Review by: Ifakoya English It is amazing what you find when you are on the search for nice vampire films to watch. Ranging from the standard monster flick to the oft-maligned romantic variant, vampire films come in many shapes and forms. However, this is possibly one of the only times where the classic vampire film has taken the form of a partially silent avant-garde indie … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Kyuketsu” an unholy, eighteen-wheeled truck of a film hits the viewer head-on
Japanese Film Reviews
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 Tale of Princess Kaguya) … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Only Yesterday” – Old made new!…In English to boot!
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 to follow the basic story line of the manga, … [Read more...] about DVD Review: Death Trance – Looking Back
A Look Back: "Buraddo" (2009) English Title: BloodReview 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 much simpler titles like “Q’ I decided I might as well give it a fair trial. … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Buraddo” – A look back at why we shouldn’t look back
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 just Chambara [Samurai Cinema] films in … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Ichi”…It compels you, it draws you to it
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 showed him this in order to drive him away. Really, there is no … [Read more...] about Anime Review: “Zettai Shougeki: Platonic Heart” – we must be honest
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 generation in an attempt to update it while still holding onto the cheesy … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Denjin Zabōgā” – I have no idea what this is….but I love it!
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 about a vampire girl who falls for a boy, but he’s already … [Read more...] about DVD Review: “Kyūketsu Shōjo tai Shōjo Furanken” – Japanese action-horror flick that’s umm…
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 to be a villainous type of person. Now, here we have a curious … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Sarubeji Maisu!” – directed by Ryuta Tasaki
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 follow Takafumi Katayama along his daily life. He's just an ordinary man who … [Read more...] about Film Review: ‘R100’ by Director Hitoshi Matsumoto – There’s a silly mastery of the sexual in R100 that never relents