Killing (Zan)

Killing (Zan) Japan (2018) Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto If you had to list the credentials required to be a Samurai, what would they be? Being handy with a sword? Having a fearless resolve and sense of courage? Filial loyalty to the Samurai Code or your master, where your life is the ultimate sacrifice? Or is it … Continue reading Killing (Zan)

Gate Of Hell (Jigokumon)

Gate Of Hell (Jigokumon) Japan (1953) Dir. Teinosuke Kinugasa Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife is one of the more well-known commandments of the ten we should live our lives by according to The Bible. What if the wife you covet is not married to your neighbour? Would that be considered a handy loophole … Continue reading Gate Of Hell (Jigokumon)

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

In Another World With My Smartphone

In Another World With My Smartphone (Cert 15) 4 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Sony Pictures) Running time: 284 minutes approx. Kids today - and many adults, let’s be frank - can’t live without their smartphones yet surprisingly this hasn’t been the subject of an anime, until now. But as the title suggests this is not … Continue reading In Another World With My Smartphone

Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji

Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 94 minutes approx. It needs pointing out that Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji is a very misleading title - except it isn’t. Upon reading this title (and seeing the artwork for this Blu-ray release), it is assumed that either a … Continue reading Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji

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

God Of War

God Of War (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Well Go USA) Running Time: 129 minutes approx. You have to hand it to the Chinese - they do historical films arguably better than anyone else, at least on an aesthetic and immersive front. Even if the historical accuracy is open to question, at least we … Continue reading God Of War

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