We Are X

We Are X (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running Time: 95 minutes approx. “Who’s that?” asks a bewildered woman as a gamine, slightly effete blonde Japanese male enters a New York building surrounded by photographers, cameramen and hoards of screaming fans. “Somebody very famous” comes the reply from a photographer. The woman pulls … Continue reading We Are X

Railroad Tigers

Railroad Tigers (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Kaleidoscope Entertainment) Running Time: 124 minutes approx. Showing no signs or intention of succumbing to old age or retirement, the legendary Jackie Chan reunites with director Ding Sheng for a third time (following Little Big Soldier and Police Story Lockdown) for this high spirited if patchy patriotic … Continue reading Railroad Tigers

It’s Only The End Of The World

It’s Only The End Of The World (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. What is it about families that they are usually the last people we tell big news to? Why do we fear their reactions the most? Is it out fault or theirs? Prodigious French-Canadian writer-director Xavier … Continue reading It’s Only The End Of The World

Destruction Babies

Destruction Babies (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. “The most extreme 108 minutes in Japanese cinema history!” proclaims the legend on the cover of Third Window’s latest release. One can almost see Takashi Miike, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sion Sono and possibly Yoshihiro Nishimura smirking to themselves, saying “Challenge accepted!” … Continue reading Destruction Babies

Sword Master

Sword Master (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Kaleidoscope Entertainment) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. Director Derek Yee might be more known for his gritty thrillers so a wu xia film seems to be out of his comfort zone. But as Yee’s history reveals that he started out as an actor in classic Shaw Brothers … Continue reading Sword Master

Seoul Station

Seoul Station (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. I don’t know if this is a precedent or not but after storming the Korean box office with his Train To Busan, Yeon Sang-Ho released an animated prequel a month later. However, both films can be watched without prior knowledge of the … Continue reading Seoul Station

The Chamber

The Chamber (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 90 minutes approx. It has been said that the simplest play to film is a small cast trapped in a lift. That may be so but as Ben Parker demonstrates in his debut, it doesn’t have to be simple, with this taut drama that subscribes … Continue reading The Chamber