films seen
12
average score
2.25*
nationality
Japan - 65 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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A fringe horror director. Don't expect straight-forward chills from this man, instead Kaneko seems to aim for more cult/niche audiences, most notably with his Kaiju and anime/pop-inspired films. Kaneko's oeuvre is fun, but rarely great.

Solid pieces

Gamera 3: The Awakening of Iris

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
Gamera 3: Iris Kakusei
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 108m
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Gamera 3: The Awakening of Iris poster

The inoffensive

Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû Sôkôgeki
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 105m
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Giant Monsters All-Out Attack poster

Gamera 2: Advent of Legion

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
Gamera 2: Region Shurai
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 99m
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Gamera 2: Advent of Legion poster

Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
Gamera Daikaijû Kuchu Kessen
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 96m
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe poster

Summer Vacation 1999

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
1999 - Nen no Natsu Yasumi
Specifics
Japan [1988] - 90m
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Summer Vacation 1999 poster

An interesting early feature by Shûsuke Kaneko. He's a bit of a cult director who often takes on cheesy franchise projects, but Summer Vacation 1999 isn't as shlocky as most of his other films. It's a pretty moody and intriguing drama/mystery that proves he has more to offer than you'd wager at first glance.

The story begins with the suicide of Yu, a young boy attending a boarding school. Three classmates who bullied Yu remain at the school for the holidays and freak out when they meet the new kid: a boy who is the spitting image of Yu. The three believe Yu has come back to take revenge, but the boy has no idea what they're talking about.

The beginning is very atmospheric, with nice camera work, moody lighting and a solid soundtrack. Performances are pretty good too. The film loses some steam halfway through as it gets a bit too repetitive and the ending isn't as powerful as it could've been. Still, a worthy film from Kaneko that makes me curious about his older work.

Worthy but flawed

God's Left Hand, Devil's Right Hand

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
Kami no Hidarite Akuma no Migite
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 94m
Genre
Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
God's Left Hand, Devil's Right Hand poster

Dubious filler

Danger Dolls

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
Shôjo wa Isekai de Tatakatta
Specifics
Japan, USA [2014] - 97m
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Danger Dolls poster

Death Note: The Last Name

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
Desu Nôto: The Last Name
Specifics
Japan, USA [2006] - 141m
Genre
Fantasy, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Death Note: The Last Name poster

A direct sequel to Kaneko's first film. I've never been much of a fan of the Death Note franchise and this film didn't do much to change my mind. Too long, too serious and too many poor twists. Kaneko's direction is mostly functional, honouring the narrative but failing to bring much joy to this production. For fans only.

Necronomicon: Book of the Dead

by Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko, Brian Yuzna
Also known as
Necronomicon
Specifics
France, USA [1993] - 96m
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Necronomicon: Book of the Dead poster

Plain forgettable

Azumi 2: Death or Love

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 108m
Genre
Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Azumi 2: Death or Love poster

Big nopes

Death Note

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
Desu Nôto
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 126m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Death Note poster

Irritation overload

Cross Fire

by Shûsuke Kaneko
Also known as
Kurosufaia
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 115m
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Cross Fire poster