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Japan - 72 years old
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Legendary anime director who made fame with his raunchy and sexualized horror cinema, happily contributing to anime's bad reputation in the West. At the same, that's what made him so appealing to younger fans. Good stuff.

Rare treats


Meikyu Monogatari
1987 / 48m - Japan
Sci-fi, Animation
Neo-Tokyo poster

Neo-Tokyo (together with Robot Carnival, another 1987 anthology sporting promising names) helped to pave the way for a respectable stream of animated anthology films coming out of Japan.

The good stuff

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

2000 / 103m - Japan
Fantasy, Horror, Animation
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust poster

A pretty mad mix of action, fantasy and gory, Gothic horror, completely in line with Kawajiri's most famous work. The animation is rich, the styling extremely bold and the pacing furious. This is clearly not for everyone, but if you love yourself some brutal 90s anime, then this is one of the best films out there.

A fine collection of Matrix-related short films, dominated by the Studio 4°C efforts. The anthology sports a varied range of art styles, first-class animation and several interesting takes on the Matrix universe. Not all shorts are a hit, but there are plenty of stand-out pieces that make this one a very easy sell.

Ninja Scroll

Jûbê Ninpûchô
1993 / 94m - Japan
Horror, Adventure, Animation
Ninja Scroll poster

One of the early films that helped to give anime a bad name. Gruesome, crude and violent, with a bare-bones plot and a strong focus on style. It's vintage Kawajiri, with beefy character designs, crazy demon spawn and lots of torn limbs. It was an eyeopener back when I first watched it, nowadays it's still very entertaining. Delightfully violent.

Solid pieces

The Cockpit

Za Kokupitto
1994 / 72m - Japan
Drama, War, Animation
The Cockpit poster

Goku Midnight Eye

1989 / 120m - Japan
Sci-fi, Crime, Animation
Goku Midnight Eye poster

Vintage Kawajiri. A weird mix of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, draped on top of a noirish premise. The two parts are a little disconnected and the whole feels a little rushed, but there are some pretty kick-ass action scenes and monster designs on display here. Not the easiest film to track down, but if you like Kawajiri's work it comes well recommended.

Demon City Shinjuku

Makaitoshi Shinjuku
1988 / 82m - Japan
Fantasy, Horror, Animation
Demon City Shinjuku poster

Wicked City

Yôjû Toshi
1987 / 82m - Japan
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Animation
Wicked City poster

The inoffensive

Highlander: The Search for Vengeance poster

Plain forgettable

Cyber City Oedo 808

Saiba Shiti Oedo 808
1990 / 120m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
Cyber City Oedo 808 poster