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…

Prisoners of the Ghostland

Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)

Prisoners of the Ghostland first published by VODzilla.co Prisoners of the Ghostland, the first English-language film from prolific genre anarchist Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Tag), begins with balls. More precisely, with a slow zoom into a coin-operated machine full of brightly coloured gum balls, and a smiling Japanese boy in front of it,…

Assassins

13 Assassins (2010)

13 Assassins first published by Little White Lies If 2007’s Sukiyaki Western Django refashioned Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti western Django (itself heavily influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 Yojimbo) into a hyper-stylised post-modern reverie on the endless traffic between America and other cultures, then 13 Assassins, the latest film from Japanese cinema’s impossibly prolific bad boy Takashi Miike, similarly explores the beleaguered codes…