Author Archives: Paul Bramhall

Samurai, Spirits & Splatter: An interview with ‘Nilalang’ director Pedring Lopez

It was a particularly humid day in October when I found myself strolling through the streets of Makati in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, to meet with up and coming director Pedring Lopez at his post-production house located in … Continue reading

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Insane (2015) Review

Director: Lee Chul-Ha Writer: Valentine Producer: Jung Kyung-Il Cast: Gang Ye-Won, Lee Sang-Yoon, Choi Jin-Ho, Ji Dae-Han, Chun Min-Hee, Lee Hak-Joo, Choi Yoon-So, Jo Jae-Yun, Kim Jong-Soo, Jang Tae-Seong, Yu Geon Running Time: 91 min. By Paul Bramhall Mainstream Korean … Continue reading

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Nilalang | aka The Entity (2015) Review

AKA: Creature Director: Pedring Lopez Writer: Pedring Lopez, Dennis Empalmado Cast: Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa, Meg Imperial, Yam Concepcion, Cholo Barretto, Dido de la Paz, Kiko Matos, Aubrey Miles, Alexandre Charlet, Sonny Sison Running Time: 90 min.  By Paul Bramhall After … Continue reading

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Review

AKA: Jack Reacher 2 Director: Edward Zwick Producer: Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Austin Hebert, Robert Catrini, Robert Knepper Running Time: 118 min. By Paul Bramhall The announcement … Continue reading

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Men Behind the Sun (1988) Review

AKA: Camp 731 Director: T. F. Mou Producer: Fu Chi, Hung Chu Cast: Gang Wang, Hsu Gou, Tie Long Jin, Zhao Hua Mei, Zhe Quan, Run Sheng Wang, Dai Wao Yu, Andrew Yu Running Time: 105 min. By Paul Bramhall Men … Continue reading

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Evil Hits Evil | aka Three Dark Spirits (1983) Review

Director: Lucifer Lai Wen-Hsiang Writer: An Jun-o Cast: Kwan Yung-moon, Chan Sing, Robert Tai, Doris Lung, Alan Lau, Peng Kang, Yeung Hung, Cheung Ching Fung, Gam Wing Cheung, Woo Hon Cheung Running Time: 85 min. By Paul Bramhall If you’re going to … Continue reading

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Truy Sát | aka Tracer (2016) Review

Director: Cuong Ngo Producer: Truong Ngoc Anh Cast: Trung Ngoc Anh, Lamou Vissay, Marcus Guilhem, Maria Tran, Trung Ly, Thien Nguyen, Mike Leeder, Antony Nguyen, Hieu Nguyen, Cuong Seven Running Time: 90 min. By Paul Bramhall In 2007, Thailand was still riding the coat tails of … Continue reading

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Criminal (2016) Review

Director: Ariel Vromen Writer: Douglas Cook, David Weisberg Cast: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot, Michael Pitt, Jordi Mollà, Ryan Reynolds, Antje Traue, Scott Adkins, Amaury Nolasco Running Time: 113 min. By Paul Bramhall When … Continue reading

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Valley of the Double Dragon | aka Fist Fighter (1974) Review

AKA: Kung Fu of Taekwondo Director: Ulysses Au-Yeung Jun Producer: Lu Ching-Hang Cast: Kim Jin-pal, Sylvester Williams, Lin Chen Chi, Suen Yuet, Fang Mien, Liu Ping, Ma Cheung Running Time: 88 min.  By Paul Bramhall When it comes to the old-school kung … Continue reading

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The Real Hard Target: Martial Arts Cinema and Piracy

September 2016 saw the release of the Scott Adkins action vehicle Hard Target 2, a sequel to Hong Kong auteur John Woo’s 1993 Hollywood debut. Just like any fan of action cinema, I was eager to check it out, and … Continue reading

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Hard Target 2 (2016) Review

Director: Roel Reiné Producer: Chris Lowenstein Cast: Scott Adkins, Robert Knepper, Rhona Mitra, Tempera Morrison, Ann Truong, Adam Saunders, Jamie Timony, Pter Hardy, Sean Keenan, Troy Honeysett, JeeJa Yanin, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Patrick Kazu Tang, Thira Chutikul Running Time: 104 min. … Continue reading

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Blood of Dragon Peril (1979) Review

AKA: A Man with Seven Faces Director: Kim Seon-gyeong Writer: Yoon Sam-yook Producer: Kim In-dong Cast: Chang Il-do, Choi Min-kyu, Kwon Il-soo Running Time: 94 min. By Paul Bramhall I confess to having a soft-spot for kung fu movies that have … Continue reading

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Godfather’s Daughter Mafia Blues, The (1991) Review

Director: Fung Hak On Writer: Siao Lung Cast: Mark Cheng Ho Nam, Yukari Oshima, Alex Man Chi Leung, Dick Wei, Ken Lo, Wong Yu, Leung Kar Yan, Tai Bo, Anthony Carpio, Chan Daat Gong, Benny Lai Keung Kuen, Chow Kong, … Continue reading

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Sadako vs Kayako | aka The Ring vs The Grudge (2016) Review

AKA: Ring vs Ju-On Director: Koji Shiraishi Writer: Koji Shiraishi Cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Masahiro Komoto, Masanobu Ando, Mai Kikuchi, Misato Tanaka, Seiko Ozone Running Time: 99 min. By Paul Bramhall Starting any review of Sadako vs … Continue reading

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Phone, The (2015) Revew

Director: Kim Bong-Joo Writer: Kim Bong-Joo Producer: Suk Jae-Seung, Gu Sung-Mok Cast: Son Hyun-Joo, Uhm Ji-Won, Bae Sung-Woo, Hwang Bo-Ra, Roh Jeong-Eui, Jang In-Sub, Jo Dal-Hwan, Lee Sheol-Min, Park Ji-So, Hwang Suk-Jung, Kim Jong-Goo Running Time: 114 min. By Paul … Continue reading

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Train to Busan (2016) Review

Director: Yeon Sang-Ho Writer: Park Joo-suk Producer: Lee Dongha Cast: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-Seok, Jung Yu-Mi, Choi Woo-Sik, Ahn So-Hee, Kim Soo-Ahn, Kim Eui-Sung Running Time: 118 min. By Paul Bramhall Korea’s film industry is one which is rarely associated … Continue reading

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Deadly Kick, The | aka Dragon King (1976) Review

AKA: The Rival Director: Go Yeong-nam, Lo Lieh Cast: Lo Lieh, Bobby Kim, Pearl Lin Yin Zhu, Han Mi-ja, Im Eun-ju, Kim Ki-ju, Jin Bong-jin, Gam Kei Chu, Bruce Cheung Mong, Chan Feng Chen, Chiu Chun, Han Myeong-hwan Running Time: … Continue reading

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Keeper of Darkness (2015) Review

Director: Nick Cheung Writer: Yeung Sin-ling Cast: Nick Cheung, Amber Kuo, Louis Cheung, Sisley Choi, Xing Yu, Philip Keung, Karena Lam, Lawrence Ng Running Time: 103 min. By Paul Bramhall Nick Cheung has been a presence within the Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Inside Men: The Original (2015) Review

Director: Woo Min-Ho Writer: Yoon Tae-Ho, Woo Min-Ho Cast: Lee Byung-Hun, Cho Seung-Woo, Baek Yoon-Sik, Lee Kyoung-Young, Kim Hong-Fa, Jo Jae-Yun, Bae Sung-Woo, Kim Dae-Myung, Jo Woo-Jin, Yoo Jae-Myung Running Time: 180 min. By Paul Bramhall Based on a web-comic … Continue reading

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Mozu: The Movie (2015) Review

Director: Eiichiro Hasumi Writer: Go Osaka, Kosuke Nishi Producer: Mamoru Inoue, Akira Morii Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Takeshi Kitano, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yoko Maki, Yusuke Iseya, Tori Matsuzaka, Hiroki Hasegawa, Fumiyo Kohinata, Sosuke Ikematsu, Atsushi Ito Running Time: 116 min. By Paul … Continue reading

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