Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New DVD Releases: 3/30/10

One big release this week, and one smaller release. First the big release. Making it's long awaited return to home video is John Woo's "The Killer," starring Chow Yun-Fat. Originally released to the masses by Criterion, this time Dragon Dynasty is doing the honors on both standard definition and Blu-Ray with this classic bullet-ballet.

Here's a synopsis:

When Jeffrey, a hit man, accidentally blinds a young nightclub chanteuse, his guilt makes him leave the racket to take care of her. Falling in love with the vulnerable singer, he eventually agrees to do one last hit to raise the money needed for a cornea transplant that might restore her vision. His assignment is to assassinate mob leader Tony Weng during the crowded Dragon Boat Festival. The hit is successful, despite all the police protection, and he almost gets away. But a child is injured during his escape, and Jeffrey nearly gets caught while taking the time to drive her to a nearby hospital for medical attention. Because his identity was revealed while saving the child, the new crime boss now wants him killed. Refusing to pay him for the successful hit, he puts a contract out on his life instead.

Trailer for "The Killer"

Up next is "High Kick Girl" from director Fuyuhiko Nishi. Kei (Rina Takeda) joins a karate dojo and quickly proves herself to be the most skilled fighter amongst all her male peers. However, her sensei Matsumura still refuses to give her the coveted black belt until she learns all the kata. Too impatient to wait any longer, Kei hastily joins a fighting group called the Destroyers. The Destroyers don't care about anything but fighting and earning money, and this suits Kei just fine. But when she finds out their true purpose is to destroy Matsumura, she decides she must do whatever it takes to put a stop to them.

Check out the trailer! High impact kicking, and short skirts... what's not to love here!?

"I plan to kill every one armed man I come across here..."


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