Yakuza Law

Yakuza Law (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. “The Yakuza are groups of men bound by ironclad rules.” So boasts the legend at the start of this film, which may very well be true but it does also give the “King of Cult” Teruo Ishii an opportunity to … Continue reading Yakuza Law

Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu Complete Collection

Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu Complete Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 299 minutes approx. In Japanese folklore is a belief that everyday objects, tools, and weapons can acquire the spirit of a living being after they have died, known as tsukumogami. This the central premise behind Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu but in reverse - the … Continue reading Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu Complete Collection

The Life Of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)

The Life Of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna) Japan (1952) Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi Social status is a very divisive factor in life - some live and die by it, others couldn’t care less as long as they have health and happiness. Once upon a time, some people were trapped by their social status through the attitudes … Continue reading The Life Of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)

Blade Of The Immortal

Blade Of The Immortal (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray/DVD (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 141 minutes approx. It goes to show how prolific maverick Japanese director Takashi Miike is, that apparently he wasn’t aware Blade Of The Immortal was his 100th film until somebody mentioned it whilst he was making film number 102! And he … Continue reading Blade Of The Immortal

Red Beard (Akahige)

Red Beard (Akahige) Japan (1965) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Talk about misleading titles; I was expecting this to be a film about a pirate or maybe a savage samurai since this is a Kurosawa/Mifune collaboration. Instead, the eponymous character of this near three-hour epic is in fact a dedicated country doctor in Edo era Japan - … Continue reading Red Beard (Akahige)

Kubo And The Two Strings

Kubo And The Two Strings US (2016) Dir. Travis Knight Stop motion animation has been something of a lost art in the wake of CGI, with only Aardman being the most prominent keeper of the faith. American studio Laika have quietly been making headway with their blend of old fashioned stop motion and modern technology … Continue reading Kubo And The Two Strings

Ugetsu Monogatari

Ugetsu Monogatari Japan (1953) Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi Another cinematic cherry is being popped with this first time ever watching of a film from legendary Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi. Despite a 30-year career with other 70 films to his credit, Ugetsu Monogatari was the one that finally saw his international stock rise, bagging the Silver Lion … Continue reading Ugetsu Monogatari

Ninja In The Dragon’s Den (Long zhi ren zhe)

Ninja In The Dragon's Den (Long zhi ren zhe) Hong Kong (1982) Dir. Corey Yuen It seems that no form of entertainment is immune to a portion of its fan base harbouring a devoted fondness for the product of years gone by, usually from the period in which they were first introduced to it. With … Continue reading Ninja In The Dragon’s Den (Long zhi ren zhe)