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First Images From Dai Nipponjin And Symbol Director's Saya Samurai

21 December 2010 5:14 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Word has been circulating for a little while now that Japan's uber-comedian turned director Hitoshi Matsumoto has quietly shot a third feature film in secret and today that news appears to have been confirmed with the release of two images from Saya Samurai.

Matsumoto is one of the most unique talents in the world, as proven with the one two punch of Dai Nipponjin (Big Man Japan) and Symbol and so I hesitate to guess what the tone of this latest effort may be. According to Ryuganji's Don Brown the story is "about samurai Kanjuro (Nomi Takaaki) who leaves his clan without permission with his daughter, depicting their bond & struggle." This makes it sound like a drama but drama is not typically what Matsumoto does and star Nomi Takaaki is apparently a non-actor who Matsumoto has worked with on previous comedy specials. So who knows, really.

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa Prepping 'Panic Horror'

31 October 2010 2:32 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

It has been four years since Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa last trod in horror territory, nine since Kairo marked the end of what most would consider his peak period for the genre. But the man's love for the genre has never wavered and when he's on top of his game - in any genre - he is indisputably one of the finest film makers anywhere on the planet. And his last feature - 2008's domestic drama Tokyo Sonata - says he's still very much on top of his game.

So, head's up horror fans. Ryuganji's Don Brown has tweeted word that Kurosawa is currently at work on a film that he describes only as 'panic horror'. There has been no title given or no further details but Brown also notes that Kurosawa was previously reported as working on a creature feature revolving around a "giant alligator snapping turtle going on a »

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The Jackal - Blu-ray Review

13 May 2010 9:35 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

A tale of two movies, one is a realistic look at an international terrorist and the other is a popcorn flick with some fudgy accents. Your mood will dictate which film you.ll watch, but my gut tells me to stick with the original. The redo might do in a pinch. A joint mission by the American and Russian lead to the death of a mobster.s brother so the mobster decides to hire the Jackal (Bruce Willis) to avenge the death. The Jackal is a shadowy assassin who has never been photographed or caught. Officials speculate that the target is FBI director Donald Brown (John Cunningham), so the hunt for the Jackal is on. FBI deputy director »

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