Crime

L.627 (1992) Bertrand Tavernier, Avec Didier Bezace, Jean-Paul Comart, Charlotte Kady, Philippe Torreton, Crime, Drama, Thriller

L.627 (1992)
A police inspector more because he loves it than because it’s his job, Lucien Marquet, 35, nicknamed Lulu, spends his nights and days sniffing out clues that might lead to solving cases. While most of his colleagues are home watching TV with their families, Lulu prefers hanging out in seedy squats of Paris looking for leads or with his “cousins” from Zaire. 13 years of working with the public at the 7th Division of the Investigative branch haven’t dimmed his rookie-cop enthusiasm despite the thousand little hassles he has to cope with from a completely petrified administration. Then one day, sticking to an opinion against that of a superior officer, Lucian Marquet, without any further ado, is transferred to a neighborhood precinct where he is relegated to pushing a pencil around a desk…

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Goodbye, South, Goodbye / Nan guo zai jian, nan guo (1996) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Hsiang Hsi, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Crime, Drama

Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996)
Produced by the Japanese Shochiku Company, this Taiwanese drama follows the lives of two generations of Taipei residents. Kao is a gangster, while divorcee/single mother/bar hostess Ying is his girl friend. Kao’s closest friend is rock singer Flathead and his slightly ditzy girl friend Pretzel. The troubles begin when Kao and his long-time cohort Hsi and the others set up a temporary gambling den in the highlands. As the day progresses, Pretzel gets so deeply into debt that she attempts suicide. Later Kao and His get some bad news about a shady business venture in Shanghai. To make some quick money, His and Kao devise a new scam to get the government to condemn so land so the two can quickly buy up all the pigs upon it and then sell them to their fellow gangsters, to the government and to the local farmers. The plan works until Flathead decides to flex his muscles and get some of his relatives, who live in the are, to pay their debts.

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Black Rain (1989) Ridley Scott, Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Action, Crime, Thriller

Black Rain (1989)
Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game the Japanese way.

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Kôshikei / Death by Hanging (1968) Nagisa Ôshima, Kei Satô, Fumio Watanabe, Toshirô Ishidô, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Death by Hanging (1968)
This sad tale, based on a true story of a Japanese-born Korean student who raped and killed two girls in 1958 and was then hanged in 1963 when he reached maturity, is turned by director Nagisa Oshima into a black farce reminiscent of the darkly satirical, anti-authoritarian films of Luis Bu?uel. The film opens with the hanging of the criminal, but the noose fails to kill him. Instead he gets amnesia, and the executioners and officials reenact the crime, hoping to jog his memory and prove that he is guilty. Soon they begin to identify with their roles, and the line blurs between the crime and its reenactment. The film ends as a bitter indictment of Japanese nationalism, capital punishment, and Japanese institutional prejudice against Koreans.

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Beyond the Law (1968) Norman Mailer, Rip Torn, George Plimpton, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Beyond the Law (1968)
Author Norman Mailer’s sporadic ventures into filmmaking are usually pretty bad, but never without interest. Beyond the Law co-stars Mailer and several of his cronies, including fellow-author George Plimpton and actor Rip Torn. Also in the cast is Beverly Bentley, the onetime Mrs. Mailer. Set in a New York police precinct house, the improvised plotline concerns illicit gambling, motorcycle bums and corrupt city officials. The stilted, self-conscious performances of the cast indicate that Mailer might have been better off with a real script. Only Rip Torn looks as though he’s playing a character rather than playing an actor playing a character.

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Angel Eyes (1993) Gary Graver, Erik Estrada, John Phillip Law, Monique Gabrielle, Crime, Thriller, Drama

Angel Eyes (1993)
Angel is a disturbed teen who becomes obsessed with her nice stepfather Steven. After her mother dies under unusual circumstances, Angel is sent to an institution. Years later, she is let out and tracks down her dear step-dad who now lives with his new girlfriend Michelle. He is technically her only kin so he takes her in, but his girlfriend doesn’t like Angel one bit. Angel’s obsession with her “dad” is as strong as ever and she fantasizes about seducing him. After spying on him and his girlfriend having passionate sex, she begins playing a deadly game and even tries to seduce his hostile girlfriend. However, Steven has a more immediate and obvious problem – a drug dealer called Johnny Ventura.

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