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Random Tokusatsu round-up

I tacitly retired from doing daily tokusatsu movie blurbs last year, but due to popular demand, I’ll try to remember to post about movies that are fresh on my mind when I do watch them. Here’s a couple recent viewings: Izo … Continue reading

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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: The Drifting Classroom (1987)

Today’s selection: The Drifting Classroom (1987, dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi) Subgenre: Disaster Available from: fansub-only The English edition of Kazuo Umezz’s manga The Drifting Classroom has parental advisory stickers on the front, which strikes me as funny given that it ran … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Ten Nights of Dreams (2006)

Today’s selection: Ten Nights of Dreams (dirs. Akio Jissoji, Kon Ichikawa, Takashi Shimizu, Yudai Yamaguchi, Yoshitaka Amano, et. al.) Subgenre: Kaidan Available from: Cinema Epoch Based on the book by Natsume Soseki, this film unites an amazing collection of 11 … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Garo – Dragon of the Blue Cries (2013)

Today’s selection: Garo – Dragon of the Blue Cries (2013, dir. Keita Amemiya) Subgenre: Henshin Hero Available from: Fansub-only You know how when you get used to drinking diet soda, you sort of forget how flavorful the real thing is, … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Assault Girls (2009)

Today’s selection: Assault Girls (2009, dir. Mamoru Oshii) Subgenre: Cyberpunk Available from: Well Go Reposting an old review: Pretentious, beautiful, action-packed, allegorical, confusing, nerdy, imaginative, and tedious: This must be a Mamoru Oshii film. Assault Girls is a feature length follow up to Oshii’s Assault Girl … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Twilight of the Cockroaches (1987)

Today’s selection: Twilight of the Cockroaches (1987, dir. Hiroaki Yoshida) Subgenre: Animation Hybrid Available from: Sony (VHS) Reposting an old review: Twilight of the Cockroaches is one of those forgotten Japanese classics that used to come on American TV with … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Electric Dragon 80000V (2001)

Today’s selection: Electric Dragon 80000V (2001, dir. Sogo Ishii) Subgenre: Artsy Available from: Discotek Electric Dragon 80000V is… unusual. Well, not if you frequently watch black-and-white arthouse fare such as Pi, Eraserhead, and Tetsuo the Iron Man, but otherwise, it’ll … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Today’s selection: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971, dir. Yoshimitsu Banno) Subgenre: Kaiju Available from: Sony There are few directors to only direct a single Godzilla movie (seven of twenty-nine pictures), and they align well with the films that tend to be … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Tetsuo the Bullet Man (2009)

Today’s selection: Tetsuo the Bullet Man (2009, dir. Shinya Tsukamoto) Subgenre: Body Horror, Kaijin Available from: MPI I already wrote about this movie years ago for a previous ‘blog, so I’ll just copy-and-paste: The Bullet Man is the second reworking … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Red Spectacles (1987)

Today’s selection: The Red Spectacles (1987, dir. Mamoru Oshii) Subgenre: Dystopian, artsy Available from: Bandai Red Spectacles is the first part of Oshii’s magnum opus (though it does make a reference to Angel’s Egg, and features an extended cameo from … Continue reading

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