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Review: Black Society Trilogy


After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of “V-cinema” in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one’s place in the world. 687 more words


Blu-ray Review: Black Society Trilogy

Originally published on The National Student and Cultastic on 16/01/17.

Japanese shock-master Takashi Miike’s early crime epics are finally getting the blu-ray treatment, and here’s why that’s totally a good thing.  670 more words

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Hulu: The New Jews

I SIT WITHOUT BLINKING BEHIND MY COMPUTER as the next Movie automatically begins. Billed as a “Spiritual Sequel” to The New AryansThe New Jews… 1,892 more words

Hara Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (2011)

A wandering samurai enters a venerable House and requests that he be allowed to commit ritual suicide in their courtyard to preserve his honour, but suspecting a bluff designed to extract charity the head retainer recounts the tale of the last samurai who attempted such trickery. 122 more words


Takashi Miike's DEAD OR ALIVE (1999): Fast, crazy & wild

Originally titled “Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha”, this Takashi Miike film,  the first of his weird “Dead or Alive” trilogy, is a wild and crazy feature centered on a duel between a Yazuka and a Japanese policeman, it’s an early movie by the Asian director and as many of his others, involve plenty of humor and surrealism, this is a very fun watch if you like the genre but don’t expect too much from it; just the opening sequence is a mind blower, after this one you are pretty much prepared for what is coming next, the story involves guns, drugs, blood and violence, perhaps less “disturbing” than other Miike’s works, but still in line with his style, it’s very well filmed and has a very good pace (sometimes even too fast); the humor is the big factor here, capable to turn a nasty scene into a funny one, also the dialogues are very hilarious and silly but they fit perfectly in this very odd feature. 37 more words

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In de misosoep - Ryū Murakami

In de misosoep (1997) van Ryū Murakami (1952) is een vrij kort en eenvoudig verhaal. De hoofdpersoon en verteller is een gesjeesde student die een baantje als rossebuurtgids en -vertaler voor buitenlanders in Tokio voor zichzelf heeft gecreëerd. 220 more words

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