In 18th century Japan, Lord Sodom's bride to be is killed by voodoo so he accuses and kills two of his maids who curse him and his family before checking out. Lord Sodom's eyes then vanish and he goes mad and butchers his wedding guests.
You know you’re having a bad vacation when you discover that the local villagers are crazy cultists obsessed with chopping women’s legs off. You know it’s a REALLY bad vacation when that isn’t even the worst problem; a giant-scissor wielding psychopath on a rampage isn’t likely to help anyone relax either.
When you start a film off with exploding heads, severed limbs that spray arterial blood like a garden hose, and a chainsaw fight, you can be pretty sure that a film is going to be over-the-top and live up to the word gore in its name.
I saw quite a few films in my short time at the Toronto International Film Festival this year and most of them were good. Detroit Metal City was my favorite film at TIFF 08, and it was also the funniest film I've seen this year. It's a wonderfully silly film with heart—and a rocking metal soundtrack.
Tokyo Sonata is Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest film. Unlike most of his earlier work, this film is a more traditional piece that examines a dysfunctional family crumbling under pressure, although it still continues to explore themes of isolation and loneliness.
A samurai girl clad in a fur bikini and cowboy hat takes on hordes of zombies with a sword. If you've been looking for all the excitement of a Uwe Boll video game movie but without the Uwe Boll and with an even lower budget, look no further!
Vivacious, visually splendid, and crazy. Kamikaze Girls is part chick flick, part fantasy, with some headbutts along the way. It's a rollicking trip through Japanese subcultures and kitsch, viewed through a brilliantly colorful and imaginative lens.
Zipang is a rather strange movie that throws a lot of genres into a blender and comes up with a mixture that isn't entirely tasty. It's kind of a shame because a lot of the individual ingredients are great; it's hard not to love a movie that has hordes of ninjas, a cute pistol-wielding female bounty hunter, and a hero that has his henchmen carry around nine swords for him so he can pick the right one for each occasion.