Panos Kotzathanasis

Panos Kotzathanasis
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Di yi lei xing wei xian (Don't Play with Fire) (Dangerous Encounters: 1st Kind) (1980) An impressive mix of exploitative violence, sociopolitical and economical commentary, and a rather nihilistic approach to life in Hong Kong at the time - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
86% Vanaja (2006) Despite its minor faults, "Vanaja" is a film that manages to rise far beyond its financial and logistic limitations, resulting in an intriguing and quite entertaining production, both contextually and visually - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
20% Undercover Punch and Gun (2019) "Undercover Punch and Gun" may be considered worthwhile for some individual scenes and particularly the finale, but definite not as a whole. - Asian Film Vault EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
No Score Yet Homunculus (2021) "Homunculus" has some good points, but Takashi Shimizu is definitely past his prime, the adaptation is faulty once more, and the SFX and Go Ayano are not enough to salvage a movie that ends up aggressively mediocre. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
No Score Yet Dear Tenant (2020) "Dear Tenant" emerges as a great effort, a film that manages to work on a number of levels, through a multi-leveled narrative that is both entertaining and communicates a number of comments in the most excellent fashion. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
No Score Yet Cosmopolitan (2003) "Cosmopolitan" is funny, interesting, well-directed and acted, and in just 53 minutes, does not overextend its welcome in any way. Definitively a "soup for the soul" movie. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
86% Viy (1967) "Viy" is a great film, which goes much further than its supernatural horror premises through the prowess in direction, acting, but most of all, audiovisual aspect that deem the movie a true epic. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
No Score Yet Winners & Sinners (Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing) (Winners & Sinners: Five Lucky Stars) (1983) Great cast, great direction and writing, and enough action scenes to satisfy fans of martial arts movies result in a film that remains absolutely entertaining almost four decades after its initial release. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
No Score Yet Ichijo's Wet Lust (Ichijo Sayuri: Nureta yokujo) (1973) "Ichijo's Wet Lust" is an impressive movie, definitely one of the best among the thousands of pinku productions, and succeeds at both titillation and as a biopic. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
No Score Yet Winners & Sinners 3: Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars (Xia ri fu xing) (1985) Quite funny, includes more than impressive action pieces, and also functions as an encyclopedia of the actors who appeared on HK action productions at the time, an element that definitely adds to its value. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
No Score Yet Go-ryeong-hwa-ga-jok (Boomerang Family) (2013) "Boomerang Family" carries its comedy in the most impressive way for the majority of its duration, in the end emerging as a rather entertaining film, whose good moments will probably make the viewer forget its bad ones. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
80% Cliff Walkers (2021) "Cliff Walkers" is an impressive movie, one of those that should be watched in a theater in order to be fully appreciated and a true eye-candy that will satisfy all fans of Hollywood style, action thrillers. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
No Score Yet Shi di chu ma (The Young Master) (1980) "The Young Master" is one of the films that built the myth of Jackie Chan, and a great introduction to his cinema. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
100% Ainu Mosir (2020) Has some issues when it moves beyond its documentary-like premises, but the non-exotification approach Fukunaga implements, the thorough and realistic portrait of Ainu life nowadays, and the visuals of the movie definitely compensate - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
No Score Yet Uncle's Paradise (Ojisan tengoku) (2007) Despite its lack of budget, "Uncle's Paradise" emerges as a rather entertaining title, that will satisfy fans of horror, comedy and sex films, in its path towards a cult status. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
No Score Yet Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970) "Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal" had all the prerequisites to become a great film, but in the end, this is only achieved in a few scenes, with the majority of the movie remaining unfulfilled, episodic and disconnected - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
No Score Yet Anarchy in Japan-Suke (1999) The rather convincing drama will eventually come to the fore, in a film that could easily follow this path completely if it was not financed as pink film - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
86% Introduction (2021) "INTRODUCTION" continues the legacy of Hong Sang-soo, in his usual style everyone seems to enjoy, particularly when the duration is measured. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Urideului ilgeuleojin yeongung (Our Twisted Hero) (1992) "Our Twisted Hero" is an excellent adaptation, and an overall quite convincing effort of combining school drama with political allegory. - HanCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Through the extremity of the story, Park manages to present a number of social messages, once more - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
83% Asura: The City of Madness (2016) The power struggles between all the above characters, along with the constant shifting of both loyalties and the upper hand, are the backbone of an intricate script, which is concluded, in the most spectacular fashion - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
83% Han Gong-ju (2013) "Han Gong-ju" is one of the best Korean indie dramas, while Lee Su-jin's message will echo to the viewer long after the movie has ended: The cycle of violence never closes - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet My Lucky Stars (Fuk sing go jiu) (Winners & Sinners 2: My Lucky Stars) (1985) "Twinkle Twinkle, Lucky Stars" is quite funny, includes more than impressive action pieces, and also functions as an encyclopedia of the actors who appeared on HK action productions at the time - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
93% United Red Army (2011) "United Red Army" is a genuine masterpiece, a film where all the elements that characterized Wakamatsu's vast filmography come together in the most elaborate way. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
86% Caterpillar (2011) A film that goes beyond genre to emerge as a true masterpiece. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Dongju (2016) The synchronisation of all the above is one of the film's biggest traits and finds its apogee in a sequence during the end, where scenes of both Yun and Song alternate in magnificent fashion. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
89% Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) (1964) "Pale Flower" is stunning to watch, thought provoking and entertaining at the same time, and a true masterpiece of a film. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet The Embryo Hunts in Secret (1966) The question of if exploitation can be artful or is simply torture porn finds one of its apogees in "The Embryo Hunts in Secret", in a film though, that hides much of the former underneath its evident, quite disturbing premises. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Ecstasy of the Angels (Tenshi no kôkotsu) (1972) A truly worthy spectacle, particularly for those who can see beyond the sex and the violence. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet A Woman with Red Hair (1979) Kumashiro creates a rather interesting portrait that uses the love triangle to make comments about male friendship, the role of women in society, lust, and even the lives of poor construction workers - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Nora-neko rokku: Sekkusu hanta (Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter) (1970) "Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter" is a great film, a masterpiece of exploitation, and a testament to how artful the movies of the genre can be. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
100% Wife of a Spy (Supai no tsuma) (2020) Thrives on its acting and direction, and emerges as a rather interesting and entertaining film. However, its significant shortcomings do not allow its traits to be fully exploited, resulting in a movie that could be a masterpiece but failed to do so. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Blind Love (2005) "Blind Love" is an excellent film that combines comedy and drama in the best fashion, through an unusual but very intriguing love story, that could very well work completely outside the concept of the pink film . - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
83% Limbo (2021) "Limbo" is an exceptional combination of elements that form great genre cinema, and one of the best action/crime thrillers we have seen recently. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
95% Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) "Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy" highlights once more, its filmmaker's intimate knowledge of the human psyche, and the rather original and intelligent cinematic way he has come up with in order to present its various aspects - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet A Balance (2020) "A Balance" is a tremendous film, one that truly reinvigorates the largely preterit family drama genre, and one that touches the borders of the masterpiece, which it would have surpassed if the ending was a bit different. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) If one wants to realize the situation and the overall circumstances the refugees who flee to Europe face, one has to look no further, "Midnight Traveler" offers the best look in the subject, that of the "insider". - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
87% Ballad of a White Cow (2021) There is nothing significantly wrong here and the movie is actually well-shot and interesting to watch. However, it lacks the impact such a story could have and in the end emerges as something unoriginal that will be forgotten soon after being watched - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
69% Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2012) "Seediq Bale" is a true epic, a rather impressive movie that retains the interest for the whole of the 4,5 hours of its two parts, and an excellent portrait of a relatively unknown part of Asian history. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
100% Radiograph of a Family (2020) "Radiograph of a Family" is a great documentary that manages to combine artfulness with a very interesting story and a parallel to the history of Iran, through a rather brave approach due to its intimacy. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Sharaku (1995) What remains from "Sharaku" is the impressive images, including the impeccable beauty of Riona Hazuki as Hanasato, and a number of rather brutal scenes, including Tonbo's injury and the beating of a geisha who tried to escape, but not much more. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Kaidan nobori ryu (The Blind Woman's Curse) (1971) "The Blind Woman's Curse" does not make sense, but the artfulness, fun, and overall entertainment it offers result in an impressive title, that has also managed to age well within its cult status. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Noraneko rokku: Onna banchô (Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss) (1970) "Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss" is a great introduction to the series, a film that aims at entertainment and definitely succeeds, but also manages to include much depth through its comments. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
No Score Yet Violence Without a Cause (Gendai sei hanzai zekkyo hen: riyu naki boko) (1969) There is much misogyny here, but the film manages to rise above both this and its soft-porn premises, resulting in a testament that pinku movies were also used for the presentation of serious sociophilosophical critique and also of being highly artistic - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
No Score Yet Cenote (Ts'ono'ot) (2019) a difficult film to watch, for both its rather experimental approach and its duration, which exceeds 70 minutes. However, there is also much artistry and beauty here - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
No Score Yet Violent Virgin (1969) "Violent Virgin" does not offer any solutions or explanations, but definitely succeeds as an original exploitation film, that does not fail, however, to show the cinematic prowess of Wakamatsy and his crew. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
No Score Yet Shadow of Water (Chola) (2019) "Shadow of the Water" is a film that communicates its harsh but pragmatist comment in rather gripping fashion, and a movie that will definitely leave its viewers shaking. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
No Score Yet Harmony (Hamoni) (2010) "Harmony" manages to present some interesting comments, which, however, remain somewhat unfulfilled, with the movie, essentially, addressing those viewers who focus on the entertainment it offers, and not the serious of its premises. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
92% Journey From the Fall (2007) Tram manages to portray history, communicate his comments, and entertain at the same time, through a genuinely cinematic approach in both context and production values. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) "Harmonium" is another great piece of Japanese cinema, and the Jury Prize it received from the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, well reserved. - Asian Movie Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021