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The enduring popularity of the action movie has drenched the genre in cliche yet glorious invention abounds around the globe - fighting is the international language. Fashionable styles of film-making come and go but action movies just change their shoes and remain centre-stage. Great glittering galaxies of genre from across the Alice universe have been gleaned to assemble a suitably kick-ass selection of ballistic ballet and poetic pugilism to scintillate the delicate senses of our discerning clientele. Are you ready to rumble? Are you feeling lucky, Sir/Madame? Our suggestions for a hearty evening of action are listed below. Pictured: Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang springs into action. Sean Connery as agent 007 in "Diamonds are Forever" (1971).

Yakuza Deka 1: Secret Police (1970)

Director: Yukio Noda
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Tetsuro Tanpa

Sonny Chiba plays a hard-bitten undercover cop trying to win the confidence of two rival yakuza gangs in order to bust their illegal drugs operations.... Read more

Yakuza Deka 2: The Assassin (1970)

Director: Yukio Noda
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Ryohei Uchida, Fumio Watanabe, Osman Yusuf, Giant Baba

Sonny Chiba returns as undercover cop Hayata. This time he's after a marijuana syndicate, and he's going to have to go very undercover to net these g... Read more

Yatterman (2009)

6.1/10
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Kyoko Fukada, Saki Fukuda, Kendo Kobayashi, Sho Sakurai, Anri Okamoto, Katsuhisa...

Gan Takada and his girlfriend Ai-chan are just normal teens who like to tinker away at robotic inventions - that is, when they're not out keeping the... Read more

You Only Live Twice (1967)

6.9/10
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence, Akiko Wakabayashi

The talented novelist Roald Dahl adapted the Ian Fleming original in this expansive and colourful James Bond entry. Sean Connery is the British spy wo... Read more

You Only Live Twice ( Blu-ray ) (1967)

6.9/10
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Akiko Wakabayashi, Donald Pleasence, Sean Connery

The talented novelist Roald Dahl adapted the Ian Fleming original in this expansive and colourful James Bond entry. Sean Connery is the British spy wo... Read more

Young Guns (1988)

6.9/10
Director: Christopher Cain
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Dermot Mulroney, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Casey Siem...

The legend of William H Bonney, alias Billy the Kid, notorious back-shooter and cult western figure, gets still another shot at cinematic immortality.... Read more

Young Guns II (1990)

6.5/10
Director: Geoff Murphy
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Christian Slater

The Old West's meanest, wildest and hippest-looking outlaws are back behind, and under, the gun in the hit sequel. Emilio Estevez, as Billy the Kid, r... Read more

Zatoichi (2003)

7.6/10
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ogusu, Yui Natsukawa

Aka "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi". The sightless Zatoichi - hero of over two dozen films from 1962 to 1989 - is revived by scripter/director/star Ta... Read more

Zatoichi 16: The Outlaw (1967)

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
Starring: Shintaro Katsu, Rentaro Mikuni

Zatoichi, played of course by the brilliant Shintaro Katsu, wanders into yet another village in turmoil as rival gambling houses are putting the squee... Read more

Zatoichi 23: At Large (1972)

Director: Kazuo Mori
Starring: Shintaro Katsu, Rentaro Mikuni, Hisaya Morishige, Etsushi Takahashi, Fujio Morit...

One of the best of the original series of 25, this sees our blind hero deliver the baby of a dying mother (and breastfeed it!), then set off to find t... Read more