With Taku Sacaguchi, Hideo Sakaki, Kenji Matsudo, Yukihito Tanikado, Takahiro, Katayama
Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura

This brilliant piece of Japanese horror-action cinema was put together by director Kitamura and his now regular cast back in 1999. If this information wasn't given, you would have thought it was a current film. An escaped prisoner's rendezvous with a doublecrossing pick-up leads to a bloodbath in the woods. These woods just happen to house the 444th of the 666 gates of hell. Whatever dies here, is resurrected and lusting for the kill. The woods are a murdered Yakuza dumping ground, who claw their way from the shallow graves - many with guns! The violent, well-executed action is also counteracted with a crazy sense of humour that doesn't detract from the excitement or the unfolding mystery of the story where two forces collide. Kitamura wanted to resurrect the Japanese swordfighting movie and tried to do this with modern elements. He succeeded in creating a bloody entertaining ride with a limited budget, but a lot of creativity. Bonus features include a Making Of documentary, interview with the editor, plus a mini movie "Nervous".

5 / A
- PB

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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