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5 schoolgirl friends make a blood pledge to die together in a suicide pact but only 1 fulfills the promise by jumping off the roof of their school. Now the dead girl’s vengeful spirit starts haunting the other 4 determined that they should honor their pledge in full.

Another great entry in the Whispering Corridors series. The spirit of the girl is really creepy with her blood soaked look. There’s not that great deal of scares to be had but there’s a couple of moments that are quite gruesome. Definitely worth taking a look especially if you’ve watched the rest of the series.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Hard Revenge Milly (2008)

A women called Milly who has seen her husband and baby murdered and which saw herself being badly wounded by the nefarious Jack Brothers and their associates is out for revenge in Yokohama which is deserted and in ruins. It’s obvious that she’s part cyborg now but it doesn’t explain who turned her into one. She plans a showdown which is set in an abandoned warehouse and Milly is not going to stop until all of the gang which destroyed her life has been killed.

Some can say this is similar to Tarantino’s Kill Bill only shorter. It’s a very entertaining revenge movie and Miki Mizuno makes a superb anti-heroine with her ice cold stares and the way she goes about methodically slaughtering her enemies. I like now that she’s been transformed into a cyborg she has some nice handy weapons such as the knee cap shotgun! Not as gore soaked as I would have liked it to be – certainly not on the level of The Machine Girl or Tokyo Gore Police but it’s still good fun. There’s also a sequel out called Hard Revenge Milly:Bloody Battle which I plan to see very soon.

Sadako’s Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Island On Fire (1990)

Inspector Wang of the Hong Kong Police goes deep undercover inside a prison after the murder of his teacher occurs on the outside by a criminal who is supposed to have died by the death penalty. Once inside as a prisoner, he finds that life is very harsh but soon makes allies. As he digs deeper into the prison system, he finds the truth about the shady deals the head warden does with prisoners. But will Inspector Wang be able to expose everything?

A little darker than Jackie Chan’s usual movies, he’s publicly disowned this one and you can see why especially near the climax. It’s nothing like his comedy action movies, in fact it’s all serious. Nevertheless, it’s still a fantastic story. The director was able to acquire the services of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Andy Lau as a favour in return for something he did for them. This movie has got some great martial arts fights and a brilliant shootout an an airport near the end. Sammo’s character provides the emotion of the story as he constantly escapes in order to fulfill a promise to his young son whilst Andy Lau’s character is a Triad boss who’s after Jackie Chan for murdering his brother. Whatever sense you made of the plot goes out of the window in the last 15 mins as it changes into something completely different! If you want to see JC in a different kind of role though he isn’t the main star in this movie then it’s worth taking a look at this one.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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A gripping tense thriller about a family man Katayama who intervenes when he sees several teens beating up a person. He duffs them all up but gets arrested. The teens all escape punishment as they’re too young to be prosecuted. Soon after, the head of the teen gang Kamiki stalks Katayama’s family which ends in tragedy when his young daughter is murdered by him. His wife unable to cope also ends her life by commiting suicide. Kamiki is sent down to a juvenile center for 3 years and Katayama starts a new life in Yokohama. 2 years later and Kamiki is out on parole and no longer deemed to be a threat and a seemingly changed person. When Katayama hears of this he’s all set to confront him and get his revenge but the police are on his case. What the police doesn’t know is that Kamiki is influencing a new gang of young teenagers to murder by buying weapons for them. Katayama will not stop until justice has been served.

What a great thriller this was by maverick director Takashi Miike. A regular actor in his movies – Sho Aikawa is the leading man here, tortured by the deaths of his wife and daughter and determined one way or another to bring his own brand of justice to the young man responsible for their demise. The young killer Kamiki is a nasty piece of work with seemingly no remorse for anything he’s done even after being inside. Miike touches on the trend of youth violence and the lax attitude of the police but also on grief and anger.

It’s a powerful and thought provoking movie and is the closest thing to reality that Miike has ever done considering he likes to make weird movies. Definitely a worthwhile movie to watch.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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A young boy climbing up a tall electric pylon gets more than he bargained for when he’s zapped by a big jolt of electricity. As he grows older, Electric Buddha creates a mask to shield one side of his face in which to conduct electricity that’s been stored in his body. Dragon Eye Morrison was a violent kid who had shock treatment in order to curb his aggresive tendencies. When he became an adult, he changed his ways and now captures insects for a living. To discharge the electricity inside his body he violently plays his electric guitar. When Electric Buddha learns of Dragon Eye Morrison’s existense he seeks him out in a high voltage showdown. Tokyo isn’t big enough for both of them so who will come out on top?

Bizarre but hugely entertaining Cyberpunk madness. If you don’t mind watching weird stuff then you’ll have a blast watching this fun movie. Generally I don’t like Cyberpunk movies at all but this one I must admit to taking a shine to it. Shot entirely in black and white and running at a brisk 55 mins this is certainly worth checking out if you’re an Asian movie fan.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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