Marlina the Murderer in 4 Acts

This one has been a long time in coming – I was meant to review this film months ago for easternKicks, and then forgot to actually do the whole writing bit after seeing it. Luckily the opportunity came up again – so go find my review of this brilliant Indonesian Feminist Western. Advertisements

Creepy

Kiyoshi Kurusawa’”Cure” and “Pulse” were two films that really dragged me into Asian Cinema, and I’ve always tried to keep abreast of his output ever since. However, I have to be honest, my interest has waned over the past few years, which is why my Blu-Ray of “Creepy” sat on my to-watch pile for what…

Erotic Ghost Story

I don’t really watch a lot of old Hong Kong CATIII stuff, mostly because I am not hugely into exploitation cinema from anywhere really. Though ironically the stuff I have watched I’ve somewhat enjoyed! Anyway, I reviewed a book about Amy Yip for easternKicks.com (to be published at a future date), and it got me…

Evil of Dracula

Now we come to the third and final movie in the “The Bloodthirsty Trilogy” released on Blu-Ray by Arrow Films. I wrote about the first, The Vampire Doll here (it was OK)  and the second, Lake of Dracula here (It was very enjoyable). Does the third complete the upwards curve? “Evil of Dracula” takes us…

Lake of Dracula

So this is the second of the “The Bloodthirsty Trilogy” released on Blu-Ray by Arrow Films. I wrote about the first, The Vampire Doll here,  and I though it was ok. I’ve been told by others (and I am talking about you MiB) that they actually get better, so I was actually rather looking forward to…

I Just Didn’t Do It

Not entirely sure how I missed the work of Masayuki Suo in the past, and now I have rectified this with what seems to be his least typical movie! This one is in that fairly common sub-genre of Japanese court procedural, which is usually rich seam of goodness to mine, as it allows the directors…

Cinema Recall Podcast: Our Movie ‘Firsts’ With Special Guests

So, as you hopefully know, the Asian Cinema Film Club podcast is a proud member of the That Moment In podcast network, and we all got virtually together to guest on The Vern’s Cinema Recall to talk about some of our cinematic firsts. So Kim, Lackey, Elwood and myself got round the Skype Roundtable to…

Asian Cinema Film Club #15 – The Place Promised in Our Early Days

So this time it was my choice, and I decided to break with my convention of not being the Anime guy, and chose some Anime. For Ani-May. No? OK, I’ll de-pun! Maybe I went a little highbrow though, by selecting Makoto Shinkai’s “The Place Promised in Our Early Days”. We also look at the designs…

The Vampire Doll

I am a huge fan of Arrow Films recent asian Blu-Ray/DVD releases, so I picked up their latest, entitled “The Bloodthirsty Trilogy” pretty much sight unseen. What it collects is three films made by Michio Yamamoto, all seemingly influenced by the 1960’s output of Roger Corman and the British Hammer Studio. I’ll be covering them…

The Whispering Star

Right. I know I am barely posting here, and when I do? It’s just to pimp something on easternKicks.com or on the Podcast. Now both of those are really important to me, and I guess have grown out of my work started here.  But, I would like to keep this place alive, and not just…

Asian Cinema Film Club #14 – Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers

We make it to episode #14!! This time it was Elwood’s choice, and we looked at Satoshi Miki’s colourful and QUIRKY “Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers”. I have a little skirt around the CV of QUIRKY Japanese actress Juri Ueno. And we discuss the ecelectic and QUIRKY Asian Film catalogue of Third Window Films. So…