新・座頭市物語 (Shin Zatōichi monogatari) [New Tale of Zatoichi] (1963)

And suddenly we’re in colour. Don’t know that I expected that less than a year since the original, and only three movies in. I can only guess–maybe I’ll confirm (or deny!) later–that the first films were made as simple and low budget ones that exceeded expectations and justified a jump to more expensive stock and cameras. […]

Read More 新・座頭市物語 (Shin Zatōichi monogatari) [New Tale of Zatoichi] (1963)

続・座頭市物語 (Zoku Zatōichi Monogatari) [The Tale of Zatoichi Continues] (1962)

Woah, what an ending. I’ve been too distracted to continue with the Zatoichi series that I started watching a little while ago, but I’ve hit it back up with my short night and found myself into the rapidly produced sequel to the original. How rapidly? Six months to the day after the original was released. Dang. I’m not […]

Read More 続・座頭市物語 (Zoku Zatōichi Monogatari) [The Tale of Zatoichi Continues] (1962)

座頭市物語 (Zatoichi monotogari) [The Tale of Zatoichi] (1962)

So far as I can tell, the archetypal “blind person who’s actually incredibly lethal, but intensely gentle and humble” was originated, or at least most emphatically popularized, with the series of stories about Zatoichi told across 26+ films (plus, because there are spin-offs, reboots…), and a one hundred episode TV series. I remember bumping into Blind […]

Read More 座頭市物語 (Zatoichi monotogari) [The Tale of Zatoichi] (1962)

蜘蛛巣城 (Kumonosu-jō, lit. “Spider Web Castle”) [Throne of Blood] (1957)

As always, the title was changed in translation: "Kumonosu-jō" actually translates to "Spider's Web Castle," the given name of the castle in the film. It's probably criminal to some, but at this point I'm more familiar–in terms of what I have experienced–with the work of Akira Kurosawa than I am with the work of William […]

Read More 蜘蛛巣城 (Kumonosu-jō, lit. “Spider Web Castle”) [Throne of Blood] (1957)

ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃 (Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki) [Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah (…)] (2001)

Slowly I’m making my way through the Millennium/X series of Godzilla films, the only series completely available in Region 1 DVD releases. There are notable exceptions from both the Showa and Heisei series over here, unfortunately–well, notably absent, not necessarily notable films–nevermind the releases that fail to have original language tracks or original aspect ratios. […]

Read More ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃 (Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki) [Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah (…)] (2001)

ゴジラvsメカゴジラ (Gojira Vs. Mekagojira) [Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla “II”] (1993)

For someone who has loved daikaiju as long as myself, it’s a bit embarrassing how recent most of my collection of the films is. I’m picky and specific, to be sure, but there are plenty of decent Godzilla and Gamera releases around, and still some I’ve yet to purchase. I’ve watched even fewer, and more […]

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リング (Ringu) [Ring] (1998)

Oh goodness. This is an incredibly dangerous review for me, as most who know me know. Let me attempt to restrain myself from the natural response I have to reviewing this film and try to encapsulate my boundless irritation with the abysmal remake as follows: the American film (The Ring, of course) is a remake […]

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Gozu (2003)

I’ve seen two Takashi Miike films before (Audition and Ichi the Killer), plus his episode of Masters of Horror (“Imprint”) so I picked this one up because it was on sale–and it was Miike. I can’t recall what I heard, though I definitely heard it was one of Miike’s films to be seen, so when […]

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