Author Archives: Paul Bramhall

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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Exclusive: In the Cinema Lounge with Shin Su-won

In a man’s world, director Shin Su-won has created a distinct voice for herself within the Korean film industry, and by all accounts her latest movie, Madonna, should further establish her name as a considerable talent on a global level. … Continue reading

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Monk’s Fight (1979) Review

Director: Yu Kong Writer: Yu Kong Producer: Kam Yuen Bo Cast: Lee Wing, Pearl Chang Ling, Casanova Wong, Choi Wang, Tien Feng, Chan Wai Lau, Chu Tiet Wo, Ho Pak Kwong, Ling Yun, Ching Ching, Chuen Yuen, Tung Li Running … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with Kim Sung-ho

In many ways 2003 could be considered as the pivotal year for the Korean film industry. With the advent of the DVD format, Korean movies had already begun filtering through to the western market, with titles such as Shiri, Nowhere … Continue reading

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Magnificent Wonderman from Shaolin (1979) Review

AKA: Golden Gate Director: Kim Seon-gyeong Producer: Joseph Lai, Tomas Tang Cast: Casanova Wong, Eagle Han Ying, Gam Ching Lan, Elton Chong, Hyeon Kil-Su, Martin Chui Man-Fooi, Austin Wai Running Time: 91 min. By Paul Bramhall Magnificent Wonderman from Shaolin … Continue reading

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SPL II: A Time for Consequences | aka Kill Zone 2 (2015) Review

AKA: Sha Po Lang 2, Kill Zone 2 Director: Soi Cheang Pou Soi Writer: Leung Lai Yin Cast: Tony Jaa, Jacky Wu Jing, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Simon Yam Tat Wah, Max Zhang Jin, Ken Lo Hui Kwong, Dominic Lam … Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) Review

Director: Christopher McQuarrie Writer: Christopher McQuarrie Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin, Zhang Jing Chu, Simon McBurney, Tom Hollander Running Time: 131 min. By Paul Bramhall It’s been almost 20 years … Continue reading

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Wild City (2015) Review

AKA: Hustle Director: Ringo Lam Writer: Ringo Lam Cast: Louis Koo, Shawn Yue, Joseph Chang, Tong Liya, Jack Kao, Sam Lee, Philip Ng, Dave Wong, Simon Yam Running Time: 100 min. By Paul Bramhall Not taking into consideration the segment … Continue reading

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Sifu vs. Vampire (2014) Review

Director: Daniel Chan Yee Hang Writer: Wong Jing Producer: Wong Jing Cast: Yuen Biao, Ronald Cheng, Michelle Hu Ran, Philip Ng, Kelvin Kwan Cho Yiu, Jiang Lu Xia, Tony Ho Wah Chiu, Winnie Leung, Ricky Yi Faan Wai, Patrick Keung … Continue reading

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Eternal Fist | aka Fist of Steel (1992) Review

AKA: Death Zone Director: Teddy Chiu (aka Irvin Johnson) Producer: Andy Andico, Vivian Andico Cast: Dale ‘Apollo’ Cook, Don Nakaya Neilsen, Cynthia Khan, Alina Borkowski, Greg Douglas, Greg Douglass, Jim Gaines Running Time: 97 min By Paul Bramhall In 1989 … Continue reading

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Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) Review

Director: Diao Yinan Writer: Diao Yinan Producer: Vivian Qu, Wan Juan Cast: Liao Fan, Gwei Lun-Mei, Wang Xuebing, Wang Jingchun, Yu Ailei, Ni Jingyang Running Time: 106 min. By Paul Bramhall While the last decade has seen China become an … Continue reading

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From Vegas to Macau II (2015) Review

AKA: The Man from Macau II Director: Wong Jing, Aman Chang Producer: Andrew Lau, Connie Wong Cast: Chow Yun-fat, Nick Cheung, Carina Lau, Shawn Yue, Angela Wang, Michelle Hu, David Chiang, Kimmy Tong, Philip Keung, Wu Yue, Jin Qiaoqiao, Kenny … Continue reading

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Monk Comes Down the Mountain (2015) Review

AKA: The Monk Director: Chen Kaige Producer: Chen Hong Cast: Wang Bao Qiang, Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen, Lin Chi-ling, Fan Wei, Yuen Wah, Vanness Wu, Wang Xueqi, Danny Chan Kwok-kwan, Lam Suet, Dong Qi, Li Xuejian, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Tiger Hu … Continue reading

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