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Ghost of Tsushima movie in the works

A movie adaptation of the best-selling video game Ghost of Tsushima has just been announced.

Firstly, have you played Ghost of Tsushima? I got completely hooked on it. The beautiful samurai-era Japan, galloping your horse through endless beautiful blossom trees. I said this recently on a social media post that “Ghost of Tsushima is so damn gorgeous to look at, you forget you have to behead and destroy the Mongolian army”.

As a fan of samurai movies, I was more than delighted to see that I could play the game in the Japanese language with English subtitles. There is also an option to play the game in black and white. You 100% feel like you’ve become an old-school samurai warrior from an Akira Kurosawa movie. It seems like the creators were huge samurai movies fans and Ghost of Tsushima was their love letter to the genre. The creators of the game were also recently appointed official tour guides of Tsushima Island in Japan.

John Wick director Chad Stahelski has been attached to direct

There’s no doubt Stahelski can do epic violence – we have seen it in the John Wick movies, but I am a little worried. I will still watch the fuck out of it but with Stahelski involved, will Hollywood big execs be involved too?. How authentic will it be? how many Asian and Mongolian actors will be hired for the roles? I hope I am wrong because it really deserves the authenticity that the game got so brilliantly right.

As much as I love Keanu Reeves or any other ass-kicking action star, the last thing I wanna hear is “Keanu Reeves cast as Jin”.

Only time will tell!. As soon as we hear more news I will make sure to update the article. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @Moviehooker 
Source:IGN

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Fukushima 50 – the heroic real-life story of the ultimate scarifice

When it comes to disaster movies, no one can quite do it like Asia. We have had some fantastic releases including, Pandora, The Tunnel, The Tower and Earthquake. The thing is, unlike Hollywood productions with L.A crumbling, and The Rock hanging from helicopters trying to save his family, Asian disaster movies are based on real events. Fukushima 50 is based on the most terrifying event of them all: biblical-scale earthquakes leading to a meltdown putting the whole of Japan and the rest of the world at risk of a nuclear catastrophe worse than Chernobyl. This film follows the heroic actions of the ones that sacrificed their lives to prevent Fukushima from further devastation and reaching a global scale.

OFFICIAL FILM SYNOPSIS:

Japan’s Tohoku Region: at a magnitude of 9.0, the strongest earthquake in the country’s history strikes, triggering a huge tsunami and carnage that would end up killing thousands of people and displacing many more. It mercilessly engulfs the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, causing a crippling station blackout. Unable to be cooled, the nuclear reactors quickly turn into hydrogen bombs at the brink of explosion. If the power plant is abandoned, Japan’s destruction is assured. Facing a life or death situation, the power plant workers known as the “Fukushima 50”, including shift supervisor Izaki and plant manager Yoshida, remain on the site until the bitter end. As the world holds its breath, the Fukushima 50 fight for their hometown, their families, and the future of Japan.

Capelight Pictures

FUKUSHIMA 50 Arrived On VOD/Digital Platforms On March 5th

You can check out the trailer below

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FUKUSHIMA 50

poster for Fukushima 50

Directed by: Setsuro Wakamatsu
Written by: Ryusho Kadota (Book: “On The Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi)and Yoichi Maekawa (Screenplay)
Country of Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese (OV) / English (dub)
Genre: Action & Drama
Distributor: Capelight Pictures
Produced by Tsuguhiko Kadokawa
RunTime: 121minutes

As always, thanks for reading.

Article 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.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker.  
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New South Korean + Japanese Movies Coming 2020/21

A mix of genre films all from Japan and South Korea

It has been a while since I have put a list of South Korean & Japanese movies together for you. Below you will find a list of films coming your way in 2020/21. I hope you enjoy.

Voice Of Silence (South Korea)

Two men work for criminal organisations as crime-scene cleaners. They both receive a job which involves them in the kidnapping of an 11-year-old child.

From what I can see, it looks dark with some elements of comedy. I am not too sure about the comedy side of things but when done right, South Korea can mix them both while still delivering an engaging and fast-paced thriller (check out A Taxi Driver if you haven’t…that’s a perfect example).

Voice Of Silence co-stars Ah-In Yoo who starred in South Korea’s best zombie movie of 2020 #ALIVE

Hope (Japan)

Soon after a young kid goes missing, the parents get the authorities involved in fear that someone may have kidnapped him. Not long after his disappearance, a murder is reported. The person that was murdered was in the same class as the missing child. Evidence then points out that the missing kid may have something to do with the murder of his classmate.

Based on a Japanese novel, Nozomi released in 2016

Tokyo Revengers

The film focuses on a girl getting murdered by a criminal gang. This news deeply affects Takemichi who was once in love with the slain girl. After an accident, Takemichi is then thrown 10-years into the past. He tries to prevent this murder from ever happening. But with changing fate, the consequences are unknown. Someone else will die in her place and Takeimichi soon realises that things should have stayed the way they were.

Tokyo Revengers is based on a Manga of the same name.

Call (S Korea)

The story of two women whose lives are connected and thrown out of control when they receive a mysterious phone call.

When Seo Yeon moves back home she finds an old phone in the house. When she connects the phone, someone else is on the other end of the line. Seo Yeon realizes that the caller is calling from the same house, only they are 20-years apart.

Bolt (Japan)

At first glance, Bolt looks like a typical nuclear disaster movie. One that we have all seen before in movies like South Korean masterpiece Pandora.

While we do have a similar story about a nuclear meltdown, Bolt is explored through three different segments; Bolt, Life & Good Year. Each segment dealing with a different character caught in the middle of the meltdown.

The End Of The Tiny World (Japan)

Kida, Makoto & Yocchi have been friends since childhood. They have a strong bond as all three of them have grown up as orphans. Their lives change forever after they are involved in an event by a criminal gang. Years later, they are all major players in the criminal world but this has been their plan all along, they want revenge for what happened to them all those years ago

The Voice Of Sin (Japan)

The Voice of Sin deals with a journalist investigating an old crime that took place decades ago. A group of people were extorting cash from a number of companies. Their method for extortion was using violence which was enforced by a Japanese criminal gang. When two people find strange cassettes of the crimes their lives are drastically changed forever.

The Voice of Sin is based on an award-winning novel “Tsumi no Koe” by Takeshi Shiota which was released in 2016. The novel is based on a real extortion case that took part in the 80s.

The Werewolf Game: Death Game Operator (Japan)

This one could be my favourite from the list. And I had no idea, this seems like a franchise with the first film released in 2013. I have started reading a little about the movies. Ok, so some ain’t as good as the books it is based on…but hey what’s new?

In a way, the premise reminds of the fantastic Tzameti. I really don’t wanna go into too much here, for both our benefits. The film deals with some sort of game of death. People are kidnapped and forced to participate in a game with the rich & powerful betting on their lives.

The Werewolf Game: Death Game Operator is based on a novel called Jinro Gemu: Death Game.

That’s it for this list. Make sure to check back soon for more exciting content. As always, thanks for reading. Happy Halloween and stay safe wherever you may be!

Words by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Netflix Has Some Great Asian TV Series’ For You To Binge: Here’s part one of a two-part article.

There seems to be a lot of great Asian tv shows on Netflix that no one is talking about. I hope I can change that for some of you.

Are you sick to the teeth watching crime documentaries? (I thought not, me neither). But do you fancy something a little different? I have put together a list of what I think the best Asian series’ that are streaming on Netflix (UK/Ireland). For all of you folk elsewhere in the world, it wouldn’t hurt checking to see if they are available to stream in your country. I hope you enjoy the list.

GAB DONG

ASIAN TV SHOWS ON NETFLIX

When Gab Dong was first released I remember trying my hardest to find it. At the time, I was hooked on South Korean serial killer flicks like I Saw The Devil and The Chaser. Gab Dong sounded like both of those movies only spread out over a 10-hour cinematic experience.

There is no doubt about it, it’s not perfect and some scenes do seem very “telemovie”. But if you can put that aside with some dodgy music then we have a great, complexed serial killer crime thriller.

BAD GUYS/BAD GUYS: VILE CITY

Bad Guys mixes the best from all crime tv shows and throws them all together in a fantastic mash-up of genres. In order to catch the worst serial killers and hardened criminals, a detective is granted the temporary release of South Korea’s most feared villains to help with their apprehension. A young genius mathematician who is also a psychopath & serial killer, a fearless gang leader who administers the ultimate bitch-slap (none other than Train To Busan’s Dong-seok Ma) and a South Korean hitman with a frightening amount of confirmed kills.

There’s a twist though, with each crime solved a reduction is given in their sentence but only one villain can receive the reduced time. A great series, full of terrific performances. It also has a worthy follow-up called Bad Guys: Vile City

BLOOD

ASIAN TV SHOWS ON NETFLIX

What is the most drawn-out, over-used thing in the history of television?…no, I don’t mean The Walking Dead. I mean hospital tv shows!!. It’s the same shit all the time: doctors, diseases, affairs, an occasional alcoholic surgeon with a dodgy shaky hand obtained from too much champagne at a charitable event for rich people. What I mean, is that that you really can’t differentiate between most of these shows, so it is nice to add something different into the tiresome and repetitive medical storylines.

South Korea has decided to keep the same sort of winning formula that has proved time and time again to work and add their own twist of darkness and sometimes, nastiness.

Yes, we have the good looking surgeons and the love interest. But what sets Blood apart from the rest is that our lead character is a vampire. And, can you think of a better place for a vampire to work?. I mean, it’s a genius move and I don’t know why vampires ain’t thought of this profession earlier.

Very much in the style of Park Chan-Wook’s amazing vampire tale, Thirst. Rather than using the same tiresome vamp-story,  the vampirism in Blood is due to an infection in the blood.

DOCTOR STRANGER

ASIAN TV SHOWS ON NETFLIX

Ha, this was not intentional but yet again, here we have it…another god damn series with doctors and hospitals!!. But just like the above-mentioned series, Blood, Doctor Stranger also bends the rules when it comes to medical dramas.

The series focuses on a young talented doctor who was kidnapped and trained in North Korea. After managing to escape the North Korean dictatorship, he finds himself working in a city hospital in South Korea.

I remember seeing a small clip from an episode and it blew me away. I was shocked to learn that it was a tv series as the action and production just seemed top-notch.

OCT-B

ASIAN TV SHOWS ON NETFLIX

I really enjoyed this series, if you’re a fan of directors like Andrew Lau and John Woo then O.C.T.B is must watch for you.

There’s no denying it, O.C.T.B is heavily influenced, and not in a bad way by some of Hong Kong’s greatest action and crime dramas we got treated to in the ’90s.

With action sequences on par with Hard Boiled blended and the intelligence of Infernal Affairs, O.C.T.B is an addictive series that’s to grab you and suck you in. You will be on the hunt for all 30 episodes.

SMOKING – VIGILANTE HITMAN SQUAD

I immediately fell in love with this Japanese series due to its morbid and crazy storyline. It follows 4 assassins that work together to carry out different jobs…with a twist.

Their trademark is to flay their target and remove the tattooed skin as proof-of-kill to whoever ordered the hit. The series is set in Japan which means no shortage of tattoos or yakuza members, so as you can imagine, it gets very hardcore. I dare say some scenes would even remind you of the madness of Kakihara from Ichi The Killer.

Another very addictive series with great character development and short, easy-to-follow episodes. Out of this list, Smoking is the one I hope gets green-lit for a second season.

Okay, that’s it for this list. I have more I can add but I am sure your eyes need some rest. I will be back with a Part 2 so make sure to check back soon.

As always, thanks for reading.

Words by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Review: ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

One Cut Of The Dead just played at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival, so what did we think of this new Japanese indie horror?

One Cut Of The Dead has been getting quite a bit of attention lately and it’s easy to see why it has been picked to show at Fantasia Film Festival.

This little indie horror movie from Japan is a truly original take on the zombie genre. Nothing new in regards to infection or groundbreaking zombie-ism but just how the film develops. The simple story of a film crew shooting a zom-B-movie who are attacked during filming by real flesh-eaters…now, whats not to love about that?

When I say this is low-budget then I mean it. This may put some people off but I urge you to stay with it until the end. There are moments in the movie you’ll be like ”what the hell is going on here?”. Everything is answered before the end credits roll. By the end of the film, you will want to find the nearest video camera and make your own movie.


One Cut For The Dead is a fresh take on a genre overpopulated with more crap than solid material. This film acts as an intense lesson in film-making and the industry involved with the production. As silly as the film may sound there is an important message flowing through the entire feature.

One Cut Of The Dead Fantasia Festival
Please can I have this on a t-shirt?

Everything from a director having a great, cinematic vision but being told to play it safe by producers; actors complaining about working conditions and roles they’re starring in; the tireless efforts of a low-budget special FX team giving it their very all to try and make the most believable horror movie they possibly can. This film has it all.

I know, I loved this because I am so interested in film-making and from that point of view, it’s fantastic. However, if you’re small-minded and can’t appreciate art in its truest form, then just go watch a Hollywood blockbuster and get your kicks that way.

8/10

Gary Gamble - Founder @ Moviehooker

Official Coverage of Fantasia International Film Festival

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Disturbing Asian Movies From Japan You May Have Missed

With My Recent List Of New, Asian Movies To Look Out For. I Thought I Would Keep The Ball Rolling And Focus On Disturbing Asian Movies From Japan You May Have Missed

We all know how big of fans we are here at Moviehooker for the more extreme side of cinema. Usually, I turn to disturbing Asian movies when I am looking to freak myself out. I like films to leave their mark on me and no one quite does that better than Asia. Let’s get to it, I hope you enjoy.


CHO AKUNIN (2011, Japan)

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Ok, I am starting off with a really hardcore flick. This film is bound to leave you feeling sick, especially if you’re a female.

There ain’t a lot of Found-Footage movies coming out of Asia, so I say the realism in Cho Akunin (Hyper Villian) is just shocking. The film is about a serial-rapist who contacts a local criminal magazine to boast about the number of victims he has had through the years. He claims to have raped 107 victims over a ten-year period. He then offers the magazine an exclusive interview and also the chance to record him raping his 108th victim.

I actually don’t know I could watch this, definitely not a movie for date night. I could probably watch this if it was set anywhere other than Japan. The level of graphic, disturbing, domestic violence to come out of that country really does leave you feeling uncomfortable.


FOE (2013, Japan)

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I have searched to see if I can find any detailed plot or reviews for Foe, but I couldn’t find anything. The film was released in 2013, and it seems like an interesting plot. The film is about a small class who are shooting a commercial. The group and filmmakers are then attacked by two teenage girls.

A premise not really shown a lot in cinema is having our two killers to be teenage girls. Again, I have no doubt in my mind that this will hit a nerve. It has a solid IMDb rating but there are no reviews. I think it sounds pretty unique, so it goes on the list.

Another reason I think this will disturb us is that it’s from Koji Shiraishi. You may remember his name as he was the director of the highly controversial torture movie Grotesque. I loved Grotesque, not because it had an amazing plot, it was just sick AF. It lived up to its title and was banned for a long time by the BBFC due to its cruel and sadistic content.


OCCULT (2009, Japan)

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Ok, when trying to find information on the above-mentioned film, I found another film from the same director. It is listed as being released in 2009, the same year as Grotesque.

Described as a mockumentary, the film follows our twisted director as he interviews the only survivor from an attack. The survivor has a huge scar on his back that the murderer left, but he has also been filming rare supernatural occurrences on his mobile phone.

Reading some reviews, Occult seems to be a fine blend of supernatural horror and some sort of serial killer.  I have a lot of time for this man, as he just doesn’t care and goes straight for our jugular- If you’re a fan of some shaky phone-cam, documentary-style horror then I would be hunting this down.


CURE (1997, Japan)

Disturbing Asian Movies

Disturbing Asian Movies 
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Ok, I have read nothing but amazing reviews for, Cure. It actually popped up recently when I was browsing the web. I am almost certain that Cure is getting a new restored release. That is something I am really looking forward to. The featured image in this article is from Cure and even that one still is enough to disturb you.

The film focuses on a detective (maybe two) that have to investigate a series of grisly murders. The people accused of these horrendous crimes have no recollection of committing the murders.


SERPENTS PATH (1998, Japan)

Disturbing Asian Movies

Disturbing Asian Movies
 You May Have Missed

 

Another film from Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the director of, Cure. This one looks too dark af as well. I have no idea how these films got past me, but I am so glad I have found some new disturbing flicks to hook both myself, and you up with.

This film is about a man who hires his friend to plan out the perfect revenge on the man who killed his daughter.

Two interesting lead characters are really what has me excited about this one. One of them is an ex-Yakuza; the other a very intelligent maths professor. We will have the brutality of a Yakuza hell-bent on getting revenge for his murdered daughter. The other guy will be planning out this crime to perfection, using his mathematically genius brain.

There were two films that this director released back-to-back that both had revenge at the centre of the plot. The other film was called Eyes Of The Spider. The word on the street is that Serpent’s Path is the darker of the two.


A RECORD OF SWEET MURDER  (2014, Japan, South Korea)

Disturbing Asian Movies

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Another found-footage type horror/serial killer drama. I know is aid this was focusing on Japanese movies, but this is both a Japanese/https://moviehooker.com/asian-cinema/korean-horrors-thrillers-moviehooker/ production.

A Japanese reporter receives a phone call from a man who has broken out of a mental institution. He was detained there for the murder of 18-people. The murderer wants the reporter to conduct an interview in which he explains the gruesome crimes he has committed. They then find out that the killer has been lying about the number of victims he has slaughtered and that he may need to kill more people.

I really hope you enjoyed this list. Please consider sharing to hook more like-minded people up some awesome disturbing Japanese cinema.

As always, thanks for reading.


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NEW ASIAN MOVIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO

I am back again with another list of new films. This time I will be focusing on new Asian movies. I hope you enjoy.

New Asian Movies

LIVERLEAF (Japan)

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New Asian Movies

Bullying seems to a subject that’s covered a lot in Asian cinema. Liverleaf continues that trend in what may a be an extremely vicious film.

Based on a Manga, Liverleaf tells the story of a young schoolgirl who is getting bullied at her new school. She has one friend, a classmate but apart from that, she has no one.

When a fire breaks out at her house killing her parents and badly burning her little sister she has a mental breakdown. She then plots her revenge against the ones responsible for starting the fire that killed her parents.

BURNING (South Korea)

New Asian Movies

New Asian Movies

I cant find a lot of info on this one but the poster was enough to sell me in an instant. From director Chang Dong-Lee, I have to admit, this is a man who I am not familiar with. He seems to have an impressive filmography, so if Burning delivers then Ill be going back to check some more of his flicks.

All I know about Burning is that two strangers meet and form a friendship. When one of them has to travel to Africa he comes back with a mysterious man. That’s not a lot to go on but as I said, it was the poster that grabbed me. Let’s hope I’m right.

THE EVIL AND THE MASK (Japan)

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New Asian Movies

The story of a father who raises his son to be pure evil. The father wants him to cause as much destruction and unhappiness in the world as humanly possible. No laws are to be obeyed, and if people are to die along the way then so be it.

Sounds like a great concept for a film. We all know how dark and disturbing Japanese cinema can be, so let’s hope Evil And The Mask lives up to its title.

THE DRUG KING (South Korea)

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New Asian Movies

Set in the 1970s.  Busan, South Korea. The Drug King tells the story of a drug smuggler and the cop assigned to bring him down.

This sounds right up my street. I really do love a good drug-lord movie.

Not to mention, being set in Busan in the 70s.  We will get to see an older side of the city from what we are usually used to seeing in recent movies.

SNATCH UP (South Korea)

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New Asian Movies

Another South Korean crime flick. Snatch Up sounds like quite a multi+layered plot or maybe, I just read a huge synopsis of it.

The film is about a guy who has some serious money issues. Left with no choice, he asks for his deposit money back from his apartment. Not long after, his money is stolen by a thug who then gives the cash to a loan shark.

He then takes matters into his own hands to get his stolen cash back.

That’s it for this list. I really hope I have hooked you up with some new films to look forward to.

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Hookup: Five New Japanese Horror & Fantasy Films To Look Forward To

A New Moviehooker List

Five New Crazy AF Japanese Horror and Fantasy films.

Japanese Horror is among some of the best and brutal cinema experiences a horror-hound like myself could ever dream of. I have hunted down some upcoming releases, you all should know about.

 A part two could be on the cards. I will get to them all, you know I will!

 

***HOPE YOU ENJOY THE LIST***

TOKYO VAMPIRE HOTEL

Japanese horror movies TOKYO VAMPIRE HOTEL

Tokyo Vampire Hotel is from director Sono Sion.

Manami, get’s caught up in some vampiric activity while out celebrating her 22nd birthday. After Narrowly escaping a murder spree, two vampires; K, from the Dracula clan, and Yamada, from the Corvin clan want to sink their teeth into her.

Sion fans will be delighted to hear that Tokyo Vampire Hotel is a nine-episode mini-series.

Picked up by Amazon Prime (Japan). This gave Sion the creative freedom to make the series as hardcore as he wants.

Not that Japan ever needs creative freedom, though, right?. They have been sticking their middle finger up the asses of censorship for decades. That’s why you’ve got to love and support the Japanese film industry, as crazy and morbid as it is.

BEFORE WE VANISH

Japanese Horror Moves BEFORE WE VANISH

The first adaptation of Before We Vanish was for a stage play. After that, it was adapted into a novel, and now a feature-length film from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

When a man vanishes from a small coastal town it sparks concern among the residents. Days later, he returns, changed, he is not the same man he was.

At the same time, a young girl commits a horrific multiple-murder. Things are starting to get a little weird in their once peaceful little village. Aliens have arrived and for some reason, this little village has been chosen as their HQ. Their starting point for an alien invasion, and the beginning of the end for the human race.

I love Asian sci-fi’s, more to the point, I love PARASYTE, both parts 1+2. I have read a couple of mixed reviews, but Before We Vanish already sounds way better than most American sci-fi’s.

Ain’t heard of Parasyte? Check them out on Blu-Ray. You won’t be disappointed.
Parasyte The Movie: Part 1 [Blu-ray]
Parasyte The Movie: Part 2 [Blu-ray]

 

 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL

Japanese Horror Movies Blade Of The Immortal

It’s impossible to focus on the dark and beautiful world of Japanese cinema and not feature a movie from one of my all-time heroes, Mr Takeshi Miike

The man tackles any genre with total creative control not bowing down to the powers of censorship.

Blade Of The Immortal is a historical samurai action epic.

With an immortal samurai as our lead, there will be no end to the slicing and dicing

The story follows a cursed samurai who must destroy 1000 evil men before regaining his mortality. 

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE CHAPTER 1

JAPANESE HORROR MOVIES JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE

Just like I said above: You can’t have a crazy Japanese movie list without Takeshi Miike. Yup, the man has made it onto the list, yet again!

Next up, superpowers and dodgy hairstyles take centre stage for Miike’s, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I.

Set in a fictional world called Morioh where everyone has a superpower called The Stand. The title, “Diamond Is Unbreakable” refers to the main character’s, Josuke’s power, or Stand:  Shining Diamond. Sort of sounds like a finishing move in an arcade game…or a stupid Rihanna song.

Trailer looks like what you would expect from a Manga adaptation directed by Takeshi Miike. Crazy AF.

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Jojo s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 (Episodes 1-26) [Blu-ray]

AJIN

Japan Horror Movies AJIN

Ajin: Demi-Human is yet again another Manga adaptation. It is also, my favourite from this new list of Japanese horror movies I have put together.

Sweet ultra-violence at its very finest.

Kei Nagai is resurrected & possessed by an Ajin after a traffic accident. Ajin’s are powerful, magical beings. They’re tricked into thinking they can live safely among the humans but get hunted and experimented on by a tyrannical government. These horrible experiments have forced them into hiding. In the shadows, they wait until it’s time to retaliate.

Reading up on this I have noticed that they’ve changed some plot-points. As well as the plot changes, there has been also a shift in the ages of characters. As a result of this, it has a lot of fans worried…but you can’t please everyone, right?

I am not aware of the Manga. That’s the only good thing about my lack of reading. I can count on one hand a number of books or graphic novels I have read in my life and I am not proud. However, it does have it’s pros as I can enjoy an adaptation and not make comparisons to its original source. Also, it saves my mind from a lot of torture when an adaptation doesn’t work.

Lastly, if you cant wait for AJIN, then you can hunt out the 3-part Manga series (released in November). The reviews are nothing less than astonishing. You pre-order it right here

Ajin Season 1 – Standard (DVD)

The YouTube trailer looks like this is going to be one hell of a film. 

THANKS FOR READING THIS JAPANESE HORROR, FANTASY…and SCI-FI MOVIE LIST.

 EXPECT MORE LISTS FEATURING MORE UPCOMING UNIQUELY AMAZING FILMS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

For My Next List, I’ll Be Focusing on Part 2 To My Hugely Popular 21 European Horror Movies Article.
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10 New Non-English Horror/Sci-Fi Movies To Hook You Up With (2017)

10 new non-English-language horror movies coming our way soon.

There may be a lack in American or English-language horror movies but we have yet to witness some great Foreign horror. Hopefully, there will something in this list for everyone, I hope you enjoy.

 

VampyrVidar

Non-English horror movies

Country: Norway

New vampire horror/comedy from Norway. Trailer looks to have a bit of everything that comes with a classic vampire tale. Looks to be quite gruesome with the FX looking to be some of the best in the business.

Very rare that horror and comedy work well together but this looks to have the best of both worlds; the darkness, fangs, blood and nudity that we see in every respectable vampire films, blended in with some dark, twisted and morbid humour….and buckets of blood.

OFFICIAL PLOT

A Christian farmer searching for a higher purpose to life falls into sin and wakes up as the Prince of Darkness in the city of Stavanger, Norway.

LES AFFAMES

Non-English Horror Movies LES AFFAMES

Country: Canada (French)

Just because we can never have enough zombie movies. I posted a short clip on my Moviehooker Facebook Page of a scene from the movie. A woman dressed in a business suit pulls over her car, grabs a machete, turns on some suitable slaughtering vibes and proceeds to slice-and-dice a  near by zombie.

OFFICIAL PLOT

In a small, remote village in upstate Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore – their bodies are breaking down and they developed an outlandish attraction for flesh.

 

VAMPIRE CLAY

Horror movie Japan VAMPIRE CLAY

 

Country: Japan

OK, this looks bonkers. Japan has been home to some of best horror that the world has to offer. When I heard about Vampire Clay I had to look further into the film.  A plot stating  “A plasticine demon devours the denizens of a rural art school” wasn’t gonna cut it for me.

This looks to a neat little creature-feature. And yes, it’s about a plasticine monster killing the students of an art school, so what is not to love about that.

Directed by renowned Japanese make-up artist Soichi Umezawa who made his directorial debut in ABC’s Of Death 2 “Segment (Y) Is For Youth”.

OFFICIAL PLOT

A plasticine demon devours the denizens of a rural art school (Best. Plot. Ever)

THELMA

horror and sci-fi movies NORWAY Thelma

Country: Norway

I first posted the stunning poster for Norwegian sci-fi adventure movie, Thelma a few days back on my Moviehooker Facebook Page.

Due to a weak but intriguing synopsis on IMDb, It wasn’t long before I hunted down the trailer.  After watching the trailer I none the wiser, I just knew this was something that we would all love.

OFFICIAL PLOT

A woman begins to fall in love, only to discover that she has fantastic powers.

BLACK HOLLOW CAGE

horror and sci fi movies BLACK HOLLOW CAGE

Country: Switzerland 

Not very often we get the chance to witness any horror or sci-fi from Switzerland, so this is very exciting. Judging by the short plot, Black Hollow Cage sounds like will be an indie sci-fi that would remind you of the fantastic Spanish time-travel movie, Timecrimes. Not that we have a similar plot, but using very little cast members, that with the events taking place in a secluded area. These are all the ingredients of an indie sci-fi masterpiece! – you heard it here first, folks!

OFFICIAL PLOT

A girl who lives secluded in a house in the woods with the only company of her father and a wolfhound finds among the trees a mysterious cubic device with the ability to change the past.

THE BAR

horror thriller movie The Bar 2017

From the director of the whacky and wonderful Witching & BitchingÁlex de la Iglesia. Although we don’t have any zombies, monsters, or werewolves, The Bar is still described as a horror movie. This is humans Vs humans horror. If you’re familiar with Witching & Bitching then you’ll know how bat-shit-crazy The Bar could get.

OFFICIAL PLOT

In bustling downtown Madrid, a loud gunshot and two mysterious deaths trap a motley assortment of common urbanites in a decrepit central bar, while paranoia and suspicion force the terrified regulars to turn on each other.

I REMEMBER YOU

Horror movie I Remember You

Country: Iceland

I Remember You is an Icelandic supernatural horror. For some reason, every Icelandic movie I’ve watched I’m always left stunned by the cinematography. There is no denying that Iceland is a beautiful country, but man, they sure can make it look bleak AF. The first film I realised this was the fantastic Jar City, and it’s something I’ve always noticed since. It ain’t a bad thing, in fact, it works in its favour. I am sure if we have a lighter, more family-friendly genre then it would depict Iceland in all its glory. But, because we’re watching horror, the tone had to be set differently.

OFFICIAL PLOT

A story about a young man and woman who move into a small abandoned town in Iceland to renovate an old house. Little do they know the town has a dark history.

 

VALLEY OF SHADOWS

horror movie Valley Of Shadows

Country: Norway

Everything I’ve read has pointed to Valley Of Shadows being a Scandinavian werewolf movie. Shot in a remote part of Norway, it looks to be a film that is heavily focused on its atmospheric surroundings with minimal dialogue and heavy visuals

The directorial debut from Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen.

OFFICIAL PLOT

In this mystery drama, we follow Aslak (6) in a quest for answers about recent tragic events. Valley of Shadows is a film in the tradition of the Scandinavian Gothic.

A SICILIAN GHOST STORY

Horror thriller A SICILIAN GHOST STORY

Country: Italy

A Sicilian Ghost Story has been described as more of a thriller than a horror. However, there is still supernatural elements to the movie, also a gruesome death – so it makes the list.

OFFICIAL PLOT

In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back along.

PENGABDI SETAN

horror movie PENGABDI SETAN

From Joko Anwar, the director behind the amazing 2009 movie The Forbidden Door and more recently, Ritual. 

Not so sure if this film is my sort of thing as it looks very much like The Ring. I am only judging this by the trailer, so I will pass full judgement when I finally get to see the flick.

OFFICIAL PLOT

After dying of a strange illness he suffered for 3 years, a mother returned home to pick up her son.

 

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