Author Archives: JJ Bona

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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Shaolin Temple (1982) Review

Director: Cheung Sing Yim Cast: Jet Li, Yu Cheng Wai, Yu Hai, Din Nan, Chang Jien Wun, Ji Chuan Wah, Hu Chien Keung, Wong Kwang Chuan, Sun Jien Hwu, Yin Tee Wah Running Time: 95 min. By Numskull Watch enough … Continue reading

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Iceman Cometh, The | aka Time Warrors (1989) Review

Director: Clarence Ford Writer: Johnny Mak, Stephen Shiu Producer: Stephen Shiu Cast: Yuen Biao, Maggie Cheung, Yuen Wah, Sarah Lee, Tai Bo, Lam Chung, Alvina Kong, Ann Mui, Tan Lap Man, Frankie Ng, Chen Jing, Stanley Fung, Lai Yin Saan, … Continue reading

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Not Scared to Die | aka Fist of Anger (1973) Review

AKA: In Eagle Shadow Fist Director: Zhu Mu Writer: Su Lan Producer: Hoi Ling Cast: Wong Ching, Alex Lung Ji Fei, Lee Man Tai, Yam Ho, Kok Lee Yan, Yuen Qiu, Yuen Cheung Yan, Lau Kar Wing, Jackie Chan, Chiang … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with Bob Wall

Oharra! That’s right. The one, the only: Bob Wall, who has appeared in 2 1/2 films with Bruce Lee. His treachery has disgraced us and always will 🙂 – MPM, April 1999 MPM: I’ve been a Bruce Lee fan since … Continue reading

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Drive (1997) Review

Director: Steve Wang Writer: Scott Phillips Cast: Mark Dacascos, Kadeem Hardison, John Pyper-Ferguson, Brittany Murphy, Tracey Walter, James Shigeta, Masaya Kato, Dom Magwili, Ron Winston Yuan Running Time: 100 min. By Joe909 Like most, I first saw Drive in its … Continue reading

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Shanghai Affairs (1998) Review

Director: Donnie Yen Chi Tan Producer: Rainy Chan Choi Yin, Lau Jun Fai Cast: Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Athena Chu Yan, Yu Rong Guang, Woody Chan Chin Pang, Kenji Tanigaki, Yan Yi Shek Running Time: 90 min. By Bentley Siu-Lung … Continue reading

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No Retreat, No Surrender (1985) Review

Director: Corey Yuen Producer: Ng See-Yuen Cast: Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails, Kathie Sileno, Kim Tai-chung, Kent Lipham, Ron Pohnel, Dale Jacoby, Peter “Sugarfoot” Cunningham, Timothy Baker, Gloria Marziano Running TIme: 79/85/95 min. By James H. We’ve all … Continue reading

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Secret Ninja, Roaring Tiger (1982) Review

AKA: Secret Ninja, Justice Of The Ninja Director: Godfrey Ho (Jeung Keung) Producer: Thomas Tang, Joseph Lai Cast: Dragon Lee (aka Mun Kyong-sok, Keo Ryong, Guh Ryong), Hwang Jang Lee, Jack Lam, Winnie Lui, Petty Suh, Kon Yit So, Henry … Continue reading

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Ballistic Kiss (1998) Review

Director: Donnie Yen Writer: Bey Logan Cast: Donnie Yen, Annie Wu (Ng San-Kwan), James Wong Ka-Lok, Simon Lui Yu-Yeung, Yu Rong-Guang, Karen Tong Bo-Yu, Michael Woods, Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu Running Time: 90 min. By Numskull I’m tempted to say “nice … Continue reading

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Mr. Nice Guy | aka Mister Cool (1997) Review

AKA: Superchef Director: Sammo Hung Producer: Chua Lam Cast: Jackie Chan, Miki Lee, Richard Norton, David No, Bradley James Allan, Andy Cheng, Paul Andreovski, Jonathan Isgar, Habby Heske, Joe Sayah, Glen Chin, Cameron Douglas, Emil Chau Wa Kin, Joyce Mina … Continue reading

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Fist of Legend (1994) Review

Director: Gordon Chan Writer: Gordon Chan, Kim Yip Producer: Jet Li Cast: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Chin Siu Ho, Yasuaki Kurata, Paul Chun, Billy Chow, Ada Choi Siu Fan, Yuen Cheung Yan, Jackson Lau Hok Yin, Wong Sun, Derek Cheung … Continue reading

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Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2002) Review

Director: Tsui Hark Writer: Julien Carbon, Laurent Courtiaud, Tsui Hark Producer: Tsui Hark, Charles Heung Wah Keung Cast: Andy On, Teresa Maria Herrera, Scott Adkins, Tobin Bell, Sean Marquette, Michael Bailey Smith, Tracy Lords, Blacky Ko Sau Leung, Terence Yin … Continue reading

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