Category: Movies

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

by guest contributor Volcan Kacar The Forbidden Kingdom poster Rob Minkoff’s loosely based film on the ancient Chinese 16th century novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en is a film that takes us into South Boston, with obsessed martial arts and Chinese culture enthusiast Jason Tripitikas. Upon discovering ...

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Once Upon a Time in High School (2004)

Once Upon a Time in High School (2004)

by guest contributor Volcan Kacar Poster Set in the 1970’s, our protagonist Hyun-Soo, finds himself in one of the most notoriously violent schools in Seoul. Being a Bruce Lee fanatic himself Hyun-Soo makes friends with other Bruce Lee fans Kim Woo-Shik and their overweight friend who they nicknamed, ...

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Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

Kiss of the Dragon Beware! This review contains spoilers! Jet Li's films are usually hard-edged, ultraviolent affairs offering adult film-goers an invigorating shot of adrenaline. 2001's Kiss Of The Dragon is no different. In the mouth of martial arts megastar Li, a polite request like, "I would very much ...

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Drunken Tai Chi (1984)

Drunken Tai Chi (1984)

by guest contributor Simon Rogg Donnie Yen has risen to become one of Hong Kong’s biggest action stars, but if you want to know where it all began or simply fancy a dose of classic kung fu action, you should definitely check out Donnie’s first foray onto big screen action care of: Drunken Tai Chi! Released in ...

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Hell’z Windstaff (1979)

Hell’z Windstaff (1979)

Hell'z Windstaff Hell’z Windstaff (also known as The Hells Wind Staff and The Dragon and the Tiger Kids) was released in 1979 by director Tony Wong and the Yuk Long Movie Studios. The film later gained cult status after being re-released and immortalised by kung-fu-centric hip hop supergroup: the Wu Tang Clan. ...

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Police Story (1985)

Police Story (1985)

Police Story (1985) DVD cover “He thinks he’s John Wayne.” First off, this highly ambitious Jackie Chan directed and starred 1985 Golden Harvest Studios classic is not only a great martial arts movie it is actually a great action movie period. You can argue that he hit his peak with this one because it is absolutely ...

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Blood and Bone (2009)

Blood and Bone (2009)

Blood & Bone DVD cover Blood and Bone is a 2009 American direct-to-DVD martial arts movie, but unlike its many wayward DTV brethren, Ben Ramsay’s street fighting salute to Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a refreshingly decent effort. Featuring the ever-capable and highly underrated action star, ...

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Flash Point (2007)

Flash Point (2007)

Flash Point Beware! This review contains spoilers! Hong Kong’s dynamic duo of action directing superstar Donnie Yen and director Wilson Yip score with another hard-hitting action thriller of epic proportions in 2007's Flash Point. Little can prepare you for the hardcore thrills of watching Yen take on The ...

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Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010)

Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010)

Beware! This review contains spoilers. Martial arts cinema has long needed a character like Yuri Boyka – not simply another action hero adept with his fists and feet, but a man with both the mindset and personal code of honour of a modern warrior, singularly focussed on his goal to prove himself, “The Most Complete ...

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The Prodigal Son (1981)

The Prodigal Son (1981)

Beware! This review contains spoilers! Two of Hong Kong cinema's greatest action luminaries, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, star in this 1981 classic period kung-fu flick, The Prodigal Son. Also known as Pull No Punches, or by its strangely sitcom-esque Cantonese title, Son Ruining the Family, this Hong Kong kung-fu ...

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Commando (2013)

Commando (2013)

Commando (2013) poster Beware, this review contains spoilers! Commando is a non-stop, stunt-filled, action-packed smackdown showcasing what a true master of India's indigenous fighting style, Kalaripayattu is capable of -one which will sadly bypass the wide-theatrical release in Western nations that it truly ...

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Warrioress (2013)

Warrioress (2013)

There's an intangible aura of passion and excitement that permeates any well-made film of any genre, one that, in essence, tells the viewer what the mood of its maker was. To put it simply, it shows whether the people making the film were having a blast or just getting through a chore. "Warrioress", thankfully, is ...

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