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Archive for March 18th, 2010

Aegis (2005)

Terrorists hijack a Japanese destroyer which has the latest super radar called Aegis on board. Unless their demands are met, they will unleash a deadly chemical which will wipe out Tokyo. Trying to stop them is the Chief Petty Officer and an undercover agent. Meanwhile the government plan to launch their own strike using a fighter jet armed with a Thermite missile to destroy the ship.

Quite a good action/thriller. Think of it as the movie Under Siege on a navy ship and you’ll get an idea what this is all about with 2 people battling to regain control of the ship against all odds.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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The Super Inframan (1975)

The Demon Princess Elzebub plots to conquer the Earth. She destroys a few major cities in Hong Kong to prove her power to a terror-stricken humanity. Returning to her lair in Inner-Earth, she awakens her army of Skeleton Ghosts and her various Ice Monsters to wreak havoc. But there is hope . . .

The high-tech Science Headquarters, run by Professor Liu Ying De. In view of the current crisis, he has at long last completed and is prepared to use the BDX Project: In the HQ’s secret laboratory, he transforms Lei Ma, a high-ranking SH officer, into the bionic kung fu superhero, the Inframan! Able to perform impossible feats, as well as being equipped with death-dealing weapons, the solar-powered red & silver armored Inframan is mankind’s only hope against Elzebub and her army of devils.

Thought this was quite a fun movie to watch. I didn’t even know that the Chinese had even attempted to try and copy the Japanese formula. It might not be as good as the their tokusatsu series of the time but it was a fine effort.

Sadako’s Rating: 3 out of 5

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L:Change The World (2008)

Starting out 23 days before his death, L – the master detective sets out to stop the Blue Ship organisation from unleashing a virus more deadly than Ebola.

Fits in nicely as a standalone story. A complete change of pace from Death Note 1 and 2 – this one’s more action packed. Has some blink and you’ll miss it cameos by the characters Misa, Watari and Light Yogami. Overall I thought this was a brilliant movie.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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Love & Pop (1998)

Disturbing Japanese movie about the outlawed practice of compensation dating (men that pay schoolgirls for their company). One schoolgirl desperate to buy a ring is about to find out the seedier side of life and go in too deep when she goes on various dates with weird men and learns an important lesson.

Director Anno uses his cameras in a variety of innovative and unusual techniques and angles. Some might find this movie boring but I thought it was quite good and creative.

No trailer but you can see the first part of the movie.

Sadako’s Rating: 3 .5 out of 5

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Ha-yeong is dumped by her boyfriend on the 100th day of their relationship, an important milestone for every couple. Hyeong-jun is a wealthy and handsome man who melts women wherever he goes, but is not interested in dating. One day, as the later is driving his luxury car, the two will meet. Disgruntled by her recent rejection, Ha-yeong kicks a soda can out of frustration, which finds its way onto Hyeong-jun’s head. Startled by the impact, he loses control of his car and scratches it against a wall. When Ha-yeong is unable to pay for the damages, he persuades her to repay him by signing a contract that binds her to his service for 100 days.

Hilarious Korean comedy. Ji Won Ha is cute as the lead actress and is pretty funny. As with these type of comedies it’s rather predictable but I’m not complaining as I liked this one a lot.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Locker 2 (2004)

The female demon child Sachiko is back and this time she’s killing even more people who uses or even looks inside cursed locker no.9 in Shibuya.

I thought this was better than the first movie and provided even more chills and scares.

I can’t find a trailer for this movie.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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The Locker (2003)

Also known as Shibuya Kaidan. Creepy low budget J-horror about a group of teenage friends (3 males & 3 females) haunted at first by a baby’s cry after a camping trip but then it escalates when one by one they all start to die horribly which involves a pair of ghostly hands. The phenomena all stems from a cursed locker in Shibuya that one of the girls used.

I only watched this because my favourite actress Maki Horikita was in it. It wasn’t too bad a movie but could have been a whole lot better. The climax is just too much like Ringu for my liking. Surely they could have thought of something more original. If you’re a fan of J-horror movies this may interest you. Average at best.

Sadako’s Rating: 3 out of 5

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Young-goon is convinced she’s a cyborg. When she cuts herself at work with a knife and inserts some wires into the wound thinking it’ll recharge her batteries she’s carted off into the nuthouse. There she enters into a relationship with another patient Il-soon who’s job is to get her to start eating again or she’ll die.

This is an orginal, inventive but strange movie with a bizarre lovestory. It has a weird cast of mentally disturbed people. It does have some funny scenes and the screwed up version of Silent Night made me laugh. This isn’t a movie that everybody will enjoy as it’s rather off-beat.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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King Kong Escapes (1968)

An evil genius named Dr. Who (no not THAT Dr Who!!) has created a robotic version of King Kong named Mechani-Kong in order to dig for a highly radioactive element called “Element X”, but the power of it shuts the robot down. Meanwhile, the crew of a submarine investigate the legend of King Kong on Mondo Island and Susan Wattson is attacked by Gorosaurus. However Kong comes to her rescue and kills it by breaking their jaws, before also saving the crew from a giant sea snake, named the Serpent of Mondo Island. Later, Dr. Who kidnaps the real Kong along with the submarine crew and hypnotize him to dig for Element X. He soon snaps out of it, escapes and swims off to Tokyo. The submarine crew also escape and Kong picks up Wattson, who he carries to the top of the Tokyo Tower where he fights Mechani-Kong.

Toho’s 2nd Kong movie and one of the most laughable kaiju flicks I’ve ever seen. The plot concerning a Doctor Who (not the British Doctor Who though!) capturing Kong to extract an element called X is terrible and the creature costume is hilarious. Seeing a dinosaur dropkicking Kong was the icing of the cake for this silly movie. It was fun just to see how bad this really was.

Sadako’s Rating: 1 out of 5

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Aragami (2003)

Aragami is about a wounded samurai who finds himself in an old temple sometime in feudal Japan. Though half-dead, the samurai is miraculously brought back to life, whereby he meets his saviour, a man name Aragami and his pretty but slightly creepy female servant. After a hard night of drinking, Aragami asks the samurai for a favour — kill him in combat. Aragami isn’t human, but rather the God of Battle, and he’s immortal. But now he’s tired of living and wants to die. Alas, being that he’s the God of Battle and such, he can’t just kill himself. He needs someone to kill him in combat, and that’s where the samurai comes in.

A really good duel movie by acclaimed director Ryuhei Kitamura between the God of Battle and a samurai warrior set in a temple. The first half is just a lot of talking but the 2nd half is all action with brilliantly staged swordfights. Well worth watching.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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The Chaser (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Dark and disturbing Korean thriller about prostitutes being murdered by a cold and calculating killer. This movie is tense and exciting but it shows some graphic and quite brutal killings. As thrillers go this is up there with the best.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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Absolutely breathtaking. An outstanding and beautiful movie about the circle of life with the story itself all played out in a picturesque and serene setting of a floating temple on a lake. It’s very much about a young Buddhist boy and his journey into adulthood. He leaves the temple years later only to return to his roots after an unfortunate incident in his life.

I’ve read that one person called this visual poetry and I tend to agree. Director Kim Ki-Duk is a genius. Hollywood could never do anything like this. This is a masterpiece of Asian cinema.

Sadako’s Rating: 5 out of 5

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That’s Cunning! (1996)

Funny Japanese comedy about a bunch of chemistry students in a university. A corrupt Professor announces plans to demolish Sigma House on campus due to the slackers that live there and build a hotel. The only way to prevent this is that all of those that live there must get an A grade in their next exam. Therefore the students get together to plan the ultimate scam and cheat on their exam so that they’ll win.

The brilliant singer Namie Amuro stars as one of the students of Sigma House. She acted in this movie near the start of her music career so she’s young but still looks incredibly beautiful.

I liked this comedy, plenty of laughs to be had. Think of it as a Japanese version of Revenge Of The Nerds.

I can’t find a trailer for the movie.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Enjoyable comedy about a club of college students who suddenly find a time machine in their club house and decide to go back to the past to find a remote control for the air conditioning. But things start to get out of control and they find themselves in all sorts of trouble. Amusing to find the situations they all get to up to in the past and how it affects the future.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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A really good time travel comedy with a young female following her mother back in time to 1990 to save Japan’s economy before the bubble burst. Instead of a telephone box or even a car to go back to the past they use a washing machine by Hitachi!!! The filmmakers faithfully recreate the Japan of the early 90’s from the music to the clothes. A good little twist at the end as well.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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