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Takeshi Kitano returns for Round 3 in ‘Outrage: Final Chapter’

Takeshi Kitano (Mozu: The Movie) is back for another dose of Yakuza brutality (the first film did for dental offices what Jaws did for the beach) in Outrage: Final Chapter (aka Outrage 3 or Outrage Saishusho), the follow up to Outrage and Beyond Outrage. Once again, Kitano is writing, directing … Continue reading

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‘Universal Soldier’ director to resurrect cult film ‘Maniac Cop’

While it may not have set the box office on fire, 2012’s Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning was generally met with acclaim from fans and critics alike, who applauded director John Hyams’ infusion of arthouse horror into the venerable action … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Classic Poker scenes from movies

They say that tension and conflict’s at the heart of drama so it’s not surprising that the confrontational nature of gambling has featured so heavily in many Hollywood films. After all, it’s also an industry that represents some of the … Continue reading

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Games for Judge Dredd and more could be on the horizon

Judge Dredd emains one of the most perennially underrated action heroes in comic books, particularly when it comes to the United States. The “street judge” is one of the most hard-boiled characters in the world of British comics but has … Continue reading

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Beast with a Gun | aka Mad Dog Killer (1977) Review

AKA: Ferocious Director: Sergio Grieco Producer: Armando Bertuccioli Cast: Helmut Berger, Richard Harrison, Marisa Mell, Marina Giordana, Luigi Bonos, Ezio Marano, Vittorio Duse, Alberto Squillante, Nello Pazzafini, Maria Pascucci Running Time: 95 min. By HKFanatic Beast with a Gun could … Continue reading

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Fifth Cord, The (1971) Review

Director: Luigi Bazzoni Producer: Manolo Bolognini Cast: Franco Nero, Silvia Monti, Rossella Falk, Edmund Purdom, Maurizio Bonuglia, Pamela Tiffin Running Time: 90 min. By HKFanatic Barely five minutes into The Fifth Cord and Franco Nero’s character is swigging back a … Continue reading

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Deep Red (1975) Review

Director: Dario Argento Writer: Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi Cast: Macha Meril, David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Giuliana Calandra, Glauco Mauri, Clara Calamai, Piero Mazzinghi, Glauco Mauri, Aldo Bonamano Running Time: 126 min. By HKFanatic I consider myself a massive … Continue reading

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Keanu Reeves to take a page from Jackie Chan in ‘Rally Car’

If nothing else, the 1980’s Cannonball Run films – which focused on a wacky cross-country race with a plethora of celebrity cameos – are remembered as one of Jackie Chan’s first forays into Hollywood cinema. Now it looks as though … Continue reading

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White Storm, The | aka Cartel War (2013) Review

AKA: Metamorphosis Director: Benny Chan Writer: Alan Yuen, Ling Chi Man Cast: Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Lau Ching Wan, Yolanda Yuan Quan, Lo Hoi Pang, Alex Fong Lik Sun, Berg Ng Ting Yip, Hou Yong, Elanne Kong Yeuk Lam, Ken … Continue reading

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Giant monsters attack! ‘Gamera’ to return to the big screen

Poll just about anyone around the world and they’re likely to know who Godzilla is. The giant irradiated lizard has been crushing cities underfoot since 1954. Lesser known, however, is Gamera, the larger-than-life turtle who is a friend to all … Continue reading

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Indie martial arts film ‘Unlucky Stars’ gets distribution!

Decades later, the iconic films of Hong Kong legends Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan continue to inspire a new generation of stuntmen and filmmakers. Case in point: Unlucky Stars, an independent martial arts comedy directed by and starring Dennis Ruel. … Continue reading

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There’s been an awakening in the ‘Young and Dangerous’ saga

Back before Infernal Affairs became a global success and spawned an award-winning Hollywood remake, the Young and Dangerous series was arguably the most popular franchise to come out of post-1997 handover Hong Kong. Based on the popular comic book series Teddy … Continue reading

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Skin Trade | Blu-ray & DVD (Magnolia)

RELEASE DATE: August 25, 2015 Magnolia presents the Blu-ray & DVD for Ekachai Uekrongtham’s Skin Trade (read our review). A tough-as-nails New York cop (Dolph Lundgren) finds his family murdered by a drug kingpin, he then swears revenge and hops on … Continue reading

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‘SPL 3′ (aka Sha Po Lang 3, Kill Zone 3 or whatever you want to call it) is happening!

Following SPL 2’s box office success, the possibility of an SPL 3 was inevitable – in fact, it’s in stone! According Twitchfilm, producer Paco Wong (Zombie Fight Club) announced that the next installment in the SPL franchise, titled S.P.L 3: … Continue reading

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Lawless Kingdom | aka The Four II | DVD (Lionsgate)

RELEASE DATE: September 2, 2015 Lionsgate presents the DVD for Lawless Kingdom (aka The Four II), directed by Gordon Chan (Fist of Legend). Four detectives (Emotionless, Iron Hands, Life Snatcher, and Coldblood), each uniquely skilled with their own individual superpowers, … Continue reading

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Jet Li does a flying jump kick onto Netflix’s streaming service

Eagle-eyed martial arts fans who happen to own a Netflix account may have noticed that a significant portion of Jet Li’s back catalog has been slowly added to the website’s streaming service. It appears that the Weinstein Company, who purchased … Continue reading

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Crank 2: High Voltage (2009) Review

Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Writer: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Clifton Collins, Jr., Efren Ramirez, Bai Ling, David Carradine, Dwight Yoakam, Corey Haim, Keone Young, Art Hsu, Julanne Chidi Hill Running Time: 95 min. By … Continue reading

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Expect more martial arts action as the Punisher joins Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’

By all accounts, season one of Netflix’s Daredevil series has proven a rousing success. The 13-episode program, which features Charlie Cox (Stardust) as Marvel Comics’ blind attorney turned vigilante, earned high marks from both critics and fanboys alike thanks to … Continue reading

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Zebraman (2004) Review

Director: Takashi Miike Writer: Kankuro Kudo Cast: Sho Aikawa, Kyoka Suzuki, Teruyoshi Uchimura, Yui Ichikawa, Koen Kondo, Naoki Yasukochi, Makiko Watanabe, Keisuke Mishima, Yu Tokui, Yoji Tanaka Running Time: 115 min. By HKFanatic With the massive success of 2010’s 13 … Continue reading

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20th Century Boys: Chapter 1: The Beginning of the End (2008) Review

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi Producer: Nobuyuki Iinuma Cast: Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Takako Tokiwa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Takashi Ukaji, Kuranosuke Sasaki Running Time: 142 min. By HKFanatic 20th Century Boys is a live-action film based off the immensely popular and award-winning manga … Continue reading

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