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  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie Part 1

    Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie Part 1


    Perfectly good adaptation of the material with beautiful visuals. The art is a good midway point between the manga style and the 90s anime style, a huge improvement from what I’ve seen of SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL. The transformations had a particularly great visual element where they’d be flanked by flowers with a texture to them that I really liked. 

    Each of the scouts get their time to shine, and there’s even a little part where Usagi and Chibi-Usa switch ages.…

  • Blueprint of Murder

    Blueprint of Murder


    Another snappy, absurd crime film from Kihachi Okamoto. Pretty nonsensical at times, but always cool. So quick moving that I’d occasionally feel lost, but as usual Okamoto brings a big cast of oddball characters, dynamic directing, and cartoony action. 

    The cast is a murderers row of Toho actors. Lots of folks GODZILLA fans would recognize, Akihito Hirata even comes in for a scene. It’s led by Yuzo Kayama, hunky lead of the WAKADAISHO films, who is investigating the death of…

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  • Suzaki Paradise: Red Light

    Suzaki Paradise: Red Light


    Centered around a couple, broke and troubled, finding separate employment & lodging outside a red-light district. A really fascinating film, excellently directed by Yuzo Kawashima, with a touch of noir thanks to the moody lighting, bongo and saxophone-filled soundtrack, and general discontentment hanging over the characters. Placing the story right next to a literal gate that represents going too far and essentially giving up on the fight to live an honest life, but also the temptation to do it anyway because…

  • The Sword of Doom

    The Sword of Doom


    SWORD OF DOOM, where have you been all my life?

    On my watchlist for a while is the answer, I guess. I love Kihachi Okamoto’s quirky dark comedies like OH, BOMB! and AGE OF ASSASSINS. A while back I saw KILL!, another chambara film of his and thought “yeah, this is pretty good,” so while I intended to see this eventually I wasn’t exactly jumping out of my seat.

    Tatsuya Nakadai plays Ryunosuke (later renamed Yoshida) a swordsman who is…