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Category Archives: Crime-Action

Steel (1979)

102m; U.S.

Director: Steve Carver

Cast: Lee Majors, Jennifer O’Neill and Art Carney

Synopsis (IMDB): Mike Catton was once a world-renowned construction foreman (at least in the construction world), but an accident left him with a serious fear of heights. Unable to climb the big skyscrapers while under construction, he retired and became a truck driver. But when an old friend needs him to help put up a building, and when the old friend gets harassed and threatened by an Evil Corporate Type, he comes out of retirement and assembles the creme de la creme of the construction world. Together, they race against time to finish the building while the Evil Corporate Type tries to stop them.

 

Strangers in the City (1962)

83m; U.S.

Director: Rick Carrier

Cast: Robert Gentile, Camilo Delgado and Rosita De Triano

Synopsis: Puerto Ricans in New York’s barrio. The boy is beaten by a gang and loses his job; the girl is raped by her employer and becomes a prostitute.

 
 

Swimming With Sharks (1994)

101m; U.S.

Director: George Huang

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley and Michelle Forbes

Synopsis: A young Hollywood executive becomes the assistant to a big time movie producer who is the worst boss imaginable: abusive, abrasive and cruel. But soon things turn around when the young executive kidnaps his boss and visits all the cruelties back on him.

 

Taxi! (1932)

69m; U.S.

Director: Roy del Ruth

Cast: James Cagney, Loretta Young and George E. Stone

Synopsis (IMDB): Amidst a backdrop of growing violence and intimidation, independent cab drivers struggling against a consolidated juggernaut rally around hot-tempered Matt Nolan. Nolan is determined to keep competition alive on the streets, even if it means losing the woman he loves.

 

 

Take Out (2004)

87m; U.S.

Director: Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou

Cast: Charles Jang, Jeng-Hua Yu and Wang-Thye Lee

Synopsis: An illegal Chinese immigrant falls behind on payments on an enormous smuggling debt. Ming Ding has only until the end of the day to come up with the money.

 

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The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru) [1960]

151m; Japan

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori and Kyôko Kagawa

Synopsis: A 1960 film directed by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. It was the first film to be produced under Kurosawa’s own independent production company. The film stars Toshirō Mifune as a young man who gets a prominent position in a corrupt postwar Japanese company in order to expose the men responsible for his father’s death. It is Kurosawa’s unofficial Hamlet, reportedly the director’s favourite Shakespeare play. It also doubles as a critique of corporate corruption. Koichi Nishi (Toshirō Mifune) wants revenge for his father’s death. Nishi is a complex man, playing the troubled Hamletesque character, who lets his father’s past destroy his own future. Nishi is the easiest character to draw parallels with Shakespeare’s play. Nishi seeks to avenge the unnatural death of his father. Maysayuki Mori’s performance as the evil Iwabuchi resembles Claudius. The only other clearly corresponding character between Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well and Hamlet is Horatio with Nishi’s accomplice. Nevertheless, the underlying themes of circumstance, revenge, and justice, connect the film and play. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bad_Sleep_Well

 

The Battle of the Rails / La bataille du rail

85m; France

Director: René Clément

Cast: Marcel Barnault, Jean Clarieux and Jean Daurand

Synopsis: A story about French railroad workers who were part of organized resistance during the German WW2 occupation