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Crime Story and The Protector coming to Bluray/DVD on January 15th!

Posted by Josh Samford On November - 15 - 2012

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



Posted by Josh Samford On October - 25 - 2012

Bedevilled (2010)
Director: Jang Cheol-soo
Writers: Choi Kwang-young
Starring: Seo Young-hee, Ji Sung-won, and Park Jeong-hak

The Plot: Bedevilled opens by showing two punks beat on a woman, and it turns out that these two goons actually beat the young girl to death. Hae-won (Ji Sung-won), who works at a loan office, just so happened to be the only witness to this crime. However, when the police drag her in to stand as a witness against these thugs, she repeats the fact that she didn’t see the faces of the attackers and thus cannot testify against these men. The two punks are released, and they aren’t very thankful for her allowing them to walk free. They immediately threaten and harass her. Hae-won returns to work, but finds herself having a war of words with one of her coworkers. After this incident, she is locked inside of a restroom stall in what appears to be a practical joke. Being filled with anger, Hae-won slaps the coworker who she was having problems with earlier, thinking that this person was responsible for the “joke,” but it turns out that it was all merely an accident due to a janitor jamming the door. Hae-won is relieved of her duties and takes an extended vacation. She returns to her home island, where nothing has really changed. While in town, she visits with her former best friend, Kim Bok-nam (Seo Young-hee), but finds that this good friend is in a great deal of trouble. Her husband is abusive and repeatedly cheats on her in their own home. As Bok-nam is pressed further and further, this poor abused woman finds out an even darker secret hiding right under her nose. She is pushed and pushed until she seems to be heading towards a mental breaking point.

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Exorcist III, The

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 2 - 2012

The Exorcist III (1990)
Director: William Peter Blatty
Writers: William Peter Blatty
Starring: George C. Scott, Brad Douriff, Jason Miller, and Ed Flanders.

The Plot: George C. Scott plays detective Bill Kinderman, a man who is a bit on the cranky side but is easily one of the very best men on the force. He was at one time great friends with priest Damien Karras, the man who helped perform the exorcism in the original The Exorcist, and now every year on the date of Karras’ death, Kinderman meets up with another one of Karras’ friends, Father Dyer (Ed Flanders). These two have a very special relationship, and while they console each other on this day of memorial, the pair have no idea that they will soon be confronted with their former friend’s death all over again. It seems that there is a copycat murderer who leaves all of the same hidden markings of “The Gemini Killer,” an infamous serial killer from the area, and he is killing off anyone who is related to the original exorcism. As Kinderman begins to investigate further, he finds that this road may lead him to some uncomfortable revelations about the fate of his former friend.

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Posted by Josh Samford On September - 19 - 2012

Attack!! (1978)
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Writers: Hideichi Nagahara
Starring: Asami Ogawa, Yōko Azusa, and Shigeru Ichiki

The Plot: Attack!! tells the story of a young female police officer named Kumiko (Asami Ogawa) who gets very little respect. Often harassed while on the job, she has numerous problems in her life. For one, she isn’t very open about her sexuality. She keeps everything bottled up and doesn’t let anyone else know that she accepts or enjoys sex. Second, she is afraid of confrontation. When men approach her in a sexual way, she becomes even more reserved than she normally is. As it turns out, both her fellow police officers and the criminals that she chases take advantage of this aspect of her personality. With all of these circumstances, Kumiko is about to have her life changed in the most unfortunate way possible. While driving in her police car, she has her vehicle rammed into a building by an unknown assailant. He demolishes the car by repeatedly slamming into it, but he isn’t done yet. He gets out of his car and proceeds to violate the young police officer. Having had her eyes and mouth covered with tape, Kumiko has no idea who assaulted her. She doesn’t report the crime to the authorities, but instead decides to take justice in her own hands. As she begins to search through the files of men who she has arrested previously, she finds that her attacker is a serial rapist and that he will be back again.

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Karate-Robo Zaborgar

Posted by Josh Samford On September - 12 - 2012

Karate-Robo Zaborgar (2011)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
Writers: Noboru Iguchi
Starring: Itsuji Itao, Asami, and Akira Emoto

The Plot: Karate-Robo Zaborgar tells the sentimental story of a boy and his motorbike. More specifically, this is the story of a boy named Yutaka Daimon (Itsuji Itao) and a bike named Zaborgar. Why does his bike have a name? Because it is a robot who transforms from a regular motorbike into a fearless cybernetic-humanoid warrior, duh! Daimon’s father was a very peculiar scientist. After allegedly poisoning Daimon’s older brother with his breast milk (indeed, the father nursed his children), Daimon’s dad was put in a position that would allow him to craft Zaborgar. After his father’s untimely death, Daimon is joined by his robotic pal and together they dedicate their lives to fighting for righteousness. Sound pretty crazy? Well, the movie is just getting started. It turns out that there is an evil corporation named Sigma that intends to create the world’s most destructive cyborg. Sigma plans to create a robot that will inevitably stand as tall as a mountain. For Sigma to achieve this goal, the corporation has to feed DNA to its gigantic robot. How does this work? Well, who knows, science isn’t a top priority in this movie. So, with DNA on their mind, Sigma intends to kill as many people as is necessary to complete their goal, but Daimon and Zaborgar are thankfully standing in their way. Will this duo be successful, or will the evil Sigma corporation bring total destruction to the earth?

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