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Tuesday, November 11

Movie review: Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman

Kung fu geeks were given a treat back in the early 1970's, when two icons of the martial arts genre squared off in Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman, a Taiwanese/Japanese co-production that perhaps isn't quite the epic one might be expecting, but is still nonetheless a fun slice of martial arts mayhem.

Full review here

Upcoming release: Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

Director Wong Ching Po teams up with legendary action coordinator Yuen Woo-Ping for the critically-acclaimed martial arts picture Once Upon a Time in Shanghai, which is being released by Well Go USA on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital January 13. The film features kung fu cinema veterans like Sammo Hung and Fung Hak-On along with rising stars such as Andy On and Phillip Ng. Well Go's release will be uncut, running 96 minutes, and in the original language. Extras will include a behind the scenes featurette.

The DVD and Blu-ray are available for pre-order from Amazon.

Friday, November 7

Movie review: As the Light Goes Out

While As the Light Goes Out won't exactly set the Hong Kong movie world on fire (insert groan here) it is a very entertaining piece of pop cinema from young director Derek Kwok, who is making himself into a film-maker to keep your eyes on after a string of hits that includes Gallants and Journey to the West.

Full review here

Thursday, October 30

Movie review: Beijing Rocks

Beijing Rocks is a well-made and thoughtful look into the lives of young people in millennial China. On the surface, this type of film may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it strikes enough of a balance between auteuristic and entertaining to give it a potentially wider audience than your usual foreign arthouse fare.

Full review here

Tuesday, October 28

Movie review: Kung Fu Fever

The worlds of Bruceploitation and blaxploitation collide in Kung Fu Fever, which also goes by probably a dozen other names in a dozen other low-budget VHS and DVD releases, such as the version watched for this review, Black Dragon Fever, released from the thinly-veiled bootlegging company Ground Zero.

Full review here

Friday, October 24

Movie review: Iceman

After the success of the Ip Man films and a string of successful releases, Donnie Yen has become arguably the world's biggest martial arts star. But, for all his talents, Yen has never been known as a comedian, something which is glaringly apparent with Iceman, a remake of Iceman Cometh that misses the mark.

Full review here

Tuesday, October 21

Movie review: The Shopaholics

The Shopaholics doesn't deviate too much (if any) from the Lunar New Year release playbook. Namely, it depends on star power and a lot of cameos to buoy a story that is as light and fluffy as a tub of Cool Whip. For what it is, this film does things well enough that it's worth checking out if you like the actors involved.

Full review here

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