Category: Reviews

Ip Man 2 (2010)

Ip Man 2 (2010)

Most Hollywood biopics try to give the audience the essence of someone’s life in the space of one film, but Hong Kong filmmakers have consistently displayed an eagerness to depict the life of their subject over the course of a series. Sure, they make more than a little use of poetic license, but it’s all in the spirit ...

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Wheels on Meals (1984)

Wheels on Meals (1984)

From their youth in the Peking Opera Academy to their early rise to stardom in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, and Sammo Hung all seemed inseparable. If they weren’t battling hordes of henchman and dastardly villains alongside one another in the likes of Project A, My Lucky Stars, or Dragons Forever, they were ...

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Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man (2008)

For those of you who may have been hibernating wondering what brought about the sudden deluge of Ip Man movies, you can extend your sincerest “Thank You” to 2008’s “Ip Man” starring Donnie Yen. For those who have been hibernating for many seasons, Ip Man was history’s most renown Grandmaster of Wing Chun, the powerful ...

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Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)

Jackie Chan stars in the movie that finally made him a genuine star, after years of relatively insignificant progress. We take a look at the movie which many argue is better than his follow up-Drunken Master. Is this possible? http://youtu.be/POjzRfxpSls Cast Jackie Chan, Simon Yuen, Hwang Jang-Lee and Roy Horan ...

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Game of Death (1978)

Game of Death (1978)

I was asked to review a movie of my choice. I decided to write a review on my favourite martial arts movie. But, before I get messages from fanboys about "Fist of Fury is the best", let me tell you why I make such a statement. Cast Dean Jagger as criminal mastermind Dr. Land, Sammo Hung as fighter Lo Chen, Bruce ...

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Knockabout (1979)

Knockabout (1979)

Sammo Hung directs and choreographs a movie in which he originally was to be the main star. We look at how then new-comers to the Hong Kong action scene, Yuen Biao and Leung Kar-yan, got their starts in the industry. Cast Sammo Hung plays a beggar with no name, who is neither everyone's fool! Yuen Biao stars in his ...

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Fist of Fury (1972)

Fist of Fury (1972)

On the heels of his star-making appearance in "The Big Boss", the legendary Bruce Lee solidified himself as the undisputed king of kung fu with "Fist of Fury". Portraying the role of Chen Zhen, a fictionalized student of Jing Wu Men founder, Hou Yuanjia. The film marked the second time Lee had assumed leading man ...

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Wushu (2008)

Wushu (2008)

Antony Szeto's "Wushu" is an effective family-friendly martial arts film on many levels, one of the primary ones being that it is so keenly aware of the power of the martial arts as a vehicle for self-discovery and inner peace, which are especially crucial during youth. For many of us, our entry into the world of ...

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Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006)

Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006)

Most critics who reviewed Isaac Florentine's "Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing" will never know just how lucky they were to be reviewing the film during its initial release. The reviews they penned were written when the world first met Yuri Boyka, the Most Complete Fighter in the World. As such, they could truly convey ...

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Enter the Dragon (1973)

Enter the Dragon (1973)

In 1973, "Enter the Dragon" debuted in movie theaters across the planet and its status as one of the definitive martial arts movies of all time had already been cemented by the legacy of the man whose name would forever change the destiny of the martial arts for all posterity -Bruce Lee. His legendary status ...

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Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

by guest contributor Daniel Amrani Warning, this review  contains spoilers! Revenge of The Ninja is a 1983 Ninja classic! This film is part of a ninja trilogy. The first one was Enter the Ninja (1981). Revenge of the Ninja (1983) was the second. The trilogy ended with Ninja III: The Domination (1984). I use the ...

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Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

Beware this review contains spoilers! “That woman deserves her revenge, and we deserve to die” Every beginning has an end. The Bride still has two names on her death-list, Budd and Elle Driver, before moving towards her ultimate goal: Kill Bill! Are you ready for the second volume of Tarantino’s exciting saga? Kill ...

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