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10 Great 1990s Action Movies You May Have Missed

By Mike Gray

The action genre, which had become a blockbuster enterprise in the 1980s, took the 90s by storm. Hollywood, realizing that the genre could make them potential billions, began to produce hundreds of action films while also experimenting with the genre’s conventions.

With a rising influence from Japan and Hong Kong productions, who reinvented the action film with even more intense sequences and harder-edged stories, Hollywood-produced action films began to compete with each other of who could make not just action-packed films but those that displayed a little more finesse and artistry than the genre was known for.

The result was a decade that made some of the highest-grossing action films of all time: True Lies, Face/Off, and Con Air raked in hundreds of millions of dollars and it seemed the action movie was here to stay. But in such a crowded field, many action films–both popular and less successful at the time–have faded from memory in the ensuing decades. Here are 10 underseen action films from the 1990s that fans of films from the decade or genre should revisit.

1. Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

Cop Chris Kenner (Dolph Lundgren), an American raised in Japan, is given a new partner, Johnny Murata (Brandon Lee), a half-Japanese American. Mismatched from the start (Kenner doesn’t like American culture while Murata doesn’t like Japanese culture), they do have one thing in common: martial arts. Assigned to Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo district, they attempt to take down the Yakuza drug operation there.

Mismatched buddy cop action movies were a staple of 90’s action movies, and Showdown in Little Tokyo follows the familiar formula to a T. One thing it has going for it, of course, is the talent of Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee’s son who died tragically on the → continue…

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Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 FE lens officially announced in Japan

By SonyAlpha Admin

Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 on the Sony A7 (image by Optyczne.pl). The new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 manual focusing FE lens has been announced in Japan by Cosina. The dollar converted price is around $1,200. Image samples can be found here: cosina.co.jp/gallery/iida-40-1_2/index.html And those are the full lens specs:

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Netflix acquires rights to Kodachrome: a movie about the final days of the iconic film

Photo courtesy Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Netflix has acquired the rights to Kodachrome, an upcoming Jason Sudeikis movie about the last days of the Kodachrome film era. The news was first reported by Deadline, who is claiming that Netflix paid $4 million for the rights and plans a widespread theatrical release that could cover theaters in major regions around the world—including the US, UK, Canada, and Japan.

Kodachrome the movie revolves around a father and son on a road trip to get to one of Kodak’s photo processing labs before it closes down forever. The screenplay was inspired by a New York Times article about the last lab in the world that was processing the now-iconic film stock; in the movie, the characters are racing against time to try and get four rolls developed before it’s too late.

True to the film’s theme, Kodachrome was shot on film, not digital, and features the acting talents of Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, and Elizabeth Olsen. Here’s hoping it comes to a theatre near you… and pays proper tribute to the analog legend.

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From:: DPreview

Sigma can install a rear-mounted filter holder on your Canon 14mm F1.8 Art lens

Lens manufacturer Sigma has announced an interesting new service: users of the company’s Canon mount 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens can now pay the company to fit a rear mount filter holder onto their lens. The FHR-11 filter holder is designed to allow gel filters to be held over the rear element of the lens so photographers can enjoy “more freedom of expression.”

Those who want to fit the holder themselves can buy it without the installation service, but keep in mind that damage caused by erroneous fitting will not be covered by the lens’ warranty. Sigma says the time the fitting will take depends on local services, but in Japan users are being told to expect the lens to be away for a week.

In the UK, the FHR-11 on its own costs £35 (~$45 USD), while the filter+install service costs £60 (~$80 USD). Sigma USA has yet to release official US pricing. For more information see the Sigma website.

Press Release

Chargeable service for installing the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce a chargeable service for installing the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.

From September onwards, Sigma will be able to install the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.

The Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 is an accessory exclusively designed for the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon, and it enables photographers to use a filter sheet with the lens.

By attaching it to the rear of the lens, it will allow more freedom of expression.

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Sony: ‘Our company has a vision which is much more important than profit’

Recently, DPReview was invited to Japan to visit both the Sony headquarters in Tokyo and Sony’s image sensor factory in Kumamoto. The trip was an opportunity to gain some insight into both the philosophy and the technology that underpins the company.

We spoke to both Sony Semiconductor Solutions, the company making the imaging sensors in your cameras and smartphones, and Sony Digital Imaging (DI), the division of Sony Imaging Products and Solutions (SIPS) that makes everything from interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) to action-cams and camcorders, and lenses. Sony Corporation itself, the umbrella above all these groups, has its hands in a number of sectors – from consumer electronics to smartphones to professional services and motion pictures. Sony Semiconductor, as we previously reported, is its own company, which has some interesting implications we learned about through the course of our conversations.

Be the guinea pig

“The electronics industry is constantly searching for new ideas and there are still many products for us to make. If the guinea pig spirit means developing innovative ideas and embodying them in new products, then I think this is an admirable spirit.” These are the words of Sony co-founder Masaru Ibuka.

At the Kumamoto sensor factory hangs an image of co-founders Ibuka and Akio Morita arm-wrestling in good spirit.

At the Kumamoto sensor factory hangs an image of a golden guinea pig right below a candid of co-founders Ibuka and Akio Morita arm-wrestling in good spirit. On it these words appear, along with one of the principles set out in the Founding Prospectus: “To establish an ideal factory that stresses a spirit of freedom and open-mindedness, and where engineers with sincere motivation can exercise → continue…

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Nikon patents two full-frame mirrorless lenses: 52mm F0.9 and 36mm F1.2

Photo by Jakob Owens

Nikon users who are out there wishing for a full-frame mirrorless camera from the storied Japanese brand have two more reasons to feel hopeful today. It seems Nikon has filed two new patents for full-frame mirrorless lenses in Japan: one for a Nikon 52mm F0.9, and another for a 36mm F1.2.

The patents were spotted by Japanese site hi-lows-note, and come complete with a few lens diagrams so you can ogle the lens elements while you cross your fingers even tighter.

Here’s the 52mm F0.9 diagram:

And the 36mm F1.2:

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Nikon has patented a full-frame mirrorless lens—two zoom lenses for FF mirrorless were patented three years apart, one in 2014 and another earlier this year. But while a patent does not a new lens confirm, the more of these lenses Nikon puts on paper, the more hopeful we’ll be that a full-frame Nikon mirrorless camera is on the way.

For more on that possibility, read the official statement Nikon sent us on their future mirrorless camera plans.

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Canon to launch new, partially-automated camera plant in Japan in 2019

Photo by Jakob Owens

Canon has revealed that it is building a new semi-automated camera plant in Japan, and that it expects to open the plant in 2019. The factory will be located in the Miyazaki Prefecture on a 300,000 square meter land parcel, marking this the first time Canon has built a new camera production facility in Japan since 2010. The plant will focus on producing single-lens reflex cameras, according to Nikkei.

This business move is part of a growing effort on Canon’s part to bring more of its production business back to its home nation, a move spurred in part by increased wages abroad. Though Canon had originally moved much of its production outside of Japan, the cost of domestic manufacturing has lowered thanks to factory automation technologies.

Per Nikkei’s report, Canon successfully brought 56% of its production back to Japan from overseas destinations last year, and it is working toward a goal of bringing that number up to 60%. In addition, Canon’s Oita Prefecture factory is said to be more than 70% automated, greatly reducing the number of laborers the company requires.

What will this mean for consumers? Hopefully lower prices, or at the very least a more economically efficient and cash-positive Canon.

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