Category: Contest

Tuesday Feb. 11th @ 4:30 Meet the star and filmmakers of Lucky Bastard!

Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep with a porn star? On the surface it sounds fun, but think of the possible repercussions. Lucky for you there’s Lucky Bastard, the new NC-17 “found-footage” horror film from CAVU Pictures opening Valentine’s Day weekend at Cinema Village. Through it’s pseudo-documentary/reality television style Lucky Bastard lets you experience the thrill and fallout of such an event from the safety of your theater seat.

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Tuesday, February 11th from 4:30 to 5:30 meet the star and creators of Lucky Bastard right here at Forbidden Planet NYC! The CAVU Pictures crew as well as lead actress Betsy Rue (My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Halloween II, True Blood) , Director Robert Nathan (Law & Order, ER), Co-Writer/Executive Producer Lukas Kendall (Film Score Monthly) and Producer Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall, Return of Swamp Thing, Sorceress) will be on hand giving out posters and signing autographs for FREE!

We have a few more tricks up our sleeves that are guaranteed to tickle your fancy! What if I told you that Forbidden Planet will be giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Lucky Bastard? That would possibly make you a lucky bastard as well, huh!  Keep your eyes fixed on our Twitter and Facebook pages for your chance to win. Not computer savvy? Don’t fret, FP will also be giving away a pair tickets at our event on Tuesday! Tickets will be good for any of the screenings during it’s run at Cinema Village.

A little more info on the film…

 LUCKY BASTARD is the found-footage story of a pornographic website that sponsors a contest for its subscribers—a contest in which the prize is having sex with a porn star. The entire film is shot from the point of view of the website’s cameras recording the on-screen and behind-the-scenes action. 

 
At the center of the story are: porn star Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue); Mike (Don McManus), who owns the “Lucky Bastard” website; and Dave G. (Jay Paulson), the unsuspecting subscriber who wins the contest. The “Lucky Bastard” employees treat their work matter-of-factly. Mike once clearly had more serious artistic ambitions; now he shoots the “Lucky Bastard” website’s content. Ashley, his most popular performer, initially refuses to participate. She dismisses the contest as “sick,” knowing that the winner will eventually be humiliated by the experience. Ashley views herself as an entertainer supporting her two children; the contest is nothing she would call “adult entertainment.” Nevertheless, she gives in to Mike. The young contest winner, Dave G., quickly discovers himself to be a pawn in a game of commerce. When, as Ashley predicted, he becomes humiliated, his personality is transformed and he seeks revenge on his tormentors. In this world, where everyone is safe within its borders, an outsider poses the ultimate danger. Those who humiliated him will discover that humiliation as entertainment, now an American pastime, has consequences they could never have expected.

As a guy who managed an Adult Video store for 5 years, who also just so happens to be a huge horror fan, you can understand why this film speaks to me. I’m excited, to say the least!

Lucky Bastard is only playing for one week at the Cinema Village so make sure you mark your calendars!

Feb 14th – 20th at: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm

Filmmakers Robert Nathan and Lukas Kendall will be attending select screenings to intro the film and a partake in a few Q&A sessions, but the titillating lead Betsy Rue will only be appearing at Forbidden Planet!

Appearance Schedule:

Friday, Feb 14th after the 7:15pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan, executive producer / co-writer Lukas Kendall & Producer Jim Wynorski

Friday, Feb 14th just the INTRO for the 9:30pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan, executive producer / co-writer Lukas Kendall & Producer Jim Wynorski

Saturday, Feb 15th after the 5pm & 7:15pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan, executive producer / co-writer Lukas Kendall, & Producer Jim Wynorski

Saturday, Feb 15th just the INTRO for the 9:30pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan, executive producer / co-writer Lukas Kendall & Producer Jim Wynorski

Sunday, Feb 16th after the 5pm & 7:15pm – with filmmaker Robert Nathan & Producer Jim Wynorski

But wait, there’s more!

Forbidden Planet will also be extending a 15% discount to all Lucky Bastard ticket holders on opening night. So if you come down to the store after you catch a screening of Lucky Bastard at the Cinema Village, all you gotta do is present your ticket stub before you check out and you’ll get a discount.

See you Tuesday for the event, and then hopefully again on Friday after you see the flick!

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BATH SALT ZOMBIES in FP!

On Saturday March 9th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. “BATH SALT ZOMBIESthe incredibly wild new independent horror film, will be throwing a release party at FORBIDDEN PLANET! The film is brought to you by Aggronautix , featuring Local NYC punk band World War IX.

Members of the band will be on hand with copies of their new EP “Off The Wagon” featuring the Bath Salt Zombies theme song. Guitar player Justin Melkmann will also be showcasing his newest comic book Ear Aches and Eye Sores #4, Melkmann’s Slap in the Face My Obsession with GG Allin has always been a big hit on Forbidden Planet’s indie rack when available.

Aggronautix are the people behind the thrashing  THROBBLEHEADS featuring the legendary likenesses of  everyone’s favorite GG ALLIN, and Jello Biafra!

Also, a VERY limited edition VHS of Bath Salt Zombies will be available at the signing. Collectors of this medium will not want to miss out on this.

From 8 to 9 singer Filth Phil will be recording live in the store for his weekly podcast Dispatches From The Underground so come on down for a chance to be on the show!

Later that night join the band in Brooklyn for a Midnight Screening of Bath Salt Zombies at The Spectacle Theater hosted by the fine folks at Horror Boobs. Spectacle Theater is located at 124 S.3rd Street (near Bedford Ave) Williamsburg, admission is 5 dollars.

Check out the full official press release…

BATH SALT ZOMBIES

NYC Premiere Events  -  March 9th

Signing at Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway – NYC) from 7PM to 9PM

Screening Spectacle Theater (124 S.3rd Street – Williamsburg) at Midnight

with special appearance by
WORLD WAR IX

$5 screening admission includes free download card of killer punk rock soundtrack featuring: The Dwarves, The Meatmen, ANTiSEEN, The Murder Junkies + more!

Balt Salt Zombies is simply a creative and chaotic caper from a pretty prolific artist coming into his own. –  Patrick Dolan, RUE MORGUE

Bath Salt Zombies is a new horror film directed and co-written by Dustin Wayde Mills (Puppet Monster Massacre, Zombie A-Hole, Ballad of Skinless Pete) and produced and co-written by Clint Weiler of Aggronautix. The movie sensationalizes the recent bath salt epidemic and the attacks surrounding them.

On March 9th at Forbidden Planet, starting at 7PM writer/producer Clint Weiler and members of the band World War IX will be on hand for signings. The band will be signing copies of their new EP “Off The Wagon” featuring the Bath Salt Zombies theme song. Guitar player Justin Melkmann will also be showcasing his newest comic book Ear Aches and Eye Sores #4, Melkmann’s Slap in the Face My Obsession with GG Allin has always been a big hit on Forbidden Planet’s indie rack when available.
Also, a VERY limited edition VHS of Bath Salt Zombies will be available at the signing. Collectors of this medium will no doubt want one.
At 8PM, singer Filthy Phil will be recording live in the store for his weekly podcastDispatches From The Underground so come on down for a chance to be on the show.
Later that night join the band in Brooklyn for a Midnight Screening of Bath Salt Zombies at The Spectacle Theater hosted by the fine folks at Horror Boobs. Spectacle Theater is located at 124 S.3rd Street (near Bedford Ave) Williamsburg, admission is 5 dollars.
“Although the film is somewhat of a black comedy, I wanted to portray the real power of drugs in a horror story… Dustin was able to pull it off with ease,” said Weiler who wrote the treatment for the film and worked on the basic characterization.

“It’s off the wall comic book insanity with blood, gore, nudity, martial arts, gunfights, and a mutant jack-chi,” said Mills. “You should check your brain at the door and prepare to have your face melted off.”

SYNOPSIS:

Present day, United States… The bath salts epidemic facing the southern and mid-western US has been stifled by an unprecedented government crackdown. Head shops have been raided and shut down, component imports from the UK, India and China have been completely stopped, and aggressive penalties for users have been instated. This has led to a tremendous amount of surplus stock hidden by black market dealers, and a migration of those dealers (and in turn, users) to the northeast and other areas. In New York City, potent strands have surfaced and have attracted the most devoted bath salt junkies. In an attempt to outsell said strands, a young aspiring chemist has developed and even stronger batch… but something has gone horribly wrong. The new ultra potent bath salt batch has revealed a major side effect… It turns users into violent flesh seeking “zombies.” When the zombies are high on balt salts, they are completely unaware of their actions and they seem to float in and out of consciousness. When they kill / eat people, they are unaware of what has happened when they come down off the drug. The drug is also more addictive than other forms, and users feel the need to stay constantly high due to the fact they become incredibly feeble when sober. They come down HARD.

FACTS ABOUT THE BATH SALT EPIDEMIC:

Traditional “bath salts” consist of a combination of amphetamine-like chemicals, mainly mephedrone, MDPV and methylone. Users of the drug have reported feeling incredibly hot, which is why many get naked (in this case, it gives us cause for female nudity). They also develop superhuman strength (it can take five or six men to restrain them) and become so manic and delusional that the term “excited delirium” is being used by the medical community to describe their mental state. The shocking wave of attacks has sparked fears of a real-life zombie outbreak in the south. This led to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention releasing a statement saying it is not aware of any virus that can cause zombie-like behavior. A spokesman said: “MDPV is an illegal and harmful drug and stiff penalties are in place for people who possess or supply it. Drugs ruin lives which is why we are taking tough action against dealers and criminal gangs and helping people to free themselves from the cycle of dependency.”

STARRING: Brandon Salkil, Josh Eal, Ethan Holey, Dave Parker, Jackie McKown, and more.

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Somewhere Around The Number Ten Best Comics That Nobody Told You About

Part 1:

I love Chris Ware. Bit redundant to say so this holiday season with everyone and their sister buying Building Stories, but with so much comic awesomeness that happened in 2012; between Charles Burn’s second installment to his X’ed Out trilogy, The Hive, and Brian K. Vaughn’s SagaSAGA… It’s too easy for amazing comics to get lost in the stacks, so I’m here to give my somewhere around the number 10 best comics of 2012 that nobody told you about…

LOSE #4

Michael DeForge might be the most prolific cartoonist working right now. He pumps more work and at a higher quality that would make any other cartoonist want to quit, or work harder…..no quit thats the correct response. On top of Lose #4 this year you can also see his work in the pages of Adventure Time comics, where he does the backgrounds,variant covers, anthology stories in  Nobrow 7 (more on that in a bit) and the newest  KUS, not to mention his on going serial Ant Comics, oh and his porn comic that he designs that features work by Johnny Negron, Brandon Graham, and Jillian Tamaki….more on all of them latter too…Bottom line, DeForge has a hand in everything and you’re probably a fan of his already, so read Lose, or Ant comics, or KUS, or Nobrow, or one of the million other things he worked on this year. King of comics 2012 goes to DeForge, no contest.

The Underwater Welder

Did I mention that DeForge is Canadian? Canadians….must be a universal sigh when cartoonist’s who aren’t Canadian talk about them. Jeff Lemire is another cartoonist hailing from The Great White North. Lemire had a full year of releases with Sweet Tooth Volume 4 and 5, the reprinting of his Xeric grant book Lost Dogs and Underwater Welder. Underwater Welder is for lovers of well paced, clear story telling, and the Twilight Zone. Lemire has an economy to his comics, the art is quick yet purposeful in the same manner as the writing, which rewards the reader with a world that they can envelope themselves in. Lemire is an odd school of cartooning, he’s not so deep into independent styled comics as DeForge, but he isn’t mainstream either (though he does write the only two books at DC still worth reading Animal Man, & Frankenstein Agent of Shade ). He’s a cartoonist in love with genre but doesn’t mistake comics to be only that.

Nipper Volume 3

Nipper Volume 3 finally came out! WOOOOOOO! I might be the only American to love Nipper so go buy it and prove my gross presumption wrong. Keeping in theme with brilliant Canadian cartoonists, Nipper volume 3 is the Canadian version of Family Circus, if Family Circus was anything like a real family and not so adorable that even your grandmother finds it lame. Always silent, black and white line work with one beautiful saturation of red dropped into each panel, Doug Wright creates multi-layered story telling, in the most simple yet still incredible complicated drawing. Just go look already, and then come meet me for coffee to talk about it, I’ll be here till next year trying to describe why it’s so effffffing smart.

Diary Comics 4

Dustin Harbin is yet another broken hearted cartoonist, upset that his nationality isn’t Canadian. Diary Comics 4 starts with Dustin talking about how amazing it is to be in attendance at the Doug Wright rewards (the Canadian version of the Eisners), and how he wishes we as American could take comics as seriously as they do. Why can’t we folks? Dustin’s beautifully minimalist drawings deceive readers with their simplicity, when they are really just the right amount of information needed, each mark done with purpose in mind and simply decroative. Go read em’ they’re good. And if your not a fan of memoir, you just like the punching and kicking comics, he did letter Casanova sooo…..I don’t know Matt Fraction wrote Iron Man for like a century right? See the full picture of creators not just the characters you like….

Pope Hat #3

Pope Hat #3 by Ethan Rilly. Rilly is surprise surprise, another Canadian. Pope Hats is technically 3 issues deep but you really only need/want two and three. In Pope Hats Rilly tells the story of Franny, a young law clerk at a massive law firm, picture Wall Street with less Charlie Sheen….okay no Charlie Sheen, just that one part where he gets punched in the face by Michael Douglas… Rilly drawings show traces of his influences but they don’t unhinge the story. You can see traces of Doug Wright’s drapery in the clothing, and bits of Shultz popping up in the rendering of grass and clouds. It’s like a love letter to days past when cartooning was a profession and getting a weekly strip in a newspaper was the dream. Pope Hats narrative shares a similar tone of nostalgia with its drawing, that bitter sweet pain, from an old wound.

Thats the end of Part 1. Part 2 on Sunday 12/23/12.

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Star Trek Next Gen Season 2 NYC Screening Contest

Fellow NYC Trekkies! Wanna see the newly restored  “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 2” on the big screen?  Enter now to win a pair of tickets to the NYC celebration of the iconic series in a special one night event featuring never before seen footage, new cast interviews, and more!  ENGAGE this link and submit your information to enter now!

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Upcoming Noku Event!

Noku, the curious headphone-outfitted galactic traveler, is making a pit stop at Forbidden Planet NYC on Nov. 24th for the Noku Apparellax Brand Event. Choose from an array of shirts, posters, buttons, and more, all emblazoned with Noku’s distinctive likeness. We’ll be featuring contests, giveaways, and other Noku-centric exclusives: check back at the Daily Planet over the next few weeks for further details. Noku Tondra will also be making its intergalactic premiere at the event, so stay alert and keep an eye out . . .

What is Noku Tondra? There’s only one way to find out.

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Win tickets to The Nerdist Podcast Live!

Win tickets to the Nerdist podcast live!

Win tickets to see The Nerdist Podcast Live–starring Chris Hardwick, Johnah Ray, and Matt Mira–courtesy of Best Buy Theater and Forbidden Planet NYC!  Grand prize winner gets a meet-and-greet with the Nerdists and a Forbidden Planet Graphic Novel gift bag!

Click here to enter the contest on Facebook. Like the page and fill out the form.  Simple as that.

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E.T. 30th Anniversary Photobooth & Giveaway

Win a BMX mountain bike and E.T. 30th anniversary Blu-rays!

On Saturday, October 6th, from 1-4 PM, stop by The Daily Blam’s special photobooth at Forbidden Planet NYC to recreate the most iconic scene from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and enter for a chance to win a BMX mountain bike (equipped with E.T. himself in a milk crate), one of ten 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-rays (courtesy of Universal Home Entertainment), or a slew of newly-released collectibles from NECA toys!

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FPNYC IDW Convention Sketchbook Twitter Giveaway

New York Comic-Con is coming up, and so are dozens of regional shows throughout the country.  And what’s the biggest thing going at conventions these days… other than cosplay?  Meeting and greeting our favorite creators!  For many of you, it’s also a chance to commission sketches by some of the most talented artists in the world as well.

These sketches tend to look kinda poopy when you hand the creator your grocery list and say to the artist, “Yo, draw the Punisher on the back of this for me.” Or something to that effect.  That’s why IDW Publishing created their own Convention Sketchbook.

Using the same high-quality paper from our prestigious hardcover collections, your sketches will look fantastic while being protected from creases and exterior contaminants.

On Monday August 20th 2012 we’re going to give away 5 of these sketchbooks to 5 Twitter followers!  How do you enter to win one?  Follow the simple steps below:

Hey @FPNYC Please enter me to win an @IDWPublishing Convention Sketckbook!

  • Um. That’s about it!

We’ll be picking five winners on Monday 8/20/12 at 5pm EDT.  Good Luck!

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Win a Chance to See PARANORMAN!

To celebrate the release of the new 3D stop-animated film PARANORMAN,  from the company behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, were giving away 10 prize packs of movie memorabilia including: a pair of run of engagement passes to see the movie at a NYC theatre, a copy of the novel  and a pair of “zombie slippers,” just like the ones worn by Norman in the movie!

To enter,  email your name and contact information to:

PARANORMAN@fpnyc.com

All entries must be received by August 14th!

PARANORMAN opens nationwide in theatres on August 17th.

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New York Asian Film Festival 2012 Ticket Giveaway!

New York Asian Film Festival, Japan Society, Subway Cinema News, and Forbidden Planet NYC want to give YOU a chance to see one of three awesome films!


Send an email (with the name of the movie you would like to see in the subject line!!) to

NYAFF2012@fpnyc.com

by June 24th!

Ace Attorney (Japan, 2012) – Takashi Miike brings one of the world’s most popular Gameboy and Nintendo DS games to the big screen and it’s all about…lawyers? Prepare to have your mind blown by this mashup of The Practice and The Avengers!

Love Strikes (Japan, 2012) – based on a wildly successful manga and anime series, it’s all about an unassuming young man who suddenly hits one of those strange streaks when girls find him wildly appealing. Star Masami Nagasawa will attend the screenings.

GYO (Japan 2012) – Who would have thought the apocalypse would come in the form of bio-mechanical fart-propelled mutant zombie fish that spontaneously sprout spindly mechanical legs? Who else but the famed horror manga artist Junji Ito, the psycho genius behind such impossibly off-kilter creations as Tomie and Uzumaki? GYO is the first animated feature adapted from one of the creep master’s twisted tales.

Click here for more information about these great films, and all of the films that are part of the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival.

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This Wednesday- Trek Who Signing with JK Woodward

Just a quick reminder that Forbidden Planet NYC is hosting a pretty special event this Wednesday night, folks.  Artist J.K. Woodward will be in-store signing copies of Star Trek Doctor Who Assimilation #1 from 5:30 to 7pm!

ALSO, as an added bonus and/or incentive for you to come by and get your copy of this historic issue autographed, every attendee will receive a raffle ticket, good for entry into a drawing for a one-of-a-kind 12×18 Trek/Who watercolor painting by J.K. Woodward (First Prize) and a rare limited edition 1:25 variant cover of issue #1 (Second Prize)!*

Mr. Woodward revealed the 1st Prize painting the other day on his Twitter feed.  Let’s take a look…

Forbidden Planet Star Trek Doctor Who signing event

A Dalek!  Davros!  Assimilated!  Got the vapors yet?  See you Wednesday the 30th!

P.S. There’s even more!  J.K. will also be doing FREE head sketches for attendees.  Why? Because he volunteered to… and that’s a sure sign of a swell fella!

*Drawing will take place at the end of our event.  Raffle entrants must be in attendance to participate, however winners do not have to be in attendance at the time of drawing.

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Hyundai Undead 2012 Sweepstakes

Don’t know if you remember our last Walking Dead event contest, but if you were there you’ll know it was a slammin’ time.  Well, there’s another super-rad gig going down at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and YOU could win a chance to be part of it…

Hyundai Undead 2012 SweepstakesGamesRadar wants to bring you and a friend to Walk With the Dead at Comic-Con 2012!

Go to GamesRadar’s Facebook Page here –  https://www.facebook.com/gamesradar/app_403359706360567

Enter now to win a dream zombie trip to the ultimate fan boy extravaganza…San Diego’s world famous COMIC-CON 2012!

You and a guest can win:

·        Round trip airfare for two(2) to San Diego, CA

·        Four(4) nights hotel stay in San Diego, CA

·        Two(2) passes to Comic-Con 2012

·        Admission to the Walking Dead 100th Issue “Black Carpet” party

The sweepstakes runs from May 1 through June 1 and is open to all fans 18+.  Go to GamesRadar’s Facebook page and “LIKE” it to enter.  For the latest and greatest news, reviews and exclusive content on all your favorite video games across all consoles, visit www.GamesRadar.com.

The Black Carpet event will be held at Petco Park right across from the convention center on Friday July 13th.  I’m sooooooooo jealous of the winner of this sweepstakes for a number of reasons, not the least of which cuz hot damn Petco’s gorgeous and I’m not making it to SDCC this year either…

Enjoy, you lucky bum!

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“THE STORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL COMICS” Ticket/DVD Giveaway!

Email RockNRollComics@fpnyc.com for a chance to win 2 tickets to the 4/23 screening of

“The Story of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics” as well as a copy of the film on DVD!

The Story of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics charts the short and controversial life of publisher Todd Loren, whose scandalous series of unauthorized comic book biographies of rock stars enraged and sometimes charmed his subjects, provoked numerous lawsuit threats from the likes of Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses and Skid Row, and eventually led to a landmark First Amendment case, all before he was savagely murdered in 1992. Includes first hand accounts from many of the artists and writers who were inspired and exploited by Loren, along with interviews with Alice Cooper, Mojo Nixon and more.
The directorial debut from filmmaker Ilko Davidov, this documentary examines the life and death of Todd Loren, who gained both acclaim and ridicule for publishing his controversial Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics before being murdered in 1992. Using interviews with the likes of Alice Cooper and Mojo Nixon as well as home-movie footage of Loren, Davidov attempts to shed some light on Loren’s mystery-shrouded slaying.

But before the screening, come to Forbidden Planet NYC and get your DVD signed by our special guests: the director of the film and several artists from the original “Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics” books!

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Win Tickets to “LOCKOUT”

Email LockOut@fpnyc.com to enter our raffle to win a chance to see Luc Besson’s new sci fi film “LOCKOUT!”

Prize pack includes a pair of run of engagement passes

(passes begin on Monday 4/23), a t-shirt, & more!

Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and set in the near future,
LOCKOUT follows a falsely convicted ex- government agent (Pearce),
whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission
of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at
an outer space maximum security prison.

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Ticket Giveaway!!

Forbidden Planet is excited to partner with Variance Films and Well Go USA to offer 3 pairs of tickets to see “Let The Bullets Fly!”

Just email letthebulletsfly@fpnyc.com by February 28th for your chance to win!!

1920′s China is a lawless land. Corrupt government officials buy and sell their positions, while marauding gangs of bandits roam the countryside. One of the most feared is the Mah-jongg Gang, led by the infamous and hyper-intelligent Pocky Zhang (Jiang Wen, In The Heat of the Sun).

Zhang and his gang execute a routine train robbery, but find the train doesn’t contain any silver, just a petty con artist, Tang (Ge You). Tang is on his way to Goose Town, where he’s bought himself a position as governor- which he plans to use to bilk as much as he can from the citizens as he can before moving on to the next town. Desperate to survive, Tang convinces Zhang that if he will spare him, Zhang can assume the position of Governor instead… and with Tang as his counselor, he can make more money in a month than a he could in a year’s worth of train robberies. Zhang, intrigued and looking for a break from the road, accepts.

They arrive at Goose Town, but find that the entire town is already firmly under the iron rule of the wealthy Master Huang (Chow Yun Fat, The Killer, Hard Boiled), whose charming exterior conceals a ruthless, conniving crime lord. Huang and Zhang immediately sense the threat the other poses, and begin an escalating series of hyper-violent (and often hilarious) mind-games, while the devious Tang tries to play both sides.

The stakes quickly rise to ludicrous proportions in masterfully vicious action-comedy filled with Machiavellian double- and triple-crosses, razor-sharp wordplay, and hundreds of thousands of bullets. The rare international comedy that translates perfectly, China’s highest-grossing domestic film of all time will have you laughing and cringing, often at the same time.

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