Category: Reviews

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

"French Historical Drama Martial Arts Monster Movie" is as unusual a genre combo as you're likely to stumble across in your Netflix queue any time soon, but if you did, you can count on "Brotherhood of the Wolf" ("Le Pact Des Loups") being in there. Director Christophe Gans trades such mundane trivialities as "facts" ...

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My Story (1998)

My Story (1998)

Documentary profiling the life and career of Hong Kong action star, Jackie Chan. Trailer http://youtu.be/0V70vq05wOU Cast This film is all about its star, Jackie Chan. However, there are notable appearances, mostly in soundbites, from a huge range of celebrity Jackie Chan fans, including Wesley Snipes, Bruce ...

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Bloodmoon (1997)

Bloodmoon (1997)

There are three primary distinguishing factors at work in “Bloodmoon”. The first is that most fans will generally agree that it’s Gary Daniels' best film. The second is that it’s one of the last opportunities fans have had to see Chuck Jeffreys in action in front of the camera. The third is that Darren Shahlavi proves ...

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Merantau (2009)

Merantau (2009)

Before the head-slamming hallway battles, machete-wielding criminal underlings, and bloodthirsty psychopaths unfazed by fluorescent light bulbs jutting out of their necks found in “The Raid”, Gareth Evans had already blown away action filmmakers and martial arts fans across the globe with Merantau. Populated by a ...

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Ninja (2009)

Ninja (2009)

“Scott Adkins plays a ninja” – those words alone are a strong enough incentive to sit back and give “Ninja” a look. The fourth collaboration of Scott Adkins and Isaac Florentine, “Ninja” is a good film that isn’t quite the slam dunk that they’ve typically delivered, nevertheless emerging as a good actioner overall. ...

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The Big Boss (1971)

The Big Boss (1971)

If ever there were proof positive of Bruce Lee’s charisma and the power that emanated from him as if it were pure sunlight, “The Big Boss” is that proof. Were it not for him, “The Big Boss” would most likely have slipped through the cracks of history, but it was precisely because of his face on the poster that it ...

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Rush Hour (1998)

Rush Hour (1998)

Buddy cop movies live and die completely on the chemistry between the two leads. If it’s not there, neither is the audience. The “Lethal Weapon” movies have it, while “The Heat” simply does not. Take the two leading men out of “Rush Hour”, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and it completely falls apart. Keep them in, and ...

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Warriors Two (1978)

Warriors Two (1978)

The art of Wing Chun has seen a surge in popularity in the 21st century, largely as a result of the “Ip Man” films depicting the life of the famed Grandmaster of Wing Chun and mentor to the legendary Bruce Lee. However, this was hardly the first time Wing Chun had been depicted in Hong Kong martial arts films -one of ...

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Fatal Contact (2006)

Fatal Contact (2006)

Contemporary martial arts action film produced, written and directed by Dennis Law, featuring the national Chinese sport of kickboxing, Sanshou or Sanda. Trailer http://youtu.be/d1vp6anNdvA Cast Wu Jing, often credited as Jacky Wu, stars as “Kong Ko”, a martial arts champion. In real-life, Wu Jing is a former ...

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Unleashed (2005)

Unleashed (2005)

There’s no point in beating around the bush - “Unleashed” (released as “Danny the Dog” in some territories) is Jet Li’s best English-language film. Something of a modernization of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”, it’s like no other Jet Li film you’ve ever seen before. Under the action direction of Yuen Woo-ping, ...

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Kung-fu Kingdom