On Friday nights this April, the best action films from Asia burst into your lounge room. Heart-stopping, karate-chopping and pulse-racing. Be thrilled.
The Treasure Hunter (Taiwan, 2009) – Friday 6 April 9.30pm
Jay Chou (The Green Hornet) stars in this action-adventure as ancient relic hunter, Qiao Fei. When his mentor is murdered for a map to a lost city buried beneath the desert, Fei leaps into action. With the help of his mentors beautiful daughter, and a famous archaeologist, they embark on a dangerous journey to recover the may and protect the ancient treasure.
Hero (China, 2002) – Friday 13 April 9.30pm
This Oscar-nominated Chinese action epic stars Jet Li as an unnamed third century BC swordsman who is granted an audience with the emperor (Chen Dao Ming) after deftly dispatching three assassins. However, the fearless warrior doesn’t automatically receive the fanfare you might expect. Instead, through a series of intertwining flashbacks, the emperor is given three separate accounts of the events as he questions the unknown swordsman’s claimed heroics with an agenda all of his own.
Fireball (Thailand, 2009) – Friday 20 April 9.30pm
Tai is released from jail thanks to the hard work of his twin brother Tan. But when Tan is beaten into a coma, Tai is determined to get revenge. He joins the leagues of Fireball, an intensely violent combination of basketball and street fighting. Each match is a battle for survival, with competitors maiming and murdering each other to win. One of the most mind-blowing martial arts films since Ong Bak, this Australian television premiere Thai thriller features Preeti Barameeanat as both twin brothers.