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Homunculus: More of a Romance Drama than a Psychological Horror

In theory, to hear both, Hideo Yamamoto and Takashi Shimizu in a same sentence sounds like an exciting project with lots of potential and that’s what we have in here, sadly it’s only that.

Susumu Nakoshi is a homeless guy, who lives in his car, you can usually find him in a park in Shinjiku, close to a luxury hotel/restaurant.

Medical school student, Manabu Ito, takes interest in him, because Nakoshi lives right in between the two sides of a coin: luxury and poverty.

He offers him a new reason to live, to volunteer in a experiment where he could open his third eye through trepanation and be able to feel again.

After the surgery, he starts seeing people, only with his left eye, as monsters, as distorted humans.

Ito tells him that are “homunculus”, the visualization from deep within the mind, the darkest feelings they have and try to hide and he is able to communicate with them.

The cast and their performances are strong, cinematography it’s good and in general it’s a very stylish film, but we have two big problems here.

The first one, if you haven’t read the manga, time to time doesn’t make sense, feels rushed and without a proper storyline; just the plot and characters are all over the place.
It has too many plot holes, many questions with just a few answers.

The second, it does makes you feel that you must have to read the manga to understand some “whys” and to fill some of the plot holes, but sadly, if you know the manga, you are going to be extremely disappointed with this adaptation, because not only changes the essence of Nakoshi and Ito, but the whole point of this story.

“Homunculus” it’s a story heavy in the psychological and philosophical areas, it makes you feel disgusted, angry, sad, emphatic.

Humans are complex, to try to understand the very concept of this it’s really hard but trying to summarize it in 116 minutes it’s just crazy and that’s why we ended up with something that seems more of a soap opera drama than the very complex and rich artwork that Yamamoto delivered.

This had so much more potential to be a series, I hope someone else tries to do it again and without restrictions because, easily, 90% of the manga was censored.

As a fan of the manga, I’m heartbroken and as a fan of asian cinema in general, I’m confused and disappointed.

Hopefully when we hear these names again, they will be attached to a better project.

WARNING 

These are spoilers for those who have read the manga and want to know the biggest differences between them:

  • Nakoshi is not poor, never goes under plastic surgery, it’s friends with Ken and it’s amnesic. Nanako and him were living together, he doesn’t go crazy with the trepanations and has a happy ending with a girl.
  • Ito looks more like an idol, his only problem is with his father because his father loved more a gold fish. Crossdressing and transgender issues are nonexistent. Makes a huge experiment with Nakoshi and “Nanako” leaving both of them amnesic. He is the one who goes crazy with trepanations, sew his eye and commits suicide.
  • Nanako and Nakoshi are a couple, they live together, she suffers a miscarriage and start fighting in the street where a car runs over her and dies. The girl in the car feels guilty, wants to forget and gets a trepanation, she and Nakoshi believed she was Nanako, after they found out the truth, decided to run away together and start knowing each other as Nakoshi and Chihiro; that’s the ending.
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Night in Paradise it’s not a gangster movie, it’s a movie with gangsters in it

When we talk about Park Hoon-jung, we talk about a storyteller.

Night in Paradise tells us the story of Tae-gu and Jae-yeon; their lives end up intertwined for a bigger purpose, without knowing it (nor planning it), but they share something in common: the loss of their families in the hands of gangsters and with that, the loss of desire to live.

Tae-gu from the gangsters perspective, where he is just a pawn in his boss game, the guilt consuming him and the desire of revenge as his only life purpose.

You suffer with him the transformation from a loyal, methodic, good-at-what-he-does but still with a heart to a cold-blooded killer, just a shell of a human; still trying to hold on to something, someone worth protecting

Jae-yeon from the gangsters innocent relatives perspective, where she had to witness her whole family die because of his uncle, they were all innocent and her world shattered into millions of pieces.

Now she has to live with her uncle, the one that she hates and wants to see dead. After all she had to endure, she is terminally ill, with less than a month to live, she doesn’t care about anything anymore and continually plays with the idea of ending her life once for all.

They cross paths when Tae-gu avenges the deaths of his sister and niece and has to fly to Jeju Island, to live undercover for a week, with Jae-yon’s uncle.

This super stylish noir brings us a breathtaking cinematography by the hand of Kim Young-ho, every shot, every frame you can just print it and hang it in your living room; the color palette is simply exquisite.

At the beginning we can see a nod to master Wong Kar-wai with the lighting choice he made to introduce us to this world; after that the colors are cold, even the warm ones looks like they are behind a sun screen, because they look a bit gray, washed out, even dirtier to set the tone of what and who we are watching.

Not only the cinematography is a state of the art, but the music accompanies perfectly the sequences, Mowg guides us through the whole rollercoaster this film is.

Is not a happy story or about remarkable people, but is a story about life and death and what we do with them, a story that is predictable, you know what is going to happen but you are so immerse in their world that, nonetheless, you enjoy the journey.

Hoon-jung usually gives us a really slow first half in his movies, so you can meet the characters, the background stories and even empathize with them; the second half on the other hand is the messy, passionate one, where all the contained emotions explode and nothing can stop what is about to happen.

I could split the movie in 4 scenes: 

The opening scene with all the prisoners, all the yellow lighting working perfectly at introducing us to this world; 

Tae-gu sitting on the street, emotionless, the camera focusing in the rain drops hitting the ground, haunting music with a car accident as background;

Tae-gu in the car, fighting for his life, face up, with mixed emotions between terror, courage and resignation at the same time while a melody of despair, sounds in the background making us feel hopeless and

The last scene, in the ocean, a bright one again, giving us a fulfilling feeling even if is not the happiest, is how things should be.

These scenes are tied by rain, rain is in important parts of the movie, when something is about to change, you can see is raining.

And what is the rain? Water in the form of droplets that have condensed and then become heavy enough to fall under gravity… that’s what we have in Night in Paradise, small decisions and events that have cluster and become a ticking bomb with just one possible outcome.

And of course, after the storm comes the calm and while we see the credits roll, we can enjoy really bright and warm shots with vivid colors, what we didn’t have through the whole film, finally wrapping up with the sense that “life goes on”.

The excellent performances of Uhm Tae-goo and Jeon Yeo-been made this story really worth of being told.

Park Hoon-jung keeps surprising us, this time with a full circle story (some words at the beginning that will make sense towards the end) and what it feels something like poetic justice.

Next Entertainment World, we will be waiting for a special edition release, because this needs to be in our personal collection.

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Fan Of Cult/Folk Horror? check out these two upcoming releases.

Who doesn’t love a bit of cult/folk horror? it is a sub-genre that has been on the rise but a sub-genre we certainly still don’t have enough of. I am happy to share with you two new upcoming cult releases; a movie & a series – both sound really good.

THE FEAST

The Feast recently played at SXSW prestigious Midnighters section. This new cult/folk horror is set in Wales and is filmed entirely in Welsh which is something we have never seen before.

The Feast is about a wealthy family who is throwing a huge dinner party for family and close friends. Their home help needs replaced at the last minute and, unknown to them, their new servant plans to get revenge on every single one of them.

I have read a couple of trusted reviews and both of them were great. One of them compares the tone of the film to the first half of Martyrs and then things get insanely violent (also like Martyrs)

A new name in filmmaking to watch out for, folks. The Feast is the directorial debut from Lee Haven Jones. It is written by writer/producer Roger Williams.

ARCHIVE 81

New Upcoming Cult/Horror Releases – Archive 81

This new Netflix horror series is produced and co-directed by James Wan. Written by Rebecca Sonnenshine (Vampire Diaries) & Paul Harris Bordman (Exorcism of Emily Rose).

Archive 81 is about a video archivist that starts to piece together old videotape footage. He finds himself reconstructing film footage of a dangerous cult recorded by a documentary filmmaker called Melody Pendras.

The new Netflix series will consist of 8 one-hour episodes and stars  Ariana Neal & Mamoudou Athie.

The Feast will be finding its way to distribution soon. As for Archive 81, it looks like filming just wrapped this month (03/21). I wouldn’t be expecting any sooner than 2022. I will make sure to keep you all updated on both upcoming releases.

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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Netflix to adapt Keanu Reeves’ ultra-violent comic BRZRKR into movie & animated series

Keanu Reeves will star in adaptations of HIS OWN new ultra-violent comic BRZRKR

Keanu Reeves has ventured into something completely new and unexpected. He has just made his writing debut with a new ultra-violent graphic novel called BRZRKR. A new 12-part series written by Keanu Reeves with New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt (Folklords, Bang!) & artist Ron Garney (Wolverine, Captain America).

Netflix did not take long to snatch up the rights to adapt BRZRKR. Keanu just cooked up a franchise and Netflix smelt what was cooking.

The first issue is was just released at the start of the month 03/03/21 by Boom Studios!.

Check out the amazing cover art for Issue 1

BRZRKR: VOLUME 1

BRZRKR” is a brutally epic saga about an immortal warrior’s 80,000-year fight through the ages. The man known only as “B” is half-mortal and half-god, cursed and compelled to violence, even at the sacrifice of his sanity. But after wandering the earth for centuries, B may have finally found a refuge — working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, B will be granted the one thing he desires — the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence, and how to end it. 

The Wrap

That sounds so damn good!

We all know it, don’t we? – there is no better hardcore violence than what we see in graphic novels. They know no boundaries, they can go anywhere, right to the ultimate extreme, they can do anything. Those boundaries usually come with a screen adaptation where they would tone down the content to supposedly suit the viewer “cough cough” @Preacher. With streaming services like Netflix, or Prime, we are getting to see a more truthful version of graphic novel adaptations.

We also have another ultra-violent adaptation hitting Netflix next month called Homunculus. It is based on a Manga by Ichi the Killer creator Hideo Yamamoto & described as “extreme psychological horror”. What I am trying to say is that Netflix doesn’t care about certification or ratings – they care about viewers. Violence has more than proven to bring in the numbers. People like to see carnage, death and destruction. It’s pretty simple: violence sells. Netflix knows this & will be doing the same with BRZRKR. I can not wait to see the insanity that’s in store.

As always, thanks for reading.

Words by GG
Founder?Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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TV Shows You May Have Missed – Part 2

As promised, we are back with a list of 4 tv shows that you may have missed. We hope you enjoy it. For Part 1 – CLICK HERE

INFORMER

TV Shows You Might Have Missed Part 2- Informer

Starring Paddy Considine, Nabhaan RizwanBel Powley. Informer focuses on Raza, a Londoner whose family is from Pakistan. After a night out with some mind-altering substances, Raza finds himself in a cell and done for possession with intent to supply. He was caught with only 4 ecstasy tablets which were for personal use. But the cops see an opportunity to turn him into an informer that must report terrorist activity.

Instead of facing a sentence, Raza agrees to be an informer for the police which puts himself and his entire family in grave danger.

As a big fan of Paddy Considine, I think Informer is his angriest and best role since playing Richard in Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes. It was great to see him unleash the beast again!

THE CAPTURE

Another British series. Capture focuses on a soldier called Shaun. After facing trial for the murder of an Afghan rebel while on duty, Shaun is let off the hook due to poor evidence.

On his first night back, something happens to Shaun that changes his life forever. He insists on his innocence but all evidence is showing nothing but guilt.

Capture was a superbly acted and written series. Sometimes seeing what our future can bring can be scarier than any written fiction

FUTURE MAN

TV Show You Might Missed Part 2 – Future Man

OK, I will say that Future Man won’t be for everyone. I have tried it before and couldn’t get into it. I am glad I gave it another chance, it is really quite enjoyable and clever.

A gamer is recruited by two bounty hunters from another planet to help stop an apocalypse by aliens known as Biotics. If you can imagine a character like Jobe from Arrested Development then you wouldn’t be too far away from, Wolf, one of the bounty hunters.

Some really great hilarious moments in this. There is a bit of cringe humour too but in my opinion, the good outweighs the bad.

In a way, it sort of reminded me of, Community. Even though Community wasn’t always that funny, there were so much hidden Easter-eggs for a movie lover. Whoever wrote it knows their movies and they test your knowledge too and I found all of that a joy to watch.

Mr Inbetween

TV Shows You Might Have Missed Part 2 – Mr Inbetween

Mr Inbetween focuses on the day-to-day shenanigans of Ray. Part-time father, full-time hitman.

Based on the movie The Magician after a series adaptation of Scott Ryan’s film was picked up by FX. This series has everything. It is gritty, violent, heartfelt, charming and deliciously morbid.

Directed by Nash Edgerton (bro of Joel). It is written and stars Scott Ryan as Ray, the loveable, yet terrifying hitman. All that dude gotta do is smile and he can send chills down your spine. Fantastic acting and a fantastic character.

The only complaints I have about this series is that season one has only 6 episodes and each episode has a runtime of just over 20-minutes. Season 2 consists of 11-episodes which is way better but we still have the 20-minute run-time. THERE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH!

The Magician is quoted as “Chopper meets Leon” and I think that’s a great comparison. Mr Inbetween is up there with the best

That's it for this list. I hope there something in here for you to enjoy and binge-watch. As always, thanks for reading.
Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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New Asian Horror Movies Coming Your Way In 2021

We are back again with another list. This time, focusing on New Asian Horror Movies Coming Your Way In 2021. We hope you enjoy – we got some great stuff to be looking forward to this year. Let’s get to it!

THE MEDIUM (Thailand)

New Asian Horror Movies The Medium Moviehooker Movie-List
New Asian Horror Movies – The Medium

Shutter co-director, Banjong Pisanthanakun teams up with director turned producer Na Hong-jin (The Chaser, The Wailing, The Yellow Sea) for a new Thai traditional horror, The Medium

A shaman is called to a family when one of them gets possessed by a malevolent spirit. That’s all I know, and to be honest, I don’t wanna look into this one too much and watch it knowing as little as possible.

The plot sounds familiar but the team involved gives me hope that The Medium will offer us something refreshing in the possession sub-genre

THE SADNESS (Taiwan)

New Asian Horror Movies – The Sadness

This looks pretty damn crazy. The Sadness is a new viral outbreak from Taiwan that I am sure all the gorehounds, including myself, will love.

An unknown virus mutates and turns infected into crazed cannibals. Again, not much originality regarding the story but is that what we look for when watching a zombie flick?. It is great when one comes along that is completely original but as long the execution is delivered, it’s filled with gore, great looking zombies, decent acting and a high kill count…I could watch the same zombie scenario and never get tired of it. Take Army of the Dead for example: does it look original? absolutely fuckin’ not!: does it look badass? AbsoFuckinlutley! This is what I am hoping for with The Sadness.

HOMUNCULUS (Japan)

Homunculus Netflix Movie
New Asian Horror Movies – Homunculus

Homunculus us based on a manga by Ichi the Killer creator Hideo Yamamoto. It will arrive on Netflix in April and has need described as extreme psychological horror – yay!.

A homeless man undergoes an experiment where he gets a hole drilled in his head. The experiment unlocks his 6th sense and when covering one eye, he can see people for what they really are – pure evil!

THE CINDERELLA ADDICTION (Japan)

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New Asian Horror Movies – The Cinderella Addiction

The Cinderella Addiction is about a woman who loses everything she has in one single night; her husband, her house, money…everything. When she thinks that all luck is lost she finds herself falling in love in a fairytale setting with a doctor. Her new fairytale dreamworld shortly crumbles before her when she is involved in a shockingly violent crime.

CHARACTER (Japan)

New Asian Horror Movies – Character

A talented but kind-hearted manga artist called Keigo Yamashiro has trouble creating villains for his stories due to his good nature. He works as an assistant for a well-respected manga author who asks him to go to a house to sketch a “happy” family.

He enters the house to find the family have been murdered and the murderer is still there. Instead of telling the police, he uses him for inspiration for the villain in his manga.

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New Netflix Arrivals Feb/March

We are back with another list. This time focusing on new Netflix arrivals that have just arrived or getting released in March. I have thrown in a few movies that I have put on the back-burner because of poor reviews etc. Still, they might be worth checking out now that they’re on Netflix. I hope you enjoy the article.

CAPONE – 25th February

New Netflix Arrivals – Capone

Capone stars Tom Hardy in a semi-biographical movie about legendary gangster Al Capone. The film focuses on Capone getting dementia and being tormented by his past and the crimes he committed.

There was a huge buzz surrounding this movie when the first pics of Tom Hardy were released. Then when the movie finally released, it got butchered. Make your own mind up and watch it on Netflix. At least the make-up looks great!

US – 28th February

New Netflix Arrivals – US

This one ain’t for me, but that doesn’t mean some of you guys won’t like it. Us is from director and writer Jordan Peele and the follow-up to his hugely successful hypno-horror Get Out

A family on vacation are terrorised by what looks like evil versions of themselves.

ALICE – 1st March (Series)

New Netflix Arrivals – Alice

There has been no slowing down in amazing content from Asia, imparticular, South Korea. We have so many great, dark dramas like Strangers From Hell, Voice, Signal, Partners for Justice, Stranger…I could go on and on.

Another thing that keeps popping up in South Korean crime dramas’ is time travel and that is what we have with Alice.

A detective investigating a group of murders and possible serial killer comes into contact with time travellers.

Netflix have just announced that they plan to spend a staggering 500 million dollars on South Korean content in 2021.

THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE – 4th March

New Netflix Arrivals – The Art Of Self Defense

Starring Jesse EisenbergAlessandro NivolaImogen Poots, The Art of Self Defense is an oddball comedy. The film focuses on a guy who starts to learn karate to defend himself after being attacked by a group of thugs. He enlists in a local DoJo run by a charismatic sensei.

SENTINELLE – 5th March

New Netflix Arrivals – SENTINELLE

I really like the sound of this one. Sentinelle stars Olga Kurylenko (Centurian, Quantum of Solace, Oblivion) and is directed by Julien Leclercq (The Assault).

We seem to have a simple revenge premise that has been used countless times. Someone comes back from the army to seek revenge on a fallen loved one. It is rare that we get a female in the lead role, so really looking forward to this one.

SHE DIES TOMORROW – 10th March

New Netflix Arrivals – She Dies Tomorrow

She Dies Tomorrow sounds like another viral outbreak movie, only with a twist. A girl believes that she is going to die the next day but we soon learn that her fear is contagious and anyone she comes into contact with also believes they’re going to die the following day.

Sounds fun.

DEALER – 10th March (Series – France)

New Netflix Arrivals – Dealer

Those of you that ain’t a fan of the found-footage genre, then you will probably wanna give this one a miss. However, if you are a fan of the hand-held shaky-cam, Dealer sounds very interesting.

The series focuses on a group of filmmakers who tread into dangerous gangland territory to make a Hip-Hop video for a rapper and end up becoming targets by the gangs.

THE SISTERS BROTHERS – 12th March

New Netflix Arrivals – The Sisters Brothers

Dark comedy western starring John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. Two assassin brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters set out to assassinate a man who stole from their boss

Based on a novel by Canadian author Patrick deWitt

PET SEMATARY – 12th March

New Netflix Arrivals – Pet Sematary

The recent remake of the classic Stephen King story. To be honest, the reviews have been pretty bad for this and that is the reason I haven’t checked it out yet. Still, it should be worth a watch on Netflix. Something to turn the brain off to.

A sequel to Pet Sematary has also just been announced.

WHO KILLED SARA? – 24th March (series)

New Netflix Arrivals – Who Killed Sara?

Described as an intense thriller, Who Killed Sara? might just be the new crime series everyone will be talking about.

After spending 17-years in prison for the murder of his sister, a man gets released with revenge on his mind. He rejoins a crime family and plots to take down the ones responsible for the murder of his sister.

That is it for this list. I hope you have been hooked up with some good future viewing. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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After Army Of The Dead get ready for loads more Zombie action from Netflix

It’s getting closer, the wait is almost over – Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead is almost here, but that ain’t all we’re getting!

It looks like Netflix have high hopes for Zack Snyder’s upcoming zombie film Army of The Dead. It has been announced that a feature-length prequel to Army of the Dead is on the way also. And not only that, we will be treated to a wonderful 4-part animated series that takes us back to the origin of infection.

As I have said before, Army of the Dead has been around a long time. In fact, it was written just 4-years after the release of Snyder’s DOTD remake. It has been on a shelf since 2008. So, just my personal opinion, I think when Snyder wrote Army of the Dead then it was at least set in the same universe as DOTD. Now those rumours are said not to be true. But, if it was a sequel, prequel or set in the same universe as Dawn of the Dead, then that would destroy or mess up the plans for more movies. And we know what more movies means?…more cash and BOOM – a franchise! Army of the Dead is now a standalone film with no ties to an already owned franchise.

Very little information is available but I can tell you that they are happening: A feature-length movie and an animated series, both prequels to Snyder’s upcoming zombie film Army of the Dead.

More Zombie Action Coming From Netflix in 2021

We should also see the return of the fantastic zombie series Black Summer as it returns for a second season.

If you haven’t checked out Black Summer then please do. I really enjoyed it despite reading some really bad reviews for it. A great approach to the zombie apocalypse that focuses way more than the action than the soap opera-style drama. Stephen King also gave it a special mention on Twitter recently.

No details regarding the release for the new season but it is said to be dropping sometime this year.

More from the great Kingdom

South Korean zombie series, Kingdom will also be returning with a special feature-length episode called Kingdom: Ashin of the North ahead of the third season. The special one-off episode will be an origin story of the resurrection flower.

In the meantime, Army of the Dead will release on Netflix on May 21st. The teaser trailer drops this Thursday!

Survivors Take All

As always, thanks for reading

Words by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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New Asian Films You Should Know About (Japan & South Korea)

We are back again with another brand new list of films for you all. This list will focus on Asian films that I think you should know about. I hope you enjoy it.

For this list we just focus on new upcoming releases from Japan and South Korea. Stay tuned for a new list of movies from different parts of asia including indonesia, India, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Let’s get to it!

THE FABLE

New Asian Movies You Should Know About 2021 Moviehooker List The Fable

Based on a manga series of the same name, The Fable tells the story of a legendary hitman called Akira, known to everyone else as The Fable.

After years of hard work, killing and commitment, Akira is ordered to take some much-needed time off to relax.

With a part-time job at a design company, Akira’s assassin days seem to be a thing of the past. But his past comes back to haunt him when he finds out that another assassin named Suzuki is targeting someone at the company.

THE CINDERELLA ADDICTION (Melancholy)

Written and directed by Ryohei Watanabe (Shady, Sailor Zombies).

The story of a woman who loses everything she has in one single night and finds herself at the end of the line.

After falling in love again in what seems like a fairytale setting, she commits a horrendous and vicious crime that couldn’t be further from the new life she believes she is leading.

And what a fantastically creepy poster!

BRAVE: GUNJYO SENKI

A group of elite archery students find themselves thrown back in time to the 1500s’ Samurai-era Sengoku Japan.

Not only must they battle ancient samurai warriors but they are about to enter the famous Battle of Okehazama

Also based on a manga series of the same name.

RIDE OR DIE (no poster available)

Ride or Die is a new Japanese murder mystery movie with a crazy psychotic female thinking killing is ok…if you’re doing it for love.

The film focuses or two women, Rei and Nanae. Rei has been in love with Nanae for as long as she can remember.

Things take a crazy turn when Rei kills someone saying she done it in the name of love for Nanae.

Although terrified of Rei, Nanae still risks everything to save Rei from herself and from hurting others.

HOMUNCULUS

New Asian Movies You Should Know About Homunculus Moviehooker Movie List

Based on a hugely successful Manga of the same name and from the creator of ICHI THE KILLER.

Homunculus tells the story of a 34-year-old homeless man Susumu Nakoshi who agrees to undergo an experiment to earn some much-needed cash.

He agrees to have a hole drilled in the centre of his head in a procedure known as trepanation. This experimental and highly dangerous procedure opens up parts of the brain and improves its functions beyond normal human capacity.

After awakening from the operation, he finds that he can now see two different sides to people through each eye. Through one eye, he sees what we see but with his left eye, he sees a much darker, evil and sinister version of that person. He learns that what he is seeing is the dark side of someones dark sub-conscious.

Described as extreme psychological horror. And guess what? it is coming to Netflix this April.

SIGNAL THE MOVIE

Signal (series poster)

South Korean series, Signal is a hugely popular time-bending detective drama about cops on the hunt for a serial killer.

I am guessing you will wanna watch series before you delve into the movie. Both seasons are now available on Netflix.

Like Bong Joon Ho’s Memories of Murder, Signal deals with the same serial killer that inspired Joon’ Ho’s classic.

UNDERDOG

Underdog New Asian Movies You Should Know About

Underdog tells the story of three boxers all from different backgrounds; A struggling boxer, a boxer who grew up in an orphanage and one who is getting a documentary made about him for a comeback fight.

A sports drama infused with some amazing fighting choreography and action.

THE LEGACY OF DR DEATH: BLACK FILE

New Asian Movies You Should Know About Legacy Of Dr Death: Black File

A new Japanese serial killer drama about a doctor who killed his patients. Based on the true story of a doctor who euthanised over 130 patients

Based on the novel The Legacy of Dr. Death by Shichiri Nakayama. Directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa

That’s it for this list. We hope we have hooked you up with some new future-viewing. As always, thanks for reading.

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Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker.  
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Alice in Borderland – Cube meets Battle Royale

Based on a popular Manga series of the same name that ran from 2010-2016. Alice in Borderland is Netflix’s most recent live-action adaptation

Well, this is a lot of fun. And yeah, I know, both Cube and Battle Royale are both classics but this is a beautiful blend of both of these, only adapted into a series

After a run-in with the cops, Arisu, Karube, and Segawa hide in a toilet of a local train station. In the blink of an eye, the whole population of Tokyo just vanishes without any explanation. The 3 friends soon find out that they’re all part of a deadly game where the only prize is…escaping with your life.

The contestants are given a task and a certain amount of time to complete it. Failing to complete the task in the given timeframe will result in a gruesome death. There is no escape, the only thing to do is play or die.

The difficulty of each game is determined by the suit of a playing card; 2 of clubs=easy etc. That’s all you really need to know.

Alice in Borderland season 1 is now available to stream on Netflix. Do your eyes and ears a favour and go and check it out this instant!. Season one consists of 8-episodes, so it’s easy enough to binge.

The manga series ran from 2010-2015 and finally finished in 2016. So, we have 5/6 years of story here. I am gonna take a wild guess and say we will be seeing a lot more of Alice in Borderland. There was also a 2014 original video animation adaptation. OVA is a Japanese animation network that primarily produces stuff for home viewing…pretty much like everyone else these days!

You can check out Alice in Borderland and other new upcoming December Netflix titles HERE.

As always, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the series.

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Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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