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Movie Review: Sadako vs Kayako (The Ring vs The Grudge)
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Sadako vs Kayako
Directed by Koji Shiraishi
Written by Takashi Shimizu & Koji Suzuki
Starring Masahiro Komoto, Mizuki Yamamoto, Aimi Satsukawa, Tina Tamashiro, Maiko Kikuchi, Masanobu Ando, Runa Endo
Shudder
Release date: January 26, 2017

King Kong vs. Godzilla! Frankenstein vs. The Wolfman! Freddy vs. Jason! Horror has always managed to take its greatest antagonists and pit them against one another. In 2017 Japan, the battle rages on in Sadako vs Kayako between the two most popular ghosts of the modern J-Horror scene: Sadako, the villainous ghost from Koji Suzuki’s Ring series, and Kayako, the ghost with a grudge from Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On films. These are the two film series that helped launched J-Horror to the United States signaling a host of remakes, including Gore Verbinski’s adaptation The Ring in 2002 and Shimizu’s own remake The Grudge in 2004. Each of those films were insanely popular, grossing well over $100 million and earning sequels. The third installment of The Ring series, Rings, opens in theaters next week, while Sadako vs Kayako debuts today on Shudder, AMC’s horror streaming service.

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Blu-ray Review: Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale
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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
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DIRECTOR: Wei Te-Sheng
WRITER: Wei Te-Sheng
STARRING: Lin Ching-Tai, Masanobu Ando, Umin Boya, Vivian Hsu, Da-Ching, Chi-Wei Cheng, Sabu Kawahara, Akira Hibino, Mei-ling Lo, Michio Hayashida, Yi-Fan Hsu, Yuichi Kimura, Minoru Matsumoto, Bowkeh Kowsang, Kenji Kasai, Yoshitaka Ishizuka, Ma Ju-lung, Junji Kumagai, Jyunichi Haruta, Hiroshi Noguchi
Well Go USA
RELEASE DATE: August 7, 2012

Historical epics about the small rising up against great forces to fight for their freedom and their own land and culture are not rare. Titles like Braveheart and The Last Samurai jump to mind. But they’re also movies that don’t get old, and so long as there’s a new story to tell, people will be there to hear it.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale is one such story, one that’s not all that well known. The most expensive Taiwanese film ever made, it follows the native tribes of the island of Taiwan who are considered savages by outsiders because of their headhunting traditions, including the Japanese, who come in hoping to mine the land of its many resources after the island is ceded to them in 1895 via a treaty with China.

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