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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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Film Review: The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (Gimyohan gajok) (2019)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: When a pharmaceutical company’s illegal experiments inadvertently create a zombie, the strange Park family finds it and tries to profit from it. REVIEW: When it comes to horror comedies, zombies have always been popular subject. The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale, a directorial debut for its director Lee Min-jae, follows many of the rules and convention …

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Film Review: The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang (Shen tan Pu Song Ling) (2019)

SYNOPSIS: A legendary demon hunter (Jackie Chan), tracking down beasts that enter the human dimension, assisted by a lawman protégé and a motley group of friendly monsters. REVIEW: Jackie Chan stars in a fast-paced adventure full of action, monsters and romance. Based on Pu Songling’s collection of stories, Strange Stories From A Chinese Studio, The Knight of Shadows takes a …

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