Patryk Czekaj
Contributing Writer; Warsaw, Poland

Twitter: @PatrykCzekaj

GAKKO NO KAIDAN: NOROI NO KOTODAMA Trailer: The Return Of A 90's Horror Franchise

If you're familiar with Haunted School (Gakkō no Kaidan), the successful Japanese horror film series from the 90's, then you probably know what to expect from the upcoming Gakkō no Kaidan: Noroi no Kotodama. But what you may not know is... More »
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Warsaw Spring Film Festival Lineup Includes IDA, A TOUCH OF SIN, THE PAST, VENUS IN FUR, And More

The 20th annual Spring Film Festival (Wiosna Filmow) kicks off in Warsaw this Sunday and runs through April 13th. It's definitely one of the most interesting cultural events that the capital of Poland has to offer during springtime, and a... More »
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Review: THE WORD Explains The Mechanics Of Manipulative Revenge

From the very beginning a deep sense of an impending tragedy pervades The Word (Obietnica), Polish filmmaker Anna Kazejak's naturalistic and somber coming-of-age thriller, creating a strangely disturbing yet thoroughly intriguing aura of uneasiness around the two main characters. A... More »
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BAKUMATSU KOKOSEI Trailer: Travel Back In Time To Edo Period Japan

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time to Edo period Japan? If that's the case, then the upcoming comedy Bakumatsu Kokosei (Bakumatsu refers to the final years of the Edo period; Kokosei is... More »
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Check Out The NSFW Trailer For Japanese S&M-Themed Thriller FLOWER AND SNAKE ZERO

You know what the top executives of Nikkatsu, Japan's oldest major film studio, decided to do when they knew their precious entertainment company was on the verge of a financial disaster? Nothing spectacular. They simply believed in the power of... More »
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Sono Sion Set To Direct Live-Action Adaptation Of Adult Manga SHINJUKU SWAN

Great news for all Sono Sion fans out there! The maverick filmmaker will make a return in 2015 with Shinjuku Swan, a live-action adaptation of Wakui Ken's popular Kabukichō-set adult manga. Anime News Network reports that the main cast will... More »
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Review: BLOOD AND TIES Loses Direction And Eventually Succumbs To Melodrama

Due to a circumstantial, if not completely absurd, turn of events a young woman begins to suspect her loving father of being a ruthless kidnapper-cum-murderer the whole country's been trying to catch for almost 15 years. As a result, she... More »
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Review: FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT... And Enjoy The Flight

Ha Jung-woo of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea fame begins his screenwriting and directing career with Fasten Your Seatbelt, a congenial and expertly paced airborne comedy that blends lighthearted social satire with simple yet crazy-addictive humor within quite possibly... More »
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WARSAW STORIES Trailer: An Omnibus Film Dedicated To Poland's Sprawling Capital

Most important cities in the world have their own anthology films. Whether related or not, various stories presented in such specific features tend to reveal a lot about a given place and its citizens, often attempting to evoke a realistic... More »
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BARAIRO NO BUKO Trailer: Comedy Specialist Fukuda Yuichi Is Back With More Laughter And Hijinks!

Here's a really good reason to get excited! It seems that Fukuda Yuichi, creator of such ridiculously entertaining action comedies as Kids Police and Hentai Kamen, has not one but two pictures set for 2014 release. Less than two months... More »
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KUJIRA NO ITA NATSU: Watch First Trailer For Yoshida Yasuhiro's Coming Of Age Dramedy

Set in an unnamed Japanese seaside village, Kujira no Ita Natsu (literally Summer of the Whales, although the official English title is still not known) is a coming of age dramedy that centers on Chuuya (Nomura Shuhei), a small-town boy... More »
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Explore Japan's Snowy Countryside In The First Trailer For HARU WO SEOTTE

Legendary cinematographer Kimura Daisaku's second directorial venture will takes us to Tateyama Mountain Range, the heart of Japan's snow country. Given his fondness for such locations, we might expect a lot of beautiful and unforgettable views in a sentimental and... More »
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First JU-ON: BEGINNING OF THE END Poster Arrives, Compare It With Its Predecessors

It seems that things are moving pretty fast for Ju-on: Beginning of the End. Not two weeks have passed since the picture began filming and already a fresh new poster can be found on various Japanese outlets around the web. With... More »
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Check Out The NSFW Trailer For RECENTLY, MY SISTER IS UNUSUAL

Among the hardworking and constantly stressed Japanese citizens, one of the quickest and arguably most satisfying ways of escaping reality is indulging in manga. Within this billion dollar industry there's an unimaginable amount of genres - one more original than... More »
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Review: STONES FOR THE RAMPART Is A Serviceable Ode To Young War Heroes

There are two conflicting perspectives on how to approach Robert Glinski's Stones for the Rampart (Kamienie na szaniec). The first, and the more advisable one, makes the viewing experience increasingly pleasurable. It's based on an assumption that the forenamed film... More »
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Trailer: Highly Anticipated Polish Blockbuster WARSAW 44

Warsaw Uprising was one of the most crucial World War II operations by the Polish resistance Home Army. It was a desperate attempt at liberating Warsaw from the Nazi occupation, and one that was doomed from the start. Though after... More »
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OH! FATHER Trailer: One Boy And His Four Fathers Try To Solve A Mystery

Take a look at the synopsis or watch the trailer and you will immediately realize that Oh! Father is certainly not your typical comedy. But which Japanese comedy really is these days?Set in modern day Tokyo, Fujii Michihito's sophomore feature... More »
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First Teaser Trailer For LITTLE FOREST Starring Hashimoto Ai

With films like Another or The Kirishima Thing Hashimoto Ai proved that she's one of the most promising Japanese actresses of the young generation. Since her big screen debut in Confessions in 2010 she's been delivering high quality performances, yet... More »
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Review: Emotional Drama LOVING Searches For Truth About The Mechanics Of Love

In an impassioned and perceptive manner, Loving (Milosc) breaks down the essence of a marriage on the verge of collapse. The sharply-written script goes beyond the surface in order to expose all the ingredients crucial for the formation and further development of... More »
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Ochiai Masayuki To Direct New JU-ON Movie

It was announced last Wednesday during a press conference at Tokyo's Akagi Shrine that Ochiai Masayuki (Infection, Hypnosis, horrible 2008 remake of Shutter) will be responsible for scripting and directing the next installment in the Ju-on (The Grudge) horror franchise. Japanese... More »
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