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The legend of Yamashita's Gold lures a treasure hunter and his group deep into the Indonesian jungle. Once they are trapped in an abandoned World War II Japanese bunker, they face the terrifying reality that the only way out is to go further in

Starring:
James Taenaka, Miki Mizuno
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring James Taenaka, Miki Mizuno, Joe Taslim, Sam Hazeldine
Director Steven Sheil
Genres Horror
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 13 May 2013
Main languages English

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 8 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
With so many horror B-movies with the word ‘dead’ in the title, you could be forgiven for thinking that ‘Dead Mine’ would contain hordes of cheaply-made up flesh-eating ghouls hunting down a cast list of annoyingly-attractive drama students. It doesn’t though. Instead it’s more one of those films where a group of surprisingly unattractive platoon of soldiers encounter a bunker of undead Nazis (with disastrous consequences).

And it’s always Nazis. It seems you can’t tunnel more than two feet below Europe without unearthing a secret World War II experiment of some kind or another. But not here. Dead Mine is completely different. Here we’re in an island off the coast of Japan and there isn’t a single psychotic World War II scientist to be found. They’re Japanese instead. Here, our hapless treasure hunters get trapped in (guess what?) a mine, only to be stalked by what can best be described as Samauri Golum gimps.

It’s like if ‘Decent’ and ‘Outpost’ had a child, then ‘Dead Mine’ would be their offspring. Only it’s not really as good as either. That’s not to say that it’s (that) bad. It’s no classic (not even a cult classic), but, if you’re in the mood, it’s watchable enough.

Performances aren’t anything special. You’ll pretty much guess who’s going to die and in which order from the beginning, as most people’s motives are pretty self explanatory.

There’s not as much gore as you might think, which will annoy some people. The budget obviously didn’t allow for that much in the way of special effects.

The story is as you’d expect and starts off pretty well, however the final act gets a little weird and may leave you wondering what happened.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This horror film is set on an Indonesian island. A group of explorers, comprising two young American men and their Japanese girlfriends, are on an expedition to the island, escorted by four, paid for hire, armed Japanese soldiers. As they work their way through a jungle, they come under fire from some local pirates.
They take cover in an abandoned mine, which was used by the Japanese army as a bunker in World War II. As they enter the mine, the pirates detonate a grenade behind them, which seals them inside the bunker. These opening twenty minutes actually quite reminded me of the opening parts of Schwarzenegger's Predator - i.e. mercenaries hired to escort people through a risk laden jungle - Predator (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] [1987]
It transpires that one of the Americans is looking for hidden gold, looted by the Japanese soldiers in World War II. One of the Japanese ladies is an expert in military history, and she's looking for documents and artefacts relating to the historical use of the bunker as a medical research centre, a place where experiments on human beings took place.
The group wander deeper and deeper into the bunker, it's labyrinthine and suitably foreboding. The film builds slowly, but it's well acted and stays interesting.
What follows in the second half of the film, is basically a battle for survival between the humans, and some murderous, cave dwelling humanoid creatures. They're albino, hairless monsters, with decayed flesh, who can see in the dark, and move about stealthily and silently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 1 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
A group of explorers enter a cave on an Indonesian island that was once home to a special Japanese bunker. The members of the group have their own reasons for going on the trip, ones that they don't share immediately. As it happens pirates with entrance sealing grenades are also on the island. Out explorers venture into the cave in order to find a way out. They realize this was not an ordinary bunker and one that is still occupied.

If we changed the setting, and made the Japanese into Nazis, then we would have seen this film a half dozen times before. The plot was well put together. There was good diversity within the group, but the characters came off boring. The setting was drab and military gray by design, which made it unexciting.

It is worthy of a rental. Won't be in my collection until it is on some multi-pack.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bakuryuu Tyranno on 14 May 2014
Format: DVD
The formula of soldiers facing something highly unusual has become quite common. And frankly, there's only two things making this any different.

First, while you'd expect a straight-up splatter flick, it manages some unsettling atmosphere and good character writing. I certainly didn't expect to be actually scared by it. Right, it was only scary briefly, but that's beside the point.

And secondly there's not just generic near-human monsters often found in similar films since "The Descent". There's something else too, though thats about all I can tell you without spoilers.

Hmm... "The Descent" didn't have soldiers, "Dog Soldiers" did... those two share a director too... weird...
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