Dead Or Alive (Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha)

Dead Or Alive (Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha) Japan (1999) Dir. Takashi Miike Takashi Miike’s reputation as a major proponent of extreme cinema proceeds any of his works, no matter how innocent the subject matter may be. Therefore, the violent world associated with the Yakuza seems tailor made for him - with Miike’s unique twist liberally … Continue reading Dead Or Alive (Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha)

Go Find A Psychic! (Magare! Supûn)

Go Find A Psychic! (Magare! Supûn) Japan (2009) Dir. Katsuyuki Motohiro Belief is a powerful thing, for better or for worse. Some find comfort in spiritual guidance; others succumb to pernicious ideals with devastating consequences. Whatever it is, the strength of our beliefs keep us going even we don’t find the resolve we hoped for. … Continue reading Go Find A Psychic! (Magare! Supûn)

April Fools (Eipuriru fûruzu)

April Fools (Eipuriru fûruzu) Japan (2015) Dir. Junichi Ishikawa I suppose if I had thought about it about more I should have waited a few weeks and watched this film on April 1st (although February 29th is an auspicious date in its own right) but then again some people might have assumed it was a … Continue reading April Fools (Eipuriru fûruzu)

Hana-Bi

Hana-Bi (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 103 minutes approx. It is remarkable for us on this side of the world to comprehend how Takeshi Kitano was not regarded as a credible filmmaker in his native Japan until Hana-Bi won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film festival. Until then … Continue reading Hana-Bi

Ninja Kids!!! (Nintama Rantarô)

Ninja Kids!!! (Nintama Rantarô) Japan (2011) Dir. Takashi Miike In the Muromachi period, 16th century Japan, young ninja Rantaro (Seishiro Kato) is sent to Ninja Academy by his parents (Shido Nakamura and Rei Dan) to break the family’s curse of being low ranking Ninja. While on a summer break Rantaro and his class mates meet … Continue reading Ninja Kids!!! (Nintama Rantarô)