Dead Or Alive: Final

Dead Or Alive: Final Japan (2002) Dir. Takashi Miike Concluding a story is often hard for a writer; concluding a trilogy is going to be even harder but it seems Japanese provocateur’s decision to make his Dead Or Alive trilogy a largely unconnected affair made it a bit easier for screenwriter Ichiro Ryu and his … Continue reading Dead Or Alive: Final

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Headshot

Headshot (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Release Date – June 5th Recently I reviewed the 2014 Chilean action film Redeemer and commented on how its violence was more gory than most horror films. Trust the Indonesians to make a film that is even more grisly than that! A … Continue reading Headshot

The Classified File (Geukbisusa)

The Classified File (Geukbisusa) Korea (2015) Dir. Kwak Kyung-taek Another film “based on true events”, this Korean kidnapping drama from Kwak Kyung-taek takes a slightly different route in setting out to redress the balance of credit and not focusing solely on the investigation. A bold move but one which becomes clearer in the final act. … Continue reading The Classified File (Geukbisusa)

Blind Mountain (Mang shan)

Blind Mountain (Mang shan) China (2007) Dir. Li Yang “How can anything survive / When these little minds tear you in two..” So sung Gene Pitney in his 1961 hit Town Without Pity and while the central location of this stark and incendiary Chinese film is a mountain village and not a town, the above lament … Continue reading Blind Mountain (Mang shan)

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

The Lovers And The Despot

The Lovers And The Despot UK (2016) Dirs. Ross Adam & Robert Cannan Although they may not realise it, the ruling dictatorship of the Kim family of North Korea is quite the laughing stock here in the free world and has been for quite a while, at least based on the little information we do … Continue reading The Lovers And The Despot

Sparrows

Sparrows US (1926) Dirs. William Beaudine & Tom McNamara It’s long overdue but I’ve finally broken my Mary Pickford cherry. The First Lady Of US Cinema’s vast catalogue of films, mostly shorts, either no longer exist or are sadly unavailable here in Old Blighty but thanks to a free film app I found on my … Continue reading Sparrows