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Kibakichi (JAPAN 2003)

Director : Tomo-O Haraguchi
Cast : Ryuji Harada, Miki Tanaka, Mubu Nakayama and Masara Ibu

Synopsis
A lone samurai walks the countryside. His name is Kibakichi and his mouth hides sharp fangs. When he reaches a desolate village he fins a geisha who turn into giant carnivorous spiders and man-eating demons disguised as humans. Their hunt for human flesh was in fact a contract with the town crime boss. What is the boss’s plan? When the secret is revealed, Kibakichi goes into a rage and his body starts to mutate. Limbs will fly and head will roll in a final showdown between good and evil.

Review
by Edward Tang

“Kibakichi” is an interesting film, because on paper it looks really stupid. A werewolf defends a town of monsters against humans. Don’t you think that would be the other way around? Never mind that question, let us get into the film. After watching “Samurai Resurrection” which came out the same year as this, I didn’t really have much faith in the Samurai-horror genre. But this film is much better, because I took it for what it was. The film had some very entertaining parts, some laughs and everything in between. I’m sure people will be turned off against the film, the effects aren’t that great, and the story lags forever. The story is a little stupid as well, you get the main idea, but some of the smaller facts are just lost.

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Kill Zone (2 Disc Ultimate Edition) (Dragon Dynasty)

by Gary Cheah

DVD Information
Distributor : Dragon Dynasty
Audio : English 5.1, Cantonese 5.1 / DTS
Discs : 2 (DVD9 and DVD5)
Languages : Cantonese, English
Format : NTSC
Subtitles : English (removable), Spanish
Running Time : 93 minutes (uncut)
Contents : 2 DVD
Screen Ratio : 1.85:1 Widescreen (Enhanced 16×9)
Classification : III
Region : 1
Others : -

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Joint Security Area (KOREA 2001)

Director : Park Chan Wook
Cast : Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Tae-woo Kim and Ha-kyun Shin.

Synopsis
In the DMZ separating the Koreas, peace is as fragile as the wooden bridge linking North and South. When two North Korean soldiers are killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier, it threatens to ignite a full-scale conflict. An impartial Swiss intelligence team is sent to investigate and they quickly find flaws in the official version of events. Why were 16 bullets found at the crime scene when the assassin’s gun housed only 15 rounds? It’s a race to uncover the truth as tensions rise at the most heavily armed border on Earth.

Review
by Edward Tang

Park Chan Wook has easily produced the best string of Vengeance-plotted films in existence, starting with Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance to Oldboy and he might do the same in his 2005 release of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. I found both films to be completely out of the ordinary and quite the punch that cinema needed. They not only included a great story, but had excellent performances and direction. I didn’t know of anything else he made, until I rented JSA yesterday, and I can say that Mr. Vengeance himself, can now be labeled as Mr. Genius. This film is based on the DMZ that separates North and South Korea (craftily remade in a studio, nicely done might I add), and relationships between such. The film packs a heavy punch, and gives a more simplistic reveal than other films that you might expect from ParkChan-wook , but the results are always deadly.

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Isabella (2 Disc Edition) (Mega Star HK)

by Gary Cheah

DVD Information
Screen format :Anamorphic Widescreen / 4:3 (bonus)
Region : NTSC / Region ALL
Running Time : 109 minutes / 71 mins (bonus)
Subtitles : Chinese and English, Chinese (for Making of)
Audio : DD 5.1, DD 2.0 and DTS

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Iron Monkey (Hong Kong Legends)

by Martin Cleary

DVD Info
Hong Kong Legends Release
Content : One Disc
Format : Letterbox
Languages: Cantonese, English
Audio: Stereo, 5.1
Subtitles: English, Danish
Region: 2 + 4

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