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.


VAMPIRE HUNTER D
KYÛKETSUKI HANTÂ D
1985, Sentai Filmworks, 80 min, Japan, Dir: Toyoo Ashida

Based on the Hideyuki Kikuchi novel, this stylish anime favorite takes place in the year 12,090 A.D., when technology and the supernatural have overtaken the world, leaving the land desolate and despotic. The remnants of humanity are scattered into small communities, and live in fear of vampires who compose the ruling nobility. When Count Magnus Lee tastes the blood of Doris Lang, she is forcibly chosen to be his next wife. In an effort to escape her ill-gotten fate she hires a mysterious vampire hunter known only as D, who comes from a peculiar lineage.


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