Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 1997 slow-burn procedural film has aged better than many of its J-horror contemporaries.
Cannibalism occupies a special place in our psyche; the mere thought of it is often so horrible that such a film really doesn’t have to do much to inspire terror and revulsion in the audience.
ANOTHER HEAVEN was another millennium-era J-horror flick that I had meant to watch for years, until I noticed it was on Netflix of all things.
In our quest to find interesting Asian horror films to watch and recommend to readers, we often have to wade through a lot of rather worthless stuff... Let me temper my possibly extreme opinion about these kinds of movies by saying that NEIGHBOR No. 13 is by no means completely worthless.
It seems like retro Hong Kong cinema gets a bad rap by the public at large here in the west. Modern classics like Infernal Affairs and Iron Monkey either get remade by Hollywood or changed to the point of being unrecognizable, while countless influential films from Shaw Bros or Golden Harvest are enjoyed ironically while imitating the oftentimes bad English dubbing. I’m personally ecstatic to find out that the farther and farther I go back into the HK horror catalogue, I keep finding really solid films that stand on their own and are definitely worth watching today.