Agitator (2001)

First published by Movie Gazette Review: Internal and external strife, honour, ambition, loyalty, treachery, revenge, love and death. Where films like Troy (2004) paid mere lipservice to these themes, Miike Takashi’s Agitator (aka Araburu tamashii-tachi, aka The Outlaw Souls) treats them with the depth and intelligence that they deserve, spinning a modern epic from the convoluted, often ruthless, manoeuvrings of the Japanese…

Terror Cotta 2014

First published by Grolsch FilmWorks Buried in the wee hours of the Terracotta Far East Film Festival, the Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter is the perfect intersection of Asian and genre cinema. This cadaver-filled cavalcade of monsters, murder and moral dubiety showcases the latest horror offerings from a region that has proved particularly influential on the…

Gozu

Gozu (2004)

Review first published by Movie Gazette. Review When yakuza Ozaki (Aikawa Sho) displays increasingly deranged behaviour, the gang’s boss Azamawari (Ishibashi Renji) assigns Ozaki’s subordinate Minami (Sone Hideki) to drive the embarrassing yakuza to Nagoya where he is to be executed and dumped. Reluctant to kill a superior and friend who had once saved his…