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  1. Blu-ray Review: "Ley Lines" (1999)

    A trio of Japanese youths of Chinese descent escape their semi-rural upbringing and relocate to Shinjuku, a special ward in Tokyo, where they befriend a troubled Shanghai prostitute and fall foul of a local crime syndicate.

    Like many of Miike's works, including the two previous "Black Society Trilogy" entries, the film examines the underbelly of respectable Japanese society and the problems of assimilation faced by non-ethnically Japanese people in Japan. Although it may ...
  2. Blu-ray Review: "Rainy Dog" (1997)

    A Japanese assassin (Show Aikawa) stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet, when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him. In a broad sense, the narrative follows in the tradition of Kenji Misumi's "Lone Wolf and Cub" (1972), as well as Luc Besson's "The Professional" (1994), which had a strong influence on Miike. In all three, a much-too-young child follows in the footsteps of a killer.

    Show Aikawa, who also appears ...
  3. DVD Review: Bleed

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    Instances such as the ones portrayed in director Tripp Rhame’s “backwoods town with evil history” film Bleed baffle my ever-shrinking gray matter, mainly due to the inane thought processes of supposedly fairly intelligent folks… ah well, at least it makes for interesting viewing, doesn’t it?

    Our spotlight shines on young newlywed twosome Sarah (Crisp) and Matt (Steger), and their love for each other is only eclipsed by the hopes ...