Category Archives: Reviews

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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Dancing Warrior | aka Venom Warrior (1985) Review

AKA: Dancing King Director: Cheng Cheh Writer: James Wong Cast: Ricky Cheng Tien Chi, Yang Li-Su, Sun Jung Chi, Yang Guang-Yo, Chen Kuan-Tai, Got Heung Ting, Lui Fong, Dennis Brown, Anita Mui Yim Fong Running Time: 90 min.  By Paul Bramhall It’s fair to say that … Continue reading

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The Sleep Curse (2017) Review

Director: Herman Yau Writer: Erica Li, Lee Sing Cast: Anthony Wong, Jojo Goh, Gordon Lam Ka-Tung, Michelle Wai, Mak Kwai-Yuen, Chye Yang, Pearlly Chua, Yip Ching-Fong, Bryant Mak Ji-Lok Running Time: 102 min. By Martin Sandison After this year’s Udine Far East Film Festival … Continue reading

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Deadly Breaking Sword, The (1979) Review

Director: Sun Chung Writer: Ni Kuang Cast: Ti Lung, Alexander Fu Sheng, Shih Szu, Ku Feng, Chan Wai Man, Lily Li Li Li, Ngaai Fei, Chan Shen, Kara Hui, Ha Ping, Alan Chan, Cheung Gwok, Chow Kin Ping, Gam Tin Chue, Hung Ling … Continue reading

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Jailbreak (2017) Review

Director: Jimmy Henderson Writer: Jimmy Henderson, Michael Hodgson Cast: Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our, Tharoth Sam, Céline Tran, Savin Phillip, Dara Phang, Sisowath Siriwudd, Laurent Plancel, Rous Mony, Sok Visal, Georgina Tan Running Time: 92 min. By Matija Makotoichi Tomic Following … Continue reading

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Mrs K (2016) Review

Director: Ho Yuhang Writer: Ho Yuhang, Chan Wai Keung Cast: Kara Hui, Simon Yam, Wu Bai, Faizal Hussein, Kirk Wong, Fruit Chan, Li Xuan Siow Running Time: 90 min. By Martin Sandison For me, one of the big draws of this year’s Udine Far East Film Festival … Continue reading

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Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) Review

Director: Steven Okazaki Writer: Stuart Galbraith IV, Steven Okazaki Cast: Keanu Reeves, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Koji Yakusho, Sadao Nakajima, Kyoko Kagawa Running Time: 80 min. By Kyle Warner “The ordinary Japanese actor might need ten feet of … Continue reading

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Sleepless (2017) Review

Director: Baran bo Odar Writer: Andrea Berloff Producer: Roy Lee, Adam Stone Cast: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour, T.I., Gabrielle Union, Scoot McNairy Running Time: 95 min. By Ningen Jamie Foxx plays Vincent Downs, a cop with … Continue reading

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Mystery of Chess Boxing | aka Ninja Checkmate (1979) Review

AKA: Double Chained Horses Director: Joseph Kuo Writer: Joseph Kuo Cast: Lee Yi Min, Mark Long, Jack Long, Jeanie Chang, Siu Foo Dau, Simon Yuen, Ricky Cheng, Wong Chi Sang, Wong Wing Sang, Mau Ging Shun Running Time: 90 min. … Continue reading

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Iron Monkey 2 (1996) Review

Director: Chiu Lo-Kong Producer: Lan Tin Hung, Lee Shin Cast: Donnie Yen, Billy Chow Bei Lei, Wu Ma, Alan Lee, Yuen Man Hing, Cheung, Kin Li, Li Wing, Han Wan Chong Running Time: 92 min. By Paul Bramhall There are … Continue reading

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Aftermath (2017) Review

Director: Elliott Lester Writer: Javier Gullón Producer: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace, Martin Donovan, Hannah Ware, Mariana Klaveno, Kevin Zegers, Larry Sullivan, Teri Clark Linden Running Time: 92 min. By Zach Nix Although Arnold Schwarzenegger (Maggie) is an … Continue reading

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Missing You (2016) Review

Director: Mo Hong-jin Writer: Mo Hong-jin Producer: Kim Dae-Geun Cast: Shim Eun-Kyung, Yoon Je-Moon, Kim Sung-Oh, Ahn Jae-Hong, Kim Won-Hae, Kim Hong-Fa, Oh Tae-Kyung Running Time: 108 min. By Paul Bramhall There can be no doubt that 2016 was a big year for … Continue reading

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Billy Jack (1971) Review

Director: Tom Laughlin Writer: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor Cast: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Victor Izay, Julie Webb, Debbie Schock, Teresa Kelly, Lynn Baker, Stan Rice, David Roya, John McClure Running Time: 114 min. By Zach Nix Steven Seagal … Continue reading

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Operation Mekong (2016) Review

Director: Dante Lam Cast: Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Joyce Feng, Sun Chun, Sean Wu, Chen Baoguo, Johnathan Wu, Ken Lo, Carl Ng, Mandy Wei, Yu Dong, Zhan Liguo, Liu Xianda, Zhao Jian, Shi Zhanjie, Yu Dong Running Time: 124 min. By Paul Bramhall … Continue reading

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Mission Milano (2016) Review

Director: Wong Jing Producer: Wong Jing Cast: Andy Lau, Huang Xiaoming, Michelle Hu, Shen Teng, Wong Cho-lam, Michelle Hu, Nana Ouyang, Fung Bo Bo, Wu Yue, Xie Yilin, Mao Junjie, Xu Dongdong, Shen Teng, Zhao Yingjun, Qi Wei, Ken Lo, … Continue reading

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Incredible Kung Fu Master, The (1979) Review

AKA: The Kung Fu Master Director: Joe Cheung Tung Cho Cast: Stephen Tung Wei, Sammo Hung, Philip Ko, Lee Hoi San, Peter Chan, Chung Fat, Dai Sai Aan, Huang Ha, Cecilia Wong, Meng Hoi, Austin Wai, Billy Chan, Lam Ching Ying, … Continue reading

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Suddenly in the Dark (1981) Review

AKA: Suddenly in Dark Night Director: Go Yeong-nam Producer: Suh Byung-gi Cast: Kim Young-ae, Yoon Il-bong, Lee Gi-seon Running Time: 100 min. By Paul Bramhall While just like Shiri put Korean action movies on the map in 1999, a year prior the high school … Continue reading

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