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Archive for March 22nd, 2010

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There will be a distinct lack of updates in the next 2 and a half weeks as I’m going off to Japan on Wednesday. Normal service will be resumed after April 9th.

See you then!

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Ju-On:The Girl In Black

Ex idol and former Morning Musume member Kago Ai stars as a nurse in the 2nd movie to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ju-On franchise. Her character Yuko is taking care of a young girl called Fukie who has a mysterious cyst inside her body which is in fact a leftover grudge from a baby that died. Now the cyst is materialising itself as an evil girl in black that torments Yuko and is determined to extract revenge on Fukie’s family.

This was another good Ju-On movie. Kago did well in her role and she looked great in her nurse’s uniform and for those that have seen her Kago Channel DVD we know that already! Whilst it might not be the best entry in the franchise there’s enough chills and scares to keep everybody entertained.

No trailer as it’s shown on the other Ju-On movie entry posted earlier.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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An early masterpiece from Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and probably master thief Lupin III’s most famous story. It involves him infiltrating a Count’s castle to rescue a young girl which is full of devious traps. It also contains that infamous car chase sequence which is a favorite amongst anime fans. I found this movie to be a rollicking great adventure full of excitement, action and a little bit of comedy thrown in.

Sadako’s Rating: 5 out of 5

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Godzilla vs Mothra (1964)

When a giant egg is washed ashore with a greedy businessman eager to exploit it for all it’s worth, 2 emissaries from Mothra Island (acted by popular j-pop idol duo at the time – The Peanuts) come to ask for it’s return. When this do not happen and they return empty handed, Godzilla awakens from his slumber and proceeds to raise hell. Now the humans seek Mothra’s help from Godzilla who threatens nearby cities and Mothra’s unhatched egg.

The 4th Godzilla movie is one of the best from the Showa era. Great SFX for the time with a coherent storyline and the fight scenes between Mothra and Godzilla are pretty well done.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Synesthesia (2005)

Also known as Gimme Heaven. A killer called Picasso targets a man who has a rare sensory disorder called synesthesia into his deadly web using an online game and involving a young girl.

This is a bit of a slow burner which takes it’s time to build up the storyline. The cast is OK but Aoi Miyazaki is good as always. I really enjoy watching her movies. Synesthesia isn’t a great movie by any means. The script is somewhat weak but the art direction and cinematography is excellent. I still found it to be an intriguing and interesting thriller. Some might find it boring. The ending is a puzzle that’s up for interpretation.

Sadako’s Rating: 3 out of 5

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Phone (2002)

An investigative reporter, who has recently published a controversial article about sex scandals, begins to receive a series of menacing phone calls. In an effort to escape these calls, she changes her number, but the calls keep coming. When a friend’s young daughter innocently answers the ringing telephone, she begins to exhibit increasingly crazed behavior. As the mystery of the calls is uncovered, a terrifying secret is revealed.

Jumping on the Ringu bandwagon, Phone is a great scary Korean film with a nice little twist at the end. The little girl in this movie has this look of evil on her face that freaks the hell out of me. Worth checking out.

Sadako’s Rating: 3 out of 5

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This is the 1st of 2 movies to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Grudge franchise. It revolves around a family massacre that happened due to a son failing his bar exams. He’s very creepy especially when he tries to molest his little sister and provides a couple of shocking moments. The story jumps from the past to the present and it never explains properly who was under the grudge. There’s nothing to link this with the previous Grudge movies apart from a fleeting appearance from Toshio. Bad acting apart, this was a nice little chiller which was fairly scary although it can never live up to the 1st Grudge movie. It’s a shame it was so short at 60 mins, I wanted more.

This is the trailer for both Ju-On movies that came out in 2009.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Very bad Japanese pink-horror. A young female psychologist is tortured and humiliated by the Yakuza and injected with a drug called Angel Rain. The side effects however turn her into a nasty blood demon who extracts her own brand of justice.

Everything is crap from the acting to the special effects. This movie is decadent, sleazy and at times vile. I suppose there are fans of this type of movie but I thought it was a pile of cack! For J-horror completists only.

Sadako’s Rating: 1 out of 5

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The year is 1988. Aliens from the Empire of Galaxies establish a base on Venus and launch a surprise attack on Earth. As the invaders’ spaceships quickly defeat the world’s armies and destroy New York, Moscow, Paris, and London, a United Nations Space Bureau team led by Professor Takigawa manages to finish construction of Earth’s last line of defense, the space battleship Gohten. The Gohten makes short work of the alien fleet, and the crew decides to take the battle to the enemy but not before Takigawa’s daughter Jun is kidnapped by the aliens and taken to their flagship which is based on an old Roman sailing ship complete with oar-like laser guns. Can they rescue Jun and defeat the alien ship?

OK, so this movie is cheesy and the special effects not on a par with Star Wars which came out at the same time but I really liked it. I found it exciting and it ticked all the right boxes for me. It bears some similarities to another Japanese movie Atragon and Space Battleship Yamato. In fact the Gohten does look like a cross between Atragon and the Yamato. As for the good guy characters – they’re a bit emotionless when some of their colleagues die during battle. When a significant character dies right near the climax there’s hardly a tear shed. For the evil aliens which are led by the imaginatively named Commander Hell, there’s a horned Wookie-like creature called the Space Beastman who wields an axe which is funny to see. It’s easy to see where they got the inspiration for that character from! Overall, The War In Space is a good old fashioned space opera which is entertaining and enjoyable.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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