Category: Movies

Tapped Out (2014)

Tapped Out (2014)

Chances are, you're going into "Tapped Out" expecting the film to hit the ground running. It's generally expected for MMA-themed fight films to assault the viewer with non-stop action as soon as the opening credits finish rolling. But in the case of "Tapped Out", you're only half right. With a cast composed primarily ...

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The Wrath of Vajra (2013)

The Wrath of Vajra (2013)

Ever since his appearance as Coolie in Stephen Chow's "Kung Fu Hustle", Xing Yu has simultaneously been one of the rising stars of Hong Kong action movies along with largely being relegated to the role of either ill-fated sidekicks or dastardly evildoers on a collision course with the heroes’ fists of fury (which have ...

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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994)

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994)

With most adaptations of a popular source material, it’s almost expected, or at least hoped, for the live-action film to show up the animated version. But ultimately, the reverse ended up being the case for “Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie”. Don’t let the title fool you – this isn’t an animated sequel to the ...

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The Iceman Cometh (1989)

The Iceman Cometh (1989)

A martial arts, action, comedy, fantasy film, featuring two of Hong Kong cinema’s most acrobatic actors, Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah. Trailer http://youtu.be/MVKspl8Nd-o Cast The lead roles are taken by classmates from Yu Jim Yuen’s legendary Peking Opera School, Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah. They were part of the “Seven ...

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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li (2009)

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li (2009)

There are a few things that everyone can agree upon whenever the topic of The Legend of Chun Li comes up. The first is that no, it unfortunately is not the Street Fighter adaptation fans had waited for since seeing their beloved series so horribly disgraced by the first film. The second is that, like the original, it ...

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Street Fighter: The Movie (1994)

Street Fighter: The Movie (1994)

If you were a child of the late eighties or early nineties, you're most likely intimately familiar with the fighting games. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is often credited as the progenitor of the fighting game genre. The game’s combination of colorful artwork, a diverse and distinct character roster, and its ...

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Chinese Zodiac (2012)

Chinese Zodiac (2012)

Jackie Chan makes something of a return to roots with “Chinese Zodiac”, a conservatively constructed but nevertheless enjoyable throwback to the Asian Hawk adventures seen in his “Armour of God” films. If “Chinese Zodiac” isn’t the instant classic of globe-trotting adventure movies that those films were, it is at ...

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Eastern Condors (1987)

Eastern Condors (1987)

A rare foray into the war film genre and a fan favourite, Sammo Hung’s “Eastern Condors” has stood the test of time as one of the best action films from the eighties’ “golden era” of Hong Kong films. Cast Sammo Hung assembled a virtual “who’s who” of some of the best talent in the Hong Kong film industry, years ...

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The Raid 2 (2014)

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Mind-blowing". "Breath-taking". "Jaw-dropping". Pick one or use all three, it makes no difference. One way or another, at least one of those phrases is going to pop up in your response to "The Raid 2". Whoever said that sequels are rarely as good as the original clearly never passed that message on to Gareth Evans. ...

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Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Martial arts films are often dismissed by those apathetic to the genre as little more than characters trading blows for ninety minutes and are only enjoyed on the most puerile level possible. One film that’s clearly on a mission to debunk that blatant prejudice is “Man of Tai Chi”, the directorial debut of Keanu ...

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The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

There's some good news and some bad news. The good news is that "The Man with the Iron Fists" is a sincere love-letter to the Shaw Brothers’ martial arts films that guys like the RZA grew up loving, and it is, for the most part, a decent send-up to the genre ala "Kill Bill". The bad news is that it's not the instant ...

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Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)

Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)

The burgeoning popularity of MMA has spilled over into the world of martial arts action movies. The results have been, no pun intended, a mixed bag - for every instant classic the sub genre has produced ("Flash Point", "Undisputed II: Last Man Standing", "Undisputed III: Redemption") there seems to be at least one ...

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Kung-fu Kingdom