Film Review: “Only Yesterday” – Old made new!…In English to boot!

Review By: Ifakoya English Opens at the Angelika Theater, March 11th There is little magic that compares with that of nostalgia, and few things as precious as memories. ONLY YESTERDAY delivered to the world in 1991 by the legendary Studio Ghibli  (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) is a charming masterpiece. Directed by Isao Takahata (The […]

DVD Review: Death Trance – Looking Back

Directed by: Yuji Shimomura Produced by: Yoshinori Chiba Written by: Seiji Chiba, Shinichi Fujita Music by: Rui Ogawa, Dir en grey Distributed by : Tokyo Shock Released: May 12, 2005 Running time: 90 min Language: Japanese Review By: Ifakoya English Oh man I remember this film fondly. Not only for its utter lack of ability […]

Film Review: “Buraddo” – A look back at why we shouldn’t look back

A Look Back: “Buraddo” (2009) English Title: Blood Review by: Ifakoya English   BEHOLD! One of the most boring vampire movies ever made! I should have known this movie was going to be boring since it had a blander title than “Monster Girls Squad” but being that I got a kick out of movies with […]

Film Review: “Ichi”…It compels you, it draws you to it

A Look Back: “Ichi” (2008) English: …..Still Ichi Studio: Shochiku Distributor[s]: Warner Bros. Japan and Funimation Review by: Ifakoya English When your movie has the ability to make me smile just by looking at the poster. You’ve done something right. This film is a little gem, especially to those fans of the Zatoichi films or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Film Review: ‘Legend of the Blood of the Iron Mask or Mutant Girls Squad’ – Japanese Awesome

Review by: Ifakoya English I have no real excuse for clicking on this movie besides the title MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD I mean why not right? That title is so bland, yet so AWESOME that there are a lot of things that could possibly happen. Now, I’ll just go right out and say that this is […]