Author Archives: Paul Bramhall

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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Blood Child | aka Five Fingers of Steel (1982) Review

AKA: 5 Fingers of Steel Director: Vincent Leung Producer: Law Ga-Foo Cast: Hwang Jang Lee, Yen Shi Kwan, Kwan Yung Moon, Lee Yi Yi, Yuen Mao, Chu Tiet Wo, Chan Lau, Lau Hok Nin, Liu Hok Ming, Pak Sha Lik, … Continue reading

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Final Score | aka Elegy of a Massacre (1986) Review

Director: Arizal Writer: Deddy Armand Cast: Chris Mitchum, Mike Abbott, Ida Iasha, Dicky Zulkarnaen, Zainal Abidin, Siska Widowati, Nizar Zulmi, Ivonne Elisabeth, Andre Mathias, Gino Makasutji, Syarief Friant Running Time: 88 min. By Paul Bramhall It’s an age old dilemma … Continue reading

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Techno Warriors | aka Computer Hero (1997) Review

AKA: The Cyber Warrior Director: Philip Ko Fei Writer: Philip Ko Fei, Al Marcelo Producer: Chui Ching Yat Cast: Philip Ko Fei, Tamara Guo, Darren Shahlavi, Winston Ellis, Monsour del Rosario, James Ha Chim Si, Thorsten Nickel, Alan Chan Yiu … Continue reading

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Martial Arts Master Wong Fei Hung (1992) Review

AKA: Great Hero from China Director: Lee Chiu Producer: Cheung Sin-Gung Cast: Chin Kar Lok, Lam Ching Ying, Jacqueline Ng Suet Man, Suen Kwok Ming, Kwan Hoi San, Chan Siu Pang Running Time: 93 min. By Paul Bramhall The name … Continue reading

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Coin Locker Girl | aka Chinatown (2014) Review

Director: Han Jun-Hee Writer: Han Jun-Hee Cast: Kim Hye-Soo, Kim Go-Eun, Um Tae-Goo, Park Bo-Gum, Ko Gyung-Pyo, Lee Soo-Kyung, Cho Hyun-Chul, Jo Bok-Rae, Lee Dae-Yeon, Jung Suk-Yong, Baek Soo-Jang Running Time: 110 min. By Paul Bramhall As anyone who’s seen … Continue reading

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Clones of Bruce Lee, The (1980) Review

AKA: Death Penalty on Three Robots Director: Joseph Kong Producer: Dick Randall, Chang Tsung Lung Cast: Dragon Lee, Bruce Le, Bruce Lai, Bruce Thai, Jon Benn, Bolo Yeung, Alexander Grand, Kong Do, Cheng Kei-Ying, San Kuai, Steve Mak Fei-Hung, Tam … Continue reading

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Office (2014) Review

Director: Hong Won-Chan Writer: Choi Yoon-Jin, Hong Won-Chan Producer: Lee Sung-Jin, Choi Yoon-Jin Cast: Ko Ah-Sung, Park Sung-Woong, Bae Sung-Woo, Kim Eui-Sung, Ryoo Hyoun-Kyoung, Lee Chae-Eun, Son Soo-Hyun, Park Jung-Min, Oh Dae-Hwan Running Time: 111 min. By Paul Bramhall The … Continue reading

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Emperor of the Underworld (1994) Review

Director: Hwang Jang Lee Writer: Im Seung-su Cast: Dragon Lee, Hwang Jang Lee, Lee Jin Young, Kim Mi Young, Hyeon Kil Su, Jeong Wu Hyeok, Hwang Chun-su Running Time: 87 min. By Paul Bramhall If there was ever a genre that … Continue reading

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How ‘Ip Man’ made Donnie Yen ‘The Man’

Donnie Yen’s career in the film industry has been one that’s certainly been more interesting than most. Discovered by Yuen Woo Ping, his debut as the lead in 1984’s Drunken Tai Chi for many represents the last movie of the … Continue reading

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