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Crime and corruption are rife in the fictional Japanese metropolis of Kaiko City: underworld kingpin Gojo (Lily Franky) runs for mayor to rebuild an impoverished neighborhood into a high-stakes nightlife inhabited by gambling. The only person who can stop him is disgraced ex-cop Torada (Hitoshi Ozawa). Released early from prison by prosecutors desperate to become captain of Special Investigation Division Zero, he is willing to work outside the law to get the job done.

Director Kensuke Sonomura’s experience as a stunt coordinator proves an advantage in the pulpy confines of “Bad City.” Torada and his crew spend the film chasing bad guys and other mafia bosses through black-polluted streets, leading to a fight in a shopping mall between the police and several rival gangs – it’s an impressive scene composed in high resolution. scale, weaving vast, complex choreography with a precision and visceral intimacy that’s impossible to shake.

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Qi Junyuan (Shaofeng Feng) is an elite assassin in Ghost Valley’s hired swordsman army. He came there when he was a child, after his parents were killed in the search for a golden treasure map. After his death, the map disappeared. But now he’s back and Prince Rui Chai Kang (Jack Kao) wants him. Junyuan goes rogue to solve the mystery of his parents’ death only to discover a thorny conspiracy that leads him to the prince’s palace.

Chinese director Daniel Lee’s film contains many moving parts, taking it from melodrama to espionage thriller, but what really drives it is the showmanship. A theatrical trap shows a piece of rope used to behead dozens of men in a murder room. A solid combination of slow motion and heavy metal needle drops add a special touch to the sword fights staged on an impressive scale. The murder scene, which employs a ceremonial dragon, is a mass of flying, speeding, spinning men that goes from forceful to poetic.

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Kang Do-young (Kim Rae-won) was once a beloved submarine commander. But after his boat was hit by a missile, he was forced to make a difficult decision that still haunts him. A year later, a ghost from his past has come seeking revenge. A terrorist has placed bombs throughout the city that will explode if the sound around them reaches a certain level. And the man has chosen Kang to spread them. The location of these weapons is also linked to the people closest to Kang, his wife and his daughter.

“Decibel,” from Korean director Hwang In-ho, is a clever hybrid of the submarine movie, by virtue of flashbacks to the events leading up to the tragedy, and a procedural action thriller like “Speed.” Clever pieces tied to solving complex puzzle-like bombs create a sense of dread. And the feelings of grief and remorse in Kang’s heart offer the perfect combination of action and melodrama.

Equipped with a cane and moral rectitude, deputy Tabby Temple (Nikki Amuka-Bird) returns to work at her quaint police station with a fractured family burden: Monty (Zack Morris), the single mother’s endangered son, may be trafficking drugs. His personal mine becomes part of a chain reaction when a killer looking for evidence of a drug bust arrives to raid the station. Alone and hurt, Temple must survive the night defending herself, the trials, and her son.

Keen eyes will notice how close writer-director Will Gilbey’s “Jericho Ridge” comes to “Assault on Precinct 13.” And yet, his film is not a complete copy: the presence of a black woman fighting for the precious life of her black son, while risking her life for police work, is a shrewd political choice that gives these choreographed shootings in close quarters, an additional layer of thematic tension and racial anxiety that thunders louder than a hail of bullets.

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World-building is an essential element in directors Johannes Hartmann and Sandro Klopfstein’s Swiss exploitation epic “Mad Heidi.” It begins with Switzerland’s dystopian power structure: Nazi-inspired soldiers are ruthless strongmen for a handsome dictator (Casper Van Dien) who attempts to rule via mind-controlling Swiss cheese. A modest mountain woman named Heidi (Alice Lucy) witnesses soldiers murder her protective grandfather and her boyfriend (Kel Matsena), a black pimp who illegally sells cheese in packets of cocaine.

Heidi’s eventual detention by soldiers, forcing her to train as a gladiator in the Alps before escaping for freedom, recalls the early Blaxploitation prison narratives that launched Pam Grier’s career. A dash of propulsive spaghetti western music and hilarious lines like “Yodel me this,” used to signal Heidi killing a man with an accordion, add other indelible ingredients. Also, did I mention there are cheese zombies? Every second of “Mad Heidi” is a heartbreaking Gouda beat.

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