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First Love is Snatch with Sword Fights [Blu-Ray Review]

Early on in First Love, the main character, Leo (Masataka Kubota), is in a boxing match. When he punches his opponent in the face, there’s a quick cut to a decapitated head bouncing out of an alley. T...

Ichi the Killer

Blu-Ray Review: Ichi the Killer is a Stunning Restoration of One of Takashi Miike’s Best

Ichi the Killer is one of the most influential movies of the early 2000s. It is absolutely one of the standout films from director Takashi Miike, which says a lot, because he’s directed over 100 of th...

Over your dead body

Over Your Dead Body [Frightfest 2015 Review]

Acclaimed Japanese film-maker Takashi Miike sticks to his tried and tested formula of making at least one movie per year with chilly revenge shocker Over Your Dead Body, a flick that boldly attempts t...

female killers Asami (Eihi Shiina) getting ready to engage in some torture in Takashi Miike's Audition.

Audition: Disturbing Torture Film or Black Romantic Comedy?

Audition is fairly widely regarded as one of the most disturbing Japanese horror films, if not simply one of the most disturbing horror films, worldwide. And that is a valid statement. Directed by Jap...

female killers Asami (Eihi Shiina) getting ready to engage in some torture in Takashi Miike's Audition.

Audition – A Japanese Shock?

[soliloquy id=”499″] Audition is a film that’s always in the “most disturbing” category, but yet, I really do not feel it deserves this honor. It’s one of those films whi...

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