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Saturday, April 8

Movie review: Sword Master

Before becoming a noted writer and director in the 1980's, Derek Yee starred in around 40 productions for the famous Shaw Brothers studio. His breakout role was in 1977's Death Duel, which he has now remade with the 2016 release Sword Master. Does Yee's take on the classic material have any sway for modern audiences?

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Saturday, March 18

Movie review: Three

Some have been of course stronger than others, but Johnnie To's films for the most part represent the best that the Hong Kong movie industry has to offer, and his newest release, Three, is no exception -- though, in a bit of irony, the movie offers up very little of the stylish and oftentimes quirky panache To has become known for.

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Saturday, February 11

Movie review: From Vegas to Macau 3

There's really no sane reason reason would jump right into the third installment of a nosediving franchise where Wong Jing is happily cannibalizing his cinematic entrails for the sake of Mainland money. But, hey, there hasn't been a review of a new release on here for a while and we need some content, so away we go.

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Tuesday, January 31

Movie review: Cold War 2

Though we weren't a big fan of the pro-China propaganda prominently featured in Cold War, no could deny the power of the performances and kinetic action sequences. Thankfully, the sequel cuts out a lot of the fat and political tinges, leaving a lean and mean action/drama that'll please most fans of the region's cinema.

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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.

Full review here

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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