Takashi Miike has a global reputation as a purveyor of the wild, the edgy, the transgressive. In fact, the bulk of the Japanese director’s extensive filmography is more traditional fare, despite his standing as the international festival circuit’s enfante terrible. Yakuza Apocalypse, however, is exactly the kind of film youRead More →

Sometimes there are films that define their audience simply from their synopses. Korean animated feature Aachi & Ssipak is one such film. Set in a future where the main source of power is, uh, human faeces, two hoodlums (the titular Aachi and Ssipak) find themselves caught between the fascist governmentRead More →

Order DVD Yotsuya Kaidan is one of the classic Japanese ghost stories. Written in the 19th century as a kabuki play, it has been filmed over 30 times. The tale centres on Iemon, a masterless samurai and his wife, Oiwa. When an opportunity to marry into a wealthy family appears, Iemon conspires toRead More →

ORDER DVD In recent years France has been unrivaled in producing some of the most visceral and provocative horror cinema of our time. Mention titles such as Haute Tension, À l’intérieur, Irreversible and Frontière(s) to the seasoned horror connoisseur and you will most likely be met with an intense reaction,Read More →

There have been few horror properties in the past decade as prodigious as the Ju-on series. From the Japanese originals, to American remakes and even video games, it is a surprising proliferation for a film with a seemingly limited core concept. Even six years after the last Japanese film inRead More →

Taking place in an isolated mansion located in the Fascist-controlled Italian Republic of Salo in 1944, four powerful libertines – the Duke, the Bishop, the Magistrate and the President – abduct eighteen teenagers, 9 boys, 9 girls, to indulge in four months (120 days) of debauchery and sadism with. In-betweenRead More →

For Marie (Sonia Suhl), life in her small coastal town is simple and now that she is 16, she gets a job at the local fish processing plant to help bring money into her family – her father (Lars Mikkelsen) and her catatonic, wheelchair-bound mother (Sonja Richter). She catches theRead More →

ORDER DVD High school student Kyosuke Shikijo (Ryohei Suzuki) wants to be a hero like his late father – a legendary cop. However, he’s academically undistinguished, and (though he participates in his school’s martial arts club) any time he tries to help anyone he just ends up getting a beating. AsRead More →

ORDER DVD  / ORDER BLU-RAY The Raid hit action fans like a bomb in 2012. The Indonesian crime flick had as simple a set-up as could be imagined – a handful of cops have to fight their way through a multi-storey tenement building searching for both escape and the crimeRead More →

ORDER DVD | BLU-RAY Buried amongst the recent glut of “found footage” horror films there is the occasional gem that raises a glimmer of hope that all is not lost to soulless studio systems and calculated money-men (unsurprisingly the US acquired remake rights for this before it’d even opened stateside).Read More →

Wow. Some films try to cover a fair bit of ground. Love Exposure is more like some vast, country-spanning blanket. A four-hour movie both epic and perversely intimate, it takes on religion, sexual awakening, abuse, family, relationships…oh, and the art of kung fu upskirt photography. The story follows Tokyo teenagerRead More →

Ah, the poor vampire. As a movie monster, it has been used as a metaphor for everything from AIDS to drug addiction. It has been the staple of the housewife romance novel and even the teen celibacy parable. Surely its potency as an on-screen creature of the night as longRead More →

ORDER DVD Set sometime in the future, Tokyo Gore Police tells the story of Ruka (Eihi Shiina of Audition fame) a member of the Tokyo Police Corporation whose specialty is hunting Engineers, a mutant breed of super-criminal with the ability to transform any injury into a weapon. While fighting the good fight Ruka stumblesRead More →