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Perfect Blue, Japanese psychological Thriller 1997

Posted : 6 days, 8 hours 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 : 1 week, 1 day 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 weeks, 3 days 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 : 3 weeks, 5 days 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 : 4 weeks, 1 day 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 : 1 month 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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Splash To Victory (Greenwater heroes)

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 26 August 2017 04:20 (A review of Greenwater Heroes)

Awwww the 90s the years of the last epic moments (don't worry some these days still got it but very few) and Greenwater heroes or Splash to Victory brings all those memories back, with colorful telephones, short hairs and awesome outfits. Greenwater heroes was intentionally a commercial series for the Olympic in swimming in Barcelona 1992 but became more and I'm proud to say it's from Singapore.



The story is about two sisters Yan Ni and Pan Pan who are part of a swim competition to one day represent Singapore for the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992. Their father who is a carpenter only want Pan Pan to proceed this dream and want Yan Ni to stay out of it since she is a has been and out of shape  and want her to find a job instead. But their coach insists of Yan Ni to continue her Dream because he sees she still got potentials. However the rest of the team member bully her and even makes Pan Pan uncomfortable of her continuing. Will Yan Ni quit or will she continue no matter what happens?



What I love about this series is the 90s cliche that I grow up with, the colorful big telephones, the haircuts , the fashion , the music, both opening and ending songs are stunning. It brings back a lot from the 90s all 90s fans will love this.



But the tv Series has a lot of great morale for example when Pan Pan break her legs, she get through it and keep fighting and get rewarded, so the morale is no matter what happens allways keep your spirit up no matter anything. It's a good morale.



Also I love the characters. Eventhough is strange the father is played by an actor who like he is same age as his daughters. It's still believable characters. I specially love the coach, he look tough but he is a nice guy and want to help his team members at all cost.



All in all it's a great 90s series from Singapore and I give it 10/10 hope a new DVD release will come soon.



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Japanese Robocop Space Sheriff Sharivan from 1983

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 23 August 2017 08:33 (A review of Uchû keiji Sharivan)

Space sheriff Sharivan is the tv series sequel of space sheriff Gavan. It first aired first time in 1983 and is the inspiration of robocop but in space.




A space ranger named Den Iga is attacked by a monster called Buffalo Doubler, a member of the Space Mafia Makuu. Den is seriously injured in the attack when he is found by Gavan, who takes him to Planet Bird for medical assistance. Qom, leader of the Galactic Union Police is impressed by Den's courage and he becomes Space Sheriff Sharivan. Sharivan is assigned to Earth and is partnered together with Lily from the planet Bird as he deals with the threat of the Madou Space Crime Syndicate on Earth.


Remember all your robot toys and cartoons like transformers and MASK and defenders of earth and even Bioman or in USA power ranger, Sharivan and Gavan started it all with live action martial art, Star Wars action, mildly violence for kids but can still be seen as an adult age and have also some inspiration to Robocop. If it wasn't For Sharivan and Bioman we wouldn't have heroes like those with robots and for that I give it 5/5.




Also I like Hiroshi Watari as Sharivan, this is his first leading role and he performed very well, usually action actors are not that talent but Hiroshi make the character feel alive and you feel he is Sharivan, for him and other actors and actresses I give another 5/5.


Even though it's early 80s the series has aged well and the custume of Sharivan is really shine like rubies it feels great when everything is real and cgi effect, I salute space sheriff sharivan with 10/10.


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Dumb Child, a Mainland Chinese movie 2016

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 22 August 2017 01:51 (A review of Dumb Child)

This movie is a sad story about never give up. Directed by Yang Yizhi who started with his career as an assistant for the Hong Kong movie "Deadly Target" and was involved with creating great films like "A single child's Story ", "The Resistance ", and "Dream of Love". But in the later years he has been involved with crazy and almost the room feeling horror movies like "The Zombie Village saga", "In Wild", and "The Sly Shadow Records" and also he made a lot of crazy thrillers like "Prostitute Killer" "An Evil Soul", and the two village girl movies. Dumb Child is actually same drama story as his first film. About a young girl who later must learn to be on her own too soon.

A young mute girl named Ya Ya is not allowed to enter school due to she cannot talk and other kids bully her and worry she might be a plague. A young teacher comes to her small town to help teaching despite her boyfriend is against it. She becomes friends with poor Yaya and help her into school. Sadly after a while the teacher start to get sick, and losing her voice. Later she finds out she is dying. Everyone blame Yaya for the teachers sickness but the teacher refuse to give up on Yaya even if it cost her life.


China has a lot of beautiful landscape and rich cities but it also has a lot of poor societies, Dumb Child reflects the poor society very well and also bring good morals to the message. Even though we don't see many mainland movies and it's difficult to find a DVD copy it's still a great movie, I wachted through youku.com and I am glad I saw this film. As a drama 3/5.


However I don't think it was necessary to make the teacher dying, maybe temporarily sick is one thing, but make her dying was a little too harsch, because the importance of the movie was to never give not what background or handicap one has, mixing it with death is untasteful and unnecessary, and also I don't know what's her boyfriend problem is, he seems to love her but leave her as soon he finds out she wants to stay in the small town and then come back again, it was difficult to get the idea from his side and I give it 2/5.

Dumb child is a good movie with a good message and strong story, but not strong executed with some characters and mixing with moral story with dying is a little untasteful, but however it is a good movie all in all 5/10.


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Americanized Ghost in the shell

Posted : 2 months ago on 17 August 2017 02:57 (A review of Ghost in the Shell)

Karate kid, beauty and the beast, ghost in the shell, what do they have in common? They were made in the 80s or 90s and in 2010s it get poorly remakes. And what I mean by that is not a remake but exactly same story but not give a damn of respect the first version. This movie is no exception.




A young girl called Major is waking up from a horrible dream only to realize her knightmare has begun. She is now dead, a ghost inside a doll or a robot. One year later she is recruited with Batou with section 9 to eliminate the biggest enemy hacker Kuze. But is her really the enemy?




Is this white washing movie?

Not really, I prefer to call it an Americanized movie based on Japanese manga and anime. But it still doesn't make it a good movie. Specially with comparison to the classic 1994 movie with thyou same title.




What makes it so bad?

It's not bad, just not carefully done. Even though I love Scarlet Johanson as an actress, she is not convincing as a doll, but she not the only one. The whole cast is unbelievable, for a high budget movie like this one can expect at least half good, but no one is doing a good job except Takeshi Kitano but he is alone on the field the rest is mix of bad, not convincing enough or amateurish. My question is what's going in Hollywood? The biggest industry in the world and this I see the best? I hope not.




But still I give it 5/10 because the special effects are stunning and I guess those are the money went too. And it has a lot of action that action lovers will adore but as a ghost in the shell fan, it's not worth it, watch the 1994 version instead and it's sequels.


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