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Guilty Of Romance Review


Very Good
This third part in Sion Sono's Hate Trilogy (after Love Exposure and Cold Fish) is a challenging, artistic exploration of power as expressed through sex and violence. Its point may not be clear and the story hard to watch, but the filmmaking is exhilarating.

Izumi (Kagurazaka) lives an ordered life with her punctual novelist husband (Tsuda), but loving him isn't enough. While working in a local supermarket, she secretly accepts an invitation to pose as a scantily clad model. But this is actually a front for porn, which she proves rather adept at. Yet even as she begins to explore her sexuality, she maintains her role back home as the young, dutiful wife. Then she meets the hooker Mitsuko (Togashi), who also has a secret life and teaches her the ropes.

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The Machine Girl Review


OK
The Machine Girl is one of those movies that is successful only because it tries to be bad. (Remember Snakes on a Plane?) Of course, that doesn't make it good. Ninjas, flying guillotines, drill bras, a girl with a machine gun for an arm -- how could you not want to watch this movie after viewing the trailer? Unfortunately, Girl is also one of those movies with a trailer that shows all the best parts, rendering everything in between underwhelming by comparison.

Want to have a good time? Don't watch the trailer, gather a bunch of friends, and sneak some forties into this movie. The trailer spoiled all the best parts for me, but I can certainly imagine how outrageous this movie would've been had I walked into it blindly. The conundrum here is that most people probably would have no interest in watching this movie without seeing the trailer. And if you have seen the trailer, well, I guess the movie is still worth watching, but I'd either try to sneak in through the fire exit or wait for it to come out on DVD.

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The Neighbor No. 13 Review


Good
The Neighbor No. 13 is one of those beautifully executed yet logically muddled J-horror films that will impress you much more with its overall look and soundtrack than with its confusing story. This movie gets the stamp of approval from J-horror god Takashi Miike, who shows up in a cameo just long enough to be stabbed to death, but you may not be as enthralled as he apparently was.

Schoolroom bullying, which, if the Japanese cinema is an accurate indicator, is an epidemic in Japan, is at the core of the story. In flashbacks we see that poor Juzo (Shun Oguri) was mercilessly abused by Akai (Hirofumi Arai) and his gang, with the violence culminating in an acid attack on Juzo's face. The teachers were apparently always MIA.

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Another Lonely Hitman Review


OK
It ain't easy being a killer. Between the late nights, the wacked-out whores, and the constant pressure from unreasonable bosses, it's enough to drive a guy to drugs. Fortunately, 10 years in the slammer eliminates pretty much all of these problems.

Newly released from a decade in prison, Tachibana (Ryo Ishibashi) is a new man living by an old code. While the jail time has cleared his mind and bloodstream, his conscience still aches from the memory of his past acts. Meanwhile, the world has changed in his absence. The bosses he so faithfully served time for have forgotten the old ways of the yakuza, abandoning their honor in the pursuit of money. Corruption now pervades the crime family to which he has dedicated his life. Drugs now rule the street.

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Fudoh: The New Generation Review


Very Good
A watershed film in the legacy of Takashi Miike, Fudoh is still one of the director's most disgusting and disturbing endeavors, nearly 10 years after its original release. A classic vengeance story with a twist -- dad kills one of his sons to make good on a betrayal, leaving the other son to exact vengeance on dad and everyone else -- this blood-infused gangster flick leaps from copious scenes of executions (exploding heads, acid baths, you get the drill) to a stripper who shoots darts from her, uh, thingee and a teacher who reveals herself to be a hermaphrodite. Mind boggling in its degree of bad taste, Miike fans will eat it up.

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Yoshinori Chiba Movies

Guilty of Romance Movie Review

Guilty of Romance Movie Review

This third part in Sion Sono's Hate Trilogy (after Love Exposure and Cold Fish) is...

The Machine Girl Movie Review

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The Machine Girl is one of those movies that is successful only because it tries...

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