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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.


John Rabe  2009  3.9 ★ 134 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR  until 01-Jan-2025   
Florian Gallenberger directs this gripping drama about John Rabe (Ulrich Tukur), a German businessman living in Nanking, China, who in 1937 used his Nazi party affiliation to save some 200,000 Chinese civilians from slaughter at the hands of the Japanese army. As Rabe labors to establish an official safety zone to shelter the innocent, he forms an unlikely friendship with an American doctor (Steve Buscemi). Anne Consigny and Daniel Brühl co-star.


John Rabe  2009  3.9 ★ 134 mins Dramas Rated: NR RT:75%  until 01-Jan-2025 
Florian Gallenberger directs this gripping drama about John Rabe (Ulrich Tukur), a German businessman living in Nanking, China, who in 1937 used his Nazi party affiliation to save some 200,000 Chinese civilians from slaughter at the hands of the Japanese army. As Rabe labors to establish an official safety zone to shelter the innocent, he forms an unlikely friendship with an American doctor (Steve Buscemi). Anne Consigny and Daniel Brühl co-star.


Departures Nominated For/Won Awards 2008  4.1 ★ 131 mins Foreign (English) Rated: PG-13  until 01-Jan-2025   
Young cellist Daigo has an epiphany in which he realizes he's been heading down the wrong career path. Retreating to his hometown, he trains for a new professional role as a "nakanshi" ¿ one who prepares the dead for burial.


Departures Nominated For/Won Awards 2008  4.1 ★ 131 mins Dramas Rated: PG-13  until 01-Jan-2025 
Young cellist Daigo has an epiphany in which he realizes he's been heading down the wrong career path. Retreating to his hometown, he trains for a new professional role as a "nakanshi" ¿ one who prepares the dead for burial.


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.


Samurai Resurrection  2003  2.8 ★ 105 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
In the Shimabara Revolt, thousands died, including the leader of the uprising, Amakusa Shiro. More than 10 years later, Shiro rises from the dead with a thirst for revenge; resurrecting a ghastly, supernatural army of executed master swordsmen, he plans to overthrow the Shoganate government. But standing in his way is legendary samurai Jubei Yagyu, who must battle the reincarnation of his own father before his epic final confrontation with Shiro.


Samurai Resurrection  2003  2.8 ★ 105 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
In the Shimabara Revolt, thousands died, including the leader of the uprising, Amakusa Shiro. More than 10 years later, Shiro rises from the dead with a thirst for revenge; resurrecting a ghastly, supernatural army of executed master swordsmen, he plans to overthrow the Shoganate government. But standing in his way is legendary samurai Jubei Yagyu, who must battle the reincarnation of his own father before his epic final confrontation with Shiro.


Samurai Resurrection: Bonus Material  2003  3.3 ★ 60 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
This companion disc to Hideyuki Hirayama's action film includes an historical background of the film, a making-of featurette, a special effects featurette, cast and crew interviews, audio commentary, deleted scenes, a storyboard gallery, a trailer and television spots.


Tokyo Psycho  1998  3.0 ★ 76 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
Laconic sociopath Arano (Koji Chihara) -- a powder keg with a short fuse -- unleashes his savage temper on the yakuza in this potent crime drama helmed by Toshiaki Toyoda. Arano soon falls in with two-bit mobster Kamijo (Onimaru) and his crew of goons, who'd like to harness Arano's brutality as a weapon against rival gangs. But when he becomes more trouble than expected, can Kamijo and his boys get rid of Arano … before he gets rid of them?


Tokyo Eyes  1998  2.7 ★ 98 mins Dramas Rated: NR
Police are hunting for a serial killer known as Four Eyes, who's carrying out vigilante-style murders of criminals. But a teenage girl who befriends Four Eyes discovers he's not the psychopath portrayed by the cops and the media, and she tries to lead him back to his former, idealistic self before it's too late. Frenchman Jean-Pierre Limosin directed this sensual, stylish look at a slice of Tokyo life.


Tokyo Eyes  1998  2.7 ★ 98 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
Police are hunting for a serial killer known as Four Eyes, who's carrying out vigilante-style murders of criminals. But a teenage girl who befriends Four Eyes discovers he's not the psychopath portrayed by the cops and the media, and she tries to lead him back to his former, idealistic self before it's too late. Frenchman Jean-Pierre Limosin directed this sensual, stylish look at a slice of Tokyo life.


Tokyo Psycho  1998  3.0 ★ 76 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
Laconic sociopath Arano (Koji Chihara) -- a powder keg with a short fuse -- unleashes his savage temper on the yakuza in this potent crime drama helmed by Toshiaki Toyoda. Arano soon falls in with two-bit mobster Kamijo (Onimaru) and his crew of goons, who'd like to harness Arano's brutality as a weapon against rival gangs. But when he becomes more trouble than expected, can Kamijo and his boys get rid of Arano … before he gets rid of them?


Tokyo Rampage  1998  2.5 ★ 98 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
A ruthless sociopath (Koji Chihara) finds his equal in an unscrupulous mobster (Onimaru) who doesn't think twice about slaying a few foreigners and stealing their stash of illegal drugs. Meanwhile, one of the mobster's personal prostitutes (Tetta Sugimoto) decides to take her fate into her own hands -- with disastrous results. Toshiaki Toyoda marks his directorial debut with this violent, sexual drama set in the bowels of modern-day Tokyo.


Tokyo Rampage  1998  2.6 ★ 98 mins Action & Adventure Rated: NR
A ruthless sociopath (Koji Chihara) finds his equal in an unscrupulous mobster (Onimaru) who doesn't think twice about slaying a few foreigners and stealing their stash of illegal drugs. Meanwhile, one of the mobster's personal prostitutes (Tetta Sugimoto) decides to take her fate into her own hands -- with disastrous results. Toshiaki Toyoda marks his directorial debut with this violent, sexual drama set in the bowels of modern-day Tokyo.


Scorpion's Revenge  1997  2.0 ★ 86 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
Wrongly convicted of killing her fiancé, Nami (Yoko Saito) is sent to a women's prison for life. There, she endures a sadistic warden, wretched guards and a string of steamy lesbian affairs -- until she hatches a scheme to escape. But can she survive long enough to make good on her plans? Daisuke Gotô directs this women-behind-bars flick that also stars Michael Hodges and Kristin Norton.


Scorpion's Revenge  1997  2.0 ★ 86 mins Dramas Rated: NR
Wrongly convicted of killing her fiancé, Nami (Yoko Saito) is sent to a women's prison for life. There, she endures a sadistic warden, wretched guards and a string of steamy lesbian affairs -- until she hatches a scheme to escape. But can she survive long enough to make good on her plans? Daisuke Gotô directs this women-behind-bars flick that also stars Michael Hodges and Kristin Norton.


The Stairway to the Distant Past  1995  2.8 ★ 101 mins Comedies Rated: NR
Director Kaizo Hayashi melds a number of different genres to create this comedic thriller about a down-on-his-luck detective, Mike Hama (Masatoshi Nagase). He's barely able to work and has no home, but his fortunes turn when he meets a woman who turns out to be his long-lost mother. This discovery initially sets off a tailspin, but Mike decides the occasion is the perfect time to pull his life together … if he can stay out of trouble.


The Stairway to the Distant Past  1995  2.8 ★ 101 mins Foreign (English) Rated: NR
Director Kaizo Hayashi melds a number of different genres to create this comedic thriller about a down-on-his-luck detective, Mike Hama (Masatoshi Nagase). He's barely able to work and has no home, but his fortunes turn when he meets a woman who turns out to be his long-lost mother. This discovery initially sets off a tailspin, but Mike decides the occasion is the perfect time to pull his life together … if he can stay out of trouble.

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