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Monami is a gorgeous yet reclusive transfer student who comes to a new school. Keiko is queen bitch of the class, if not the entire school. Her father is the down-trodden deputy principal and she commands a clique of ever-obedient lolitas. Keiko bullies class hunk, but fairly wimpish Jyongo into being her boyfriend, but Monami also has her sights set on him and feeds him a Valentines chocolate laced with her own blood. Monami confesses her love to Jyongo, but also that she is a vampire and now he has tasted her blood, he is beginning to change too. Monami’s blood quite literally has a life of its own and when a drop of it is discovered by the sexy school nurse, she hands it over to Keiko’s father, who is secretly a mad scientist, searching for the secret of reanimation. Monami’s blood might just be the missing piece in the puzzle he has been searching for to bring the dead back to life! Suffice to say, Keiko doesn’t take too kindly to the new girl muscling in on her beau, but when push comes to shove and she ends up eating tarmac, only daddy can put her back together again.

Ever since seeing the trailer for this last year I’ve been itching to watch this movie. From the people behind Tokyo Gore Police comes this hyper violent excessively gory movie. You’ll know in the first 5 minutes of this movie if you’ll enjoy it or not! It’s a bizarre extreme horror/comedy. Very OTT with oddball and weird comedy sequences. It is funny I’ll give it that with such scenes as the National Wrist Cutting Championships but to be honest I was after a serious gorefest not a comedy. Simply disengage your brain, sit back and enjoy this insane fun silly movie.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Train Man (2005)

More popularly known as Densha Otoko. Based on a supposed true story about a twentysomething computer nerd who finds himself in an unfamiliar role as “protector” when he ends up saving a woman from the advances of a drunken salaryman on a commuter train. The young woman finds herself somewhat attracted to the man that saved her. A complete moron when it comes to the ladies, this young computer freak would rather stay in his fantasy land of anime, manga, toys, and computer games than face the real world. Thus, when faced with the proposition of dating this new woman, he goes online where known as “Train Man” he turns to his anonymous chatroom pals for support, asking for tips on what just exactly he should do to win this woman’s heart.

This romantic movie is really enjoyable with some good performances from the cast but I really do prefer the drama series as the story is fleshed out a bit more. By all means take a look at the movie but I would definitely recommend watching the drama series more than this.

Sadako’s Rating: 3 out of 5

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Battle Angel (1999)

The story takes place in a distant future about a young female cyborg named Gally, who is found on a scrapheap by the Cyberdoctor Daisuke Ido, who rebuilds her and becomes her surrogate father. Gally has no memory of her past, but soon displays remarkable fighting skills. She starts working as a bounty hunter and meets a young boy Yugo, who has the impossible dream of going to Zalem – a giant floating city in the sky. Not realising that Yugo’s dream can only end in misery, Gally sets out to help him.

One of the finest sci-fi anime movies. A moving, touching, gritty and ultimately tragic story. It has a nice blend of lightning-paced action, emotional drama, and compelling mystery. It’s just a shame it’s so short. Overall, this is a rare gem of an anime. A dark, depressing sci-fi world with superb characters and an excellent story line. I recommend this to any fan of science fiction and anime.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Prince Of Tennis (2006)

Twelve year old Ryoma Echizen is the tennis prodigy from America who has the personal history of winning 4 successive victories at the American Junior Tennis tournaments. His father, Nanjiroh Echizen, a tennis player of legendary status, recalls Ryoma back to Japan to attend the distinguished school of Seishun Academy Middle School. Ryoma, a first year, has his eyes set on being on the regulars team of the tennis club, which the school is famous for. He goes there and defeats all the members of the tennis club of the school except one, the captain of the club. The school tennis club enters a regional tennis tournament to compete with their strongest opponent from Hyotei Academy.

Ridiculous over the top tennis movie based on a manga but it’s great fun. A pity then that the lead character is a miserable and unlikeable person that makes you want to punch his face in!! The way he treats his potential girlfriend in the movie rankles me as well. The other characters are great and likeable but Ryoma is such an obnoxious person. Maybe it doesn’t help that Kanata Hongo has got a face like a slapped arse, constantly with a scowl on it. Does he ever smile? I’ve only seen him in 1 other movie and he doesn’t smile in that either!

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Kham’s life is turned upside down when an international mafia syndicate, based in Australia, captures his two beloved elephants and smuggles them thousands of kilometers away to Sydney. The two elephants are far more than mere animals to Kham and his father; they are part of his family and were being prepared to be presented as a token of devotion to his Majesty the King of Thailand. The only way Kham can possibly save the animals is by venturing into a foreign land for the first time. Taking on a mafia group to rescue two elephants from a foreign country presents a huge challenge, even for a martial arts master like Kham. Despite the help of Sergeant Mark, a Thai police Sergeant based in Australia, and Pla, a Thai girl forced into modern day slavery, the going gets tough. They must take on the ruthless gang of Madame Rose, whose henchmen include Johnny, a Vietnamese thief and martial arts expert, and the hulking TK. Kham has no choice but to risk his own life for the animals he loves.

Tony Jaa is sensational but I think he was better in Ong Bak. Brilliant bone breaking fight sequences and the little elephant that appears in this movie is so cute.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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Cursed (2004)

The story centres on a haunted convenience store, the disturbing effect it has on the owners and other local residents, and the grisly deaths of the customers who shop there.

Creepy and atmopsheric J-horror about a convenience store built using gravestones on consecreated land. There’s hardly any plot but as some other reviews on this movie have said it’s miles better than any Hollywood drivel you’ll find these days.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Freeze Me (2000)

Chihiro is raped by three men and it is captured on video camera. She leaves her hometown to go to Tokyo and prepares to marry a colleague five years later, when one of the rapists arrives and says the others are on their way. He behaves like her long-lost lover and mistreats her again. Chihiro takes revenge, kills him and puts him in a freezer. The other rapists are awaiting a similar fate…

Disturbing movie of a young woman who after being backed into a corner by her tormentors takes matters into her own hands. Freeze Me isn’t exactly an enjoyable experience, but it is thought-provoking, well-made on a very tight budget, and incredibly brutal.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Fearless (2006)

Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolves to teach himself how to fight – and win. Years of training enable him to ace match after match in his home region of Tianjin. But as his fame as a martial arts master grows, so does his pride. After an ill-advised fight leads to another master’s death, members of Huo’s family are slain in revenge. Grieving and ashamed, Huo wanders the country in shock. Near death, he is rescued by women from an idyllic village, and is offered simple kindness and generosity that help him heal and regain his equilibrium over a period of several years. Huo realizes that the future of martial arts lies in sportsmanship and not brutality, and he rejoins society to apply what he has learned. Returning to Tianjin, Huo takes steps to come to terms with his past and restore his family’s name. His evolving, graceful Mizong (Missing) Fist method of fighting brings Huo renewed success, and he forms the progressive Jingwu Sports Federation. Taking note, duplicitous members of the Foreign Chamber of Commerce engineer a Shanghai tournament pitting Huo against four fighters, each representing the major foreign powers in China. Huo commits to the bout and faces off against, respectively, a British boxer, a Spanish swordsman, a Belgian soldier, and a Japanese martial artist. What happened that day in 1910 has never been, and will never be, forgotten in China.

If this proves to be Jet Li’s final martial arts epic then he’s gone out on a high as Fearless is one brilliant movie. The story is loosely based on the life of a real life martial arts master. I really enjoyed this movie. The fight sequences are amazing to say the least. Highly recommended.

Sadako’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Tube (2004)

Exciting and tense thriller of a former agent T who’s betrayed by the Korean government. T and a colleague take a subway train packed with passengers and prime it with a bomb. But they hadn’t counted on maverick cop Jay who has a score to settle! Tube is such a great entertaining movie. A worthwhile movie to check out.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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The beautiful but deadly Sasori is back in the 4th and final Scorpion movie. As before Kaji is brilliant as Sasori who’s betrayed by a former classmate who initially helps her out whilst she’s on the run from the cops. The movie is unflinching in it’s brutality and violence towards women. Not the best in the series but still captivating nevertheless.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Machine Girl (2008)

This movie rocked! Take 1 schoolgirl who gets her arm hacked off by nasty yakuza, is then helped by 2 mechanics who fit her with a big machine gun as a new arm and then goes off a bloody rampage against those who killed her brother and you’ve got a cult classic on your hands. Never seen so many fountains of blood gushing in a movie before. It’s over the top in it’s violence but damn good fun. I love it.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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