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

Serpent’s Path (Hebi no michi)/Eyes Of The Spider (Kumo no hitomi)

Serpent's Path (Hebi no michi)/Eyes Of The Spider (Kumo no hitomi)   Japan (1998) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa A special “two for the price of one” review since both films are on the one disc and they are essentially companion pieces to each other. Like many directors, Kiyoshi Kurosawa can’t resist a challenge - he was … Continue reading Serpent’s Path (Hebi no michi)/Eyes Of The Spider (Kumo no hitomi)

Omar

Omar Palestine (2013) Dir. Hany Abu-Assad Being in love will always mean hardships for young couples to overcome, whether it is disapproving parents, age gaps, or compatibility issues, but arguably the most damaging obstacle after religion, is politics. We’re not talking about having to deal with your new love being a Tory voter; the politics … Continue reading Omar

Truth Or Dare

Truth Or Dare US (2013) Dir. Jessica Cameron They say the truth hurts but I don’t think it is supposed to hurt as much as it does in this indie gore flick. And if this claret soaked yarn is also meant to serve as a parable to warn people against the inherent vanity from achieving … Continue reading Truth Or Dare

Higurashi: When They Cry Season 1 Collection

Higurashi: When They Cry Season 1 Collection 6 Discs DVD (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 640 minutes approx. Also known by its full title of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni this is an anime series that has long eluded a UK release, allowing its reputation as a seminal horror mystery title attain near mythical status. Now … Continue reading Higurashi: When They Cry Season 1 Collection

One Piece Collection 18

One Piece Collection 18 (Episodes 422-445) (Cert 12) 4 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 565 minutes approx  Welcome back to the further adventures of everybody’s favourite pirates the Straw Hats as One Piece continues to roll on. In truth, this is a bit of a white lie as this collection features Straw Hats rubbery … Continue reading One Piece Collection 18

Have A Nice Day (Dàshìjiè)

Have A Nice Day (Dàshìjiè) China (2017) Dir. Liu Jian  Whilst the delightful Big Fish & Begonia set a new benchmark for Chinese animation through its lustrous visuals, at the other end of the spectrum is another labour of love project from an animator keen to boost his country’s profile on the international market with … Continue reading Have A Nice Day (Dàshìjiè)

The Merciless (Boolhandang: Nabbeun Nomdeului Sesang)

The Merciless (Boolhandang: Nabbeun Nomdeului Sesang) Korea (2017) Dir. Byun Sung-Hyun There is no honour among thieves. A phrase everyone has heard except for those in the criminal fraternity apparently, if Asian gangster films are to be believed. In his third film, Byun Sung-Hyun makes the huge leap from saucy rom-coms to violent thriller to … Continue reading The Merciless (Boolhandang: Nabbeun Nomdeului Sesang)

Baskin

Baskin Turkey (2015) Dir. Can Evrenol “Arthouse horror” is the latest trend in cinema to come from South America and parts of Europe, with Mexican effort We Are The Flesh the first one experienced by yours truly - “experienced” being the operative word as these surreal descents into unimaginable psychedelic and psychotic worlds can’t really … Continue reading Baskin

Killing Words (Palabras encadenadas)

Killing Words (Palabras encadenadas) Spain (2003) Dir. Laura Mañá The ability to tell a convincing story is a rare skill but one that can pay dividends, used correctly of course, unless one starts to believe the yarn they are spinning. This Spanish psychological thriller adds a fresh twist on the serial killer genre in both … Continue reading Killing Words (Palabras encadenadas)