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Archive for March 13th, 2011

Two Hong Kong narcotics cops are mired in a morass of betrayal, divided loyalties, and depravity when they discover that some of their colleagues in blue are on a drug kingpin’s payroll.

Tiger Cage is a high-octane action thriller about some bent HK coppers involved in some shady business with American drug dealers. The action choreography is pretty jaw dropping at times and includes some memorable fights with the super star Donnie Yen. From the opening shootout that begins the movie, you know that you are in for some rough and tumble action, as hundreds of bullets are shot, bodies fall and are hit by cars, the fighting is gritty, and so on.The final 10 minutes are among the most furious and insane action I’ve seen in any Hong Kong movie and the viewer is quite breathless by the time the mentioned freeze frame comes. The movie is very violent and the story is well paced by the great Yuen Woo Ping, and is a competent addition to the Hong Kong cop film library.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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A group of 4 high school girls each begins to die under mysterious circumstances after witnessing a black shadowy figure. Who is the black shadowy figure and will these girls be able to escape death?

This movie is played backwards – one story broken up into 10 chapters and a prologue. Yes, it does steal some bits and bobs from other J-horrors but it’s still an effective scary movie. Each chapter presents us with a character who soon succumbs to dying at the hands of a vengeful female spirit after hearing some clicking sounds (the same sound from the Ju-On movies). This time the ghost takes on the form of a schoolgirl. I did like the concept that as we work backwards with the storyline we finally get to uncover the origin somewhat of the ghost. There are some great scares with it’s ‘corner-of the-eye’ and ‘watch-the-reflections’ pacing and it’s sense of steadily uncoming unstoppable doom for the victims. Those expecting to see some gore will be disappointed as there’s none. The creepy slow tempo makes this movie an unnerving experience. Ju-Rei isn’t epic by any means and is certainly not the most terrifying movie from Japan as the movie poster states but if you enjoy Japanese ghost tales, it’s well worth a shot.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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