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25 Essential Martial Arts Films, Ranked

The martial arts movie is an art unto itself, and whether it’s gloriously cheesy 1970s Hong Kong late-night cult favorites or big-budget post-millennial epics, there’s an enduring appeal to watching an apparently hopelessly overmatched hero use his or her crazy skills to hand a horde of villains’ asses to them. 2,088 more words


Don't want to pay your NHK TV licence fee? Beat Takeshi doesn't think you should have to

In Japan, it’s mandatory to pay for a TV licence if you own a television set or device that can receive a broadcast signal. The money goes to NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting service. 746 more words


My Japan Foundation Film Tour Top Five

You don’t get much chance to see Japanese films in London (or the rest of the UK) but, thanks to the Japan Foundation, over the next couple of weeks there’s going to be a positive glut. 412 more words


Hugh Jackman stars, sings J-pop cover, and speaks Japanese in ads for Toyota【Videos】

When you get to be as big a company as Toyota, you can afford to go out and get A-list talent for your commercials… 549 more words


Battle Royale: The Complete Collection

“Beat” Takeshi Kitano is a true renaissance man in Japan, but little known – except to hardcore fans – in the rest of the world. Our film pick for the day was Takeshi’s “Sonatine”, which he wrote, directed, and starred in. 213 more words

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#ActionWednesday - Sonatine (1993)

Before we go too far in to this look, let it be known that no less a fan than Quentin Tarantino released the English subtitled version of this picture as one of the first releases under his “Rolling Thunder” distribution. 276 more words


FILM REVIEW: Outrage Beyond (2013)

Film: Outrage Beyond
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Tomokazu Miura, Ryo Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata and Yutaka Matsushige
Running Time: 112 minutes
Certificate: 18

Takeshi Kitano’s sequel to the brutal 2010 Yakuza thriller Outrage delivers more of the same brutal thrills, but expands sufficiently in the already highly confusing plot to give the film a stronger and more accomplished feel. 329 more words