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(108 min)
1999 - Drama - Japan
Yuji is the ultimate toy collector. He wants it all, and he never removes them from their original blister packaging. He collects American action figures, and now he is after the most elusive toy of them all, Hellbanker. there was only one made, and he will do anything to get it. With the help of some of his fellow otakus, he gets closer and closer, but could he ever imagine how important this toy is to the future of the entire world?
Director : Suga Taikan
Cast : Hideaki Ito, Munehisa Sakurada, Masumi Sanada, Paul Raudkepp, Yuuta Yamazaki, Akio Ohtsuka
(116 min)
2006 - Action, Drama, Thriller, Crime - South Korea
Sang Do is a Busan drug dealer for whom business is going very well. His only problem is that he is being hassled by a Detective Ho who repeatedly arrests him up and threatens to send him to jail if he doesn’t inform on other dealers and suppliers. When an arrest involving Sang Do’s help goes badly wrong, the small time dealer finds himself serving jail-time and Detective Ho is suspended. On Sang Do’s release the two try to re-establish themselves on their opposite sides of the law by working together to take down a major drug-lord…
Director : Choi Ho
Cast : Ryoo Seung-beom, Hwang Jeong-min, Kim Hee-ra, Choo Ja-hyeon
(108 min)
2003 - Drama, Action - South Korea
The story revolves around three officers who meet while studying deep-sea diving in a naval academy. Of the three, the talkative and carefree Kim Jun (Shin Hyeon-jun) and the quiet and serious Lee Tae-yon (Kim Yeong-ho) are best friends, inseparable since childhood. They are willing to do anything for each other, including risk their lives, until Kang Su-jin (Shin Eun-gyeong), an attractive and ambitious fellow officer, comes between them. Strong feelings develop between Jun and Su-jin, but when Jun realizes his best friend is also in love with her, he suddenly breaks off the relationship just as she leaves for England to receive special training. Time passes, and the two friends become trainees at the Special Salvage Unit, top deep-sea diving program of the nation, and Su-jin, promoted to major, returns into their lives as an instructor. The three find themselves back in an awkward triangle, but they have bigger problems now, as they have to deal with the head of the training progr
Director : Lee Jeong-Gul
Cast : Shin Hyeon-jun, Shin Eun-Gyeong, Kim Yeong-Ho
(83 min)
2001 - Drama - Japan
Graduation looms overhead as a group of seniors at Asa High live out the dangerous yakuza-style life on a miniature high school scale. Kujo leads the pack, but the playing field gets distorted when his authority is questioned and duly challenged by his closest friend Aoki.
Director : Toshiaki Toyoda
Cast : Ryuhei Matsuda, Hirofumi Arai, Sousuke Takaoka, Yusuke Oshiba
(78 min)
1999 - Action, Thriller, Martial Arts - Hong Kong
Kwan and Lee are two Hong Kong cops who consider each other the best of friends. The problem is, they both love the same woman, a beautiful cop named Ling. Ling marries Lee, but on their wedding night, Ling is attacked by a gang of serial rapists, while the dying groom is forced to watch. Ling decides to become the ultimate seducer in order to seek revenge.
Director : Aman Chan
Cast : Vincent Zhao, Stephen Au, Xu Jin Jiang, Ma Tak Chung, Pinky Cheung
(93 min)
1993 - Action, Drama, Yakuza - Japan
Junpei is a low life gangster, who has foolish chosen to steal a large amount of money from his yakuza boss. Saved by the cops from a near fatal beating, Junpei is instead thrown in jail for five years. Upon leaving jail, he is in desperate need of protection and hires bodyguard Naoto Kiba to aid him in recovering his stashed money and find his girlfriend. But as their search progress these are like they used to be and Junpei may be in way over his head...
Director : Takashi Miike
Cast : Masaru Matsuda, Daisuke Nagakura, Ren Osugi, Megumi Sakita
(92 min)
1994 - Action, Thriller - Hong Kong
Michelle is the witness of a gruesome murder, all the witnesses to this murder are found dead one after the other. Michelle's boyfriend is a rich businessman and uses his money and power to acquire the best bodyguard possible, he hires Hui (Jet Li) an elite bodyguard from Beijing. Upon his arrival in Hong Kong, Hui takes charge of the situation much to the displeasure of Michelle's current protectors. The two HK police officers that were protecting Michelle convince Hui to stay on the case. It does not take long before Michelle wants to get rid of Hui as he is controlling her every movement as if her life was in terrible danger.
Director : Corey Yuen
Cast : Jet Li, Kent Cheng, William Chu, Christy Chung, Wing-Chung Leung, Wai-Kwok Ng
(74 min)
2005 - Thriller, Horror - Japan
An elderly radio host receives a phone call from his long-dead girlfriend. An old death pact is fulfilled now, 30 years later, when he hangs himself in the very booth of his radio station. Some time later here comes Sogo, a much younger host, to work in the same booth on a late night show about cruel words and deeds experienced in love relationships. How convenient a topic – and even more convenient are the stories of Sogo's callers which seem to coincide with some of his own cruelties. As the night progresses, the calls are interrupted by the female voice which calls him a 'liar' and certain dark secrets come to the surface with the help of what seem to be supernatural agencies...
Director : Yoshihiro Nakamura
Cast : Ryuta Sato, Maiko Asano, Makoto Ashikawa, Mansaku Ikeuchi
(118 min)
2000 - Drama, Gangster - Hong Kong
Chicken get married with the daughter of the boss of the Yamada gang, a powerful Japanese Yakusa group. The marriage is in the hope of bringing a closer relation between the Hung Hing Triad, the Taiwanese San Luen and the Japanese Yamada crime groups. All seems to go well after the wedding and relations between the groups are closer than ever but trouble start brewing in Taiwan shortly after. The Taiwanese Triad has been without a leader for a while, chicken returns to Taiwan to represent his faction in the debate for San Luen leadership. Things become quickly ugly as several people are arguing over leadership and Chicken is pushed into the fight for leadership. Some people end up dead in the coming days and Chicken is suspected and must go into hiding. Brother Nam comes with the Hung Hing triad from Hong Kong to help Chicken get out of his bad situation.
Director : Andrew Lau
Cast : Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Shu Qi, Gigi Lai Chi, Sonny Chiba, Peter Ho
(97 min)
2004 - Martial Arts, Action - Thailand
Deaw (Dan Chupong) is a Special Forces police officer that witnesses the murder of his partner when a drug bust goes terribly wrong. Disheartened by this tragedy, Deaw decides to join his sister and a troupe of elite athletes on a government sponsored charity event on the Thai/Burmese border. Everything seems to be going well until a group of heavily armed guerillas arrives, with a nuclear missile in tow, taking the sleepy village hostage. The ransom they demand is the release of nefarious drug lord General Yang. The clock is ticking. Can Deaw and the athletes rescue the village from the mercenaries? Can they save Bangkok from nuclear disaster?
Director : Panna Rittikrai
Cast : Dan Chupong, Noppol Gomarachun, Suntisuk Phromsiri, Piyapong Pue-On, Somluck Kamsing
(98 min)
1967 - Drama, Gangster - Japan
Hanada (Number 3 Killer) lives his life day by day being a yakuza assassin. He and his wife live in their high-class, trendy apartment. One day, a mysterious woman by the name of Misako confronts him with a kill or be killed contract offer. Hanada pursues her and desperately wants to make love to her in his small bedroom, littered with dead butterflies pinned to the wall. Hanada takes her contract, but when the crucial moment comes up, (ironically) a butterfly messes everything up for him. An innocent victim has been killed and according to the yakuza way, he must pay for his mistake with his life. With a story filled with violent gun battles, back stabs, and deceit, Hanada ultimately confronts the ultimate killer, Number 1. In one of the most intimidating and intriguing stand offs ever, Seijun Suzuki's Branded to Kill is not easily forgotten.
Director : Seijun Suzuki
Cast : Jo Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Mari Annu, Koji Nambara, Isao Tamagawa, Hiroshi Minami
(90 min)
2004 - Action, Drama, Crime - Hong Kong
When five bandits open-fire at cops in a narrow street in Hong Kong, all hell breaks loose. To make matters worse, the media is there to capture the escape of the criminals and the complete embarrassment of law enforcers during the chaos. With reputation-shattering images and the criminals still on the loose, the public begins to turn their backs on the law officials. Knowing that simply catching these thieves won’t save face, Inspector Rebecca Fong decides to put on a “show” to restore the police department’s public image. What ensues is a cat and mouse chase between the law officials and the criminals, except this time, it’s not about justice…it’s about public image.
Director : Johnnie To
Cast : Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung, Shiu Hung Hui, Suet Lam, Richie Ren
(89 min)
1993 - Swordplay, Fantasy - Hong Kong
Bride With White Hair is a mystical story about a man who was trained in Kung Fu by a master of a powerful clan. He was rebellious in nature but none the less he was the master's favorite student. The land is invaded by an evil clan that seeks to conquer the land, in response to this the 8 clans of kung fu unite to defeat this enemy. The hero is chosen to lead the army to fight the evil invaders, during the first fight he encounters a lady leading the enemy forces and falls in love with her. They both run away and decide they will each leave their clan to live a common life together. The supernatural leader of the evil clan cannot except the fact that the lady wishes to leave the clan because he is in love with her. The union of these two outcast lovers will cause the fall of both the evil and good clans.
Director : Ronnie Yu
Cast : King-Kei Chang, Leslie Cheung, Eddy Ko, Yammie Lam, Brigitte Lin, Ngok-Lam Loh
(114 min)
2000 - Drama, Gangster - Japan
Anaki Yamamoto was a high ranking member of a Yakuza family but during the midst of a war with another Yakuza family, the leader was killed and Anaki's family fell into chaos. The defeated family joined up with the victorious family but Anaki did not wish to know anything about it. He decided to go to America and track down his younger brother who had gone to study there. He managed to tracked down his brother but he was surprised to see his brother had become a local drug dealer, within a few day Anaki gets involved and he is back to his old Yakuza ways and starts to rebuild his family.
Director : Takeshi Kitano
Cast : Takeshi Kitano, Omar Epps, Kuroudo Maki, Masaya Kato, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima
(90 min)
1976 - Kung Fu - Hong Kong
Born in USA and raised in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee has been studied martial art since his childhood. In the late 50’s, Bruce decides to go back in the USA to complete his university studies, thinking that life might be better over there. However, life was not easy as he expected and had Bruce to fight and defend himself on a regular basic by showing off is Kung Fu. Later on, Bruce decides to try the big screen but with not much success, he decides to go back to Hong Kong, thinking that maybe his ideas will be more welcome. Indeed Bruce had a lot of success in Hong Kong, with 3 completed movies and even had the chance to make a movie in collaboration with an American company, Bruce was becoming a phenomenon. Unfortunately his fame was cut short as on July 20th 1973, Bruce Lee was found dead.
Director : Ng See Yuen
Cast : Bruce Li, Unicorn Chan, Carl Scott, Betty Chen, Ernest Curtis, Caryn White
(93 min)
1982 - Kung Fu, Action - Hong Kong
Years ago, JianFei was scarred while saving the girl he loves. In later years, she is set t o take part in a marriage of convenience with Ouyang Hao of the Dark Moon Clan. JianFei challenges Ouyang, but is beaten, and thrown into a cave occupied by ‘Flaming Cloud Devil’. Years ago, Flaming Cloud Devil’s master was killed by opponents trying to learn the secret of the Buddha’s Palm technique. Flaming Cloud took revenge on those opponents, and then hid away in the cave. He vows to teach JianFei the Buddha’s Palm, but when his old opponents learn that he is still alive, all hell breaks loose.
Director : Taylor Wong
(90 min)
1979 - Kung Fu - Hong Kong
A two ‘brothers’, one a local boy and the other a Shaolin monk, grow up and train together. As young men, the local boy leaves for a while, only to find his Godfather missing upon his return. While investigating the mysterious disappearance, he must face a number of opponents and revelations of treachery on his path to discovering the truth and mastering the secret of the ‘Buddhist Fist’ technique.
Director : Yuen Wo Ping
Cast : Yuen Shun Yi, Tsui Siu Ming, Yuen Cheung Yan, Simon Yuen, Fan Mui Sung, Chan Siu Pang
(98 min)
1998 - Drama, Experimental - Japan
Goda, an advertising executive, becomes obsessed with getting his hands on the same model handgun that his girlfriend used to commit suicide. His search ends up crossing the path with a street gang that constantly beats him and his growing interest in their female member Chisato. After Goda ultimately succeeds in attaining a gun he aids, willingly, the gang in their own protection from a mysterious killer picking them off.
Director : Shinya Tsukamoto
Cast : Shinya Tsukamoto, Kirina Mano, Takahiro Murase, Tatsuya Nakamura, Kyoka Suzuki, Hisashi Igawa
(130 min)
1990 - Action, Drama - Hong Kong
Hong Kong, like many other places in the mid-to-late 1960's, is experiencing a period of transition: socially, economically and politically. Three friends, Ben (Tony Leung), Frank (Jacky Cheung) and Paul (Waise Lee), seem oblivious to this as they coast through life; drinking, acting the fool, dancing, romancing and involving themselves in petty fights over their turf. Despite their apparent lack of ambition and prospects, the three have not resigned themselves to a life where they struggle to make ends meet. Things change when Ben decides to marry his sweetheart, Jane (Fennie Yuen); Frank funds the wedding banquet by visiting a loan shark, but is jumped by a local hood, Ringo (Yee Tin-Hung), on his way to join the party. He makes it to the banquet, along with the money, although he has sustained a nasty head wound. Whilst Paul talks of illegitimate business opportunities, Ben quizzes Frank on the origins of his injuries. When Frank reluctantly tells Ben of his run in with Ringo th
Director : John Woo
Cast : Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam, Yolinda Yan, Lam Chung
(152 min)
1975 - Thriller, Drama, Crime - Japan
Hikari 109, a Japanese high-speed train--or "bullet train"--has been sabotaged. A madman has rigged it with a bomb that detonates if the train slows to less than 80km/hr. The madman insists that the authorities pay him five million dollars for instructions on how to diffuse the bomb and save the lives of the 1500 passengers. The authorities must now somehow clear the way for the train, keep the passengers calm, try to locate the bomber, and try to determine whether there is really a bomb on the train.
Director : Junya Sato
Cast : Ken Takakura, Sonny Chiba, Kei Yamamoto, Eiji Go, Akira Oda, Raita Ryu
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