Anime Review: “Zettai Shougeki: Platonic Heart” – we must be honest

 Review by: Ifakoya English ….What in nine circles of implausible hell is this? Clearly the existence of this can really only be explained by saying that it was meant to be a weapon. A weapon that someone was developing in order to combat some ancient dark wizard that threatened to destroy the world, and they […]

Film Review: “Denjin Zabōgā” – I have no idea what this is….but I love it!

Review by: Ifakoya English I have no idea what this is….but I love it! A remake of a Tokusatsu series of the same name from 1970’s, this movie attempts to bring the story of Yutaka Daimon (played here by two actors; Itsuji Itao being the older and Yasuhisa Furuhara being the younger) to the current […]

Film Review: “The Suffered” – You want solutions and some healing? Ain’t none here

Review by: Mut Asheru Korean film THE SUFFERED is a human drama that tackles sexual abuse and childhood trauma suffered at the hands of family. The aftermath of said trauma and abuse, results in mentally unstable individuals who are set to crash into each other as they get older with terrifying results. You want solutions […]

Film Review: “Dear Dictator” by writer / director Lee Sang-woo – queue the Cypress Hill “here’s something you just cain’t understand”

Review by: Mut Asheru Let me start by saying “I didn’t see that coming!” Writer / Director Lee Sang-woo’s (이상우) DEAR DICTATOR (친애하는지도자동지께) is the best film ever! Just kidding. It is pretty damn good though. What can I say without giving too much of the film away? Hmmm, how about the synopsis? Buk-seong, Young-rim […]

Film Review: “Nora Noh” – Korean Documentary Tells the Story of Korea’s First Female Ground-Breaking Designer

Review by: Mut Asheru Documentary NORA NOH, directed by  Kim Sung-hee attempts to capture and highlight the living Korean fashion legend Ms. Nora Noh herself. But to quote a classic line “how do catch a cloud and pin it down?”.  She was the first person ever to hold a fashion show in Korea and to […]

DVD Review: “Kyūketsu Shōjo tai Shōjo Furanken” – Japanese action-horror flick that’s umm…

Review by: Ifakoya English Oh boy. I can’t really start to describe this movie. Japanese action-horror flick Kyūketsu Shōjo tai Shōjo Furanken is based off of a manga of the same name…that doesn’t really tell you much, except that it’s akin to our video-game movies. To get the actual plot out of the way, it’s […]

Film Review: “Sarubeji Maisu!” – directed by Ryuta Tasaki

Review by: Ifakoya English You know, there are thing in the universe that I think I would go out of my way to avoid. Being the type of person I am these things typically revolve around friendship, trust, and anything dealing with human emotion that isn’t the need for destruction, death, and violence. I happen […]

DIFF 2014 Film Review: ‘R100’ by Director Hitoshi Matsumoto – There’s a silly mastery of the sexual in R100 that never relents

Review by: Bill Graham There’s a silly mastery of the sexual in R100 that never relents. Whether you find the movie to be your flavor or not, you can tell that director Hitoshi Matsumoto is determined to infuse as many layers as he can to what could have been a very singular, one-note comedy. We […]

DIFF 2014 Film Review: ‘Doomsday Party’ – Directed by Ho Hong

Written by: Mut Asheru DOOMSDAY PARTY is a film set in Hong Kong and is an ambitious debut for first time director Ho Hong. The cast is a hodge-podge of characters that are brought together amidst a couple of hot button economic topics such as parallel trading, unscrupulous property development and the 2008 financial crises. […]

Film Review: “Horny Family” – A Korean comedy that pokes fun at the concept of family, love and fidelity

Review by: Mut Asheru Korean comedy HORNY FAMILY directed by Bo-Sang Park gently and un-apologetically pokes fun at the concept of family, love and fidelity. The film is shot and scripted in a way that humanizes our sex drives and calls to question the notion of lifetime pairing between human beings. Although the movie boasts […]