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Wednesday, December 28

Movie review: Railroad Tigers

Once upon a time, the mere notion of a Jackie Chan movie coming out would be a cause celebre. Now, sadly, it really ends up being a small blip on most moviegoers radar, even for those who have been long invested in the cinematic shenananigans and upward highlights of one once young Mr. Chan.

Full review here

Sunday, December 25

Movie review: The Monkey King 2

Quite possibly the umpteenth adaptation of the popular classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, Soi Cheang's The Monkey King 2 may be a little too specific in both source and summation for more casual viewers, but for fans of the story and/or high-flying CGI-fueled wire-fu, the film offers a fun (if a bit immature and brainless) ride.

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Saturday, December 17

Movie review: Raging Angels

Many low-budget Hong Kong action movie releases that came out after the territory's 1997 handover to China have faded into obscurity. Frankly, most of the films in this category probably deserve this, but 1998's Raging Angels would most likely be an exception for most fans of the "girls with guns" archetype.

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Saturday, December 3

Movie review: Call of Heroes

Benny Chan isn't a household name, but as a director, he's been behind quite a few good movies. His latest release, the Mainland/Hong Kong co-production Call of Heroes, teams him with the legendary Sammo Hung as the action director and has a solid cast. Does the end result match up to the fairly impressive pedigree?

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Thursday, November 17

Updated review: The Legend of Bruce Lee

Well Go USA has recently released the first in a series of DVDs with episodes from this 2008 television show about the life of Bruce Lee. We've updated our review of the 2010 condensed release by Lionsgate with information about Well Go's discs. Does the additional footage make this a worthy purchase for fans of the Little Dragon?

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Movie review: Yellow Skin

Yellow Skin stars Wang Kuan-Hsiung (who also directed, wrote and produced the movie, as well as probably doing the catering) as a Chinese-American New York City gangster who is trying to retire to the pastoral lands of New Jersey, but is pulled back in after his dad is gunned down. Huge shocker -- he discovers that there's a rat in his own gang who's working with the Koreans (led by Hong Kong movie thug mainstay Johnny Wang Lung-Wei). Huge knives chopping up people and gunfights follow in a not very inventive, yet still strangely satisfying fashion.

Full review here

Wednesday, November 2

Movie review: Killer from China

This film subscribes to triad movie plot number 14: a member of the "family" goes to jail, so his friends go out for revenge. Like most of these low-budget releases in the genre put out during this time, the film wastes a lot of time with fairly dull exposition scenes, but business picks up near the end with some satisfying gunplay.

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