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Film Review: Greatful Dead (Gureitofuru deddo) (2013)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Nami is a young woman with numerous hangups sprouting from a dysfunctional childhood. She inherits a small fortune that allows her to pursue various interests, many of which are abnormal. REVIEW: The story revolves around a young woman called Nami (Kumi Takiuchi), who lives a life of luxury and leisure with the money she has inherited …

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Film Review: Burst City (Bakuretsu toshi) (1982)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Punk rock gangs and music groups clash with one another and the brutal police force in a futuristic Tokyo setting. REVIEW: The Name Sogo Ishii may not instantly ring bells when talking about Japanese cinema. His filmography, although quite extensive, extending from the mid 70’s all the way to this decade, is not particularly widely known …

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Film Review: Horror Stories (Museoun Iyagi) (2012)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A teenager is abducted and forced to tell the scariest tales she knows, leading to this anthology of four stories: a brother and sister are under siege while home alone; a killer escapes police custody mid-flight; step-sisters take plastic surgery to nightmarishly macabre extremes; a paramedic and mother standoff over her infected young daughter. REVIEW: I’ve …

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Introduction to Japanese Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk is an offshoot of science fiction, usually set in a dystopian future with a focus on “low life-high tech”; advanced technology in contrast with dire living conditions, pollution and social disorder. The genre has it’s beginning in the 1960’s and 1970’s with authors like Phillip K. Dick, Roger Zelazny and J. G. Ballard taking science fiction to darker paths …

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Film Review: All About Lily Chou-Chou (Riri Shushu no subete) (2001)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou’s dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society. REVIEW: Let me start by stating that this is not a horror film. For those familiar with Shunji Iwai’s previous works this comes as no surprise, as he has a …

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Film Review: Noroi: The Curse (Noroi) (2005)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the “kagutaba.” REVIEW: The name Koji Shiraishi is pretty much as synonymous with J-horror as Hideo Nakata or Takashi Shimizu. The film he seems to be best known for here in the west might be one of extreme violence …

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