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Review: Films Set In Japan – The Challenge (1982)

Once released as a TV movie called ‘The Sword of the Ninja‘, this John Frankenheimer directed film features Scott Glenn as the frustrated sparring partner of a champion boxer. One day his character Rick Murphy decides enough is enough and fights … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – The Yakuza (1974)

To mark the first anniversary of Japanese acting legend Ken Takakura passing away it is time for Tokyo Fox to look at ‘The Yakuza‘; one of his most memorable Hollywood film appearances which was directed by Sidney Pollack, and written by Paul … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – Fear And Trembling (2003)

Starting off at Ryoanji temple in Kyoto this French film has a Belgian woman called Amélie (Sylvie Testud) looking back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. Having been brought up in Japan until the age of … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – Mastermind (1976)

No, this is nothing to do with the long running British quiz show and its challenging questions. Quite the opposite actually as this is anything but serious and is a light parody  about how Asian culture is perceived in the west. Most people … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘The Last Samurai’ (2003)

I gave this film a very short brief review back in 2006 with brief being the word! I only said it was better than expected but too long for my liking which I say for any film over two hours. … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘Memoirs Of A Geisha’ (2005)

Get beyond the whole Chinese actresses portraying Japanese geisha debacle and what you see in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ (called ‘Sayuri’ in Japan) is a beautiful, colourful, gorgeous film showing the spirit of this one girl as she battles against the odds. That … Continue reading

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