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  • Tokyo Tribe

    Tokyo Tribe

    ★★★

    I can honestly say, without fear of hyperbole, that this is the best Japanese rap musical set in a lurid dystopian Tokyo and centred around violent gang rivalry caused by penis envy that I have ever seen.

  • Hex

    Hex

    ★★★

    2018 Cult Movie Challenge: Shaw Brothers (my list)

    You could be forgiven if the poster and plot evoked memories of Kwaidan, but unfortunately that is about all Hex has in common with that Japanese folk horror masterpiece.

    Worth watching for its stylized visuals and interesting (and sometimes surprisingly gruesome) makeup effects, Hex is ultimately a superficial exercise.

    Without charaters about whom we care, Hex lacks any suspense and feels like 90 minutes of style stretched over 5 minutes of substance.

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  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    ★★★★★

    Film #13 from my list for Hoop-Tober 3.0 challenge.

    I have never found cinematic adaptations of Frankenstein particularly engaging or inspiring. A classic ‘monster movie’? Absolutely. A profound and richly complex exploration of humanity and the human condition? Not so much.

    That is until now.

    This modern day interpretation by Bernard Rose is truly outstanding and I urge you to see it.

    To be honest, with more than 50 Frankenstein adaptations already available, I would almost certainly have given this…

  • Ninja Scroll

    Ninja Scroll

    ★★★★½

    2018 Cult Movie Challenge: Anime (my list)

    Death, disease, wanton destruction. Rape, mass murder and disembowelment. If you are still watching after the first ten minutes of Ninja Scroll then you are going to love this film.

    I am admittedly a relative newcomer to manga anime, but Ninja Scroll was like nothing I have seen before. The trouble is that I am not sure if I have plunged straight in at the deep end or is it possible I am…