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  • Demons
  • The Man Who Stole the Sun
  • Himiko
  • Kagero-za

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  • Wife of a Spy

    ★★★★

  • Cemetery of Splendor

    ★★★★½

  • The Little Mermaid

    ★★★½

  • Midori

    ★★★★½

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  • Wife of a Spy

    Wife of a Spy

    ★★★★

    There seems to be this fascinating motif in Kurosawa's work of screened images actively setting the story's plot in motion, serving as some sort of MacGuffins as they're completely ingrained in the characters' motivations and actions, mechanisms that allow us to delve deep into the intricate designs of their psyches, be it the videotapes of unspeakable evil in Serpent's Path, the live footage reminding the inability to communicate of Pulse and To The Ends of the Earth or, in the…

  • Cemetery of Splendor

    Cemetery of Splendor

    ★★★★½

    There's a sequence exactly halfway into the film that I think perfectly communicates the way in which the film's states of reality, dream and memory interact with each other. If you've seen the film, you know the one—a wonderful shot of a cinema complex's escalator and its multiple levels from above, while people go up and down dissolving into a wide view of soldiers dormant in hospital beds, beautifully bathed in the neon lights radiating from the machines supposed to…

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  • Branded to Kill

    Branded to Kill

    ★★★★½

    Suzuki's black and white pop-art pulp abstraction becomes even more fascinating with every single viewing; what's essentially a noir story of competition among assassins gets inevitably boiled down to its feverish basics, and instead becomes a deep dive into the crumbling psyche of a man whose power fantasy of sex, violence and the irrecognizable middle ground between the two gets torn apart by the frailty of his own hyper-masculinity and the uncertainty of life itself. His mind is a tight…

  • Pink Narcissus

    Pink Narcissus

    ★★★★★

    Anger opened up the Gents Room door and this is what came out from there; boyish fantasies about the possibilities of sex and kink, glorifying the male body and its own indulgence. Aesthetically, you could say this is a bit derivative from Anger's campier experiments (especially The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Scorpio Rising and Kustom Kar Kommandos), and thematically it could seem rather hollow at first glance, but Bidgood's eye for compositions and the film's feverish candy-colored veil reveal…