ladda Land is based on the true story of a gated community that was shut down after a series of mysterious deaths and paranormal occurrences. When a family moves to Ladda Land, an upscale housing development with large, beautiful homes, they discover life in their new neighborhood isn’t so perfect when they encounter a series of terrifying, paranormal events that drives the family to the edge of insanity.

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It’s a pity … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dark Water (2002)

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A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

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Following hot on the heels of the execrable Sadako 3D, here we have the perfect antidote. Dark Water is Hideo Nakata’s second adaptation of a Kôji Suzuki story, and it is also one of several Japanese horror flicks to have been given the dubious honour … Continue reading

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Film Review: Men Behind the Sun 4 (Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre) (1995) – CAT III

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In 1937, Japanese troops raid the Chinese city of Nanking to execute a planned massacre by subjecting over 300,000 helpless civilians to various tortures and atrocities before slaughtering them all.

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In 1980, while working for Shaw Brothers Studio, Chinese film director Tun Fei Mou decided he was done with kung-fu movies and considered doing a children’s movie. Around the same time, he began learning about Unit 731, a secret biological … Continue reading

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Film Review: Men Behind the Sun (1988) – CAT III

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Men Behind the Sun is a fictionalised account of war atrocities perpetrated against Chinese and Russian people by the Japanese during World War 2. Unit 731 is a secret facility which conducts biological and other medical experiments on both animals and humans. The film focuses on the experiences of the last youth corps to join Unit 731 before it was closed down immediately following the surrender of Japan to the Allied Forces … Continue reading

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