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13 Assassins
2010 25 Sep 2010 R 141 min ActionDramaAdventure
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In 1844, the peace of Feudal Japan is threatened by cruel Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is politically rising and getting closer to his half-brother, the shogun. After the harakiri of the Namiya clan leader, samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is summoned by the shogun's advisor Sir Doi of the Akashi Clan to listen to the tragedy of Makino Uneme, whose son and daughter-in-law have been murdered by Naritsugu. Then Sir Doi shows a woman with arms, legs and tongue severed by Naritsugu and she writes with her forearm a request to Shinza to slaughter Naritsugu and his samurai. Shinza promises to kill Naritsugu and he gathers eleven other samurais and plots a plan to attack Naritsugu in his trip back to the Akashi land. But the cunning samurai Hanbei Kitou that is responsible for the security of his master foresees Shinza's intent. Shinza decides to go with his samurai through the mountain, where they find the hunter Koyata that guides them off the mountain and joins the group. Now the thirteen men prepare an ambush to Naritsugu and his army of two hundred samurai in a suicide mission to stop evil.
AWARDS
14 wins & 27 nominations.
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Kaneo Ikegami (based on a screenplay by), Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)
2 Guns
2013 02 Aug 2013 R 109 min ActionCrimeComedy
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Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.
AWARDS
2 wins.
WRITER
Blake Masters (screenplay), Steven Grant (based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels by)
2009: Lost Memories
2002 01 Feb 2002 R 136 min ActionSci-FiDrama
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There are breakpoints in the history, the result of a single event may change the whole course... In 1909, an assassination attempt of a Japanese governor fails - the assassin was shot by a soldier. Now, in 2009, Korea is just another state of the Japan Empire and Seoul has become a major city. A Korean resistance group called Hureisenjin is formed to fight for liberty and independence. Two cops, a Japanese and a Korean (who denies his heritage) are investigating the actions of this "terrorist" group. And their work lead them to an artifact of the ancient Korean religion of "Sun and Moon".
AWARDS
5 wins & 2 nominations.
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Sang-hak Lee, Si-myung Lee, Carl Macek (dialogue: English version)
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2012
2009 13 Nov 2009 PG-13 158 min ActionSci-FiAdventure
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Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect on the earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, learns that the earth's core is heating up. He warns U.S. President Thomas Wilson that the crust of the earth is becoming unstable and that without proper preparations for saving a fraction of the world's population, the entire race is doomed. Meanwhile, writer Jackson Curtis stumbles on the same information. While the world's leaders race to build "arks" to escape the impending cataclysm, Curtis struggles to find a way to save his family. Meanwhile, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the world.
AWARDS
4 wins & 20 nominations.
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WRITER
Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
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300
2006 09 Mar 2007 R 117 min ActionFantasyWar
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
AWARDS
16 wins & 41 nominations.
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay), Michael Gordon (screenplay), Frank Miller (graphic novel), Lynn Varley (graphic novel)
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47 Ronin
2013 25 Dec 2013 PG-13 128 min ActionDramaAdventure
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While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira's evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun's order.
AWARDS
5 nominations.
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Chris Morgan (screenplay), Hossein Amini (screenplay), Chris Morgan (screen story by), Walter Hamada (screen story by)
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A Bittersweet Life
2005 20 Jan 2006 18 120 min ActionDrama
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.
AWARDS
7 wins & 4 nominations.
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Jee-woon Kim
A Good Day to Die Hard
2013 14 Feb 2013 R 98 min ActionThrillerCrime
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John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.
AWARDS
3 wins & 7 nominations.
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Skip Woods, Roderick Thorp (certain original characters by)
Alien: Resurrection
1997 26 Nov 1997 R 109 min ActionSci-FiHorror
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200 years after the conclusion of Alien 3, the Company is able to resurrect Ripley through the process of cloning and the scientists successfully take the Queen Alien out of her. But, Ripley's DNA gets mixed up with the Queen's and she begins to develop certain alien characteristics. The scientists begin breeding the aliens, but they later escape. Soon the Xeno-morphs are running amok on the ship, which is on course to Earth. The Queen then gives birth to a deadly new breed of alien, which could spell disaster for the entire human race. It's up to Ripley and a band of space pirates to stop the ship before it reaches Earth.
AWARDS
5 wins & 16 nominations.
WRITER
Dan O'Bannon (characters), Ronald Shusett (characters), Joss Whedon
Aliens
1986 18 Jul 1986 R 137 min ActionSci-FiHorror
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Fifty seven years after Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal, her escape vessel is recovered after drifting across the galaxy as she slept in cryogenic stasis. Back on earth, nobody believed her story about the "Aliens" on the planet LV-426. After the "Company" orders the colony on LV-426 to investigate, however, all communication with the colony is lost. The Company enlists Ripley to aid a team of tough, rugged space marines on a rescue mission to the now partially terraformed planet to find out if there are aliens or survivors. As the mission unfolds, Ripley will be forced to come to grips with her worst nightmare, but even as she does, she finds that the worst is yet to come.
AWARDS
Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 22 nominations.
DIRECTOR
WRITER
James Cameron (story), David Giler (story), Walter Hill (story), Dan O'Bannon (characters), Ronald Shusett (characters), James Cameron (screenplay)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
2007 25 Dec 2007 R 94 min ActionSci-FiHorror
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Warring alien and predator races descend on a small town, where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival.
AWARDS
4 nominations.
WRITER
Shane Salerno, Dan O'Bannon ("Alien" characters), Ronald Shusett ("Alien" characters), Jim Thomas ("Predator" characters), John Thomas ("Predator" characters)
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Aquaman
2018 21 Dec 2018 PG-13 143 min ActionSci-FiFantasyAdventure
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Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.
AWARDS
N/A
DIRECTOR
WRITER
David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (screenplay by), Will Beall (screenplay by), Geoff Johns (story by), James Wan (story by), Will Beall (story by), Paul Norris (Aquaman created by), Mort Weisinger (Aquaman created by)
Assault on Precinct 13
2005 19 Jan 2005 R 109 min ActionDramaCrime
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On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.
AWARDS
1 win & 2 nominations.
WRITER
John Carpenter (earlier film), James DeMonaco (screenplay)
Automata
2014 17 Oct 2014 R 109 min ActionSci-FiThriller
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In 2044, solar storms have killed 99.7 % of the world's population and only 21 million people survive. The ROC Corporation has designed and built robots called Automata Pilgrim 7000 to help to rebuild the world. These robots have two security protocols; they can neither harm humans nor alter themselves or other robots. When police officer Sean Wallace shoots a robot and claims that it was altering itself, ROC insurance agent Jacq Vaucan is placed in charge of the investigation. Soon he believes that there is a "clocksmith" illegally modifying the robots. Jacq wants to live in the coast and asks his boss and friend Robert Bold to transfer him with his pregnant wife Rachel Vaucan to the coast. Robert offers the possibility if Jacq resolves the case. Jacq and Wallace go to a brothel where the modified robot Cleo attends and Wallace shoots its leg, expecting that the owner will lead them to the clocksmith. They meet Duprè but she is not the clocksmith that is modifying the robots. Soon Jacq discovers who is the responsible for modifying the robots but the Powers that Be in ROC believe that Jacq is the one to be blamed.
AWARDS
6 nominations.
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Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta, Javier Sánchez Donate
Avatar
2009 18 Dec 2009 PG-13 162 min ActionFantasyAdventure
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
AWARDS
Won 3 Oscars. Another 80 wins & 121 nominations.
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WRITER
James Cameron
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
2004 13 Aug 2004 PG-13 101 min ActionSci-FiAdventure
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During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win.
AWARDS
2 wins & 2 nominations.
WRITER
Dan O'Bannon ("Alien" characters), Ronald Shusett ("Alien" characters), Jim Thomas ("Predator" characters), John Thomas ("Predator" characters), Paul W.S. Anderson (screen story), Dan O'Bannon (screen story), Ronald Shusett (screen story), Paul W.S. Anderson (screenplay)
Baby Driver
2017 28 Jun 2017 R 113 min ActionDramaThrillerCrimeMusic
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Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music?
AWARDS
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 44 nominations.
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Edgar Wright
Babylon A.D.
2008 29 Aug 2008 PG-13 90 min ActionSci-FiAdventure
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Veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.
AWARDS
1 nomination.
WRITER
Maurice G. Dantec (novel), Mathieu Kassovitz (screenplay), Éric Besnard (scenario and dialogue), Joseph Simas (screenplay)
Bangkok Dangerous
2008 05 Sep 2008 R 99 min ActionThrillerCrime
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Joe is a professional hit man who picks someone off the street to do his errands, and after he is finished kills that person. His next assignment takes him to Bangkok, and as usual, he finds a street-wise guy named Kong to help him. After Kong has a close call and learns who Joe is, Kong asks him to train him and he does. Joe also meets a local girl who is deaf and spends time with her. However, Joe has a hard time keeping his other life from her. It also appears that the person who hired Joe, breaks his rule of complete anonymity and tries to find him.
AWARDS
1 nomination.
WRITER
Jason Richman (screenplay), Oxide Chun Pang, Danny Pang
Bangkok Dangerous
2000 24 Nov 2000 R 105 min ActionCrimeRomance
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The story is of a deaf-mute hitman and his partner who are based in Bangkok. He is friends with his partner's girlfriend who is a stripper at a local club. They go about their assassination...
AWARDS
3 wins & 4 nominations.
WRITER
Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang
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Battle Royale
2000 16 Dec 2000 NOT RATED 114 min ActionSci-FiDrama
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Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive?
AWARDS
7 wins & 8 nominations.
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WRITER
Koushun Takami (novel), Kenta Fukasaku (screenplay)
Battle Royale II
2003 05 Jul 2003 NOT RATED 134 min ActionSci-FiDrama
Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.
AWARDS
2 wins & 1 nomination.
WRITER
Kenta Fukasaku, Norio Kida, Koushun Takami (characters)
Black Death
2010 11 Jun 2010 R 102 min ActionDramaAdventure
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Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life, a mission that pulls him toward a village ruler who has made a dark pact with evil forces.
AWARDS
3 wins & 7 nominations.
WRITER
Dario Poloni (screenplay)
Blade
1998 21 Aug 1998 R 120 min ActionHorror
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In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population.
AWARDS
4 wins & 7 nominations.
WRITER
David S. Goyer
Blade II
2002 22 Mar 2002 R 117 min ActionSci-FiHorror
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Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reaper vampires who feed on vampires.
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6 wins & 9 nominations.
WRITER
Marv Wolfman (character), Gene Colan (character), David S. Goyer