Author Archives: JJ Bona

12 Nights (2000) Review

Director: Aubrey Lam Producer: Peter Chan Ho Sun Writer: Aubrey Lam Cast: Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi, Eason Chan Yik Shun, Candy Lo Hau-Yam, Nicola Cheung Sam-Yuet, Sue Au Suk-Jing, GC Goo Bi, Siu Ye Jim, Nicholas Tse Ting Fung, Stephen Fung … Continue reading

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2002 (2002) Review

Director: Wilson Yip (Wai Shun) Producer: Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu Cast: Nicholas Tse (Ting Fung), Stephen Fung Tak-Lun, Law Kar-Ying, Sam Lee Chan-Sam, Danielle Graham, Rain Li (Choi Wah), Alex Fong (Nik Sun), Anya. Running Time: 96 min. By Ben Poppel … Continue reading

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9413 (1998) Review

Director: Francis Ng Chun-Yu Producer: Herman Yau Lai To, Ng Ga Bo Writer: Sandy Siu Cast: Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Christine Eng Wing Mei, Amanda Lee Wai Man, Mo Jun Fai Running Time: 90 min. By Ben Poppel Lan, a police … Continue reading

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10 Brothers of Shaolin | aka Warriors of the Sacred Temple (1979) Review

AKA: Ten Brothers of Shaolin Director: Ting Chung Producer: Ting Chung, Wong Fung Cast: Chia Ling, Don Wong Tao, Chang Yi, Wong Fei Lung, Lau Lap Cho, Phillip Ko Fei, Leung Kar Yan, Stephen Tung Wai, Luk Yat Lung, O … Continue reading

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2000 A.D. (2000) Review

Director: Gordon Chan Writer: Gordon Chan, Stu Zicherman Cast: Aaron Kwok, Daniel Wu, Gigi Choi, Phyllis Quek, Ray Lui, Francis Ng, Andrew Lien, Ken Lo, Tony Ho Running Time: 104 min. By Raging Gaijin Everything about this film suggests it … Continue reading

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Stranger and the Gunfighter, The | aka Bloody Money (1975) Review

Director: Antonio Margheriti Writers: Miguel De Echarri, Barth Jules Sussman Cast: Lee Van Cleef, Lo Lieh, Wong Hap, Chan Shen, Cheng Miu, Yen Shi Kwan, Patty Shepard, Femi Benussi, Karen Yeh, Julián Ugarte, Erika Blanc Running Time: 96 min. By Joseph … Continue reading

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Two Champions of Shaolin (1980) Review

AKA: 2 Champions of Death Director: Chang Cheh Producer: Mona Fong Yat Wah Cast: Lo Meng, Chiang Sheng, Candy Wen, Lu Feng, Chin Siu Ho, Yeung Hung, Lam Chi Tai, Sun Chien, Chui Tai Ping, Yeung Jing Jing, Chan Hon … Continue reading

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Five Deadly Venoms, The (1978) Review

AKA: 5 Venoms of Death Director: Chang Cheh Writer: Chang Cheh, Ni Kuang Producer: Runme Shaw Cast: Chiang Sheng, Sun Chien, Philip Kwok Chung Fung, Lo Meng, Lu Feng, Wai Pak, Dick Wei, Johnny Wang Lung Wei, Suen Shu Pau, … Continue reading

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Arahan (2004) Review

Director: Ryoo Seung-wan Writer: Ryoo Seung-wan Producer: Kim Mi-Hee Cast: Ryu Seung-Beom, Yun So-Yi, Ahn Seong-Gi, Jeong Du-Hong, Yun Ju-Sang, Kim Young-In, Baek Chan-Gi, Kim Ji-Young Running Time: 114 min. By Alexander FINALLY. I’ve FINALLY seen a FUN Asian film. … Continue reading

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Antarctic Journal (2005) Review

Director: Yim Pil-sung Producer: Cha Seung-Jae Cast: Song Gang-Ho, Yu Ji-Tae, Kim Gyeong-Ik, Park Hee-Sun, Yun Je-Mun, Choi Deok-Mun, Kang Hye-Jeong Running Time: 115 min. By Owlman I have to admit something here. I got suckered into buying Antarctic Journal … Continue reading

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Lady Snowblood: Blizzard from the Netherworld (1973) Review

AKA: Blood Snow, Shurayukihime Director: Toshiya Fujito Writer: Osada Norio, Koike Kazuo, Kamimura Kazuo Cast: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza, Noboru Nakaya, Takeo Chii, Yoshiko Nakada, Kaoru Kashiwada, Akemi Negishi, Sanae Nakahara Running Time: 97 min. By … Continue reading

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Failan (2001) Review

Director: Song Hae-Seong Producer: Song Hae-Seong Cast: Choi Min-Sik, Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi. Running Time: 116 min. By Klotera This is a very unique film. At a very general level, one would call it a drama. But, it is more like … Continue reading

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Green Fish (2001) Review

Director: Lee Chang-Dong Producer: Myeong Kye-Nam Writer: Oh Seung-Wuk Cast: Han Seok-Kyu, Shim Hye-Jin, Moon Seong-Keun, Myeong Kye-Nam, Kim Yong-Man, Lee Ho-Seong, Han Seon-Kyu, Oh Ji-Hye, Sohn Young-Sun, Cha Yu-Kyeong Running Time: 111 min. By Equinox21 The story of a … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with Loren Avedon

If you were in contact with martial arts films in the early 90’s, you probably know Loren Avedon. While Van Damme and Seagal were breaking box office records on the big screens, Loren was nearly breaking every bone in his … Continue reading

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Returner | aka The Returner (2002) Review

Director: Takashi Yamazaki Producer: Toru Horibe Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Ann Suzuki, Kirin Kiki, Goro Kishitani, Yukiko Okamoto, Mitsuru Murata Running Time: 117 min. By Equinox21 Say you are a Japanese film-maker, how do you make an extremely cool sci-fi action … Continue reading

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Zatoichi | aka The Blind Swordsman Zatoichi (2003) Review

Director: Takeshi Kitano Writer: Takeshi Kitano, Kan Shimozawa Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Ookusu, Gadarukanaru Taka, Yuuko Daike, Daigor Tachibana, Ittoku Kishibe, Saburo Ishikura, Akira Emoto Running Time: 116 min. By Equinox21 I’m very pleased to say … Continue reading

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Getting Any? (1995) Review

Director: Takeshi Kitano Writer: Takeshi Kitano Producer: Masayuki Mori, Hisao Nabeshima, Takio Yoshida Cast: Moeko Ezawa, Hakuryu, Tokie Hidari, Yojin Hino, Minoru Iizuka, Takeshi Kitano, Akiji Kobayashi, Yuuji Minakata, Masumi Okada, Ren Osugi, Shintaro Takado, Susumu Terajima, Kanji Tsuda, Yuurei … Continue reading

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Fireworks | aka Hana-Bi (1997) Review

Literally: Fire Flowers Writer: Takeshi Kitano Director: Takeshi Kitano Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima, Tetsu Watanabe, Hakuryu, Yasuei Yakushiji, Taro Istumi, Kenichi Yajima, Makoto Ashikawa, Yûko Daike Running Time: 103 min. By Equinox21 Hana-bi was the … Continue reading

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Sonatine (1993) Review

Director: Takeshi Kitano Writer: Takeshi Kitano Producer: Masayuki Mori, Hisao Nabeshima, Taiko Yoshida Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kikumai, Tetsu Watanabe, Masanobu Katsumura, Susumu Terajima, Ren Ohsugi, Eiji Minakata Running Time: 90 min. By Len One word: Genius. I could write … Continue reading

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Shaolin Temple 2: The Kids from Shaolin (1984) Review

Director: Cheung Sing Yim Cast: Jet Li, Wong Chiu Yin, Hu Chien Chiang, Yu Hai, Yu Cheng Wai, Din Nan, Ji Chuan Wah, Sun Jien Hwu, Liu Huai Liang Running Time: 99 min. By Numskull This is a sequel to … Continue reading

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