[Opening This Week] Righteous Kills in Shinjuku are Fast & Furious Incidents

This week in theaters are 2 Hollywood films and 1 Hong Kong film. Let's jump straight into the previews for Fast & Furious, Righteous Kill and Shinjuku Incident.

Fast & Furious (2009)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
Director: Justin Lin
USA release: 3 April 2009
Msia release: 2 April 2009
Genre: Action
Runtime: 107 mins
Rated in USA: PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual content, language and drug references
Rated in Msia: N/A

Reunited in Los Angeles, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) must work with agent Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) to bring down a common enemy. Putting aside their feud, Dom and Brian do what they know best behind the wheels of fast and furious cars.

I never really liked the franchise, with an exception for 2 Fast 2 Furious. So I'm not excited about this one. I have a feeling its gonna be crappy. I might very well be wrong.

Righteous Kill (2008)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino
Director: Jon Avnet
Writer: Russell Gewirtz
USA release: 12 September 2008
Msia release: 2 April 2009
USA gross to date: $40,081,410
Worldwide gross to date: $78,300,685
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Runtime: 101 mins
Rated in USA: R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use
Rated in Msia: N/A
IMDb User Rating: 6.1/10
Rotten Tomatometer: 21%

Aging NYPD agents Turk (Robert De Niro) ans Rooster (Al Pacino) are on one of the biggest cases in their 30 year careers. The case they are working on involves a serial murderer whose victims are suspected criminals who slipped through justice. As the decorated agents get closer to tracking down the killer, they find out it very well be another cop.

De Niro and Al Pacino side by side in the same film, its gotta be at least decent.

Shinjuku Incident (2009)
Starring: Jackie Chan, Daniel Wu, Ken Watanabe
Director: Derek Yee
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese
HK & Msia release: 2 April 2009
Genre: Action, Drama
Runtime: 112 mins
Rated in Msia: 18PL

Steelhead (Jackie Chan), from China, enters Japan illegally to look for his girlfriend. He finds out she has married Eguchi (Ken Watanabe), a Yakuza leader. Steelhead then decides to stay in Japan and work for Eguchi as a hitman. As he gets deeper into the criminal underworld in Shinjuku, he finds it hard to dig himself out.

With pretty much an all-star Asian cast from Hong Kong, China and Japan, this film looks like a pretty solid, gritty film.

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