Punk Samurai

Punk Samurai (Pankiu-zamurai, kirarete sôrô) (2018)

Punk Samurai (Pankiu-zamurai, kirarete sôrô) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 172 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Punks are that bit of rough on the edges of clean society – the disruptors and agitators who, like the ancient Cynics, flout rules, defy convention and wave their arses  in the face of respectability. Perhaps their…

Alive

Alive (2002)

Alive first published by Film4 Summary: In Ryuhei Kitamura’s dystopian prison sci-fi, it is not just the humans who are trapped inside and looking to get out.  Review: If Ryuhei Kitamura exploded into the world of cult cinema with his low-budget feature debut Versus (2000), a moviegeek’s wet dream of yakuza gunplay, samurai set-pieces and zombie gore,…

Wailing

The Wailing (2016)

The Wailing first published by Little White Lies Though called The Wailing in English, Na Hong-jin’s third feature (after 2008’s The Chaser and 2010’s The Yellow Sea) was released in its native South Korea under the title Goksung, which is also the name of the village where its mysteries unfold. Small-town values propel events here. Amidst…

Unforgiven

Unforgiven (Yurasarezaru Mono) (2013)

Review first published by Little White Lies “Is it loaded? I wonder. I don’t know either.” These words, uttered by local lawman Oishi (Sato Koichi) as he taunts a captive criminal (Kunimura Jun) on the high risks of using a gun against him, is a clear riff on one of Clint Eastwood’s most famous (if…