Crime

Zettai Reido Season 01

IMDb:
2010
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Sakuragi Izumi (Ueto Aya) is a new police sergeant with the Special Investigations Office, which was set up within the Metropolitan Police in November last year. The new investigation team uses DNA analysis and the latest in forensics science to investigate cold cases as well as cases suspected to involve missing persons. ~ JDrama Weblog


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Zatoichi (movie)

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2003
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Zatoichi and trustworthy friend Shinkichi meet up with a couple of geishas. Okinu and her sister Osei have come to town to avenge their parents’ murder. With his legendary cane sword at his side, Zatoichi’s path is destined for many violent showdowns…
Overview:Zatoichi is a blind wanderer who makes a living by gambling and giving massages. Behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman.

In a gambling joint, Zatoichi and trustworthy young friend Shinkichi meet up with a couple of geishas. Okinu and her sister Osei have come to town to avenge their parents’ murder.

Sinister henchmen are soon hunting down Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, Zatoichi’s path is destined for many violent showdowns…


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Z Storm II

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2016
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No sooner is a team at ICAC set up to investigate irregularities/corruption in soccer/football official gaming/betting in Hong Kong before a suspect is assassinated.


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Z Storm 2014

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2014
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This is a story about the biggest financial fraud attempted in Hong Kong, directed at the Government of Hong Kong and involved all 7 million Hong Kong citizens… no one is free from the scheme. Within the four decades of guarding Hong Kong’s financial integrity, the ICAC has never come across an opponent so huge and so well organized as in the Z Torrent file… shadowy figures from the underworld of South America, Italy and Europe all ready to plot against the estimated 150 million dollars of Hong Kong citizens’ tax money which was pooled in a fund called the WELFARE FUND. High profile chartered accountants, high ranking law enforcers, power lawyers, the super entrepreneurs; they all have their shares of play but none can really grasp the big picture; they are there only for what they desire most. When the wife of an up-rising star Superintendent of police force reported his corruption simply out of bitterness for being ill-treated, little did she know she is about to pull the head


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Yume Uru Futari

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2012
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A married couple finds themselves in a dire financial situation after they lose their restaurant in a fire. The couple determined to run a restaurant again turn to crime. The wife scopes out potential targets and her husband commits marriage fraud …
Their victims include 31-year-old office lady Satsuki Tanahashi (Rena Tanaka) who lives with her parents, lonely office lady Reiko Mutsushima (Sawa Suzuki), single mom Takiko Kinoshita (Tae Kimura) who takes care of her old father and young son by herself.


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Young Detective Dee Rise of the Sea Dragon

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2013
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The young Dee Renjie (Mark Chao) arrives in the Imperial Capital, intent to become an officer of the law. Empress Wu (Carina Lau), who is at the start of her reign, has sent the fiery-haired Detective Yuchi (Feng Shaofeng) to investigate a sea monster that stalks the city at night. By chance, both Dee and Yuchi fight off the creature when it attacks a ceremonial procession carrying the beautiful courtesan Yin (Angelababy) to be sacrificed at a temple to appease the Gods. Suspicious of the stranger, Yuchi has Dee imprisoned. Dee escapes with the help of visiting doctor Shatuo (Lin Gengxin) and together they discover that the upper reaches of society, including the Emperor himself, are addicted to a poisonous tea produced by Yuan’s (Kim Bum) famous teahouse. Yuan, who was romantically attached to Yin, has been missing for months. Dee shadows the courtesan, who is under Yuchun’s protection, until the sea monster reappears. Just as the two men are about to kill it, Yin reveals that the monster is her lover, Yuan. Yuan has been poisoned by a foreign Prince whose kingdom was overthrown by the Emperor. As the Prince’s army readies itself on a nearby island to attack the capital, a real sea dragon rises from the deep.


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Yamaneko the Phantom Thief (Kaito Yamane)

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2016
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What is justice? Is it about being kind? Or is it about winning? A certain man claims that “Justice is about robbing.” Yamaneko is notoriously elusive, but wherever he shows up, enormous amounts of money gets stolen. Evidence of the audacious crime is left scattered all over the place. In every episode, Yamaneko the hero thiefthrows a splash of “rotten justice” in your face. Pretentiously calling himself a “genius thief,” Yamaneko is arrogant and acts like he’s the king of the world. Everything he does is bold and daring, but he remains elusive. There is indeed no match for Yamaneko. He goes by one creed alone—“I will steal but I won’t deprive.” Why does he steal? Just what is he all about?


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World Of Silence

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2006
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Jung-Ho (Kim Sang-Kyung), a famous photographer who has a special ability to read people’s minds, has just returned to Korea from abroad. Jung-Ho still can’t get rid of traumatic memories of his late girlfriend who ended her life in front of him. In the midst of this, Jung-Ho becomes a temporary guardian for Soo-Yeon (Han Bo-Bae), a little girl whose mother is in a coma. Detective Kim (Park Yong-Woo) begins to suspect Jung-Ho is involved in the gruesome events that surround him. And the case becomes even more desperate when Soo-Yeon herself disappears.


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Winners and Sinners

IMDb:
1983
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The film begins with Teapot (Sammo Hung), attempting to rob the dormant homes of a wealthy neighborhood in Hong Kong. When attempting to rob one particular house, he is briefly mistaken for the guest of honor at a surprise birthday party, and is subsequently handed over to the police. The following day, four other petty criminals are apprehended – unruly civil rights leader Curly (John Shum), car washer Exhaust Pipe (Richard Ng) who steals vehicle parts, well-dressed thief Vaseline (Charlie Chin) who swindles jewelry shops’ most expensive watches, and Rookie (Stanley Fung), a mysterious, and rude, stranger. The quintet unite in prison and promise to make their fortune together in every possible way upon their release. Rookie is the gang’s leader, whilst Teapot is bullied by the others (in the later films, Roundhead, played by Eric Tsang, is the group’s victim and Hung’s character is the leader). Following their release, they team up with Curly’s beautiful sister, Shirley (Cherie Chung), and form a cleaning company.
A sixth convict, the wealthy Jack Tar (James Tien) is released on the same day. Upon his release, he returns to his mansion, his fleet of expensive vehicles and his dozens of bodyguards. Tar commences work on his next criminal project, trading counterfeit US and Hong Kong currency with another crime boss. When the deal takes place, a brave but careless cop CID 07 (Jackie Chan) attempts to recover the briefcase containing the phony money, but the case somehow ends up in the Five Stars Cleaning Co. van. While none of the workers realize this misfortune, Tar certainly does. Later, Teapot and his friends decide to attend Tar’s high-class party, hoping to expand their business with the wealthy guests. Unluckily Tar recognizes Curly instantly, and interrogates him. A battle ensues, where Teapot’s kung fu skills are heavily relied on. Finally, another Triad gang, led by Tar’s rival, wants the printing plates as well. A climatic fight takes place at a warehouse, where both Tar and his rival, along with their goons, are finally defeated. At the end, Teapot receives a reward and marries Shirley.


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Wild Animals

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1996
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Kim Ki-Duk’s second film is the story of two illegal immigrants in Paris, a North-Korean former soldier and a South-Korean street painter, as they both struggle for survival in the French metropolis. Eventually, they develop a strong friendship whilst their association with the local underworld will have dramatic effects on their lives.

Definitely not equal to the director’s latter efforts, but nonetheless charming and bitter-sweet, the film contains clear evidence of the unique style Kim Ki-Duk would eventually develop. Set in the streets of Paris, where the director had previously studied arts and worked as a street painter (just like one of his main characters).


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