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A remake of the 70’s movie. Enjoyable yarn about an experiment that goes wrong and sends a military unit back 500 years in the past to the time of the Samurai. 2 years later, a rescue unit is sent to retrieve the survivors but finds that they are trying to change history by using modern technology. By doing this, it is causing havoc in the present time. It’s entertaining enough to waste 90 mins. A pretty average but fun movie.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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…Ing (2003)

Min-ah is a high school student who has just been transferred from another school. She is quiet and keeps to herself as she has a deformed hand and has spent most of her life in the hospital battling a life-threatening disease. She lives with her mother Mi-sook, who is widowed. Mother and daughter share a close and intimate relationship, and Mi-sook wishes for Min-ah to experience all aspects of life, including first love. Min-ah befriends Young-jae, the new neighbour downstairs, and starts to experience her first love. However, everything is short-lived as Min-ah finds out that she is dying…

A beautiful tearjerker of a movie about a teenage girl who falls in love with a young man only for their happiness to be torn apart by her illness. Get those tissues out for the final scenes.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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Entertaining Japanese B-movie actioner of a rookie female cop teaming with an alcoholic veteran to try and stop foreign terrorists from letting several bombs go off around Tokyo. I’ve seen better but there’s enough to keep your interest.

No trailer for this one I’m afraid.

Sadako’s Rating: 3 out of 5

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Boeun is an ordinary high school girl who worries about grades and has a crush on her school’s baseball team ace, Jungwoo. One day, Boeun’s grandfather orders her to marry Sangmin because of a pact he made with Sangmin’s grandfather during the Korean War. Despite their opposition, they are forced to marry because of Boeun’s grandfather’s strong influence. Boeun’s undercover married life begins: She pretends that she doesn’t have a husband and starts dating Jungwoo. Boeun believes that she can manage both men and live a double life. Everything goes smoothly until Sangmin visits Boeun’s school as a student teacher!!

I loved this superb romantic comedy. Moon Geun-Yeong is charming, sweet and adorable. Just watch the silly facial expressions she does in this movie. The chemistry she had with Kim Rae Won was really great and they looked good together as a couple. The climax gives you a fantastic feel-good warmth inside you. Packed with plenty of comedy, I highly recommend this movie.

Sadako’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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The always entertaining Stephen Chow alongside Brigitte Lin returns as the conman Wilson Bond in Royal Tramp II. It starts almost exactly where the first movie finished, with the continuing misadventures of Wilson Bond following his involvement in palace intrigues. After foiling the plans of the various groups who were determined to have a hand in regal affairs, Bond now finds himself the target of significant opposition. One such enemy who had been foiled in her plan to impersonate the Queen Mother now swears revenge and also promises she will not be recognised when she returns. She comes looking completely different and is entrusted with the task of making sure a friend of her clan attains the throne.

A lot of the Chinese jokes went way over my head but there’s a lot of gags that I understood as well. It’s got a fair bit of over the top kung fu fights which is like watching ballet. You can’t go wrong with any Chow movie. Really funny.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Namkoong Dahl is a loser, constantly teased and bullied at school. He is transferred to a new school, where he reunites with an old friend who advises him to pick a fight on his first day so bullies will respect him. When Namkoong sees some bullies picking on a girl he likes, he seizes his opportunity. Unfortunately one of the bullies is the toughest thug in school. The bully challenges Namkoong to a fight after school – a fight Namkoong will do anything to avoid.

I really liked this hilarious movie. There’s a lot of laughs as we see him trying to get out of the fight with the toughest school bully. How gorgeous is Jeong Koo-Yeon as Min-Ah. Really enjoyable.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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Sasori is on the run from prison for murder. As Sasori hides in a graveyard, she encounters a hooker who lives with her brain-damaged brother and who attends to his every need. Sasori ends up living with them in their slum shack. As her posters are all over Tokyo it’s only a matter of time before somebody spots her and the local yakuza take her prisoner. But this being Sasori she doesn’t take to being a prisoner very well. Her revenge will be brutal once she’s free.

Beast Stable has one of the best openings to an Asian movie I’ve ever seen. Sasori is on the Tokyo subway when 2 undercover cops find her. She slashes one of them in the neck and when she tries to go off the train at the station and the 2nd cop handcuffs her arm to his own what does she do – only cuts the guy’s arm off with a knife so she can escape before running around Tokyo’s streets with a severed arm attached to her much to the chagrin of the general public!

The third in the Scorpion series is definitely slower in pace than the first two, that is until the final 3rd of the movie. What can you say about Meiko Kaji that hasn’t been said before – she’s brilliant as the anti-heroine.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Hula Girls (2007)

A brilliant light comedy drama about a mining town doomed to close with one man determined to open a Hawaiian village there in order to generate money and save the town. A teacher from Tokyo arrives and starts training the recruits to become hula dancers who are all coal miners daughters. The residents oppose the girls becoming dancers.

This movie follows the trials and tribulations of the recruits from their shaky beginnings through some personal tragedies and to their final triumph at the opening of the Hawaiian Centre. It’s guaranteed to give anybody who watches this movie a warm feel-good factor inside at the end. It’s even based on a true-life story. I loved it.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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Nobody Knows (2004)

Bleak and depressing movie of 4 abandoned children (the eldest is only 12) forced to fend for themselves after their mother leaves them. With the little money given to them before she went they try their best to survive. It’s hard to believe this is based on a real life story.

The child actors are superb in their roles and the one playing the 5 year old girl Yuki is incredibly adorable. There are a couple of moving scenes involving her character which I won’t spoil for you.

Well worth watching. It’ll leave an impression on you that’s for sure.

Sadako’s Rating: 5 out of 5

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A mysterious virus is spreading through an all-girls high school turning pupils and teachers into blood crazed zombies. Only the school swimming team seem to be unaffected. It’s time for them to fight back using any weapons they can find.

It’s basically a low budget zombie flick with the swimming club taking on the teachers plus an evil master and dismembering them in various ways using chainsaws etc. Plenty of gore on display along with some nudity. Not to be taken seriously at all. It’s like a modern exploitation movie of sorts.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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R-Point (2005)

On 7th January 1972, the South Korean base in Nah-Trang, Vietnam, receives a radio transmission from a missing platoon presumed dead. The high-command assigns the veteran and decorated Lieutenant Choi Tae-in to lead a squad with eight other soldiers and rescue the missing soldiers from the R-Point. When they arrive in the location, they have a shooting and defeat a Vietnamese woman with a machine gun in a trench. Later, they find a tombstone telling that one hundred years earlier the Chinese killed some Vietnamese people, dropped them in a lake and built a temple over the place. While chasing the missing soldiers, strange things start to happen for the rescue team.

There’s nothing original in this war ghost story at all and I didn’t find it even remotely scary. Yet again we find another long haired all-dressed in white girl ghost haunting the platoon. I’d heard some good things abour R-Point but it disappointed me in the end. Average.

Sadako’s Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Last Quarter (2004)

Mizuki runs away the night before her 19th birthday to get away from her annoying stepfamily and cheating boyfriend. Eventually she comes across an old dilapidated mansion and feels compelled to go inside. There, she meets a mysterious man named Adam and finds herself drawn to him. When her boyfriend tracks her down he discovers she’s involved in a strange sequence of events which was set in motion before she was even born.

Started out a bit slow and confusing but once the storyline kicks in it turned out to be an enjoyable movie. Fangirls will love this movie because of Hyde. Chiaki Kuriyama delivers another great performance.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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