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Bloody Territories Review


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It's Japanese gangster high jinks galore -- the kind we've come desensitized to in recent years, as a flood of these movies have hit video shelves following America's recent obsession with all things bloody and all things Japanese.

With a name like Bloody Territories you may expect a Miike-styled splatterfest, with blood squirting as if from a fire hose and yakuza slip-sliding in the stuff around Tokyo. But back in 1969, when Bloody Territories was made, no one went that far, not even Yasuharu Hasebe, a pioneer in the genre.

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Marronnier Review


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Imagine Team America: World Police as a horror movie, and you'll get a sense of the bizarre and wholly non-scary Marronnier, a Japanese puppet terror flick the likes of which we'll probably not see again.

One of Japan's odder fetishes concerns dolls, especially female ones with oversized heads and eyes. Our antagonist in Marronnier has just such a fetish, and he makes dolls himself. Unfortunately, he also makes them using real women for parts. Into his creepy lair our heroine stumbles, and with her pals (offed one by one), it's up to her to try to get out before she's turned into a living doll herself. Never mind that, somehow, all the dolls and their unattached parts have come to life.

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