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Outrage  2010  3.5 ★ 109 mins Action & Adventure Rated: R  until 01-Jan-2025   
Writer, director and actor Takeshi "Beat" Kitano returns to his roots in this gripping gangster drama that details the intense rivalry between two powerful yakuza syndicates and the efforts of a small crew to prevent a full-blown war from erupting.


Outrage  2010  3.5 ★ 109 mins Action & Adventure Rated: R RT:83%  until 01-Jan-2025 
Writer, director and actor Takeshi "Beat" Kitano returns to his roots in this gripping gangster drama that details the intense rivalry between two powerful yakuza syndicates and the efforts of a small crew to prevent all-out war from erupting. Packed with unpredictable characters and volatile confrontations, this exciting Japanese crime film also features Tomokazu Miura, Sôichirô Kitamura and Jun Kunimura.


Rain Fall  2009  3.1 ★ 110 mins Foreign (English) Rated: R
Special Forces veteran John Rain now specializes in assassinating government officials and other VIPs. But when a CIA official in Tokyo tasks him with killing the daughter of a recent target, he determines to protect the girl instead.


Rain Fall  2009  3.1 ★ 110 mins Action & Adventure Rated: R
Special Forces veteran John Rain now specializes in assassinating government officials and other VIPs. But when a CIA official in Tokyo tasks him with killing the daughter of a recent target, he determines to protect the girl instead.


Reincarnation  2007  3.2 ★ 95 mins Foreign (English) Rated: R
A Japanese actress (Yûka) comes face to face with a slew of restless spirits when she signs on to star in a horror film -- the true story of a crazed professor's murderous rampage that left 11 victims, including his young daughter, in its wake. But the film is being shot at the very site where the grisly killings took place. Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) directs this darkly mesmerizing tale of crime, punishment and redemption.


Reincarnation  2007  3.2 ★ 95 mins Foreign Movies Rated: R
A Japanese actress (Yûka) comes face to face with a slew of restless spirits when she signs on to star in a horror film -- the true story of a crazed professor's murderous rampage that left 11 victims, including his young daughter, in its wake. But the film is being shot at the very site where the grisly killings took place. Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) directs this darkly mesmerizing tale of crime, punishment and redemption.


Sakuran  2006  3.9 ★ 111 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
In 18th-century Japan, apprentice courtesan Kiyoha (portrayed by Japanese pop superstar Anna Tsuchiya) works in a brothel in the fashionable Yoshiwara district. Determined to gain her independence, Kiyoha refuses to be bought by a wealthy man. Instead, she engages in ruthless competition with the other girls to gain the coveted top spot at her establishment in this fast-paced and original musical.


Shinobi: Heart Under Blade: Bonus Material  2006  3.4 ★ 60 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
The bonus material for Shinobi includes the director's storyboard collection, original TV spots and trailers, Shinobi art, weapons introduction and more.


Shinobi: Heart Under Blade: Bonus Material  2006  3.4 ★ 60 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
The bonus material for Shinobi includes the director's storyboard collection, original TV spots and trailers, Shinobi art, weapons introduction and more.


Sakuran  2006  4.1 ★ 111 mins Dramas Rated: NR
In 18th-century Japan, apprentice courtesan Kiyoha (portrayed by Japanese pop superstar Anna Tsuchiya) works in a brothel in the fashionable Yoshiwara district. Determined to gain her independence, Kiyoha refuses to be bought by a wealthy man. Instead, she engages in ruthless competition with the other girls to gain the coveted top spot at her establishment in this fast-paced and original musical.


Shinobi: Heart Under Blade  2005  3.6 ★ 100 mins Action & Adventure Rated: R
It's X-Men meets Romeo and Juliet in Ten Shimoyama's ninja action thriller. Gennosuke (Joe Odagiri), from the Koga ninja clan, falls in love with Oboro (Yukie Nakama), from the rival Iga clan. Already exiled to the mountains, the evil Shogun aims to eliminate the tribes. He pits the clans against each other in a duel to the death, where the ninjas wield their supernatural powers. But will inbred hate snuff out forbidden love?


Shinobi: Heart Under Blade  2005  3.6 ★ 100 mins Action & Adventure Rated: R  until 01-Jan-2025 
It's X-Men meets Romeo and Juliet in Ten Shimoyama's ninja action thriller. Gennosuke (Joe Odagiri), from the Koga ninja clan, falls in love with Oboro (Yukie Nakama), from the rival Iga clan. Already exiled to the mountains, the evil Shogun aims to eliminate the tribes. He pits the clans against each other in a duel to the death, where the ninjas wield their supernatural powers. But will inbred hate snuff out forbidden love?


Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog  2004  2.9 ★ 100 mins Dramas Rated: NR  until 01-Jan-2025 
Handpicked from a litter of five to become a guide dog, a young Labrador retriever pup named Quill impresses his trainer with his hard work and patience. But once he's paired with blind man Watanabe, he helps his stubborn new owner see the world.


Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog  2004  3.7 ★ 100 mins Drama Rated: NR
Handpicked from a litter of five to become a guide dog, a young Labrador retriever pup named Quill impresses his trainer with his hard work and patience. But once he's paired with blind man Watanabe, he helps his stubborn new owner see the world.


Doing Time  2002  2.9 ★ 93 mins Dramas Rated: NR
Five inmates in a minimum security prison settle into life behind bars by finding absurd ways to pass the time in this quirky story based on Kazuichi Hanawa's manga and directed by Yoichi Sai. Their day-to-day actions are severely limited by the guards, but the convicts still manage to find clever ways to deal with the prison's ridiculously strict regulations. Tsutomu Yamazaki, Teruyuki Kagawa and Tomorowo Taguchi star.


Doing Time  2002  2.9 ★ 93 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
Five inmates in a minimum security prison settle into life behind bars by finding absurd ways to pass the time in this quirky story based on Kazuichi Hanawa's manga and directed by Yoichi Sai. Their day-to-day actions are severely limited by the guards, but the convicts still manage to find clever ways to deal with the prison's ridiculously strict regulations. Tsutomu Yamazaki, Teruyuki Kagawa and Tomorowo Taguchi star.


Gonin  2000  2.5 ★ 109 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
Five men -- all financially tethered to the yakuza -- band together to save themselves from the poorhouse. One of them, the desperate owner of a failing nightclub (Koichi Sato), comes up with a scheme to bilk the very man they owe. When 100 million yen is discovered missing from a yakuza office, the mob hires hit man Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano) to go after the five working stiffs in this Takashi Ishii-directed adventure.


Gonin  2000  2.5 ★ 109 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
Five men -- all financially tethered to the yakuza -- band together to save themselves from the poorhouse. One of them, the desperate owner of a failing nightclub (Koichi Sato), comes up with a scheme to bilk the very man they owe. When 100 million yen is discovered missing from a yakuza office, the mob hires hit man Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano) to go after the five working stiffs in this Takashi Ishii-directed adventure.


Bootleg Film  1999  2.2 ★ 74 mins Dramas Rated: NR
As two longtime friends -- one a cop (Kippei Shiina), one a yakuza (Akira Emoto) -- embark on a journey to a funeral for a woman they cared about, their already awkward relationship is pushed to the limit as festering resentments surface. Masterfully directed by Masahiro Kobayashi, this genre-bending road film draws from the classics of French New Wave masters, most notably the works of François Truffaut.


Sada  1998  2.5 ★ 132 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
Based on real-life events, this erotic thriller tells the sad and sadistic tale of a Japanese geisha (Hitomi Kuroki) whose behavior spiraled out of control. Raped as a teenager, the girl subsequently descended into the shadowy world of prostitution, becoming a lonely figure who ultimately sought out some measure of personal vengeance … by castrating and murdering her lover. No redemptive arc here!


Sleepless Town  1998  2.9 ★ 122 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
A gang war is brewing on the streets of the Japanese town of Kabukicho three days before the Chinese New Year. Caught in the middle is Kenichi Ryuu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a half-Chinese, half-Japanese loner who makes a living trafficking in stolen goods. As Kenichi reluctantly carries out the instructions of Shanghai crime boss Yuan Chenggui (Eric Tsang) to track down his scheming partner, a romance blossoms with a femme fatale (Mirai Yamamoto).


Sada  1998  2.5 ★ 132 mins Dramas Rated: NR
Based on real-life events, this erotic thriller tells the sad and sadistic tale of a Japanese geisha (Hitomi Kuroki) whose behavior spiraled out of control. Raped as a teenager, the girl subsequently descended into the shadowy world of prostitution, becoming a lonely figure who ultimately sought out some measure of personal vengeance … by castrating and murdering her lover. No redemptive arc here!


Sleepless Town  1998  2.9 ★ 122 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
A gang war is brewing on the streets of the Japanese town of Kabukicho three days before the Chinese New Year. Caught in the middle is Kenichi Ryuu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a half-Chinese, half-Japanese loner who makes a living trafficking in stolen goods. As Kenichi reluctantly carries out the instructions of Shanghai crime boss Yuan Chenggui (Eric Tsang) to track down his scheming partner, a romance blossoms with a femme fatale (Mirai Yamamoto).


Black Angel  1997  2.4 ★ 90 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
By taking on her savior's identity and calling herself the Black Angel, Ikko (Riona Hazuki) pays homage to the mysterious woman who helped her when a Yakuza boss, Nogi, ordered her family killed. In her new incarnation, Ikko goes after Nogi and his associates with laser-like focus, intent on dismantling his organization and engineering his undoing.


Black Angel  1997  2.4 ★ 90 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
By taking on her savior's identity and calling herself the Black Angel, Ikko (Riona Hazuki) pays homage to the mysterious woman who helped her when a Yakuza boss, Nogi, ordered her family killed. In her new incarnation, Ikko goes after Nogi and his associates with laser-like focus, intent on dismantling his organization and engineering his undoing.


Shinjuku Triad Society  1995  2.9 ★ 102 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
Replete with violence, gore and dark humor -- director Takashi Miike's hallmarks -- this first entry in the Black Society trilogy centers on a win-or-die duel between corrupt cop Tatsuhito Kiriya (Kippei Shiina) and crime kingpin Wang (Tomorowo Taguchi). Livid after learning that his younger brother works as an attorney for the vicious Wang, Kiriya wages an all-out war against his adversary when the lawman's sibling vanishes.


Shinjuku Triad Society  1995  2.9 ★ 102 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
Replete with violence, gore and dark humor -- director Takashi Miike's hallmarks -- this first entry in the Black Society trilogy centers on a win-or-die duel between corrupt cop Tatsuhito Kiriya (Kippei Shiina) and crime kingpin Wang (Tomorowo Taguchi). Livid after learning that his younger brother works as an attorney for the vicious Wang, Kiriya wages an all-out war against his adversary when the lawman's sibling vanishes.


Gonin 1 & 2  1995  2.7 ★ 216 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
Takashi Ishii penned and directed this dark, violent crime drama and its sequel, both set in Japan. In Gonin (which means five), five men -- all financially tethered to the yakuza -- join forces to save themselves from the poorhouse by bilking the very man they owe. Koichi Sato and Takeshi Kitano star. In Gonin 2, five women, along with a man with a vengeance (Ken Ogata), take on the yakuza, but things don't go as smoothly as planned.


Gonin 1 & 2  1995  2.7 ★ 216 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
Takashi Ishii penned and directed this dark, violent crime drama and its sequel, both set in Japan. In Gonin (which means five), five men -- all financially tethered to the yakuza -- join forces to save themselves from the poorhouse by bilking the very man they owe. Koichi Sato and Takeshi Kitano star. In Gonin 2, five women, along with a man with a vengeance (Ken Ogata), take on the yakuza, but things don't go as smoothly as planned.

Cached at Monday, 01-Sep-2014 04:26:28 PM Pacific Time