Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫, Mononoke-hime?) is a 1997 Japanese animated historical fantasy feature film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. It was first released in Japan on July 12, 1997 and in the United States on October 29, 1999 in select cities and on November 26, 1999 in Canada.
It is a period drama set specifically in the late Muromachi period of Japan but with numerous fantastic elements and concentrates on the struggle between the supernatural guardians of a forest and the humans who consume its resources as seen by the outsider Ashitaka. "Mononoke" (物の怪?) is not a name, but a general term in the Japanese language for a spirit or monster.
Roger Ebert placed the movie sixth on his top ten movies of 1999. Mononoke also became the highest grossing movie in Japan until Titanic took over the spot several months later. Overall, Mononoke is the third highest grossing anime movie in Japan, next to 2001's Spirited Away and 2004's Howl's Moving Castle, both also by Miyazaki.
The last Emishi prince, Ashitaka, engages in battle with Nago, a giant boar demon attacking his village. During the fight, Ashitaka is wounded on his arm. After the boar is killed, the village wise woman tells the prince that the wound is cursed and will spread to the rest of his body, eventually killing him. Ashitaka resolves to journey to the boar's origin, the lands to the West, and find a cure for the curse. He cuts his hair, signifying his permanent departure from his village, and leaves on Yakul, his red elk. Ashitaka passes by a village being attacked by samurai. Some of the men attack him, forcing Ashitaka to defend himself. His cursed arm displays supernatural powers, causing his arrows to remove limbs and even the head of one man. In a nearby town he meets Jigo, a wandering monk who aids him in buying rice. That evening, the monk tells Ashitaka that the god of the forest in the mountains of the west may be able to help him.
A nearby town in the mountains of the west, called Iron Town, continually clears the nearby forests to make charcoal to smelt ironsand, leading to battles with beasts attempting to protect their diminishing forest. In one such battle, three giant wolves, led by the wolf god Moro, attack villagers transporting rice. They are accompanied by San, a human girl adopted by the wolves whom the people of Iron Town call "the wolf girl". In the attack Moro and several villagers are injured. The day following the battle, Ashitaka finds two injured villagers near a river. While rescuing them, he sees San treating Moro's wounds, and she disappears quickly. He returns the villagers to Irontown passing through a forest full of bestial gods, including diminutive spirits called kodama. Also in the forest is the Forest Spirit (Shishigami in the original Japanese), described as a "god of life and death", who takes the form of a deer-like kirin during the day and a large shadowy "night-walker" (Daidarabocchi) at night.
Ashitaka is given a warm welcome when he reaches Irontown. He learns from the leader of Irontown, Lady Eboshi, that the giant boar which cursed him was once a forest god called Nago and that Eboshi had shot the boar, driving it to madness. On hearing this Ashitaka is filled with rage and must restrain his right arm from killing Eboshi. He is dissuaded from doing so by lepers whom Eboshi has taken under her care and employed as gunmakers. She also employs former prostitutes in her famous ironworks in order to free them from brothels. Irontown is then infiltrated by San, who attacks Eboshi. Ashitaka intervenes to stop the two sides' fighting and takes San back to the forest, but is severely wounded when he is shot through the chest. With his curse's power, he manages to open the gate and leave the town, but collapses soon afterward. San presents Ashitaka to the Forest Spirit who heals his wounds but does not remove the curse.
San soon learns that the boars, under the leadership of the boar god Okkoto, are planning another attack on Irontown. Eboshi prepares for the assault and sets out to destroy the Forest Spirit. The head of the Forest Spirit is believed to grant immortality. Jigo, who is now revealed to be a mercenary-hunter, plans to give the head to the emperor; in return the emperor promises to give Irontown legal protection against the envious daimyos coveting the town's prosperity. Eboshi, however, suspects (rightly) that the emperor's agents are also assigned to take control of Irontown at the most opportune moment. Meanwhile, Ashitaka recovers and falls in love with San.
In the ensuing battle, Irontown sets a trap for the boars, devastating their army, while Jigo's hunters corrupt Okkoto with a poisoned iron ball, the same as Nago. Badly wounded, Moro attacks Okkoto to save San, who was trapped on his snout while trying to stop him from turning into a demon. The Forest Spirit appears and kills both Moro and Okkoto, though San is saved. While Ashitaka cleans the demon tentacles from San, Eboshi shoots off the Forest Spirit's head while it is transforming into the night-walker. Jigo collects the head as the Forest Spirit's body turns into a "mindless god of death" that begins covering the land in a lethal black ooze that kills everything it touches. The hunters scatter and the population of Irontown is forced to flee to the surrounding lake as the god destroys the town in search of its head. Ashitaka and San take the head from Jigo and return it to the Forest Spirit. It collapses into the lake and the land becomes green again. Ashitaka and San part, vowing to see each other as much as possible. Ashitaka, finally freed of his curse, will help rebuild Irontown. Eboshi vows to rebuild "a better" Irontown. The film ends with a kodama appearing in the rejuvenated forest.
* Ashitaka - Voiced by: Yōji Matsuda (Japanese), Billy Crudup (English)
* San - Voiced by: Yuriko Ishida (Japanese), Claire Danes (English)
* Moro - Voiced by: Akihiro Miwa (Japanese), Gillian Anderson (English)
* Lady Eboshi - Voiced by: Yūko Tanaka (Japanese), Minnie Driver (English)
* Jigo/Jiko Bou - Voiced by: Kaoru Kobayashi (Japanese), Billy Bob Thornton (English)
* Toki - Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto (Japanese), Jada Pinkett Smith (English)
* Okkoto/Okkotonushi - Voiced by: Hisaya Morishige (Japanese), Keith David (English)
* Gonza - Voiced by: Tsunehiko Kamijō (Japanese), John DiMaggio (English)
* Kohroku - Voiced by: Masahiko Nishimura (Japanese), John DeMita (English)
* Kaya - Voiced by: Yuriko Ishida (Japanese), Tara Strong (English)
* Iron Town Women - Voiced by: Takako Fuji (Japanese), Sherry Lynn and Tress MacNeille (English)
* Tatara's Women Song - Voiced by: (Japanese), Jennifer Cihi, Leslie Ishii, and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)
Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film directed by Michael Bay. It features a large ensemble cast, including Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Colm Feore, Mako, Tom Sizemore, Jaime King and Jennifer Garner. It is a dramatic re-imagining of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base and the subsequent Doolittle Raid and was produced by Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer, who had previously worked on blockbusters such as Bad Boys, The Rock and Armageddon. Some of its scenes were among the last to be filmed in Technicolor.
The film opens in Tennesse, 1923, two boys Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker are pretending to be fighting the Germans, until Danny's father tells him to come home, and starts beating him because Rafe flew his fathers plane without permission. Rafe defends Danny by calling his father a "Dirty German", Danny's father countering by explaining that he fought the Germans in World War I.
Now in the United States Army Air Corps and now First Lieutenants Rafe McCawley (Affleck) and Danny Walker (Hartnett) are experienced, reckless, but talented pilots under the command of Major Jimmy Doolittle (Baldwin). McCawley volunteers to serve with the Royal Air Force's Eagle Squadrons. He meets Evelyn Johnson (Beckinsale), a Navy nurse and starts a relationship with her, before leaving for England; Johnson and Walker are transferred to Pearl Harbor. In Japan meanwhile, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto plans an attack on Pearl Harbor after the U.S. freezes its trade.
McCawley is shot down over the English Channel and presumed killed in action. Three months later, Johnson and Walker bond over their longing for McCawley. Soon after they start an intimate relationship. McCawley then returns, causing Walker and Johnson's relationship to estrange McCawley from them. After a fight between the two men, it seems the two are beginning to reconcile. The next morning, on December 7, 1941 they are interrupted by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by Zero fighters, Val dive bombers and Kate torpedo bombers.
The surprise Japanese air raid sinks the USS Arizona (BB-39), USS Oklahoma (BB-37) and many other ships. Back at the hospital, Evelyn seems to be overwhelmed, every once in a while looking through the soldiers seeing if any of the men were Rafe or Danny. McCawley and Walker manage to shoot down seven Japanese aircraft with P-40s using their reckless tactics. The heroes are both promoted to Captain, awarded the Silver Star and assigned to now-Colonel Doolittle for a dangerous and top-secret mission. Prior to leaving, the three attend the funeral for the fallen victims. After, Evelyn meets Rafe where it is revealed she is pregnant, and is intending to stay with Danny since the child is his. However, she explains her life long love of McCawley, stating he was all she ever wanted.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Voight) wants to send a message that the Japanese homeland is not immune from bombing. Walker, McCawley and others are to fly B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8), bomb Tokyo, and land in China. The two men succeed in their bombing but are captured by the Japanese in China. Walker gives his life to save McCawley from a bullet. Before passing, Walker asks Rafe to be the father of Johnson's child. The film closes with McCawley, Johnson and Danny (McCawley and Johnson's son) visiting Walker's grave and Rafe with Danny flying off into the sunset.
* Ben Affleck as First Lieutenant/Captain Rafe McCawley
* Josh Hartnett as First Lieutenant/Captain Danny Walker
* Kate Beckinsale as Lieutenant Evelyn Johnson
* Alec Baldwin as Major/Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle
* Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Petty Officer 2nd Class Doris Miller
* Jon Voight as President Franklin D. Roosevelt
* Colm Feore as Admiral Husband E. Kimmel
* Mako as Kaigun Taishō Isoroku Yamamoto
* Jennifer Garner as Sandra
* Jaime King as Betty Bayer
* Sara Rue as Martha
* Tom Sizemore as Earl Sistern
* Matthew Davis as Joe
* Ewen Bremner as 1st Lieutenant Red Winkle
* William Lee Scott as 1st Lieutenant Billy Thompson
* Michael Shannon as 1st Lieutenant Gooz Wood
* Leland Orser as Major Jackson
* Scott Wilson as General George C. Marshall
* Peter Firth as Captain Mervyn S. Bennion
* Dan Aykroyd as Captain Thurman
Public Enemy is a 2002 South Korean film directed by Kang Woo-suk. The film was well-received by audiences and critics alike, being seen by almost 3 million people in South Korea, while winning Sol Kyung-gu "Best Actor" at the 39th Grand Bell Awards for his lead role. The success of the film led to the making of the sequel Another Public Enemy in 2005.
The film's plot pits a tough loose-cannon cop, Kang Chul-jung, and a psychopathic killer, Cho Kyu-hwan, against each other. Kang typifies the anti-hero cop genre, taking bribes and stealing drugs from criminals. His career is in a slump and internal affairs are investigating his actions. The antagonist Cho, on the other hand, leads a life as a successful business and family man. Under his cool exterior however, he displays a total disregard for others, killing people for the slightest perceived misdeed.
The two main characters first meet by chance in a dark alley shortly after Cho brutally murders his parents for monetary reasons. Cho first asked then started begging to get his parents to leave their will to him. After his parents refuse, Cho gets a butter knife and stabs them both around the abdomen. He sprays flour all around their body and washes the excess blood by taking a shower. Then he starts walking to get rid of the murder weapon. Kang is defecating in the dark alley during an unrelated stakeout and runs into Cho, who ends up slashing Kang in the face with a knife.
Kang later joins the investigation into the murders, but doesn't recognize Cho as he didn't get a good look at his face. His instincts tell him that something is wrong about Cho, and Kang starts stalking him. Kang soon convinces himself that Cho is the murderer, although no one else believes that he has a case.
Eventually, Kang discovers a crucial piece of evidence, a broken fingernail, at the murder scene and confronts Cho with it. This leads to the two facing off against each other in a fight, which ends with Kang beating Cho to death.
* Sol Kyung-gu ... Kang Chul-jung
* Lee Seong-jae ... Cho Kyu-hwan
* Kang Shin-il ... Chief Investigator Eom
* Kim Jeong-hak ... Detective Kim
* Do Yong-gu ... Detective Nam
Paid in Full is 2002 a film that was produced by Roc-A-Fella Films and directed by Charles Stone III. It takes place in Harlem at the height of the Crack Epidemic that hit during the 1980s. The title of the film is taken from the 1987 album by Eric B. and Rakim.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 adventure film, based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. The story follows pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) as they rescue the kidnapped Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) from the cursed crew of the Black Pearl, captained by Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). The film was directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and became the first Walt Disney Pictures release to earn a PG-13 rating by the MPAA (all previous WDP releases were rated G or PG).
The world premiere was held at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, on June 28, 2003. The Curse of the Black Pearl was an unexpected success, with positive reviews and grossing over $653 million worldwide. The film became the first in a series, with two back-to-back sequels, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, released in 2006 and 2007. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Depp.
Michael Jennings is a reverse engineer and what he does is technical jobs for certain companies and as soon as he is done, his memory of the work he has done is wiped out. Now the longest he has been contracted is 2 months. But now billionaire, James Rethrick offers him a job that would last 2 years, maybe 3, and he promises that he will probably earn 8 figures. Michael agrees. Before beginning he turns in all of his personal effects. And when the job is done, his memory is erased and he learns he made over 90 million dollars over the three years. When he goes to claim it and his personal effects, he discovers that prior to the erasure of his memory he waived his rights to the money he earned and that the items that were given to him were not the ones he gave when he began. Later he is arrested by the FBI who say that he committed some act of treason and murder. It's while he is in custody that he escapes using some the items that he was given. He later meets with a friend who gives him some information that helps him understand what is going on. And at the same time Rethrick for some reason wants him so he is being pursued by Rethrick's people.
Plot Summary: In an alternate timeline, Japan was divided after losing World War II: Hokkaido was annexed by "Union" while Honshu and other southern islands were under US sovereignty. A gigantic yet mysterious tower was constructed at Hokkaido and could be seen clearly from Aomori (the northernmost prefecture of Honshu) across Tsugaru Strait. In the summer of 1996, three 9th-graders had made a promise that one day they'll build an aircraft and unravel the tower's mystery, but their project was abandoned after the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, began experiencing sleeping sickness and transferred to Tokyo for better treatment. Three years later, Hiroki Fujisawa accidentally found out that Sayuri had been in coma since then, and he asked Takuya Shirakawa to help him finding a way to revive her. What they don't know yet is that Sayuri's unconsciousness is somehow linked with secrets of the tower and the world.
After a undercover operation where Bobby Saint, son of corrupt businessman Howard Saint, is killed. FBI agent Frank Castle retires. Howard Saint holding Castle responsible for the death of his son butchers Franks family during a family reunion and leaves Frank for dead. Burnt out and taunted by memories of his murdered family, Frank sets out to avenge his family, and he becomes a judge, jury and executioner known as "The Punisher", as Castle sets out to punish Howard Saint and his associates in a one man war, as Castle is not willing to give up until those responsible are dead and until he has his revenge.
Disgraced Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.
There exists an ancient manuscript still writing itself called the Lexicon. It supposedly tells of the coming of the Anti-Christ, and happens to fall into the hands of an unsuspecting woman (Kari Wuhrer). Now, she is being pursued by angels intent on obtaining the information from the book.
It is New Year's Eve, and over 2,000 passengers and crew are ringing in the New Year aboard the huge cruise ship 'Poseidon' on the open sea. At midnight, without warning, a huge wave hundreds of feet high - a rogue wave - slams into the Poseidon and rolls it upside down. Most of the passengers & crew are killed outright, but several hundred remain alive in the ballroom, where the party was being held. Realizing their only hope of rescue lies at the surface of the water - where the ship's hull is now - a handful of survivors, led by Dylan and Robert start to make their way past falling debris, flash fires, and the ever-present threat of flooding - to the ship's propeller shafts. Will they succeed - or will they join the hundreds left behind who perished as the ballroom's windows gave way under the water pressure & drowned?
While practicing motocross in Hawaii, Sean Jones witnesses the brutal murder of an important American prosecutor by the powerful mobster Eddie Kim. He is protected and persuaded by the FBI agent Neville Flynn to testify against Eddie in Los Angeles. They embark in the red-eye Flight 121 of Pacific Air, occupying the entire first-class. However, Eddie dispatches hundred of different species of snakes airborne with a time operated device in the luggage to release the snakes in the flight with the intent of crashing the plane. Neville and the passengers have to struggle with the snakes to survive.
An intelligent pulse of electricity is moving from house to house. It terrorizes the occupants by taking control of the appliances, either killing them or causing them to wreck the house in an effort to destroy it. Then it travels along the power lines to the next house, and the terror restarts. Having thus wrecked one household in a quiet neighbourhood, the pulse finds itself in the home of a boy's divorced father whom he is visiting. It gradually takes control of everything, badly injures the stepmother, and traps father and son, who must fight their way out.
A Viking boy is left behind after his clan battles a Native American tribe. Raised within the tribe, he ultimately becomes their savior in a fight against the Norsemen.
The bird flu virus spreads through Los Angeles as a doctor from the CDC races to find a vaccine.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a 2007 adventure film, the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The plot follows the crew of the Black Pearl rescuing Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), from Davy Jones's Locker, and then preparing to fight the East India Trading Company, led by Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) and Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), who plan to extinguish piracy. Gore Verbinski directed the film, as he did with the previous two. It was shot in two shoots during 2005 and 2006, the former simultaneously with the preceding film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
Cheech and Chong house sit for a marijuana grower and rip off the crop. Stalked by keystone-style cops, Los Guys have a series of encounters with L.A. area characters even weirder than themselves.
James Bond 007 makes his way for one last mission. Two American nuclear warheads have been stolen by the SPECTRE organization and its leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The British reactivate their '00' section and sends Bond off to the Bahamas to recover them. A millionaire named Max Largo has been noticed by Bond, who also has become suspicious of his Largo's female friend, Fatima Blush. Bond continues to investigate Largo, whilst dragging Largo's girlfriend, Domino into the mess.
Three martial-arts students search for the Golden Ninja Warrior, a statue reputed to have magic powers.