Millennium Actress (2001)

Satoshi Kon paints a magnificent picture with 2001’s Millennium Actress, a stunning and dramatic animated feature. Featuring a screenplay by Kon and Sadayuki Murai, this film contends with some significant symbolism but never gets carried away. It weaves a human tale, telling a story of love and longing and consumption.

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Sex and Fury (1973)

Directed by Norifumi Suzuki, Sex and Fury is one of the most renowned of the pinku eiga films to be produced by the Toei Company. Featuring a screenplay by Suzuki, Tarō Bonten and Masahiro Kakefuda, this 1973 motion picture melds the sensibilities of Meiji period Japan with the splaying sex and violence of exploitation cinema.

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Miami Connection (1987)

Korean martial artist Y.K. Kim is responsible for Miami Connection, a 1987 action picture that is so defiant in its earnestness that it’s hard to resist. Kim directs this Z-movie along with Richard Park. Both contributed to the story, while Joseph Diamond is credited with the screenplay.

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The Big Doll House (1971)

Jack Hill directs The Big Doll House, one of the first of the popular “women in prison” exploitation films. The genre had been circulating since at least the 1930s, with outings like Hold Your Man introducing audiences to the plight of women behind bars. In the case of this 1971 picture, Hill and screenwriter Don […]

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The Giant Claw (1957)

When audiences in 1957 got a look at the monster in Fred F. Sears’ The Giant Claw, they “went into hysterics.” It was enough to make star Jeff Morrow sink into his seat in hopes of not being recognized, with the “feathered nightmare on wings” chewing the hell out of the Empire State Building and […]

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Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

Directed by Sam Firstenberg, Revenge of the Ninja is the second of three unrelated ninja pictures from Cannon Films. The first entry, Enter the Ninja, introduced the West to Japanese martial artist Sho Kosugi and his many talents. This 1983 follow-up not only features Kosugi again, it pulls his nine-year-old son Kane Kosugi into the […]

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Ninja Terminator (1985)

It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to something like Ninja Terminator. This 1985 actioner from Hong Kong director Godfrey Ho is the stuff of Z-movie legend, with its cut-and-paste technique, madcap music, insane plot, bizarre characters, Garfield phone, off-kilter cinematography, toy robot, and throwing stars amounting to one of the most […]

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Savage Beach (1989)

Andy Sidaris plays to his strengths in Savage Beach, a mediocre B-movie from 1989 that assembles such luminaries as Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, Teri Weigel, and Michael J. Shane. This bevy of bodacious bods stacks the vacuous feature with plenty of eye candy, continuing Sidaris’ proclivity for “bullets, bombs and babes.”

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Picasso Trigger (1988)

Andy Sidaris returns to the silicone-enhanced well with Picasso Trigger, a 1988 action-adventure B-movie that naturally features a fleet of no less than seven Playboy Playmates. Once again, the filmmaker is in charge of the screenplay. And once again, “bullets, bombs and babes” are the order of the day.

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Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)

Andy Sidaris directs and writes Hard Ticket to Hawaii, a 1987 continuance of the sleazy extravaganza that was Malibu Express. The action shifts to Hawaii, a locale that many of the filmmaker’s subsequent B-movies would hold dear. Once again, the cast is stacked with Playboy Playmates, Penthouse Pets, bit players, and soap stars.

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