On Friday nights the best action films from Asia burst into your lounge room. Heart-stopping, karate-chopping and pulse-racing. Be thrilled.
The Warlords (China, Hong Kong, 2007) – Friday 2 November 9.30pm
Three sworn blood brothers go to war in the midst of one of China’s most violent periods in history with moments of gripping intensity, heroic bloodshed and vengeance. Stars Jet Li.
Red Cliff Part 1 (China, 2008) – Friday 16 November 9.30pm
This epic Chinese action film is based on the legendary battle in which a tiny force of men defied an army of one million. Prime Minister Cao Cao declares war on neighbouring kingdoms, in a misguided attempt to unite China.
Red Cliff Part 2 (China, 2009) – Friday 23 November 9.30pm
This epic Chinese action film is based on the legendary battle in which a tiny force of men defied an army of one million. A vicious battle takes place at Red Cliff but can the tiny army defeat one million of Cao Cao’s soldiers?
Thirteen Assassins (Japan, 2010) – Friday 30 November 9.30pm
In 1844, the tyrannous Lord Naritsugu is rising to power in Japan to the dismay of the people. Secret plans begin to be laid to end his reign and his life, and veteran samurai Shinzaemon Shimada (K≈çji Yakusho from Memoirs of a Geisha, Babel) is charged with assassinating the corrupt leader. He puts together a team of 13 assassins who will risk their lives for the future of Japan. Facing danger and impossible odds, the assassins set a trap for Lord Naritsugu in a remote village but must first confront the samurai army determined to protect him.