Category Archives: Reviews

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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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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