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Violence > Action

Violence > Action

One of my favourite Japanese movies is a film by former comedian, now actor/director, Kitano Takeshi, entitled Hana-bi. Hana-bi is a gritty, minimalist cop drama about a broken down detective who takes revenge on the yakuza while his wife dies from leukemia. Hana-bi is, in my opinion, the best of Kitano’s minimalist crime dramas that […]

The value of a good genre piece

The value of a good genre piece

As a generalization, critics tend to prefer titles that do something different, when it comes to genres. That could be trying to mix two or more genres in a way that hasn’t been done before, subvert commonly used tropes or start out with an unconventional premise. Suzumiya Haruhi is one of the more prominent recent […]