Browsing the archives for the Asian Cinema tag

The Executioner II: Karate Inferno (1974)

Country: Japan Director: Teruo Ishii Starring: Sonny Chiba, Eiji Gô, Yutaka Nakajima, Etsuko Shihomi, Kanjûrô Arashi, Ryô Ikebe, Tetsurô Tanba, Makoto Satô Music: Hajime Kaburagi Original Title: Chokugeki jigoku-ken: Dai-gyakuten The Executioner II: Karate Inferno is a broad comedic caper film, with a pinch of extreme violence added at the end (which may be somewhat […]

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Black Cat (1991)

Country: Hong Kong Director: Stephen Shin Starring: Jade Leung, Simon Yam, Thomas Lam, Zdenek Juricek, Yvonne Drinovz, Curtis Fraser, Denise Stauffer, Jordy Shane, Audrey Rene Writer: Lun Ah, Bo Shun Chan, Lam Tan Ping Editors: Ting Hung Kuo, Wong Chau On, Wing-ming Wong Music: Danny Chung Cinematographer: Kin Keung Lee Producers: Stephen Shin, Dickson Poon […]

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Sonny Chiba’s Dragon Princess (1976)

Country: Japan Director: Yutaka Kohira Starring: Etsuko Shihomi, Sonny Chiba, Yasuaki Kurata, Masashi Ishibashi, Jirô Chiba, Bin Amatsu Original Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi AKA: Which is Stronger, Karate or Tiger? Original Title: Hissatsu onna kenshi In some parts of the world, this film was known as Sonny Chiba’s Dragon Princess, which would imply that this is […]

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King Kong Escapes (1968)

Country: Japan Director: Inoshiro Honda Starring: Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller, Akira Takarada, Eisei Amamoto The nuclear submarine, Explorer, a vessel of the United Nations Research Council, under the command of Commander Carl Nelson (Rhodes Reason), is on a mission to discover oil. On route under the Java Sea, Nelson, who also happens to […]

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Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

I figure if you’re the type to watch a film called Sukiyaki Western Django then you’ve probably watched your fair share of world cinema – and most likely the odd samurai film – and while this film is a western it still owes a debt to the samurai films of the past – even a gunshot wound can produce an arterial spray reminiscent of those in a Zatoichi film.

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Godzilla vs Megalon (1973)

Country: Japan Starring: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham, Kotaro Tomita, Wolf Otsuki, Kanta Mori, Shinji Takagi, Hideto Odachi, Tsugutoshi Komada, Kenpachiro Satsuma Writer: Jun Fukuda Director: Jun Fukuda Cinematographer: Yuzuru Aizawa Music: Riichiro Manabe Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka Original Title: Gojira tai Megaro As a highly paid professional writer – you believe that […]

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Zero Woman: Final Mission (1995)

Country: Japan Director: Kenji Enokido Starring: Naoko Iijima, Wataru Takasagi, Misayo Haruki, Hidetoshi Okamoto, Miho Suzuki, Toshihiko Hino Music: Shigeru Umebayashi Zero Woman returns once again, and despite this film’s title, this would not be her final mission, just another in the long line of cheap, exploitative ‘semi-spy’ films from Japan. I say ‘semi-spy’ because […]

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Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (1974)

Country: Japan Director: Yukio Noda Starring: Miki Sugimoto, Eiji Go, Tetsuro Tanba, Hideo Murota, Ichiro Aki Music: Daisuke Okamoto AKA: The Tigers From Osaka The first thing you should know about this film is that it is violent and repugnant. But to me, there are two types of exploitation pictures. One that serves up its […]

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ESPy (1974)

Original Title: Esupai Country: Japan Director: Jun Fukuda Starring: Masao Kusakari, Hiroshi Fujioka, Kaoru Yumi, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Yûzô Kayama Music: Masaaki Hirao Every now and then I stumble upon a film that is a bit tougher to categorize and describe than most. ESPy is one such film. Firstly it is Japanese, and secondly as the […]

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Warlords (2007)

Country: China / Hong Kong Director: Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip Starring: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jinglei Xu, Yu Ai Lei Music: Kwong Wing Chan, Peter Kam, Leon Ko Sorry guys, but this review is not going to be anywhere near the standard I wanted it to be. I didn’t set out to […]

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