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Film Review: Bunny Drop (2011) by Sabu

Part of a very successful franchise that also includes a manga and an anime, “Bunny Drop” takes a lighter approach to the family drama genre.

Daikichi Kawachi is 27 years old, single and a successful businessperson, but without being very rich. At one point, he returns to his family’s house, that he has not visited for a long time, to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Once there, he discovers in amazement that a new member has been added to the family: the 6-year-old Rin Kaga, baseborn daughter of his deceased grandfather, from a woman who tended to him the last few years. Her mother has abandoned her and the rest of the family is determined to give her up for an adoption. In a moment of thoughtless enthusiasm, Daikichi decides to adopt the little girl, a decision that immediately makes him face on the hardships of single parenting.
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Film Review: Miss Zombie (2013) by Sabu

Both Sabu and the zombie genre seem to be at their best in this low-budget hidden gem, which won a number of awards internationally, including ones in Dhaka Interantional, Fantasporto, and the Grand Prize at Gérardmer.

In a world where zombies have become pets, a cage with one of them arrives in Dr. Teramoto’s house. Her guidelines mention that her name is Shara and that she should not be fed meat, just fruit and vegetables. The “package” even includes a gun, in case something goes wrong.

Shizuko, the doctor’s wife, whom he does not seem to appreciate at all, orders her to scrub the courtyard, and feeds her with rotten food, a practice repeated every day. Additionally, Shara’s daily routine includes a gang of youngsters that attack her every day and Kenichi, the youngest son of the family, who constantly takes pictures of her.
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Cobra Woman

Cobra Woman

Blu ray

Kino Lorber

1944/ 1:33 / 71 min.

Starring Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu

Directed by Robert Siodmak

In the early 40’s Universal Pictures was still best known for its shadowy black and white horror shows. That all changed in 1944 when the studio produced the kind of candy-colored dreamland not seen since Dorothy woke up to Oz. The movie was Robert Siodmak’s Cobra Woman starring Maria Montez, Jon Hall and studio stalwart Lon Chaney Jr., last seen putting the bite on Louise Allbritton in Siodmak’s Son of Dracula. There aren’t any vampires in this florid South Sea adventure but this is Universal, after all – villagers are dying and the bite marks on their throats suggest Siodmak’s latest wouldn’t stray too far from the studio’s comfort zone.

Montez plays two roles, a moony island girl named Tollea and her twin sister Naja who rules far-off
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Film Review: Janji Joni (2005) by Joko Anwar

The fact that Joko Anwar was going to become a great director became obvious from the beginning, with his debut incorporating all those elements that make his cinema unique, and particularly the extremely intelligent, pointy, and ironic sense of humor.

Joni works as a film-reel deliveryman in Jakarta, since, as Anwar eloquently explains, the distributors buy one copy of each film (made from 5-6 reels) for every two screening rooms, thus the need of people who take the reels from one cinema to another during the screenings. One day, while waiting for his next reel, he stumbles upon a gorgeous girl, who is waiting in line for a movie with her high-maintenance (to say the least) boyfriend, Otto. Joni cannot help but notice her, and the same applies to her, leading to a discussion that ends up with her promising to give him her name if he manages to deliver the reels in time.
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Interview with Sabu: “Sometimes, I let the actors run as long as possible with the camera still rolling”

Hiroyuki Tanaka, better known under the pseudonym Sabu, was born in 1964 and originally wanted to become a musician before he eventually decided to pursue a career as an actor. Over the course of his career he has worked with director such as Takashi Miike and Ryuichi Hiroki. In 1996 he directed his first film “Dangan Runner” and has been a regular in international festivals like Berlin Film Festival or New York Asian Film Festival.

While his last film “Jam” awaits its cinematic release in Germany at the end of December, we sat down with the director to talk about the themes in his work, the characters in his films and the importance of running for his movies.

You said previously that the way your main actors looked was one of the main inspirations for the film. Can you elaborate on that?

Even though the main characters may have a different personality than you,
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Trailer for New Japanese Film “Kaiji: Final Game”

Japanese director Toyo Sato’s most recent project “Kaiji: Final Game” is set for theatrical release January 20th, 2020. This is the thrid film in the series, which is based off of the manga by Noboyuki Fukumoto, who also wrote the screenplay. Tatsuya Fujiwara reprises his role as the titular Kaiji, a man forced into a the dangerous world of underground gambling.

In anticipation of the productions theatrical release, Toho has made a trailer available, which can be viewed below.

Synopsis

Kaiji (Tatsuya Fujiwara) experiences the biggest adventure of his life. He encounters four different games: “Babel no Tou,” “Saigo no Shinpan,” “Dream Jump” and “Gold Janken.” (Asian Wiki)
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Anushka Sharma draws inspiration from comic book characters

After drawing inspiration from the popular character from the Tinkle comics' Suppandi, actress Anushka Sharma new muse is another famous Indian comic character Chacha Chaudhary for the new collection of her label Nush.

"I used to read Chacha Chaudhary throughout my school days. I remember getting lost in the world of the Chacha and his partner Sabu, who used to solve such interesting cases, every single day.

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"I want to bring back the cult nostalgia of the 90s and present it in the most pop culture way through fashion," Anushka said.

She added: "Before there was computer, there was our Indian detective Chacha Chaudhary whose brain was sharper than a needle and faster than a computer! I want this collection to relive his genius."

She says homegrown comics and heroes were an "essential part of any child's growing
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‘Impact Wrestling: Bound For Glory 2019′ PPV Review

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Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling: Bound For Glory 2019, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some big matches tonight, so this might just be good. Okay, I already know, but I have to pretend. Freddy Krueger could’ve used some sun-screen. Okay, we’ve got the biggest night of Impact Wrestling’s year and it’s ready for…what word am I looking for? Oh well…glory! Bound For Glory! Yes! I rule/suck. Damn it! Why can’t I lie? At least Bfg is great. Ah! Spoiler Alert!

Match #1: Call Your Shot Gauntlet Match: Winner – Eddie Edwards

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – Eddie won the match. This went long, but didn’t have much to offer. Eddie won! Holy $#!@!

Match #2: Taya Valkyrie defeated Tenille Dashwood – Knockouts Title Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was not as good as I was hoping for,
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‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (Oct 18th 2019)

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Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and a man was reading an article and told a friend it said that pigs can have dozens of orgasms at the same time, to which the friend replied “That’s why your marriage has lasted so long.” I hope Impact is better than a horny pig, but you never know. Bound For Glory is this Sunday, so let’s get to the go-home show that will send us to Axs, next week.

Match #1: Michael Elgin def. Fallah Bahh w/ Tjp The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Elgin uses his incredible power to suplex Fallah. The feats of strength continue with a big powerslam. Fallah builds momentum with a series of palm strikes, followed by a running crossbody for a two count. Elgin hits a running clothesline for a near fall of his own.
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Film Review: A Dobugawa Dream (2018) by Asato Watanabe

Third Window has been slowly building a name for itself through its no-budget releases (“Lowlife Love” is one of my favorite movies of the latest years) and “A Dobugawa Dream” seems to fit right in the company’s collection with its Sabu-like aesthetics. Let us take things from the beginning though.

The story revolves around a young man named Tatsumi, who feels completely lost and shattered after a close friend commits suicide. Frustrated with his current situation and feeling that his house, parents and the burden of choosing a future suffocating him, he decides to flee. Eventually he ends up in the company of Tsuchiro, an elderly alcoholic tormented by his own demons and a circle of other misfits including a push-over police officer, a barmaid and a dancer.

Asato Watanabe directs a film that begins as a rather dramatic portrait of depression and of disconnected youth, but soon transforms into a surrealistic road-trip,
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Ten Best: Ecw Pay-Per-Views of All Time

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Remember Ecw? I do. Extreme Championship Wrestling was the underground wrestling phenomenon that had a cult following in the 90s and still does today. It was on the fringe. During an era of pro-wrestling that consisted of WWF booking Doink the Clown, Bastion Booger and a more cartoony product and WCW was beginning to sign former WWF talent and starting to resemble the WWF a few years earlier Ecw was the grunge-rock scene, it was punk, it was hardcore, it was edgy. Before WWF Attitude, before WCW turned Hogan heel and flew to the moon on the back of the New World Order of wrestling, brother, there was Ecw doing something that influenced pro-wrestling forever.

Now, I am a lifelong WWF fan and I loved the cartoon era because I was a kid back then, and I loved the Attitude Era, because I was a teenager, and so on, and so forth.
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Sandhya Suri “Around India With a Movie Camera” out on DVD and VoD on 9/24 by Icarus Films

Sandhya Suri skillfully weaves together archival footage – including hand-colored sequences – with a new score by Soumik Datta to create an emotionally resonant story about life across India from 1899 to 1947.

Drawn exclusively from the BFI National Archive, Around India With A Movie Camera features some of the earliest surviving film from India as well as gorgeous travelogues, intimate home movies, and newsreels from British, French and Indian filmmakers. Taking in Maharajas and Viceroys, fakirs and farmhands and personalities like Sabu and Gandhi, the film explores not only the people and places of over 70 years ago, but asks us to engage with broader themes of a shared history, shifting perspectives in the lead up to Indian independence and the ghosts of the past.

Bonus Features:

Includes three bonus films:home Life

Indian Scrapbook (11 minutes)

Scenes At His Excellency The Viceroy’S Garden Party At The Belvedere
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14th edition of the Camera Japan Festival Announces Full Programme

Camera Japan Festival has just announced this year’s full programme. The festival will be held in Rotterdam (LantarenVenster & Worm) from the 25th to the 29th of September, before moving to Kriterion in Amsterdam (from the 3rd to the 6th of October). Besides offering a rich variety of Japanese films, the festival also includes several cultural and culinary workshops, two photo exhibitions, a Camera Japan quiz and the yearly film brunch.

Film programme Camera Japan

The 14th edition of the Camera Japan Festival will open with the international premiere of “Little Miss Period” by Shinada Shunsuke. Other highlights of the 2019 selection are “Vision”, by the renowned filmmaker Kawase Naomi, “Jam” by Sabu and Melancholic, the prize-winning debut of Tanaka Seiji. The programme also includes a special screening of the classic 1932 silent film “I Was Born But…” by Ozu Yasujiro, which will be accompanied by a Live soundtrack. Anime fans can
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Film Review: Monday (2000) by Sabu

In many interviews, Japanese director Hiroyuki Tonaka, or Sabu as he is called, has explained the significance of coincidence as a theme within his work. Anything can be a source of inspiration, and while Sabu’s body of work may have traces of genre elements within, it is mostly a wild mixture of various influences ranging from music to even fashion. In general, anything can happen in one of the director’s movies and a rather ordinary heist movie can end up with the character facing an army of the undead like in his film “Drive” (2002).

With only a fuzzy recollection of what has happened in the last 24 hours, salaryman Koichi (Shinichi Tsutsumi) wakes up in an anonymous hotel room. While he endures the obligatory hangover, he tries to remember some of the events starting with a wake which ends up rather terribly for the mourning family and the guests.
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‘Aaa Triplemania 2019′ PPV Review

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Welcome to this review of Aaa’s TripleMania Pay Per View, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the biggest Aaa card of the year, with some of All Elite Wrestling’s biggest stars on the card as well. All right, let’s kick some ass…wait, I’m a #@$$?. Okay, let’s get to it.

Match #1: Astrolux, Dragon Bane and Arkangel Divino defeated Aramis, Toxin and Arez

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was fast and furious lucha libre action that opened the card at the right speed. It sounds like I work at a race track. There was plenty of wild moves that were fired off on after another. This was a fine way to start this whole thing off.

Match #2: Lady Maravilla & Villano III Jr. defeated Big Mami & Nino Hamburgeresa, Scarlett Bordeaux & Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide & Vanilla – Aaa Mixed Tag Team
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Lesnar Kept Strong Ahead of SummerSlam Match with Rollins

Mike McMahon Jul 30, 2019

Brock Lesnar put Seth Rollins in an ambulance, and then beat him up some more, on Raw last night ...

If Brock Lesnar isn't a dominant heel, then what's the point of having Brock Lesnar on your wrestling show?

Lesnar is a beast. He's one of the guys on the roster where, if the average person came across him in a bar fight, would turn and run so fast in the other direction, there'd be cartoon smoke billowing from their feet like those old Roadrunner cartoons.

Lesnar was once again dominant on Raw last night as Universal Champion, taking out Seth Rollins during a match with Dolph Ziggler and then beating him up again after dragging him out of an ambulance. It was one of the more memorable segments on Raw in recent months, probably up there with the night Dave Bautista dragged an unconscious Ric Flair from
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Interview with Sabu: “There is actually no improvisation in my films. What you see is written in the script. If the actors did that, that would mean I am losing because they think they are funnier than me.”

Hiroyuki Tanaka, or Sabu, was born in 1964 and originally studied to become a musician before he eventually changed into the acting and later on into the directing profession. Ever since his debut feature “Dangan Runner” Sabu has gained attention of critics and audiences alike. As director he has made feature such as “Monday”, “Blessing Bell” and “Happiness“. Currently his 2018 feature film “Jam” is screened at many international festivals, for example, New York Asian Film Festival.

We sat down with the director to talk about the inspiration for his film

Jam” is screening at New York Asian Film Festival

Photography by Mary Francis Gomez

What was your inspiration for “Jam”?

The three leads were determined right at the start. So, I met with each of them and created an image based on those meetings.

I worked with Sho Aoyagi, who plays the character of Hiroshi in “Jam”, for “Mr Long” and
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Film Review: Happiness (2016) by Sabu

By Shikhar Verma

Unlike what the title suggests, Japanese cult filmmaker Sabu’s “Happiness” is probably the saddest film of the year. A non-resilient, sadistic and often heart-wrenching film about memories and their truly uplifting and destructive nature.

“Happiness” screened at the New York Asian Film Festival 2017

It’s a known fact that happy moments and sad moments both have a hammering effect on our lives. They both play essential roles in breaking the monotony. While the happy moments give us joy, the sad ones give us suffering. Sabu’s film mixes some jarring narrative drifts (quite common for a Japanese film) to essentially showcase that the happy and sad memories are not far apart. They all function in the same linear limbo where life can send you either way.

The film opens with Kanzaki (Masatoshi Nagase), a well-mannered, middle-aged gentleman who arrives in an isolated town. Carrying a ‘happiness helmet’ along,
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‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (June 13th 2019)

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Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a night of build toward Slammiversary, so at least the priorities are correct. Let’s see if Impact can keep its streak of good shows going here or not.

Match #1: The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) def. Rob Van Dam & Sabu w/ Super Genie – Winners Face Lax for Tag Team Championships at Bash at the Brewery The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

The winners of this match will challenge Lax for the Tag Team Championships at the next Impact Plus special, Bash at the Brewery on July 5th! The North are in firm control of the match as they wear down Rvd, preventing him from getting the tag to Sabu. Rvd fights off Page with a series of kicks, allowing him to get the hot tag to Sabu! He
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‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (May 30th 2019)

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Welcome to this week’s review of Impact Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some nice matches to get to, so let’s go down to Emmett’s shop and fix Emmett. That’s a Charles Bronson/Andy Griffith/Simpsons joke. Okay, let’s dive right in to Impact and see if it lives up to the standard that it should be at.

Match #1: Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer & Sabu w/ Super Genie def. Moose & The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Rvd hits Moose with his signature spinning heel kick in the early going. Rvd connects with Rolling Thunder as Sabu hits a springboard leg drop on Moose! Moose causes a distraction for the referee, allowing him to hit a low blow on Dreamer. Moose attempts Rolling Thunder of his own but Dreamer cuts him off
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