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  • Samurai Assassin

    ★★★★½

  • Tetsuo II: Body Hammer

    ★★★½

  • Oh, Bomb!

    ★★★★½

  • One-Armed Boxer

    ★★★

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  • Dreamy Fifteen

    Dreamy Fifteen

    ★★★

    I'll make this simple for any potential viewers: if you've ever watched a slice of life anime and you were bored by it or didn't like it, then Dreamy Fifteen isn't for you. It's based off of a manga by Kimio Yanagisawa, named Tonda Couple (a much better name than Dreamy Fifteen), with the same premise. Even the music is done by a composer who primarily worked on anime at the time. Interestingly, the manga was published as a shōnen…

  • One Way Ticket to Love

    One Way Ticket to Love

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    We'll be in the public eye, on stage in the bright lights. It might be a very dark place.

    One Way Ticket to Love sets up an interesting contrast between it's main characters; a man (Shirai) who is wanted for his skills with an alto saxophone, and a woman (Maki) who is wanted for her body with no stage skills to speak of. Throw in seedy managers of both sexes, a star who is akin to Elvis with an ego…

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  • Samurai Assassin

    Samurai Assassin

    ★★★★½

    I think the story telling will be the primary make or break aspect of this film for most people, and for me it made it. It takes a particular attention to detail and talent to skip around in time in a story while still keeping it coherent and easy to follow. I think Okamoto skillfully handles it in Samurai Assassin. It does require you as the viewer to pay close attention, though, if you lose focus on the film for…

  • Tetsuo II: Body Hammer

    Tetsuo II: Body Hammer

    ★★★½

    Wildly different from the first Tetsuo, while still managing to keep it's same tantalizingly gruesome nature.

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  • Angel's Egg

    Angel's Egg

    ★★★★½

    Angel's Egg delivered an emotional gut punch for me that I don't think I'll ever fully understand. Maybe it's to do with the new year breathing out a slight air of the undertones of reincarnation in the film. Or maybe because of the soundtrack so ethereal that it almost manages to outweigh the imagery of the film it accompanies. Possibly it's the feeling of being utterly minuscule on the scale of divinity and the world. When asked, "Who are you?",…

  • A Fugitive from the Past

    A Fugitive from the Past

    ★★★★½

    Tomu Uchida's filmography has so much variety, not of quality (they are all great, that I've seen) but of storytelling and style. Just the three films that have been released by Arrow video vary drastically; Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji a mostly light-hearted jidaigeki road film, The Mad Fox a highly dramatized, colorful, theatrical telling of a classic play, and now A Fugitive from the Past a bleak post-war police procedural based on a novel.

    I felt a lot of…