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Doomsday Book

Posted by On November - 30 - 2012

Doomsday Book (2012)
Director: Kim Ji-woon and Yim Pil-sung
Writers: Yim Pil-sung, Lee Hwan-hee, Kim Ji-woon, and Jang Jong-ah
Starring: Ryu Seung-beom, Kim Kang-woo, Song Sae-byok, and a cameo by Bae Doona

The Plot: Doomsday Book is an anthology film made up of three distinct stories. Although they are all very different from one another, they each seem to focus on the future and in some ways: the end of mankind. The first story, A Brave New World, tells the story of a black sheep family member who unknowingly inspires a zombie apocalypse. Yoon Seok-woo (Ryu Seung-beom) is the brow-beaten son of a very childish family. Despite being away for a very long time, Yoon comes home to find his family has barely been cleaning after themselves. When he takes out the trash, he doesn’t realize that the rotten apple that he disposes of will later be fed to a farm full of cows that will provide the beef that he is going to inevitably eat while on a very important date. This beef is of course now contaminated, and Yoon slowly comes down with a new form of sickness that eerily resembles the zombie apocalypse. As the world falls apart around him, Yoon finds an old part of him still yearning for something more. The second story in the trilogy is Heavenly Creature. This short focuses on a robot who was sent to work at a monastery, but has seemingly become too self aware. This robot seems to believe that he is the reincarnated Buddha, and the monks within the monastery all seem to agree. The majority of the story follows the debate as to whether the creature simply believes this because he has a short circuit, or whether he believes it because it is true. The third short is a humorous look once again at the end of the world. Happy Birthday tells the story of a little girl who has the most unfortunate birthday known to man. Her special day coincides with the day that a massive meteor is supposed to crash into the earth and destroy all life on the planet. As the meteor drives faster towards our planet, it becomes clear that this little girl has a secret that may actually help save all of mankind.

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We have some great news for Hong Kong film fans! Shout! Factory have announced that they are bringing two classic Jackie Chan titles to the home video market on January 15th, and they are doing it with style. Well known for their fantastic releases, any time Shout nabs the rights to a movie that I like, I do a happy dance. I am actually a big fan of Crime Story, so I am amped to see Shout Factory giving it the Bluray treatment. So, without further delay, here is the technical info:


Jackie Chan stars in one of his grittiest roles ever as a police detective on the edge, who must race against time to solve a deadly kidnapping case. Based on the shocking true story of a billionaire abducted in a bold ambush, and filled with explosive martial-arts battles, Crime Story pulses with tension and excitement. Director Kirk Wong (The Big Hit) deftly combines acrobatic fight choreography with edge-of-your-seat action for this thrilling and dramatic tour-de-force for Jackie Chan.


Written and directed by James Glickenhaus (The Exterminator), The Protector stars Jackie Chan and Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing) as a pair of NYPD cops sent to Hong Kong to catch a drug lord who has kidnapped the daughter of his former associate. Also starring martial-arts star Moon Lee (Angel Force) and Roy Chiao (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), this thriller features Hollywood-styled action sprinkled with Chan’s death-defying stunts.


CRIME STORY / THE PROTECTOR Double Feature deluxe Blu-ray™
Crime Story: Interview With Director Kirk Wong, Deleted scenes, Theatrical Trailers
The Protector: From New York To Hong Kong – Interview With Director James Glickenhaus, Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, Theatrical Trailers and the Jackie Chan Cut Of The Protector With Additional Scenes Directed By Chan (In Cantonese with English Subtitles – Standard Definition)

Crime Story: Deleted scenes, Theatrical Trailers
The Protector: From New York To Hong Kong – Interview With Director James Glickenhaus, Theatrical Trailers





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