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Now on Blu-ray: LOVE AND OTHER CULTS, Animerama, ANTIPORNO, and THE WHISPERING STAR from Third Window

UK's Third Window Films have had a rough year, but they are coming back strong with a quartet of solid releases from some of Japan's most exciting filmmakers. Today we're looking at their recent Blu-ray releases of Uchida Eiji's Love...

Criterion Celebrates December: Harold Lloyd's SPEEDY, Michael Ritchie's DOWNHILL RACER, And More

The Criterion Collection gets in the spirit of the holiday season in December by offering a silent movie by Harold Lloyd. Now that's a holiday I can support! Speedy features Lloyd in his final leading performance in a silent feature,...

Udine 2015 Review: PARASYTE - COMPLETION, A Conclusion In Need Of A Pay-Off

Much like how Parasyte Part 1 suffered from being all set-up, so its sequel, Parasite - Completion, is similarly hobbled by being mostly a series of climactic stand-offs and philosophical summations, with precious little build-up or satisfactory pay-off.An unspecified yet brief amount...

Rotterdam 2015 Review: AS THE GODS WILL Leaves You Gasping For More

(Putting the Fear of God into someone was never taken as literally as here...) Miike Takashi must, by now, be the most experienced director in the world in several genres, especially if those genres are vaguely defined as "gory and...

PARASYTE 2 Teaser Hints At More Mutant Action

The first part of Yamazaki Takashi's adaptation of Iwaaki Hitoshi's scifi-horror manga Parasyte has been racking up huge business at the Japanese box office and now production house Toho are looking to build on that success with a teaser for...

Even By Miike Standards, This Is Just Weird. Check The Full Trailer For AS THE GODS WILL

The are exploding heads o'plenty in the full trailer for Miike Takashi's adaptation of popular manga As The Gods Will. Heads exploding into piles of beads, apparently, all of it presided over by a mocking sculpture. Then there's the guy...

Win Miike Takashi's LESSON OF EVIL On DVD Or Blu-ray!

Our good friends over at Third Window Films will be releasing Miike Takashi's wonderfully deranged Lesson Of Evil on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 29 September, and we have 3 copies of the film up for grabs -...

Japan Cuts 2014 Review: WOOD JOB! Takes Us Deep Into the World Of Forestry, With Wonderfully Comic Results

The recent Japanese film Wood Job! is not, despite its very suggestive title, a pornographic film, which will either relieve or disappoint you, depending on where your movie tastes happen to lie. Instead, it is the latest comedy by Yaguchi...

EXCLUSIVE: The Bloody UK Trailer For Miike's LESSON OF EVIL

After exploring more austere and epic projects, including 13 Assassins and Harakiri: Death Of A Samurai, Miike Takashi returned to his blood-soaked exploitation roots in fine style with Lesson Of Evil, the darkly comic story of a deranged high school...

Watch The First Trailer For Nature-Friendly Japanese Comedy WOOD JOB!

Japanese filmmakers have that special ability to turn even the seemingly completely unappealing  ideas into truly heart-warming, crowd-pleasing pictures of the most entertaining kind. Given that Wood Job!'s main storyline focuses on a high school graduate, who moves from his...

THE WHITE STORM And SNOWPIERCER Bookend Hong Kong Asian Film Fest

The full line-up for this year's Hong Kong Asian Film Festival has just been unveiled and it looks to be an incredibly strong year, bookended by two of the region's most hotly-anticipated thrillers. Opening the festival on 25 October is...

TIFF 2013 Review: Kurosawa's REAL Is A Bland Disappointment

Acclaimed Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi - a great favorite around these parts - ends a five year absence from feature films with 2013 effort Real, the story of a young man granted the opportunity via high technology to project his...

Dante Lam's UNBEATABLE To Open Hong Kong's Summer IFF 2013

Dante Lam's eagerly awaited mixed martial arts drama, Unbeatable, will have its domestic debut on 13 August, when it opens this year's Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival. Previously entitled MMA, the film stars Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng, and...

Kurosawa Kiyoshi Spills Details On His SciFi Picture REAL

Director Kurosawa Kiyoshi has been a force in Japanese cinema since the release of Cure in 1997 and the subsequent international success that followed. Following his breakout film Kurosawa made something of a name for himself within the J-horror genre...

Kurosawa Creates Worlds In Full REAL Trailer

After four years away from feature films - though he did helm the excellent television miniseries Penance last year - Kurosawa Kiyoshi returns to Japanese screens this summer with scifi drama Real (aka A Perfect Day For Plesiosaur). The first...

Review: LESSON OF THE EVIL Marks Miike's Welcome Return to Exploitation

Miike Takashi's latest high school flick opens as a serious examination of fractured teacher-student relationships, before warping into a deranged and insanely violent black comedy when the charismatic English teacher reveals himself to be a gleefully prolific serial killer. If...

Kurosawa's REAL Brings Minds Together In Lightning-Fast First Trailer

Bam! Zoom! Mind meld! The first teaser for Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Real (formerly known as A Perfect Day For Plesiosaur) may not not have any English subtitles, but it still got me plenty excited. Set for theatrical release in Japan on...

Kurosawa's A PERFECT DAY FOR PLESIOSAUR Retitled REAL, Set For June Release

Fans of Kurosawa Kiyoshi, take note. The acclaimed Japanese director's next has landed itself a far more straightforward international title - switching from the cumbersome A Perfect Day For Plesiosaur to Real - and a June 1, 2013 release date...

New TV Spot For Miike's LESSON OF THE EVIL

Miike Takashi's latest - an adaptation of popular novel Lesson Of The Evil (Akuno Kyoten) - brings the prolific Japanese director back to his bloody roots and with the Japanese release right around the corner a new TV spot has...

Full Trailer for Miike Takashi's Killer Teacher Flick LESSON OF THE EVIL

Miike Takashi is proving as prolific and controversial as ever, with his latest effort, Lesson Of The Evil, already cued up for a November release in his native Japan. Continuing the high school setting of his last film, the fabulous...