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Ashura/阿修羅城の瞳

Ashura-jo no Hitomi, 2005 Kabuki isn’t something that you simply put up on the big screen; it just isn’t done. It’s a format in which entertainment is derived from specifically nuanced and eccentric performances. Everything in its delivery, from men … Continue reading

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New Tokyo Decadence – The Slave/奴隷

Dorei, 2007 By day Rina Wakayama (Rinako Hirasawa) does what most normal folk do: sit in an office and shuffle papers. By night she lets go of her inhibitions and ‘entertains’ pervy men as a dominatrix, whilst finding time to … Continue reading

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Panda, Go Panda!/パンダ・コパンダ

Panda Kopanda, 1972 After working as a key animator on Toei features such as Prince of the Sun (Taiyō no Ōji Horusu no Daibōken, 1968), Puss ’n Boots (Nagagutsu o Haita Neko, 1969) and Animal Treasure Island (Dōbutsu Takarajima, 1971), as … Continue reading

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Topaz/トパーズ

Topazu, 1992 Taking its title from author Ryu Murakami’s 1988 short story collection entitled ‘Topaz’, which focuses on the observations of young prostitutes working in the S&M trade, Topaz – of which Murakami also directs – explores a cruel and … Continue reading

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Yellow Fangs/リメインズ 美しき勇者たち

Rimeinzu: Utsukushiki Yusha- tachi, 1990 It’s ironic that the very film which commemorated the 20th anniversary of Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba’s JAC (Japan Action Club) stunt team was the same one that financially ruined the man and forced him to sell up. … Continue reading

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Yo-Yo Girl Cop/スケバン刑事 コードネーム=麻宮サキ

Sukeban deka: Kôdo nêmu = Asamiya Saki, 2006 Sukeban Deka – roughly translated from slang as “Delinquent Girl Detective” – is based on yet another popular manga series, this time taking its cue from Shinji Wada’s 1976-1982 run, as featured … Continue reading

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Chanbara Striptease/おっぱいチャンバラ

Oppai Chanbara, 2008 Take three hot AV Idols, throw them in period attire and have them flash their boobies in the heat of battle, and you pretty much have the recipe for Chanbara Striptease, from the producers of zombie bore-fest … Continue reading

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Blind Woman’s Curse/怪談昇り竜

Kaidan nobori ryû, 1970 At the end of the sixties, during which time Daiei and Nikkatsu studios were facing somewhat financial difficulties, thanks to poor box office attendance, Teruo Ishii was enjoying freelance reign after a string of hits with … Continue reading

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Battle Girl/バトルガール

Batoru Garu, 1991 When a meteor crashes into Japan, creating an unexplainable force field within the heart of Tokyo, the Ground Self-Defence Force, led by Captain Fujioka (Pink Eiga veteran Shiro Shimomoto) places a blockade around the city as they … Continue reading

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Robo-geisha/ロボゲイシャ

Robo-geisha, 2009 “A new type of girls movie, with tears and laughter!”, announces the trailer, which then promptly goes on to boast 70,000 Youtube viewings for the original teaser. You see, Noboru Iguchi has been afforded quite a luxury; his … Continue reading

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