“Death Note” is a manga series that spawned a mega-franchise in Japan including an anime, two live-action films, a spin-off focusing on a fan-favorite character, three video games, seven soundtrack albums and enough licensed merchandise to make George Lucas salivate. In the US, however, the franchise remains fairly obscure for those who aren’t anime fans or Nipponophiles even as a big budget Hollywood remake of the film looms. Is “Death Note” an irresistible fantasy of power, intrigue and murder or just a kiddie tale dressed up in goth clothes?

If director Rob Marshall's 2005 endeavor "Memoirs of a Geisha" was too frilly for your liking, may I boldly suggest an alternative.

The closer it's release date gets, the more excited I am to check out "Kiss of the Dragon" director Chris Nahon's upcoming Japanese schoolgirl samurai flick "Blood: The Last Vampire." There's a very good possibility that I'll be able to catch this stylish action/horror hybrid during its limited t

Although initial reviews aren't exactly what you'd call overwhelmingly positive and its Stateside release date is looming somewhere on the proverbial horizon, I'm still pretty pumped about "Blood: The Last Vampire." Yes, some of the action sequences seem a little stale and, yes, we've seen the "h

At first glance, the charming 2005 child-like Japanese fantasy flick “The Great Yokai War” (aka “The Great Spook War”) doesn't seem like a Takashi Miike film. Nary a painful nipple piercing, arterial spray, or cocky yakuza thug with a closet full of depraved sexual perversions can be found anywhere throughout the picture.

These days, it would appear that maverick Japanese director Takashi Miike's cinematic output is geared more towards the mainstream. And, really, who could blame him? The man has worked exceptionally hard to achieve the cult status he's attained, so why not put it to good use?

I case you weren't privy to such information, I am what you might call a Shinya Tsukamoto fan-boy. I've yet to encounter one of the legendary director's productions that I haven't been completely enthralled with.

In this increasingly jaded era of cinematic history, the mere utterance of the phrase "video game adaptation" is sure to send waves of nausea and/or furious anger through the veins of even the most laid-back of horror fans. This, of course, is due in part to the questionable films directed by the legendary Uwe Boll, a man whose name has become synonymous with subpar big-screen versions of video games great and small.

Two new "Ju-On" sequels are set to hit Japan this year. The series, which spawned the US remake "The Grudge" and its sequel, is wildly popular in Japan and has inspired countless sequels and interations.

If you’ve seen the trailer for Sakichi Sato’s “Tokyo Zombie” you have a pretty good idea what kind of movie awaits you. Indeed, if you are an enthusiast of the Japanese sense of humor and their flare for melding gore, scat jokes and wildly over-cranked plotlines then you won’t be disappointed. What might surprise you is that rather than being built on a foundation of noisy spectacle, “Tokyo Zombie” is firmly rooted in two strong comedic performances.