Tag: Japan

REVIEW: Fires on the Plain (2014)

In the final days of World War II, a bullied soldier suffering from tuberculosis makes his way through the Filipino jungle in the hope of reaching his evacuation point in time. On his journey he encounters local guerillas, hides from the American military, and discovers the frightening extent to which desperate, starving men will go ...

REVIEW: Bullet Ballet (1998)

Writer/director Shinya Tsukamoto made an enormous impact internationally with his low-budget 1989 tech-horror Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Shot in grainy black and white with a piercing industrial soundtrack, it rapidly became a cult hit around the world and attracted a fiercely loyal cult following. Tsukamoto's subsequent films never quite captured the widespread attention that his feature ...

REVIEW: Haze (2005)

A man wakes up in a dark, coffin-like space. He can barely move, but move he must if he wants to survive, because he is bleeding from an abdominal wound. As he slowly works his way through this cramped, claustrophobic labyrinth, he encounters a mysterious woman and struggles to piece together the fragments of his ...

REVIEW: Black Test Car (1962)

Two rival car manufacturers are in a race to release their new sports cars. When the Tiger company's test vehicle crashes, photographers paid for by the rival Yamato corporation are there to shoot the accident and leak it to the press. Soon afterwards it becomes clear that Yamato has somehow stolen the blueprints to Tiger's ...

REVIEW: Suicide Club (2001)

One evening more than 50 teenage girls line a Tokyo subway platform, wait for an express arrival, and jump together to their deaths. As further suicides ensue across Japan, a trio of police detectives work around the clock to track down the mysterious 'suicide club' that appears to be controlling them. Sion Sono is one ...

REVIEW: First Love (2019)

Leo (Masataka Kubota) is a young amateur boxer who gets knocked out in the ring and diagnosed with a brain tumour. When he meets the drug-addicted sex worker Yuri (Sakurako Kanishi), he gets unwittingly dragged into a drug-smuggling operation involving the Yakuza, a Chinese Triad, and a corrupt police officer. Director Takashi Miike is back ...