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Bangkok Revenge

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 27 - 2013

Bangkok Revenge (2011)
Director: Jean-Marc Minéo
Writers: Jean-Marc Minéo
Starring: Jon Foo, Caroline Ducey, and Michaël Cohen



The Plot: Bangkok Revenge opens with a disturbing sequence involving the attempted murder of a police officer’s entire family. The mother and father are both instantly killed, but their young child manages to survive even after having a bullet put in his head. The murderers continue to track the boy, named Manit (Jon Foo), because he happened to see the face of his father’s killer. However, Manit is quickly saved from their retribution by a nurse who brings the young boy to a remote Thai village. Although he did manage to retain all of his motor functions after the gunshot, due to damage within his brain the boy must learn to live without emotion for the rest of his life. After he is settled in within his new home, the boy is trained in martial arts by his new master who encourages him to harden his body and mind. After several years, Manit is a young man who may not be able to verbalize his anger or fear, but he will most assuredly express it whenever he tracks down those responsible for the death of his parents.


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Cold Prey II

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 26 - 2013

Cold Prey II (2008)
Director: Mats Stenberg
Writers: Thomas Moldestad, Roar Uthaug, and Martin Sundland
Starring: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik, and Kim Wifladt



The Plot: Jannicke (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) is the only survivor after the events of the first Cold Prey, and in this sequel we first find her wandering aimlessly around a snowy Norweigan rural area. The police pick her up and bring her back to the local hospital where she meets local nurse Camilla who tries to discover just what poor Jannicke has been through. The police, meanwhile, head back to the hotel where Jannicke was attacked and they discover multiple bodies. Among them, the mountain man from the first movie. They bring the bodies back to the morgue, but it seems that the mountain man may not be completely out of the game yet. Much to the dismay of Jannicke, the mountain man is brought back to life and his reign of carnage continues yet again.


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Great Magician, The

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 25 - 2013

The Great Magician (2011)
Director: Derek Yee
Writers: Derek Yee, Chun Tin-nam, and Lau Ho-leung
Starring: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Lau Ching-wan, Lam Suet, and Zhou Xun



The Plot: The Great Magician takes place after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing dynasty and finds China entering into some very turbulent times. Various areas are being controlled by warlords, and the local revolutionaries are busy trying to concoct schemes in order to fight the warlords who hold far more firepower. Our story focuses on a military leader named Lei Bully (Lau Ching-wan) who is trying his best to win the heart of a formerly imprisoned woman named Liu Yin (Zhou Xun). Although Lei wants to win her affection, she refuses to give it unless Lei Bully can find the woman’s father. Enter Chang Hsien (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), a talented magician who may or may not have ties to the local revolutionary groups. As he begins to show off his spectacular magic tricks, he quickly grabs the attention of Lei Bully and the two men bond. However, it seems that Liu Yin has a history with Chang Hsien. The two were formerly lovers, and at the same time that Bully is attempting to win Liu Yin’s heart, he also holds Chang Hsien’s former mentor in prison. With so much riding on the line, Chang Hsien holds his cards close to his chest and the audience must take this ride alongside him and see just what this magician has planned.


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Angel Guts: Red Classroom

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 13 - 2013

Angel Guts: Red Classroom (1979)
Director: Chūsei Sone
Writers: Takashi Ishii
Starring: Yūki Mizuhara, Keizo Kanie, and Jun Aki



The Plot: Muraki (Keizo Kanie) is a playboy pornographer who finds himself living a rather monotonous life. One night, Muraki finds himself watching a pornographic film in a makeshift theater with several other gents. As sleazy as the situation may be, Muraki is shocked by what he sees onscreen. In a mock-rape scenario, he sees a beautiful young woman who immediately takes up permanent residence within his mind. Muraki is unable to forget this beautiful young girl and he sets out on a mission to track her down. He asks around about her but comes up with nothing. As he tries to continue on with his life, fate throws Muraki a curveball. The beautiful girl just so happens to work as an attendant at a love-motel where he has scheduled a photography session. When he meets the girl, Nami (Yuki Mizuhara), it turns out that she is far different than he expected. The mock-rape he had seen onscreen was not “mock” at all, Nami explains, but another of her rough encounters with the opposite sex. Nami is a confused young woman and Muraki wants to help her, but is there a happy ending waiting in line for these two?


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Onibi: The Fire Within

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 11 - 2013

Onibi: The Fire Within (1997)
Director: Rokuro Mochizuki
Writers: Toshiyuki Morioka
Starring: Yoshio Harada, Reiko Kataoka, Sho Aikawa, and Kazuki Kitamura



The Plot: Onibi: The Fire Within follows Noriyuki Kunihiro (Yoshio Harada), an old-school yakuza who is recently released from prison. He has a reputation for being a bit of a loose cannon, a general powder keg just waiting to explode at any moment. It seems that Kunihiro’s time in the joint has helped to relax his soul and now that he’s out, he wants nothing more than a peaceful existence in mainstream society. This new peaceful mentality, of course, does not last long. An old yakuza acquaintance, Naoto Tanigawa (Sho Aikawa), shows back up in Kunihiro’s life and asks him to come work for his gang. Kunihiro explains his desperation to keep away from that side of life, but having no real way of earning any money he is forced to eventually take a job as a driver for this gang. During one of Kunihiro’s driving jobs, a few of Tanigawa’s goons get their heads bashed around while trying to collect money from the wrong group of people. When this happens, Kunihiro is forced to step in and do what he does best: lay a beating. Thus begins Kunihiro’s slide back into the lifestyle that he tried so hard to escape. Ultimately, as he gets more and more involved in the criminal lifestyle, his own nature will prove to be his greatest enemy.


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