An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.
You Can't Refuse Your Destiny... Dr Henry Jekyll (Adam Baldwin) a young surgeon and his new bride travel to Hong Kong for their honeymoon. Tragically the marriage ends in violence when his wife is killed in a massive explosion. They have been caught in the middle of a Hong Kong gang war. Desperately ill with serious burns Dr Jekyll is resurrected by a Chinese medicine doctor Dr Chau. Changed in appearance the grief-stricken Jekyll learns that he is sought by the police in connection with his wife's death. Forced to change his name he buries his former identity and his thoughts are only of vengeance against his wife's killers. Driven by rage he undergoes extensive martial arts training to fuel his crime fighting alter ego and avenge the brutal gangs that dominate Hong Kong's underworld. Ultimately he learns the truth that shocks him to the core. According to the ancient Chinese Book of Being his arrival in Hong Kong was predestined and he is fated to become the legendary White Tiger a mythical crime fighter.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldScott Pilgrim vs. the World is a finger-blistering time capsule of right now, yet in a hundred years it will still be so crammed with charm, wit, brio, and exuberance it will still be irresistible. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera, Superbad) is an accidental heartbreaker, a Canadian slacker who obsesses over the girls who've dumped him but hardly realizes how he's dumped other girls. But everything else in his life (including playing bass in a band) fades to insignificance when he lays eyes on Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Live Free or Die Hard), his deadpan pixie dream girl. Unfortunately, Ramona has some serious baggage: seven deadly exes, and Scott must battle them all if he wants to date Ramona. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is saturated in pop culture, particularly video games. Many events make almost no sense, but it doesn't matter--sheer narrative ferocity and glee of invention sweep the viewer along. Cera pushes his geek/dork dreamboat persona to new heights of sweet twee-ness; if this movie doesn't shoot him into the stratosphere, we live in a cold, unfeeling universe, bereft of justice. The whole supporting cast (including Kieran Culkin, Jason Schwartzman, Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, and a host of less familiar but excellent young actors) plays every moment for all it's worth. This movie is supremely uncool and passionate, which makes it essential viewing. --Bret FetzerHot FuzzA major British hit, a lorryload of laughs and some sparkling action? Well have some of that. Its fair to say that Hot Fuzz proves that Simon Pegg and Edgar Wrights brilliant Shaun Of The Dead was no one-off, serving up a superbly crafted British homage to the Hollywood action movie. Deliberately set in the midst of a sleepy, quaint English village of Sandford, Peggs Nicholas Angel is sent there because, bluntly, hes too good at his job, and hes making his city colleagues look bad. The proverbial fish out of water, Angel soon discovers that not everything in Sandford is quite as it seems, and joins forces with Nick Frosts lumbering Danny Butterman to find out whats what. Hot Fuzz then proceeds to have a rollicking good time in both tipping its hat to the genre films that are clearly its loving inspiration, and coming up with a few tricks of its own. It does comedy better than action, with plenty of genuine laugh-out-loud moments, but its no slouch either when the tempo needs raising. One of the many strong cards it plays is its terrific cast, which includes former 007 Timothy Dalton, Bill Nighy, Bill Bailey, Paddy Considine, Edward Woodward and Jim Broadbent. Hot Fuzz, ultimately, just falls short of Shaun Of The Dead, but more than does enough to warrant many, many repeat viewings. Its terrific fun, and in the true hit action movie style, all-but-demands some form of sequel. That said, with Pegg and Wright now with two excellent, and suitably different, genres ticked off, itll be interesting to see what they do next. A period drama, perhaps ? --Simon Brew Shaun of the DeadIt's no disparagement to describe Simon Pegg and Edgar Wrights zombie-rom-com Shaun of the Dead as playing like an extended episode of Spaced. Not only does the movie have the rather modest scope of a TV production, it also boasts the snappy editing, smart camera moves, and deliciously post-modern dialogue familiar from the sitcom, as well as using many of the same cast: Peggs Shaun and Nick Frosts Ed are doppelgangers of their Spaced characters, while Jessica Stevenson and Peter Serafinowicz appear in smaller roles. Unlike the TV series, its less important for the audience to be in on the movie in-jokes, though it wont hurt if you know George Romeros famous Dawn of the Dead trilogy, which is liberally plundered for zombie behaviour and mythology. Shaun is a loser, stuck in a dead-end job and held back by his slacker pal Ed. Girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) is exasperated by his lack of ambition and unceremoniously dumps him. As a result, Shaun misses out on what is apparently the end of the world. In a series of beautifully choreographed and edited scenes, including hilarious tracking shots to and from the local shop, he spectacularly fails to notice the death toll and subsequent zombie plague. Only when one appears in their back garden do Shaun and Ed take notice, hurling sundry kitchen appliances at the undead before breaking out the cricket bat. The catastrophe proves to be the catalyst for Shaun to take charge of his life, sort out his relations with his dotty mum (Penelope Wilton) and distant stepdad (Bill Nighy), and fight to win back his ex-girlfriend. Lucy Davis from The Office and Dylan Moran of Black Books fame head the excellent supporting cast. --Mark Walker
From the director of Kickboxer and the producer of Bloodsport comes another installment of hardcore brawling brutality in Fists Of Rage. Raymond (Russell Wong - Romeo Must Die) and Gabriel (Jason Barry - Titanic) are old neighbourhood friends turned fierce rivals caught in a world where street gangs collide with the law. Also starring WWE legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Fists Of Rage is rammed full of break-neck speed battles and sensational mixed martial arts. It's bare knuckled bloodshed at it's breathtaking best!
The Twins Effect (Dir. Dante Lam 2003): A new age of darkness is dawning... With the help of a famous high-kicking Hong Kong bus driver two girls who just want to have fun confront the grave responsibility of safekeeping the world from vampire domination! The Duke one of the most dangerous of the undead is determined to bring a new age of darkness upon the earth as he hunts the Fifth Prince with a vial of blood and the ancient Vampire Bible. But ace vampire slayer Reeve will not rest until the fight is over and with the help of his innocent sister a feisty young beauty and an unlikely hero they wage the ultimate martial arts showdown! Cantopop music sensation Twins (Gillian Chung Charlene Choi) team up with a whole host of Hong Kong stars (including a special cameo appearance from Jackie Chan) for 'Vampire Effect' (aka Twins Effect) the wildest high-octane vampire adventure ever! Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (Dir. Rob Cohen 1993): Jason Scott Lee and Lauren Holly star in this unforgettable glimpse into the life love and the unconquerable spirit of the legendary Bruce Lee. From a childhood of rigorous martial arts training Lee realises his dream of opening his own kung-fu school in America. Before long he is discovered by a Hollywood producer (Robert Wagner) and begins a meteoric rise to fame and an all too short reign as one of the most charismatic action heroes in motion picture history. Hailed as ""an immeasurably entertaining movie"" by CBS-TV Dragon is ablaze with comedy touching romance and spectacular martial arts sequences.
Dance Of The Dragon
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