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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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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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5 New Asian Movies That Require Your Attention – Moviehooker

We are back again with another list of new Asian movies that we think should be on your radar for future viewing

There is nothing like finding new Asian movies to look forward to. Problem is, most of the information on upcoming releases is in either, Korean or Japanese, Indonesian . Sometimes when we do get a synopsis, it’s written in broken English. I can’t complain, there isn’t a hope in hell I could even attempt to write or talk in their language, so credit, where credit is due.

Let's Get To This!

BEAUTIFUL VAMPIRE (South Korea)

New Asian Movies BEAUTIFUL VAMPIRE

First choice on the list is Beautiful Vampire. Again, I can’t reiterate enough the plot details to some of these films are gonna sound thin. Beautiful Vampire is described as a fantasy/romance movie.

The film follows a vampire who has owned a make-up shop for 500-years in South Korea’s capital, Seoul. Her immortal existence is disturbed when another building across the road is occupied by a secretive, mysterious tenant.

Trying to find any real info on this one is proven to be quite difficult. It was recently released in South Korea and had its world  premiere @  Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. The handful of reviews I have read from media outlets covering that fest have stated that Beautiful Vampire is indeed on to watch out for.

BELIEVER (South Korea)

New Asian Movies Believer

This is one of the new Asian movies on this list that I have actually caught. I had the pleasure of remotely covering this for Fantasia International Festival this and I was not disappointed. Believer is a remake of Jonnie To’s crime classic DRUG WAR. Some people thought that this was a film that  didn’t need any sort of re-imagining, but I really dug what they did with the story.


It’s very much a cop vs drug kingpin sort of film. We have a detective who is obsessed with catching a drug-lord after one of his junkie informants is found brutally slain. He acquires the help of Ran, a young lowlife offender with connections to drug trafficking. This drug-lord has rarely been seen, it sort of has a Usual Suspects kind of vibe to it. A lot of great energetic acting, interesting characters and plot development with a great unexpected reveal at the end.

FLEA-PICKING SAMURAI (Japan)

New Asian Movies FLEA PICKING SAMURAI

I don’t think we are gonna top this one when it comes to craziness. Flea-Picking Samurai just sounds so strange, but as the title suggests, that is exactly what it is about…well, sort of.

The film follows a man call Hironoshin. After he was found to have  plagiarized a poem he supposedly wrote for the head of his clan to read out he is banished forever. He is to live the rest of his life with honor and his new job is go to people houses to remove flea’s from the villagers cats. But wait, this isn’t his real job, Hironoshin is a prostitute servicing the local ladies disguised as a ”Flea Picker”.

This sounds like a lot of fun and a plot so bananas is bound to satisfy fans of the weird and wonderful.

YARU ONNA: SHE’S A KILLER (Japan)

New Asian Movies Yaru

One thing I am sure you will agree with is that Moviehooker loves a good old classic revenge tale. When it comes to plots, there ain’t much new offered to the table but it is how the film is made and executed.

The simple and basic premise of a young girl who grows up to be a contract killer after her whole family is murdered. Year’s later, and now a bad-ass killing machine she learns of her family’s killer’s whereabouts and sets out to get revenge.

This really doesn’t sound like anything new. In its defense; it is Asian which means it’s probably going to be way more slicker and brutal than any John Wick or similar type Hollywood movie.

KILLING (Japan)

New Asian movies Zan


Directed by Japanese actor/director Shinya Tsukamoto  who directed, A Snake Of June,Tetsuo: Iron Man, Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer. His movies roles include Japanese classics Miike Takeshi’s Ichi The Killer and Takashi Shimizu’s Marebito. I think this justifies why this movie has made it onto our new Asian movies list.

Again, not a lot about the plot is known but from what I can gather, this looks to be one to watch out for. The film follows the life of a Ronin (“drifter” or “wanderer”) A skilled samurai who roamed ancient Japan with no master to serve, only himself.

It has been a while since I have been drawn to any sort of ancient martial arts film. This one really sounds promising though. I hope blood will gush and heads will be chopped and fly in every direction.

BUFFALO BOYS (Indonesia)

Buffalo Boys

While on the subject of martial arts movies, I thought this would be another suited movie for the list. Buffalo Boys recently played at Fantasia Festival. This wasn’t on my screening library so I am a little sad that it managed to escape my eyes but I am sure I will get to see it soon enough.

This one sounds well different than Indonesian classics like The Raid movies. In fact, this new martial arts film is also a western. Yup, it’s an Indonesian Western with added kick-assery. The film follows two brother who come back to avenge their father’s death after years of exile in America.


This is the only film so far that I can find on IMDb. There is 5 user reviews with an average review rate of 7-8/10. That sounds good enough for me, of and the cowboy thing is defo a good look.

EXIT (South Korea)

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Unfortunately, Exit is one of the films on this list that we will have to wait a little longer for. The film is due for release in summer 2019 but I am not sure if that is just in Asia or it includes other countries. I pretty much can bet that we will not get it here in Ireland but I always hold on the hope of catching a screener for review purposes.

From what I can understand, Exit is a disaster/infection movie. I am not sure if we are gonna get zombies or horribly infected humans wanting to eat the uninfected’s face off.  I think this maybe more along the lines of films like Flu, or Contagion (both, I think are remarkable virus movies). The story follows a family who are attending a 70th birthday party. When the party gets going, they realise that there is a poisonous gas spreading rapidly through the city, killing or infecting anyone who comes close.

Even though I can’t find any pics for this release, it still makes the list. South Korea can really deliver the tension and realism with infection movies. If you haven’t check out Flu, then you’re missing out on one hell of a flick.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

New Japanese Thrillers To Test Your Sanity

A new list of recently released Japanese thrillers you may not know about

As you probably already know, Japan offers us some of the most intense, brutal and uncensored cinema in film history. Recent Japanese thrillers like The World Of Kanako, and the superb serial killer movie, Creepy prove that Japan is still one of the leading names in the thriller/crime genre. This is a new list of Japanese thrillers that I think you all need hooking up with.

HARMONIUM

Japanese Thriller

DIRECTOR: Kôji Fukada

PREVIOUS MOVIES: Au Revoir L’Ete, Hospitalité, Sayonara

WRITER: Kôji Fukada

STARS: Tadanobu Asano, Kanji Furutachi, Mariko Tsutsui,

RELEASE DATE: 2016

GENRE: Drama/Crime/Thriller

OFFICIAL PLOT (AsianWiki)

Toshio Suzuoka (Kanji Furutachi) runs a small metalworking factory in the suburbs. He has a wife, Fumie (Mariko Tsutsui), and a 10-year-old daughter, Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa). They enjoy peaceful days, but Toshio’s acquaintance Kusataro Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano) appears. Kusataro Yasaka recently served time in prison. Toshio hires Kusataro and lets him stay at his house. Fumie is apprehensive about Kusataro Yasaka, but she warms up to him after seeing him teach their daughter to play the harmonium.


AFTER THE STORM

Japanese Thrillers

DIRECTOR: Hirokazu Koreeda

PREVIOUS MOVIES: Still Walking, Like Father, Like Son, Nobody Knows

WRITER: Hirokazu Koreeda

 STARS: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi

RELEASE DATE: 2016

GENRE: Drama

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

HIMEANORU

Japanese Thrillers

DIRECTOR: Keisuke Yoshida 

PREVIOUS MOVIES: Nama-Natsu, Cafe Isobe

WRITER: Keisuke Yoshida (Screenplay), Minoru Furuya (Manga)

STARS: Gaku Hamada, Gô Morita, Aimi Satsukawa

RELEASE DATE: 2016

GENRE: Drama/Thriller

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

Getting two stories in one, Himeanôru depicts the story of co-workers where one of them is gunning to make a cafe’s waitress his. When the co-worker visits the said cafe to see the waitress his friend is yearning for, he also meets an old classmate he has not seen in some time. In a twist and transition, the waitress tells the visiting co-worker that she is being stalked by a man. That man is none other than the old class-mate.

– Written by aghaemi


DESTRUCTION BABIES

destruction-babies

DIRECTOR: Tetsuya Mariko

WRITER: Tetsuya Mariko (screenplay), Kôhei Kiyasu (screenplay)

STARS: Masaki SudaYûya Yagira, Nana Komatsu

RELEASE DATE: 2016

GENRE: Drama/Intense AF

OFFICIAL PLOT (IMDb)

At some point beating and ravaging others becomes a routine pastime when two kids go on a rampage. Taira picks his target of men and goes for broke, while Kitahara puts down his camera long enough to instead go after women. There is enough bloodshed during the course of one night to paint a mural of red for the whole city to see.

Written by aghaemi

THANKS FOR READING, HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS  LIST. CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE.

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Does GET MY REVENGE Capture That BATTLE ROYALE Vibe?

Could GET MY REVENGE be the modern-day BATTLE ROYALE we all want and need?

 

Get My Revenge featured on a previous article about upcoming Asian movies I thought would be worth looking out for. As always, I be scouring the Asian box-office and new releases and picking out the cream of the crop.

Get My Revenge is based on the novel “Fukushu Shitai” by Yusuke Yamada.

The Battle Royale-type storyline tells the story of a new law implemented in Japan. If you lose your loved one at the hands of murderer and you’re not satisfied with the verdict the courts hand down, you can enter the Get My Revenge program. In this program you will get the chance to get your revenge on the person who took your most cherished loved one from you and made your life unbearable.

You get 18-hrs to kill your target, if you can not kill your target within the 18-hr time period then the murderer will be released and the charges will be dropped.

get my revenge

I had no idea the trailer had dropped for this movie. Just by chance I typed into YouTube to see if it was there, and there it was. I have to say that I am a little underwhelmed by the trailer but I am still eagerly looking forward to it.

HOPE YOU ENJOY THE TRAILER

THANKS FOR READING

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10 Upcoming Japanese Thrillers You Need To Know About

Here is a list of 10 new Japanese thrillers that will be coming your way soon

CREEPY

creepy 1I got to review this new Japanese Serial-killer movie for Fantasia International Film Festival. I can confirm that Creepy, is as dark as they get although it does take a while to get going.

The film focuses on an ex-detective called Takahura that now works a journalist. He has moved in to a new home with his wife and decide to go out and meet the new neigbours.

They meet Mr Nishino, he seems odd, and is socially awkward but they think nothing more of it. But there is a lot more to Mr Nishino that they don’t know.

On his way home from work Takahura is approached by Mr Nishino’s daughter. She runs up to him in a state of panic, grabs his arm and says “that man is not my father. he is a total stranger”.

Takahura has also been contacted by an old colleague to help with a case about a missing family. Eventually he agrees to help and starts to follow the only known surviving victim.

Some of the most unsettling scenes that I have seen in a while. In-fact they are still lingering in the back of mind since I got to review this as part of our Fantasia coverage.

MANIAC HERO

Japanese Maniac Hero This one sounds a little crazy. The film is a live-action adaptation from a manga series called Seikatsu, first published in 2010.

When Nakatsu looses his job at company he was working for he has no choice but to take up a job at the local convenient store.

He notices that his town is full of crime and decides to start-up a vigilante group. He enlists the help of his female friend, Kaori who has some sort of special abilities (don’t quote me on this but I think she has “information gathering” powers). Nakatsu has no powers but he carries two hammers up his sleeves, to help rid the streets of crime.

GET MY REVENGE

get my revengeSometimes we get a storyline that is just mind-blowing, Get My Revenge is one of those stories.

The film has a Battle Royale feeling to it. Get My Revenge is based on a Japanese novel called Fukushu Shitai (first published in 2011).

A new law is implemented in Japan that allows you to get revenge on the person that murdered your loved one.

In proper Japanese-battle-fashion , an island has been chosen to carry out the Get My Revenge act.

A teacher looses his wife at the hands of a killer and he decides to enter the Get My Revenge program for revenge

When he gets to the island he realises that he is sharing it with a group of extremists that are sent there for blowing up a building. The bomb that they detonated killed a lot of people, the loved ones of the deceased arrive on the island to get there revenge.

The ones who are carrying out the Get My Revenge act are equipped with everything they need to kill their target. They get weapons, and GPS and have 18 hours to find their targets. If they can not locate and kill their targets within the 18 hour period, the murderer is then released back into society.

ZEBRA

zebraThe film will focus on a that gang make that run a dodgy scheme that  extorts money from the public.They become the target of the Yakuza when they mistakenly rip-off one their head-honchos.

Another movie based on a Manga series called Shimauma that was first published in 2010.

Not a lot of information on this one so here is the official plot …

Tatsuo, Hide, Satoshi and Aya worked together to cheat people out of money. They tended to target marriage services, where they con money out of people looking for love. They were good at it, until they crossed the wrong guy. Then they saw the world below the surface of dupes to cheat, when the ‘collection agency’ came for them with extreme violence.

The person who takes Satoshi and Hide, and then Aya and Tatsuo, is a wild-eyed maniac who seems to get off on the torture. There may be hope for Tatsuo, though, because the man recognizes him. The torturer is “Akasada” a bullied kid that Tatsuo knew from school. Now Tatsuo and Aya have been pulled, against their will, into Aka’s world.

NIGHT’S TIGHTROPE

nights tightropehis film focuses on a pair of female high school students.  After they hear a student talking about his involvement in a crash they become obsessed with death. Not death itself, but the sound that you make just before you take your last breath.

Both of the students take on morbid summer jobs. One works in a pediatric ward and the other in a nursing home. Their main purpose of their summer jobs is not to make money but to hopefully watch some people die.

OK, this film sounds fucked up, but I am intrigued to see where it is going to go. Obviously this movie will only be suited to a certain kind of viewer. I am really looking forward to it.

Based on a novel called Shojo that was first published in 2009.

 

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PART ONE: Insane Japanese Movies That Everyone should see

Japan is home to some of the most insane films on the planet . I have loads of the films featured on moviehooker throughout the years, but I have never put them all in a list together for your twisted viewing pleasure

I started out just wanting to do a top ten but its just impossible. Japan has too many insane films so I have decided to make this a 3-part post with the second instalment arriving early next week.

Ok, this list can’t be a proper list if it doesn’t feature the films of legendary director Takeshi Miike, so I have featured his films first.

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happiness-of-the-katakuris_poster HAPPINESS OF THE KATIKURI’S

The Sound Of Music meets Dawn Of The Dead” was the only thing that I had to read on the cover to make me foam at the mouth and want to buy Takeshi Miike’s musical mentalpiece.

This is a pretty crazy film and tells the story of a family run B&B that is under serious pressure. They are in danger of closing as a new motorway is about to get built next to the B&B which will mean all potential custom will pass by without even knowing that they exist.

When the few customers they do get start to die in suspicious circumstances, the panic. Instead of calling the cops they bury the bodies in a forest that is also called The Forest Of Resurrection.

As the bodies mount up, so does the undead, and as the undead mount up then you better get ready to get on your dancing shoes.

I remember watching this for the first time, and nearly dropping to the floor with laughter. It was the craziest thing to see; one minute it’s a serious movie about struggling B&B that can’t seem to catch a break; then, there is zombies and the whole cast is singing and dancing.
The Happiness Of The Katakuris [2003] [DVD]

ichi-the-killer-movie-poster-2001-1020745571ICHI THE KILLER

Ichi The Killer is based on a popular ultra-violent Manga comic of the same name and I don’t think any other director could’ve pulled this off other than Miike.

Ichi works for a crime boss, but they have him brainwashed. When Ichi was young he was bullied to the point of breaking, a crime syndicate trained him to be the ultimate killing machine. His rage is ignited by using his fear of his tormenters as fuel.

Also, features one of the memorable villains to ever be put on screen – Kakihara – a sadomasochistic member of the Yakuza. He has a self-inflicted Mexican smile, both sides of his face are slit and have piercings in them. When he exhales a cigarette, we see the smoke come out from the side of his face. My mind was blown the first time I saw this guy.
Ichi The Killer [DVD] [2003]

auditionAUDITION

The film follows a sneaky director who holds false auditions for a role that does not exist. What seemed like a good idea at the time and an easy way to get a partner quickly turns into the worst decision he has ever made in his life.

Let’s just say the woman is a little bat-shit-crazy and when she finds out that the relationship was made up just so the director could get laid – she doesn’t take the news too lightly. It’s time to break out the piano-wire and needles.

Some of the most shocking scenes in Asian cinema – Audition is one of the more popular titles in Asian horror – it still would need a special kind of viewer to want to watch this sort of film.

Audition Blu-Ray

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Check Out The First Teaser For Ultra-Violent Japanese Revenge Movie THE WORLD OF KANAKO

The trailer for Japanese revenge thriller, The World Kanako is now available for your depraved viewing pleasure.

The World Of Kanako is the new film from director Tetsuya Nakashima who also directed the fantastic, Confessions (2011).

The World Of Kanako is based on a novel by Akio Fukamachi’s called Hateshinali Kawaki that was first released in 2004.

 The film follows a troubled ex-detective called, Akikazu (Kôji Yakusho, 13 Assassins) who is looking for his missing daughter, Kanako.  His search soon leads him down a dark and violent path and the closer he gets to the truth, the more he learns that his daughter is not the person he thought she once was.

The trailer gives us a small glimpse at just how insane this film is going to be. If the Japanese tell us they have released a new ultra-violent movie that pushes the boundaries of cinematic violence – then we just got to believe them, and  get ready to be shocked and disturbed.

The World Of Kanako is getting released in cinemas and VOD on December 4th via Dark Sky Films  and a full review will be live on Moviehooker 1 week prior to it’s release.

Enjoy The Deranged Trailer

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Top Ten Foreign Thrillers Part 3

Here is my third and final post for my new upcoming foreign thrillers that have been released or getting released very soon.  For previous movie 1-7 just check related articles at the bottom of the page or just type it into the search bar. Hope you enjoy.

reno27: Man From Reno 

I first heard of this film when it was playing at various festivals. From what I have read so far this film  is film noir at it’s very finest. The plot twists and turns throughout the film, and according to some reviews that I have read, Man From Reno is something that you should probably be checking out really soon, this is apparently a superb crime/mystery/thriller

Official plot (IMDB)

A mystery outside of San Francisco brings together small-town sheriff Paul Del Moral, Japanese author Aki Akahori, and a traveler from Reno who soon disappears, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions.

Not much of a plot there, but it’s a murder/mystery, the less you know, the more you will get from it 🙂

8: Why me?

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This is a Romanian movie which is really good, its not very often that I get to write about one. From the looks of this we have got ourselves a really good political(ish) thriller. I am hoping that this one can beam a little bit of light on the Romanian film industry. I have only seen a handful of films and every one of them was really impressive. I am sure Why Me? will prove even further that the Romanian film industry is something that requires some serious attention.

 

Official Plot (IMDB)

Cristian, a young idealistic prosecutor whose career is on the rise, tries to crack a case against a senior colleague accused of corruption. The dilemma of choosing between his career and the truth weighs heavily on his shoulders. Looking further to solve the case, he enters a danger zone paved with unexpected and painful revelations.

 

 

umbre9: Umbre (TV Show)

Usually when I write about a TV show I would like to keep it separate and make my own Top Tv Shows (maybe I will soon) but this show just sounds far too good not to be throwing it up with the rest of these gems.

Official Plot (IMDB)

Relu is a family man. He has two children, a wife and a double life. Seen through the eyes of his family, Relu Oncescu appears to be an ordinary taxi driver. No one suspects that Relu works as a collector for Capitanu’, a local mobster. Neither of the two worlds (his family and the mafia) knows of the other’s existence. Relu manages to keep everything under control, but not for long. After accidentally killing a man, he tries to get out of the underworld, but he can’t find his way back. Day by day, the secrets he keeps become increasingly oppressive and the lies begin to surface, one by one.

 

affair10: L’ Affaire SK1

Another new french thriller that looks really promising. I was saying just yesterday that we haven’t had that many French films of late, and now the very next day I am writing about yet another French serial-killer movie. We have loads to be looking forward to, guys.

Cops are on the hunt for a serial-killer dubbed, The Beast Of The Bastille. I think the film is based on a true story about a serial-killer  who prowled the streets back in the 90’s.  .

 

 

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