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  • Remains: Beautiful Heroes

    Remains: Beautiful Heroes

    Aside from the beautiful landscapes and remarkable cinematography there’s a sense of scale and directorial proficiency to the film that the subject matter almost doesn’t deserve. For as mishandled as the McGuffin of Red Spots is, the Chiba manages to tell an engaging story in the maturation of Yuki that could have been quite special had it been the central focus of the movie.

    Full Review: horrorjapan.com/movies/yellow-fangs-review-1990/

  • God's Left Hand, Devil's Right Hand

    God's Left Hand, Devil's Right Hand

    Without a sense of surrealism or budget to appropriately pull off the manga, God’s Left Hand, Devil’s Right Hand is a slog of a film to get through. A Kazuo Umezu story as directed by Shusuke Kaneko and starring Tomorowo Taguchi sounds like an incredible proposition, but don’t be fooled, there really isn’t much here to enjoy.

    Review: horrorjapan.com/movies/gods-left-hand-devils-right-hand-review-2006/

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  • The Bird People in China

    The Bird People in China

    ★★★★★

    Can't say that I really knew what to expect when sitting down to watch this movie. I knew that it was supposedly 'completely unlike Miike', but considering that is in itself the mark of Miike's filmography I still didn't have a grasp of what it was going to be.

    The best way that I can think to describe it is by saying that it's as if Werner Herzog made a live adaptation of a Hayao Miyazaki film. The ecological themes…

  • Suicide Club

    Suicide Club

    ★★★★½

    So I slept on this movie for years and upon seeing it I've come to regret that. Modern J-horror is really quite hit and miss for me, and I don't have anything like the affinity for it that I do for the 50s and 60s stuff, but every now and again I see a film that lives up to those.

    I'd seen bits and pieces of Suicide Club over the years as it's a film that is incredibly '.gif' worthy,…