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Uzumaki (JAPAN 2000)

Director : Higuchinsky
Cast : Eriko Hatsume, Fhi Fan, HInako Saeki Eun-Kyung Shin, Keiko Takahashi and Ren Osugi

Synopsis
The inhabitants of a small Japanese seaside town come under the influence of a strange force that causes an obsession with spiral forms. Kirie, a young schoolgirl, is the first to notice the strange behavior in friends and neighbors and is powerless to prevent the obsession that is overwhelming everyone around her. Eventually the townspeople begin descending on a self-inflicted and self-perpetuating spiral of terror.

Review
by Edward Tang

The word Uzumaki means spiral, which is the main point of this film. An entire town starts to become obsessed with the spiral, which eventually leads to their untimely death. What succeeds is the plot of this film, one that I haven’t ever heard of and probably won’t hear of again. But the plot stays on this one subject, and even when one of the characters finds out some knowledge about what is happening, he is later killed in a horrible car crash. Almost like making the fact that the spiral’s point is to capture and destroy with known horrible results. The direction is crisp and that’s a complete fact. Even though the film has some truly interesting subjects, even the more subtle shots of spirals that simply fall into the background, give us something extra. As we are taken through this story, everybody is killed off. It’s almost like a drain effect, you put something in it, and it will consume it eventually, no matter how long it takes.

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Danny The Dog / Unleashed (Special Edition) (Panorama)

DVD Information
Distributor : Panorama
Audio : DTS-ES, DD 5.1
Discs : 2 (DVD9 and DVD5)
Languages : English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Format : NTSC
Subtitles : English, Chinese
Running Time : 103 mins / 61 mins
Contents : 2 DVDs
Screen Ratio : Anamorphic Widescreen | 4:3
Classification : -
Region : 3
Others : -

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Danny The Dog / Unleashed (2005)

Director : Louis Leterrier
Costume Designer : Olivier Beriot
Martial Arts Choreographer : Yuen Woo Ping
Wire Technology : Circle Crew Ltd Philippe Guegan
Production Manager : Thierry Guilmard
Line Producer : Bernard Grenet
Re-recording Mixers :  L Cyril & Francois Joseph Hors
Sound Designer : Vincent Tulli
Music : Massive Attack
Editor : Nicholas Trebasiewicz
Creative Consultant : Robert Mark Kamen
Production Designer : Jacques Burnoir
Cinematographer : Pierre Morel
Co-Producer : Pierre Spengler
Producers : Luc Besson, Jet Li, Steven Chasman
Writer : Luc Besson
Cast : Jet Li, Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, Kerry Condon, Vincent Regan, Dylan Brown, Tamer Hassan ,Michael Jenn

Synopsis
Danny was raised as a dog, and when is collar is taken off, he turns into a killing machine. After finding a new way of life from a friendly piano tuner and his adopted daughter, Danny learns that life is more than what he has known for his entire life. He learns of his mother’s fate and is hunted by his former master.

Review
by Edward Tang

I haven’t been a big fan of Jet Li’s work outside of his native Hong Kong. To be honest I tuned out when I heard that he was working with shit holes named DMX and Tom Arnold (Bleh). But Danny the Dog, or also known as Unleashed is the first step in the right direction since he left. Jet actually stretches his acting ability to a key and wins over the audience with his innocent mind and his curious nature. I wasn’t sure if he would be able to act over the talents such as Freeman or Hoskins, but he does a great job. The action doesn’t cease to impress me either, every scene looks good and is easily cut into what is otherwise a very nice story. Expecting an action bonanza or something that will match up to Jet’s earlier fighting scenes probably will leave you dry. But everything in between is solid and makes for a good experience that should leave you satisfied if you look into the picture of simple humanity. 

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Tokyo Zombie (JAPAN 2005)

Director : Sakichi Sato
Cast : Tadanobu Asano and Sho Aikawa

Review
by Edward Tang

Sakichi Sato is a f*cking maniac. He is the very same man who penned the ultra-bizarre (and excellent) Takashi Miike flicks Ichi the Killer and Gozu. Speaking of such movies, an actor from each of them decided to appear in this. The first one is the charismatic Sho Aikawa who was just so damn cool to look at in the Dead or Alive movies and overall is underrated when it comes to the acting circle. Then we’ve got probably one of the most well known Japanese actors out there in Tadanobu Asano who can be great without saying a single world. What a combination!

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Tube (KOREA 2003)

Director : Baek Woon-Hak
Cast : Seok-hun Kim, Sang-min Park, Du-na Bae and Oh-jung Kwon

Synopsis
When a former undercover agent takes a crowded subway hostage, one detective must risk it all by facing the terrorist in a deadly showdown.

Review
by Edward Tang

When you see a film that is compared to others in this fashion “In the same game as Speed and Under Siege, comes this rip roaring action packed film straight for South Korea!”, just avoid it like the f*ckin’ plague. They tried to hard with that line, but I’m still a sap, and knowing that Korea has produced some good action films (Namely Shiri), this one was a no-brainer considering the low price tag. Through the notion that some films can be crap but still be “entertaining” can be used in many categories, I”m afraid “Tube” falls a little bit short. I don’t know what this film tried to accomplish, because it wasn’t a fast-paced film. There were many parts that were trying to build this dramatic side to the characters, which just didn’t do anything for the time at hand. Sure it’s like Speed and Under Siege, it successfully takes their plot and characters and makes them even worse! Alas, the action sequences weren’t that good at all, there were two in general that involved big bitch machine guns and thousands of slugs being sprayed all over the place, but they looked sloppy and belong in the “visited territory” box.

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