Author Archives: Paul Bramhall

Taming the ‘Savage Dog’: 10 Questions for Marko Zaror

With the upcoming theatrical and VOD release of Savage Dog in August, at COF we were given the opportunity to provide the Dragon from Chile – Marko Zaror – 10 questions about his experience working on the movie. Since initially … Continue reading

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Cartels | aka Killing Salazar (2016) Review

Director: Keoni Waxman Producer: Binh Dang, Steven Seagal Cast: Steven Seagal, Georges St. Pierre, Luke Goss, Darren E. Scott, Florin Piersic Jr., Martine Argent, Lauro Chartrand, Bruce Crawford, Claudiu Bleont, Howard Dell, George Ramos, Adina Galupa Running Time: 93 min. … Continue reading

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Savage Dog (2017) Review

Director: Jesse V. Johnson Writer: Jesse V. Johnson Cast: Scott Adkins, Marko Zaror, Cung Le, JuJu Chan, Vladimir Kulich, Keith David, Charles Fathy, Matthew Marsden, Sheena Chou, Luke Massy, Aki Aleong Runnning Time: 94 min. By Paul Bramhall The transition from stuntman to director should, by nature, not … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek (2013) Review

Director: Huh Jung Writer: Huh Jung Producer: Kim Eui-Sung Cast: Son Hyun-Joo, Jeon Mi-Sun, Moon Jeong-Hee, Jung Joon-Won, Kim Soo-Ahn, Kim Ji-Young, Kim Won-Hae Running Time: 107 min. By Paul Bramhall It’s always refreshing when an Asian horror movie is … Continue reading

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Reset | aka Fatality Rate: Reset (2017) Review

Director: Yoon Hong-seung Writer: Zha Muchun Producer: Jackie Chan Cast: Yang Mi, Wallace Huo, King Shih-Chieh, Liu Chang, Hummer Zhang, Anita Wang, Zhao Shuting Running Time: 106 min. By Paul Bramhall While Mainland Chinese blockbusters continue to grow in budget … Continue reading

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Fabricated City (2017) Review

Director: Park Kwang-Hyun Writer: Park Kwang-Hyun, Oh Sang-Ho Cast: Ji Chang-Wook, Shim Eun-Kyung, Oh Jung-Se, Ahn Jae-Hong, Kim Sang-Ho, Kim Ki-Cheon, Kim Min-Kyo, Lee Honey, Kim Ho-Jung, Lee Soon-Won, Kim Seul-Gi By Paul Bramhall While on the surface it may … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with Kurando Mitsutake

If you’re not familiar with the name Kurando Mitsutake, it’s about time you should be. His first two feature length productions – Samurai Avenger: Blind Wolf, and Gun Woman – have both been released in the States, and his latest … Continue reading

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South Shaolin vs. North Shaolin (1983) Review

Director: Wu Chia Chun Co-director: Casanova Wong Writer: Go Seong-ui Producer: Park Jong-gu Cast: Casanova Wong, Eagle Han Ying, Ma Chin Ku, Wang Kuan Hsiung, Chiang Cheng, Gang Myeong-hwa Running Time: 87 min. By Paul Bramhall In 1982, a year prior to the … Continue reading

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Karate Kill (2016) Review

Director: Kurando Mitsutake Writer: Kurando Mitsutake Cast: Hayate, David Sakurai, Asami, Katarina Leigh Waters, Mana Sakura, Kirk Geiger, Noriaki Kamata, Kirk Geiger, Tomm Voss, Jeffrey James Lippold Running Time: 85 min By Paul Bramhall Japanese action cinema has a history of … Continue reading

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I Am a Hero (2015) Review

Director: Shinsuke Sato Writer: Kengo Hanazawa, Akiko Nogi Cast: Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Yoshinori Okada, Nana Katase, Jin Katagiri, Makita Sports, Muga Tsukaji, Yu Tokui, Toru Kazama Running Time: 126 min. By Paul Bramhall It’s rare … Continue reading

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Aces Go Places V: The Terracotta Hit (1989) Review

AKA: Mad Mission 5 Director: Lau Kar-leung Writer: Chang Gwok Tsz Cast: Sam Hui, Karl Maka, Leslie Cheung, Nina Li Chi, Conan Lee, Billy Chong, Maria Cordero, Ha Chi Jan, Mark Houghton, Walter Tso, Melvin Wong, Wayne Archer, Bruce Fontaine, Brad … Continue reading

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City Ninja | aka Ninja Holocaust (1985) Review

AKA: Rocky’s Love Affairs, Hwa-ya Director: Choi Young-chul Cast: Chan Wai-Man, Casanova Wong, Andy Chworowsky, Chae Eun-hui, Eagle Han Ying, Park Yun-geun, John Ladalski, Mabel Kwong Mei-Bo, David Lo Dai-Wai, Wai Ka-Man, Luk Ying-Hong Running Time: 90 min. By Paul Bramhall Let’s just get it out of … Continue reading

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HBO: The New Home of Kung Fu? *UPDATE*

When you think of the famous studios responsible for producing some of the most popular kung fu classics, some names that will likely spring to mind are Golden Harvest, Shaw Brothers, and Cathay, to name but a few. One name … Continue reading

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Dancing Warrior | aka Venom Warrior (1985) Review

AKA: Dancing King Director: Cheng Cheh Writer: James Wong Cast: Ricky Cheng Tien Chi, Yang Li-Su, Sun Jung Chi, Yang Guang-Yo, Chen Kuan-Tai, Got Heung Ting, Lui Fong, Dennis Brown, Anita Mui Yim Fong Running Time: 90 min.  By Paul Bramhall It’s fair to say that … Continue reading

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Top 5 Greatest Action Entrances in Asian Cinema

Perhaps more than any other genre, making a good first impression in an action movie is paramount. Sure there can be some characterisation, plot setup etc. beforehand, but when that first action scene hits, it has to count. Because let’s … Continue reading

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The Kung fu Golden Era… had the Internet been around

As someone who got into the kung fu movie scene during the late 90’s, there’s always been a part of me which feels envious of those who got to experience the movies from the 70’s and 80’s golden era first … Continue reading

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Iron Monkey 2 (1996) Review

Director: Chiu Lo-Kong Producer: Lan Tin Hung, Lee Shin Cast: Donnie Yen, Billy Chow Bei Lei, Wu Ma, Alan Lee, Yuen Man Hing, Cheung, Kin Li, Li Wing, Han Wan Chong Running Time: 92 min. By Paul Bramhall There are … Continue reading

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Missing You (2016) Review

Director: Mo Hong-jin Writer: Mo Hong-jin Producer: Kim Dae-Geun Cast: Shim Eun-Kyung, Yoon Je-Moon, Kim Sung-Oh, Ahn Jae-Hong, Kim Won-Hae, Kim Hong-Fa, Oh Tae-Kyung Running Time: 108 min. By Paul Bramhall There can be no doubt that 2016 was a big year for … Continue reading

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Operation Mekong (2016) Review

Director: Dante Lam Cast: Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Joyce Feng, Sun Chun, Sean Wu, Chen Baoguo, Johnathan Wu, Ken Lo, Carl Ng, Mandy Wei, Yu Dong, Zhan Liguo, Liu Xianda, Zhao Jian, Shi Zhanjie, Yu Dong Running Time: 124 min. By Paul Bramhall … Continue reading

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Mission Milano (2016) Review

Director: Wong Jing Producer: Wong Jing Cast: Andy Lau, Huang Xiaoming, Michelle Hu, Shen Teng, Wong Cho-lam, Michelle Hu, Nana Ouyang, Fung Bo Bo, Wu Yue, Xie Yilin, Mao Junjie, Xu Dongdong, Shen Teng, Zhao Yingjun, Qi Wei, Ken Lo, … Continue reading

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