First Love (Hatsukoi)

First Love (Hatsukoi) Japan (2019) Dir Takashi Miike You know what they say about best-laid plans. In real life, it can be very frustrating when they go awry but in cinema, it often leads to one hell of a rush.  And when such a scenario is depicted by the enfant terrible of Japanese cinema, Takashi … Continue reading First Love (Hatsukoi)

Funeral In Berlin

Funeral In Berlin UK (1966) Dir. Guy Hamilton Everyone’s favourite bespectacled laconic cockney secret agent is back for another death-defying mission at the behest of the Ministry of Defence, crossing international borders and unravelling a sinuous mystery that develops seemingly out of nowhere. Bifurcated Germany is the current base of Soviet intelligence officer Colonel Stok … Continue reading Funeral In Berlin

Why Don’t You Just Die

Why Don’t You Just Die (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. If you can’t rely on your family in life, whom can you rely on? Under most circumstances they should be the first people you turn to for help, advice, guidance or a shoulder to cry on, so … Continue reading Why Don’t You Just Die

The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)

The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru) Japan (1960) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Revenge is a dish best served cold as the saying goes - unless that method of payback is a red-hot poker up the jacksy! But I digress. The intelligence behind a clever plot to bring someone down also requires ruthlessness to … Continue reading The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)

Hit-and-Run Squad (Bbaengban)

Hit-and-Run Squad (Bbaengban) Korea (2019) Dir. Han Jun-Hee Apparently, motor racing is a corrupt sport. What a shocker eh? Well, that might not be completely true but in the context of this Korean film it is, although it is just one part of the plot and I couldn’t think of another way to open this … Continue reading Hit-and-Run Squad (Bbaengban)

Black Angel

Black Angel (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 81 minutes approx. Innocent until proven guilty - isn’t that the maxim applied to a case where the culpability regarding a serious act or a crime is concerned? That’s the idea anyway. Of course, one has to hope that the police have done … Continue reading Black Angel

Devils’ Line Complete Collection

Devils’ Line Complete Collection (Cert 18) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 324 minutes approx. Vampires and humans aren’t meant to get along. I mean, it is only natural since one is an undead creature that feasts on the blood of the living, so the relationship is pretty much doomed from the beginning right? … Continue reading Devils’ Line Complete Collection

Vortex (Ting er zou xian)

Vortex (Ting er zou xian) China (2019) Dir. Jackie Gan Quite often, the decisions we make in life are directly influenced by the sort of person we are. Someone with an addictive personality would be more likely to make rash, possibly dangerous decisions, whilst level headed people are presumed to be more rational in their … Continue reading Vortex (Ting er zou xian)

The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File UK (1965) Dir. Sidney J. Furie “There’s a dead American agent in my flat” Under any other circumstances this would be an unusual thing to say but in the context of this classic British spy thriller it is par for the course, though the scene is made even more brilliant by the … Continue reading The Ipcress File

Crime Story (Jung on zo)

Crime Story (Jung on zo) Hong Kong (1993) Dir. Kirk Wong If you think about it, the last person who should ever orchestrate a kidnapping plot is an active police officer. Sure, they can find ways to sabotage the investigation and put their colleagues off the scent but eventually, their malfeasance is going to catch … Continue reading Crime Story (Jung on zo)