Sonny Chiba stars as Takuma “Terry” Tsurugi, the animalistic antihero driven by sex, money and brawling in the infamous series that first introduced the name of the martial arts legend to a global audience.
American Genre Film Archive (AGFA), the largest non-profit genre film archive and distributor in the world, is thrilled to announce theatrical screenings of John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13.
“The gang that swore a blood oath to destroy Precinct 13… and every cop in it!”
Fists flurry and blood flows as legendary cult director Teruo Ishii (Shogun’s Joy of Torture, Horrors of Malformed Men) joins forces with martial arts legend Shin’ichi ‘Sonny’ Chiba in this bone crunching double whammy of classic karate exploitation from Toei.
“Chiba… is back! More deadly than any weapon!”
A follow-up of sorts to director Fernando Di Leo’s earlier film, the seminal Caliber 9, Blood and Diamonds blasts its way into familiar poliziotteschi territory, leaving scars, bullets and tire tracks in its bloody wake.
“The last great Italian detective story.”
When factory worker Eddie’s wife is attacked and his young son is killed by a violent criminal street gang, he turns to the legal channels in the hope that justice will be served. However, he soon learns that the system is corrupt and to get the revenge he seeks he must join an underground vigilante group.
“When people are pushed to the brink, there’s hell to pay…”
Esther’s secret may be out but this time around there’s more to this psychotic young girl than meets the eye. Escaping from the psychiatric facility that housed her, Esther hides in plain sight by assuming the identity of a missing American child…
“She will kill to be part of a family.”
Written and directed by Kwon Oh-seung, Midnight follows a ruthless serial killer who hunts down a deaf woman through the streets of South Korea after she witnesses his brutal crime.
Presented by Arrow Video in new 4K restorations of its original theatrical version and extended ‘Unrated Edition’, Wild Things is a classic piece of sexy late-90s neo-noir.
Dare you say his name five times? From the chilling imagination of horror master Clive Barker comes Candyman – one of the greatest horror movies of the ‘90s, now newly restored on 4K UHD.
“Be wild. Be wicked. Beware.”
Founded in 2009, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies, and now some of the weirdest and wildest films ever committed to celluloid have been released on Blu-ray – on the other side of the Atlantic – for the first time.
“Making movies can be MURDER!”
When will I learn that a great premise doesn’t necessarily mean a film will be great or even good. Just like the enjoyable Werewolves Within, the similarly titled Beast Within is a werewolf whodunit that references the party game. However, that is where the similarities end. The acting in Beast Within is woeful. There is no emotion, no chemistry, and no believability in most of the characters. When the werewolf is finally revealed, that particular character becomes a bit more three-dimensional and believable. I don’t know how much of the film’s issues lie with the bad writing or directing.
“It’s no longer a game.”
From the golden age of Kung Fu movies, the legendary Shaw Brothers bring you an action-packed tale of revenge, mayhem and flying fists. When his martial arts school is viciously attacked by a rival gang of Japanese thugs, Lei Ming swears to bring them down with violent justice. Written, starring and directed by Jimmy Wang Yu, The Chinese Boxer (1970) is a fabulously fast-paced feature full of exquisite set-pieces and mind-blowing fight choreography.
“The art of self defense turns into an act of violence and evil…”
Fin is a criminal on the run, wanted for the murder of his boss and the accidental shooting of an officer. He breaks into the home of a high-class escort, only to discover that you get more than you bargain for with Val, short for ‘Valefar’ – a demon who offers to make all Fin’s problems disappear if he agrees to follow her rules.
But in Val’s world there are no accidents, and as Fin meets her other “customers”, he learns that she was expecting him all along, and it isn’t easy to escape Val’s dungeon.