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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).

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

Zatoichi 24: In Desperation (1972)

Director: Shintaro Katsu
Starring: Shintaro Katsu, Kiwako Taichi, Kyoko Toshizawa, Yasuhiro Koume, Fujio Morita

Directed by the actor who plays Zatoichi, this is possibly the darkest and most sombre of the series; the yakuza are meaner and the body count is high... Read more

Zatoichi 26: Darkness Is His Ally (1989)

Director: Shintaro Katsu
Starring: Shintaro Katsu, Kanako Higuchi, Takanori Jinnai, Yudai Okumura

This 26th instalment capped one of Japan's most loved and enduring movie franchises. With a gap of more than 15 years between this and number 25, Ich... Read more

Zombieland (2009)

7.7/10
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone

In the vein of "Shaun of the Dead," this fun-filled mix of horror, comedy, and action focuses on two guys, nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisen... Read more

Zombieland ( Blu-ray ) (2009)

7.7/10
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone

In the vein of "Shaun of the Dead," this fun-filled mix of horror, comedy, and action focuses on two guys, nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisen... Read more

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

6.9/10
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Z...

Zombie slayers Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock leave the confines of the White House to travel to Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Along the... Read more

Zombieland: Double Tap (Blu-Ray) (2019)

6.9/10
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Z...

Zombie slayers Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock leave the confines of the White House to travel to Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Along the... Read more

Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain (1982)

6.7/10
Director: Tsui Hark
Starring: Yuen Biao, Cheng Siu Tsou, Meng Hoi, Sammo Hung

Having deserted the army, Ti (Yuen Biao) finds himself in the Magic Mountains, a grim and listless place inhabited by a terrifying array of ghosts, de... Read more

Zulu (1964)

7.8/10
Director: Cy Endfield
Starring: Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins, James Booth

Michael Caine stars in this epic story of the battle of Rorke's Drift, on January 22nd 1879, where 1,200 British troops found themselves completely ou... Read more