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Film Review: Gemini (Sôseiji) (1999)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A successful doctor, Yukio’s picture perfect life is gradually wrecked, and taken over by his avenging twin brother, who bumps off his family members one by one and reclaims his lover who is now Yukio’s wife. REVIEW: Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s mystery drama Gemini breaks away from the master filmmaker’s customary conventions, but still maintains the same ferocious …

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Film Review: Confessions (Kokuhaku) (2010)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter’s death. REVIEW: Tetsuya Nakashima’s 2010 thriller Confessions offers genuine suspense, bleaker than bleak atmosphere and fantastic performances. It is a twisted tale to say the least, but one that will assuredly …

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Film Review: The Tag-Along (Hong yi xiao nu hai) (2015)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A story about a video of a group of people going hiking and a mysterious little girl in a red dress following them. REVIEW: The 2015 Taiwanese box-office hit The Tag-Along draws its inspiration from a combination of old mountain mythology and modern urban legends, creating an entertaining but annoyingly uneven horror experience. The story centres …

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Film Review: Tokyo Fist (1995)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Suspecting that his childhood friend, a professional boxer, is having an affair with his fiancee, a businessman starts training rigorously himself in order to take him down. REVIEW: Shin’ya Tsukamoto continues to explore the themes of metamorphosis, love and urban alienation in his 1995 boxing drama Tokyo Fist. It may not take the bodily transformations quite …

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Film Review: Devil Species (Phantugram ammahit) (2004)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A mistake of experiment may transform human into devil species. Dr. Diana and her father, Dr. Rung, discovered a new kind of snake-bite serum, X5N-1, was the great serum that could protect humans from snake poison. Both scientists were invited by World Health Organization (WHO) to receive a great award at Switzerland. Dr. Diana had to …

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Warlocks, Demons and Evil Spells: Beginners Guide to Hong Kong Black Magic Cinema

I am, and have always been, a great fan of satanic, occult and black magic themed horror. From The Devil Rides Out (1968) to Hereditary (2018), there’s just something about a story involving the dark forces that appeals to my specific penchant in horror. Crazy death cults, Satanic conspiracies, ritual sacrifice and evil spells being cast on people; I welcome …

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Film Review: Yakuza Apocalypse (Gokudô daisenso) (2015)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Kamiura. Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire-a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss! Among Kamiura’s gang is Kageyama, his most loyal underling. However, the others in the gang view Kageyama with disdain and ridicule him for his inability …

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