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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 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 …
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 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 Viral Factor. September 13, 2012
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the viral factor
For those of you uniformed, Dante Lam is an ACTION film director.  That’s right.  You read it.  ACTION.  All caps.  He stages some of the slickest, most vivid shootouts …
reviewed The Stool Pigeon. June 21, 2012
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The Stool Pigeon
Director Dante Lam’s filmmaking resume is more or less a hit or miss for me. I liked “Beast Stalker” but it wasn’t enough for me to take the plunge with “Fire of Conscience”. …
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 Confucius. March 21, 2012
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CONFUCIUS
   Usually, I love films that depict the peoples, places, and events from history.  Granted, I prefer that films “do it right,” don’t exaggerate the importance of people …
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 …
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 The Treasure Hunter. November 15, 2011
The Treasure Hunter
Conflict, conflict, conflict.  At the heart of every great story, there is a conflict.  Sometimes, this is a conflict between characters.  Sometimes, it’s a conflict between opposing …
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about WuXia- 2011 film (aka. Dragon: WuXia-.... August 18, 2011
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Dragon: Day of Reckoning (U.S. Title, aka. WuXia)
If you're into Chinese martial arts, this is probably the film for you. It's long and draggy for women and although there are some philosophies to learn out of it, it's more of an analysis of martial …
reviewed Vengeance. July 24, 2011
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VENGEANCE
***1/2 out of ****     Interesting color schemes. Nice usage of lighting. Truly kick-ass action sequences. I like Johnnie To's "Vengeance" because it contains all three. I almost loved …
posted a Quick Tip about Fatal Contact. March 22, 2011
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Fatal Contact
Written and directed by Dennis Law and chorographed by Nicky Li who is a member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team. The movie is not perfect but it is really enjoyable. I do highly recommend a viewing and …
reviewed Fatal Contact. March 22, 2011
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Fatal Contact
      FATAL CONTACT      As any of you may know I am a huge Asian Cinema fan and would like to think I own a nice collection. Years ago I came across a film named …
reviewed Ip Man 2. February 08, 2011
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Ip Man 2
Star Rating:         I’m generally not a fan of martial arts movies, mostly because they seem to be about nothing other than martial arts. What bothered me greatly …
reviewed Blood Brothers (2007). February 07, 2011
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Blood Brothers
BLOOD BROTHERS (2007) is a re-imagining of John Woo’s classic “Bullet in the Head” but this time the backdrop has been switched from Vietnam to Shang Hai and is being directed by music …
posted a Quick Tip about An Empress and the Warriors. September 23, 2010
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An Empress and the Warriors
   "An Empress and the Warriors" is a wonderfully done and shot some what epic war film that really is a romance at heart. Flawed and not sure what film it really wants to be, but good.
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