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  • Organ
  • Matango
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  • The Great Duel

    ★★★★

  • Skull

    ★★★★★

  • Serpent

    ★★★

  • Backward Flow

    ★★★½

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  • The Great Duel

    The Great Duel

    ★★★★

    Pain, endless pain. A group of samurai and one woman fighting to save their country from corruption, much like Eiichi Kudo's previous film 13 Assassins. Some of them are unforgivably bad even with that goal. Murderers and rapists, it makes for uncomfortable viewing. That one woman gets the worst of it all, she's working just as hard as the rest if not more so yet gets no respect and utterly deplorable treatment. Surprisingly different from a lot of Japanese films…

  • Skull

    Skull

    ★★★★★

    A well made drama about christian rebels in Japan full of sadness and memorable characters, nearly had me in tears a couple of times. Ends with maybe the best shot and choreographed one man alone vs many swordfight I've seen. The best by far of the early samurai films I've been watching. It might be short but at this point I'd put it in my top 5 samurai films if I was to make a list. Utaemon Ichikawa is an…

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  • Celluloid Nightmares

    Celluloid Nightmares

    ★★★★★

    Revisiting another Satô film, always fun and disturbing. The title Re-Wind makes much more sense. I love the way he plays around with scenes appearing on screens within films and being recorded, kind of adds another level of degradation to what you're watching. It's seedy stuff no doubt but it's good high quality sleaze that unsettles and fascinates.

    Satô's sex scenes are both erotic and disturbing, they don't feel like ordinary pornography. This film is far more voyeuristic, the lighting…

  • Acera, or the Witches' Dance

    Acera, or the Witches' Dance

    ★★★★★

    progressive little bastards