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In this action-packed sequel to the acclaimed Korean crime drama Public Enemy, Sol Kyung-Gu reprises his role as Kang, a tough-as-nails prosecutor who's not above going outside the law. Assigned to delve into a tangled net of bribery, embezzlement, and murder, Kang learns that the kingpin he's after is a nemesis from a former life. Like its predecessor, this quirky vigilante tale is laced with a political subtext and kinetic, even slapstick action sequences. With Jun-ho Jeong and Shin-il Kang. In Korean with English subtitles.

Kang Woo Suk---South Korea---2005---148 mins.

This early Rankin/Bass TV special is a take on the 1845 fantasy by Dickens, wherein a poor toymaker finds a magical cricket on his hearth one Christmas morning.

In this traumatic film based on real events, a Japanese aid worker volunteers to go to wartorn Iraq, gets kidnapped, and is shunned by her country upon release. Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes.

Japanese auteur Kinji Fukasaku offers a glimpse into the life of yakuza youth in this exciting slice of pulp cinema. A group of small-time punks, led by a rags-to-riches upstart (Hiroki Matsukata), take on Japan's corrupt establishment using blackmail as their main weapon. "A pop-art-influenced exercise in manic storytelling" (Chicago Reader). In Japanese with English subtitles.

Kinji Fukasaku---Japan---1968---89 mins.

This classic of Taiwanese action cinema features great Wuxia swordplay in a story of loyalty and betrayal. The Ming Dynasty faces a possible rebellion from the state of Yun. However, when a Ming prince seeks refuge in a Yun fortress, Yun leaders are torn between the young man's safety and the province's independence. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Patrick Kong Yeung---Taiwan---1969---88 mins.

From the creators of Ong Bak and The Protector comes this Muay Thai action flick about a group of athletes who must stop a terrorist organization from killing off an entire village and using the land as a nuclear launch pad. Cast includes actual gold medalists and fight champions. In Thai with English subtitles.

Panna Rittikrai---Thailand---2004---96 mins.

Accompanied by fellow director Jim Jarmusch, Samuel Fuller returns to the Brazilian rainforest, where decades earlier he was forced to abandon a production.

"...the most delightful Polish film of the past few years" (Bright Lights Film Journal).

Far more exciting than Cop on a Coffee Break. Daniel Ng stars as an undercover cop hired as a bodyguard by a Triad boss (Eric Tsang). The lawman finds that he actually prefers the outlaw life, but trouble brews when the crime boss suspects his new employee is romantically involved with his wife. "Cop on a Mission may be the best gangster film to cross the Pacific since Johnny To's The Mission" (Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle). In Cantonese with English subtitles.

Marco Mak---Hong Kong---2001---104 mins.

A Japanese drama about Saki's (Aya Hashimoto) downward spiral after the unexpected death of her mother. Plunged into despair, she takes up with a pimp and his crew at her high school. Sex and violence drown out painful memories of her mother, but the hope of reuniting with her long-lost sister helps pull her out of this nightmare. Divide has cult written all over it. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Masato Tsujioka---Japan---2006---60 mins.

Director Corey Yuen (The Legend, The Transporter) takes a largely plotless fighting video game and molds it into a wholly awesome movie. Jaime Pressly, Holly Valance, Devon Aoki (Sin City), Sarah Carter, and Natassia Malthe play mixed martial arts warriors traveling to a mysterious island to compete in a deadly tournament overseen by an evil master (Eric Roberts!). Yes, it's Mortal Kombat, but with hotter female combatants, superior fight choreography, and more awareness of its cheese. "One of the year's purest entertainments, the best butt-kicking PG-13 bikini jigglefest since the first Charlie's Angels flick" (Village Voice).

Corey Yuen---USA/Germany/Great Britain---2006---87 mins.

This psycho-thriller from the director of the shocker Cure sees Kurosawa projecting the same creepy vibe that made that film a success in its native Japan. A scientist working on a bizarre apparatus for a research company is shocked when he encounters his own doppelganger, who slowly begins to ingratiate himself into his double's life. What begins as a minor inconvenience turns horrific as the doppelganger begins to remove impediments to his double's work. Stars Koji Yakusho. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa---Japan---2003---107 mins.

Based on a Chekhov short story, this forgotten masterpiece is a bittersweet portrait of a doomed love affair between a bank official and a well-to-do young woman. Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes.

Also known as OL Kanno Nikki: Ah! Watashi No Naka De, this is the final installment of the Office Lady Journal series and a fine example of the high-end erotica coming out of Nikkatsu Studios during the seventies. Featuring Asami Ogawa in her film debut, she plays a square office worker with a secretly kinky private life. When she's not pursuing an illicit affair with her married boss, she's arranging dates for her widowed father and worse. "[Director] Konuma is the master of freeform, rambling cinema. He manages to make ordinary life seem extraordinary with moments of kinkiness" (Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films). In Japanese with English subtitles.

Masaru Konuma---Japan---1977---72 mins.

This impressive first film by Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr heralded the arrival of one of late 20th century cinema's most compelling and original voices.

Veteran Hong Kong director Johnny To keeps the shoot-`em-up spirit alive and kicking in Exiled (Fong Juk), which pays homage to the flair of spaghetti Westerns while telling a mischievous story about five gangsters on their last assignment. When two separate pairs of hit men arrive in Macao to execute Wo (Nick Cheung), a former colleague, their target is able to convince them to go on one more lucrative run before doing him in. If they succeed, his wife and child get his cut. "One of the most accomplished, elegant and exciting action films of the year" (Dave Kehr, New York Times). In Cantonese with English subtitles.

Johnny To---Hong Kong---2006---110 mins.

Ross McElwee crafts a meditative and highly subjective look at both the tobacco industry in North Carolina and wider issues created by the enduring allure of cigarettes.

Takashi Kitano's self-reflexive, self-mocking, even self-destructive movie about a struggling film director who mashes together genres in hopes of finishing a new picture. "Kicks off in high comic gear but then descends precipitously into solipsistic chaos...Kitano's 8" (Variety). Follows Takeshis' and precedes Achilles and the Turtle in the director's triptych of films about the artist. In Japanese with traditional Chinese subtitles and NO ENGLISH subtitles.

Takeshi Kitano---Japan---2007---104 mins.

An electrifying Thai action film from the studio that produced Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior. Chatchai Plengpanich stars as a lethally effective hitman who aligns himself with the Thai underworld. But when a ruthless politician goes outside the law by hiring the contract killer, the tenuous relationship between crime syndicates is thrown into disorder, resulting in a violent turf war in which ambition and honor collide with murder and revenge. Top-notch action fare. In Thai with English subtitles.

Sananjit Bangsapan---Thailand---2005---95 mins.

This set combines two of the most successful and visually outstanding martial arts dramas of recent years, Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 120 mins.) and Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers (2004, 119 mins.). Both films are in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Ang Lee/Zhang Yimou---China / Hong Kong---2000, 2004---239 mins.