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Studio Ghibli top 5: Ocean Waves 1993

Posted : 2 weeks, 4 days ago on 28 November 2017 01:41 (A review of Ocean Waves )

Merry Christmas every one. To celebrate Christmas I will review my top 5 favorite anime movies from Studio Ghibli.

This first movie is named Ocean Waves. Made in 1993. It was ment to be a student project but thankfully it caught the eyes of a great anime maker Hayao Miyazaki. And made a great drama what we all go through in our young ages.




Taku gets a phone call from his old high school friend Matsuno about a class reunion party. While waiting on the train he see the girl he was inlove with in high school Rikako. He starts to remember those days in high school and the time he had with her. The times he thought he was used by her and the times he thought he should stay away from her due to Matsuno also had a crush on her.




What makes this movie so heart feeling is because every person can be identified. I remember my high school moments through this movie by all characters, the spoiled Rikako, the mature boy Matsuno, the sensitive Taku and so on. The characters are brilliant relatable and gets 4/5.




What maybe slow the movie down is probably it's too similar to reality and sometimes doesn't feel exited. But the is beautifully and the Miyazaki magic is there to a 3/5.




A great movie that should be in your studio Ghibli collection and a nice Christmas present. 7/10


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The Host, South Korean monster movie from 2006

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 30 October 2017 12:34 (A review of The Host)

Halloween month is almost over, and I want to make the final review of the South Korean monster horror with a little comedy, The Host. Made in 2006, T that time we were use brutal Korean movies like old boy, a monster movie was very rare, the host broke the ice and now it has been common with monster movies from Korea.


A laboratory near the border between north and south, an American chemist expert pouring out chemicals due to too many dust in th jar. Without knowing the chemical is running through a wide lake. 10 years later it's summer time near that lake with many tourists, a family by the name of Park is working there. Suddenly a monster appears from the lake and attack the tourists. As the Park family trying to escape, the youngest child, a ten years ear old girl Hyun Seo, is captured by the monster and brought to the monsters lair. Despite the military has closed the lake area, Hyun Seos father is desperate to find his daughter, he will go on a monster hunt to find her once again.


6 points of what the movie does well:

1 we got a cool and scary monster

2 a heart loving leading role played by the legend Kang Ho Song

3 a lot of action packed scenes that feels exiting

4 an unusual story of how the monster were made , in Jurassic park the dinosaurs were made by DNA , in Godzilla he was made by nuclear, here the monster is made by chemicals dropped in a lake mixed of fish and a suicide man.

5 a little archery sport commercial

6 made in 2006 that brought monster movies back to life because during late 90s and early 2000s monster movies were falling apart.


But there are -4 points the movie flaws that it doesn't reach 10/10.

-1 mixed with comedy in a horror movie is not a good idea

-2 it never felt like a horror movie in any scene, thought the script were written in that way

-3 too many unnecessary characters, like the drunk uncle and the two fugitive kids

-4 a sad ending that had no meaning or didn't live up to the thrill


All in all

Despite its low feeling in the horror and the ending put down the movie completely, the action and the monster is really exiting and which makes it a guilty pleasure. 6/10


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Dance To Death, Russian sci-fi from 2017

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 23 October 2017 11:33 (A review of Dance to Death)

My profile normally is focus on Asian movies but this Russian sci-fi movie is so good I couldn't resist, Dance to Death or Tournament of Death is a mix of HR Gieger and Matrix art work plus break dance.





Kostya is a filter smuggler who ran into trouble with a street gang, one day he steals filter from a higher authority and he becomes arrested and selected for the Arena. Arena is a break dance tournament that collect energy from every opponent, if an opponent lose his/her soul will be lost and travelled to earths core. Will Kostya be sacrificed or will he find a way to escape?




The movie is from 2017 and it's wonderful because finally a movie with a new idea. In the beginning of 2010s we haven't had many new idea of stories, mostly remake or reboots. Dance to death gives a new blood of movie and feels exiting every minute.


I give this movie a complete 10/10, perhaps too much, but I favor for it's new idea and deserves credits.


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Tokyo Fist, a Japanese sport horror 1995

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 23 October 2017 01:43 (A review of Tokyo Fist)

Halloween is soon here and the movie that scared probably a lot of boxing wannabes away from the arena is Tokyo Fist from 1995, after Shinya Tsukamoto made success with the crazy movie Tetsuo about a man who became a robot, he brings us now with another nightmare about fear and envy.

Tsuda and Hizuru are a married couple with no exiting jobs, one day Tsuda is forced to deliver a package to a boxing club , where he meets his old rival Kojima. Kojima starts to stalk and threat both Hizuru and Tsuda until Tsuda agrees to train boxing and challenge him in the boxing arena. Tsuda finally agrees when his wife sees him as a wimp and choose side of Kojima. No th bloodiest boxing match will begin.

How is it as a sport movie?
Probably not intended to be a sport movie although it has a good view of what boxer can go through after a few injuries, but if you are looking for an exiting boxing matches like Rocky the forget it, this movie is more brutal like a boxers nightmare. But it's educational of what some boxers can go through in pain. I give it 3/5.

Is it a horror movie?
Definitely, a horror movie is not only about monsters, but it also about fear. Is movie does it brilliantly focus on fair and pain with some blood and gore. Tsudas fear of losing Hizuru is there and fear that she might lose herself is well shown in her piercing scenes. Although it's sometimes overdoing fight scenes when one punch makes blood come out like water and also that Shinya the director play the leading role is a little reality take away but I will admit his brother Koji Tsukamoto who play the rival Kojima is really good, he really perform well with fear and pain and crazy like a monster boxer, 3/5.



All in all it's a classic new style of horror with based on fear, jealousy and pain it goes to show horror a new step even in sport, 6/10.


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Perfect Blue, Japanese psychological Thriller 1997

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 10 October 2017 03:32 (A review of Perfect Blue)

Perfect Blue is not exactly a horror movie but the situation of the leading role is like a horror story, Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller about giving up a former life to start a new but it turns deadly than expected.




Mima is part of a famous pop group contain three members, one day Mima wants to quit the group and try acting despite her agent is against it due to Mimas role is a rape victim. After the scene is finished Mimas life suddenly starts to change, her fan website describe her feelings falsely, everyone involved with her movie dies one by one, a stalker is sending her explosive mails, suddenly she see he old self when she was a pop star, talking to her in threatening manners, all these murders are made by a crazy stalker or herself?


Is the movie misleading?

It is but in a good way, everything that's happening make sense, even if it doesn't, it's perfect psychological thriller that things happen and audiences don't know what to trust, but that's what happening with Mima life after the success, you can feel that she s struggles from her old self to her new self which is happening to all actors and singers famous or not, when they are force to retire, the normal life kicks in and it's not easy adopt to your new surroundings, perfect blue show that perfectly and gets a 4/5.


How is the animation?

It's TV level of animation, to compare it with street fighter ii and ghost in the shell, both movies were made 3 years earlier but it's animation is more highly done and a lot f money was put for those movies, but in this movie the anime looks like a tv series, maybe it was its attention or the manager didn't give enough funds because they didn't believe the story would work. And there are TV series that has higher budget anime and this movie like street fighter ii V and Slamdunk. But despite that the story and voice acting is so good and the plot twist is excellent. The movie gets another 4/5 for making the story real.


How is the movie all in all?

Great story and perfect plot twist, it's a great thriller that really know what their message is about, perfect blue is a perfect 8/10 movie.





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Narok "Hell" a Thai horror movie from 2005

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 8 October 2017 05:39 (A review of Hell)

Soon it's Halloween in the end of October, and to celebrate it I will review my favorite horror movie of all time. Hell, a Thai movie from 2005 that flopped in both Thai and worldwide box office but 12 years later became a cult classic about 7 souls accidentally stuck in the land of sinners.




A filmmaker crew has been selected to make a documentary about a strange place where unfortunately events has happened. The crew are lead by uncle Tao who is an abusive alcoholic, Ja who made an abortion to revenge her unfaithful boyfriend, chod a cold hearted playboy and ex boyfriend to Ja, Lae a disobeying teen with smoking addiction, Oon a Casanova who left one of his girlfriends to death, and the two sin free members Art and Kim. But when they arrive they have an accident and crash the car and they all dies. But when they wake up, they relies they are in Hell, the guardians pick them up where the get their judgment from the devil, except for Art and Kim who had too little sins and are allowed to leave to heaven. But on the road Art get a vision that the team is not dead but in a coma and fighting for their and their souls were transferred to hell by mistake. Both Art and Kim relies they can't leave their friends behind and go back to hell to save them.


Why did the movie flop?
Possible because a that time there was a lot of talk of this horror movie and a lot of behind the scenes which could have put high expectations unnecessary, when the movie came out was a big disappointment due to the setting wasn't hell look alike but more like a dessert place and some nature and the lava look like water that was cgi colored orange. But the lair of the devil looked creepy but the devil himself was obviously a man in a costume, and most complaints was also the rasist cast that the demons guardians were played by white wrestlers. Eventhough I can agree with some point of the argument and the settings hasn't aged well eventhough it's only 12 years old but the ambition is there, and the message of the plot is clear eventhough perhaps too many morale but it's understandable and I never felt lost so it's a 3/5.


How is this movie as a horror movie?
In my opinion one of the best. Because of its story telling, and it mixes of adventure and despite their characters were bad people in the life before, you still feel for them and want them to survive and in the beginning there is some drama that introduces the characters perfectly, but perhaps the movie feel more as an action adventure then horror but there horror awful feeling specially at the Oon final dream scene. A 3/5 horror movie.


How is the movie all in all?
I understand that many horror fans will put this movie as one of the weakest but I think for that it's watchable because its existing and you feel for the characters and the message for the movie is clear, a well deserve 6/10 movie.


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Ninja Scroll review

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 29 September 2017 03:10 (A review of Ninja Scroll)

One of the most epic and strong and perhaps one of over the top violent in anime history, Ninja Scroll gave 1993 a big storm and keep storming it's audience even today. When I first saw it, I was use to sailor moon and Disney movies and wasn't prepared for the gore scenes so I got scared but now watching it with adults eyes I can see the true colors of ninja scroll and respect it for it's fandom.

A female ninja Kagero is captured by one of the 8 devils of Genma ninja clan. As he try to rape her, she get rescued by Jubei a wandering vagabond. Jubei has a score to settle with Genma who betrayed him and made Jubeis clan disobey him. Genma however has a horrible plot to hatch, with tricking the small town people there's a plague in their village, he will use their town to collect gold from a sinking ship to melt and make it an ultimate weapon to become the conqueror of the world. Jubei and Kagero has no choice but to work together despite their differences, a man who has not long to live and a woman who has no desire to live.


How is this all time classic?
Back then it was a big hit, perhaps the most biggest hit in Japan during the 90s with a reward of 7 j awards in the film festival, and it's clearly shown why, the feeling is epic, the characters are touchable and the story is following the same line, it never switches to a different direction, which is good, it's a 5/5.


How is the blood and gore?
Well it's violence as it's expected but some of the scenes goes too far, for example when tessai one of the demons kills somone then he drink blood from one of the victims arms, and even the rape scene is short but some of the sexual harassment feels uncomfortable. That's the only thing that push the movie down for me and feels it didn't need to go that far. 2/5.

How is the movie all in all?

And epic movie with too much blood and gore, but a great epic story and warm characters and an extra bonus for the ending song, the epic movie deserves 8/10 and forever classic.


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Umizaru a Japanese underwater adventure 2004

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 20 September 2017 01:11 (A review of Umizaru)

Based on a famous manga from 1998 to 2001. Umizaru is the first of four umizaru movies from 2004 to 2012 plus one tv serie from 2005. This is more of an introduction plus explaining the situation of a life guard and man butts..... a lot of.


Daisuke is tired of his fleet job and volunteered for a class to become a coast guard, he team up with Hajime who is a short guy but with a good heart, he later fall inlove with Kanna, a girl who lost her job as a photographer when she visit her mother in hospital. Daisuke and Hajime work well together despite some other teams bully them, until one tragedy happens.


How is the first Umizaru?

It's a great introduction but perhaps the weakest of all the film but it's introduce the characters well, it's a shame though that one character dies that I started to like but it's a movie humans vs storms, so it's a great introduction and no need for reading the manga because the movie is easy to follow. 3/5.


How is the quality?

Exellent quality, you can feel when they dive under the water, you can feel you are there, the cast do a superb job, sometimes over doing but you feel the likes and dislikes of characters like they connected, Jun Kunimura is the actor who I consider one of the best, and his performance as Admiral Masaki is very strong and you can feel him identifying himself with Daisuke. And the guy who play Daisuke Hideaki Ito is very cute and likeable, perfect person to choose as Daisuke. However the director seems to love butts a little too much, I'm not against nudity at all, I defended the scene of Chun lis breast scene in street fighter ii and I defended many scenes of that, and I would defend this movie too if they had maximum only two scenes of that, but this movies has too many I think six or seven and it doesn't feel like this is a kind of movie for that one or two scenes is ok but not almost entire movie like that, 4/5.


How is the movie all in all?

A good introduction of the series, not the strongest but but the underwater diving scenes a majestic totally 7/10.




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Last Kung Fu Monk mainland Chinese movie Review.

Posted : 3 months ago on 17 September 2017 01:22 (A review of Last Kung Fu Monk)

In 2010 at 1st October, the cinema had 10 movies from mainland of China to celebrate the Chinese national day, so me and my friends went there and watched Last Kung Fu Monk. It's mixed culture movie made by mainland China but filmed in some locations of New York but that's only one third of the movie, the rest seems to be filmed in Chinese locations. Starting more family friendly at beginning but becomes more tougher during half time.



Li Long is a former Shaolin monk who received news of his brother in New York. He learns his brother is dead and the only family member he has left is the brothers son Michael. Li Long choose to abandon all his training and move to America. Sarah the social worker helps him settle in and his pen friend Dave suggest they should open up a Kung fu school together so he can stay and work. But the plan backfire when Dave introduce Li to their school sponsor who turns out to be a Russian Mafia Boss who wants the money back. But when Li knock down some of his goons, the Russian mafia boss see Li Long has potential and want him to fight for him in an underground fight club. But when he refused the boss kidnap one of his students to make him fight.


Is the movie really bad as people said back in 2010?

Absolutely not, but it has a misleading title. As Last Kung Fu Monk it sounds like a stereotype type Kung fu movie, but it's a drama with Kung fu but it's not about Shaolin or any kind of art, it's more of a stranger in a new environment. But the movie does has a lot of flaws and could have told story better.


Actors vs their characters.

Many people said there were bad acting, and yes there are some weak acting but actually not all of them are bad, most them are very good. But it's not the acting that's the problem, it's the character who is written poorly. The boy Michael played by the cute Major Curda, eventhough Curda is a charming boy but his role Michael is more like a spoiled brat in the movie and never a focus eventhough he is suppose to be the reason why the monk is in New York. Dave the pen friend is suppose to be a former student of Li but he seems not to know anything about martial arts nor does he seems to be interested in Kung fu, just an ordinary fan who thinks hanging out with the tough guys to be cool but was probably unintentional. And the girl Kristen Dougherty who play the role of Sarah starts very good as the social worker who is concerned over Michael but then she change to an eye candy person and suddenly becomes a love interest of the movie which seems forced. And then there is the Villain. But I must say the actor Johan Karlberg who play the Russian mafia boss is actually pretty good, he is probably one of the best foreign actor in Chinese movies, but he has so little to do in this movie. Most of the time his character is in 3 scenes, two of them he doesn't say anything, just eather cheering when his fighters win or get irritated if his fighter is losing, but in his 2nd scene he is very cruel, kidnap a student and really show he is not a man to mess with, but we never know the reason why he is like that or why Dave borrowed money from him, and why did he borrow money since he seems to want them back, again the actor who play him is really good but his role just a typical Disney greedy villain. Speaking of the student who got kidnap, that's Mei played by the famous Hu Sang, and this isn't her first role but she is barely used in the movie, the only time one notices her is when she kidnaps, other scenes with her are too quickly if you blink you miss her and same with the brother character who is suppose be over protective of her but he is a no need character, he doesn't develop, he doesn't add anything, he is just there too exist and Mei is just there to be the damsel to be rescued. And the final fighter in the club or the final boss is just there to be the final fight and his character is just Crazy but now reason for it. Only the monk is well developed played by Peng Zhang Li who did the great movie The Resistance, his character easy to follow from the top. But my favorite character is believe me or not but that is Officer Cusamano played by Jonathan Sollis, I love his character, a funny police officer who is there to be a comic relief, his Line What's a monk allways makes me laugh. So all in all, the actors are ok but cannot help the poorly written characters, 1/5.


How is the story?

It's a drama with Kung Fu, the story is interesting about a monk adopting his life in New York City, but then it change to comedy and then it change to serious and bloody when the fight club starts, it's an interesting story but it doesn't if it wants to be a wow movie or a just so so movie, but the good news is there is a Tamil dubbed version of the movie, with more music and better written dialogs and cut differently as less talk more action, plus it's fun to see the third language in Singapore has their version of the movie eventhough the original has more story telling when the Tamil is just martial art. 2/5.


How is the Martial art?

Honestly, the best martial art scenes ever. Hear me out, when you look at Hong Kong movies like Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen and so on most of them perform good but they are not feeling realistic, it's just a wrestling match that you know it's fake. But this movie really feel perhaps too real sometimes, when fight club fights it's really epic martial art and really quickly martial artist specially the final fighter the crazy guy is really quick, but it's not 5/5 because some scenes looks like been used wires, but most of the fight is really good it's a shame the martial art fans has to wait til the half of the movie till the good action starts, but when it starts it's really wow. 3/5


How is the movie all in all.

It's not great as The Resistance movie but it's well done and a great movie all in all despite its flaws, and since now we live in a world with over the top CGI and a lot of explosions and Hong Kong movies that just make Kung fu scenes but no story, this movie actually is a guilty pleasure, and is one of the movies I like to watch from the 2010s so I give it a 6/10.


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Flavour of Girlhood 2008 from China

Posted : 3 months ago on 12 September 2017 02:30 (A review of Flavour of Girlhood)

  


Released in 2008 Flavour of Girlhood introduced the art of Chinese opera and a young girls struggling of reality with her father who started a new life. Filmed in 2006 with a young Hu Sang at age 16 was her debut into acting before she became known for Youth Assembly, The Resistance , Fatal Invitation, and Young Sherlock.





At the school holiday, a young teen Qing Xiang decide to leave the big city and move to her father in the country side. Despite she still missing her mother who has passed away she wants to learn what it's like to be a woman. She befriended a single father police officer who she is a babysitter to his son. While she do well in the country side and feel more happy, she learn the shocking news that her father has moved on and are inlove with a Chinese opera singer and plan marriage. And worse news is it's her best friend He Xiutian.


The movie is well educated about life. Many kids go through when a parent has moved on and has a new lover, many feel uncomfortable about it and which is understandable. But what the movie teaches is parents are human too, and like a human they can't stand single forever because they lost someone. And it also teach how to move on with life if you lost somone. For morale it's 4/5.


Despite its Hu Sang first movie, she perform great. The only thing that one can tell it's her first it's her age, but despite that she is really good. Other actors too is good as well, Jing Kei Liang is convincing as the new wife of father but at the same wants to keep friendship with the daughter. 4/5.


Some youth will maybe find a movie like this boring, its most for education and understanding and not entertaining. But for movie lovers has a lot to love about this movie and I love the environment of the south china countryside. And I love water so the movie is a 8/10.


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