14 Blades

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14 Blades review

"It's good to see this kind of fast-paced martial arts cinema being revived."

3-Iron

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3-Iron review

"3-Iron is a silent journey, following two characters who don't talk to each other directly, but understand each other's feelings all too well. To be a witness to that feels like something special."

Cloverfield

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Cloverfield review

"The found footage mould is perfect for a film like Cloverfield. It puts the audience right in the middle of the disaster with the same knowledge as its protagonists."

Cold Fish

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Cold Fish review

"Cold Fish is a film that will sit well with those who appreciate awkward, cruel and excessive Japanese cinema."

Hana and Alice

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Hana and Alice review

"It's a very sweet, very natural and naive little film that has charm aplenty and feels particularly short for a film that runs well past the 120-minute barrier."

Versus

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Versus review

"For a while Versus was one of my all-time favorite films, but the recent wave of Japanese splatter films changed things a little."

Trainspotting

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Trainspotting review

"Boyle's breakthrough film is pretty crude and edgy, but it's also a cinematic wonderland about a bunch of drug-craving friends, drenched in thick accents."

Hakuchi: The Innocent

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Hakuchi: The Innocent review

"Quality film making, sporting a superb cast, a solid soundtrack and eye-popping cinematography. A slice of urban fantasy/retro sci-fi that mixes classic and contemporary cinema to great effect."

Killing

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Killing review

"Killing is very much in line with Tsukamoto's more recent work. A little more subdued and in control, slightly more accessible, but in its own way still very punk, very pure and completely unique."

Last Life in the Universe

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Last Life in the Universe review

"For a long time you may wonder what the fuss is all about, but when the end credits start to roll you suddenly realize how wonderful Ratanaruang's film really is."

Porco Rosso

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Porco Rosso review

"Porco Rosso remains one of my favorite Miyazaki films. Personally I prefer his softer, smaller films over his big epics, as they are more aimed at atmosphere and less at getting a message across."

Mad Detective

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Mad Detective review

"Together with Sparrow, To proves himself to be one of the most interesting directors in cinema today. His genre films are strong, original and seamlessly executed and seem to lack any weak points."

Gemini

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Gemini review

"Gemini could be considered a good entry-level Tsukamoto since his typical style isn't as demanding as in his other films."

District 9

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District 9 review

"I liked District 9. A lot. It's a blockbuster, but as blockbusters should be. Near perfect use of CG, superb mech designs and great action scenes."

Do Over

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Do Over review

"One thing is certain though. Cheng has style and he has a clear vision he wishes to share through his films. His addition to Taiwanese cinema (and cinema in general) is a very welcome one."

Dog Bite Dog

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Dog Bite Dog review

"Dog Bite Dog is a film that held up respectfully over time. It was one of the first films to make me dig deeper into the endless pit of Hong Kong cinema and it still holds it ground well."

Paco and the Magical Picture Book

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Paco and the Magical Picture Book review

"My favorite Nakashima film so far. His next project looks more like a regular Japanese drama, but after such a sugar rush that doesn't really come as a surprise."

Mandy

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Mandy review

"Mandy is a visually overpowering, gritty and gory revenge slaughterfest, fronted by one of cinema's boldest mad man actors."

Haze

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Haze review

"Haze is a landmark in Tsukamoto's oeuvre. The possibilities of DV allowed him to go back to his roots."

Heaven's Door

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Heaven's Door review

"Arias' sense of humor is considerably different from Kitano's, but Heaven's Door could be mistaken for one made by a Kitano apprentice."

Sky Crawlers

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Sky Crawlers review

"Beautifully animated and scored, sporting a strong cast of characters, an intriguing plot and a fair selection of interesting themes, Sky Crawlers is Oshii's most complete film to date."

Millennium Mambo

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Millennium Mambo review

"The result is a mesmerizing look into the life of a young girl looking for her true identity. Definitely one of the better Hou films out there."

Kamikaze Girls

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Kamikaze Girls review

"Above all though, Kamikaze Girls is a lot of fun. It's a crazy, creative, vibrant film that keeps a pretty strict pace and only slows down a little towards the end of the film."

Late Bloomer

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Late Bloomer review

"It presents a whole new way of applying cyberpunk aesthetics to a film subject, mixing it with a documentary take on one of the most interesting characters I've ever seen in film."

Bunny Drop

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Bunny Drop review

"Bunny Drop is a lovely film with lots to smile about. Wonderfully acted, creatively visualized and aptly scored, you can't really go wrong with this one."