FACE/OFF
1997, Paramount, 138 min, USA, Dir: John Woo

A wild, dizzying thrill ride of a pulp epic that is probably the closest in spirit to Woo’s earlier Hong Kong thrillers. Federal agent John Travolta and psychotic master criminal Nicolas Cage exchange identities when a bizarre undercover operation to coax information out of Cage’s brother goes horribly wrong. Cat-and-mouse pyrotechnics mushroom as the beleaguered undercover man feverishly tries to recapture his nemesis - and his face. With Joan Allen and Gina Gershon. “A cinema of violent delirium so breathtaking it plays like visual poetry.” - Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times.


HARD BOILED
LAT SAU SAN TAAM
1992, 126 min, Hong Kong, Dir: John Woo

Cop Chow Yun-Fat and enigmatic killer Tony Leung join forces to take down a bloodthirsty gang of arms dealers in Woo’s over-the-top, expertly orchestrated follow-up to THE KILLER. The nail-bitingly suspenseful hospital-full-of-hostages third act manages to coax warmth and humor out of one of the most hypnotically violent climaxes in cinema history.


WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX?
2010, AGFA, 64 min, Uganda, Dir: Nabwana I.G.G.

Welcome to Wakaliwood, Uganda, home of vanguards of DIY commando cinema writer-producer-director Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG) and producer-star Alan Ssali Hofmanis. This crack crew of self-taught filmmakers and martial arts aficionados produce dozens of gonzo action films in the Kampala ghetto with budgets that rarely exceed $200. “WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? features Ugandan commandos, kung fu, a MIDI version of Seal’s ‘Kiss From a Rose,’ a rambunctious (and sometimes farting) in-film commentary track, and some more supa action. It’s a bat-shit crazy milestone to be honored in the film history books.” - Nick Allen, The Film Stage.


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