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Party 7

Party 7, 2000 Miki (Masatoshi Nagase) is a small-time crook, who’s decided to abandon his fellow gangsters because he feels he no longer has a suitable future with them; taking with him a few million in yen, he flees to … Continue reading

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Oh! My Zombie Mermaid/あゝ!一軒家プロレス

A! Ikkenya Puroresu, 2004 Director, Naoki Kudo, working from a co-written screenplay by Akira/Sukeban Deka scribe Izo Hashimoto, adds another title to the growing pile of wacky wrestling themed movies, this time with a romantic tale of one man’s fight … Continue reading

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Lalapipo/ララピポ

Lalapipo, 2009 There are only two types of people in this world: People who keep grovelling all their lives, and those who escape that and rise to the heights… Even with Paco and the Magical Book released in Japanese theatres … Continue reading

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Kakera – A Piece of Our Life/カケラ

Kakera, 2009 College student Haru Kitagawa (Hikari Mitsushima) has found herself in a bit of a rut: her relationship with boyfriend Ryoto (Tasuku Nagaoka) – who is in turn cheating on his own partner – is in tatters, devoid of … Continue reading

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The Japanese Wife Next Door – Part 2/淫乱なる一族 第二章 絶倫の果てに

Inran Naru Ichizoku: Daini-shō – Zetsurin no Hate ni, 2004 The sequel can’t ever be an easy thing going into. They inevitably come with baggage: anticipation and trepidation in wondering whether or not they can live up to past glory. … Continue reading

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The Japanese Wife Next Door/淫乱なる一族 第一章 痴人たちの戯れ

Inran Naru Ichizoku: Dai Isshō – Chijin-tachi no Tawamure, 2004 Takashi Ichinose (Naohiro Hirakata) has recently separated from what he considered to be a lonely four-year relationship, finding that he now yearns for a wife to happily settle down with. … Continue reading

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Instant Swamp/インスタント沼

Insutanto numa, 2009 For Haname Jinchoge (Kumiko Aso) life is a bit, well, uneventful. While she pines for an unrequited love, now making a name for himself in Italy, her job as a magazine editor is in jeopardy due to … Continue reading

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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion/女囚701号/さそり

Joshū Nana-maru-ichi Gō / Sasori, 1972 Meiko Kaji was twenty five years of age when she took on the role that would define her as a cult icon. She boldly moved to Toei Studios, having been disparaged by Nikkatsu’s new … Continue reading

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Executive Koala/コアラ課長

Koara kachô, 2005 Friendly koala to all, Tamura Keichi, is just an average salaryman trying to hold down a job within the stressful pickle industry. At ‘Rabource Pickling Co. Ltd’ he has come up with the proposal of a corporate … Continue reading

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Departures/おくりびと

Okuribito, 2008 When Takita Yojiro voiced his disbelief upon winning ‘Best Foreign Film’ at the 2009 Academy Awards, it was easy to understand where he was coming from. Certainly the underdog amongst a chosen few, Departures traverses some serious territory … Continue reading

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