Author Archives: Paul Bramhall

Special Female Force (2016) Review

Director: Wilson Chin Cast: Eliza Sam, Joyce Cheng, Jeana Ho, Chris Tong, Cathryn Lee, Mandy Ho, Jacky Cai, Anita Chui, Philip Ng, Evergreen Mak, Jacqueline Chong, Calinda Chan, Terence Chui, Edward Ma, Coco Yuen, Toshika Lau, Hidy Yu, Jenvine Yu, … Continue reading

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Adventurers, The (2017) Review

Director: Stephen Fung Producer: Andy Lau, Stephen Fung Cast: Andy Lau, Shu Qi, Zhang Jingchu, Tony Yang, Jean Reno, Eric Tsang, Sha Yi, You Tianyi, Zhang Yiqun Running Time: 107 min. By Paul Bramhall Much like the classic 1989 triad movie, … Continue reading

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Confidential Assignment (2016) Review

Director: Kim Sung-Hoon Writer: Yoon Hyun-Ho Cast: Hyun-Bin, Yu Hae-Jin, Kim Ju-Hyeok, Jang Young-Nam, Yoona, Park Min-Ha, Lee Hae-Young, Lee Dong-Hwi, Kong Jung-Hwan, Jeon Kuk-Hwan Running Time: 125 min. By Paul Bramhall It’s been interesting to watch the portrayal of … Continue reading

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COF Presents: Made (& Remade) in Asia

Back in the oughts, before Hollywood became bankrolled by superhero franchises and endless reboots, the industries former money maker came from a seemingly endless stream of Americanised remakes of Asian movies. From horror (especially horror!) to action flicks to comedies, … Continue reading

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Wolf Warrior 2 (2017) Review

Director: Wu Jing Producer: Wu Jing Cast: Wu Jing, Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, Yu Nan, Zou Kai, Hans Zhang, Wu Gang, Ding Hai-Feng, Chun Yu Shan Shan, Yu Qian, Shi Zhao-Qi, Diana Sylla Running Time: 120 min. By Paul Bramhall While … Continue reading

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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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