Vowing never to kill again, Kenshin dedicates himself to protecting the weak. One day, he stumbles across Kaoru Kamiya at her kendo dojo, which is being threatened by an impostor claiming to be Battousai.
After receiving help from Kenshin, Kaoru allows him to stay at the dojo, and so the former assassin temporarily ceases his travels. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan tells the story of Kenshin as he strives to save those in need of saving. However, as enemies from both past and present begin to emerge, will the reformed killer be able to uphold his new ideals? Watch Video Gintama'. Sunrise 51 eps.
After a one-year hiatus, Shinpachi Shimura returns to Edo, only to stumble upon a shocking surprise: Gintoki and Kagura, his fellow Yorozuya members, have become completely different characters! Fleeing from the Yorozuya headquarters in confusion, Shinpachi finds that all the denizens of Edo have undergone impossibly extreme changes, in both appearance and personality. Most unbelievably, his sister Otae has married the Shinsengumi chief and shameless stalker Isao Kondou and is pregnant with their first child.
Bewildered, Shinpachi agrees to join the Shinsengumi at Otae and Kondou's request and finds even more startling transformations afoot both in and out of the ranks of the the organization. However, discovering that Vice Chief Toushirou Hijikata has remained unchanged, Shinpachi and his unlikely Shinsengumi ally set out to return the city of Edo to how they remember it.
With even more dirty jokes, tongue-in-cheek parodies, and shameless references, Gintama' follows the Yorozuya team through more of their misadventures in the vibrant, alien-filled world of Edo.
Watch Promotional Video Afro Samurai. Gonzo 5 eps. Action Adventure. Afro Samurai. When he was a young boy, Afro witnessed his father be cut down in a duel at the hands of a man known only as Justice. After taking the life of Afro's father, Justice cast aside his Number Two headband and took the Number One to claim its godly powers as his own.
Years later, having obtained the Number Two headband which grants him the right to challenge the Number One, Afro moves forward in his hunt for revenge on the man who murdered his father.
There is just one thing that stands in his way—everyone else in the world! As his enemies gather to try and take the title of Number Two, Afro must fight through a myriad of foes and obstacles if he hopes to reach the Number One and claim vengeance once and for all. TV - May 3, Watch Video Stranger: Mukou Hadan. Bones 1 ep. Stranger: Mukou Hadan. In the Sengoku period of Japan, a young orphan named Kotarou and his dog Tobimaru steal from unsuspecting villagers in order to make ends meet.
However, Kotarou is forced to remain on the run when he finds himself being hunted down by assassins sent by China's Ming Dynasty for mysterious reasons not involving his petty crimes. Fortunately, the duo run into Nanashi, a ronin who has taken refuge in a small temple, when Kotarou is attacked and Tobimaru poisoned. Although the samurai saves the helpless pair from their pursuers, he feels that there is no need to help them further; but when offered a gem in exchange for his services as a bodyguard, he reluctantly accepts Kotarou's offer of employment—just until Tobimaru is healed and the two reach their destination.
As the three set out on a perilous journey, it soon becomes evident that their path is riddled with danger, as the Ming Dynasty has now sent a terrifying swordsman after them to capture Kotarou and fulfill a certain prophecy. Movie - Sep 29, Watch Video Gintama': Enchousen. Sunrise 13 eps. Gintama': Enchousen. While Gintoki Sakata was away, the Yorozuya found themselves a new leader: Kintoki, Gintoki's golden-haired doppelganger.
In order to regain his former position, Gintoki will need the help of those around him, a troubling feat when no one can remember him! Between Kintoki and Gintoki, who will claim the throne as the main character? In addition, Yorozuya make a trip back down to red-light district of Yoshiwara to aid an elderly courtesan in her search for her long-lost lover. Although the district is no longer in chains beneath the earth's surface, the trio soon learn of the tragic backstories of Yoshiwara's inhabitants that still haunt them.
With flashback after flashback, this quest has Yorozuya witnessing everlasting love and protecting it as best they can with their hearts and souls. Gintama': Enchousen includes moments of action-packed intensity along with their usual lighthearted, slapstick humor for Gintoki and his friends.
Studio Deen 4 eps. Action Drama Romance. When mankind's savagery surpasses his fear of death, there is little hope for those who wish to live honest lives.
Beneath a full moon, a young boy witnesses the murder of the bandits who had enslaved him, and is then christened with a new name by the man who rescued him. This boy is Shinta, now known as Kenshin Himura, and he is destined to become a swordsman. The softness of his heart does not befit the occupation, but his desire to protect the innocent is absolute.
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen details the origins of the man who would bear the name of Hitokiri Battousai long before he swore his oath not to kill and before he earned his reputation as an assassin.
The young man's heart is divided between justice and corruption, while the fate of a nation rests on his actions. OVA - Feb 20, Bandai Namco Pictures 12 eps. After joining the resistance against the bakufu, Gintoki and the gang are in hiding, along with Katsura and his Joui rebels. The Yorozuya is soon approached by Nobume Imai and two members of the Kiheitai, who explain that the Harusame pirates have turned against 7th Division Captain Kamui and their former ally Takasugi.
The Kiheitai present Gintoki with a job: find Takasugi, who has been missing since his ship was ambushed in a Harusame raid. Nobume also makes a stunning revelation regarding the Tendoushuu, a secret organization pulling the strings of numerous factions, and their leader Utsuro, the shadowy figure with an uncanny resemblance to Gintoki's former teacher.
Hitching a ride on Sakamoto's space ship, the Yorozuya and Katsura set out for Rakuyou, Kagura's home planet, where the various factions have gathered and tensions are brewing. Long-held grudges, political infighting, and the Tendoushuu's sinister overarching plan finally culminate into a massive, decisive battle on Rakuyou. Sunrise 1 ep. When Gintoki apprehends a movie pirate at a premiere, he checks the camera's footage and finds himself transported to a bleak, post-apocalyptic version of Edo, where a mysterious epidemic called the "White Plague" has ravished the world's population.
It turns out that the movie pirate wasn't a pirate after all—it was an android time machine, and Gintoki has been hurtled five years into the future! Shinpachi and Kagura, his Yorozuya cohorts, have had a falling out and are now battle-hardened solo vigilantes and he himself has been missing for years, disappearing without a trace after scribbling a strange message in his journal. Setting out in the disguise given to him by the android time machine, Gintoki haphazardly reunites the Yorozuya team to investigate the White Plague, and soon discovers that the key to saving the future lies in the darkness of his own past.
Determined to confront a powerful foe, he makes an important discovery—with a ragtag band of friends and allies at his side, he doesn't have to fight alone. Movie - Jul 6, Gonzo 24 eps. Action Adventure Fantasy Romance Supernatural. Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou. For centuries, the Iga and Kouga ninja clans have engaged in a bitter war.
But when a ceasefire is ordered by the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, the two clans are forced to put down their arms. Through marriage, both heirs aim to bring peace to the clans. But their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war. Ieyasu's two grandsons have both claimed to be the next heir to the shogunate. To resolve this dispute, both the Kouga and Iga are ordered to send their 10 best warriors to fight in a bloody battle royale, with each clan representing one of the potential shogunate heirs.
Two scrolls with the names of the fighters are given and are to be marked in blood upon the given fighter's death. The prize for winning is the favor of the Tokugawa shogunate for a thousand years. Torn between their love for each other and duty to their clans, Gennosuke and Oboro must ultimately decide the fate of their clans. TV - Apr 13, Arms 12 eps. Action Comedy Ecchi. Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls.
With its gorgeous landscape and prosperous people, Great Japan is the envy of all other nations. But a serious threat hovers over the country. Mysterious guardians known as Master Samurai are Great Japan's only defense.
At the behest of the student council, young samurai Muneakira Yagyuu arrives at Buou Academic School. Run by the Tokugawa Shogunate, here children of warriors are given aristocratic education required to run the country. The school is led by the student council president Yoshihiko Tokugawa and his sister Sen, who also happens to be Muneakira's childhood friend. Upon arriving at the academy, Muneakira finds himself in the midst of a terrible fight. During the chaos, the sky fills with a peculiar white light and a mysterious girl named Juubei Yagyuu appears and suddenly kisses Muneakira.
With his kiss, she awakens an unknown power that protects them. Just who is this girl, and where did she come from?
Muneakira finds himself entangled in the fate of the country and a threat that will shake Great Japan to its core.
He must learn the secret behind the Master Samurai and the kiss that awakened Juubei's power in order to protect his country. TV - Sep 4, After the fierce battle on Rakuyou, the untold past and true goal of the immortal Naraku leader, Utsuro, are finally revealed. With Earth as the main battleground in this interplanetary war, Utsuro's master plan to destroy the planet—and himself—is nearly complete. An attack on the O-Edo Central Terminal marks the beginning of the final battle to take back the land of the samurai.
With the Yorozuya nowhere in sight, the bakufu all but collapsed, and the Shogun missing, the people are left completely helpless as the Liberation Army begins pillaging Edo in the name of freeing them from the Tendoshuu's rule. Caught in the crossfire between two equally imposing forces, can Gintoki, Kagura, Shinpachi, and the former students of Shouyou Yoshida put aside their differences and unite their allies to protect what they hold dear?
Bandai Namco Pictures 13 eps. The great space hunter Umibouzu has returned to Edo and is livid when he finds out that his daughter Kagura has a boyfriend. He blames Gintoki for being an incompetent guardian, but has the time finally come for him to let go of his daughter?
Watch Video Hakuouki. Studio Deen 12 eps. Action Drama Supernatural. In Japan, a young woman named Chizuru Yukimura is searching for her missing father, Koudou, a doctor by trade whose work often takes him far from home.
But with no word from him in months, Chizuru disguises herself as a man and heads to Kyoto in search of him. Attracting the attention of ronin, she tries to hide and ends up witnessing a horrifying sight: the ronin being brutally murdered by crazed white-haired men. In a startling turn of events, members of the Shinsengumi arrive to dispatch the creatures.
But Chizuru's safety Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran last long, as this group of men tie her up and take her back to their headquarters, unsure of whether to let her live or silence her permanently.
However, once she reveals the name of her father, the Shinsengumi decide to keep her safe, as they too have been searching for him. But Koudou is more connected to the Shinsengumi than they let on, and soon Chizuru finds herself embroiled in a conflict between the Shinsengumi and their enemies, as well as political tension in Kyoto. TV - Apr 4, Watch Video Sengoku Basara.
Production I. G 12 eps. Sengoku Basara. During Japan's Sengoku period, several powerful warlords fought in politics and in arms with hopes of unifying the country under a central government.
Nobunaga Oda had asserted himself as being the most powerful of these rulers by possessing the strength and military resource necessary to conquer all of Japan. One night, Sanada had been ordered to lead a sneak attack against General Kenshin Uesugi, Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran was then thwarted by Masamune Date and his army.
Sanada and Date fought to a draw, which forged a heated rivalry out of their newfound admiration for one another. Nobunaga continues to exert his forces in Sengoku Basara by doubling down on his influence across the country. Sanada and Date find themselves having to put their differences aside in order to quell the rise of Nobunaga and save feudal Japan from his tyrannical reign.
Magical, militant, and political powers fly forth as these warriors and leaders clash amongst themselves and the armies of Nobunaga. Bandai Namco Pictures 14 eps. Second Season of the final arc of Gintama. Watch Video Brave TMS Entertainment 12 eps. Brave Isanami, a young priestess of Izumo, is forced to watch as a group of evil ninja burn her temple to the ground and slaughter the people within, leaving her no choice but to flee into the forest to escape the same fate.
By chance, she stumbles upon Saizou Kirigakure, a masterless ninja from the Iga school. The two travel to Ueda Castle to ask Yukimura Sanada for help.
Isanami's possession of a strange and devastating power is revealed, and Sanada readily agrees to help her, gathering ten brave warriors to Isanami's side. Thus begins Brave 10, a story set in the Warring States period. It follows Saizou and Isanami's journey throughout the war-laden lands in search of brave warriors to serve under Yukimura's banner, each possessing powerful skills of their own.
They'll have to travel far and wide, all while trying to fend off those who would chase after the dark power that she possesses to make it their own.
TV - Jan 8, Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen. Gintoki and his Yorozuya friends or rather, employees suffering under labor violationsShinpachi and Kagura, continue to scrape by in the futuristic, alien-infested city of Edo.
They take on whatever work they can find while trying not to get involved in anything too dangerous. But when Katsura, the leader of the Joui rebels and Gintoki's long-time acquaintance, disappears after being brutally attacked by an unknown assassin, Shinpachi and Kagura begin an investigation into his whereabouts and the identity of the assailant.
Meanwhile, Gintoki takes on a seemingly unrelated job: the blacksmith Tetsuya requests that Gin recover a strange and powerful sword called the Benizakura which was recently stolen.
As the two investigations gradually intersect, the Yorozuya crew find themselves in the midst of a major conspiracy that hinges on the sinister nature of the Benizakura sword.
Gintoki resolves to take the fight directly to the enemy headquarters, and together with a few unexpected allies, sets out on one of his most perilous jobs yet.
Movie - Apr 24, Watch Video Samurai 7. Gonzo 26 eps. Samurai 7. In the far distant future, on a planet that might have been called "earth", there was a war between samurai who mechanized their bodies. After the long war, people enjoyed a modest peace. Facing starvation and abductions at the hands of fearsome mechanized bandits Nobuserithe farmers of Kanna Village make the dangerous choice to hire samurai for protection. The village's water priestess, Kirara, her younger sister, Komachi, and a heartbroken villager, Rikichi, set off to hire willing samurai with nothing to offer but rice from their meager harvests.
Through dangerous encounters and a bit of luck, seven samurai of varying specialties and experience are gathered for an epic battle against the bandits and the merchants that influence them. TV - Jun 12, Watch Video Juubee Ninpuuchou. Madhouse 1 ep. Adventure Fantasy Horror Romance Supernatural. Juubee Ninpuuchou. Jubei Kibagami wanders feudal Japan as an itinerant swordsman-for-hire. After a past betrayal left him masterless, he has no more patience for warring political factions and their schemes.
Unfortunately, both past and political intrigue collide when he meets and saves a female ninja named Kagero from a man with the ability to make his body as hard as stone. The sole survivor of a ninja clan, Kagero continues her team's last mission: investigate a mysterious plague that wiped out an entire village.
Jubei wants nothing to do with this, but the stone-like man's allies, a group of ninja with supernatural powers known as the Devils of Kimon, make that option difficult. To make matters worse, a government spy poisons Jubei, promising him an antidote if he can unravel the true intentions of the Devils of Kimon and their connection to the plague. The trail leads to shadow leaders, a plot to overthrow the government, and a man that Jubei thought he would never see again.
Movie - Jun 5, Action Fantasy. InIzuminokami Kanesada and his partner, Horikawa Kunihiro, arrive in the streets of Edo from the future to investigate their master's reports of an upcoming enemy invasion. As humanoid manifestations of the famous Toshizou Hijikata's swords, they have been tasked with protecting history from the Retrograde Army that seeks to alter it. Soon enlisting the help of other sword warriors, they continuously battle the mysterious army throughout the Bakumatsu period.
However, their journey will not be an easy one. Fraught with blood and betrayal in the chaotic era closest to their hearts, the duo will be forced to make difficult decisions with everything they care about on the line.
Watch Promotional Video Shigurui. Madhouse 12 eps. Action Drama. At the beginning of the Edo Era, when people enjoyed a time of peace, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga holds a fighting tournament. In the past, matches were fought with wooden swords. This time, real swords will be used. One-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and blind Irako Seigen will fight each other in this match.
Both are disciples of Iwamoto Kogan, who is known as Japan's greatest swordsman. Each of them are determined to prove himself the successor of Iwamoto's school. However, there can only be one champion. So begins a story of intertwining fates, conflict, and strange destinies. Buy, rent or watch The Professionals. The killer scene: Opponent has a large sword, Donnie has a dried cattail. Place your bets. The facts are sacrificed for yet another commercially savvy epic of Chinese national resistance against Japanese invaders.
Buy, rent or watch Ip Man. He turned a suspect into a half-wit with only one punch. Inspector Ma Yen is taking over his cases and who cares? But Yip serves up these cliches with Dark Knight levels of bleakness, and Donnie Yen delivers intense badassery that is downright religious in its sheer conviction, culminating in a semi-improvised back-alley brawl, followed by a smackdown with Sammo that only ends when every table in the world is broken.
Buy, rent or watch Kill Zone—S. Buy, rent or watch Ben-Hur. My horse is getting tired. What does still work, however, is the central conceit, based on a little-seen French comedy called La Totale! Those terrorists still leave a bad taste, though. Buy, rent or watch True Lies. Sharp Manufacturers is a sword factory protected from the violence raging outside its walls by Master, who tolerates zero nonsense.
But his daughter Song Nei is bored and decides to play with the help, manipulating two apprentice sword Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran into a contest for her affections, unleashing a tidal wave of sex and blood that drowns them all.
By the time the last body hits the ground, the audience has been battered into submission. Buy, rent or watch The Blade. It reminds me of Beethoven. The film splits audiences: Is their relationship sweetly touching or, given her age, troubling? Or an overacting ham? The killer scene: Death by ballpoint pen when Bourne takes out a machine-gun—armed assassin in his Paris apartment.
Watching The Bourne Identitythe first film in the series, Damon looks touchingly young, bringing vulnerability to the near-superhuman Jason Bourne, who is pulled out of the sea by fishermen with bullets in his back and his memory wiped.
The mega-successful conspiracy-thriller franchise has reinvented the genre, kick-starting a new generation of gritty action movies by lending them the texture of real life. He kills people, then drinks a martini. Buy, rent or watch The Bourne Identity.
The killer scene: The bitter end, which fulfills the bleak promise the entire film has been making all along. They seemed to prefer films about cigarette-smoking intellectuals, shabby policemen and gone-to-seed strippers—not, say, giant robots who enjoy smashing stuff.
The tale of four hopeless losers forced by poverty and desperation to take a job driving trucks filled with nitroglycerine dynamite across the worst roads in the Amazon jungle, this is an unrelentingly sweaty, grimy, dread-filled experience. Buy, rent or watch The Wages of Fear. But now, yeah, I'm thinking I'm back.
The killer scene: Wick takes out henchmen in a neon-lit dance club filled with pounding techno and appreciative onlookers. Keanu, rising An action franchise was born and we took notice. John Wick Keanu Reeves, channeling his euphoric whoa of yore is a recent widower and secret assassin whose final gift from his cancer-stricken wife—a floppy-eared beagle—is snuffed out with a sad little yelp during a brutal home invasion by Russian thugs.
Wick recovers in record time, then out come the guns, the rifles and the mysterious gold coins, as Game of Thrones ' hapless Alfie Allen forever destined to be a picked-upon target finds himself pursued by a ruthless, legendary killing machine that every other character seems wise enough to fear.
John Wick is action manna for its cleanly designed gun-fu sequences, ones you can actually follow. The film's codirectors, veteran stunt experts, have designed the movie within an eye for impact, and there's an elegant sparseness here that's thrilling. Buy, rent or watch John Wick. The killer scene: The final half hour of nonstop, thighs-around-face mayhem. Donnie Yen stars in the most Donnie Yen movie ever. For the audience who found its Kill Zone—S.
Donnie Yen doubles down on his self-conscious cool, all peacock struts, leather jackets and skinny jeans as he infiltrates a Vietnamese gang with undercover buddy Wilson Louis Koo.
The two bros frequently meet on the beach, topless, to see who has the better bod. The greatest metaphor for this flick is its central image of a ticking time bomb stuffed inside a roast turkey. Buy, rent or watch Flash Point. The killer scene: The astonishingly intense final fight, marking the end of Leonidas. With its stunningly detailed visuals, rigorously controlled color scheme and clean, episodic storytelling, it remains the purest example to date of cinema-as-comic book.
Special mention should be made of Rodrigo Santoro, who gives a deliciously ripe performance as the bejeweled, pierced and ultra-sadistic villain Xerxes. Buy, rent or watch What kind of cult kung fu was that? The killer scene: A duel with an opponent whose knuckles drip with heavy jade rings. Founded by a Buddhist nun, this fighting style with its up-close contact and low kicks is constantly dissed as sissy fu, but The Prodigal Son dumps that junk in a grave.
Yuen Biao plays a cocky kung fu brat whose rich daddy secretly pays his opponents to lose. When a Chinese opera company comes through town, its cross-dressing diva, Leung Lam Ching-yingturns out to be a wing chun master who teaches the brawling brat a lesson. An actual student of wing chun, Lam dispenses elegant beatdowns in fights that turn into musical numbers, as well as wrist-locking, joint-cracking battles fought on narrow gang planks.
Buy, rent or watch The Prodigal Son. They got us into this. Fucking America! Goddamn America! Making matters worse, an elite Vietcong kill squad is on their trail, led by Yuen Wah, a giggling, fan-flicking psychopath who minces into action before ripping out shoulder blades. Suck it, Oliver Stone. Buy, rent or watch Eastern Condors. The killer scene: Rambo lays waste to a bunch of soldiers with a mounted machine gun. Last blood? Along come some missionaries on a humanitarian journey to Burma, and Rambo—against his better judgment—agrees to lead them through the war-torn country.
How do you think that goes? This is the first time Stallone directed one of his own Rambo scripts, and the film feels infused with his particular brand of cartoonishly monosyllabic machismo, which is perversely a virtue. But Stallone makes his one-sided, pro-interventionist argument with such intoxicating fervor—especially in an astonishingly bloody finale filled with decapitations, bullet-riddled bad guys and a visual equation of Rambo to Jesus Christ—that the fantasy becomes impossible to resist.
Buy, rent or watch Rambo. Romanes eunt domus Whenever critics try to minimize Stanley Kubrick as a cold, monolithic creator, they always get hung up on Spartacus. Additionally, Kubrick surrendered creative control to producer Kirk Douglas, a move he would never make again. Buy, rent or watch Spartacus. The pain in Spain Years before the Olympics, Jackie Chan hit Barcelona in this comedy-actioner evidently angled toward international audiences. If not exactly smoothly assembled, the result still has a lot of puppyish charm, with the happy-go-lucky twosome at its fleetest, and the usual quotient of oof-tastic pratfalls.
Was there ever a badder dude named after an Elton John song? Buy, rent or watch Wheels on Meals. The killer scene: Three men step onto a sun-baked mesa, preparing to draw in the tensest Mexican standoff in movies. Some spaghetti with your American beef Italian maestro Sergio Leone invented a delicious kind of cinematic foreplay—his action scenes explode into violence but you remember the buildups more vividly: sweat collecting on knotted brows, fingers creeping toward triggers and, most iconically, two big eyes filling the screen.
So much modern action grammar comes from Leone and his genius composer Ennio Morricone, who transformed twangy doom guitars and shrieking ay-ya-ya s into the natural sound of the frontier. Buy, rent or watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Truth or apocrypha?
Many scholars have argued for the latter, but the myth took hold and persists to this day. The killer scene: Newman puts pedal to the metal heading straight for a police roadblock. A stunningly astringent finale offers no easy solutions for a divided nation. Buy, rent or watch Vanishing Point. The killer scene: The fight between Sean Connery and Robert Shaw in an old-school train compartment, en route from Istanbul. The Gospel According to Saint James The second Bond movie has Sean Connery returning asnow sucked into a cat-and-mouse plot when he has to travel to Venice and Istanbul to try and retrieve a code-breaking device.
That said, it also introduces elements repeated since: the signature pre-titles action sequence and a penchant for speedboats and helicopters. Buy, rent or watch From Russia with Love. Jet Li is ready for his close-up now, Mr. So does the brutal action design by Yuen Woo-ping The Matrixfull of nipple gnawing, head butting and savage smackdowns in narrow bathrooms.
After all, Unleashed is ultimately about a young martial artist who wants to run away from his masters so he can stop beating people up and simply entertain them. Buy, rent or watch Unleashed a. Danny the Dog. Abrams has studied well. Buy, rent or watch Star Wars.
Your thick head has hurt my foot. The killer scene: The killer scene: Old Master vs. Young Master: Sammo Hung vs. Lau Kar-leung. Back to butt-kicking basics Between andSammo Hung directed, choreographed and starred in four classics, three of which make this list: Dragons ForeverEastern Condors and Pedicab Driver. Although it ended his jaw-dropping string of hits, Pedicab Driver remains a charming throwback to old-school Chinese cinema given an adrenalized action injection.
The movie is mostly a charming comedy of blue-collar manners until a satanically evil pimp takes a piss on paradise. At which point, Sammo straps on his suspenders of justice and marches off to restore order, bare-knuckle style.
A celebration of hand-to-hand combat, featuring kung fu legend Lau Kar-leung showing off his chops, this flick does for lumberjack shirts what Bruce Lee did for yellow jumpsuits. Buy, rent or watch Pedicab Driver. The killer scene: Zatoichi slices and dices his way through a gang of sword-wielding gangsters, all without batting an eyelid. In the kingdom of Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran blind, a samurai will slice you up.
A combination of oddball surrealism and vicious violence, this Japanese reboot of the classic samurai series makes for some uncomfortable viewing. So far, so Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves —but darkness starts slipping in with tales of child prostitution, political assassinations and gory murders.
Zatoichi bumbles and stumbles his way through town, slicing up any wrongdoers with a flick of his hidden katanabefore eventually leaving a pile of dismembered yakuza bleeding on the ground in a brilliantly graceful final fight.
Buy, rent or watch Zatoichi. Buy, rent or watch Runaway Train. The killer scene: So many to choose from, but the surreal crop-duster chase is an essential sequence from the Master of Suspense. North by Northwest belongs on any serious list of action essentials, at the least for offering up a framework for the upcoming James Bond series. Buy, rent or watch North by Northwest.
In and around the suburban Borehamwood studios, a rough-hewn band of Hollywood roustabouts were busy creating a film that stood in direct opposition to the hippie dream—and just about everything else.
Brutal, bloodthirsty and belligerent with a moral compass bent way out of shapeThe Dirty Dozen is one of the most unlovely films ever to be released by a major studio. Buy, rent or watch The Dirty Dozen. Once more with feeling Jackie Chan obviously knew the frisky comedy and life-threatening spills in the original Police Story would be hard to top. So he took a different strategy in the sequel: a more developed procedural plot involving a bomber at large, and a fuller role for concerned girlfriend Maggie Cheung.
Unfortunately, all this proves slightly stodgy in practice, rendering the thrills on display somewhat subdued. As ever with Chan, the lure here is absolutely no special-effects fakery, and end-credits outtakes reveal the physical toll incurred, not least for costar Cheung, who almost had her scalp ripped off when a stunt went wrong. Buy, rent or watch Police Story 2. The killer scene: A shot of the Joker sticking his head out of a speeding car window to taste the night air is at once appealingly puppyish and weirdly terrifying.
But sandwiched in the middle came this near-flawless conspiracy thriller, featuring the greatest screen villain since Darth Vader drew his last rattling breath. The result is something very rare in the blockbuster age: true unpredictability. Buy, rent or watch The Dark Knight. His much publicized regimen—training with LaMotta himself to get into tip-top fighting condition, then plumping himself up for the final scenes via a four-month eating binge—is the ultimate in actorly sacrifice. Buy, rent or watch Raging Bull.
But the truth is, Clint had already said everything he needed to say about the fascist appeal of vigilante crime-fighting with this one, arguably his most iconic screen role. Here is the template for every subsequent hard-bitten antihero, Batman included, the major difference being that instead of a millionaire playboy lurking in his mansion, Harry Callahan was blue-collar to his core: a crumpled flatfoot living in a two-room walk-up and existing entirely on a diet of whiskey, cigarettes and slinky bebop jazz.
Listen closely, and you can almost hear Christopher Nolan frantically scribbling notes. Buy, rent or watch Dirty Harry. This is not a game of cricket! The killer scene: The climactic bust-up between heroic Holden and madman Guinness is both gripping and tragic.
There is no clear distinction between heroism and villainy; Lean uses the massive CinemaScope canvas to keep us at an emotional remove from the characters so they seem like checkerboard pieces moving toward a fixed, destructive point. Buy, rent or watch The Bridge on the River Kwai. The killer scene: Jet and Tony walk on water in an aerial duel over a picturesque lake. The surprise was not so much that Zhang Yimou applied his visual bravura to a movie of beguiling extravagance, but that he did so in service of a Qin-dynasty saga that played like a metaphorical endorsement of centralized political authority.
Buy, rent or watch Hero. Just as impressively, Michelle Yeoh does a running leap onto a motorbike and burns her way through traffic in hot pursuit, eventually racing alongside a train and Evel Knieveling on top.
Staggering stuff. Buy, rent or watch Police Story 3: Supercop. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen. Tokyo Ever After: A Novel. Emiko Jean.
Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess. In a whirlwind, Izumi travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.
Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairy tale, happily ever after? Look for the sequel, Tokyo Dreamingin ! Laura Dave. Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother. Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth.
With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.
Northern Spy: A Novel. Flynn Berry. I loved this thrill ride of a book. The IRA may have gone underground in the two decades since Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran Good Friday Agreement, but they never really went away, and lately bomb threats, security checkpoints, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life.
As the news reporter requests the public's help in locating those responsible for the robbery, security footage reveals Tessa's sister, Marian, pulling a black ski mask over her face. The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa is convinced she must have been abducted or coerced; the sisters have always opposed the violence enacted in the name of uniting Ireland.
And besides, Marian is vacationing on the north coast. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday. When the truth about Marian comes to light, Tessa is faced with impossible choices that will test the limits of her ideals, the bonds of her family, her notions of right and wrong, and her identity as a sister and a mother.
Walking an increasingly perilous road, she wants nothing more than to protect the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son, Finn. Riveting, atmospheric, and exquisitely written, Northern Spy is at once a heart-pounding story of the contemporary IRA and a moving portrait of sister- and motherhood, and of life in a deeply divided society.
Infinite Country: A Novel. Patricia Engel. I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country. Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family. How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope.
Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself a dual citizen and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, gives voice to all five family members as they navigate the particulars of their respective circumstances. Firekeeper's Daughter. Angeline Boulley. Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation.
She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something.
Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug.
Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. But the search for truth is more complicated than Daunis imagined, exposing secrets and old scars.
At the same time, she grows concerned with an investigation that seems more focused on punishing the offenders than protecting the victims.
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This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?
In Midnight SunStephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.
Battle Ground. Livre Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires.
The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders. A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way. Mark Manson. Dune: Volume 1. Livre 1. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'.
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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