Kotoko

250

"Kotoko is another work of love."

Natural Born Killers

249

"It's a pretty crazy ride that revels in the violence on display, while at the same time lashing out at the media's sensationalism and the audience's lack of critical standards."

Labyrinth of Dreams

248

"Those who really want to see the film will be required to be a little adventurous, but fans of Ishii and/or Asano would do good to go through the trouble."

Haze

247

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

Helldriver

246

"Nishimura adepts can rejoice, Helldriver is up there with the best, sporting roughly two hours of madness, hilariously out-of-place social criticism and tons and tons of liters of blood."

19

245

"Even though its appeal might be limited to a rather small group of film fans, I still feel 19 is undervalued (and incredibly underwatched)."

Glory to the Filmmaker

244

"Glory to the Filmmaker is one big happy mess of filmmaking, referencing many other directors, resembling many more, but defying them all by making something totally unique and totally Kitano."

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

243

"For a 10-year old animation film The Place Promised in Our Early Days still looks and feels remarkably fresh."

Antichrist

242

"Antichrist is atmospheric, moody, technically impressive and pretty mysterious."

3-Iron

241

"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."

A New Life

240

"A New Life is not a film that is fun to watch. But it is an impressive film that succeeds as no other in putting down a vile, bleak and uneasy atmosphere."

Tokyo Fist

239

"Tokyo Fist is somewhat of a forgotten Tsukamoto film, which is weird considering its many qualities."

Ninja Kids!!!

238

"Ninja Kids!!! is the perfect example of demented Japanese kids entertainment that's weird enough to appeal to adults, at least those with some memories of their lost childhood."

Isabella

237

"With Isabella Ho-Cheung Pang combines strong drama with a superb sense of aesthetics. It's easily his most accomplished film to date where everything feels just right."

Paco and the Magical Picture Book

236

"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."

Cloverfield

235

"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."

Killing

234

"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."

Invisible Waves

233

"Compared to RRNNM just about everything is more polished. The visuals look tastier, the soundtrack is even more profoundly present and the acting is just about perfect."

Cold Fish

232

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

Dead Daughters

231

"Don't expect a typical horror film going into Dead Daughters. But expect to be impressed by the atmospheric skills of Ruminov. It's nice to see films like these coming out of Russia."

The City of Lost Children

230

"If you're a fan of Delicatessen and you haven't seen The City of Lost Children it's really a no-brainer."

District 9

229

"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."

Delicatessen

228

"I clearly prefer this film over Amélie, if only for the darker and freakier setting."

Do Over

227

"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."

In The Mood For Love

226

"Doyle and Umebayashi do a great job, Leung and Cheung are stellar, but they cannot hide the fact that Kar Wai grew even more skilled after completing this film."