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Shin Godzilla

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi

Writer: Hideaki Anno

Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Jun Kunimura

Cert: 12

Running time: 120 mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: When a giant lizard emerges from Tokyo Bay and wreaks havoc in the city, the Japanese government debates how to handle the crisis.

What’s the verdict: A running gag throughout the blackly comic Shin Godzilla is, whenever the King of Monsters embarks on another round of Tokyo stomping mayhem, there is a governmental reshuffle.

This administrative pinball is conveyed through rapid fire subtitles announcing which position key characters now hold. Don’t try reading them on a first watch. You’ll get nowhere and it’s not needed to follow the plot.

Best known before viewing is that Shin God...

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The Wailing

the-wailing-posterDirector: Na Hong-jin

Writer: Na Hong-jin

Cast: Kwak Do-won, Jun Kunimura, Chun Woo-hee, Hwang Jung-min

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 156mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: In a rural South Korean village the locals begin to act psychotically deranged, murdering loved ones. The villagers believe a Japanese stranger is to blame and a slow-witted police sergeant must solve the mystery before it comes close to home.

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What’s the verdict: Six long years have passed since writer/director Na Hong-jin’s blistering action thriller The Yellow Sea. Unfortunately, when watching The Wailing you are left wishing he had spent a year or so more fine tuning this horror epic.

Overlong but underdeveloped and often incoherent, The Wailing boasts a number of stand-out moments but collapses under its own...

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The World of Kanako

World of Kanako - Nakashima - posterDirector: Tetsuya Nakashima

Writer: Tetsuya Nakashima (screenplay) Akio Fukamachi (novel)

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Miki Nakatani, Nana Komatsu, Jun Kunimura, Hiroya Shimizu, Asuka Kurosawa

Cert: 18 TBC

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Ultraviolent, nightmarish thriller from the director of the multi-award winning Confessions, this is too wild and brutal to receive a similar level of love. But, unrelenting and bludgeoning though it may be, Testuya Nakashima’s latest is a phantasmagoric, exhilarating tale of family secrets, madness and murder. And Koji Yakusho’s ex-cop hunting for his missing daughter is one frighteningly memorable monster.

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The full verdict: Director Tetsuya Nakashima dislikes being bound to a single genre and The World of Kanako, his first film since 2010’s Co...

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