Hold on to your ancestral daisho, because The Challenge (1982) is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring the Internet’s Oli “ShinInvidNinja” Bulmer.
Review in a Nutshell: A pulpy action film with an unusual amount of talent behind it, The Challenge (1982) is ultimately more violent and ambivalent and less Orientalist than other examples of “gaijin-sploitation” from the same time period.
The month of Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a little romance, and what’s more romantic than the 2016 Japanese / Taiwanese wuxia puppet theater co-production, Thunderbolt Fantasy? CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review of the series, in which we explore whether a live-action puppet show can be more anime than anime.
Sharpen your daggers, because 47 Ronin is (not) the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the title or the movie poster above to download our review of the film, featuring Gerald Rathkolb of AnimeWorldOrder.
Review in a Nutshell: Combine a dubious choice of subject matter, cultural appropriation / whitewashing / racebending, an overblown budget, an unnecessary 3D post-conversion treatment, numerous delays, studio interference, a novice director, deceptive marketing, and an indifferent film-going audience and you get a recipe for disaster. As a movie, 47 Ronin is bland with a few entertaining moments, but as an exercise in how not to make a movie, it is fascinating.
Get ready to walk the Road to Hell, because Shogun Assassin (aka Lone Wolf and Cub) is the Greatest Movie EVER!
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featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.
Review in a Nutshell: A mash-up of the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films, Shogun Assassin stands on its own merits thanks to its original contributions, such as the weird electronic soundtrack and Daigoro’s voice-over. It’s an excellent introduction into the world of chanbara and jidaigeki films.
Buy those tickets to bunraku, because The Hunted (1995) is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the DVD cover of the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.
Review in a Nutshell: The Hunted (1995) is a movie with an identity crisis. Half of the film is a modern samurai vs ninja drama, a nihilistic tale of men with antiquated values carrying out their ancient war in the streets of modern Japan. The other half is Christopher Lambert being a total goober.
Strap on your motorcycle helmets, because Black Rain is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring special guest host Jeremy from Destroy All Podcasts-DX.
Review in a Nutshell: Ostensibly a police thriller, Black Rain is more of an excuse for Michael Douglas and Ridley Scott to stomp through the Land of the Rising Sun with enormous, hob-nailed boots. As a cinematic artifact from the Eighties representing American cultural anxiety, it’s hard to beat this surprisingly crazy film.
This movie contains:
Michael Douglass, Puffy Avenger.