THE HURT LOCKER
2009, Summit Entertainment, 131 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Bringing together realistic action and intimate human drama, this landmark film won six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. In the summer of 2004, Sergeant Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) are part of a small counterforce trained to handle Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), a high-pressure job that leaves no room for mistakes. When Staff Sergeant James (Jeremy Renner) takes over the team, Sanborn and Eldridge are shocked by his reckless disregard for military protocol and basic safety measures, and it seems only a matter of time before disaster strikes. Co-starring Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly and Guy Pearce.


CITY OF LOST SOULS
HYÔRYÛ-GAI
2000, 105 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

If you thought Takashi Miike couldn’t top the ultra-violent thrills in DEAD OR ALIVE, think again. CITY OF LOST SOULS is a lyrical live-action manga that explores dimensions of hitherto uncharted underworld violence as well as portraying a beautiful, unsentimental love story. Half-caste Japanese-Brazilian Mario (Teah) rescues his Chinese girlfriend Kei (Michele Reis) from being deported, then sabotages a coke deal, two incidents that spark a Chinese mafia vs. Japanese yakuza war and a frantic police manhunt. A stunning, brutally phantasmagorical fairy tale.


OUTSIDE THE LAW
1920, 75 min, USA, Dir: Tod Browning

This action-packed crime thriller by director Tod Browning (DRACULA, FREAKS, LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT) features Lon Chaney in dual roles: as the frighteningly intense, vengeful Black Mike Sylva; and, proving his billing as the Man of a Thousand Faces, as Ah Wing, student of philosophy. With a solid performance by Priscilla Dean as Molly, who is diverted from her life of crime by Confucian wisdom.


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