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Wednesday, February 25

Movie review: Tricky Brains

Even though their working relationship reportedly did not end on an amicable note, the collaborations between Wong Jing and Stephen Chow, which include this 1991 entry, produced some of the biggest box office hits in Hong Kong during the late 1980's and early 1990's.

Full review here

Tuesday, February 17

Movie review: City Cops

The late 1980's is considered to be one of the best -- if not the best -- time period for Hong Kong action cinema. In a realm that crowded, it's hard for a film to stand out. 1989's City Cops can't quite get to that level, but still provides some decent entertainment for fans of the genre.

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Thursday, February 12

Movie review: No Tears for the Dead

No Tears for the Dead won't hold too many surprises for veteran action movie viewers. But it does work well in delivering some solid gunfighting and hand-to-hand scenes, and, for most readers out there, that will be more than enough to warrant a recommendation.

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Wednesday, February 4

Movie review: Brotherhood of Blades

The period kung fu pool is a crowded one, with a new release seemingly coming out every few weeks. This time out, we have Brotherhood of Blades. The film has its high points -- namely, the action scenes -- but they aren't quite enough to make this movie rise above its contemporaries.

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Tuesday, January 27

Movie review: The Pirates

The Pirates is not deep cinematic fare, being pretty much the epitome of a "popcorn" movie -- something that you're just going to turn your brain off and watch. For what it is, this is an effective enough film, bringing a good mix of light-hearted action and comedy.

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Movie review: The Shadow Whip

One of the true queens of kung fu cinema, Chang Pei-Pei has had an extensive filmography in her legendary career, with one of the main phases -- her time with the Shaw Brothers studio -- coming to an end after the release of 1971's The Shadow Whip. As ever, Chang creates a compelling screen presence, and the film gets a couple of style points for the use of the titular weapon and a rarely-seen snowy setting, but ultimately, Lo Wei's meandering script and lackadaisical direction lets this production down.

Full review here

Upcoming release: White Haired Witch

Well Go USA is bringing The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (under the shortened title of White Haired Witch) to North American DVD, Blu-ray, and video on demand March 10. The film, which stars Fan Bing-Bing and Huang Xiao-Ming, with action scenes directed by Stephen Tung Wai, is a wuxia tale based on the novel Baifa Manu, which was also the source material for The Bride with White Hair. Well Go's release runs at an uncut 104 minutes and is in the original Mandarin language. Extras on the disc-based versions include a making-of featurette.

The movie is available for preorder on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon.

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