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Thursday, March 26

Movie review: The Moon Warriors

This entry in the venerable Sammo Hung's filmography feels a bit like it is going through the motions, holding no real surprises to those who are well versed in the genre. But the star power shines through enough that at least you won't be bored during the proceedings.

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Tuesday, March 24

Movie review: The Bullet Vanishes

This is a detective thriller that should provide a good time to potential audience members, even though this is not the most original material ever produced. This is a film that clearly shows its' influences from the Sherlock Holmes movies and distilling them through a bit of CSI glossy crime-busting.

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Movie review: Wild Card

As your friendly neighborhood reviewer tends to be a fan of most things revolving around the center of debauchery better known as Las Vegas and everyone's favorite follically-challenged action hero Jason Statham, Wild Card seemed to have a solid foundation for action movie greatness, especially with Hong Kong veteran film-maker Corey Yuen (who Statham collaborated with on the Transporter films) providing the action direction. So why does this film end up rolling snake eyes and crapping out?

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Saturday, March 14

Movie review: Behind the Yellow Line

Behind the Yellow Line has been largely forgotten, as it is at its' core a very by-the-book romantic comedy. But, taken as a historical curiosity, it may retain some interest for more modern viewers, as it includes early performances from a trio who would become defining figures of Hong Kong cinema.

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Sunday, March 8

Movie review: Vengeance!

Chang Cheh's 1970 release Vengeance! was the second pairing of Ti Lung and David Chiang and proved why they earned their their nickname of the "Blood Brothers", as a majority of the frames here are awash in the Shaw Brothers' trademark day-glo ketchup colored fake claret.

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Movie review: The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom

Liang Yusheng's novel Baifa Monu Zhuan (literally translated as Story of the White Haired Demoness) has been adapted into several television series and films, with the best known being The Bride with White Hair, Ronny Yu's 1993 take starring Brigitte Lin and Leslie Cheung that became, both critically and commercially, one of the most successful entries of the wuxia (fantasy swordsplay) genre. Given how still well-loved The Bride with White Hair is by fans, the latest adaptation, The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom, has the bar set high.

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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.

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