Author Archives: Paul Bramhall

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, Wu Jing, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Simon Yam Tat Wah, Max Zhang Jin, Ken Lo Hui Kwong, Dominic Lam Ka … 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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World of Kanako, The (2014) Review

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima Producer: Satomi Kotake, Yutaka Suzuki Cast: Koji Yakusho, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Joe Odagiri, Fumi Nikaido, Hiroya Shimizu, Hiroki Nakajima, Ai Hashimoto, Asuka Kurosawa, Miki Nakatani, Hitoshi Hoshino, Mahiro Takasugi, Jun Kunimura, Munetaka Aoki Running Time: 118 … Continue reading

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Return of the Valuables (1975) Review

Director: Chui Dai-Gwan Writer: Gam Kim Producer: Chen Ching-Te Cast: Chen Tao, Joan Lin Feng-Chiao, Gary List, Lee Seung, Lam Chi, Miao Tian, Lan Yun, Gam Kim, Chen Chiu, Chan San-Yat, Tsang Ming-Cheong, Yeung Hung, Keung Hon, Wong Goon-Hung, Chui … Continue reading

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Master Killers | aka The Master Avenger (1980) Review

AKA: The Master Avenger Director: Wong Hung Cheung Cast: Casanova Wong, Blacky Ko Sau Leung, Philip Ko Fei, Bolo Yeung Tze, Chiang Kam, Suen Kwok Ming Running Time: 92 min. By Paul Bramhall There’s an old romantic cliché that goes something … Continue reading

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Daisy (2006) Review

Director: Andrew Lau Writer: Felix Chong Producer: Hoon-tak Jung Cast: Jeong Woo-Sung, Jun Ji-Hyun (Gianna Jun), Lee Sung-jae, Cheon Ho-Jin, Simon Yam Tat Wah, David Chiang Da Wei, Yu Sun-Cheol, Dion Lam Running Time: 110 min. By Paul Bramhall On … Continue reading

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Shadowless Sword (2005) Review

AKA: The Legend of the Shadowless Sword Director: Kim Young-Jun Writer: Kim Tae-Gwan, Shin Jun-Hee Cast: Yun So-Yi, Lee Seo-Jin, Shin Hyun-Joon, Lee Gi-Yong, Jeong Ho-Bin, Park Seong-Woong Running Time: 98 min. By Paul Bramhall The words ‘Korean’ and ‘wuxia’ … Continue reading

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Rage | aka Tokarev (2014) Review

Director: Paco Cabezas Writer: Jim Agnew, Sean Keller Cast: Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Peter Stormare, Danny Glover, Max Ryan, Michael McGrady, Judd Lormand, Max Fowler, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Ron Goleman, Aubrey Peeples Running Time: 92 min. By Paul Bramhall For … Continue reading

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Master Strikes, The (1980) Review

Director: Kao Pao Shu Writer: Kao Pao Shu Cast: Meng Yuen Man, Tony Ching Siu Tung, Casanova Wong, Yen Shi Kwan, Eddie Ko Hung, Wong Mei Mei, Max Lee Chiu Jun, Meg Lam Kin Ming, Sham Chin Bo, Chan Ling … Continue reading

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Fox Hunter (1995) Review

AKA: Hunting Fox Director: Stephen Tung Wai Producer: Joe Cheung, Benny Kong Cast: Jade Leung, Jordan Chan, Yu Rong Guang, Ching Fung, Guy Lai Ying Chau, Ng Git Keung, Roger Lee Yue Ling Running Time: 92 min. By Paul Bramhall … Continue reading

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Big Match (2014) Review

Director: Choi Ho Producer: Park Sang-Hyun Cast: Lee Jeong-Jae, Shin Ha-Gyun, Lee Sung-Min, BoA, Kim Yui-Seong, Bae Sung-Woo, Son Ho-Jun, Kim Yun-Sung, Choi Woo-Sik, Park Doo-Sik Running Time: 112 min. By Paul Bramhall Director Choi Ho is certainly not someone … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with the author of the upcoming Alexander Fu Sheng book ‘The Biography of the Chinatown Kid’

Anyone familiar with the Shaw Brothers studio will no doubt be aware of Alexander Fu Sheng. A charismatic performer known for his mischievous persona and physical dexterity, he quickly became a favorite of both Chang Cheh and Lau Kar Leung, … Continue reading

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