Category: Reviews

Only the Strong (1993)

Only the Strong (1993)

Be honest, if you were born before the 1990's, "Only the Strong" was the first time you ever saw Capoeira in a movie. Largely overlooked during its initial release in 1993, "Only the Strong" has steadily accumulated tons of love over the years for being the first major martial arts film to focus upon the ...

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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Jack Black as a kung fu fighting panda bear. It’s something that sounds rather absurd on paper but the end result manages to provide a great underdog story that harks back to old-school Kung fu films of the 1970s. Trailer http://youtu.be/mHSSzdRpMqg Cast The lead role of Po is played by comedic actor Jack Black ...

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District 13 (2004)

District 13 (2004)

French action film featuring fighting, free running and stunts, produced and written by Luc Besson. The original French title is “Banilieue 13”. Trailer http://youtu.be/suiYQLcrUoI Cast Starring in his first major movie role is David Belle, credited as one of the eight founders of “Parkour”, or free ...

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Street Fighter Alpha – The Animation (1999)

Street Fighter Alpha – The Animation (1999)

When the Street Fighter series wants to move into genuinely dark territory, it pulls no punches. "Street Fighter Alpha - The Animation" is some of the best evidence of that you're ever going to find. Treating Ryu as more of an anti-hero than the stoic warrior on an epic journey of self-discovery in "Street Fighter ...

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Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (2014)

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (2014)

In 1994 and 2009, audiences all over the world watched in horror as the "Street Fighter" series, one of the most beloved and enduring video game series ever created, was subjected to the cinematic equivalent of a crucifixion, only to have their faith that the series might someday be done justice in live-action form ...

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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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Kung-fu Kingdom