Beginning April 19, ActionFest will once again bring the best in world action cinema to Asheville — this time with a monthly ActionFest Film Series, the first of which will benefit Homeward Bound.
The opening fight card of the world’s first all-action theatrical film series is a double feature of epic proportions. From action star and visionary director Takeshi Kitano, we have the U.S. theatrical premiere of Beyond Outrage. (Plus an encore screening of its predecessor, Outrage, which made its U.S. debut at the 2011 ActionFest Film Festival.)
Join ActionFest at The Carolina Asheville, 1640 Hendersonville Road, on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. for two great action films plus complimentary pints of Ninja Porter donated by Asheville Brewing, plus complimentary soft drinks from Carolina Cinemas. All of the proceeds from the screenings will be donated to Homeward Bound, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year of providing pathways to housing for the homeless in Asheville. Suggested donation for admission is $10. Tickets are available now at Carolina Cinemas’ box office or online at www.carolinacinemas.com.
Here are the official synopses of the films:
In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over saké. Longtime yakuza Otomo has seen his kind got from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. This is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance…
The victorious Sanno crime family has grown into a huge organization, expanding its power into politics and big business. A cadre of brash, younger gangsters now dominates the family and discontent is brewing among the veteran yakuza they’ve displaced. Ambitious anti-gang detective Kataoka hopes to exploit these rifts as the cops plan on a crackdown on the gangs. His wild-card in this game is the arranged release of the rumored-dead boss of a family once crushed by the Sanno. With the sense of approaching yakuza warfare, deception and betrayal smolder among the families as everyone watches out for the other’s next move. It’s impossible to guess who will come out on top in this fierce power game. It’s not over until it’s over.