Bleeding Steel (2017) Review

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“Bleeding Steel” Theatrical Poster

Director: Leo Zhang
Cast: Jackie Chan, Show Lo, Nana Ou-Yang, Callan Mulvey, Tess Haubrich, Erica Xia-hou, Damien Garvey, Kaitlyn Boyé, Isabelle Wojciechowska, Olga Miller, Kim Gyngell, Amanda Hedges, Temur Mamisashvili
Running Time: 110 min.

By Paul Bramhall

To say that Jackie Chan has had a busy couple of years could well be construed as the understatement of the century. With starring roles in Skiptrace, Railroad Tigers, Kung Fu Yoga, The Foreigner, and now his latest with Bleeding Steel, the last time one of action cinemas most enduring icons was this busy was 1985. Over 30 years on, and Chan certainly no longer has the gift of youth on his side, but as a man who’s spent almost his whole life dedicated to thrilling audiences, it’s understandable that old habits die hard. While Chan’s enthusiasm doesn’t seem to have diminished for appearing onscreen, the quality of the productions he chooses to appear in varies greatly. While The Foreigner was arguably his best role in over a decade, Kung Fu Yoga was a career low.

Bleeding Steel sees Chan’s first excursion into the realms of science fiction (notwithstanding his role as producer on Reset from earlier in the year), in a Mainland Chinese production that has him paired with director Leo Zhang, here helming his sophomore feature after his 2012 debut Chrysanthemum to the Beast, which starred Jaycee Chan. So we have an aged action star, in a movie made by an inexperienced director, in a genre that’s still largely unexplored in Mainland cinema. What can possibly go wrong? As you may expect, the answer is, practically everything. Bleeding Steel falls into that niche market, all be it one that has a rapidly increasing catalogue of titles, that we’ll call – The Incompetent in Every Way Mainland Blockbuster. It was Switch that essentially set the bar for this genre back in 2013, but it’s since been joined by the likes of Bounty Hunters and Chan’s own Kung Fu Yoga.

The plot of Bleeding Steel is equal parts incomprehensible and idiotic, so to even attempt a summary seems like a fruitless task, but the in-a-nutshell version goes something like this. A scientist is attempting to make the perfect human weapon, called a Bioroid, but is murdered by one of his former subjects. Through various incomprehensible events, before the scientist dies he transfers his research and memories into Jackie Chan’s daughter, who has leukaemia. The transfer makes her lose her own memories, so she grows up in an orphanage. But of course Chan is always watching over her, in a variety of creepy ways, the latest of which (13 years after the death of the scientist – not that you’d know as he hasn’t changed a bit) has him working in her university canteen. Oh, and the orphanage she’s sent to is in Sydney, Australia, because, why not?

In that regard, you could say that Bleeding Steel completes Chan’s Australia Trilogy. First Strike took place in the Gold Coast, Mr. Nice Guy took place in Melbourne, and in 2017 he’s finally made it to Sydney. It’s just a shame it has to be in this disastrous mess. Bleeding Steel is a confused beast from the get go. Despite being set in 2020, the futuristic vision is poorly defined to say the least, and seems more like it’s operating in its own bizarre alternate reality. This is personified particularly by the Australian cast members, who all appear to be having a laugh at the director’s expense, by hamming up their accents to hilariously exaggerated levels. Lines like “Sir, we’ve found the transvestite” are delivered completely poker faced, and even the subtitles get in on the act, with one particular standout reading “Rick is a dick.” As an unintentional comedy, Bleeding Steel is gold.

The character design is equally bewildering. The failed subject dresses like an emo version of an unmasked Darth Vader, before he ends up half blown to pieces and re-appears fitted out like a Borg from Star Trek (complete with some brain on show for extra impact). The lead villainess runs around in a PVC cape and outfit that looks like a Matrix reject (and for good reason). The bad guys dress like an Asylum version of the Robocop reboot. We get a spiritual medium that wears a Native American headdress, a dwarf played by a cast member credited as Sammy the Dwarf, and a magician that looks like David Copperfield mixed with Jack Sparrow. I could go on, but it’s already painful to recall.

The more Bleeding Steel progresses, the more it begins to feel like Zhang is making it up as he goes along, as the tone varies wildly from scene to scene, and plot twists occur with little attention paid to if they actually make sense. Even the quieter scenes quickly turn into cringe inducing moments of bewilderment. When Chan’s daughter, played in present day by Nana Ou-Yang (last seen in Mission Milano), innocently bumps into another student on her way to lunch, it quickly descends into a catfight with the pair of them rolling all over the floor. Played out to a script which has insults of speaking Chinglish being thrown around, and the bizarre praise of Ou-Yang’s punch in the face to the other student making her a credit to China, ultimately all you can do is raise an eyebrow.

Chan himself frequently takes a back seat to the pairing of Ou-Yang and Show Lo (a recent Stephen Chow regular, appearing in the likes of Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons and The Mermaid), who plays a thief that takes an apparent liking to Ou-Yang. Lo has learnt well from working with Chow, as he delivers the couple of genuine laughs to be derived from Bleeding Steel’s surprisingly humourless runtime. These very brief moments of respite are short lived though, as he’s equally lumbered with painfully self-aware jokes, which see him referencing Jackie Chan by name not once, but twice.

Of course with Chan headlining proceedings, action is a prerequisite, and while it happens frequently it never feels remarkable. The biggest set piece takes place during the opening, when the special forces agents protecting the scientist are ambushed, leading to a series of exploding cars and bodies flying through the air every which way, preventing the credits from finishing until we’re already 15 minutes in. The more grounded action though simply sees Chan rehashing the same routine we’ve seen him perform for over 30 years, with even a mid-way showdown that takes place on top of the iconic Sydney Opera House feeling perfunctory and dull.

The finale in particular is a hoot, as it turns out that the Borg/Bioroid (played by Australian actor Callan Mulvey from Beyond Skyline) has spent the last 13 years living in a sterile room housed in a (presumably) permanently airborne spaceship. At least I think it was a spaceship, in truth it’s more of a rip-off of the floating bases from the Avengers franchise. In it Chan, Lo, and Erica Xia-Hou team up to take on both Mulvey and the cape wearing Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant) in a completely generic and uninspired set piece. Containing one of the most inconsequential arm dismemberments I’ve ever witnessed, a heart being bare handedly ripped out of someone’s chest, and Chan being strangled by a completely naked Mulvey, it’s impossible to do justice to with words. Don’t get me started on the sky diving escape they all have to do.

Despite the absurdity of Bleeding Steel, or perhaps because of it, in the end I still found myself enjoying it more than Kung Fu Yoga, all be it the enjoyment was definitely of a morbid variety. While Stanley Tong’s latest effort was consistently infuriating, Bleeding Steel kept me glued to the screen simply to see what it had up its sleeve next. Whenever you thought it couldn’t get any worse, a random dwarf would appear, or a magician would sacrifice himself for no reason whatsoever, or Chan would start crying. It’s that special level of incompetence which is most commonly referred to as “so bad it’s good”, and Bleeding Steel achieves that level almost effortlessly. If you’re a Jackie Chan fan like myself, regardless of the reviews, fate predestines us to still watch it. Just be warned that when the end credits roll, the only thing likely to be bleeding is your brain.

Paul Bramhall’s Rating: 3.5/10

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Is Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson hinting a ‘Bloodfist’ Reboot?

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“Bloodfist” Theatrical Poster

In our late 2014 interview with Don “The Dragon” Wilson, we asked the 11-time World Kickboxing Champion his thoughts on a possible continuation of his popular Bloodfist series. His reply:

“Well, I did recently speak to Roger Corman in his Brentwood offices and he was very upbeat and friendly. We did not discuss another project together but I would LOVE to work with him again. We made 12 films together and he distributed several others produced by other companies. He is my “mentor” and friend, so there could very well be one more Jake Raye film to complete the series.”

Now, 3 years later, Wilson is revisiting the idea, at least according to a recent Tweet: “Thank you Roger Corman for starring me in the Bloodfist series! It was fun and now it’s time for the REBOOT!”

1989’s Bloodfist spawned 7 sequels (only Parts I and II were related) throughout the 90s, all hugely successful, particularly in the straight-to-video market. In 2005, Corman backed a semi-reboot, Bloodfist 2050, which was directed by cult Filipino director Cirio H. Santiago (Future Hunters), but instead starred Matt Mullins, who teamed up with Wilson in the recently released Death Fighter.

The Bloodfist series also had one of the most memorable marketing strategies: The original poster for Bloodfist predominantly advertised the critic quote “Don Wilson would kick Van Damme’s ass in one round!”. It was during this time – at the height of kickboxing genre films made famous by Van Damme’s 1989 film Kickboxer  – that Corman was responsible for a publicity stunt that promised to put Wilson and Van Damme in the ring for an actual kickboxing fight.

“I have met Jean-Claude Van Damme and he was very friendly. I’ve enjoyed many of his films and have the utmost respect for him as an action star. However, I do not tolerate anyone who lies about their “kickboxing” background and record. That’s the only problem between us and the fight offer from Corman was just a publicity stunt because it would have been like Tyson fighting Stallone. It’s one thing to “act” like a fighter and a completely different thing to have a trained professional trying to decapitate you in the ring,” said Wilson.

If a Bloodfist sequel, reboot – or whatever – happens, we’ll definitely fill you in. In the meantime, we’ll be seeing Wilson in the forthcoming actioner V-Force, and he’ll soon start pre-production on The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback, the sequel to 2015’s The Martial Arts Kid. Stay tuned!

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Gintama | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Gintama | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Gintama | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

RELEASE DATE: March 6, 2018

Well Go USA presents the Blu-ray & DVD for the action comedy Gintama, a live-action adaptation based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi.

In an era where aliens have invaded and taken over feudal Tokyo, a young samurai finds work however he can.

Gintama stars Shun Oguri (Lupin III), Masaki Suda (Love Song), Kanna Hashimoto (Assassination Classroom), Yuya Yagira (Unforgiven) and Masami Nagasawa (I Am a Hero).

Pre-order Gintama from Amazon.com today! 

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Deal on Fire! Assassination | Blu-ray | Only $9.99 – Expires soon!

Assassination | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Assassination | Blu-ray & DVD (Well Go USA)

Today’s Deal on Fire is the Blu-ray for Assassination (read our review), directed by Choi Dong-hun (The Thieves).

A group of rebels are planning a hit on an Army Leader in Japanese-occupied Korea, but the only killer for the job is in prison. Now, the Resistance must devise a jailbreak, escape a hitman… and discover which of them is a traitor.

The film stars Jun Ji-Hyun (My Sassy Girl), Lee Jung-Jae (Il Mare), Oh Dal-su (Old Boy), Ha Jung-Woo (Yellow Sea), Cho Jin-woong (Spirit of JKD) and Lee Kyoung-young (A Better Tomorrow).

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Eastern Promise: Asian Culture on the Big Screen

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Whether it’s the brilliantly absurd Beverley Hills Ninja, or the genre-defining Enter the Dragon, eastern culture has permeated western cinema for well over half a century. And with the Asian movie-going public fast becoming the most lucrative on Earth, Hollywood’s love affair with the East doesn’t show any signs of abating.

Early Years

It’s fair to say that Hollywood doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to East Asian culture, and early incarnations were predictably flawed. Characters such as Fu Manchu and Mickey Rooney’s Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s saw Caucasian actors in culturally insensitive roles. Certainly in the case of Breakfast at Tiffany’s Rooney’s absurd one-dimensional performance has marred for many what might otherwise have been considered one of the great films of the twentieth century.

It took a breakthrough star like Bruce Lee, who himself had fallen prey to Hollywood’s cultural prejudice – famously losing out to David Carradine (a white actor) for the lead role in TV series Kung Fu – to bring true Asian culture to western screens. After several huge hits in China and Hong Kong, Hollywood came calling, and Lee’s blistering performance in Enter the Dragon finally propelled him to international super stardom. Sadly, for Lee, he wouldn’t live to see it, falling ill and dying just days before the US premiere.

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The Golden Age

By the nineteen eighties, with the cult of Bruce Lee and the success of films like The Karate Kid, Eastern culture had begun to proliferate western cinema. Japanese progress was inspiring a new generation of filmmakers – Ridley Scott’s magnificent neon cityscape in Blade Runner mirroring the rapid rise of Tokyo’s metropolis – and Chinese mysticism was at the core of money spinners like Big Trouble in Little China. No wonder then that these Eastern influences were beginning to spill out into the wider culture, with a Dojo on every corner and a banzai tree on every coffee table; a phenomenon that we take for granted today, with Samsung phones in our pockets and panda-themed slot machines in online casinos such as Ladbrokes, which offers bonuses through Oddchecker. But scratch the surface in the nineteen eighties and we still see glimpses of the old stereotypes. Mr Miyagi as the ascetic Karate master, Ming the Merciless as the devious villain – a white actor portraying an obviously Asian role while sporting his very own version of the Fu Manchu moustache.

It would take another giant leap in the ensuing decades before we finally saw an honest cultural depiction on screen. Even Bruce Lee had to make concessions, sharing the billing on Enter the Dragon with less than agile (Caucasian) co-star John Saxon. But with films like Ang Lee’s stunning visual masterpiece Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Zhang Yimou’s House of Flying Daggers, we finally saw authentic Asian storytelling by Asian actors and Asian directors. This wasn’t Eastern culture chopped up and fed to us piecemeal, this was the real thing; and it took Western audiences by storm. The Guardian even named Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as one of its top 25 action films of all time.

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Source: Twitter

The Modern Era

Fast forward to the present day and western film studios are increasingly turning their gaze Eastwards, scrambling to grab a slice of the burgeoning Asian film market. No fluke then that recent Hollywood blockbusters have given more than a passing nod to Asian audiences. Big summer releases like last year’s Kong: Skull Island are increasingly looking to popular Asian stars to boost overseas numbers, and some franchises have gone even further in pursuit of the almighty yen. Take 2016’s Captain America: Civil War which sees Tony Stark switch his super-friends’ phones from LG to Vivo in an obvious appeal to the Eastern market. Vivo isn’t even available stateside, but it just happens to be the most popular mobile phone in China. Even Disney’s uber-franchise Star Wars has had to adapt. While J.J. Abram’s 2015 rebirth was hugely successful, the obvious nostalgia for the original trilogy didn’t play well in China, pulling in a fraction of what backers might have expected. No coincidence then that 2016’s follow-up, Rogue One, features two of Asia’s biggest stars, Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen.

So is this a sign of things to come? Almost certainly. With modest estimates predicting China will overtake the US as the largest movie-going audience by 2019, more and more studios will be looking to the East; a far cry from the early days of Hollywood and a reflection of the massive economic shift that has seen China, Japan and South Korea rival the US and Europe not just in the box office, but on the global stage.

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New Trailer for Han Yan’s cyber-punk actioner ‘Dream Breaker’

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“Dream Breaker” Teaser Poster

Is this China’s answer to Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One? Doubtful. Directed by Han Yan (The House That Never Dies), this forthcoming cyber-punk actioner is titled Dream Breaker, and judging from its trailer, one can expect a visual, Blade Runner-ish treat.

According to THR, Dream Breaker stars actress Chen Duling (Namiya) as a young woman who must fight her way through a mysterious, holographic game world designed by her late father to avenge his death. Rising star Song Weilong (Catman) plays the love interest, while the provocative Japanese filmmaker, actor and artist Sion Sono (Tag, Why Don’t You Play in Hell?) executive produces.

Look out for Dream Breaker in 2018. Trailer below:

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Leonardo DiCaprio says yes to Tarantino’s ‘Manson’ film

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“Manson” Theatrical Poster

Not quite Kill Bill Vol. 3 or Pulp Fiction II, but there’s definitely some killing and pulp involved. Variety recently reported that Quentin Tarantino’s next movie (before he supposedly does Star Trek) has landed at Sony with a rumored budget of nearly $100 million (his new partnership with Sony reflects Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse scandal that forced Tarantino away from the Weinstein Company, which backed most of his previous films).

The film will revolve around The Manson Family murders, which involved Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of director Roman Polanski, who was murdered by Manson and his followers in 1969.

Per Vanity Fair, the untitled film (going by the working title #9 as it’s QT’s ninth film overall) takes place in the summer of 1969 in Los Angeles and follows “a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing.” Vanity Fair notes that the murder of Tate at the hands of the Manson family serves as a backdrop to the main story.

According to various sources Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie have been approached to star in the movie.

Despite Vanity Fair’s plot description, a Reddit user is claiming he has the inside scoop on the movie. Here’s the juicy tidbits from the user’s post (take it with a grain of salt):

Brad Pitt will play Tex Watson (Manson follower); Jennifer Lawrence will play Susan Atkins (Manson follower); Margot Robbie will play Sharon Tate; and Harvey Keitel will play an older Charles Manson (aspects of the story are told through him; young Manson is not featured). The film – which borrows elements from Tarantino’s unused Kill Bill Vol. 3 story, and is also influenced by The Last House on the Left and Straw Dogs – will take place briefly before the murders begin. And here’s the big Tarantino twist: Sharon Tate survives and hunts down/murders the whole family (with references to The Fearless Vampire Killers, which Tate starred in).

The film has a release date of August 9, 2019, which is the 50th anniversary of the day the Manson family committed the LaBianca murders and the day after actress Sharon Tate was killed.

Updates: Deadline reports that Leonardo DiCaprio has said yes to starring in Tarantino’s new movie, which will reteam the actor and director from 2012’s Django Unchained. DiCaprio will play an aging actor in the story that is being kept under wraps but is a Pulp Fiction-esque movie set in the 1969 Los Angeles during the summer of the Manson murders.

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Well Go USA monkeys around with ‘The Monkey King 3’

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The Monkey King (Aaron Kwok) is at it for a 3rd time in The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women (aka The Monkey King 3: Land of Beauty), once again directed by Soi Cheang Pou Soi’s (SPL 2The Monkey King, The Monkey King 2).

The film also stars Feng Shaofeng (The Bodyguard), Zhao Liying (Royal Treasure), Xiaoshenyang (Jian Bing Man), Him Law (The Monkey King), Liu Tao (The Foreigner), Lin Chi-ling (Monk Comes Down from the Mountain) and Gigi Leung (Avenging Fist).

The Monkey King 3 will be released domestically on February 16, 2018, followed by a soon-to-be-announced U.S. release by Well Go USA. Check out the film’s New Trailer below:

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Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson die hard in Xiao Feng’s ‘Bombing’

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“The Bombing” Theatrical Poster

An upcoming Chinese-language World War II film, titled The Bombing, is currently being prepped for release by Xiao Feng (Hushed Roar).

According to Variety, the $65M movie, which is being shot in 3D, is a dramatic recreation of the Chinese population’s abiding endurance during the more than five years that Japan bombed the city of Chongqing, beginning in 1938.

Here’s what you can expect from the film’s plot: During World War II, five different Chinese people fight their way through Japanese Air Force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chongqing, 1940.

The Bombing features an all-star, international cast that includes Bruce Willis (Last Man Standing), Nicholas Tse (The Viral Factor), Song Seung-Heon (A Better Tomorrow), William Chen (Triad), Liu Ye (Police Story 2013), Adrien Brody (Dragon Blade), Fan Bing Bing (The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom) and Simon Yam (Cross).

Additionally, Mel Gibson (Edge of Darkness) will be working behind the scenes as the film’s art director and executive producer.

The Bombing will be getting a domestic release in May, so a U.S. release should follow soon after. We expect a Trailer to pop up soon, so stay tuned. For now, check out the film’s poster, courtesy of AFS. And just for the hell of it, here’s this…

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Crazy Couple (1979) Review

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“Crazy Couple” Theatrical Poster

Director: Ricky Lau
Writer: Raymond Wong
Cast: Lau Kar Yung, Dean Shek, Lily Li Li Li, Eric Tsang, Peter Chan, Wong Ching, Fung Hak On, Ho Pak Kwong, Mars, Huang Ha, Chik Ngai Hung
Running Time: 90 min. 

By Martin Sandison

The nephew of the Lau brothers, Lau Kar Yung, certainly did not achieve as much in the martial arts film genre as Lau Kar Leung and Lau Kar Wing. The former, before his death, was seen as one of the top three choreographers of all time; with his countless credits on Chang Cheh’s early classics, then on to his self-directed masterworks such as 8 Diagram Pole Fighter.

Kar Wing established himself as one of the great onscreen fighters of the golden age, fighting his brother in a few productions (most notably in the all-out classical weapons fest Legendary Weapons 0f China) and his collaborations with Sammo Hung, bearing such beautiful fruits as Odd Couple. In contrast, Lai Kar Yung, despite being the best-looking of all three, never succeeded in being a leading star or working on much of note behind the camera. One of the few films he took the lead in is the independent kung fu comedy Crazy Couple – which despite silly comedy, a hackneyed script and storyline – delivers some great shapes action and is pretty entertaining.

Cho (Lau Kar Yung) and Yan (Dean Shek, Drunken Master) are sworn brothers who are looking to save up their cash and learn martial arts. When their pet monkey is killed in a comedy of errors, the supposed culprit Chiu Chat Yeh (Wong Ching, Eight Escorts) takes them in and teaches them kung fu. However, many twists and turns, mean comedy, and tragedy collide as the brothers keep getting deeper in some dastardly villains evil situations.

Interestingly, the plot of the movie allows for two masters who teach the young two differing styles. First is Wong Ching, who gets one of his best martial arts roles with numerous examples of his physical dexterity. Second is Huang Hua, who plays an old swindler who rips off the pair but ends up befriending them. A veteran of classic kung fu, my favourite part of his is a small one in Sammo Hung’s masterful The Victim.

Choreographing the action and appearing as the main villain is the late Fung Hark On (Police Story), sporting a nifty goatee. His skills are evident and powerful, with his end fight hand forms reaching some pretty intricate heights. Fung was always one of my favourites, and his work stretched from classic kung fu to even John Woo’s early comedies, such as Pilferrers Progress, with his onscreen credits scoring at 201.

While the comedy in Crazy Couple errs on the side of tiresome and too silly for its own good, especially Dean Shek’s usual schtick that got boring two films after Drunken Master, one cameo beggars belief. Wong Ching’s daughter – who Lau Kar Yung is asked to look out for, as she has a mental problem – is none other than Eric Tsang in drag. The tired trope of the hero thinking he has struck gold with a beautiful girl, only to see she is rather rotund, is exploded with the appearance of Tsang; especially with the great man’s standing as a Hong Kong cinema legend in the present day. However, this is one of the few moments of the film that made me more-than-chuckle, the other being Dean Shek getting pulverised in to dirt. The comedy sits uneasily alongside the more po faced leanings, creating a vacuum of responses that never rests.

Lau Kar Yung does a reasonable job in terms of a lead performance, but lacks the requisite charm to carry it off. His martial arts chops are never in question, with his fluid movement between animal styles and Hung Kuen leaving the viewer begging for more. The most famous movie he had a hand in was Drunken Master 2, in which star Chan and choreographer Lau Kar Leung had a falling out. I have a soft spot for his self directed New Kids in Town, but perhaps only for the Pops cameo wherein he kicks some serious ass. Incidentally, the director of Crazy Couple, Ricky Lau, was a journeyman filmmaker who was DP on classics such as Prodigal Son. His biggest achievement was directing the wonderful all timer Mr. Vampire.

The plotlines intersect in Crazy Couple in the usual coincidence-filled and silly ways typical of the lesser classic kung fu movie, leaving the viewer letting out a deep sigh of acceptance. If you love these movies that is. When I was a kid I really didn’t care about such aspects; now that I’m in my mid 30’s and have seen these weak elements a million times, it gets harder. However, there is a lot to enjoy here for the fan of shapes and the cast.

Martin Sandison’s Rating: 6.5/10

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Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock to take on Sasha Mitchell in ‘The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback’?

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“The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback” Promotional Poster

Martial arts legends Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Death Fighter, Diamond Cartel) and Cynthia Rothrock (Shanghai Express) are reprising their roles as Uncle Glen and Aunt Cindy in The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback, the sequel to the 2015 anti-bully actioner, The Martial Arts Kid.

Once again, Michael Baumgarten (The Guest House) will be directing with award-winning stunt coordinator James Lew (Luke CageBig Trouble in Little China) handling the film’s action choreography.

Also returning are Matthew Ziff (Kickboxer: Vengeance), T.J. Storm (Kickboxer: Vengeance), Brandon Tyler Russell (Smitty) and Chuck Zito (Sons of Anarchy). Notable cast additions include the cult action star of Kickboxer 2-4, Sasha Mitchell. The film will also feature Anita Clay (The Right to Live), Crystal Santos (The Art of Fighting) and Tara Cardinal (Paying Mr. McGetty).

Producers include Cheryl Wheeler Sanders, Dr. Robert Goldman, James Wilson, Alan Goldberg, Jody Nolan and Maurice Elmalem.

On January 15, 2018, the producers of The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback will be launching an IndieGoGo Campaign to raise extra funds. According the campaign page, the sequel will be bigger, with a larger cast, more locations, greater action, and a lot more danger.

Stay tuned for more announcements for The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback, until then, don’t miss the campaign video below:

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Deal on Fire! Stray Cat Rock: The Collection | Blu-ray | Only $34.99 – Expires soon!

"Stray Cat Rock: The Collection" Blu-ray Cover

“Stray Cat Rock: The Collection” Blu-ray Cover

Today’s Deal on Fire is the 5-disc Blu-ray set for the Stray Cat Rock: The Collection.

This amazing collection includes Delinquent Girl Boss (1971), Wild Jumbo (1970), Sex Hunter (1970), Machine Animal (1970) and Beat ’71 (1971) – plus an extensive list of supplementary material.

The Stray Cat Rock series (read our reviews) stars Meiko Kaji (Blind Woman’s Curse) who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era. In these five tales, Kaji stars alongside Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (Massacre Gun). .

Order Stray Cat Rock: The Collection from Amazon.com today!

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