Browsing the archives for the Japan tag

TV Show of the Day: Karei naru Spy (2009)

Country: Japan Directors: Otani Taro, Iwamoto Hitoshi, Ishio Jun Cast: Nagase Tomoya, Fukada Kyoko, Sekai no Nabeatsu, Fujiwara Kazuhiro Guest Stars: Inoue Mao, Tezuka Toru, Shirahane Yuri Producer: Sato Atsushi Karei naru Spy is a Japanese television show which aired in 2009. Apparently there were ten episodes in the series, and a spin off movie [...]

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Liner Notes: Andrez Bergen

Everyone loves movie music, don’t they? That fusion of images and sound can create true cinema magic regardless of genre. Maybe you’re old school, and love the swelling, bombastic scores of Max Steiner and Wolfgang Maria Korngold – or perhaps you’re a rocker and have King Creole or The Girl Can’t Help It constantly on [...]

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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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Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Country: Japan Director: Shûsuke Kaneko Starring: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Onodera, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitano Music: Kô Ôtani I still consider myself a Keigu Eiga novice. Over the last couple of years, I have sampled a good number of Godzilla films – not as many as I would like, only around eight – but I haven’t [...]

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Into The Sun (2005)

Country: United States Director: mink Starring: Steven Seagal, Matthew David, Takao Osawa, Eddie George, William Atherton, Juliette Marquis Music: Stanley Clarke Into The Sun, is another gratuitously violent spy thriller from martial artist Steven Seagal. What small enjoyment that comes from this picture is derived from the depiction of Japanese culture, particularly underworld culture. But [...]

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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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