Reviews from Japan

Superlative - everyone should see this
Great, a must-see if you like the genre
Good, a decent example of the genre
Watchable, but only for serious genre fans
Half stars could have gone either way depending on mood.
Movie Name / Release Year Rating Summary Date Reviewer
Waru (2006) Not one (or two) of Miike's best 2023-11-03 Simon
Black Rain (1989) Not as traumatic as I'd been expecting 2023-09-29 Simon
Blessing Bell (2003) Not my favourite Sabu film 2023-03-31 Simon
The Ninja War of Torakage (2015) Fun and stylish ninja silliness 2023-03-25 Simon
Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (2010) Quite a change of style 2023-02-07 Simon
Bloody Chainsaw Girl Returns: Giko Awakens (2019) Continues/concludes the BCG story 2022-12-22 Simon
Bloody Chainsaw Girl Returns: Revenge of Nero (2019) Remake of BCG with a new cast 2022-12-22 Simon
Zebraman (2004) An accessible Miike film 2022-12-20 Simon
The Violence Action (2022) You won't forget you've watched it 2022-12-12 Simon
Crows Explode (2014) A slight improvement 2022-11-28 Simon
Crows Zero II (2009) More of the same 2022-11-14 Simon
Lesson of the Evil: Prologue (2012) Not clear what purpose this serves 2022-07-27 Simon
Chasuke's Journey (2015) Another unique film from Sabu 2022-06-18 Simon
Bitter Honey (2016) A very literary film 2022-06-15 Simon
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002) Absurd and poetic 2022-06-07 Simon
Rise of the Machine Girls (2019) A fun throwback to the Golden Age of Japanese Splatter 2022-05-21 Simon
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable - Chapter 1 (2017) Probably more interesting if you know the manga/anime/games 2022-03-07 Simon
Nuigulumar Z (2014) Love is a teddy bear! 2022-02-12 Simon
Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2 (1972) review... 2022-01-29 Simon
Wandering Ginza Butterfly (1972) The Meiko Kaji reboot 2022-01-25 Simon
Sanshiro Sugata (1943) Fine, if a little insubstantial 2022-01-22 Simon
Dancing Mary (2019) Another Sabu masterpiece 2022-01-09 Simon
Helldriver (2010) Epic and deranged 2021-11-21 Simon
The Hidden Fortress (1958) Beautifully filmed 2021-11-14 Simon
Pornostar (1998) Quite a surreal but stylish debut 2021-11-12 Simon
Crows Zero (2007) Rather unexciting 2021-11-08 Simon
Graveyard Of Honour (Miike) (2002) Less interesting than Fukasaku's original 2021-10-05 Simon
Graveyard of Honour (Fukasaku) (1975) A reminder that Yakuza are generally not nice people 2021-10-03 Simon
Jam (2018) A bit of a Sabu throwback 2021-09-29 Simon
Samurai Reincarnation (1981) Sounds more fun than it actually is 2021-09-25 Simon

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