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Film Review: All Night Long 3: The Final Chapter (1996)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Kikuo, a socially inept teenager, has a fascination for carnivorous plants and the minutiae of human waste. He works in a love hotel, cleaning up the filth left behind after every quickie. His isolation is reinforced by the perverse behavior of his workmates, and he soon begins to fixate on an attractive stranger. As he habitually …

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Film Review: Cruel History of Women’s Torture (1976) – CAT III

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: An anthology film consisting of five different episodes of violation, torture and genital mutilation throughout Japanese history. REVIEW: Cruel History of Women’s Torture, under any of its similar monikers and literal translations of the original Japanese title, treads a similar path to Teruo Ishii’s notorious The Joy of Torture (1968). Both films adopt the portmanteau structure …

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Film Review: The Heirloom (Zhaibian) (2005

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Twenty years ago, an inexplicable mass suicide occurred in the millionaire Yang household, where the entire family hanged themselves at the exact same time. Only one member survived. To this day, the case remains unsolved. Now, a distant relative inherits the house and moves in with his fiancee. Mysterious events begin to disturb their lives and …

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Film Review: Throne of Blood (1957)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider’s Web Castle. REVIEW: “The devil’s path will always lead to doom.” Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, is certainly one of the greatest representatives of its cinematic form. Portrayed by the great Toshiro …

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Film Review: Accident (2009)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A troubled assassin, who works by orchestrating “accidents”, suspects that an accident that happens to his team is not an accident at all. REVIEW: Accident, a new release directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, is quite unlike many film premises I’ve come across. This Asian thriller takes on a few new angles while following in the tradition of …

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Film Review: Suicide Club (2001)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: After a group of 54 school girls commit suicide simultaneously at a train station, police start investigating their deaths and try to connect the seemingly unrelated suicides that had been plaguing Japan. With the help of a woman who identifies herself as ‘The Bat’ and set to the music of a girl band called ‘Dessert’ detectives …

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Film Review: Dreams (1990)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: “This is essentially eight separate short films, though with some overlaps in terms of characters and thematic material – chiefly that of man’s relationship with his environment. Sunshine Through The Rain: a young boy is told not to go out on the day when both weather conditions occur, because that’s when the foxes hold their wedding …

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Film Review: Wolf Warrior (2015)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A Chinese special force soldier with extraordinary marksmanship is confronted by a group of deadly foreign mercenaries who are hired to assassinate him by a vicious drug lord. REVIEW: Titles can be incredibly confusing things as they conjure up all kinds of mental images that lead to films either living up to expectation, surpassing them or …

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Film Review: Three Extremes (2004)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A sequel to Three, Three Extremes is based around the common theme of the ‘monster’. In Fruit Chan’s, not for vegetarians, Dumplings, the secret to eternal youth lies out of special dumplings made out of the crushed bones and ground down flesh of aborted foetuses. The monster in Park Chan-wook’s Cut is a deranged fan of …

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