A documentary concerning the violent Italian ‘poliziotteschi’ cinematic movement of the 1970s which, at first glance, seem to be rip-offs of American crime films like DIRTY HARRY or THE GODFATHER, but which really address Italian issues like the Sicilian Mafia and red terrorism. Perhaps even more interesting than the films themselves were the rushed methods of production (stars performing their own stunts, stealing shots, no live sound) and the bleed-over between real-life crime and movie crime.
A pre-story sequence with Lance Henriksen as a super-spy and an opening credits obviously ripping off the James Bond themes gives hope for a spy story or spoof in the Bond mode. However, the story quickly opens with former USA gymnastics champion Kristie Phillips in the lead role as the spy’s unknowing gymnast daughter who gets caught up in the spy’s attempts to keep Ukranian missile launch codes from falling into the wrong hands. Sarah Douglas shows up as the Soviet spy trying to get the codes back and willing to kill anyone to get them including Phillips’ Mother and brother. Tim Thomerson also appears as a journalist reporting on the gymnasts who gets caught up in the events.
3 Ninjas – High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998) Sean McNamara, Loni Anderson, Hulk Hogan, Jim Varney, Action, Adventure, Comedy
Three young boys, Rocky, Colt and Tum Tum together with their neighbor girl, computer whiz Amanda are visiting Mega Mountain amusement park when it is invaded by an army of ninjas led by evil Medusa, who wants to take over the park and hold the owners for ransom. Kids and retired TV star Dave Dragon, who made his farewell appearance at the park at the time the ninjas appeared, have to break Medusa’s vicious plans.
Ofelas / Pathfinder (1987) Nils Gaup, Mikkel Gaup, Ingvald Guttorm, Nils Utsi, Action, Adventure, Drama
Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called “tjuder”, roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little daughter, the families teenage son, Aigin, observes the slaughter. He manages to flee from these killers and reaches a camp with other Lapps whose inhabitants are worried if he has been able to hide his track. Afraid of the murderous people, they decide to flee to the coast. The boy stays alone to avenge his families murder. Unfortunately, they get him before he can do anything and force him to lead them to the other Lapps. He guides them but has a plan to destroy the barbarous people before reaching the camp.
Kraftidioten / In Order of Disappearance (2014) Hans Petter Moland, Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Action, Crime, Thriller
Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, and is recently awarded a Citizen of the Year Award. When his son is murdered for something he did not do, Nils wants revenge. And justice. His actions ignite a war between the vegan gangster “the Count” and the Serbian mafia boss “Papa”. Winning a blood feud isn’t easy, especially not in a welfare state. But Nils has something going for him: Heavy machinery and beginners luck.
ATOR The Fighting Eagle / Ator l’invincibile (1982) Joe D’Amato, Miles O’Keeffe, Sabrina Siani, Ritza Brown, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister/love interest from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult. Ator battles giant spiders, swordsmen cloaked in shadow, re-animated dead warriors, and horribly hideous witches.
Carry On Wise Guy / Warrior from Shaolin (1980) Chia-Hui Liu, Chia Yung Liu, Lily Li, Action, Comedy
Gordon Liu as the Master Killer has taken a vow not to use his superior fighting abilities, but he is put to the test when he must transport a valuable map across dangerous territory. Features amazing fight scenes choreographed by the Lau Brothers.
By Hook or by Crook / Xian yu fan sheng (1980) Karl Maka, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Dean Shek, Ka-Sang Cheng, Action, Comedy
The portly but agile Hung nimbly evades the Hong Kong police as a benevolent burglar who gives his haul to charity. An amusing martial arts comedy about a Robin Hood-like hero named “FLOWER KID” who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Overview: “Flower Kid” was a Robin Hood-type hero who robbed the rich and gave to the poor.
Godfather’s Daughter Mafia Blues / Lit foh ching sau (1991) Hark-On Fung, Alex Man, Yukari Ôshima, Mark Cheng, Action, Comedy, Drama
Fish farm workers Wai (Mark Cheng Ho-nam) and Nan (Benny Lai Wai) inadvertently insult some local gangsters, leading to a string of events that get them deeper and deeper in trouble. They are rescued by triad boss Li Hwa-yu (Alex Man Chi-leung) who, impressed with their fighting abilities, decides to recruit them into his gang.