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Lets all get Poisoned together!

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Image Hosted by ImageShack.usAtlus hasn't officially announced this yet :P They are releasing another S-RPG this fall (November 28 ) and no its not Persona 4 :wink: The original japanese title was called "Poison Pink" (website link) and it's changed to Eternal Poison which IMO sounds equally stupid. But I can forgive them since it's bundled with a soundtrack.

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"Laden with gothic themes, this mysterious strategy RPG for PS2 is full of interesting characters, daunting locations, and a fantastic quest spanning 5 long episodes. With tremendous production values, allowing for cinema-quality CG cutscenes and extensive voice work, and a tried-and-true strategy RPG mechanic with the added novelty of demon-collection, Eternal Poison blends tradition with innovation to provide gamers a surprisingly familiar yet equally new experience. "

Finally a release Date

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Ar Tonelico 2 finally gets a release date december 08. I can't wait for my 2nd serving of BBQ meat Soda ^_^ For those who haven't played the first, the story might be confusing and I would suggest playing the original first (which is $20 at rosenqueen). Be warn that this is a Gust title so it's meant to be campy and charming in low-res Sprites.

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Great news for horror fans!

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us For all those Survival-horror fans who gave up a whopping 10 gigs of their HD to play Siren, Sony announced that they'll be releasing a hardcopy of the game this Fall! *Jumps 5oo feet into the air* I still have yet to experience the horror and it better cost $40 since it's being sold as a complete set.

Better Stock up on some Pokeballs! *hint hint*

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Detective Raidou Kuzunoha is coming to town! The sequel to THE best dark-themed pokemon Japanese-RPG DEVIL SUMMONER: RAIDOU KUZUNOHA VS THE SOULESS ARMY! (you can check out my Blogged review here, its about a year old hah!) Anyways!, its coming straight to the PS2 October 08 in Japan. No sources about this game hitting the states but I've recieved an Email from Atlus which hinted a new game is coming...and this cat was our only clue :wink:

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On with some known information through japanese sensation magazine "FAMITSU!"

Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha Versus King Abaddon

*coming out October in JAPAN for the PS2

*Kazuma Kaneko (SMT FAME!) is in charge of the characters design and is the Producer

*New MAG battle system: you can inflict severe dmg on enemies and steal MAG energy. Using MAG energy will allow your demons to inflict severe damage!

*Location will not be limited to Tokyo

*Multiple endings

*More demon

*currently 80% complete

*Will be the greatest game you've ever played....Ok maybe I made this part up, but its going to be hotter than Burger King Bellies!

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Yup..its looking really gorgeous!

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New Resident Evil Movie?

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I was looking for Resident Evil 5 vids and stumbled upon something quite interesting, an animated Resident Evil film.

Check out this latest trailer for Resident Evil: Degeneration!

Personally, I think its mediocre at best. It doesn't look any better than Final Fantasy Advent Children. The characters all look passable, and I'm glad they're recycling the nostalgic music. But overall...looks ALOT like resident evil 4. Will Movie adaptations of video games always suck?

my final thoughts.....


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Stop lying! Stop lying! Stop lying!

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A very melo-dramatic moment for Sony Fans...

"The day we have all been waiting for has arrived," said Square Enix president Yoichi Wada in making the Final Fantasy XIII announcement. The Xbox 360 version of the game will launch in Europe and North America simultaneously with the already-planned PlayStation 3 edition, Wada said.

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E3 summed up: Nintendo looked silly, MS gave Sony a huge low-blow, and Sony came back with PSN gibberish and news regarding their line-up of Platinum hits going for 29.99 *clap clap* Though there are a few bright titles on the PS3, I am still disgusted with Final Fantasy cuz it was well destined to retire with Sony. Either ways, I bought the PS3 for Bumpty Trot 2 and I hope it gets localized here sometime next year.Congrats to my friends on GS who owns a 360, you guys lucked out xD we only ask that you give us Lost Odyssey and Tales of Vesperia in return :evil:

Here are my thoughts on some upcoming games of 08. I've even graded them just for fun!

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Eternal Sonata- PS3!
Q4 08 Namco-Bandai

"The PlayStation 3 version of the game will feature a variety of enhancements over the Xbox 360 edition. Those include two new playable characters, as well as new quests, outfits, and music."

Thank you Bamco! I'm surprised that one of the worst localization companies is bringing this one over to the PS3 (Tales of series anyone?) Good stuff! PS. image was photshopped by yours truely.

Grade: B

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Valkyria Chronicles PS3
Q4 08, SEGA


"Not only is the visual presentation exquisite, but so far the voice acting and music are top-notch as well. The voice director for Valkyria Chronicles is Jack Fletcher, who has worked on anime films and video games, including Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Final Fantasy X. The music is done by Hitoshi Sakimoto, the composer for Final Fantasy XII, so a lot of talent has been recruited to ensure the quality"

A Gift from SEGA! This game sounds really good on paper. Considering the travesties the Shining Force series went through, and the ridiculous Shenmue spin-offs *ahem* "Yakuza", this game might just be that special SEGA gem we've all grown to love, Good stuff!

Grade: A

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Silent Hill: Homecoming
PS3/PC/360 - Konami
September 08


"Pyramid Head will indeed be playing a part in the game, and now the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game is coming to PC, as did Silent Hill 2, 3, and 4 before it."


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Should we call this Silent Hill 5? Or is it a spinoff? Anyways! Pyramid Head WILL be in it! And it looks like this game is coming out REALLY soon! *drools over box-art*

Grade: A+

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Siren: New Translation
PS3- Sony
PSN


"We will have this product available only to the PSN. We're taking advantage of the actual structure of the PSN and how we deliver content. Coming back to my point of episodic content, this game is perfect for the PSN in which it supports in-game commerce to which we have 3 packs. Each packs contain 4 episode, a total of 12, in which once you finished an episode, the 4th one, you have the option to go back and purchase the next episode." -Wing

So after I finish 4 episodes, I'll have to go and download the next chapter and wait? Lame!


"Packs are available at 14.99 with 4 episodes each, and for those gamers who wish to purchase the whole product, you get a 5 dollar bonus at 39.99. We tried to give a solution to hard-disk space, allowing players to delete episodes that maybe, and re-download if necessary" -Wing



Putting the game on an actual hard-copy would save hard-disk space as well. Luckily! this game is import friendly. I wouldn't mind paying an extra 20 bucks for the entire set on blu-ray disc. They should definitely put Siren 2 on the PSN since it never reached American shores. PS. What is that shibito doing to that guy?

Grade: D+

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Dead Rising
TBD
WII


"With Dead Rising 2 thus far a no-show, it now appears as if E3 2008 won't be completely devoid of domestic zombie genocide. The latest issue of Japanese gaming staple Famitsu reports that the original Dead Rising is headed to Nintendo's console this winter. The game appears as if it will be much the same as the Xbox 360 hit, though it will incorporate gesture-based combat, thanks to the Wii Remote's motion-sensing capabilities"

This is a definite low-blow to Sony. Sony fans were Begging for this game! Besides, any next-gen game ported to the Wii will be downgraded. Just take a look at them screenshots. This game looks absolutely terrible on the Wii, Capcom needs to stop throwing toilet paper at themselves. Killer 7 and No More Heroes sold poorly, the last thing they need is Dead Rising on the Wii
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Grade: F-

PS: more J-horror reviews coming soon, a list of scary things, and scary things not to do. I've recently watched a film that kept me up for 3 nights. It is based on a true story and actually has moments of Ju-on, Kairo, Silent Hill 3, and even Wishing Stair! Till then, your J-horror/J-RPG Geek will be back with more paranoia soon!


Guns of the Patriots *Review*

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So I just beat Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriot. I'm not a huge fan of the series but I have always respected the series for what it brings to the genre: mellow-drama mixed with homo-erotic fight scenes :D. The story is rich and compelling, there was one scene that even made me cried T-T. Though there were answers, I felt Kojima forced some unnecessary issues down our throat hoping we would just buy it and let it go. Like, why do certain characters have to die for no reason? why does Drebin always give us a mellow-drama background on the "Beauty and the Beast?", and I felt the 75 minute (no i didn't time this!) ending was dragging on forever. I didn't plan on making a review for this cause mines would be lost in the pool of fanboys

but as a request! Yup Yup! =3

K-Horror~ *The Wig Review*

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I fairly enjoyed this film. After hearing that it strongly resembles Tales of Two Sisters, I just had to watch it! And yes it made me cried and had its scary moments. It was more of a drama movie than actual horror. Though it doesn't break new grounds, its does emphasize it's character's enough to make a good rental :wink: Anyways! I've had been requested to review this film and here it is! Note that there is no spoilers unless I mark them.

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The Wig (Gabal)

Director: Won-sin Yeon

Release Date: August 12, 2005

Genre: Psychological Horror/Drama

Language: Korean

Time: 103 Minutes

Released by: CJ Productions

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~Cast of Characters~

Ji-hyun: older sister

Su-hyun: younger sister

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~A twisted tale of false hope and ideals, two sisters are presented a gift that will haunt them for the rest of their life....~

Inside a dark hospital room, Su-Hyun is a dying cancer patient who lost all of her hair during chemotherapy. Her older sister Ji Hyun comes to pick her up and buys her a beautiful black wig to cheer her up. Little does she know, the wig was taken off the head of a suicide catastrophe. The wig is cursed with a vengeful ghost, i'm sure you already saw that coming right?

At home, Su-Hyun sits in front of a mirror and tries on the wig. Her energy level surges through the roof and her health drastically improves. Could this wig bring good things in life? Despite what she may think, its curse sends Ji-hyun mute after a terrifying car crash that severs her vocal cords.

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When Su-Hyun takes off the Wig, she becomes a frail girl, crunching over into a little ball. Her nose would bleed and she'll roll around the ground in pain. She decides to stop taking the prescribed pills and opts to live with the scary wig. Her body ages quickly and she grows into a beautiful women. However, she also becomes hostile towards Ji-hyun and even seduces her sister's ex-boyfriend. Could it just be the effects of the pills?

Ji-Hyun wants answers through her own eyes. She takes a peek in the bathroom and immediately falls back, gasping at the sight of Su-hyun stroking the hair of dead women. She finally realizes that the Wig is cursed. How will Ji-hyun convince her sister to remove the cursed wig? What relationship does the wig have with Su-hyun? Ji-hyun traces the root of the problem to an old factory where the tailor was killed and discovers a shocking revelation.

Review

The Wig is a very depressing movie thats has a much more traumatic effect on its audience than actually being frightening. The gloomy cast of characters adds a sense of hopelessness and despair of battling cancer and facing the curse of the Wig. Though the film is titled The Wig, the emphasis is not on the wig, but more-so on the characters. That doesn't mean there won't be any wigs strangling people, but it only comes as an afterthought. The suffering of facing death and meeting death creates a very serious tone that can be very suffocating to endure.

However with that said, when the true motives of the Wig reviews Itself, the movie begins to dig itself into a grave. It's too much of a coincidence that's difficult to swallow and the surprising revelation is hastened with endings after endings that is meant to build a mellow dramatic moment but it doesn't work. Director Won-sin Yeon also managed to squeeze in homosexuality and more gorey scenes in the final chapter. Just when you think its about to end, he throws in yet another shocking revelation, How sneaky!

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There are a few well-done Ringu moments in the film. Only one peek-a-boo moment comes to mind and that's with a frightened kitty jumping out from a locker that gave me a massive heart-attack. Watching the Wig slither across the ground was silly and thankfully it was done sparingly. One scene in particular almost made me threw up where Su-hyun scratches her head and pills were popping out of her skull. The sound FX and Su-hyun's creepy smile really brought this scene to life, squishy..squashy…eww

The Wig is enjoyable film if you don't take the Wig as a mechanism for horror. The lack of scares might not be for everyone, but the melo-dramatic characters are more than enough to fill those in.The Wig itself isn't going to slither around strangling people. It won't turn Su-hyun into a maniac killer. But as a tool to exploit hopelessness, it works well.It's a very gloomy film, one that has much more drama than horror. It does have a stupid plot but it is revolving around a silly wig to begin with. The revelation is bit too coincidental to be taken seriously and the movie loses much of its charm.

HAS:

+Effective mellow-drama

+Plenty of Plot-twist, sibling rivalry

+A cat scarying the crap out of Ji-Hyun!

+Very Dark and suffocating atmosphere

-Demonic Wig?

NEEDS:

-A bit more horror would be nice

-Consistent pacing and story-telling

-Drop the redundant sexual sub-plot

-More developed relationships between characters

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Score: 7.7 / 10

~Riceball's Notes~

*The movie was actually called "Scary Hair"

*The American box-art fails to capture the theme of the movie and is very misleading!Blood is scarce and the cover doesn't do justice to the film.

*From Comthitnuong, "One thing I would like to ask is how is it that if the wig makes her age quickly, she becomes more beautiful?"

*There are depictions of homosexuality

[spoiler] Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: Teacher. It's me, Hee-ju.
Ki-seok: [Confused] Soo-hyun...
Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: I'm Hee-ju, not Soo-hyun... Feel me. I'm not a man anymore.
Ki-seok: You're not Hee-ju... Hee-ju's dead.
Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: I'm alive right now! I've waited so long for this moment. I so wanted to reveal myself to you...
Ki-seok: Hee-ju, it's no use. Let Soo-hyun go. That body isn't yours.
Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: You liked me. You loved me!
Ki-seok: I loved you... But ...
Hee-ju's ghost in Soo-hyun's body: Love is for one person only!... And it never wavers. [/spoiler]

*Favorite Quote*

Taken from a very emotional moment....

Su-hyon- "Ji-hyun... At the amusement park... Do you remember the balloons dad bought us? As we fought over the prettier color, the balloon flew up to the sky. I cried, and so did you... So you told me... Later, when I'm grown up, you'd put wings on me. So I could go to the sky and find the balloon... Ji-hyun... Thank you for the wings"

~Credits~

*Spoiler tag contains quotes taken from IMDB's site and yes that tag does contain spoilers.

*Added Comthitnuong's question to notepad regarding Su-hyun's accelerated aging and her beauty, good Question :wink:

J-Horror~*Kuchisake Onna Review*

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Kuchisake Onna (Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Women)

Director: Koji Shiraishi

Release Date: March 17, 2007

Genre: Horror

Language: Japanese

Released by Tartan Asia Extreme

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~Cast of Characters~

Kyoko: female Teacher

Noboru Matsuzaki: Male teacher

Mika Sasaki: Student

Taeko Matsuzaki: Carved Women

One typical sunny day in Japan, three kids are out in the park chatting about a Japanese urban Legend. There is a saying that the Slit Mouthed woman appears in the twilight and abducts children. But of course, its just a rumor to keep kids at home right?

Suddenly, a tall figure of a women appears! Grabbing the child by the hair and pointing the scissor at his throat. The other kids scream and run for help. As they turn their backs, the slit-mouth women and the little boy disappears.

Society begans to ponder about the safety of their children as they hear about the abduction on the news. What was once just a scary story shared by children is now reality. Adults are taking extra precautions when dropping their children off to school.

A little girl comes to school wearing a facemask resembling that of the Slit Mouth Women. Her name is Mika, a very soft-spoken student. After school, Mika takes a walk with her teacher, Kyoko, who is curious about the surgical-mask. She takes off her facemask and shows her the bruises and cuts around her body. She follows up with "I hate my mother". Suddenly, a women appears with a huge pair of scissors and grabs Mika. Kyoko trembles in fear as the Slit-Mouthed women disappears with Mika. She reports it to the police and tells them its not a human, they immediately release her on counts of bull crap.
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Kyoko meets a man name Noboru who seems to have some sort of relationship with the Slit-Mouthed Women. He tells her that the photo was 30 years old. What in the world could a middle age man be doing with a 3o year old photo of a murderous women? They both join together to save Mika and kill the Slit-Mouth Women.

Review

Carved: The Slit-Mouth Woman explores the tragedies of domestic violence and the horror of an urban legend. The premise is pretty interesting, a long-haired women catching children with a huge pair of scissors. There's very little blood and gore or any utilization of background creativity. It feels like a low budget film, but that shouldn't stop you from watching it.

The Slit-Mouthed Women always greets her victim with "Am I…Pretty?". You'll think twice before saying Yes cause when she removes her surgical mask and her jaw drops down, YUCK!. She's a very violent women, as a mother and as a spirit. She expresses her love by beating the daylight out of her kids. There is no incentives as to why the Carved women kills children, perhaps its up to viewers to make one up. My personal opinion on the matter is She's just insane like every other moms in the movie who beats their children and gets all emo about it. I find it difficult to care for the children since I personally can't relate to it.

Wait she beats children? Un-watchable!! Actually, you couldn't be further from the truth. Carved seems to have thrown in child cruelty hoping to spark up some emotions from parents and kids. It's a cheap shot to stir up controversial issues of child cruelty.
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Carved is inconsistent in story-telling. How in the world does a 4 year old girl know where the Slit Mouth women lives? She tells Noburo "an isolated house with a red roof" and he goes OH I KNOW!…whatever. And the characters work really hard to make you hate them. They can't break the distinction between determination and terrified.

There's a lot of plotholes, one which introduces another Carved women and it never goes explained as of how it happens. It's cheesy when it happens too! A middle-aged women would cough and slouch over with her face down. When she puts her head back up, a trench coat, scissor, and surgical mask mysteriously appears on her and boom!, shes becomes the Carved women.

Carved: slit mouthed women isn't a great movie, but it's a decent one. You can do alot better with Carved than the sea of mediocre teen-slash flicks. keep expectations low and you'll have a lttile fun with this one.

Has:

+Crazy Scissor wielding Women and is not afraid to use it!

+Great subtitles

-Plot holes and alot of cheese

Needs:

+better actors

+ketchup

-Sequel

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Score: 7.2 / 10

~Riceball Notes~

*At the beginning of the film during the initial Earthquake, the protractor unintentionally vanishes from the chalkboard

*People in Japan wear surgical mask when they have a cold

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*Favorite Quote*

"Am I....Pretty?"- Carved Women

*Credits*

-thank you Jbot for telling me about Kuchisake Onna, even though you didn't recommend it, I watched it anyways

-A requested written review from xiaolinbabe, thanks for sharing this movie with me ^_^

MGS IV and BBQ Flavored Soda!

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RPGLAND confirms that it's coming stateside :D I fairly enjoyed Ar Tonelico and gave it a 7.1. It's too fan-service friendly and the whole "dive" system is filled with sexual innuedos. I had to mashed the skip button many times to skip the annoying text and Emo characters...but it was a fun game :) PS. BBQ Flavored soda refers to the scene where our protagonist drinks a soda with a slab of meat hanging on the side of the cup. Don't be surprised to see one of these down at Jamba Juice in the future (possibly in Japan xD )

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SAY IT ISN'T SO!

There is also a chance that Eternal Sonata won't be coming over to the PS3 anytime soon.:cry: Looks like my PS3 is still useless :( Hopefully MGS IV is all worth it for all its hype. Speaking of Hype, have you read up on the rumors about Konami forcing journalist not to reveal any information regarding install size, story elements, introduction, and cutscene length of Metal Gear Solid IV? G4TV's Adam Sessler responds to Hideo's restrictions through this video.

He makes alot of great points. If you've read up on IGN's review or just about any other one out there, you'll probably get a speech about Hideo Kojima's greatness rather than the game itself.And it does somehow feel that Konami is afraid of losing potential customers.

Whether its a lack of confidence, or a effort to cover potential spoilers, Ryan Payton of Kojima Productions released this statement

"Believe it or not, I've been so busy working on a special surprise for MGS4 buyers (that not even those who have leaked copies of the game can spoil! Haha!), that I haven't had time to catch up on most of the pre-launch excitement."

Surprises!?!

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Crawling out the Box

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Yes..I've been hiding for the last few weeks. I've been really busy with Finals and finding work that i'm rarely home. I think i'd like to work Part Time at Gamestop for the discounts but I have bad memories of Retail Merchandising. I spoke with the manager and he appeared really nice and ready for an interview. Its too bad he didn't even have any employment applications left. Before I left the store, he told me that theres going to be a HUUUGE game sale starting June 1st. Something about 50% off on all new games and accessories. Heres hoping I can get Metal Gear solid IV, Condemend II, and Chaos War at half price. I'm also planning to work at Starbucks and Bestbuy, but i'll wait to see what happens once the semester is over.

I haven't been gaming as of recently because there's really no game I want to play on my PS3. Since most of the great games are locked in Japan, my only option is to import or nag ATLUS USA to localize them. It's nice to hear that Silent Hill: homecoming is coming out September 08. I'm a little dissapointed that Siren: New Translation is going to be released over the PSN in chapters every week. It would be nice to get the whole game at once instead. Hopefully its import friendly since most of the cast i've seen spoke in english.

I'm sure everyone already knows about Konami's limited edition PS3's that are far more than its worth. It seems stupid but I think I can actually make a profit from it lol. I read on Anime Expo that David Hayter (VA of Solid Snake) is going to be a special guest at the convention this year. Can you imagine how much this box is worth if I could get him to Sign it for me? Of course I wouldn't actually be dragging the content inside with me (its 17 lbs!), I could just get him to autograph an empty cardboard box. Maybe I can even get him to put it over his head and imitate snake while I take a picture of him. xD

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Animes are becoming more of a favorite past-time thing. I recently finished Madlax and found it slightly dissapointing compared to Noir. Some of the stunt Madlax pulls off are utterly impossible. She reminds me of RoboCop when he cleared an entire Mob inside the warehouse. And there is a shortage of music tracks with "Nowhere" being the only memorable track I can think of. You might want to listen to this instead

Kairo review

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It's been like..4-5 months since I reviewed a j-horror movie. I'm sure theres very little people who are remotely interested into this kinda stuff, but I did it anyway out of passion. I know its freaking long, i'd like feedback if someone is able to make it through the entire review. As always, I picked a random clip from the movie that may make you jump lol. I think i've had enough of horror for now, so I won't review One Missed Call for awhile. This is my take on Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Kairo. I'm no film critic and this review is mainly for entertainment purposes, be imaginative and have fun!

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Title: Kairo ~aka Pulse~
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 118 minutes
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Year: 2001
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

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Do you like horror stories involving supernaturals, buckets of blood, and gore? I do.. only to an extent. Ichi the Killer and battle royale were one of those movies that goes overboard with brutality, fatality, and pools of blood. It's all eye candy for those who are into those kinda stuff. For me, I prefer slow and clever stories to appease my cravings. Kairo, aka Pulse, is one of those popular titles in Japan that did so well in the box office an american remake was inevitable. It was because of the remake that I learned about the original and thus watched it over a full moon with a friendly crowd.


Remember when you watched "The Ring" for the first time? Yea the ghost that crawls through the TV screen that inspired a myriad of ringu rip-offs from asia. Kairo borrows the "ghost through the tube" formula and sticks it inside the computer. But wait, déjà vu Much? If you think about it, the computer is our way of getting connected with other people. Sticking a vengeful ghost inside the computer that automatically dials you into the internet to kill you? Let's get this started.

Kairo tells a story about a mysterious website that links to a group of university students commiting suicide. Each victim leaves behind a dark cloud that stains the wall. Anyone who is associated with the victim will see a ghost in the wall. One Tokyo botanist picks up a work-disc from her co-worker who soon died the very moment she turned her back to thank him. Another student receives a strange note which leads him down to a dark basement where he see his friend "as a mere shadow of his former self", does that ring a bell?

As the residence of Tokyo are getting killed in massive groups, the story takes a shift and focuses on university student Kawashimama. Kawashima has just wired a new PC which he is has no idea how to use. As he dials up to get online, a screen pops up asking him "would you like to meet a ghost"? Kawashima panicks and turns off the PC. Woken up by the loud beeping noises of his modem, he turns around to find his modem auto-dialing him back into the strange website. The message wasn't there this time, however it shows random people repeating staring at him in a very dark room murmuring "help". Poor kawashima is a proud owner of a haunted computer. He ask for help from computer techs but nobody has a clue what going on.


I usually don't compare games when I do video game reviews but this is a movie and comparision is inevitable. Kairo's atmosphere and cinematography is very identical to Silent Hill. No, I'm not talking about the fogs and nurses. Kairo has very dark environments that makes you feel alone. From beginning to end, there was never a happy moment, it was all gloom and loneliness. I also liked how the Camera was positioned. It was awkard at first when the camera was so close to the actors that he could literally kiss them. The up close and personal camera angles directed at neck level makes it seem like the actors/actresses are being watched…and occasionaly I felt like I was in the movie too. This was especially noticeable when one university student walked into a dark basement and a shadow approached him.

While Kairo excels in haunting imagery and atmoshphere, theres very little character development to make you care about them. By the end of the movie, some of the characters I started connecting with were killed off. What ticks me off are the obvious guinea pigs that are created to die. It's really obvious when you see one. One student picks up a random letter saying "go into forbidden room". Do you know anyone who goes out alone 2 AM into an abandoned warehouse after picking up a random note? Oh and when he reaches the door, there are obviously SOMETHING WRONG with it cause theres 4 red seals taped on the door. Needless to say, he was the guinea pig and did everything a piglet would've done. He saw, he fell, he back peddled, and he became bacon.

Kairo takes up an astonishing 2 hours to watch. It's a very slow moving film that takes a lot of patience to watch. Some of my friends gave up midway and went to do something else because they couldn't stand the slow pace. I too felt exhausted after watching kairo, both from sitting for 2 whole hours and absorbing the morale behind the show. It's not just about ghost inside the computer, theres a much deeper meaning behind it. I don't think its much of a spoiler so I'll go ahead and explain.

There is a belief that all human come to life as one person and all leave life as one person. Kurosawa tackles this belief through what connects us together in our everyday life, the computer. This poses a question that the film throws out at you, are we really connected? If we all are one big family, then why are we left all alone when one kicks the bucket? It's very disturbing for me to talk about this so I'll leave it at that. Oh and the dark clouds can mean anything you want it to be, I'm not sure about the red seals on the door though.

I would give Kairo thumbs up for giving me nightmares. Definitely watch this if you don't mind its slow pacing and intentional plotholes. It's a really haunting experience, especially when you think about it after watching it. For those who tells themselves "I don't want to wait till it gets better", bring a friend along to sit with. Its 2 hours of dark, atmospheric j-horror that's definitely worth experiencing.

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