• Battles Without Honour And Humanity

    Feb 21, 2015

    What prevents Battles Without Honour and Humanity from being a true masterpiece is its confused, muddled plot.

  • Brother

    Feb 26, 2015

    ‘Brother’ is a very classy film with some powerful moments that are eloquently shot and acted through the eyes of Takeshi Kitano.

  • Gonin

    Mar 21, 2015

    If you manage to remain interested while the film establishes a story and can tolerate the odd sense of the macabre, then ‘Gonin’ does provide a few flashes of excellence.

  • Ichi The Killer

    Mar 28, 2015

    For those prepared for difficult material and subject matter it is a stylish, gripping example of fearless, maverick cinema.

  • Japan Organized Crime Boss

    Apr 1, 2015

    With brains, brawn and cool, cruel style to spare, ‘Japan Organized Crime Boss’ is a fantastic entry point to Fukasaku’s earlier movies.

  • Kyoto Nocturnes, Part I: Elegant Slaughter

    Apr 4, 2015

    A rewarding stand-alone experience, ‘Elegant Slaughter’ is also an irresistible taster for stories yet to come. The queue starts here.

  • Score

    May 21, 2015

    Not that I am expecting high art from what is a low budget Japanese action film but this film really is awful.

  • Sonatine

    Jun 1, 2015

    Although it may not be for everyone, ‘Sonatine’ is a captivating watch that really shows a different side to the gangster lifestyle.

  • Street Mobster

    Jun 3, 2015

    A knockabout punch-up of a movie, ‘Street Mobster’ flamboyantly bloodies the audience’s nose with its raw brutality and antisocial behaviour.

  • The Flower And The Angry Waves

    Mar 14, 2015

    ‘The Flower And The Angry Waves’ is a great little film, as worthy of attention as any of Suzuki‚Äôs later films or indeed of any fellow period films.

  • Yakuza Deka

    Jun 29, 2015

    Despite some excellent action with Chiba on top form, it’s the unintentionally comical moments and camp overall feeling that win out.

  • Yakuza Deka: The Assassin

    Jun 29, 2015

    While it may still be an adequate time filler, ‘Yakuza Deka: The Assassin’ is really nothing more than a carbon copy of the first film.