Best known for his hyperactive turns in Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire, or as the man-child hero of Hook, Williams was at his best blending comedy with drama in Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and The Fisher King. Weightier roles, such as his Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, or as the villain of Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, further showcased his versatility.
A renegade cop takes on the spoilt heir of a family-run conglomerate in Ryoo Seung-wan’s tightly-paced and sharp-witted crime thriller Veteran. Hwang Jung-min and Yoo Ah-in lead an impressive ensemble of familiar faces, while the themes of endemic corruption and cronyism in Korean big business strike a poignant chord.
Ringo Lam’s first feature in 12 years sees the Hong Kong director return to familiar territory, as a former cop and his tearaway younger brother take on a violent gang of Taiwanese thugs after their paths cross that of a beautiful mainland woman.
Jean-Claude Van Damme continues to explore and embrace his darker side in this modest Asian action thriller, as a kidnap & rescue specialist who falls foul of organ traffickers in the Philippines. Sadly, budgetary constraints and a lack of interesting action beats make Pound Of Flesh as sloppy and indigestible as its title might suggest.
Based on Hu Xuewen’s novel Running Moonlight, actor Chen Jianbin’s directorial debut is a harsh reminder of humanity’s predatory nature, as an honest farmer’s efforts to help a young homeless man set of a chain of calamitous events.