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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…