The Blue Bird
The Blue Bird: Higashigaoka Junior High School is in turmoil as one of the pupils, Noguchi, who had been bullied, attempted suicide last term. On the first day of the new term, a substitute teacher arrives to take the second year class. When the teacher, Murauchi (Hiroshi Abe), introduces himself, the pupils are surprised by his stutter. He has a speech impediment. Unable to speak eloquently, Murauchi faces his pupils with ‘words of truth’. His first instruction to the pupils is to return Noguchi’s desk and chair to the original place in the classroom. Every morning Murauchi greets the empty desk, “Good morning, Noguchi.” This causes a ripple beyond the classroom and among other teachers and parents, but Murauchi will not stop doing it. Eventually the day comes when Murauchi must leave.
The Child: Young, unmarried couple Sonia and Bruno have just had a son, who Sonia names Jimmy. Bruno, who did not visit her while she was in the hospital, scoffs at the notion of what he considers traditional employment, instead eking out a living primarily on petty crimes committed with his fourteen year old associate, Steve. He even sublets Sonias small apartment while she is in the hospital, he sleeping either in the homeless shelter or squatting in what he calls his shack down by the river. On the day after Sonia gets out of the hospital, she allows Bruno to take Jimmy for a walk while she stands in line for her benefits. On that walk, Bruno makes the unilateral decision to sell Jimmy to a black market adoption agency. Upon finding out what Bruno has done, Sonia has a breakdown and falls unconscious. Fearing that Sonia will turn him over to the police when she regains consciousness, Bruno tries to get Jimmy back while he leaves Sonia in the hospital in her unconscious state. But Bruno will soon learn that regaining Sonias trust will not be as simple as getting Jimmy back. And he will also learn that getting Jimmy back is not as easy as giving back the money.
Boiling Point: Two members of a Japanese junior baseball team get mixed up with the local yakuza. After their coach is severely injured by the gangsters, the two boys set off to Okinawa to purchase a gun in order to get revenge. While in Okinawa they get befriended by a psychotic yakuza outcast who is planning a revenge of his own.
Office Outbreak: Auditors uncover Accounting fraud at a Fortune 500 Company. The CEO and CFO behind the fraud attempt to coerce the auditors into keeping the fraud quiet. Mean while a worker who recently returns to work after being on a Reality Television show begins infecting others with a highly contagious disease that sends the infected into a violent rage against the non-infected. For the safety of the outside world the FBI declares an emergency and quarantining everyone in the building. The people on the inside must survive the onslaught of the Infected people until a vaccine is developed. Later, one of the FBI agents on the case discovers that his long lost love is one of the people quarantined inside the building, which forces him to violates agency protocol in an attempt to save her.
Biography Channel Henry Lee Lucas
Biography Channel Henry Lee Lucas: An unwanted child born to a destitute family in Blacksburg, Virginia, Henry Lee Lucas mother, 41-year-old Viola, turned tricks in their dirt floor cabin in front of the family. She hated her new son from the time he was born and continually abused him. Her husband Anderson, who had lost his legs in a railroad accident, was also constantly subjected to Violas violence, but Henry, being a child, got the worst of it. Anderson eventually committed suicide by sleeping outside in the snow when he could no longer bear it, Viola entertaining another trick in his home; he contracted pneumonia and shuffled off this mortal coil. Henry, thus, bore the full focus of Violas wrath after his pappys unseasonable demise.
Biography Channel Andrei Chikatilo
Biography Channel Andrei Chikatilo: Andrei Chikatilo, a married man, teacher, and member of the Communist party, began a life of serial child molestation, rape, and murder in the 1970s. He picked up runaways, prostitutes, and children throughout the 1980s, killing and mutilating them in the most horrible ways, all to satisfy himself sexually. After several arrests, he was finally convicted and executed in 1994.
The Most Beautiful Night In The World
The Most Beautiful Night In The World: Its streets overrun with children, the village of Kaname has distinguished itself with the highest birth rate in Japan. Its citizens are excited-tomorrow, the Prime Minister arrives to formally celebrate Kanames demographic distinction. The spirit is festive, except for one 14-year-old girl. She knows the secret of Kanames fecundity, and shes typing up a tell-all letter to a prominent journalist, revealing the crazy, complicated tale. It all began 14 years ago... Betrayed and disgraced, big-city reporter Kazuya Mizuno is banished to a desk at Kanames boring little town newspaper. But Kaname isnt as boring as it seems on the surface. Not with characters around like Shimeko, a girl genius with a childlike lack of propriety, and her ace fisherman/folk-singer dad. Or the overbearing and unpleasant local Shinto priest, a former Christian cultist. Or Endo, Kazuyas new colleague, a bitter drunk after his sons suicide. Or Kin, a former (?) Marxist terrorist, now a hermit on his boat engaging in secret research. Or perhaps most importantly Teruko, the hypnotically beautiful bar owner, the focus of all manner of innuendo and intrigue. Something mysterious, even mystical, is going on Kaname, and hapless Kazuya is about to be thrown into the middle of it.
The Legend Of Zipang
The Legend Of Zipang: Zipang is a sumptuous visual feast. Set in a kind of alternative Japan, where modern technology meets ancient legend, the film tells of the quest for the mythical Zipang, land of Gold. A motley band of renegades discover the keys to this magical kingdom. Unfortunately, they also attract the attention of a beautiful female bounty hunter who has her sights set on their leader, the handsome Jigoku.
Still Walking: Still Walking is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day. The aging parents have lived in the family home for decades. Their son and daughter return for a rare family reunion, bringing their own families with them. They have gathered to commemorate the tragic death of the eldest son, who drowned in an accident fifteen years ago. Although the roomy house is as comforting and unchanging as the mothers homemade feast, everyone in the family has subtly changed.
Biography Channel John Wayne Gacy
Biography Channel John Wayne Gacy: John Gacy hid some 33 bodies in the crawl space under his house, in rooms in his home, in trenches covered in quicklime and in a river. Discover why it took the police until the 33 death to search his home.
Biography Channel Charles Manson
Biography Channel Charles Manson: Although Charles Manson is notoriously connected to the brutal slayings of actress Sharon Tate and other Hollywood residents, he was never actually found guilty of committing the murders himself.
Biography Channel Albert Desalvo
Biography Channel Albert Desalvo: Discover the hideous crimes of Albert DeSalvo, who for three years stalked the streets of Boston and may never have been convicted of all his crimes had he not confessed.
Biography Channel David Berkowitz
Biography Channel David Berkowitz: (born June 1, 1953, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.) American serial killer who murdered six people in New York City in 1976–77. His crimes plunged the city into a panic and unleashed one of the largest manhunts in New York history.
Biography Channel Dennis Rader
Biography Channel Dennis Rader: Serial killer. Born in March 9, 1945, in Kansas. From the 1970s to the 1990s, the BTK killer -- which stands for bind, torture, and kill -- terrorized the Wichita, Kansas area.
Requiem pour une tueuse
Requiem pour une tueuse: Lucrèce is a contract killer in search of a new life. Specialized in the use of poisons and enamored with opera, she accepts a difficult, final hit in a castle in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Posing as a soprano, Lucrèce must perform on stage during the very prestigious Festival of Ermeux and slaughter one of her co-performers, British baritone Alexander Child, who recently bought a distillery in Scotland, and thus became the only obstacle to a strategic pipeline project with considerable financial ramifications. He just won a long legal battle against British Oil, who now has no other choice but to eliminate him. To complicate things, French counter-espionage learns of the hit and sends Rico, a reinstated former agent, to infiltrate the orchestra, unmask and terminate all who wish harm to Alexander Child. Rico has no information on the killer and has a lot of trouble identifying her amid a horde of suspicious characters: an obnoxious conductor, a particularly proud tenor and a strangely stressed festival director... Throughout rehearsals of Haendels sublime Messiah, a breathless intrigue begins...and could end in a Requiem...for a killer!
Biography Channel Ed Gein
Biography Channel Ed Gein: Necrophiliac Ed Gein murdered at least two women and desecrated the graves of dozens more to feed his bizarre fetishes. The true story behind Psycho and Silence Of The Lambs.
National Geographic Hitlers Lost Battleship
National Geographic Hitlers Lost Battleship: Hitlers Lost Battleship retraces the events leading up to the ships destruction. With high-end re-enactments, CGI reconstructions, and surprising revelations from naval researchers - all add up to shed new light on this fascinating episode in wartime history.
BBC The Box That Changed Britain
BBC The Box That Changed Britain: Poet Roger McGough narrates the story of how a simple invention - the shipping container - changed the world forever and forced Britain into the modern era of globalisation. With a blend of archive and modern-day filming, the impact of the box is told through the eyes of dockers, seafarers, ship spotters, factory workers and logisticians. From quayside in container ports to onboard enormous ships, the documentary explains how the container has transformed our communities, economy and coastline.
Battle in Heaven
Battle in Heaven: A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for whom he drives, who does sexual acts to any man for pleasure. Marcos confesses his guilt to her in his troubled search for relief, and then finds himself on his knees amid the multitude of believers moving slowly toward the Basilica in honor of the Lady of Guadalupe.
Attack the Block
Attack the Block: A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.
Ushpizin: In Jerusalems orthodox neighborhoods, its Succoth, seven days celebrating lifes essentials in a sukkot, a temporary shack of both deprivation and hospitality. A devout couple, Moshe and Mali, married nearly five years and childless, are broke and praying for a miracle. Suddenly, miracles abound: a friend finds Moshe a sukkot he says is abandoned, Moshe is the beneficiary of local charitable fundraising, and two escaped convicts arrive on Moshe and Malis doorstep in time to be their ushpizin - their guests. The miracles then become trials. Rabbinical advice, absolution, an effort to avoid anger, and a 1000-shekel citron figure in Moshes dark night of the soul.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever: Daisy Gamble, an unusual woman who hears phones before they ring, and does wonders with her flowers...
Feelings of Mountains and Water
Feelings of Mountains and Water: Feelings of Mountains and Water (also known by several other names, including Emotion From Mountain and River, Love of Mountains and Water, Love of Nature, Landscapes, and Landscape Love) is a Chinese animated short, originally released in 1988, and directed by Te Wei, one of Chinas most prominent animation directors (Shanchun Yan and Kexuan Ma are credited as co-directors). This film uses his distinct brush painting technique, which mimics traditional Chinese watercolor painting. This was the last film Te Wei made, and it has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world
I Am: The film tells the story of young Russian in early 90s - trying to escape the army in a psychiatric clinic and after intensive compulsory treatment released years later. Then as a documentary filmmaker he gets involved in Chechen conflict. There he meets his apparent death and between life and death he recalls his life and realizes it as a life of a whole generation. (Russian with English subtitles)
Discovery - Warriors of the French Foreign Legion
Discovery - Warriors of the French Foreign Legion: Its been called an army of thieves and cutthroats. A band of hired killers. But from the burning sands of Northern Africa to the jungles of South America, whenever the odds are long and the battle fierce, the French Foreign legion has been called into action.
Executioner Pierrepoint: Father Henry and Uncle Thomas were both high-profile executioners with Henry being sensationally sacked after an 11-year career for being drunk on the job. Albert functioned as Thomas assistant carrying out hundreds of executions before he went it alone.During WWII Albert Pierrepoint was hailed as a hero he was the only Executioner allowed to cross the English Channel on a mission to end the lives of some of the most notorious Nazi criminals in history. His main claim to fame was the day he carried out 13 hangings of the war criminals from Belsen.We take a macabre look into the history of Capital Punishment examining the differences between hangings in Scotland England and Ireland. We are introduced to Alberts wife Anne with whom he never discussed his career before having a change of heart and becoming a pub landlord.We also take a look at the Royal Commission of 1949 where Pierrepoint played a vital role in deciding whether Capital Punishment was to be banned or reformed. A few executioners carried on until the 13th August 1964 when the final executions were carried out and this historical career was finally over.
Japan Behind the Mask
Japan Behind the Mask: John Pilger looks behind the popular images and stereotypes of Japan today discovering the ordinary people whose struggle does not fit the corporate image.
The War on Terror Through Muslim Eyes
The War on Terror Through Muslim Eyes: Since al-Qaeda declared holy war against the worlds only superpower a decade ago Washington has either been in denial or is no closer to understanding what really motivates al-Qaeda militants and its affiliates or how to deal with them. Despite trillions of dollars spent and the deaths of thousands of US soldiers al-Qaedas top leaders remain at large and are still claiming responsibility for attacks against Western targets as new franchises or offshoots spring up in unlikely places. Caught in the crossfire are the worlds Muslims. In this episode Empire looks at how al-Qaeda is perceived in the Muslim world.We will analyse whether the US so-called war on terror - with its deadly tactics and support for corrupt rulers - serves only to alienate Muslims driving them into the arms of extremist groups.We will ask if the US can reverse the tide of military intervention in the region and instead try to reach political solutions that involve all political parties including repressed Islamic parties.We will also discuss whether the Arab world has an answer to the al-Qaeda challenge.