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For Sicario (Spanish for 'hit-man') Emily Blunt tackles another action role, as federal agent Kate Macer, a rescue expert leading tactical assaults against hide-outs of known criminals in kidnapping
crimes. Attempting to free hostages, a raid by FBI and SWAT finds only dozens of dead bodies hidden behind walls of an otherwise ordinary house.
Hana-bi begins with two blue-overalled workmen confronting Kitano's Nishi, channelling Charles Bronson, in John Lennon 'granny' shades and a natty blue suit. Some sharp cutting reveals that the pair
have messily eaten their lunch off the wing of Nishi's car.
The strong suit of Brian Clemens' iconic updating of post-Avengers spy-fi telly for The Professionals was always its superbly filmed action scenes, shot on location, using capital-city
landmarks but also many London back-roads.
Featuring Sho Kosugi, The Ninja trilogy begins with Menahem Golan's Enter The Ninja (1981). This once popular VHS rental stars Franco Nero and Susan George, and the movie appears to be
inspired partly by Enter The Dragon (1973), and TV series Kung Fu (1972-5).