Asian Movie Pulse

Asian Movie Pulse is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Panos Kotzathanasis
Rating Title/Year Author
Red Carpet (2014) Panos Kotzathanasis "Red Carpet" has a number of good elements, but its runtime condemns it to mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Into the White Night (Byakuyakô) (2011) Panos Kotzathanasis "White Night" is an enjoyable film, which could have been a masterpiece based on its script, acting and editing, if Park has chosen another tactic in his presentation of the story. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2019
Tokyo Mighty Guy (1960) Panos Kotzathanasis "Tokyo Mighty Guy" shows its age at many of its aspects and particularly in the nonsensicality of its script, it remains, however, very entertaining due to its pace, funny moments, cast and restoration. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Danger Pays (1962) Panos Kotzathanasis Overall, the film's shows its age only in the script, which is nonsensical at times, but other than that is a very entertaining spectacle. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
() Panos Kotzathanasis Jung Ji-woo casts a disillusioned and harsh look at the world of competitive swimming, which actually mirrors all the sports at the top level. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Murder Unincorporated (1965) Panos Kotzathanasis "Murder Unincorporated" is a genuine farce, that produces much laughter, at least to the fans of slapstick humor. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Sori: Voice From the Heart (2016) Panos Kotzathanasis "Sori:Voice From the Heart" is a film worth seeing despite its flaws, which would benefit though, if its creator was more sure of what he wanted to present. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
() Panos Kotzathanasis "Mai Chan's Daily Life" is a genuine splatter film, a film so difficult to watch, that you have to watch it. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
() Panos Kotzathanasis "Terra Formars" is a very impressive adaptation, evidently directed to fans of sci-fi action, with all the good and the bad the notion entails. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
() Panos Kotzathanasis "Communication and Lies" is a movie worth watching due to its originality in theme and presentation. However, due to a number of extreme scenes, the confusing narration and the unusual production values is quite hard to watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
White Badge (1992) Panos Kotzathanasis "White Badge" is a great film, both in context, aesthetics and production values, while it provides one of the most sincere and thorough analyses about the Vietnam war ever to be presented on cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
Assassination Classroom: The Graduation (2016) Panos Kotzathanasis Assassination Classroom: Graduation was created to entertain and to achieve commercial success and it fulfilled both of its targets. Fans of slapstick humor, preposterous script and beautiful women will definitely find shelter in this film. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Haemoo (2014) Panos Kotzathanasis The film initiates as a social drama, but, from a point on, it transforms into claustrophobic, violent thriller, with the fog surrounding the boat being one of the most important factors in the shaping of this atmosphere EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Creepy (2016) Panos Kotzathanasis The master of slow terror has returned, but he is a bit slower than he should be. Nevertheless, the film is definitely worth seeing for its cast, the shock of the disclosure and its unexpected finale. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Harmony (2015) Panos Kotzathanasis Arias and Nakamura direct an extremely intricate story in a complex environment, with constant plot twists, very interesting characters, and many social and political messages. However, their direction does not succeed in portraying all this intricacy EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Chihayafuru Part I (2016) Panos Kotzathanasis Norihiro Koizumi directs a film that would be another school romantic comedy, if not for the main theme of Karuta, which gives the title an additional depth, making it stand apart from the many entries in the category EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
What a Wonderful Family! (2016) Panos Kotzathanasis "What a Wonderful Family" is a great sample of contemporary, Japanese, social cinema and a testament of how elderly actors can be implemented in a present-day film. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Love & Peace (2015) Panos Kotzathanasis If there was one filmmaker that could take the word unpredictable home, it would have to be Sion Sono. "Love and Peace" is a prominent example of the fact. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Go Find a Psychic (2015) Panos Kotzathanasis "Psycho Pass: The Movie," may not offer much in terms of the franchise's story, but remains a worthy addition, particularly due to its technical aspect. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Chronicles of Evil (2015) Panos Kotzathanasis The perpetrator is known from the beginning, a secret from the past, an utterly unexpected plot twist, and of course, revenge are all present in here, defining the film EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Oldboy (2004) Panos Kotzathanasis The humiliation and ensuing catharsis are the primary concepts, and revenge, which creates chain reactions of hatred, is solely an element of the set, with the focus being on vengeance not as an act, but the reasons that lead to it and its consequences EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
New World (2013) Panos Kotzathanasis Park Hoon-jung directs an agonizing crime thriller, which contains the usual violence, anti-heroes, impressive action sequences, and stylish gangsters in their suits, along with the much-loved plot twists. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) Panos Kotzathanasis Park Chan-wook focused on a female character and created a unique amalgam of black humor, blasphemous irony, extreme violence, which at times, is turned on children, and liberating humanism, chiefly depicted in the final sequence of collective revenge EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
The Golden Cane Warrior (2014) Panos Kotzathanasis "The Golden Cane Warrior" is a worthy addition to the genre, which would be even better if Isfansyah had made up his mind about shooting a film similar to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or one similar to "The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter". EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Private Eye (2009) Panos Kotzathanasis "Private Eye" is a film that combines artfully elements of comedy, action, and drama, with a noir atmosphere to present a very entertaining outcome. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
The Chaser (2008) Panos Kotzathanasis "The Chaser" is one of the greatest samples of contemporary Korean cinema and one of the best entries in the crime thriller genre. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Joint Security Area (2000) Panos Kotzathanasis Park Chan-wook presents the general atmosphere and the depiction of the conditions in one of the most unstable areas in the world with realism, but without failing to entertain in equal proportion, particularly through some comedic moments EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
Journey to the Shore (2015) Panos Kotzathanasis Evidently, this is a genuine art-house film, meaning that the action is almost completely absent. However, it is a work of true beauty and elaborateness, a lyrical poem regarding love and its absence, and the grief that results from it. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
The Yellow Sea (2010) Panos Kotzathanasis Na Hong-jin maintained most of the elements that made an impression in his debut, by incorporating great characters, desperation and agony, and impressive fighting scenes. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
A Dirty Carnival (Biyeolhan geori) (2007) Panos Kotzathanasis Yoo Ha directs film seemingly in the usual motif of the rise and fall of a criminal anti-hero, but he enriches it with plenty of drama while he focuses on the repercussions of violence and criminal life in the psychosynthesis of the main character EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Mercy (2010) Panos Kotzathanasis Kim Hyeong-joon's style is characterized by directness, without any compromises in depiction, as it becomes evident with the scene of the autopsy and a number of sex scenes, whose purpose is not to shock, but to strengthen the element of agony. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Schoolgirl Apocalypse (2011) Panos Kotzathanasis John Cairn offers a truly alternative look to the zombie genre by incorporating western b-movie aesthetics and a road-trip style of narration which results in an atmospheric, psychological horror one rather than a gore fest, although gore is not scarce EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
() Panos Kotzathanasis "Macross Zero" is anime at its best, a great addition to the franchise and a title that definitely stands the test of time. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
National Security (2012) Panos Kotzathanasis "National Security" is a very hard to watch, although highly realistic film, that uses shock in order to present a clear political message. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
A Hard Day (2014) Panos Kotzathanasis Kim Seong-hun directs a film that constantly lingers between dark comedy and thriller, succeeding in the portrayal of both, creating a highly entertaining picture, where the spectator laughs while having a constant sense of agony for the protagonist EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Nameless Gangster (2012) Panos Kotzathanasis Yoon Jong-bin presents a highly realistic and entertaining depiction of the crime world of the 80s and 90s, and creates a truly masterful crime thriller with constant plots, intrigues, betrayals, and violence. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Riaru onigokko (2015) Panos Kotzathanasis Sono drifted far away from the book, instead shooting a surrealistic "Alice in Wonderland" film of sorts, which is filled though, with many of his usual perverse themes and notions. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
The Thieves (2012) Panos Kotzathanasis Everything one could demand from mainstream cinema is here EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Memories of Murder (2003) Panos Kotzathanasis Bong Joon-ho directs writes sublimely, mostly focusing on the antithesis between the local simpletons and the "intellectual" from Seoul, which is presented with intense humor, without depriving the film of its seriousness, though. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
() Panos Kotzathanasis Abhijit Kokate and Srivinay Salian have created a very interesting world, with the POV element adding much to both the asylum setting and the exploration of a troubled mind, and ended up with a rather unique horror film, that definitely deserves a watch EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
() Panos Kotzathanasis , the historic elements and the presentation of the musical culture in China allow the film to be interesting to a wider variety of audience, who will enjoy the presentation and the information alike. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Jinpa (Zhuang si le yi zhi yang) (2018) Panos Kotzathanasis "Jinpa" is a great movie that manages to combine a number of elements into a very entertaining and thought provoking package that will satisfy audiences of almost every kind. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
His Lost Name (2019) Panos Kotzathanasis "His Lost Name" does not manage to stand out (not much at least) from the plethora of similar films released in Japan, but still remains a hopeful debut, and a film that will satisfy most fans of the Japanese contemporary drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Everybody's Fine (2016) Panos Kotzathanasis Everybody's Fine is a very entertaining and rewarding movie that manages to combine family drama, social comments, and a tour guide in a visually impressive package. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Norjmaa (2014) Panos Kotzathanasis Although the whole movie seems to serve its visuals, Bayin's message is quite powerful, as it sends a very intense anti-war message, regarding the fact that even mortal enemies can change under the influence of a caring person EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
() Panos Kotzathanasis "Life" has its faults, particularly regarding the narrative, but its visuals, story and acting aspects make it a worthy effort in genre film, and definitely a movie that deserves some attention EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Gun (Ju) (2018) Panos Kotzathanasis A monochrome film that shares much with Crime and Punishment in its basic premise and with the French Nouvelle Vague in its visual approach. The gun is just a tool to explore a very interesting character and a number of social/philosophical comments EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
14 Apples (2018) Panos Kotzathanasis Midi Z directs another documentary with feature elements. His approach has many similarities to a road movie, particularly due to the episodic nature of the narrative, which aims at making a rather pointy comment regarding Buddhism and work immigrants EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Parallel Life (2010) Panos Kotzathanasis Despite some flaws in the script, "Parallel Life" is a very entertaining thriller that retains the interest up to the last minute through an elaborate direction and impressive cinematic technique. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (2018) Panos Kotzathanasis "Balangiga" is evidently a strange film, that manages, though, to communicate its messages through an extreme approach that will definitely reward anyone who is willing to see behind the obvious. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018