The Bullet Train

The Bullet Train (Shinkansen daibakuha) (1975)

The Bullet Train (Shinkansen daibakuha) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 174 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column In 1975, when Junya Sato’s The Bullet Train (Shinkansen daibakuha) was released, Japan’s Shinkansen, or ‘new main line’ – the world’s first high-speed train system – was only 11 years old, even if, in the decade…

Shadow in the Cloud

Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

Shadow in the Cloud first published by VODzilla.co Roseanne Liang’s Shadow in the Cloud begins with a wartime information cartoon. Snoozing and drinking when he should be doing maintenance work on a plane, an airman blames his carelessness – and the ensuing damage done to the plane – on a gremlin (visualised as a precursor…

Monsters Club

Monsters Club (2011)

Monsters Club first published by Little White Lies, as entry 138 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column By the time Monsters Club came out, writer/director Toshiaki Toyoda and the actor Eita had history. After all, Eita made his big-screen debut in Toyoda’s Blue Spring (2001), and then had also starred in his 9 Souls (2003) and…