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Thursday, August 25

Movie review: The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard marks the first time the legendary Sammo Hung has stepped into the director's chair since 1997, so this release has been hotly anticipated by many martial arts fans. Disappointingly, the end results mark more of a small nondescript blip on Hung's filmography rather than a return to greatness.

Full review here

Thursday, August 11

Movie review: The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale

There has been a push by the South Korean government to portray a more positive image of the country in their education system, and that take has filtered to their media as well, as evidenced by a string of releases that go to great pains to show South Korea as a great country, often at the expense of historical accuracy.

Full review here

Wednesday, July 27

Movie review: Saving Mr. Wu

Based on the 2004 kidnapping of Mainland actor Wu Ruo-Fu (who, in a bit of cheekiness, actually appears in the film as one of the cops that helped to save him) Ding Sheng's latest release Saving Mr. Wu is a solid thriller that is punctuated by a fine performance from Andy Lau as the eponymous kidnap victim.

Full review here

Thursday, July 21

Movie review: SPL 2

A decade after the original SPL came out, we have SPL 2, which has recently been released in North America by Well Go USA under the alternate title Kill Zone 2, delivering a lot of action and -- as can be expected from a film featuring Tony Jaa -- a smorgasbord of knee strikes to the head.

Full review here

Thursday, July 6

Movie review: Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe

Mainland director Lu Chuan is best known more for arthouse fare, but with Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, he steers towards more of a mainstream audience with an adaptation of the popular novel Ghost Blows Out the Light, which was also recently adapted to the screen via another Mainland release, Mojin: The Lost Legend.

Full review here

Movie review: The Mermaid

Fans have long been clamoring for Stephen Chow -- who helped to create the uniquely Hong Kong "moy len tau" (nonsense) style of cinematic comedy and came to be considered one of Asia's top comedic actors -- to come back to appear on the screen, but he seems satisfied with working behind the camera. And with results such as The Mermaid, a funny farce that has gone on to be the biggest box office hit in Chinese history, one can definitely see why helming films, rather than starring in them, is more appealing for the entertainment industry veteran.

Full review here

Thursday, June 23

Movie review: The Midnight After

Fruit Chan returns to the director's chair with The Midnight After, a black comedy tinged with horror and suspense. As more and more Hong Kong film-makers create their works with Mainland Chinese and international audiences in mind, Chan unabashedly helms this as a true Hong Kong picture.

Full review here

Recent Additions

Rise of the Legend
Bonnie Fu Interview
Mojin: The Lost Legend
Ip Man 3
Some short reviews
Shaolin Temple
The Golden Cane Warrior
Masked Avengers
Northern Limit Line
The Raid

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