Instant Gratification Quick Takes: August 23, 2011

Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix

New for August 23, 2011

Drop (2009), directed by Hiroshi Shinagawa, with Todd Haberkorn, E. Jason Liebrecht, Maria Daniel, Joel McDonald, Christopher Sabat and Ian Sinclair – Teenage Shinanogawa Hiroshi drops out of private school (Get it? Drop?) When he enrolls in public school, he finds he doesn’t fit in. Hiroshi catches the attention of the leader of the school gang. After a fight, Hiroshi joins the gang and — according to — what follows is a story of “friendship and making the right choices.” Like joining a gang, perhaps? Based on the “loosely autobiographical” novel, also written by first-time director Hiroshi Shinagawa. (Available until February 21, 2013) [Links: IMDb, Trailer]

Bodyguards and Assassins (2009), directed by Teddy Chan, with Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Leon Lai, Wang Xueqi, Simon Yam, Hu Jun, Eric Tsang and Fan Bingbing – On the eve of the Chinese revolution, the world’s top kung-fu masters must band together to protect Sun-Yat Sen, the founder of modern China. Action-packed epic loosely based on historical fact — but not really — Bodyguards and Assassins was a critical and commercial success overseas, winning the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film. (Available until August 23, 2012) [Links: IMDb, Trailer]

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