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Donnie Yen is ‘The Lost Bladesman’ on Import Blu-ray and DVD

Is there any greater cinematic crime, in this day in age, than a Donnie Yen action flick not receiving distribution in the West? And yet this remains the case with 2011’s The Lost Bladesman. This is a historical epic based … Continue reading

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Toshiaki Toyoda wants you to join his ‘Monsters Club’

If you’ve seen Toshiaki Toyoda’s film Blue Spring, you know the director has a knack for exploring the casual nihilism at the heart of many of today’s young people. With his forthcoming film Monsters Club, his characters are a bit … Continue reading

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New Korean thriller will have audiences ‘Howling’ at the moon

The Korean thriller Howling is slated to hit theaters in its native country on February 9th, 2012 and today Beyond Hollywood has the new poster for the film. Howling is about two detectives trying to unravel the murder mystery surrounding … Continue reading

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Martial arts icon Kara Hui takes to the horror genre with ‘Blood Stained Shoes’

I’ve been following Todd Rigney’s coverage of the upcoming Chinese horror film Blood Stained Shoes over at Beyond Hollywood for a couple of reasons. One is that the Asian horror genre remains interesting, despite the countless Ringu knock-offs and American … Continue reading

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Have a ‘Secret Reunion’ with this Korean thriller on Import Blu-ray and DVD

Before he wowed international audiences with his blistering Korean War drama The Front Line, director Jung Hun delivered a decidedly modern thriller in Secret Reunion. This 2010 film stars Korea’s most recognizable actor, Song Kang-ho (Thirst, The Host, Memories of … Continue reading

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New Chinese martial arts movie reveals the power of ‘Nunchucku’

Nunchuku is a new Mandarin-language martial arts film slated to hit Chinese theaters on March 2, 2012. It’s also a difficult film to bring you information on since not much has been written about it in English! From what Cityonfire.com … Continue reading

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Slasher movie parody ‘Detention’ finally gets a release date

From the director of Torque, the 2004 Fast ‘n Furious clone that blew audience’s virgin minds with its video game cutscene-like special effects and blatant Mountain Dew advertising, comes Detention, one of the most buzzed about flicks at last year’s … Continue reading

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Michael Fassbender is Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Counselor’

Since No Country For Old Men author Cormac McCarthy sold his first spec script to Hollywood a few weeks ago, the project, titled The Counselor, has been on the fast track – and that’s putting it mildly. It didn’t take … Continue reading

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Chinese cinema makes an impression at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival

The 2012 Berlin Film Festival may have just wrapped a few days ago, with the Italian docudrama Caesar Must Die taking home the Golden Bear for Best Picture, but there’s no doubt that Chinese filmmakers made a strong impression at … Continue reading

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China to allow more Hollywood blockbusters into their country

For decades, China has allowed 20 “blockbuster” foreign films to be screened in its country year round. Last year, movies like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Transformers: Dark of the Moon ended up becoming breakout hits in the … Continue reading

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Japanese horror discovers the found footage genre with ‘POV’

It had to happen sometime. The Japanese horror genre appears to have gone all Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield on us with a new film titled POV ~Norowareta Film~. The good news is POV actually looks like it could be … Continue reading

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The ‘Star Blazers’ of your youth are back as ‘Space Battleship Yamato 2199’

Ah, who can forget the 1980’s practice of taking popular and long-running anime series and chopping them down, editing them for content, and dubbing them for American children? Cartoons like Robotech and Star Blazers were landmark shows for a generation … Continue reading

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1992’s ‘New Dragon Inn’ remastered and back on the big screen

1992’s New Dragon Inn is remastered and back on mainland big screens this February 24 (in other words, none of us are seeing it). Directed by East is Red’s Raymond Lee, New Dragon Inn is a remake of King Hu’s 1966 … Continue reading

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Blu-ray and DVD Releases for 2/21/12

It’s slim pickings this week as far as Asian cinema goes but, hey, there’s plenty for fans of global cinema and classic Hollywood films to enjoy. So let’s get cracking. Here are your Blu-ray and DVD releases for the week … Continue reading

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Kinji Fukasaku’s ‘Battle Royale’ at a theater near you

42 Students, Three Days, One Survivor, No Rules. Clever, creepy and ultra-violent, Battle Royale, one of the most controversial cult films ever made, will be shown in North American theaters for a limited time. According to Blu-ray.com, Anchor Bay Entertainment, … Continue reading

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Donnie Yen has a history of violence in ‘Wu Xia’ on Import Blu-ray and DVD

Here at Cityonfire.com, we universally love Peter Chan’s 2011 film Wu Xia. Guest reviewer DiP gave it a 10/10; Mighty Peking Man said that if it was the kind of martial arts film Bruce Lee would make if he were … Continue reading

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Gael Garcia Bernal to star in ‘Zorro Reborn’

THE MOVIE: There are now plans for a post-apocalyptic take on the classic swash-buckler last portrayed in movies by Antonio Banderas. X-Men special FX artist Rpin Suwannath is attached to direct Zorro Reborn. Plans are for the film to be … Continue reading

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Japanese beach cops will save us all in ‘Beach Patrol Force: Cherry and Peach’

Now this has to be the strangest trailer I’ve seen in awhile. A micro-budgeted Japanese action flick called Beach Patrol Force: Cherry and Peach is on its way. It looks to follow the exploits of two female cops in short … Continue reading

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Low budget Korean film ‘Unbowed’ sweeps Box Office

The Chosun Ilbo reports that the low-budget Korean film Unbowed is causing a box office sensation. According to the Korean Film Council, film attracted a total accumulated number of 1.4 million viewers, surpassing the 1-million mark just eight days since … Continue reading

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Shout! Factory’s Roger Corman Cult Classics come to Netflix Instant

For decades, Roger Corman has been synonymous with low-budget but influential genre filmmaking. Through his production house he helped iconic American directors like James Cameron and Jonathan Demme get their start. Lately distributor Shout! Factory has been re-issuing many of … Continue reading

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