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Film Review: Hide & Seek (2007)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Eric Quizon plays Oliver Alicanio, a university professor who is tried and then acquitted in a high profile crime. He and wife Leah (Jean Garcia) with children, Uno (Julijo Pisk) and Nica (Jennica Garcia) go to the province to take a breather after a very stressful event in their lives. Nica actually resents her stepfather whom …

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Film Review: Ichi the Killer (2001)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Filmmaker Takashi Miike takes inspiration from Hideo Yamamoto’s manga, Koroshiya 1, to tell this bloody and bleak tale about the Japanese yakuza. Blond-coiffed Kakihara’s “mentor in crime” disappears, and Kakihara vows to find out who’s responsible. He’s also on the lookout for Ichi, a sadistic killer who may be able to inflict the level of pain …

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Film Review: Late Bloomer (Osoi hito) (2004)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Late Bloomer is the story of Sumida-san, a severely handicapped man, and his downward spiral into hell. When we’re first introduced to him we find that despite his physical limitations – and contrary to cultural misconceptions about the handicap – he has all of the desires and personality traits of a physically normal man. Specifically: he …

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Film Review: Ghost Actress/Don’t Look Up (Joyu-Rei) – (1996)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A feature film director and his crew begin to question their debut production when the spirit of a murdered actress possesses a celluloid reel. REVIEW: Director: Hideo Nakata Cast: Yûrei Yanagi, Yasuyo Shiroshima, Kei Ishibashi, Ren Osugi, Takanori Kikuchi, Reita Serizawa. The Examination: Kindergarten Ghost Story. Japanese director Hideo Nakata achieved a degree of fame with Ringu, and …

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Film Review: Rusted Body: Guts of a Virgin 3 (Gômon kifujin) (1987) – CAT III

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Oversexed female interrogator with a penchant for sadomasochism and torture plots a scheme with her deviant troupe to extort the considerable fortune of a city embezzler. REVIEW: Director: Kazuo “Gaira” Komizu Cast: Keiko Asano, Saeko Kizuki, Ayu Kiyokawa, Ryota Sakanishi, Hirokazu Yoshihara, Hitomi Kazama The Examination: Sicko exploitation film from 1987 featuring a few disgusting scenes of torture along …

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Film Review: Kaidan (2007)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: After a young man inadvertently causes the death of his wife, her jealous ghost comes back to haunt him — the unfortunate result of an ancient family curse incurred by an ancestor who murdered a debt collector. Hoping to escape his torment, the man runs off with one of his wife’s former pupils, which only enrages …

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Film Review: Splatter Naked Blood (Nekeddo burâddo: Megyaku) (1995) – CAT III

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A scientist named Eiji has developed a new chemical called ‘MySon’ that can turn pain into pleasure. He decides to put three girls who attend the experiment held by Eiji’s mother in the test. Meanwhile, Eiji has a crush on one of the girls, Rika. ‘MySon’ influences the girls gradually. The gluttonous woman wishes to have …

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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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