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Fantasia 2019 Review: HARD-CORE, A Tale Of Right-Wingers, Robots, and Redemption

Yukon (Yamada Takayuki) Gondo is a hard-headed ne'er do well who can't quite seem to hang on to anything in his life. Having no relationships, no real job, and no goals sends him adrift in ways that often get him...

Fantasia 2015 Review: SHINJUKU SWAN, Sono's Glossy Yakuza Melodrama

The famous Shinjuku District in Tokyo is Times Square, The Vegas Strip and Magnificent Mile rolled into one (and multiplied by a hundred) is ward of so much light there is not an inch of darkness on the pavement, but...

Check Out The Full Trailer For Sono Sion's SHINJUKU SWAN

Well, it was only a matter of time before Sony Pictures Japan would reveal the first full Shinjuku Swan trailer. They've done so by unleashing a truly badass trailer for Sono Sion's highly anticipated live-action crime drama. The trailer comes...

SHINJUKU SWAN: Watch The Teaser For Yet Another Now Sono Sion Film

There are American directors for whom six feature films represents a lifetime of work. For Japan's Sono Sion, six pictures will reportedly be his output for 2015 alone. Prolific? Oh, yes, on a scale that's going to make it very...

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 -...

Sono Sion Set To Direct Live-Action Adaptation Of Adult Manga SHINJUKU SWAN

Great news for all Sono Sion fans out there! The maverick filmmaker will make a return in 2015 with Shinjuku Swan, a live-action adaptation of Wakui Ken's popular Kabukich┼Ź-set adult manga. Anime News Network reports that the main cast will...

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...

Ghibli Retrospective: The Kids Talk THE CAT RETURNS

Willem (age 10) and Miranda (now age 9) are spending time with the work of Takahata Isao, for this second Studio Ghibli marathon on the big screen. After taking in the heaviest Studio Ghibli film last week, Grave of the...

17th Japanese Film Festival 2013 Review: THE DEVIL'S PATH Is Murder Most Mediocre

Supposedly not a film for the faint at heart, The Devil's Path starts with a series of disturbing Yakuza psychopath activities that excitedly recall the manic darkness of I Saw The Devil or, closer to home, Miike's Lessons Of The...

Fight Crime With Evil in Japanese Trailer For THE DEVIL'S PATH

Takayuki Yamada, the star of Crows Zero, Mirokur├┤ze and Lesson of the Evil, flashes his stern look again with a crime film titled Kyoaku (The Devil's Path). Directed by Kazuya Shiraishi as his second feature-length film, The Devil's Path will deal with the triangular relationship of...

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...

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...

Ishibashi Yohsimasa's MILOCRORZE Gets A New - And Greatly Improved - Trailer

Brash, bold and colorful, Ishibashi Yoshimasa's Milocrorze was one of the most invigorating debut pictures of 2011 - so much so that it landed on my year end best-of list. But despite a successful festival run and much love from...

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...

Takashi Miike's A LESSON OF THE EVIL Teaser Delivers

It's hard not to see Takashi Miike's big screen adaptation of Yusuke Kishi's novel Aku No Kyoten (Lesson Of The Evil) as some sort of belated response to Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale. Like Fukasaku's effort, a great deal of blood...

Takashi Miike Will Teach A LESSON OF THE EVIL

The always-busy Takashi Miike has added another project to his always full slate: An adaptation of Yusuke Kishi's dark novel Aku No Kyoten (Lesson Of The Evil).Hideaki Ito will take the lead role, a school teacher who maintains a smooth...

FANTASTIC FEST 2011: MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY Review

Ishibashi Yoshimasa's Milocrorze, A Love Storydemonstrates both the benefits and perils of taking a long time television - he was a key player and director of comedy variety show Vermilion Pleasure Night, which spawned The Fuccons - and commercial director and turning him loose...

Hey UK! Win a 13 ASSASSINS Sword and Blu-ray!

Enjoy Miike's samurai epic and want to relive the mayhem in high-def glory? Fancy the chance to win a pretty damn cool piece of merchandise? Read on... 13 Assassins sees director Takashi Miike, the man behind such uncompromising and unforgettable...

MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY Trailer!

MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY from director Yoshimasa Ishibashi might just be the most bizarre and insane Japanese film of the year! Synopsis (via NYAFF): When platinum redhead Ovreneli Vreneligare was just a little boy, he fell in love in...

Japan Cuts 2011: VENGEANCE CAN WAIT Review

It's been a couple of days since I checked out the Masanori Tominaga-directed oddball comedy Vengeance Can Wait, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It features a quartet of characters, each of who with wildly varying...