“Commitment” (Well Go/Blu-ray, 2013, not rated, $29.98, in Korean with English subtitles, featurette, trailer). Tense thriller has the teenage son of a North Korean spy being coerced into spying himself to save his sister, which sends him to South Korea, where he is soon at odds with his superiors. (Also on DVD, $24.98)
“Kingdom of Conquerors” (Lionsgate, 2014, PG-13, $26.98, in Mandarin with English subtitles or English dubbed, featurette, trailers). In the 13th century, Genghis Khan builds an empire covering nearly all of Asia while nomadic clans of Mongolia are at war.
“The Wrath of Vajra” (Well Go/Blu-ray, 2014, not rated, $29.98, in Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles or English dubbed, featurette, trailer). In 1930s Japan, a young boy is trained as an assassin, then, as an adult, he returns to China and vows to protect his people from Japanese invaders. (Also on DVD, $24.98)
“Contracted” (IFC, 2013, not rated, $24.98, audio commentaries, featurettes, trailer). Gory, slimy horror about a party girl infected after a one-night stand with a mysterious stranger, but it’s not an STD; she’s been zombiefied! Echoes of “Contagion” and whatever zombie movies come to mind.
“Flu” (CJ, 2013, not rated, $26.98, in Korean with English subtitles or English dubbed, deleted scenes, featurette, art gallery). A horror-movie version of Avian flu runs rampant in this Korean effort that also has “Contagion” on its mind.
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." Website: www.hicksflicks.com
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