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Yamaguchi breathes cult. Whatever he tackles, be it comedy, horror or even crime, the result is always a bonkers genre film with infinite cult potential. Not all his work is outstanding, but he's made plenty of great films, and they're never boring.

Rare treats

Ten Nights of Dreams

by Yoshitaka Amano, Kon Ichikawa, Akio Jissoji, Masaaki Kawahara, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Atsushi Shimizu, Takashi Shimizu, Keisuke Toyoshima, Yudai Yamaguchi, Nobuhiro Yamashita
Yume Ju-Ya
2006 / 100m - Japan
Ten Nights of Dreams poster

A wonderful collection of shorts, visually pleasing, fun to watch and from time to time refreshingly weird.

The good stuff

Sakigake!! Cromartie High

by Yudai Yamaguchi
Sakigake!! Kuromati Koko: The Movie
2005 / 85m - Japan
Sakigake!! Cromartie High poster

If you don't mind a bunch of 40-year old actors playing 16-year old high school student with greasy hair and no manners to speak of, you're probably fine.

Tamami: The Baby's Curse

by Yudai Yamaguchi
Akanbo Shojo
2008 / 100m - Japan
Tamami: The Baby's Curse poster

It sports a cool main character, some nice camera work and very atmospheric and detailed styling.

Battlefield Baseball

by Yudai Yamaguchi
Jigoku Kôshien
2003 / 87m - Japan
Battlefield Baseball poster

Solid pieces

Chin-Yu-Ki: The Journey to the West with Farts

by Yudai Yamaguchi
2016 / 100m - Japan
Chin-Yu-Ki: The Journey to the West with Farts poster

High & Low the Red Rain

by Yudai Yamaguchi
2016 / 110m - Japan
High & Low the Red Rain poster

The ABCs of Death

by Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Bruno Forzani, Adrián García Bogliano, Xavier Gens, Jorge Michel Grau, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Adam Wingard, Yudai Yamaguchi
2012 / 129m - USA
The ABCs of Death poster

Yakuza Weapon

by Tak Sakaguchi, Yudai Yamaguchi
Gokudô Heiki
2011 / 105m - Japan
Yakuza Weapon poster

An Encyclopedia of Unconventional Women

by Yoshihiro Fukagawa, Kôji Kawano, Yûka Ohsumi, Takashi Shimizu, Keisuke Toyoshima, Renpei Tsukamoto, Yudai Yamaguchi
Hijoshi Zukan
2009 / 105m - Japan
An Encyclopedia of Unconventional Women poster

Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: Present

by Yudai Yamaguchi
Umezu Kazuo: Kyôfu Gekijô - Purezento
2005 / 49m - Japan
Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: Present poster

Meatball Machine

by Yudai Yamaguchi, Jun'ichi Yamamoto
Mîtobôru Mashin
2005 / 90m - Japan
Meatball Machine poster

The inoffensive

Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch

by Yudai Yamaguchi, Keita Amemiya
2017 / 92m - Japan
Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch poster

Yamaguchi's latest film is probably a good indication of the position Japanese underground horror finds itself in these days. Underfunded, without a dedicated international audience and straining to survive. With the proper talent and budgets backing this film this could've been a lot of fun, now it's mostly just unrealized potential.

Though they haven't seen each other in 10 years, Izumi and Mika decide to meet up again and catch up for old time's sake. Meanwhile, a string of seemingly unrelated hauntings is taking place. When Mika reveals a lingering trauma from their childhood days, everything appears to be coming together.

The film plays a little like a horror anthology, with one main thread bringing all the shorts together in the end. There are some fine ideas here, and it's not hard to see how this could've been a great Japanese horror film, but cheap production values, poor performances and icky CG don't really help Yamaguchi. It's a shame, because underneath that cheapness this was good fun.


by Yudai Yamaguchi
2011 / 99m - Japan
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