Karate Kill

Morbidly Beautiful - Karate Kill Review

By Kirk Geiger on Jul 30, 2017 at 12:58 AM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

Kenji (Hayate) is on the hunt for his sister Mayumi (Mana Sakura), who has disappeared without a trace. He is a driven man however, so he is determined to find her and return her to safety, regardless of what that entails. His mastery of the martial arts won't hurt either, as he will face off with some nasty folks by the end.

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Beneath The Underground - Karate Kill

Beneath The Underground - Karate Kill
By Kirk Geiger on Jul 30, 2017 at 12:46 AM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

Having previously reviewed Kurando Mitsutake’s absolutely batshit insane revenge film GUN WOMAN I was beyond delighted when the screener for his latest film KARATE KILL appeared in my mailbox.

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Poop Culture Podcast - Karate Kill Review

Poop Culture Podcast - Karate Kill Review
By Noelle Geiger on Jul 30, 2017 at 12:26 AM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

After losing touch with his sister a young Japanese fella named Kenji (Hayate) is finally given the opportunity to search for her. But as she's gone missing on the other side of the world trying to make it under the bright lights of LA, where does he start? Fortunately for him a kick in the face translates into exactly the same thing all over the world.

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Bulletproof Action - Karate Kill Review

Bulletproof Action - Karate Kill Review
By Kirk Geiger on Jul 28, 2017 at 05:46 PM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

I have learned a lot in my time on Earth but one thing that is possibly the important is that anything can be accomplished in life using one’s own mastery of karate. That is obviously something that director Kurando Mitsutake has known for some time as he’s continued to show love for the martial arts going back to Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf.

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Nerdly - Karate Kill Review

Nerdly - Karate Kill Review
By Noelle Geiger on Jul 28, 2017 at 12:05 AM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

Karate Kill is yet another slice of cinematic madness from Mitsutake, one that harkens back to the days of Godfrey Ho’s choppily-edited ninja movies, the epics of Sonny Chiba and those grainy VHS-era relics of kung-fu cinema that inspired a generation of filmmakers (and rappers, cough, Wu-Tang Clan, cough). Only it’s also filled with the type of exploitation action that is typically reserved for horror films.

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MyFantasySportsTalk - Karater Kill Review

MyFantasySportsTalk - Karater Kill Review
By Kirk Geiger on Jul 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

If you are unfamiliar with the work of writer and director Kurando Mitsutake, it is time for you to remedy that situation. Kurando has directed four films – Monsters Don’t Get to Cry (2007) , Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf (2009, and Kurando plays the lead as well as doing the writing and directing duties), Gun Woman (2014) and Karate Kill (2016 but just had its United States release on July 18 of this year) and each film is better than the last, as you would expect as he gains experience.

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The Momentin

The Momentin
By Kirk Geiger on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:56 PM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

Revenge flicks are like soft ice cream dispensers at an all-you-can eat movie buffet. You can fill up on your dramas and your romances and your high-brow comedies, but what you really came here for is the sweet stuff, and most revenge films tap right into that craving with tons of action, lots of great motivation, and usually some hyper-graphic violence that leap well over the line of good sensible taste.

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Dread Central - Karate Kill Review

Dread Central - Karate Kill Review
By Kirk Geiger on Jul 23, 2017 at 11:43 PM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

Karate Kill from Gun Woman director Kurando Mitsutake if everything we loved about that great era of over-the-top action films and more. It’s 1987 again, folks.

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Cryptic Rock - Karate Kill Review

Cryptic Rock - Karate Kill Review
By Kirk Geiger on Jul 23, 2017 at 11:32 PM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

For those who love watching movies with long scenes of someone walking in slow-motion during a quick, one-two punch minute of character development...and for those who love heroes in movies that hardly speak a word but rudely ask for help while also antagonizing a fight that surely could have been avoided...and for those who love a good short and sweet film filled with likable characters, gory fight scenes, and sound effects purposely louder than the actual dialogue, look no further, because the movie Karate Kill is exactly what the doctor ordered.

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The Critics Den - Karate Kill: A Bizarre Treat for Action Fans

The Critics Den - Karate Kill: A Bizarre Treat for Action Fans
By Noelle Geiger on Jul 21, 2017 at 05:32 PM in Karate Kill, Kirk Geiger's Press

I am a product of the mid-’80s, which means I grew up in the golden age of the action movie. I am not ashamed to say that I will still watch any Jean-Claude Van Damme movie if it is on TV.

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