Tag: Arrow Video

March 17, 2022 · 0 comments

Sailor Suit and Machine Gun

Sailor Suit and Machine Gun

By Tom Wilmot. When was the last time you picked a movie to watch solely based on its title? This was the case when I saw that Arrow Video would be releasing Shinji Somai’s 1981 film, Sailor Suit and Machine Gun. The film is as strange as its title implies, although perhaps not in the […]

February 18, 2022 · 0 comments

Yokai Monsters

Yokai Monsters

By Tom Wilmot. Yokai have been a point of fascination for film fans for many years. The word Yokai in very general terms means “strange thing”, and is used to label creatures that have, according to folklorists, been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. These bizarre creatures have popped up in video games, […]

February 12, 2022 · 0 comments

Mighty Peking Man

Mighty Peking Man

By Shelley Pallis. Rushed into production in the wake of the 1976 US King Kong remake (and originally intended as a King Kong movie, before the rights proved less in the public domain than the film-makers expected), Mighty Peking Man’s original title in Chinese translates as the much simpler Ape King. And to be fair, […]

October 30, 2021 · 0 comments

The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch

The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch

By Tom Wilmot. The height of the tokusatsu (special-effects) era in 1960s Japan is best remembered for the slew of giant monster movies that dominated cinemas. Studio Toho’s titanic Godzilla franchise topped the box office, while competitor Daiei found success with the Gamera and Daimajin series. However, while kaiju made the headlines, this period also saw the production of many, more modestly budgeted tokusatsu films […]

October 21, 2021 · 0 comments

Blind Beast

Blind Beast

By Tom Wilmot. As the 1960s wore on, Japanese filmmaker Yasuzo Masumura survived in a studio system in decline. Financial strictures meant that the director’s projects had scaled down in recent years, though the cinematic explorations at the core of his work remained in sharp focus. A prime example of this is his 1969 film, Blind […]

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