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    Book Review: Volcano High Prelude by Ahn Chul and Hwan Kim (Illustrator)

    Featuring art by Hwan Kim and story by Ahn Chul Jung, Volcano High Prelude is just what it sounds like; a comic adaptation of the events leading up to the start of the 2001 Korean action comedy. With a large cast in the film, m...
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    Book Review: MM9 by Hiroshi Yamamoto

    The existence of kaiju is commonplace and not always worthy of mass evacuations. In order to determine the severity of a kaiju sighting, the Monsterological Measures Department or MMD, has the task of analyzing and studying a k...
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    Godzilla Week at Film Smash!

      In honor of the big budget return to the big screen of Japan’s largest import, Film Smash has a week of reviews, nostalgia, and citywide destruction in store leading up to the film’s release May 16! Check bac...
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    Original Vs. Remake: Infernal Affairs Vs. The Departed

    Infernal Affairs (2002) – Undercover police officer Chan (Tony Leung) enters the triad at the same time that low level gangster Lau (Andy Lau) becomes a mole in the HK police academy. Years later, as both the police and t...
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    Book Review: Boy by Takeshi Kitano

    My first exposure to Takeshi Kitano as a writer, Boy is a compilation of three short stories about boyhood adolescence with aspects of coming-of-age drama. The three stories are: “The Champion in the Padded Kimono,”...
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    Film Smash’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014!

    With the end of 2013, we look ahead to the promising new year with high hopes for a great year at the movies. The promise of kaiju, martial arts, samurai, gangsters, and some good old fashioned drama has hopes at a high level f...