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  • Truckster of Guts
  • Tora-san Meets the Songstress Again
  • House
  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

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  • Kuroneko

    ★★★★

  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

    ★★★★½

  • Kamen Rider Den-O: The Birth of Pretty Den-O!

    ★★★★

  • Super Kamen Rider Den-O Trilogy - Episode Yellow: Treasure de End Pirates

    ★★

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  • The Sword of Doom

    The Sword of Doom

    ★★★★★

    SWORD OF DOOM, where have you been all my life?

    On my watchlist for a while is the answer, I guess. I love Kihachi Okamoto’s quirky dark comedies like OH, BOMB! and AGE OF ASSASSINS. A while back I saw KILL!, another chambara film of his and thought “yeah, this is pretty good,” so while I intended to see this eventually I wasn’t exactly jumping out of my seat.

    Tatsuya Nakadai plays Ryunosuke (later renamed Yoshida) a swordsman who is…

  • Suzaki Paradise: Red Light District

    Suzaki Paradise: Red Light District

    ★★★★

    Centered around a couple, broke and troubled, finding separate employment & lodging outside a red-light district. A really fascinating film, excellently directed by Yuzo Kawashima, with a touch of noir thanks to the moody lighting, bongo and saxophone-filled soundtrack, and general discontentment hanging over the characters. Placing the story right next to a literal gate that represents going too far and essentially giving up on the fight to live an honest life, but also the temptation to do it anyway because…