Film bits and bobs

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

Longer version of piece published by Sight & Sound as part of coverage of the Cult programme at the London Film Festival 2015   Across an impossibly prolific and varied filmography, … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pale Flower (1964)

First published by EyeforFilm Mid-ranking yakuza Muraki (Ikebe Ryo) has just been released from a prison stint for murder, and as he looks over the streets of Tokyo for the … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Agitator (2001)

First published by Movie Gazette Review: Internal and external strife, honour, ambition, loyalty, treachery, revenge, love and death. Where films like Troy (2004) paid mere lipservice to these themes, Miike Takashi’s Agitator (aka Araburu tamashii-tachi, … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ichi the Killer (2001)

First published by Movie Gazette Based on a popular Japanese comicbook by Yamamoto Hideo, Miike Takashi’s controversial Ichi the Killer (Koroshiya 1, or Killer 1) translates perfectly all the manga’s energy, anarchy and illogic … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

Gozu (2004)

Review first published by Movie Gazette. Review When yakuza Ozaki (Aikawa Sho) displays increasingly deranged behaviour, the gang’s boss Azamawari (Ishibashi Renji) assigns Ozaki’s subordinate Minami (Sone Hideki) to drive … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 5 Comments


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