Tag Archives: Historical Fantasy

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: Daimajin (1966)

Today’s selection: Daimajin (1966, dir. Kimiyoshi Yasuda) Subgenre: Historical fantasy, Kaiju Available from: Mill Creek When this movie came up on my random movie generator, I thought: “what’s the point in talking about this? Everyone’s seen Daimajin!” Yet, that may not necessarily be … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Onmyoji (2001) and Onmyoji 2 (2003)

Today’s selection: Onmyoji and Onmyoji 2 (2001 and 2003, dir. Yojiro Takita) Subgenre: Historical Fantasy Available from: Geneon Onmyoji is based on Baku Yumemakura’s 1988 novel, the first of over a dozen in that novel series. It’s part of the … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Ninja Wars (1982)

Today’s selection: Ninja Wars (1982, dir. Kosei Saito) Subgenre: Historical fantasy, ninja Available from: Adness There’s a saying that as an actor, if you’re playing your own twin, you’ve gone too far. Clearly whoever said this would not like movies … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Tokyo – The Last Megalopolis (1987)

Today’s selection: Tokyo – The Last Megalopolis (1987, dir. Akio Jissoji) Subgenre: Historical Fantasy Available from: ADV Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis is a great film: It has very high production values, some stellar performances, excellent recreations of the time period … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: The Magic Serpent (1966)

Today’s selection: The Magic Serpent (1966, dir. Tetsuya Yamauchi) Subgenre: Historical Fantasy Available from: Image (low quality dub-only release, fansubs also available) Any fan of Naruto should probably watch The Magic Serpent: it’s got ninjas with crazy powers, like the … Continue reading

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Today’s Random Tokusatsu: Ashura (2005)

Today’s selection: Ashura (2005, dir. Yojiro Takita) Subgenre: Historical Fantasy, Yokai Available from: Animeigo NB: The Japanese title is Ashura jo no Hitomi (Eyes of Ashura Castle), in case you need to keep it straight wih the 2012 Keiichi Sato … Continue reading

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