‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Chihayafuru’ and Other Cinematic Gems to Rediscover on SKY

Riveting movies like “Pulp Fiction,” “Black Hawk Down,” Ip Man,” “John Wick” are coming back to delight old and new audiences, this time on Cinemax and Red by HBO as SKYcable adds the two channels to more subscription plans.

Cinemax, home of Hollywood hits and action-packed original series, brings three Hollywood movies that left a mark in the action genre.

Be mesmerized by the cinematic kinks of “Pulp Fiction” (13 February, 11:30PM, 24 February, 11PM), the movie that sealed Tarantino’s enfante terrible status in Hollywood. The 20-year-old movie that brings together two hitmen, a mob boss’ wife, an old boxer, and two small-time thieves, is dripping with dark humor, with some thrill thrown in, is sure to keep even the most jaded of viewers craving for more.

Viewers looking for quality war drama can look to the Ridley Scott classic “Black Hawk Down.” (10 February, 10PM, 22 February 7:35PM) Acclaimed by critics as one of 2001’s best, the movie is a searing depiction of 100 Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers’ mission to kidnap crime lords in war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia and the ensuing 15-hour battle after two Black Hawk helicopters carrying soldiers are shot down by enemy forces.

Audiences who craved for a follow up to 2014’s favorite guilty pleasure, “John Wick,” had to wait a good four years for “John Wick: Chapter 2” (7 February 11PM, 15 February, 11:30PM) to drop. The wait yielded more of the same but on a scale designed to satisfy. Set four days after the original movie’s ending, the movie sees Keanu Reeves’s John forced out of his very, very brief retirement. Revisit the action before the third installment is out in theaters soon.

Meanwhile, Red by HBO, home to internationally acclaimed, award-winning and popular movies and series from Asia, as well as HBO Asia Originals, resurrects a mix of fun and thrilling movie experiences.

In “The Scythian Lamb” (8 February, 7:40PM, 9 February 5:50PM), a seaside town is awoken when six strangers arrive: a boatman, a caregiver, a launderer, a barber, a cleaning woman, and a deliveryman. A city official welcomes them with open arms, but is soon rattled when the discovery of a corpse pushes him to dig deeper into the six’s past. Directed by Yoshida Daihachi (The Kirishima Thing, Pale Moon), the genre-bending movie brings a message of forgiveness and redemption.

Donnie Yen reprises his iconic role as the real-life kungfu grandmaster in “Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster” (5 February, 6:10PM, 16 February 8PM). The movie follows Wing Chun martial arts master Ip Man and his family as they move from Foshan, China, to Hong Kong, where he plans to put up a school. It doesn’t take long before someone meets his plans with resistance—the asthmatic Hung Ga master named Hong Zhen Nan (Sammo Hung). Ip soon find himself in a world of corruption where a battle between him and a boxer named Twister (Darren Shahlavi).

A spirited Japanese film about friendship and romance revolves around ”Chihayafuru” (Part 1: 1 February, 5:50PM, 3 February 8PM, Part 2: 8 February 4PM, 12 February, 10PM, Part 3: 14 February 10PM, 15 February 4PM) about a Japanese sports romantic teen drama film written and directed by Norihiro Koizumi. School girl Chihaya Ayase develops a passion for playing “karuta” or traditional Japanese card game and embarks on new adventures with her competitive undertakings.

Cinemax and “Red” by HBO are now officially available to even more SKYcable subscribers in Mega Manila. Meanwhile, the action packed blockbusters on Cinemax can now also be enjoyed by SKYcable subscribers of Silver HD 850.

Meanwhile, for as low as P299 per month, SKYcable subscribers are treated to “Red” by HBO featuring the latest blockbusters from edge-of-your-seat thrillers to electric martial arts action, romantic dramas to knockabout comedies from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and beyond. Subscribers of Bronze 399, Bronze 549, Plan HD 299, Plan HD 549, and Plan HD 999 can now also enjoy Red in their channel lineup.

Cinemax is channel 36 in Metro Manila, CAMANAVA, Rizal, South Luzon and channel 198 (HD), channel 408 in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, Gen San, Dumaguete and channel 719 (HD). “Red” by HBO is channel 74 in Metro Manila, CAMANAVA, Rizal, South Luzon and channel 422 in Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, Gen San, and Dumaguete.

Visit, or call (02) 418 0000 for Metro Manila, (032) 421 1818 for Cebu and (082) 305 5456 for Davao for more details.

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