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
Godzilla Minus One (2023) About as good as could be expected 2024-05-18 Simon
The Bastard and the Beautiful World (2018) Weird anthology film 2024-04-29 Simon
Okinawa Yakuza War (1976) A strong but predictable Yakuza film 2024-04-21 Simon
Lion-Girl (2023) Total trash, by design 2024-04-20 Simon
Baby Assassins 2 (2023) Another adorable slice of assassination 2024-03-02 Simon
Roaring Fire (1981) Tons of fun 2024-02-27 Simon
Yakuza Wolf: Perform Murder (1972) Standard early 1970's Yakuza fare 2024-01-06 Simon
The Flowers of Evil (2019) Shockingly mature Noboru Iguchi film 2024-01-02 Simon
The Trap (1996) A lesser final entry but still great 2024-01-01 Simon
The Stairway to the Distant Past (1995) Dazzling 2024-01-01 Simon
The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994) Smart, stylish and funny 2024-01-01 Simon
Karate Killer (1973) More stylish grime 2023-12-16 Simon
Karate Kiba (1973) Grimy and stylish 2023-12-16 Simon
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

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