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reviewed Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film). April 21
Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film)
Sometimes I need to pause to reflect on one honest fact for those who stumble across my reviews: I’ve seen scads and scads of foreign releases, and this sometimes means that – because of that …
reviewed Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film). September 03, 2013
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Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film)
Ronny Yu, the director who made his name with 1993’s “The Bride with White Hair”, Jet Li’s “Fearless”, and even such American films such as “Freddy vs. Jason” …
reviewed The Guillotines (2012 Chinese film). July 29, 2013
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The Guillotines (2012 Chinese film)
   Period actioners can be a very tough vehicle to sell, especially when they’re loaded with characters.  Typically, the bigger the cast the longer the film has to be in order to …
reviewed Ip Man: The Final Fight. July 28, 2013
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Ip Man: The Final Fight
Lately, Bruce Lee’s teacher Ip Man has been on the receiving end of many attempts to portray his life to the big screen. The Wilson Yip-Donnie Yen "Ip Man" collaboration brought superficial, …
reviewed The Four (Chinese film). June 18, 2013
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The Four (Chinese film)
   I’ve been covering foreign cinema for some time now (heck, I’ve probably been watching and/or reviewing it for two decades).  One of the things I’ve noticed is that …
posted a Quick Tip about The Grandmaster (2013 Chinese film). May 22, 2013
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The Grandmaster (2013 Chinese film)
When I first heard that Wong Kar-Wai was going to do a film about Bruce Lee's teacher, I immediately thought that his movie would be like "Wyatt Earp" to "Tombstone"... that his …
reviewed The Grandmaster (2013 Chinese film). May 21, 2013
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The Grandmaster (2013 Chinese film)
I suppose being Bruce Lee's former teacher and someone who had made the martial art Wing Chun known around the world, the curiosity around his life became so strong that directors Wilson Yip and Herman …
reviewed Beijing Bicycle (Chinese film). April 30, 2013
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Beijing Bicycle (Chinese film)
I saw bits and parts of this film last night on TV and decided to check it out again on dvd. It is quite surprising that a movie about a boy losing his bicycle can be compelling. It is a harrowing account …
reviewed Dog Bite Dog. February 08, 2013
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Dog Bite Dog
Soi Cheung's ultra-violent "DOG BITE DOG" is the antidote for people who are a bit tired of the usual stylish "bullet ballet" action films from Hong Kong. At first glance, it may …
reviewed The Four (Chinese film). January 11, 2013
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The Four (Chinese film)
   In this era of popular super-hero movies and the re-emergence of Chinese Wuxia films, it would be easy to predict that one day a filmmaker would try to mesh one with the other. This is what …
reviewed Tai Chi Zero. January 04, 2013
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Tai Chi Zero
       Those who’ve followed my reviews over the years (and, yes, there are a good many of you) know just how fond I am of foreign films.  Not so much the European …
reviewed The Flowers of War. January 02, 2013
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The Flowers of War
An official Chinese entry for “Best Foreign Language film” in the 84th Academy awards, but failed to make the cut, director Zhang Yimou’s (Hero) “The Flowers of War” is set …
reviewed The Assassins (Chinese film). December 17, 2012
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Assassins (Chinese film)
John  Woo's "Red Cliff" saga ruled despite the absence of Chow Yun-Fat who chose to star in the American adaptation of the anime series "Dragonball Evolution". To make matters …
posted a Quick Tip about Legend of the Fist: The Return of Che.... December 13, 2012
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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
I love the time period of the film and the dark look of the film was well executed. Of course the fight scenes are great and when a certain police officer finally has enough it may just be one of the …
reviewed Legend of the Fist: The Return of Che.... December 13, 2012
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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
      Trailer         LEGEND OF THE FIST   THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN      I will come out and admit it right now; I am a …
reviewed Tai Chi Zero. December 08, 2012
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Tai Chi Zero
Please note that “Tai Chi Zero” is the first part of a two-film story directed by Stephen Fung. As such, it is somewhat hard for me to judge where the film is headed or if it does manage to …
reviewed The Flowers of War. July 10, 2012
The Flowers of War
This is one I’ve got to be as upfront as possible about: stories dealing with the atrocities involved in the brief Japanese invasion of Nanking ( China ) are NOT for everyone.  If you’re …
reviewed Double Trouble (Chinese Film). June 11, 2012
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Double Trouble
Looking around in my local multiplex on a boring Sunday afternoon, me and my friend chose to check out the recent Indie film circuit and this was how we stumbled on a Taiwanese action buddy comedy flick …
reviewed Let the Bullets Fly. April 28, 2012
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Let the Bullets Fly
Japan has its “Sukiyaki Westerns”, Korea has their “Kimchi Westerns” and China has its “Dimsum westerns“. Director/writer/star Jiang Wen’s “Let the Bullets …
reviewed The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010 film). December 30, 2011
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The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010 film)
True story:      I was first put on to the whole Ip Man series by an online friend who told me that I absolutely had to see the films because “they’re like a cross between …
posted a Quick Tip about The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010 film). December 16, 2011
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The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010 film)
Unrelated to Wilson Yip's Ip Man films starring Donnie Yen, director Herman Yau takes on a different approach in the creation of a fictional Chinese folk hero by reshaping the life of Master Ip, the …
reviewed The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010 film). December 12, 2011
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The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010 film)
This is a review of the original Chinese version before the film was re-titled “Ip Man 3: The Legend is Born” for the consumption of international audiences. It was promoted to …
reviewed The Warring States (2011 Chinese film). November 28, 2011
The Warring State
THE WARRING STATES is a curious film, at times capturing the ‘bigness’ and ‘boldness’ that only the best period pictures can muster.  It feels rich, epic and lush – …
posted a Quick Tip about WuXia- 2011 film (aka. Dragon: WuXia-.... November 18, 2011
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Dragon: Day of Reckoning (U.S. Title, aka. WuXia)
Even with its somewhat unoriginal premise; part "A History of Violence", part "Ip Man" and part "Sherlock Holmes", Peter Chan's Wuxia film is aimed for Mainland …
reviewed WuXia- 2011 film (aka. Dragon: WuXia-.... November 10, 2011
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Dragon: Day of Reckoning (U.S. Title, aka. WuXia)
We all know that Donnie Yen seemed to have been isolated under one specific genre; and that is hard-hitting martial arts action. Who can blame filmmakers, since the man does have the tools to pull off …
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