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Wolf Warrior 2 (2017) Review

“Wolf Warrior 2” Theatrical Poster Director: Wu Jing Producer: Wu Jing Cast: Wu Jing, Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, Yu Nan, Zou Kai, Hans Zhang, Wu Gang, Ding Hai-Feng, Chun Yu Shan Shan, Yu Qian, Shi Zhao-Qi, Diana Sylla Running Time: … Continue reading

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Before We Vanish (2017) Review

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Masami Nagasawa, Mahiro Takasugi, Yuri Tsunematsu, Hiroki Hasegawa, Atsuko Maeda, Masahiro Higashide, Takashi Sasano Running Time: 129 min. By Matija Makotoichi Tomic Following the premiere at 2017 Cannes Film … Continue reading

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Cartels | aka Killing Salazar (2016) Review

Director: Keoni Waxman Producer: Binh Dang, Steven Seagal Cast: Steven Seagal, Georges St. Pierre, Luke Goss, Darren E. Scott, Florin Piersic Jr., Martine Argent, Lauro Chartrand, Bruce Crawford, Claudiu Bleont, Howard Dell, George Ramos, Adina Galupa Running Time: 93 min. … Continue reading

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Savage Dog (2017) Review

Director: Jesse V. Johnson Writer: Jesse V. Johnson Cast: Scott Adkins, Marko Zaror, Cung Le, JuJu Chan, Vladimir Kulich, Keith David, Charles Fathy, Matthew Marsden, Sheena Chou, Luke Massy, Aki Aleong Runnning Time: 94 min. By Paul Bramhall The transition from stuntman to director should, by nature, not … Continue reading

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Rage | aka Anger (2016) Review

Director: Sang-il Lee Writer: Shuichi Yoshida, Sang-il Lee Cast: Gou Ayano, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Mitsuki Takahata, Hideko Hara, Ken Watanabe, Kenichi Matsuyama, Aoi Miyazaki, Chizuru Ikewaki, Mirai Moriyama, Suzu Hirose, Takara Sakumoto, Pierre Taki, Takahiro Miura Running Time: 142 min. By … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek (2013) Review

Director: Huh Jung Writer: Huh Jung Producer: Kim Eui-Sung Cast: Son Hyun-Joo, Jeon Mi-Sun, Moon Jeong-Hee, Jung Joon-Won, Kim Soo-Ahn, Kim Ji-Young, Kim Won-Hae Running Time: 107 min. By Paul Bramhall It’s always refreshing when an Asian horror movie is … Continue reading

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Fist of Unicorn | aka Bruce Lee and I (1973) Review

AKA: The Unicorn Palm Director: Tang Ti Cast: Unicorn Chan, Meng Hoi, Gam Dai, Kitty Meng Chui, Yasuaki Kurata, Wang In Sik, Tong Dik, Mars, Lily Chen, Tina Chin, Chow Siu Loi, Goo Man Chung, Alexander Grand, Tai Yee Ha, Tong … Continue reading

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Okja (2017) Review

Director: Bong Joon-ho Writer: Bong Joon-ho, Jon Ronson Cast: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Ahn Seo-hyun, Byun Hee-bong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Yoon Je-moon, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, Devon Bostick, Choi Woo-shik, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal Running Time: 120 min.  By … Continue reading

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Reset | aka Fatality Rate: Reset (2017) Review

Director: Yoon Hong-seung Writer: Zha Muchun Producer: Jackie Chan Cast: Yang Mi, Wallace Huo, King Shih-Chieh, Liu Chang, Hummer Zhang, Anita Wang, Zhao Shuting Running Time: 106 min. By Paul Bramhall While Mainland Chinese blockbusters continue to grow in budget … Continue reading

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Fabricated City (2017) Review

Director: Park Kwang-Hyun Writer: Park Kwang-Hyun, Oh Sang-Ho Cast: Ji Chang-Wook, Shim Eun-Kyung, Oh Jung-Se, Ahn Jae-Hong, Kim Sang-Ho, Kim Ki-Cheon, Kim Min-Kyo, Lee Honey, Kim Ho-Jung, Lee Soon-Won, Kim Seul-Gi By Paul Bramhall While on the surface it may … Continue reading

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South Shaolin vs. North Shaolin (1983) Review

Director: Wu Chia Chun Co-director: Casanova Wong Writer: Go Seong-ui Producer: Park Jong-gu Cast: Casanova Wong, Eagle Han Ying, Ma Chin Ku, Wang Kuan Hsiung, Chiang Cheng, Gang Myeong-hwa Running Time: 87 min. By Paul Bramhall In 1982, a year prior to the … Continue reading

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Cops vs. Thugs (1975) Review

Director: Kinji Fukasaku Writer: Kazuo Kasahara, Goro Kusakabe Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka, Nobuo Kaneko, Reiko Ike, Hiroki Matsukata, Toru Abe, Mikio Narita, Akira Shioji, Tatsuo Umemiya, Shotaro Hayashi, Hideo Murota, Masaharu Arikawa Running Time: 100 min. By Kyle Warner No one dies well in a Kinji … Continue reading

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Karate Kill (2016) Review

Director: Kurando Mitsutake Writer: Kurando Mitsutake Cast: Hayate, David Sakurai, Asami, Katarina Leigh Waters, Mana Sakura, Kirk Geiger, Noriaki Kamata, Kirk Geiger, Tomm Voss, Jeffrey James Lippold Running Time: 85 min By Paul Bramhall Japanese action cinema has a history of … Continue reading

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I Am a Hero (2015) Review

Director: Shinsuke Sato Writer: Kengo Hanazawa, Akiko Nogi Cast: Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Yoshinori Okada, Nana Katase, Jin Katagiri, Makita Sports, Muga Tsukaji, Yu Tokui, Toru Kazama Running Time: 126 min. By Paul Bramhall It’s rare … Continue reading

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Wolf Guy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975) Review

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi Writer: Kazumasa Hirai, Fumio Konami Cast: Sonny Chiba, Rikiya Yasuoka, Saburo Date, Koji Fujiyama, Tooru Hanada, Ryuji Hayami, Jiro Ibuki, Harukui Jo, Kenji Kawai, Hiroshi Kondo, Koji Miemachi, Etsuko Nami, Yoshio Neshima Running Time: 86 min. By Kyle Warner There … Continue reading

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Aces Go Places V: The Terracotta Hit (1989) Review

AKA: Mad Mission 5 Director: Lau Kar-leung Writer: Chang Gwok Tsz Cast: Sam Hui, Karl Maka, Leslie Cheung, Nina Li Chi, Conan Lee, Billy Chong, Maria Cordero, Ha Chi Jan, Mark Houghton, Walter Tso, Melvin Wong, Wayne Archer, Bruce Fontaine, Brad … Continue reading

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Mad World (2016) Review

Director: Wong Chung Writer: Wong Chung, Florence Chan Producer: Derek Chiu, Heiward Mak Cast: Eric Tsang, Shawn Yue, Elaine Jin, Charmaine Fong Running Time: 101 min. By Martin Sandison The name Eric Tsang conjures up images of Golden Harvest comedies like My Lucky Stars (I’ll never forget … Continue reading

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City Ninja | aka Ninja Holocaust (1985) Review

AKA: Rocky’s Love Affairs, Hwa-ya Director: Choi Young-chul Cast: Chan Wai-Man, Casanova Wong, Andy Chworowsky, Chae Eun-hui, Eagle Han Ying, Park Yun-geun, John Ladalski, Mabel Kwong Mei-Bo, David Lo Dai-Wai, Wai Ka-Man, Luk Ying-Hong Running Time: 90 min. By Paul Bramhall Let’s just get it out of … Continue reading

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Universal Soldier (1971) Review

Director: Cy Enfield Producer: Donald Factor, Frederick Schwartz Cast: George Lazenby, Ben Caruthers, Robin Hunter, Edward Judd, Alan Barnes, Cy Enfield, Germaine Greer, Rudolph Walker, Chrissie Townson, Guy Deghy, Edward Judd, Ronan O’Rahilly Running Time: 94 min. By Jeff Bona While promoting 1969’s On Her … Continue reading

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Opium and the Kung Fu Master (1984) Review

AKA: Lightning Fists of Shaolin Director: Tong Gai (Tang Chia) Producer: Mona Fong Cast: Ti Lung, Chen Kuan Tai, Robert Mak, Philip Ko Fei, Lee Hoi San, Tang Chia, Lau Leanne, Ku Kuan Chung, Alan Chan, Ma Chao, Yuen Wah, … Continue reading

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