Hot Picks

- There's No Such Thing as Zombies 2020

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- The After Dark 2024

- For Prophet 2024

- The Culture of Hip Hop: The Staten Island Story - Part 1 2024

- #ChadGets-TheAxe 2022

- The Guyver 1991

- Double Exposure 2024

- Live One 2024

- Queen Rising 2024

- The G 2023

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Midnight Feature 2024

- Deadland 2023

- The Red Lips of the Octopus 2023

- A Gangster's Kiss 2024

- Homework 1982

- Vindication Swim 2024

- Bermondsey Tales: Fall of the Roman Empire 2024

- As I Believe the World to Be 2023

- 2015: Future Uncertain 2024

- Guy Friends 2024

- A Rocky Mountain Affair 2024

- The Moor 2023

- Insane Like Me? 2024

- Grandma's Cookies: A Christmas Tale 2024

- The Keepers of the 5 Kingdoms 2024

- Arena Wars 2024

- Static Cling 2024

- Realm of Shadows 2024

- The Girl in the Trunk 2024

- Buying Time 2024

- 4 Minutes of Terror: Death Throes 2024

- Lost in Tomorrow 2023

- Ufologists 2022

- Rhapsody in Justice 2024

- Life of Belle 2024

- Unspeakable: Beyond the Wall of Sleep 2024

- Princess Halle and the Jester 2024

- Tormented 1960

- Sira 2023

- MR-9: Do or Die 2023

- Homesick 2015

- Exteriors 2023

- Brotherly Lies 2022

- Pandemonium 2024

- All the Fires 2023

- Isleen Pines 2023

- I Was a Soldier 2024

- The Seductress from Hell 2024

- Dreaming of the Unholy 2024

- Part-Time Killer 2022

- Cosmos 2021

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Lorelei

Japan 2005
produced by
Toho
directed by Shinji Higuchi, Cellin Gluck
starring Koji Yakusho, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Toshiro Yanagiba, Yu Kashii, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ken Ishiguro, Colter Allison, David Austin, Tyrone Power jr, Nicholas Dombrovskis, Christopher Ryan Doyle, Norman England, Isao Hashizume, Masato Ibu, Takaya Kamikawa, Kreva, Jun Kunimura, Matt Logan, Dave Monahan, Takehiko Ono, Ryuta Sato, Fred Spiker, Pierre Taki, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Shingo Tsurumi, Shugo Oshinari
screenplay by Satoshi Suzuki, based on the novel Shusen no Lorelei by Harutoshi Fukui, music by Naoki Sato

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

The Addams Family

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Deerslayer

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

The Munsters

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe

Philo Vance

Quatermass

Robin Hood

The Saint

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD!

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat (commissions earned)

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility!!!

The last days of World War II in the Pacific: The first atom bomb has already been dropped on Hiroshima when Captain Masami (Koji Yakusho) - a man known for his dismay of suicide missions and therefore often called a coward - is entrusted with the command of a German experimental sub to intercept the delivery of any more atom bombs to the Allies.

The sub has some sort of super-minisub attached to it, the Lorelei, which has a sort of mental super-radar attached to it that works by far better than the then customary conventional sonar - thing is, the mental radar is attached to a young girl, Paula (Yu Kashii), who is a telepath, and who feels the pain every time someone dies, so after each battle (with casualties), Paula is totally devastated. What makes the situation even worse is that Paula has to be kept a secret from most of the sub's crew safe from Lorelei's navigator Origasa (Satoshi Tsumabuki).

However, not even the Lorelei can keep the Allies from dropping a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, and it soon becomes clear they want to bomb Tokyo too the very next day ... which is when things take an unexpected turn, as Captain Masami's immediate superiors (Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ken Ishiguro) turn out to be traitors who want the Lorelei handed over to the Allies and who want Tokyo bombed - ironically enough out of patriotism, because they think only a properly destroyed Japan can rise like Phoenix from the ashes. They even go to quite some lengths to have all peace negotiations between already beaten Japan and the Allies sabotaged ...

Masami however does not share the opinion of his superiors, manages to overthrow the mutineers on board, gives his crew a compassionate speech to intercept the atom-bomb-carrying plane after all, and in the end, his sub with the Lorelei attached to it takes on what seems like the Allied fleet of battlesheep and manages to shoot down the plane just after take-off. Then he has the connection with the Lorelei - with Paula and Origasa aboard - cut so they can get away while he and his ship guard their back and are ultimately annihilated ...

 

In writing the story of this film, a totally fictional account of the final days of war spiced up with science fiction and fantasy elements, sounds quite exciting, but unfortunately the finished film is less so, it's a rather unreflected warfilm that celebrates heroisn, patriotism and self-sacrifice, elements that totally drown the more interesting aspects of the story. The fact that the film is directed way too slickly for its far-out premise doesn't help one bit either, and the film's heavy reliance on badly done CGI-effects in scenes that cry out for conventional miniature work totally sinks the film. A pity, this could have been fun.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
(commissions earned)

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find Lorelei
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports?
Find Lorelei here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

In times of uncertainty of a possible zombie outbreak, a woman has to decide between two men - only one of them's one of the undead.

 

There's No Such Thing as Zombies
starring
Luana Ribeira, Rudy Barrow and Rami Hilmi
special appearances by
Debra Lamb and Lynn Lowry

 

directed by
Eddie Bammeke

written by
Michael Haberfelner

produced by
Michael Haberfelner, Luana Ribeira and Eddie Bammeke

 

now streaming at

Amazon

Amazon UK

Vimeo

 

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!