We're pretty sure you've already seen actioners
that hew closely to the derivative premise fueling the espionage thriller, 'Anna.'
don't hesitate to move forward when they find themselves in a good position."
Though it boasts a full complement of brutal gangsters, black-suited goons, morally compromised good guys, explosive action sequences and tightly knit, unpredictable scripting, what finally elevates "New World" well above similarly accomplished Korean actioners
is Hwang Jeong-min's high-octane performance as a volatile contender in a three-way power struggle to control Korea's largest corporate crime syndicate.
Also continuing a recent trend, comics-based actioners
will account for at least three big releases this summer.
Despite its arthouse trappings, A Prophet delivers more 'wow' moments - particularly a gunfight in the back of a 4x4 - than most Hollywood actioners
, resulting in an emotionally draining but soul-stirring classic.
The competition for action film buffs' attention and patronage became so fierce and furious that some of the feisty titles the '90s conjured up practically flew off the screens and movie ads for the combative actioners
Though punctuated with skull-cracking combat scenes and propulsive chases, the movie doesn't indulge in the stomach-churning gore that saturates so many Korean actioners
; in fact, it's the nerve-racking situation that faces our hard-luck protagonist, with a heady mix of black humor, social satire and a touch of surrealism that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.
Other action titles in the '90s before local actioners
lost favor with viewers: 'Alyas Waway' with Cesar Montano, 'Tirador ng Cebu' with Jeric Raval, and 'Manila Boy' with Robin Padilla.
Throwing dystopian actioners
, videogames, anime and a whole lot of other 1980s cultural detritus together in one hourlong package, the pic seems an unlikely candidate for theatrical play given its 60-minute runtime.
Just one of an outstanding collection of classic Japanese sword fighting films that not only stand the test of time but give today's actioners
a run for their money.
Signs of the now more literally active film times and tides include the great showing on TV of 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' and some other action-oriented series; the release of new film actioners
like Toto Natividad's 'Double Barrel,' as well as the big-deal revival of past hits like 'Ang Panday,' 'Darna' and 'Pedro Penduko.'
Thailand's Sahamongkol is capitalizing on its topnotch martial arts and action stable, which has a different style to Chinese and Japanese actioners
and has proven genre market appeal.