films seen
8
average score
3.68*
nationality
Japan - 55 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

About Love

by Ten Shimoyama, Chih-yen Yee, Yibai Zhang
Specifics
2005 / 102m - Japan
Genre
Romance
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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About Love poster

If romance isn't your thing this anthology probably isn't going to persuade you, but within the genre this is definitely one of the better offerings out there.

The good stuff

L

by Ten Shimoyama
Specifics
2016 / 105m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
L poster

In the end, L is another typical Shimoyama film.

Blood

by Ten Shimoyama
Also known as
Buraddo
Specifics
2009 / 85m - Japan
Genre
Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Blood poster

Visually luscious, a cool take on the vampire genre and some nifty set pieces are more than enough for Blood to fly through its economic running time.

Shinobi

by Ten Shimoyama
Specifics
2005 / 107m - Japan
Genre
Action, Fantasy
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Shinobi poster

St. John's Wort

by Ten Shimoyama
Also known as
Otogiriso
Specifics
2001 / 85m - Japan
Genre
Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
St. John's Wort poster

It is far from a perfect film, maybe not a film that will stay with you for a very long time, but it sure sticks out from the rest.

Solid pieces

Piece: Fragments of a Memory

by Ten Shimoyama
Also known as
Piece: Kioku no Kakera
Specifics
2012 / 92m - Japan
Genre
Mystery
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Piece: Fragments of a Memory poster

Fun and stylish mystery regarding a wave of peculiar murders. A killer is on the loose and turning people into stone, a reporter and a mysterious man with split personalities are on the killer's tail. Shimoyama has a way to make films visually appealing, sadly the effects are a little cheap and the twists are too tame. Apart from that it's good fun though.

The inoffensive

Muscle Heat

by Ten Shimoyama
Also known as
Masuuruhiito
Specifics
2002 / 93m - Japan
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Muscle Heat poster

Vintage Shimoyama. The man is an expert in making something interesting out of very little. The actors are bad (Aikawa being the exception) and the plot is silly, but the film looks pretty bad-ass. Whether you'll like this film will depend on how lenient you are towards its faults, if you can look beyond them this is a pretty solid action flick.

Worthy but flawed

Kikaider Reboot

by Ten Shimoyama
Also known as
Kikaida Reboot
Specifics
2014 / 110m - Japan
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Kikaider Reboot poster

Never watched any Kikaider material before, but that's not an issue. This reboot is for fans of the series though. Too childish for adults, too adult for kids. The acting is bad, the CG is crap, but Shimoyama has enough genre experience to make it presentable. Weird, fun yet bad at the same time.