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Film Review: Tomie: Another Face (1999)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A three-film anthology focusing on female apparition who appears to different people in different circumstances, but always with horrific results. REVIEW: Directed by Ataru Oikawa, Tomie: Another Face is based on the manga by Junji Ito and features three separate stories with one common thread — the protagonists in all three tales are haunted by Tomie, …

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Film Review: Rasen (Spiral) (1998)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: 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. REVIEW: Most people haven’t heard of this film, and not without reason. Rasen …

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Film Review: Zebraman (2004)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A down-and-out school teacher receives the calling to become the real life personification of an old television superhero, Zebraman. REVIEW: The image that opens Zebraman is a lady sitting in a hair drying machine in what appears to be the sidewalk outside of a bathhouse, when suddenly, a zebra walks by. The text on the screen …

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Film Review: Tomie (1999)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A traumatized young woman is trying to recover her memories with the help of a psychiatrist. During her hypnosis sessions, she repeats the name “Tomie” but is unable to recall where she knows it from. REVIEW: You never forget the first time you encounter Junji Ito. Some of you may have stumbled across the image of …

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Film Review: Battle Girl: the Living Dead in Tokyo Bay (1991)

Rate This Movie(aka: Batoru gâru: Tokyo crisis wars) SYNOPSIS: A meteor lands in Japan and the fallout creates a “shield” around Tokyo, encasing the city in a foggy darkness. A state of martial law is declared. People are in a panic as violent crime and corruption spreads throughout the region and punk gangs are ruling the streets. As if things …

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Film Review: Mai-Chan’s Daily Life (2014)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Based on the popular manga by Uziga Waita, MAI-CHAN S DAILY LIFE is a diabolical dark comedy that takes fetish violence to shocking new extremes. A young woman, Miyako (Akane Miyako) responds to an advertisement for a live-in maid, and is given a job alongside the playfully alluring Mai-chan (Koshi Ann). Miyako quickly learns that housecleaning …

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Film Review: The Wizard’s Curse (1992)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A sorcerers’ cult resurrects two of their slain members as one dual-sexed monster, who will achieve ultimate invincibility and strength if it is allowed to eat the brain of a female virgin born during a spiritual time. REVIEW: Hong Kong fantasy-action sex-comedy The Wizard’s Curse is directed by Cheung-Yan Yuen, whose previous works include Kung Fu …

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