Asian Cinema Film Club #25 – Battle Royale

25th Episode! You all knew it was coming, and the Asian Cinema Film Club hates to disappoint. Elwood and Stephen are joined by first time guest Emily Intravia (The Deadly Doll’s House of Horror Nonsense / The Feminine Critique) to talk about all things “Battle Royale”. A film which alongside “Ringu” and “Audition” helped usher…

Asian Cinema Film Club #22 – Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris

It’s the happiest time of the year which of course means that it’s time to once more celebrate a Kaiju Christmas as this year we check out the final part of the 90’s Gamera trilogy. We also reveal our top episodes of the year, as well as the lows for 2018, while I also discus…

One Cut of the Dead

Everyone over easternKicks.com have been talking about this one for a while, and let’s face it, a comedy Zombie film is always going to get interest from me. What I wasn’t expecting was an outrageously brilliant micro-budget Japanese comedy that has a scope and execution that belies the financial resources behind it. And there is…

Dangan Runner

I talk a lot about Takeshi Miike and Sion Sono both here and with Elwood on the Podcast, but there are other significant ‘cult’ Japanese directors with significant CVs worth exploring. One of these is SABU, the nom de plume of actor/director Hiroyuki Tanaka, who I am ashamed to say I have seen very little…

Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion

So whilst investigating potential subjects for my Dark Tales segment over on the podcast, I stumbled over the story of Jûzô Itami, the director of the wonderful “Tampopo”. Now without giving too many spoilers, Itami lost his life potentially in large part due to this movie. So I had to check it out. ..And I…

Asian Cinema Film Club #18 – Perfect Blue

On this episode, it’s Elwood’s choice, as we revisit a true Anime classic from the legendary Satoshi Kon “Perfect Blue”. A tense psychological thriller as Mima, a former Pop idol, decides to quite music to pursue a career as an actress only to soon find herself being targeted and an alternative life for her being…

Abnormal Family: Older Brother’s Bride

Another review up at easternKicks.com, this time looking at a genre I rarely get involved in, Pinku eiga. This one is interesting for reasons more than the debauchery – it is the debut of director Masayuki Suo (Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t, I Just Didn’t Do It and Shall We Dance?), and it is all done…

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…

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…

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…