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Film Review: Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)


SYNOPSIS: The Katakuri family has just opened their guest house in the mountains. Unfortunately their first guest commits suicide and in order to avoid trouble they decide to bury him in the backyard. Things get way more complicated when their second guest, a famous sumo wrestler, dies while having sex with his underage girlfriend and the grave behind the house ...

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Preview: The 18th Annual Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

South Korea’s 18th annual Pucheon International Film Festival (PiFan) — perhaps the largest film fest in Asia dedicated to horror, science fiction, fantasy, and similar genre films — will be held this year from July 17 through July 27. I will be covering the festival for both Horrornews.net and the Horror News Radio podcast. Each July, PiFan presents more than ...

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Fim Review: Visitor Q (2001)


SYNOPSIS: A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures. REVIEW: “The sea’s so endless. You can’t see anything.” Prolific filmmaker, Takashi Miike, often delights in putting off the audience with controversial subject matter and this film is no different.  Modeled loosely after Pasolini’s Theorum, ...

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Film Review: Silver (Shirubaa) (1999) – CAT III


SYNOPSIS: Based upon the manga by Hisao Mali, Silver centres around the exploits of Jun Shirogane (Shinobu Kandori), a karate expert and undercover police officer who conventionally has also undergone FBI training in the US. After her family who worked for the Secret Service are brutally murdered, she agrees to infiltrate a group of criminals known as the ‘Viper’s Nest’. ...

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Film Review: One Missed Call (2003)


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

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Film Review: Ichi the Killer (2001)


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 Kakihara so badly ...

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