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Film Review: Jigoku (1960)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A young student’s life spirals into the evils of hellfire after he meets a mysterious young man. REVIEW: Director: Nobuo Nakagawa Cast: Shigeru Amachi, Utako Mitsuya, Yoichi Numata,Hiroshi Izumida, Torahiko Nakamura, Fujimko Miyata The Examination: Fire and Brimstone Sensation! Although this film contains effects that are outdated by modern standards, it is a very powerful story that is …

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Film Review: Nightmare Detective 2 (2008)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Yukie and two of her girlfriends are being haunted by the ghost of a classmate, they once heavily bullied. When the other two die under mysterious circumstances, Yukie sees only one chance for herself. With the help of the Nightmare Detective (Ryuhei Matsuda) she hopes to escape her hopeless situation. REVIEW: Director: Shinya Tsukamoto Writers: Hisakatsu …

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Film Review: Nightmare Detective (Akumu Tantei) (2006)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Three people in Tokyo take a surreal voyage of self-discovery through memory and nightmares. “O” intends suicide while talking on a cell-phone with a stranger he meets on line who plans a simultaneous suicide. Events take a horrifying turn. Keiko Kirishima is a cool, seemingly emotionless police detective, brilliant but off-putting. She’s faced with two mutilated …

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Film Review: DevilMan (2004)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A scientific exploration in search of a new energy source unleashes a group of powerful demons who begin possessing human bodies and destroying civilization. Close friends Akira (Hisato Izaki) and Ryo (Yusuke Izaki) wind up on different sides of this epic struggle. Akira’s inner strength allows him to maintain his identity and fight for good, but …

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Film Review: Gozu (2003)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Minami (Hideki Sone) mistakenly kills a gangster associate of his named Brother. Almost as soon as the murder takes place, the body of the deceased man is gone, prompting Minami to conduct a search. While looking, he finds a mysterious isolated hotel where he decides to take a rest. Not only are the front desk clerks …

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Film Review: Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A medical student searching for his father discovers a deranged scientist on a remote island whose experiments combine humans and animals to produce terrifying creatures in this surreal and horrifying tale. The student soon unearths disturbing facts that link him to some appalling truths. Adapted from stories by horror author Rampo Edogawa and directed by Japanese …

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Film Review: Cruel Restaurant (Zankoku hanten) (2008) – CAT III

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: There’s something strange going on with the filling in those dumplings the town’s raving about… What the hell are they made of? REVIEW: Director: Koji Kowano Cast: Mihiro Taniguchi, Sakae Yamazaki, Katsuya Naruse, Yusuke Iwata, Miho Funatsu The Examination: You truly won’t believe how the dumplings are prepared in this gonzo sex ‘n splat circus. One thing about Asia’s Cat …

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Film Review: Chaw (2009)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A black comedy about the events that are set into motion in a town after a man-eating boar goes on a rampage. REVIEW: CHAW (2009) Director: Jeong – won shin Producer: Wonsuk Chin Cinematographer: Barry Stone Cast: Tae – woong Eom * Yoon Jae – Moon * Yu – mi Jeong * Josiah D. Lee Korea …

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Film Review: Visible Secret (2001)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: Urban tale of fantasies, genre greatly favoured by Hong-Kong cinematography, the latest movie of filmmaker Ann Hui combines elements of horror films with other comical aspects to offer an intriguing and terrifying work of great visual strength REVIEW: VISIBLE SECRETS (2001) Director: Ann Hui Writer: Kwang Abe Producer: John Chang Cinematographer: Arthur Wong Editor: Chi Li Kong …

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