[MEANWHILE, TO THE EAST…] TOKYO IDOLS (2017)

[MEANWHILE, TO THE EAST…] TOKYO IDOLS (2017)


October 6, 2017    Jason Fetters

      Step into the world of Japanese idols, where cute young girls compete to be stars and live off the support of their otaku fans. Idol culture is thriving in Japan, with Japanese idol girl groups like AKB48 earning $1 billion per year. The typical idol girl is…

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] VAMPIRE CLAY (2017)

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] VAMPIRE CLAY (2017)


September 23, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

          VAMPIRE CLAY from writer/director Sôichi Umezawa is an oddly funny bit of Raimi-sploitation that adheres the ‘80s teen slasher plot points of revenge for wrong doing and one by one nasty kills. At a low rent art school in the Japanese countryside, a teacher and…

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[TRAILER DROP] BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL

[TRAILER DROP] BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL


August 30, 2017    Matt Wedge

  News of any new film from Japanese legend Takashi Miike is always welcome around the DAILY GRINDHOUSE virtual offices. But today’s red-band trailer release for his upcoming BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL has me positively giddy. Miike’s 100th film (!) looks to be slightly more in line with the epic historical action of 13 ASSASSINS…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] KARATE KILL (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] KARATE KILL (2017)


August 23, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

          When I was five or six, karate was just about the coolest thing any kid could be into, not taekwondo, not jiu-jitsu, not judo, but karate. Some of my friends’ parents could afford to send them to karate class, but not mine, and that was…

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[IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR] NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017!

[IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR] NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017!


June 30, 2017    Jon Abrams

    Great news, New Yorkers. It’s time for the 2017 New York Asian Film Festival — it started Friday, JUNE 30th, and runs through JULY 16th. This is one of the best festivals of the year.       Behold, the line-up!     FRIDAY, JUNE 30   Bad Genius 7:00 PM…

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[INTERVIEW & NEWS] ARROW VIDEO TO RELEASE ‘THE SLAYER’ (1982)!!!

[INTERVIEW & NEWS] ARROW VIDEO TO RELEASE ‘THE SLAYER’ (1982)!!!


May 10, 2017    Nathan Smith

    Arrow Video has been putting out an incredible amount of DVD and Blu-ray products since its inception in 2009, totaling over three hundred releases ranging from cult films, classic horror, arthouse pictures even pivoting to books as of late. Their box-sets are outstanding, going from THE HILLS HAVE…

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LIVE FROM THE 36TH CHAMBER: RZA’S TRIBUTE TO A CLASSIC

LIVE FROM THE 36TH CHAMBER: RZA’S TRIBUTE TO A CLASSIC


October 21, 2016    Anya Novak

        THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN is widely considered to be one of the most influential kung fu movies of all time, and one of the best around. The story is an engaging one, taking us inside a Shaolin temple to see the makings of kung fu masters,…

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[KAIJU WEEK] RiffTrax’s Kevin Murphy Sounds Off About Godzilla, GORGO, & His Favorite Kaiju

[KAIJU WEEK] RiffTrax’s Kevin Murphy Sounds Off About Godzilla, GORGO, & His Favorite Kaiju


October 14, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

For some younger DAILY GRINDHOUSE readers, MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 provided kids around the world with their first glimpse of Godzilla and Gamera. Who better to talk to about giant Japanese monsters than Tom Servo himself, Kevin Murphy. Murphy, Bill Corbett and Mike Nelson still take on kaiju flicks as…

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[KAIJU WEEK] Who Is Godzilla, Really?

[KAIJU WEEK] Who Is Godzilla, Really?


October 14, 2016    Andy Vanderbilt

  SHIN GODZILLA, The Big G’s latest outing and his first Japanese film since he walked off into the sunset in 2004’s FINAL WARS, finally hit U.S. theaters this week in a limited run. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the King Of The Monsters. While the character never…

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[KAIJU WEEK] GODZILLA: FINAL WARS Throws Everything At The Wall And It All Sticks

[KAIJU WEEK] GODZILLA: FINAL WARS Throws Everything At The Wall And It All Sticks


October 10, 2016    Jon Abrams

There are essentially two different kinds of Godzilla movies. The ultra-serious “real world” type and the silly giant monster type. Even the original 1954 film has two different versions: the original GOJIRA and the dumbed down American edit (the one with Raymond Burr) GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. 2004’s GODZILLA:…

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[KAIJU WEEK] AN OPENING ROAR…

[KAIJU WEEK] AN OPENING ROAR…


October 10, 2016    Jon Abrams

    This is a story about love.   I love giant monsters. Better, I love movies about giant monsters. Can’t say for sure exactly where it started. Could be any combination of factors. A natural affinity for animals, a human instinct to admire vastness of scale. Early encounters with…

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Let Them Fight: The Manic Ultraviolence of VERSUS (2000)

Let Them Fight: The Manic Ultraviolence of VERSUS (2000)


October 10, 2016    Rathan Krueger

  “I Can’t Remember Anything That Happened Before I Got Here.”   If a movie that ends with two zombies having one of the best swordfights you’ve ever seen sounds terrible, stop reading now.   In the early-2000’s, J-Horror was starting to creep over to America in a big, bad…

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[THE DEAN’S LIST] The Lasting Influence Of SEVEN SAMURAI

[THE DEAN’S LIST] The Lasting Influence Of SEVEN SAMURAI


September 23, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

Chances are, even if viewers haven’t seen Akira Kurosawa’s classic SEVEN SAMURAI, they have seen one of its many variations that have echoed down through the ages. Despite being made over 60 years ago, Kurosawa’s film has become ingrained in the cinematic landscape— not just through its own great filmmaking…

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[New Releases] SHIN GODZILLA To Obliterate U.S Theaters This October

[New Releases] SHIN GODZILLA To Obliterate U.S Theaters This October


September 6, 2016    Andy Vanderbilt

As a fan of the big G it has been hard having to hear all the positive press on the king of the monster’s newest Toho produced release since 2004’s big send off GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, which had the heroic monster riding off into the sunset to enjoy a well…

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[IN THEATERS NOW!] KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (2016)

[IN THEATERS NOW!] KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (2016)


August 17, 2016    Andy Vanderbilt

      Laika studios set the bar pretty high with their original stop motion movie PARANORMAN (a favorite around the DAILY GRINDHOUSE). A funny and heartwarming but also surprisingly dark movie that did more to evoke the feeling of an Amblin production than SUPER 8 ever did, KUBO AND THE TWO…

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[DEAD ENDS AT HIGH SPEEDS] BLACKMAIL IS MY LIFE (1968)

[DEAD ENDS AT HIGH SPEEDS] BLACKMAIL IS MY LIFE (1968)


May 27, 2016    Jon Abrams

      We smoked a lot of weed on the loading dock behind the video store I ran in West L. A. Most of the time, we were talking about how much we hated the customers, like the guy who made you clean every disc before he rented it,…

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[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KUNG-FU MOVIE?

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KUNG-FU MOVIE?


November 23, 2015    Jon Abrams

    El Rey’s second Thanksgiving kung-fu movie marathon is coming up this weekend, as Mike noted here, and these are just some of the movies they’ll be showing:   THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, THE BIG BOSS, CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS, CLAN OF THE WHITE LOTUS, COME DRINK WITH…

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[LAST DAY!] 2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY SIXTEEN!

[LAST DAY!] 2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY SIXTEEN!


July 11, 2015    Jon Abrams

  Okay, this is it! Last day! The 14th New York Asian Film Festival concludes after a firework-finale of screenings. We hope by posting these schedules, you’ve managed to find a movie you’ve never heard of before. That’s what it’s all about!     The NYAFF is being presented by Subway Cinema…

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2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY FIFTEEN!

2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY FIFTEEN!


July 10, 2015    Jon Abrams

  Day fifteen! The 14th New York Asian Film Festival is still charging ahead here in New York City, and we’re still posting up the schedules every day — if not for you to attend the screenings as they happen, then at least to discover some cool new stuff to add on…

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2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY FOURTEEN!

2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY FOURTEEN!


July 8, 2015    Jon Abrams

  Day fourteen! The 14th New York Asian Film Festival is still charging ahead here in New York City, and we’re still posting up the schedules every day — if not for you to attend the screenings as they happen, then at least to discover some cool new stuff to add on…

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2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY THIRTEEN!

2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY THIRTEEN!


July 7, 2015    Jon Abrams

  Day thirteen! Whew! The 14th New York Asian Film Festival is winding down here in New York City, by which I mean the end (Saturday) is in sight and not at all like the fest’s energy is flagging. There’s still way more than enough great stuff to see.     If you…

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2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY TWELVE!

2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY TWELVE!


July 7, 2015    Jon Abrams

Day twelve! The 14th New York Asian Film Festival is still charging ahead here in New York City, and we’re still posting up the schedules every day — if not for you to attend the screenings as they happen, then at least to discover some cool new stuff to add on to…

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2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY ELEVEN!

2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY ELEVEN!


July 5, 2015    Jon Abrams

Day eleven! The 14th New York Asian Film Festival is still charging ahead here in New York City, and we’re still posting up the schedules every day — if not for you to attend the screenings as they happen, then at least to discover some cool new stuff to add on to…

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2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY TEN!

2015 NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY TEN!


July 4, 2015    Jon Abrams

Day ten! The 14th New York Asian Film Festival is still charging ahead here in New York City, and we’re still posting up the schedules every day — if not for you to attend the screenings as they happen, then at least to discover some cool new stuff to add on to…

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