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Mindflesh [DVD] [2008]
Mindflesh [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Peter Bramhill
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £2.04

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one to delve into and delve into again., 16 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Mindflesh [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Writer / director Robert Pratten first made his mark on the horror genre with festival favourite London Voodoo (2004). He gave a familiar premise a fresh spin and whilst not completely successfully - it loses its footing towards the end - there was enough promise evident to mark him as a name to watch. Rather than stick to a formula, as most horror movie makers do, Pratten has changed direction with his second feature, moving away from voodoo and the supernatural and towards a genre that acclaimed director David Cronenberg left hanging to go making movies with Viggo Mortensen - body horror.

A big fan of writer William Scheinmann's short stories, Pratten was all too keen to get his hands on the writer's 'Buddhist horror novel' White Night and found himself not disappointed. He decided to option it straight away. Pratten adapted the story, re-titling it to MindFlesh and changing the location from San Francisco to London. Released through Pratten's Zen Films, whose motto is to produce movies that are 'entertaining, thought-provoking and irreverent,' the movie's trailer caused a bit of a fuss on the internet, being banned from both Facebook and YouTube due to its nudity content.

Nudity in movies always causes a bit of a fuss. It has always been perfectly acceptable to show people being shot, stabbed, whatever but just don't think of having naked flesh parading around in your movie. It raises the censor's shackles and outrages people - rather odd when you consider that it's just people in their most natural state. The movie's nakedness is never sensationalistic and much like Cronenberg's treatment of the same, the camera worships the flesh rather than exploits it.

Pratten is clever enough not to play his cards too early with the plot, keeping the viewer hooked throughout. MindFlesh has a dreamlike quality with little in the way of dialogue to move things along outside of the odd bit of exposition. Pratten is proving to be a unique voice in today's horror climate, and as he did with London Voodoo, is doing something that isn't currently in vogue. It isn't a remake, a re-imagining, or torture porn. Pratten takes familiar genre strands and does his own thing with them and by his own admission has come up with something far more adventurous than his first feature.

MindFlesh is a complete mind fxxk that is not afraid to take the viewer to some unexpected places with a sudden peek of a middle aged woman's privates proving an unexpected shock, just one of a number of striking images. Complimented by an excellent score courtesy of Arban Severin, whose partner Steven (founder member of Siouxse and the Banshees) provided the score for London Voodoo, the overall experience is kind of trippy and surreal.

Given how reliant the movie is upon visual effects, it is pleasing to report that they are of an acceptable standard. The aliens, a kind of an amalgamation between a severed human head and a developing cow's udder, took the effects team three months to create. Electing to go with prosthetics the monster feels more palpable, more real than it would have done had Pratten preferred the CGI route.

The most recognisable member of the cast is Christopher Fairbank whose wealth of experience in TV and movies - such as Batman, The Fifth Element and Alien 3, rather than Aliens as the marketing blurb states - that stands him in good stance for shouting out explanatory dialogue to the lead character and the audience so we can keep up with what's going on.

Elsewhere the cast play second fiddle to the effects and the mood created. That is not to say that they are lifeless or are badly acted, it's just not the sort of film where a level of performance is applicable.MindFlesh is deliberately limited in dialogue allowing the visuals and the atmosphere to carry the film to its resolution with the cast merely ciphers in its sensual web.

With its art-house vibe and Facebook / You Tube upsetting nudity MindFlesh will not be for all tastes but for those with a penchant for something different to the present horror status quo this is one to delve into and delve into again. EatMyBrains

Scarlet Pimpernel - The Complete Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [1999]
Scarlet Pimpernel - The Complete Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Richard E.Grant
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £13.40

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Value!!!, 9 Sept. 2010
Richard E Grant, Martin Shaw and Elizabeth McGovern all head players in this outstanding saga of the `Scarlet Pimpernel`. I have been a fan of this since watching it on BBC, yet missed some episodes, now wishing to catch up on 12 one-hour episodes on 4 discs, the whole series. Hours and hours of wonderful TV viewing. I say to you, if you miss it, it's your loss!

SUS [Dvd]
SUS [Dvd]
Dvd ~ Clint Dyer
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £5.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop-and-Search, 27 Aug. 2010
This review is from: SUS [Dvd] (DVD)
Two racist cops interrogate a young British-born West Indian man on the eve of the election night when Thatcher's Conservative party came to power in 1979.
SUS isn't trendy street slang, it is the informal name for the highly controversial stop-and-search law that allowed police to detain individuals on nothing more than suspicion (`sus'). Barrie Keeffe, writer of The Long Good Friday, took one of the many cases of what amounted to institutionalised racism and very loosely adapted it for the stage in the late Seventies. This film was also written by him, adapted from his own stage play.
Keeffe expertly begins building a pervading sense of dread and unease, from the fake smiles and forced politeness that do little to hide the detectives' utter contempt for their suspect, Delroy, to the way in which he gradually makes us realise that all is not as it seems. The whole film plays out in one interview room, leading suspense to build until the claustrophobia becomes almost unbearable. As though sensing this, director Robert Heath provides brief respite by way of blood-soaked flashbacks.
SUS is wordy, dialogue-driven and tough going. The slow-burning tension as we wait for the seemingly inevitable eruption of violence is palpable. And it is all sustained through dialogue that holds the audience in a vice-like grip - the images it paints are of a deeply troubled nation and the cyclical helplessness and hopelessness spawned by the plight of poverty stricken immigrants in Britain in the Sixties and Seventies. This is brought crashing home and is still as powerful, resonant and relevant a subject today as it ever was.
The performances of the three actors are all pitch perfect. As Delroy, Clint Dyer exhibits a real sense of dignity and humanity through his helplessness. Rafe Spall already played a highly unreasonable cop in Hot Fuzz - as Wilby, he shakes off the comedic undertones and goes all out to exude real menace under a too-thinly veiled sheen of disgust and smug detachment. Ralph Brown as the sadistic Karn effortlessly makes the blood boil as he calls his wife to enquire what's for dinner, moments after he has relayed to Delroy the news of the man's wife's death.
At times the brutality of the psychological torture the pair inflict on Delroy threatens to detach the viewer and numb them to proceedings; though thanks to the flawless performances, this never quite happens. Instead we are plunged further into the dark, dank realms of institutionalised racism and all the blood-boiling fury it conjures.
The setting of 1979 indicates that with Thatcher's Tory party consistently moving further right, issues of race and immigration are only set to get worse in Britain and remain at the centre of political debate for some time to come. With a new `Nationality' Act just around the corner, despair looks set to prevail.
Grim, relentless, thought-provoking and powerful, SUS is not an easy ride - but then it shouldn't really be, given the questions it poses and the dark, troubling themes it addresses head on and without relief.

Meat Grinder [DVD]
Meat Grinder [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mai Charoenpura
Price: £6.86

39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did it get through UNCUT?, 29 July 2010
This review is from: Meat Grinder [DVD] (DVD)
Thai horror has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years, which probably explains why we seem to be watching so many of them these days. With that in mind, lets see what's on the menu for tonight. Directed by Tiwa Moeithaisong, 2009 Thai horror hit Meat Grinder serves up a sumptuous feast of murder, mayhem, dismemberment and cannibalism, taking the "torture porn" sub-genre to the giddiest of heights. This gory yet beautiful tale stars Mai Charouenpura (Suriyothai) as a deranged woman in 1970s Thailand running a noodle stall and hearing voices in her head - colour her crazy indeed. When she finds a dying man in her stall one night, she comes up with the idea of chopping him up and grinding the body parts for her noodle soup. I know - that's the first thing I thought of as well. It turns out to be one of her most popular dishes, and as the stall generates more business, she realises that she needs more bodies to cater for increased customer demand. A banquet of horror to tantalise your taste buds then, the table is booked and your seat at the table is reserved, Meat Grinder is coming to UK shores uncut and incredibly uncomfortable.

Fans of Dumplings and Sweeney Todd will know what to expect, it seems that food equates to horror more often than not these days, kind of puts you off eating out if you ask me. Bus (Mai Charouenpura) takes to killing people in the most gruesome of fashion, and Tiwa Moeithaisong's camera lingers on every open wound. It's a hard watch at times - legs are torn off, fingernails are hammered hard, bodies are hung out to dry on meat hooks, you know the drill. There isn't a drill from what I remember but you get the point. Despite the regular bouts of violence, Meat Grinder remains captivating throughout courtesy of a compelling performance from Mai. No matter how many times she slices and dices, the nature of the plot ensures that you side with her all the way. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way, not just at the hands of our favourite chef, but the tragic back-story provides plenty of meat to pick at too. There's a love interest as well, adding romance, desire and hidden truths to an enticing recipe that surprises with its effectiveness.

Tiwa Moeithaisong gives his film a vibrant feel, incorporating several filmmaking techniques along the way. Colour filters, scratches and old film stock are incorporated to give the film its unique taste. Edgy is probably a good word to describe it, and that's without taking into account the copious torture and violence. If you have a hard time watching somebody nail a human hand to the floor, this latest assault on the senses isn't for you. Meat Grinder comes on like a horror film when Bus lets loose on the crazy, but there's a lot more to it than that. We're safe in the arms of human drama for the most part, a film in which violence and tragedy breeds yet more violence and tragedy. Performances are solid throughout, the score is striking and Meat Grinder impresses with every mouthful. Gore hounds will adore the lashings of violence, and fans of Asian drama will find plenty of spice to keep them hooked. So if you grew up on a diet of Freezer and Art of the Devil you should all ready be licking your lips at the prospect of yet another mouth-watering delight. 24framespersecond
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20th Century Boys: The Complete Saga [DVD] [2008]
20th Century Boys: The Complete Saga [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Etsushi Toyokawa

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the boundaries of what is possible in Japanese cinema., 6 Jun. 2010
Expectations are one thing, delivering a trilogy of films based upon Naoki Urasawa's masterpiece is an altogether more terrifying proposition. 20th Century Boys tells the tale of a group of children who hang out together in a grassy den after school. They create a book that depicts future Armageddon; they call it the Book of Prophecy. Sometime later the grown ups meet at a school reunion, people are dying at the hands of a sinister cult led by a mysterious leader known only as `Friend', it soon becomes apparent that the time they spent together as children is having a major influence on current events. Their predictions are coming true and the mysterious cult is using the symbol they created as their logo. Worse than that, it soon becomes apparent that the nine grown ups are also responsible for the future of mankind and only they can save Earth from destruction.

The first film is almost two and a half hours long, and it's fair to say that not an awful lot actually happens. There's very little action to speak of (though the finale sets up part two rather nicely) apart from a giant robot ripping through Japanese city streets. That's over two hours into the movie though, before then we are witness to character development and foundations being laid. There are elements of Stephen King in there, maybe that's just down to the structure, but there are similarities between this opening chapter and King's It, without the rubbish spider of course. The characters and structure are engaging and the central plot is such a doozy that you'll find it incredibly hard to resist the films lure; it should definitely find a friend in you.

The second film, or rather `the terrifying second act', was always going to be a hard sell. There's no beginning and no end, but Yukihiko Tsutsumi has to do enough to keep the viewer engrossed if he wants them back for part three. The Last Hope kicks off 15 years after the events of the first film, introducing us to a country that has fallen under the spell of cult leader Friend. Kenji (Karasawa Toshiaki), has been missing since the bloody New Year's Eve showdown, and is branded a terrorist along with his classmates. Kenji's niece Kanna (Taira Airi), the cute kid in the baseball cap from part one, has grown up into a spunky high school student who still looks cute in a baseball cap. For her rebellious behaviour, Kanna is sent to `Friend Land' for indoctrination, and earns the chance to enter a virtual reality world that holds the secret to Friend's identity. Which basically amounts to a bunch of girls playing light gun games and blasting computer-generated renditions of Kenji and his friends, a challenge that doesn't go down too well at first. With Kanna's life in danger, faces from the past emerge from the shadows, but can they save the world from oblivion once more? Who exactly is Friend, and what does his New Book of Prophecy have in store for the rest of the world? Also, is this in any way related to the smoke monster from Lost?

Taira Airi's Kanna carries much of the films weight, taking over from uncle Kenji in part one, and it's a refreshing change of pace to follow events from a young girls perspective. There are fewer flashbacks to be found here, much of the movie takes place in future Japan, so the story is a little more linear this time around. Don't worry if you like your movies knee deep in conspiracy though, there are plenty of questions raised in part two, its very much business as usual with The Last Hope. There's not much action to speak of, plenty of exposition to wade through, and any explanations are provided with the same slow burning tease. If you weren't impressed with the style and execution of part one, don't even bother taking a chance on part two. Performances are strong, future Japan is striking and the returning themes of friendship, trust and honour are ever present.

The final chapter brings Kenji back to the heart of the movie; Kanna is relegated to sidekick and even more characters are introduced. With so many characters and story arcs, you'll need to have the previous movies fresh in your mind before taking on this intriguing, not to mention baffling, finale. There are lots of flashbacks and most of the loose ends are tied up in a satisfactory manner. In an unlikely twist, Friend is given room to grow; his welcome back-story weaves a fascinating tale of loneliness and heartache. The effects are more effective than ever, used sparingly but worth every penny. Lets be honest though, who doesn't like giant robots destroying entire city landscapes? Every movie should have at least one, and 20th Century Boys manages two, colour me very happy indeed. We'll leave the flying saucers for another time. The final chapter closes with a different ending to the manga, so don't go thinking it's time for a brew when the final credits roll. There are another fifteen minutes to play out yet, and the films ending is both surprising and quietly affecting.

20th Century Boys is a wonderful trilogy of films, engrossing and intoxicating in equal measures. It's not perfect and it does require patience at times, the pedestrian nature of the films plotting might put some viewers off, but for a manga/movie adaptation that was considered by many to be unfilmable, 20th Century Boys can be considered a considerable success. Mixing science fiction, giant robots and Stephen King sensibilities, this is eight hours of your life well spent. Like all good things, it has to come to an end, and the final reveal is well worth the wait, not just because you can finally get on with your life either. Here's hoping the makers of Lost can do the same thing, now that really would be something... "24framespersecond"

Ju-on - The Grudge - White And Black Ghost [DVD] [2009]
Ju-on - The Grudge - White And Black Ghost [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Hiroki Suzuki

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ju-on" has returned at its 10th Anniversary!!, 3 Mar. 2010
Anyone who's ever watched the first "Ju-on" (the original Japanese version), before America came-a-calling to plunder the story and make one of their own would remember how scary it was. Several sequels later, from both Japan and America, comes another Japanese sequel.

But wait, from the title "Ju-on: White Ghost and Black Ghost", apparently there are two ghosts. What gives you say? Well, it has two separate movies in one, so that's already worth the price of ticket admission. Take it this way; if you don't like one ghost, you can always take the other.

On a serious note, however, the movie starts off with the story of the White Ghost. It begins with a family massacre. A son murders five members of his family when he starts to hear a cassette tape of a voice that keeps repeating, "I'll go. I'll go soon..." He himself then commits suicide, also recording a similar message. The White Ghost then starts to haunt everyone who is related to the house, visited the house, or has a connection to anyone in the house. However, the one who is most affected is Akane (Akina Minami) who has a sixth sense, and also a childhood friend of the murdered little girl from the massacre.

The second movie, of the Black Ghost has more in common with the original "Ju-on" movie. It is about a nurse Yuko (Ai Kago) who takes care of a patient Fukie, only to have the spirit of Fukie's unborn twin haunt her, hence the Black Ghost. And yes, it's a dark ghost, which thus explains its name. It also explains the origins of the ghost in the original "Ju-on" movie.

Certainly, both "White Ghost" and "Black Ghost" are worthy additions to the franchise, and serve as a fine reminder of why the series became so popular in the first place. The return of the industrious, pale skinned ankle grabbers is very welcome, as will be further sequels if this level of quality can be maintained.
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Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl [DVD] [2009]
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Yukie Kawamura

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating: 10 out of 10, 4 Jan. 2010
I have to confess to being a Yoshihiro Nishimura virgin, having missed Tokyo Gore Police, and furthermore haven't seen any other contemporary Japanese exploitation splatter - films like Noburo Iguchi's Machine Girl - of the genre he is associated with. So forgive me if I start to gush about this beautiful, crazy film that hit me round the head like a hammer made out of LSD, as it was something quite new to me, and I think it represents something quite new and exciting for horror cinema.

A high school soap opera set up has the class heart-throb Mizushima, good looking but familiarly bland and wet - it's the girls who run this film - caught between the attentions of class bully Keiko, a spoilt Gothic Lolita Harajuku girl who abuses her position as the vice principle's daughter, and quiet but pretty new girl Monami, who just happens to be a vampire. Alongside them in the classroom are members of bizarre, exaggerated youth cults - a team of girls hacking at their wrists in practice for the Annual High School Wrist Cutting Championships, chanting team slogans that include the line "Show me more attention!"; and even more controversially a brave send-up of the ganguro youth culture that led quite a few members of the Frightfest audience - not a film viewing public known for their sensitivity - to walk out of the screening. It's worth saying a bit more about this.

The Japanese ganguro - translated as "black face" - youth subculture involves the use of tanning products to create overly-darkened, unnatural orange or brown skin set-off by brightly coloured clothing and accessories. In Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl the ganguros go further, their faces grotesque parodies of African features with Afro wigs, black make-up and prosthetics, for example giant lips and noses and in one ganguro girl, a plate through the lips. When we are first presented with these characters context-free in the classroom the immediate reaction is one of outraged confusion; however later in the film, as the ganguros enthuse about the black race being "the coolest race" as they quote Barack Obama and practice athletics, it becomes quite obvious that Nishimura and co-director Tomamatsu are sending up the wrong-headedness and surface-deep obsessions of extreme Japanese youth culture, not to mention the lack of identity amongst Japanese youth. It is a shame that this was lost on so much of the audience, and a sign of how controversial the film may be in the west.

The wrist-cutters and the ganguros are in possession of superhuman abilities - super-strong wrists in the case of the wrist-cutters, and super-powerful legs in the athletics-obsessed ganguros - and their body parts are used by Keiko to undergo a Frankenstein transformation in order to defeat love-rival Monami, who seemed to have roundly finished her off with her vampire powers earlier in the film. The battle between them is a riot of over-the-top action and ridiculous splatter scenes whose only precedent I can think of is the "Salad Days" Month Python sketch. A dizzying mixture of techniques is used, from CGI and crude stop-motion to highly choreographed slow-motion scenes, often played out in a fine spray of fuschia-coloured blood in keeping with the gaudy psychedelia of the film. These scenes are relentless and fill most of the film, running the risk of overkill - which they sometimes do. The film's finale though plays on the classic Japanese monster movie as Keiko's body parts are upgraded further in the only logical direction such an illogical film can take, managing to go the extra step needed in an action-packed boss battle at the top of the Tokyo Tower.

Its look is more video game than horror film, the montaged special effects and bright colours reminding me of Capcom's Viewtiful Joe, a game that plundered Japanese pop culture from the 1960s onward to make a kitsch but super-hardcore twitch classic. Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl's relentlessness and refusal to hold your hand through its shocking content is in some ways part of the same thing, an inversion of the usual lazy safety that kitsch post-modernism represents. Just think what a kitsch film called Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl would entail if it were made in the UK or the US - an ironic plod through Hammer and Rocky Horror with a cast of Goth girls and a turgid rock soundtrack - and compare it to this, viciously sending up present day culture rather than the safe targets of the past, taking day-glo rather than black as its default palate, and even managing to make vampirism sexy again for the first time since the nineteen-eighties, mainly by completely exorcising the Gothic posturing that has become synonymous with the subject.

I don't give a score of ten out of ten lightly but this film is unlike anything else I've ever seen. Compared to its western gore-comedy counterparts, stuck in a rut of nineteen-seventies Video Nasty parody, it is a huge breath of fresh air. Though expertly made it isn't without flaws, but they are so irrelevant in the face of its overriding hilarious, shocking sense of fun they just don't figure. This is the sort of cinema that really raises the bar, and western film makers would do well to take note.
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Heartland - The Complete First Season [DVD] [2007]
Heartland - The Complete First Season [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Michelle Morgan
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £9.99

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Series Ever! Especially for horse people :), 30 Dec. 2009
My daughter was so excited to see they have started selling this to the UK now! She been an avid Heartland TV watcher, it has recently started on E4 (they film in Canada) so I can say this series is an absolute success! She has read all of the books when she was younger and they do differ from the TV series (new character added, mostly riding western but some english, new horses added) but they follow the general idea of a healing place for horses and people. She says, even if you've never read the books you can still jump right into the series as well (and you should read the books too there great)! and if you've read the books you'll love it! definitely her favorite TV show to watch!! If your not sure about buying it check out a preview on youtube and you'll love it- good for kids(10/11 + she says), teens, and everyone really!

Total Yoga Box Set [DVD]
Total Yoga Box Set [DVD]

128 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Great After All These Years!, 30 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Total Yoga Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
122 of 123 people found the following review helpful - from Total Yoga go visit the Total Yoga Original title, as below, to see the comments from the people that really know this range of programmes....

I originally reviewed this wonderful program (VHS version)in June of 2002. Since then I have continued to practice daily and because I like variety in my practice, I've gradually amassed over 80 yoga DVD's and VHS's (which is not as insane or expensive as it sounds since a lot of them came in packs of 3 or 5 :)). That being said, I just did this program this morning and thought I'd share my updated point of view. Well, even after all these years it still stands up as a fabulous and well rounded practice! In fact, I bought it on DVD today.

If I was to compare it to the "Flow Series" programs in terms of difficulty, I'd say it's perhaps similar in terms of level to the "Water" program, though it does have a more intense inversion section with a long "Plow" and "Shoulderstand".

Someone brand new to yoga would probably be better off starting with something like Yoga Zone's "Yoga Basics" (in fact I would recommend getting either their "Yoga Basics Five Pack" or "Ultimate Collection" which is a six DVD set. Each of the DVD's in either collection have two-twenty minute self contained programs.

At that point you can easily move into Total Yoga's Flow Series "Earth" program and then maybe the "Water" program before this one because it has a half shoulderstand rather than a full version of that pose, that would be a good preparation for this.

Either way, I've written out the sequence and thought this might help those interested in seeing exactly how this program is put together.

Total Yoga: Overview of Sequence.

Ujayi Breathing/Three Part Breath

Half Spinal Rolls/Full Back Rolls/Bent legs spinal twist

Clasped forward fold then come up to Tadasana

"D" Series Salutation (5 x's) (which contains rolls and leg raises)

"C" Series Salutation w variations (12 position Sun Salutation w/lunges "Sivananda style")

Modified "A" Series Salutation (without Chaturanga (low pushup position)


Pyramid Pose (parsvottanasana)

Standing Knee Balance to King Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)

Down Dog w/ extended leg to Pigeon Pose

Bow sequence (Hands clasped behind back, chest lifted/Bow with head down and legs up/Full Bow pose)

Embryo (child's pose)/Neck Release

Pose of Nobility (Gomukhasana: "Cow Face" Pose with arm clasp variation)/Spinal Twist

Half Spinal Rolls

Janu Sirsasana (One leg forward bend)

Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

Lying Spinal Twist

Knees into chest to Back Release Position

Plow/Shoulderstand Sequence

Fish Position

Seated Breathing


Seated Meditation..... Namaste
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Samurai Princess [DVD] [2009]
Samurai Princess [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Aino Kishi
Price: £6.64

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breast Grenades are go!, 10 Nov. 2009
The film's pedigree should certainly give fans of the form reason to be excited, with it having been directed by Kengo Kaji, the co-writer of Tokyo Gore Police and featuring effects by Yoshihiro Mishimura, the director of said genre highpoint. Also likely to be of no small enticement is the presence of AV actress Aino Kishi in the lead role, with support from fellow AV star Mihiro (recently in the horror The Cruel Restaurant)

Aino Kishi playing neither a Samurai nor a Princess, but an android killing machine stitched together from the parts of eleven young girls who were raped and killed by a particularly nasty gang of miscreants. Brought back to life by a mad scientist, she sets off on al revenge spree, slicing and dicing her way through hordes of strangely clad enemies and bizarre villains.

Given its director and the involvement of Yoshihiro Mishimura, most viewers should know well in advance whether or not Samurai Princess is likely to be a film for them. For those who don't, or for the curious, the first 5 minutes of the film will make things abundantly clear one way or the other, featuring such delightful scenes as the heroine removing a man's brain to quite literally read his mind and her detaching her breasts to hurl at her enemies. Certainly, the film is bloody even by the standards of the genre, packing in an impressive amount of dismemberment, evisceration, mutilation and shots of characters being torn apart by freakish villains with weapons for body parts.

With the gore factor and general insanity being the main draws, and for fans of the form Samurai Princess certainly more than delivers. Definitely one of the better and livelier examples of Japanese extreme cinema, it offers cheerfully sick entertainment for those with strong stomachs and a fondness for low budget wackiness.

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