HARD TARGET
1993, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: John Woo

Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is Chance Boudreaux, a down-on-his luck merchant sailor hired to help a young lawyer searching for her missing father. When a citywide police strike sends New Orleans into chaos, two former mercenaries (Lance Henriksen and Arnold Vosloo) organize a deadly safari game, and Chance must use his high-powered martial arts skills to battle a sadistic band of hunters preying on homeless veterans.


THE KILLER
DIP HUET SEUNG HUNG
1989, 110 min, Hong Kong, Dir: John Woo

The film that put John Woo on the international map, and almost single-handedly redefined the style, pace (and body count) of the modern gangster film. Sensitive, honorable hitman Chow Yun-Fat accidentally blinds singer Sally Yeh in a nightclub shootout, then falls in love with her. Rule-breaking cop Danny Lee, hot on Chow's trail, forms an uneasy alliance with the killer when gonzo gang boss Fui-On Shing goes ballistic, trying to take them all out in an escalating series of gloriously operatic gun battles, punctuated by white doves, swirling pop music and Chow’s impossibly cool demeanor.


SUDDEN DEATH
1995, Universal, 111 min, USA, Dir: Peter Hyams

A crowded sports arena becomes a war zone when terrorists take the U.S. vice president hostage during a hockey game. Fire marshal Jean-Claude Van Damme is the only thing that stands in the way of ex-CIA agent Powers Boothe, who plans to blow the NHL Stanley Cup Finals to kingdom come if he doesn’t get the millions he demands. Luc Robitaille and Mario Lemieux are among the real-life hockey players who take the ice in this DIE HARD-esque action thriller.


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