Author Archives: Paul Bramhall

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Review

AKA: Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens Director: J. J. Abrams Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, … Continue reading

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Enter the Invincible Hero (1981) Review

AKA: Secret Bandit of Black Leopard Director: Kim Si-hyun Producer: Joseph Lai, Tomas Tang Cast: Dragon Lee, Casanova Wong, Chui Man Fooi, Lee Ye Min, Cheung Ching Kwok, Gam Hei Wang Running Time: 100 min. By Paul Bramhall Deciphering who … Continue reading

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Wild Panther | aka The Pursuit (1984) Review

Director: Lee Tso Nam Writer: Cheung San Yee Producer: Lim Kee Chye Cast: Chen Shan, Don Wong Tao, Eagle Han Ying, Ching Kuo Chung, Peng Kang, Ho Hing Nam, Chan Hau-Wa Running Time: 90 min. By Paul Bramhall Taiwanese director … Continue reading

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Seoul (2002) Review

Director: Masahiko Nagasawa Writer: Yasuo Hasegawa Producer: Cha Seung-Jae, Lee Jeong-Hak Cast: Tomoya Nagase, Choi Min-Soo, Hoon Jang, Sung Choi, Jin-myung Go, Shim-young Hahm, Hun-suk Jung, Ki-won Kang, Dong-wook Kim, Ji-youn Kim, Chan-young Lee, Do-hyung Lee, Kyung-hwan Park, Young-jin Park … Continue reading

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Drive Hard (2014) Review

AKA: Hard Drive Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith Producer: Kirk Shaw, Paul O’Kane, Pam Collis Cast: John Cusack, Thomas Jane, Zoe Ventoura, Christopher Morris, Yesse Spence, Damien Garvey, Jerome Ehlers, Carol Burns, Robert Newman, Christopher Sommers, Andrew Buchanan, Jason Wilder, Adrian Auld … Continue reading

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Attack on Titan: Part 1 (2015) Review

Director: Shinji Higuchi Writer: Yusuke Watanabe, Tomohiro Machiyama Based on Manga by Hajime Isayama Cast: Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongo, Takahiro Miura, Nanami Sakuraba, Satoru Matsuo, Satomi Ishihara, Pierre Taki, Jun Kunimura, Rina Takeda, Shu Watanabe, Ayame … Continue reading

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Hunted Hunter, The (1997) Review

Director: Ricky Lau Writer: Foh Ging-Yiu Producer: Shum Wai Chung Wai-Shing Cast: Yuen Biao, Zhang Feng-Yi, Roi Vinzon, Jessica Hester, Jerry Lamb Hiu-Fung, Karen Timbol, Michael Lam Wai-Leung, Wu Ma, Chung Fat, Levy Ignacio, Ricky Lau, Shum Wai Running Time: … Continue reading

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Kill Line (1991) Review

Director: Richard H. Kim Writer: Richard H. Kim Producer: Bobby Kim Cast: Bobby Kim, Michael Parker, H. Wayne Lowry, Marlena Shapiro, Michael Ford, Clif Willis, George W. Byers, Sheila Ivy Traister, Marty Bechina, Tony Carpenter Running Time: 93 min. By … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with Won Jin – The Scorpion King

Back in 2002 I could still be considered a relative newcomer to the world of kung fu cinema, having gotten into the genre only a few years earlier. Living in the UK, most of my kung fu movie watching came … Continue reading

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Say Yes (2001) Review

Director: Kim Sung-hong Writer: Yeo Hye-yeong Producer: Hwang Gi-Seong Cast: Park Joong-hoon, Chu Sang-Mi, Kim Ju-Hyeok, Gi Ju-Bong, Lee Chang-Yeong, Lee Wu-Jin, Choi Hong-Il Running Time: 105 min. By Paul Bramhall Think of Asian horror during the late 90’s and … Continue reading

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Watch the action-packed IMAX trailer for ‘Jack Reacher 2’

Back in 2012, actor Tom Cruise drew plenty of criticism when he was cast in Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher as Jack Reacher, the popular character created by novelist Lee Child. However, the proof, as they say, is in the movie. … Continue reading

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Full Strike (2015) Review

Director: Derek Kwok, Henry Wong Writer: Derek Kwok, Henry Wong Cast: Ronald Cheng, Josie Ho, Ekin Cheng, Tse Kwan Ho, Edmond Leung, Siu Yam Yam, Wilfred Lau, Andrew Lam, Grace Yip, Michael Tse, Vincent Kok, Phillip Keung Running Time: 108 … Continue reading

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Advocate: A Missing Body, The (2015) Review

Director: Huh Jong-Ho Writer: Choi Kwan-yeong, Lee Gong-joo Cast: Lee Sun-Kyun, Kim Go-Eun, Lim Won-Hee, Jang Hyun-Sung, Hong Sung-Duk, Kim Yoon-hye, Kwak In-joon, Choi Jae-woong, Park Ji-yeong, Choi Kyoo-hwan Running Time: 117 min. By Paul Bramhall Korean cinema has a … Continue reading

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Bruce Strikes Back | aka The Ninja Strikes Back (1982) Review

AKA: Eye of the Dragon, Bruce Le Fights Back Director: Joseph Kong, Bruce Le, Jean-Marie Pallardy Producer: André Koob, Dick Randall Cast: Bruce Le (aka Huang Kin Long, Wong Kin Lung), Hwang Jang Lee, Casanova Wong, Harold Sakata, Bolo Yeung, … Continue reading

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COF Presents: Top 10 Worst Hong Kong Movie DVD Covers

Warning: This Article May Cause Discomfort for the Eyes Marketing Hong Kong movies to a western audience has always been a tricky business, especially when it comes to DVD releases. Amongst the countless latest Hollywood titles fighting for your attention … Continue reading

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The Kung Fu Fandom Forum is bigger, better and back online!

Many visitors to City on Fire will also no doubt be aware of kungfucinema.com, and are most likely asking the question of why the site has been offline since Sunday 11th July. Unfortunately it was confirmed by site owner Mark … Continue reading

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Undeclared War (1990) Review

Director: Ringo Lam Producer: Ringo Lam Cast: Danny Lee Sau Yin, Tommy Wong Kwong Leung, Peter Liapis, Vernon Wells, Olivia Hussey, Rosamund Kwan, Louis Roth, Dean Harrington, Victor Hon Kwan, Mars, Jonathan Isgar, Brad Kerner, Mark King, Jameson Lam, Ernest … Continue reading

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Kick Boxer | aka Once Upon a Chinese Hero (1993) Review

Director: Wu Ma Writer: Lee Man Choi Producer: Yuen Biao Cast: Yuen Biao, Shirley Lui Sau Ling, Yuen Wah, Yen Shi Kwan, Sheila Chan Suk Lan, Wu Ma, Gam Sap Yee, Chen Shan, Tai Bo, Anthony Carpio, Chu Tau, Louis … Continue reading

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Memories of the Sword (2015) Review

Director: Park Heung-Sik Writer: Park Heung-Sik, Choi A-Reum Cast: Lee Byung-Hun, Jeon Do-Yeon, Kim Go-Eun, Lee Joon-Ho, Lee Kyoung-Young, Kim Tae-Woo, Bae Soo-Bin Running Time: 121 min. By Paul Bramhall Korean cinema continues to create some of the most original … Continue reading

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Assassination (2015) Review

Director: Choi Dong-hun Writer: Choi Dong-hun, Lee Gi-Cheol Cast: Jeon Ji-hyeon, Lee Jung-Jae, Ha Jung-Woo, Cho Jin-Woong, Choi Duk-Moon, Oh Dal-Su, Heo Ji-Won, Lee Kyoung-Young, Kim Eui-Sung, Park Byung-Eun, Jin Kyung, Kim Hong-Fa, Jung In-Gyeom, Kim Hae-Sook Running Time: 139 … Continue reading

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