- SKU: 8872885
- Release Date: 06/05/2012
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Ratings & Reviews
The true story of Manuel Henrique Pereira, who rose to fame in Brazil as a fighter for freedom and a master of Capoeira (a fusion of dance and martial arts), is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the early 1920s, slavery had been outlawed in Brazil, but that did little to improve the lives of the poor blacks that worked the nation's plantations and were still treated like beasts and not men. Col. Venancio (Flavio Rocha), the owner of a large agricultural operation, is outraged when he learns that one of his overseers, Master Alipio (Macale), has been teaching Capoeira to his employees. Few believe it's a coincidence when Alipio is found dead under mysterious circumstances, and the ghost of Alipio appears before Manuel Pereira (Aílton Carmo), nicknamed Besouro and one of his star students. Alipio urges Besouro to use his talents to lead a revolt against Venancio and others like him so that people may enjoy prosperity and respect; communing with the gods, Besouro hones his skills to levels unknown to his peers, and leads a battle of the poor against the powerful. Besouro was the first feature film from director Joao Daniel Tikhomiroff, who previously established himself directing television commercials. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Looking for Jackie
A young martial artist learns the finer points of fighting and much, much more after seeking out the mentorship of international action movie star Jackie Chan. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
A man on the run discovers the greatest fighter he's ever seen in this road movie filled with comedy, action and drama Michael (Chad Ortis) is a small time con artist who drifts from one town to another, trying to run his next scan while escaping the fallout from the last. Michael's specialty is setting up illegal underground boxing matches where a pair of bare-knuckled fighters square off and Michael runs off with most of the gate money. While on the road, Michael meets Katherine (Rebecca Neuenswander), and when he sees her fight he's convinced his ship has come in. Katherine is a beautiful woman who also had remarkable talent in the ring and can knock out a man nearly twice her size; with Katherine, Michael is convinced he'll never have to fix a fight again, because no one would believe that she could win a fair fight until they've actually seen her in action. Michael persuades Katherine to take him on as her manager, but while victory is sweet for a while, it doesn't take long for his old enemies to catch up with him, and soon Michael and Katherine have to deal with Clark (Kurt Hanover), an underground fight promoter who has a score to settle with Michael. Rigged is the first feature film from director Jonathan M. Dillon. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Corrupt aristocrat Edward Lindsey (Matt Frewer) is using the opium trade to enslave the Chinese masses, and it's up to the Red Lotus Society to end his reign of terror. As the fearless Wushu Wariors leap into action, the fate of a nation hangs in the balance. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Ailton Carmo - Besouro
- Anderson Santos de Jesus - Quero-quero
- Irandhir Santos - Noca de Antonia
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