Articles tagged hiroyuki sanada

24 Jan 2009 // 10:00 AM

Yellow Fangs (1990)

Quick - what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Sonny Chiba? Martial arts? Japanese bad-assness? The Street Fighter?

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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9 May 2008 // 4:01 AM

Speed Racer

Inspired by the mostly beloved late '60s Japanese cartoon, Speed Racer is loud, large, and proudly crass.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: May 2008

In the first act of this four-part production, Tinsel Town decides to do some unbelievable front loading. Will there be room for independent offerings, or former HBO carnal comedy divas? Who knows? Without a doubt, it's an interesting way to start the season.

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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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18 Aug 2007 // 1:58 AM

Rush Hour 3

Chris Tucker is smart as Hell. Don’t believe it? Well, can you name another actor earning $25 million for doing the same thing he’s done for the last nine years -- the EXACT same thing, mind you.

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13 Aug 2007 // 1:25 AM

Rush Hour series was ‘meant to be,’ says Chris Tucker

The last time we saw Los Angeles Police Detective James Carter and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee, in “Rush Hour 2,” they had dusted off another bunch

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10 Aug 2007 // 3:30 AM

Rush Hour 3

Disjointed and hyperbolic, the film's many chases and showdowns pit Carter and Lee against an array of forces -- again.

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30 Jul 2007 // 12:05 AM

British director gets around to making his own sci-fi adventure

Soon after having made his second film, the exuberant drug-addiction drama “Trainspotting,” Danny Boyle got a lucrative offer from 20th Century Fox to direct the

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26 Jul 2007 // 4:47 AM

‘Sunshine’ star Michelle Yeoh hits the heights

The world’s most famous female action heroine is deathly afraid of heights. Yet there was Michelle Yeoh, lashed into a nose-diving stunt plane to

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20 Jul 2007 // 2:57 AM

Sunshine (2007)

The notion of loss pervades Sunshine, even as calculations of self are increasingly complex.

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Monkey Business (Part 4: August)

In past years, Hollywood purposely counter programmed these renowned Cineplex dog days, trying to offset the perception that cinematic scraps were all the studios had to offer. From the look of this lame list, it's apparently back to the filmic fridge for some patently warmed over offerings.

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19 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Twilight Samurai (2002)

This story takes place during the last gasps of the samurai age, before the Meiji Restoration brought Japan into the modern world, and one of the contrasts in the film is between the banal circumstances of the characters and the grandiose codes and rituals that still surround them.

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The PopMatters ‘Short Ends & Leader’ Spring Film Preview

In order to separate the worthy from the worthless, PopMatters' "Short Ends & Leader" editor is highlighting 10 new films he's looking forward to this spring.

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The Promise (Wu ji) (2005)

There's a lesson here, about the seductions of wealth versus the purities of true love, but the film is less concerned with teaching it than laying out all the pieces and letting them fly.

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20 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

The White Countess (2006)

The final Merchant/Ivory collaboration is set in 1936 Shanghai and revisits the filmmakers' usual concerns -- loss, desire, and nostalgia for a moment that never quite existed.

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4 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Last Samurai (2003)

It's a grand vehicle, with horses, martial arts, and vast armies, not to mention Tom Cruise's shiny shoulder-length hair flowing just right.

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

// Sound Affects

""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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