Anime Review – Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga Collector's Edition (Cert 15) 3 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 627 minutes approx. Release Date: August 29th “We come from the land of the ice and snow From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow” With its pulsating galloping rhythms, chugging guitar riff, and banshee vocals, it is hard not to … Continue reading Anime Review – Vinland Saga

Anime Review – Release The Spyce

Release The Spyce (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 307 minutes approx. Release Date: July 25th It’s no wonder Japanese birth rates are down - the men are all working fiendishly long hours in the office whilst the women are saving the country from evil crime syndicates. That is, if anime is … Continue reading Anime Review – Release The Spyce

Anime Review – The Skull Man Collection

The Skull Man Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 307 minutes approx. Vigilantes are a curious lot. They usually work on a system of righting wrongs even if the law has decided there is no case for criminal to answer to or are too slow to crack down on them. Then … Continue reading Anime Review – The Skull Man Collection

Movie Review – Prisoners Of The Ghostland

Prisoners Of The Ghostland US (2021) Dir. Sion Sono For some reason, presumably wider international exposure, filmmakers from non-English speaking territories aspire to make a film in Hollywood. Some are successful, most are not. Japanese provocateur Sion Sono is the latest director to sell his soul to the Tinsel Town devil. In quarantined region of … Continue reading Movie Review – Prisoners Of The Ghostland

Look Out, Officer! (Si hing chong gwai)

Look Out, Officer! (Si hing chong gwai) Hong Kong (1990) Dir. Lau Sez-yue Ghosts are supposed to be scary, malevolent beings intent on frightening and tormenting us not helpful and agreeable. Casper The Friendly Ghost set a precedent in kids’ comics but in film they have be few and far between. Which brings us to … Continue reading Look Out, Officer! (Si hing chong gwai)

The Iron Mask (Tayna pechati drakona)

The Iron Mask (Tayna pechati drakona) Russia/China (2019) Dir. Oleg Stepchenko Marketing in cinema is everything. Get that wrong and you can kiss goodbye to all the hard work of the filmmaker turning a profit, no matter how good the film might or might not be. This Chinese-Russian co-production exemplifies the problem of the metaphoric … Continue reading The Iron Mask (Tayna pechati drakona)

The Unity Of Heroes (Huang Fei Hong: Nan bei ying xiong)

The Unity Of Heroes (Huang Fei Hong: Nan bei ying xiong) China (2018) Dir. Lin Zhenzhao Many countries have their own folk heroes and legends immortalised in film, and for the Chinese it is the martial arts master and medical practitioner Wong Fei-hung. Already the subject of numerous films and TV series, Fei-Hung is back … Continue reading The Unity Of Heroes (Huang Fei Hong: Nan bei ying xiong)

The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong)

The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong) Hong Kong (1978) Dir. Ho Meng-Hua  “Hell hath no fury” is usually associated with a woman scorned, but there is no scorning here to drive the eponymous vengeful beauty in this late 70s Shaw Brothers outing. It’s a Martial Arts flick so naturally the stakes are going to be higher, … Continue reading The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong)

Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit Collection

Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit Collection (Cert 12) 4 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 702 minutes approx. A blast from the past for some of you, this fantasy adventure was first released a decade ago but on DVD only. MVM have now brought it back with a shiny new HD transfer on Blu-ray and … Continue reading Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit Collection

#Alive (#Saraitda)

#Alive (#Saraitda) Korea (2020) Dir. Cho Il-hyung The zombie genre appears to be one that has little room for development beyond the premise of infected people eating the uninfected, whilst those who can, try to survive. Leave it to the Koreans, who came rather late to the zombie party, to find a way to bring … Continue reading #Alive (#Saraitda)