Category Archives: Today’s Random Tokusatsu

Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Uzumaki (2000)

Today’s selection: Uzumaki (2000, dir. Higuchinsky) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Discotek Uzumaki (meaning “spiral/vortex”, but not to be confused with Ring sequel Rasen, which also means “spiral”) is based on a manga by Junji Ito, so if you’re familiar with his … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Iron Girl (2012)

Today’s selection: Iron Girl (2012, dir. Masatoshi Nagamine) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: Switchblade Pictures My DVD copy of Iron Girl began to stutter during the final minutes of the movie, but rather than return it for a glitchless copy, … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Yellow Fangs (1990)

Today’s selection: Yellow Fangs (1990, dir. Sonny Chiba) Subgenre: Kaibutsu (sort of?) Available from: Cinema Epoc It’s rare to see Sonny Chiba in the director’s chair, and Yellow Fangs (or, as it was called in Japan, Remains: The Beautiful Ones) … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Samurai Zombie (2008)

Today’s selection: Samurai Zombie (2008, dir. Tak Sakaguchi) Subgenre: Zombie Available from: MVM (Region 2 UK DVD; beware of fansubs) Ryuhei Kitamura has been tantalizing fans with the idea of a sequel or remake of Versus since 2000, and at … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Gakidama (1985)

Today’s selection: Gakidama (1985, dir. Masayoshi Sukita) Subgenre: Body Horror, Kaibutsu Available from: fansub-only Gakidama is Tsuburaya’s entry into the whole “little humanoid monster” genre that Gremlins and Ghoulies made popular in the mid 1980’s. It’s an effective, hour-long picture … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Super Dimension Odyssey Tritia (2005)

Today’s selection: Super Dimension Odyssey Tritia (2005, dir. Masayoshi Shiki) Subgenre: Magical girl Available from: Switchblade Short review: Groan. Long Review: GROAAAAAAAAAN. I try to support region 1 DVD releases of tokusatsu titles, but sometimes it’s difficult. Why, you may … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Warning from Space (1956)

Today’s selection: Warning from Space (1956, dir. Koji Shima) Subgenre: Disaster/Space Opera Available from: Public domain (dub-only, fansubs are available) If The Mysterians is the Japanese answer to War of the Worlds, Warning from Space is its answer to When Worlds … Continue reading

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