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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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Film Review: I Saw the Devil (2010)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A secret agent tracks a serial killer who murdered his fiancée. REVIEW: While we’ve seen our share of psycho-kills-for-the-fun-of-it films, “I Saw the Devil” actually is one of those stand out movies that might have you even questioning the morality of some of the content. In its gritty cold performances we meet up with secret agent …

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Film Review: Throne of Blood (1957)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider’s Web Castle. REVIEW: “The devil’s path will always lead to doom.” Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, is certainly one of the greatest representatives of its cinematic form. Portrayed by the great Toshiro …

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