Akira (1988)

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Summary:  Tokyo has been destroyed by a psychic explosion, triggering World War III.  A new city is built within its place and named Neo-Tokyo.  By 2019 Neo-Tokyo has grown into a dystopian metropolis, overrun by gang violence and anti-government terrorism. … Continue reading

Ip Man (2008)

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Yip Man (original title) Summary:  In South China, Foshan is a prosperous town known for its martial arts.  It’s 1935 and there are numerous kung fu schools from where the town gets much of its reputation, yet a local townsman named Ip Man (Donnie Yen) … Continue reading

Ichi the Killer (2001)

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Koroshiya 1 (original title) Summary:  300 million Yen goes missing when a Yakuza boss disappears.  His former aide, Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), rounds up other gang members to seek out what has happened to both the man and the money, believing he is still … Continue reading

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

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El espinazo del diablo (original title) Summary:  In the thick of the Spanish Civil War, the son of a fallen Republican hero, Carlos (Fernando Tielve), is left at a small orphanage in a remote location far from any town, village or civilisation.  He quickly meets … Continue reading

The Host (2006)

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Gwoemul (original title) Summary:  A Korean scientist is forced to dispose 200 bottles of formaldehyde by pouring them down a drain, which eventually flows into the Hans River running through the capital Seoul. By the riverside, a small snack bar is … Continue reading

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

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Boksuneun naui geot (original title) Summary:  Ryu (Shin Ha-kyun), a deaf-mute factory worker, lives in an apartment with his sister (Lim Ji-eun) who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant.  Ready to donate one of his own, Rye is told regrettably his blood … Continue reading

City of God (2002)

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Cidade de Deus (original title) Summary:  In City of God, Brazil; a boy nicknamed ‘Rocket’ (Alexandre Rodrigues) tells the story which starts with a gang known as ‘the Tender Trio.’  One of the three in this gang is Rocket’s older brother, which is how … Continue reading