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Film Review: Satan Returns (666: Mo gui fu huo) (1996)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Female police psychologist is targeted by a supernatural devil-worshiping serial killer who wants to prove to her that she’s the Antichrist. A tough cop, his inept womanizing comic relief partner and a reverend try to stop him. REVIEW: Satan Returns is a 1996 Hong Kong action horror by the director Wai-Lun Lam. It’s a very uneven …

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Film Review: Meatball Machine: Reject of Death (Short Film) (2007)

Rate This Movie REVIEW: In 2005 the directors Yudai Yamaguchi and Jun’ichi Yamamoto came together create a film called Meatball Machine. Based on Yamamoto’s earlier work from 1999, it’s an aggressive cyberpunk, sci-fi/horror-hybrid romp about alien parasites turning their hosts unto slave “Necroborgs”. It was a breakthrough film for the special effect’s wizard Yoshihiro Nishimura, who would later on go …

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Film Review: Save the Green Planet! (Jigureul jikyeora!) (2003)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world REVIEW: Save the Green Planet! Is a horror/thriller/sci-fi hybrid by the writer-director Joon-Hwan Jang.  While these three genres crossover each other in regular intervals with variable degrees of success, you would be hard pressed to find …

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Film Review: The Haunted School (Hau mo chu) (2007)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: The Narranmoda Boarding School is strict for girls and has rigid rules of behavior, but the headmaster accepts four male students to improve the income of the school. However, the boys are segregated from the girls and the inspector Miss Fong keeps them under the surveillance of the dedicated monitor student Ho Yat-Man. The urban legend …

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Film Review: The Last Coffin (Saigo no Hitsugi) (2003)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: In the movie, a strange crossword puzzle starts circulating amongst Chiri’s (Rena Komine) friends, and they soon begin getting murdered one by one in horrifying ways. At night, Chiri can seemingly view their deaths in her dreams, causing her to lose sleep. Depressed and confused, she wanders into an old orphanage where she spent her childhood …

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Film Review: Anatomia Extinction (Genkai jinko keisu) (1995)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Independent film from 1995 that “Tokyo Gore Police” is based on. Nishimura’s debut film. REVIEW: The rather oddly titled Anatomia Extinction is an avant-garde horror/sci-fi hybrid by the director/special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura. A precursor to Tokyo Gore Police (2008), it is a bizarre trip of giallo like beauty and gross out body horror, all tied in …

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Film Review: Dororo (2007)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A female warrior who was raised as a man joins a young samurai’s quest to recover 48 of his body parts from 48 demons and to avenge her parents death. REVIEW: Dororo is a fantasy adventure based on the eponymous comic by the renowned manga artist Osamu Tezuka. Throughout his prolific career spanning four decades, Tezuka …

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