Video game adaptations have a rocky history in film. For every good-to-ok one, like Mortal Kombat (1994), Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) or Werewolves Within (2021), there are scores of films that don’t do justice to their digital counterparts. The K:D ratio* just isn’t great for these movies, partly […]
The Yakuza video game series is one of the most long-running and popular franchises in Sega’s arsenal. Perhaps only second to that feisty little blue hedgehog, the saga of Kiryu Kazama and his rise through the ranks of the organized crime world in the fictionalized Japan is one […]
Komazawa Isolation have a series of videos recreating videogame moments in Tokyo. They have the Yakuza walk and run down. Watch them here!
The pandemic has resulted in a year of film festivals here at the Gutter, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Hong Kong Filmart and now Nightstream and the Brooklyn Horror Festival. The Gutter’s own Angela and I attended Nightstream with press cards in the bands of our fedoras […]
At Popshifter, friend of the Gutter Sachin Hingoo writes about Yakuza 0! “Sometimes at the expense of actual fun, Yakuza Zero is a period piece, offered up in earnest. Diversions like full renderings of classic ’80s Sega arcade games like Space Harrier, weirdly engrossing karaoke and disco dancing […]
The solstice and the the Fourth of July have passed and summer is definitely upon us, my friends. It’s hot, with cicadas (Brood X and Broods Otherwise), fireflies, fireworks, thunderstorms and humidity released upon my part of the world at least. And I have some suggestions for things […]