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Thursday, August 27

Movie review: The Last Dragon

Though it was panned by critics upon its release in 1985, The Last Dragon has gone on to become one of the most loved films from the decade. In celebration of the film's thirtieth anniversary, Sony has released a special edition Blu-ray, so what better time than now to take another look at this cult classic?

Full review here

Wednesday, August 19

Movie review: Wolf Warriors

Though Wolf Warriors was a huge hit in Mainland China, no one will mistake this release for top-tier cinema -- but if you're a fan of B-movie action fare, you'll probably have a good time here, especially with the inclusion of cult martial arts movie favorite Scott Adkins in the cast.

Full review here

News: Upcoming Well Go USA releases

Well Go USA is set to unleash a couple of older Hong Kong action films on DVD on October 6. The first is The Avenging Fist, which is a loose adaptation of the Tekken video game series starring Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and Stephen Fung. Next, we have The Raid, a 1991 film directed by Tsui Hark and Ching Siu-Tung featuring a cavalcade of stars, including Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Jacky Cheung, and Cory Yuen. Details about the DVDs are not known at this time, but Well Go USA has a track record of releasing movies uncut and in the original language.

For updates on these DVDs, you can visit Well Go USA's site.

Upcoming DVD/VOD release: Dragon Dynasty 5 Movie Collection

We haven't had any releases from Dragon Dynasty for quite a while, so this one is a bit of a surprise. Coming out October 6 as a 3-DVD set or on VOD, the collection includes Born to Defense, The Defender (aka Bodyguard from Beijing), The Legend II (aka Fong Sai Yuk II), Once Upon a Time in China and America, and From Beijing with Love. Unfortunately, these do appear to be the edited "international" versions held by Dimension/Miramax, but based on their latest releases on Netflix, Cantonese soundtracks will probably be included.

The DVD set is available for preorder from Amazon.

Wednesday, August 12

Movie review: Z Storm

Local viewers may find more to enjoy with the police procedural/financial drama Z Storm, since many of the plot points and characters are loosely based on real-life counterparts. Western audiences, however, will most likely find themselves having to struggle to keep interest with director David Lam's very average style.

Full review here

Tuesday, August 4

Movie review: Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal

Based on a Chinese folktale, Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal is a perfect movie for today's new generation of movie watchers who have been weaned on CGI and rapid fire editing. Most other viewers will probably find the proceedings a bit underwhelming.

Full review here

Upcoming release: Black Coal, Thin Ice

Well Go USA is bringing this critically acclaimed neo-noir crime thriller to DVD, Blu-ray and video on demand September 29. The film, which won several awards on the festival circuit, including the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, tells the story of two disgraced cops trying to clear their names by solving a series of grisly murders. Firm deatils about the release are not known at this point, but it looks to be uncut and in the original Mandarin language.

The latest information about the release and other upcoming titles from Well Go USA can be found on their site.

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