Kubrador (Filipino) 2006

Plot: The story of a woman who makes her living as a bet collector of an illegal game in the Philippines.

Synopsis: Kubrador revolves around ‘jueteng’, the game of numbers dating back to the Philippines’ Spanish colonial period (1521-1898). It chronicles three days in the life of Amelita, a jueteng kubrador or bet collector. Despite the regular crackdown on this illegal game, she continues to collect bets from her regular patrons every day. On the third day, a holiday, she takes a break from work and visits the grave of her soldier son who perished in war–It is All Saint’s Day. One day she is apprehended by the police. She joins the other kubradors in the police station until their handler bails them out. The following morning, Amelita returns to the streets and continues her clandestine activity. She meets the parish priest who informs her of a young neighbor’s sudden death in an accident. He asks her to collect donations from neighbors and friends. But then, a series of events turns her mundane existence into a perplexing game of life, luck and death.

Cast: Nico Antonio, Soliman Cruz, Ran del Rosario, Fonz Desa, Fonz Deza, Nanding Josef, Domingo Landicho, Johnny Manahan
Directed: Jeffrey Jeturian
Genre: Drama
Also Known As: The Bet Collector
Runtime: 1:42:29
Country: Philippines
Language: Tagalog
Subtitles: English (External) [Custom Subtitle Created by: Gardol²]
IMDB Link: imdb.com/title/tt0782053/

Gubra (2006) (Malaysia)

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Does being hurt permit one to hurt back and to break promises? Does repentance really bring redemption? These are the questions Gubra asks and attempts to answer in this unique and daring Malayasian film about life, love and faith.

Cast: Sharifah Amani Yahya, Adlin Aman Ramlie, Ida Nerina Hussein, Harith Iskander Musa, Adibah Noor, Alan Yun, Nam Ron, Noorkhiriah Ahmad Shafie, Roziwati Mohd Rashid
Directed: Yasmin Ahmad
Genre: Romance/Drama/Comedy
Also Known As: Anxiety
Runtime: 115 Minutes
Country: Malaysia
Language: English/Malay/Cantonese
Subtitles: English Hardcoded
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0484355/

Fudoh: The New Generation (1996) (Japan)

Set on the island of Kyushu, Fudoh: The New Generation tells the story of successful high school student Riki Fudoh, who leads a double life in organized crime. With his gang of underage assassins (forerunners of the kiddie killers in Dead or Alive 2 (2000), including five-year olds with hand guns and a teenage stripper shooting deadly darts from her vagina) he not only controls the goings-on at his school, but aspires to take over criminal affairs on the entire island. Fudoh’s true motivations are not just a lust for power. An extensive flashback at the film’s opening shows how as a child he witnessed the grisly murder of his older brother at the hands of his yakuza boss father and his subsequent wish for revenge. Buckets of blood flow (literally) when Riki and the kids start an assassination campaign against the top figures of the local yakuza, with his father as the ultimate goal. The underworld goes into a state of panic and calls in mysterious and powerful problem solver Nohma (Riki Takeuchi looking every inch the comic book tough guy). Riki’s father meanwhile sends out his own weapon in the shape of a former government agent, who goes undercover as the high school gym teacher and uses methods even more violent than those of young Fudoh’s minions.

Cast : Shosuke Tanihara, Kenji Takano, Marie Jinno, Tamaki Kenmochi, Tôru Minegishi, Miho Nomoto, Riki Takeuchi, Takeshi Caesar
AKA : Gokudô Sengokushi : Fudô
Directed : Takashi Miike
Genre : Action / Crime
Runtime : 98 mn
Country : Japan
Language : Japanese
Subtitles : English (hard)
IMDB : www.imdb.com/title/tt0123092

Dhokha (2007) (India)

Synopsis: Dhokha tells the story of a suicide bomber and an honest Muslim cop.

Zaid Ahmed Khan (Muzammil Ibrahim) is a dedicated cop in Mumbai. A terror attack rocks the city and kills dozens of people. Among the dead is Zaid’s beautiful Kashmiri wife Sarah (Tulip Joshi). Much to his shock, Zaid is told that Sarah was not a victim but the suicide bomber herself.

As Zaid digs into her past, he realizes that behind the beautiful face of his wife lay a woman scarred by atrocities. He also gets to know how some fundamentalists provoke such people to unleash terror in the name of Jihad.

Directed: Pooja Bhatt
Year: 2007
Genre: Action, Thriller, Romance
Runtime: 1:56:44
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Subtitles: English Hardsub
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1090650/
Cast: Muzammil Ibrahim, Tulip Joshi, Aushima Sawhney

Unfair the Movie (2007) (Japanese)

Fuji TV’s hit police drama series Unfair comes to the big screen, with Shinohara Ryoko reprising her memorable role as a tough female cop. Based on a Hata Takehiko novel, both the film and the drama are carried brilliantly by force of its strong female protagonist, whose fearless, peerless, no-nonsense demeanor is both refreshing and liberating. This crime action flick about a lone woman in a man’s world throws a mean punch without forgetting the human side of the story. Kobayashi Yoshinori, who directed the television series, also helms this silver-screen adaptation.

Hardboiled, hard-drinking, and hard-hitting female detective Yukihira Natsumi (Shinohara Ryoko) has the best record in the police force, but it has come at a cost. Her fiercely independent personality and penchant to not go by the books has alienated her from colleagues, while her dedication, or perhaps obsession, with work has already cost her a marriage and custody of her eight-year-old daughter. Natsumi has no time for apologies and misgivings though when there is crime to be fought. She is forced to reconsider everything she knows, however, when terrorists take over the hospital her daughter is being treated at. How far will she go to save her daughter?

Director:Yoshinori Kobayashi
Writers:Takehiko Hata (original novel)
Shimako Sato (screenplay)
Genre:Action / Crime / Drama
Also Known As:
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English / Japanese
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0906671/

Spring Bears Love (2003) (Korean)

A young woman named Hyun-chae is on train looking through an art book. As she turns the pages, she discovers a written message underneath a picture of bears playing together in the Springtime. She reads:

I like you so much.

Like a bear in springtime, I know you’re secrets

… you’re like a lovely bear.

This is just the beginning of my love for you.

Next book is Gustave Caillebette ‘Young Man at His Window.

Hyun-chae is an unlucky girl who has trouble finding love. Born with bad manners, she is unable to keep a guy for very long. Throughout her life, she has been unsuccessful with love, but goes on through life with her bad manners and pure honesty.

Her father, an alcoholic, a heavysmoker, and a writer, often counts on Hyun-chae to bring him art books from the library, saying that they help him think better. Hyun-chae, desperate as she is to fall in love, fails to see that her best friend from childhood, Dong-ha came back from the military to be with her. Instead, Chae-hyun becomes obsessed with the man that has written the love notes inside the art books, believing that they are meant for her. With this thought in mind, she seeks out the writer with a determined state of mind, believing that every man she meets could possibly be this mere stranger. But are those library love notes really meant for her?
Adapted from Wikipedia

Cast: Bae Du-na // Kim Nam-jin // Yun Jong-shin
Directed – Yi Yong
Writer – Hwang Jo-yun
Genre – Comedy / Romance
Run Time – 98 min
Country – South Korea
Audio – Korean
Subtitles – English [hardsub]
IMDB Links – http://imdb.com/title/tt0370360/