Author Archives: Martin Sandison

Incredible Kung Fu Master, The (1979) Review

AKA: The Kung Fu Master Director: Joe Cheung Tung Cho Cast: Stephen Tung Wei, Sammo Hung, Philip Ko, Lee Hoi San, Peter Chan, Chung Fat, Dai Sai Aan, Huang Ha, Cecilia Wong, Meng Hoi, Austin Wai, Billy Chan, Lam Ching Ying, … Continue reading

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Age of Shadows, The (2016) Review

AKA: Secret Agent Director: Kim Ji-woon Cast: Goo Uoo, Song Kang-Ho, Han Ji-Min, Um Tae-Goo, Shin Sung-Rok, Seo Young-Joo, Lee Byung-Hun, Shingo Tsurumi, Heo Sung-Tae, Kim Dong-Young Running Time: 140 min. By Martin Sandison I remember going to see Kim Ji-woon’s A Bittersweet Life back when it … Continue reading

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Headshot (2016) Review

Director: The Mo Brothers Writer: Timo Tjahjanto Cast: Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Chelsea Islan, David Hendrawan, Epy Kusnandar, Zack Lee, Sunny Pang, Very Tri Yulisman Running Time: 118 min. By Martin Sandison While the world waits with bated breath for the … Continue reading

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Review

Director: Sam Peckinpah Producer: Martin Baum Cast: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Helmut Dantine, Emilio Fernández, Kris Kristofferson Running Time: 112 min. By Martin Sandison Sam Peckinpah’s influence as a filmmaker is undoubted, and his run from … Continue reading

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Seeding of a Ghost (1983) Review

Director: Richard Yeung Writer: Lam Yee Hung Producer: Mona Fong Cast: Norman Chu Siu Keung, Philip Ko Fei, Tin Mat, Maria Yuen Chi Wai, Wong Yung, Wai Ga Man, Hung San Nam, Pak Man Biu, Jaime Chik Mei Jan, Erik … Continue reading

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Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016) Review

Director: Lee Joon-Ik Writer: Shin Youn-Shick Cast: Kang Ha-Neul, Park Jung-Min, Kim In-Woo, Choi Hong-Il, Choi Hee-Seo, Shin Yoon-Joo, Min Jin-Woong Running Time: 110 min. By Martin Sandison The Glasgow, Scotland leg of the 16th London Korean Film Festival appealed … Continue reading

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Hex (1980) Review

Director: Kuei Chih-Hung Producer: Runme Shaw Cast: Tien Ni, Wong Yung, Chan Si Gaai, Shum Lo, Lee Sau Kei, Hon Gwok Choi, Ma Chao, Chan Laap Ban, Lau Yat Fan, Wong Ching Ho, Stephen Chan Yung Running Time: 90 min. … Continue reading

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LKFF2016: London Korean Film Festival: Glasgow Leg

The London Korean Film Festival, now in its tenth year, has been gathering steam. This year sees offerings from the likes of Kim Sung Soo (Asura: The City of Madness), Woo Min Ho (Inside Men) and Hur Jin Ho (The … Continue reading

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Ebola Syndrome (1996) Review

Director: Herman Yau Writer: Chau Ting Producer: Wong Jing Cast: Anthony Wong, Angel Wong, Vincent Wan, Mariane Chan, Lo Meng, Ng Sui Ting, Peter Ngor Chi Kwan, Shing Fui On, Cindy Yip, Chang Yin Running Time: 97 min. By Martin … Continue reading

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Golgo 13 (1973) Review

Director: Junya Sato Writer: Takao Saito, K. Motomitsu Cast: Ken Takakura, Mohsen Sohrabi, Jaleh Sam, Yadolla Shirandami, Jalal Pishvaian, Arezu, Siamak Atlassi, Arash Taj, Dariush Asadzade, Ezatallah Ramezanifar Running Time: 104 min. By Martin Sandison A couple of nights after … Continue reading

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972) Review

Director: Kenji Misumi Writer: Kazoo Koike, Goseki Kojima Producer: Shintaro Katsu Cast: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Tomoko Mayama, Fumio Watanabe, Keiko Fujita, Reiko Kasahara, Yunosuke Ito, Shun’ya Wazaki, Yoshi Kato Running Time: 83 min. By Martin Sandison In February of this year, … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with the visionary Nobuhiko Obayashi

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s film House is rightfully regarded as one of the craziest and most singular films ever made, and I would say no other movie comes close to its beyond-surreal vision. Obayashi’s debut, made in 1977, would kickstart a career of … Continue reading

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House (1977) Review

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi Writer: Chigumi Obayashi, Chiho Katsura Cast: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Ai Matubara, Kumiko Oba, Mieko Sato, Eriko Tanaka, Masayo Miyako, Yoko Minamida, Kiyohiko Ozaki, Saho Sasazawa, Haruko Wanibuchi Running Time: 88 min. By Martin Sandison Ten years … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with martial arts star Sammo Hung

If you were to ask me who I thought was the ultimate kung fu filmmaker, one name would instantly spring to my mind: Sammo Hung. During my childhood, his movies – such as Prodigal Son, Warriors Two, Magnificent Butcher and … Continue reading

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Master, The | aka The Final Master (2015) Review

Director: Xu Haofeng Writer: Xu Haofeng Cast: Fan Liao, Xiao Song Jia, Jiang Wenli, Huang Jue, Jin Shijie, Zhang Aoyue, Song Yang, Dong Xiaosong, Madina Memet, Leon Dai, Chen Kuan-tai, Xiong Xin-Xin Running Time: 109 min. By Martin Sandison Now … Continue reading

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Bodyguard, The (2016) Review

AKA: My Beloved Bodyguard Director: Sammo Hung Cast: Sammo Hung, Jaqueline Chan, Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Zhu Yuchen, Jack Feng, Li Qin Qin, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Tsui Hark, Karl Maka, Dean Shek, James Lee Guy, Tomer Oz, Yuen Qiu, Feng Shaofeng, … Continue reading

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Pilferer’s Progress, The | aka Money Crazy (1977) Review

Director: John Woo Writer: John Woo Producer: Raymond Chow Cast: Richard Ng, Ricky Hui, Lee Hoi San, Angie Chiu, Cheung Ying, Lam Ching Ying, Mars, Billy Chan, Tai San, Fung Hak On, Fung King Man, Gam Gwan, Helena Law Lan, … Continue reading

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Creepy (2016) Review

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Novel: Yutaka Maekawa Writer: Chihiro Ikeda, Kiyoshi Kurosawa Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi, Haruna Kawaguchi, Masahiro Higashide, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryoko Fujino, Masahiro Toda, Toru Baba Misaki Saisho, Takashi Sasano Running Time: 130 min. By Martin Sandison An … Continue reading

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Office | aka Design for Living (2015) Review

Director: Johnnie To Writer: Sylvia Chang Producer: Johnnie To, Sylvia Chang Cast: Chow Yun-fat, Sylvia Chang, Eason Chan, Tang Wei, Wang Ziyi, Lang Yue-Ting, Cheung Siu-Fai, Tien Hsin, Wallace Chung Hon-Leung, Stephanie Che Yuen-Yuen, Timmy Hung Tin-Ming, Mickey Chu Kin-Kwan, … Continue reading

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Trivisa (2016) Review

Director: Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong Producer: Johnnie To, Yau Nai-hoi Cast: Jordan Chan Siu-Chun, Richie Ren Xian-Qi, Gordon Lam Ka-Tung, Lam Suet, Kwong Leung Wong, Fung Woo Running Time: 97 min. By Martin Sandison Berlin Film Festival, now … Continue reading

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