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Dragon (2011)

Dragon (2011)

Review of Dragon/Wu Xia, a 2011 Chinese martial arts film directed by Peter Chan, and starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro plus old school stars Jimmy Wang Yu and Kara Hui.

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Harakiri (1962)

Harakiri (1962)

Adapted by screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto from Yasuhiko Takiguchi’s novel, “Harakiri” is an anti-samurai film of revenge that demoralises authority and demolishes the romanticism associated with the strict bushido code. Trailer http://youtu.be/pRp1tUHpWNs CAST Tatsuya Nakadai plays masterless samurai Hanshiro ...

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Rigor Mortis (2013)

Rigor Mortis (2013)

Atmospheric and eerie Hong Kong horror film directed by singer and actor Juno Mak, and produced by Takashi Shimizu, creator of the "Ju-On/The Grudge" series of films. Trailer http://youtu.be/wd-GUUREFB8 Cast "Rigor Mortis" pays homage to the original "Mr Vampire" films by featuring many of the actors from that ...

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Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite (1996)

Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite (1996)

After almost a decade of waiting, producer Alan Mehrez turned talk of a “Bloodsport” sequel into reality with a new cast, crew, and a different story. Jeff Schecter’s first feature-length script is mostly as a remake but also part sequel to the first film thus enabling it to serve as both a decent enough sequel and a ...

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John Wick (2014)

John Wick (2014)

The world’s most legendary assassin comes out of retirement to avenge his beloved beagle in “John Wick”, the first feature film from 87 Eleven Action Design. Following his dual roles of villain and director of 2013’s “Man of Tai Chi”, Keanu Reeves once again dodges bullets, battles rogue agents, and blends into the ...

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The Shanghai 13 (1984)

The Shanghai 13 (1984)

A 1984 Hong Kong-Taiwanese martial arts film written and directed by prolific Shaw Brothers filmmaker Chang Cheh of "Five Deadly Venoms" and "One Armed Swordsman" fame. Trailer http://youtu.be/K8sJEHdjvN0 Cast There is a large ensemble cast featuring some of the most familiar names from the Shaw Brothers films of ...

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Shanghai Knights (2003)

Shanghai Knights (2003)

On the twelve year anniversary of the release of Shanghai Knights... “How do you do it, Jackie?” That’s just about the only reasonable response one can have to “Shanghai Knights”. Re-teaming Jackie with Owen Wilson three years after their initial pairing in “Shanghai Noon”, we’re treated not only to a sequel that ...

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House of Flying Daggers (2004)

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

From the director of “Hero” and the producer of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” comes this dazzling story of China’s very own female “Robin Hood” and her merry women, The Flying Daggers. After countlessly robbing the rich to feed the poor, this band of femme fatales are now hunted down by Feng Tian County’s finest ...

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The Silent Flute (1978)

The Silent Flute (1978)

Also known as Circle of Iron, this is the second posthumous Bruce Lee project (the first being “Game of Death”) that never came to fruition. Co-written with actor and friend James Coburn, and writer Stirling Siliphant, Bruce wanted to convey his philosophy on martial arts and Zen Buddhism to a wider audience. ...

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Shanghai Noon (2000)

Shanghai Noon (2000)

In the late 90’s, Jackie Chan finally managed to break out in Hollywood with the successes of “Rumble in the Bronx”, “First Strike”, and especially 1998’s “Rush Hour”. After finally completing his conquest of the West, the only place left to go was the Wild West, and in the year 2000, just in time for the turn of the ...

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