• Black Belt

    Feb 23, 2015

    ‘Black Belt’ could well be a cult hit that influences those who follow it. It is not a flawless masterpiece, but its differences – as well as its similarities – make it a work that is worthy of its popularity.

  • Blood And Bones

    Feb 24, 2015

    Takeshi Kitano has played a gallery of rogues during his career, but his performance as Shunpei Kim, a brutal Korean immigrant in Yoichi Sai’s ‘Blood and Bones’ is his most powerful.

  • Blood: The Last Vampire

    Feb 24, 2015

    Perhaps if the series had been completed it may have been bordering on the “classic” status, but as a standalone movie there are just far too many plot holes for it to fully succeed.

  • Bloodfight

    Jan 1, 2018

    Although I like a lot of the people involved, there’s no escaping that ‘Bloodfight’ simply isn’t a very good martial arts movie.

  • Blue Remains

    Feb 25, 2015

    It’s commendable that the team behind ‘Blue Remains’ opted to try something different but unfortunately the technology at the time just wasn’t up to the task.

  • Boiling Point

    Feb 25, 2015

    For newcomers it may prove a little difficult to get into and occasionally confusing but those already enjoying Kitano’s films will easily find several merits here that are synonymous with his best work.

  • Bubble Fiction: Boom Or Bust

    Feb 27, 2015

    ‘Bubble Fiction: Boom Or Bust’ is a giddy cocktail of absurdism, social commentary and sci-fi adventure with the laughs eventually conquering everything.

  • Casshern

    Feb 28, 2015

    It’s certainly worth spending some time in even just for the fantastic visuals on offer but may also draw you into the melancholic characters and the sombre story right up to its tragic conclusion.

  • Chanbara Beauty

    Feb 28, 2015

    ‘Chanbara Beauty’ is an uncomplicated, intermittently fun, undead actioner that will please fans of the genre and the videogames.

  • Chanbara Beauty 2: The Vortex

    Feb 28, 2015

    Thanks to a mind-numbingly dull story and some weak leading performances, ‘Chanbara Beauty 2’ somehow manages to suck all of the fun out of bikini clad zombie slayers.

  • Chanbara Striptease

    Feb 28, 2015

    ‘Chanbara Striptease’ is about topless women fighting with swords of which it has many scenes of, so if you want to see such a thing, then watch this film.

  • Chuji The Gambler

    Feb 28, 2015

    ‘Chuji The Gambler’ is a superb marriage of a director’s craft and an actor with a transcendent charisma that seeps off the screen.

  • Confessions

    Mar 1, 2015

    ‘Confessions’ balances between cold hard reality and a subtly dream-like atmosphere that convinces the viewer that there isn’t a world outside of this horror.

  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    Mar 2, 2015

    If you are yet to experience the wonders of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ then this is as good a place as any to start and it’s bound to get you hooked.

  • Crazy Lips

    Oct 9, 2016

    ‘Crazy Lips’ exists as a curiosity piece for people who adore bizarro Japanese cinema infused with nonsensical plotting and an abundance of sleaze.

  • Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World

    Mar 4, 2015

    This is still the kind of delicate drama that has enough of a hook to keep the audience enthralled until the end.

  • Cyborg She

    Mar 4, 2015

    Kwak Jae-Young has a PhD in stirring emotions and this film has more heart-pulling moments of manipulative magic than a room full of kittens playing with balls of string.

  • Daimajin

    Mar 4, 2015

    A Japanese monster movie with a samurai twist, ‘Daimajin’ from 1966 is a slowburn film that is part period drama and part giant stone man Kaiju extravaganza.

  • Dark Water

    Mar 5, 2015

    Like the majority of Hideo Nakata’s work, ‘Dark Water’ proves to be more of a psychological entry into the genre rather than an all out gore-fest.

  • Dead Leaves

    Mar 5, 2015

    ‘Dead Leaves’ is a fantastic injection of animated insanity that will leave your brain absolutely buzzing.

  • Dead Sushi

    Mar 5, 2015

    Extremely silly, camp, surreal and gory, ‘Dead Sushi’ is a bonkers ride of flesh eating sushi, kung fu, flying squids, sushi sex (!) and a daughter’s quest to earn the respect of her father.

  • Deadball

    Mar 5, 2015

    Not a total strike out but could have been a whole lot more fun, and funnier, with a little more energy injected into it.

  • Death Kappa

    Mar 6, 2015

    ‘Death Kappa’ is a real mess of a film that seems to be trying too hard to be considered cult rather than focusing on getting the basics right.

  • Death Note

    Mar 6, 2015

    Right from the opening, it’s blatantly obvious that ‘Death Note’ is skipping some of the more important and enjoyable aspects of the story.