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Yes, it’s been a long long time since I posted on here and I’m not about to start writing stuff on here again I’m afraid.

I’m basically here just to tell you that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching a lot of movies as I have but sadly I just haven’t had the chance to watch as much Asian stuff as I’d like. I am still writing mini reviews on all movies I’ve watched over the last 7 or so years on this site: https://umechan.listal.com/

So head on over to that site if you want to check out the latest movies I’ve watched and for all those people that still coming here to check out my old reviews thank you very much.

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Gamera: Super Monster
Sadako’s Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


The X From Outer Space
Sadako’s Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5

Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Inferno

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno
Sadako’s Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Angel On Fire
Sadako’s Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Beautiful Teacher In Torture Hell
Sadako’s Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Rhapsody in august

Rhapsody In August
Sadako’s Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Ju-On: The Beginning Of The End
Sadako’s Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Silver Miike

Sadako’s Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Darkside Blues

Darkside Blues
Sadako’s Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5


Gamera vs Barugon
Sadako’s Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Travelers Dimension Police

Travelers: Dimension Police
Sadako’s Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Ninja Kids!!!: Summer Mission Impossible
Sadako’s Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5


Diamond Fight
Sadako’s Rating: 3 stars out of 5


The Rebel
Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


The Executioner
Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

RPG3 Hanafuda Game

Red Peony Gambler 3: Hanafuda Game
Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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Tatsuya Fujiwara is back as the gambler Kaiji but he’s in debt once more. He’s given a daunting task to redeem himself – make a fortune of 200 million yen in 20 days in order to win the freedom of his peers who had pinned their hopes on him to win them some money but it wasn’t enough. Teaming up with his ex-rival Yukio and 2 more people, Kaiji goes up against the ultimate pachinko machine called The Swamp in an illegal casino but the manager of the place has a few tricks up his sleeve to make sure that nobody gets the jackpot of 1 billion yen. Kaiji though is not daunted by this and has some tricks of his own. Will Kaiji be able to defeat The Swamp?

I’ve never seen the 1st Kaiji movie but was convinced by some reviews in the Japanese press to go down to Shibuya’s Toho cinema to check it out. I was certainly impressed by the twists and turns in the storyline, betrayals, the strategies employed by Kaiji to win his challenges – it really is edge of your seat stuff at times and just when you think Kaiji is about to beat The Swamp, along comes another obstacle in his path. The only problem I had was the running time which was a bit too long. Cut about 20 mins and the pacing would have been perfect. Tatsuya Fujiwara is brilliant as Kaiji and you willingly cheer him on to beat The Swamp and the cunning/devious casino manager Seiya Ichizo.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie very much and I will defnitely go and check out the 1st movie soon. Even if you’re like me and don’t understand anything about the pachinko game (tried it once years ago and didn’t have a clue what I was doing), you’ll still find plenty to entertain you in this movie.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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I haven’t forgotten about this website, I’ve just decided that I’ll post multiple reviews once per month. So these are the reviews that will be appearing soon:

Cold Fish (2010)
Kamen Rider vs Shocker (1972)
Karate Girl (2011)
Rainy Dog (1997)
5 Fingers Of Death (1972)
Keitai Kanojo (2011)
Sigaw (The Echo) (2004)
The Snow Woman (1968)
Ley Lines (1999)
Black Rock Shooter (2010)


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Coming Up

Reviews coming soon include:

Rampo Noir
Ju-Rei The Uncanny
Unholy Women
Teketeke 1 & 2
Swallowtail Butterfly
How To Date An Otaku Girl
Dead Waves
4th Period Mystery
Chanbara Striptease
Oneechanbara – Vortex
Alien vs Ninja
Gantz Part 1
Jin Roh – The Wolf Brigade
Gothic & Lolita Psycho
The Little Norse Prince
Yakuza Busting Girls: Final Death Ride Battle

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Sorry about the lack of updates here since Halloween but I should get going again very soon with a ton of new reviews.

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The conclusion to the epic trilogy 20th Century Boys finds Kenji returning from the wilderness and eager to end Friend’s reign once and for all. His niece Kanna is in charge of a terrorist group that’s waging a guerilla campaign against Friend. Friend himself has a dastardly plan to destroy Japan by faking an alien invasion with 2 specially built flying saucers that will spray a lethal virus on the population of Tokyo before triggering a massive bomb planted inside a towering ED-209 lookalike. Can Kenji or Kanna prevent this catastrophe and bring an end to Friend’s rule forever?

A satisfying end to what has been a brilliant trilogy. The only reason that this hasn’t been awarded another star is the running time. The movie tends to drag as we near the finale and it should have been cut by a good 30 mins to make it a bit more pacey. All loose ends are nicely tied up and we finally see who Friend really is after a couple of red herrings. Definitely recommended.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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From the special effects team behind Tokyo Gore Police and other splatterfest movies comes this ridiculously OTT and camp horror comedy Robo-Geisha. Two geisha sisters are recruited into an all-geisha killer army by a radical secret organisation called Tengun to help rid Japan of weak and corrupt politicians so that a rich businessman and his son can start a new order. The older sister Kikuei even allows herself to be transformed into a cyborg which gives her some bizarre weapons at her disposal (e.g breast machine guns, shuriken stars flying out of her ass!!). This makes the younger sister Yoshie jealous so she gets some implants done too (katana swords coming from her armpits and mouth!!). When Yoshie is seriously injured during a mission to kill some people, some people who have had family members kidnapped by Tengun reassemble her and she vows to destroy the secret society but before she can square off against the head honcho she’ll have to face her sister in combat.

I liked this comedy, it provides a lot of laughs. Aya Kiguchi is very cute as Yoshie. I don’t know if the SFX team were told to tone down on the blood because it looks like they’ve done that. The red stuff isn’t sprayed so much and what blood we do see is CGI. There’s some bizarre things in this movie such as a castle which transforms into a robot and buildings which bleed! If you enjoyed Iguchi’s previous movies such as The Machine Girl then you’ll know what to expect and this movie will be right up your street. Sad to hear that Hitomi Hasebe who plays the older sister Kikuei has decided to retire from showbizness recently.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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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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A touching movie of a family forced to flee their home in the mountains and leave their Akita dog Mari and her 3 pups after a devastating earthquake. If you thought Lassie was clever you haven’t seen Mari yet. Based on a true story. An incredible tale of survival against the odds. Get those hankies at the ready for the emotional climax. If you love dog movies then this comes highly recommended.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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