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reviewed Man of Tai Chi (2013 film). August 11, 2013
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Man of Tai Chi (2013 film)
I am certain that most movie-goers knew that George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars” got his inspiration of the JEDI Knights and the Sith Lords, representations of the light and darkness of one …
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 Tai Chi Hero. July 29, 2013
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Tai Chi Hero
I wasn’t too fond of Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi Zero” and so I was very reluctant to continue on with this trilogy with his “Tai Chi Hero”. Honestly, I barely even remember …
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 Tai Chi Hero. July 01, 2013
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Tai Chi Hero
   Unlike many other critics I know and correspond with, I tend to struggle with traditional martial arts movies.  It isn’t that I don’t like or I don’t find them particularly …
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 The Order (2001). May 07, 2013
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the order movie jean claude van damme
It isn't exactly a secret that Jean-Claude Van Damme may be the worst actor to ever walk this planet. But anyone complaining about the performances in a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie is missing the entire …
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 Bangkok Revenge (aka. Rebirth, Bangko.... September 16, 2012
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Bangkok Revenge
Martial Arts action movies are usually something that is seen for spectacle, jaw-dropping stunts and with a very simple plot. Most films always rely on the execution of the action with little development …
reviewed The Raid: Redemption. September 16, 2012
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The Raid: Redemption
**** out of ****    In one of the darkest corners of Jakarta, Indonesia there is a run-down apartment complex that houses a plethora of criminals, drug addicts, killers, and the crime …
reviewed BKO: Bangkok Knockout. June 24, 2012
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BKO: Bangkok Knockout
Tony Jaa had opened the doors to Thai Action cinema in America. Like his movies or not, one cannot deny that he paved the way for the not-so well known action stars from that country with the releases …
reviewed The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. June 06, 2012
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The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
It has been 14 years since Martial arts superstar Jet Li and Wuxia King Tsui Hark had collaborated in a film (Once Upon a Time in China). The two have been missed by the Wuxia world, and it is refreshing …
reviewed Karate Girl (2011). May 31, 2012
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Karate Girl
Rina Takeda is a young Japanese actress and who began her Karate training at the tender age of 10. She is also an expert and a holder of a Kuro Obi in the Ryukyu Shorin-ryu Karate discipline. When she …
posted a Quick Tip about Karate Girl (2011). May 20, 2012
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Karate Girl
Real-life female Karate champ Rina Takeda returns to show her stuff in the big screen. "Karate Girl" or "KG" as known in Japan, has also been promoted as "High Kick Girl 2" …
reviewed Clash (2009, aka : Bay Rong). May 20, 2012
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Clash (2009)
Back in 2007, international audiences became witness to the rise of Vietnamese action female star Veronica Ngo Thanh Van (whole native name) in “The Rebel”. Two years after, …
reviewed Merantau. May 14, 2012
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Merantau
Jackie Chan was arguably the king of martial arts action movies in the 80’s up to the mid 90’s because of his commitment in using no stunt men and no wires in his films . It seems he had left …
reviewed The Raid: Redemption. April 23, 2012
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The Raid: Redemption
Star Rating:         The Raid: Redemption is unwatchably bad – a film that has no ambition other than to be noisy, aggressive, and relentlessly violent. Watching it …
reviewed The Raid: Redemption. April 16, 2012
The Raid: Redemption
In the middle of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable apartment complex which is a safe house for the city's most dangerous murderers, killers and gangsters. The crappy apartment block has been considered …
reviewed The Raid: Redemption. April 10, 2012
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The Raid: Redemption
I’ve been so disappointed with the recent flurry of Hollywood commercial films that I had to once again use my nose to find a great movie amongst the independent/foreign film circuit in my local …
reviewed The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. January 04, 2012
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The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Everyone takes away different things from a movie and in this one, I haven't got a good grip of what to take away with! Having Jet Li as its star actor guarantees me as a viewer though I'm not …
posted a Quick Tip about Reign Of Assassins. November 26, 2011
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REIGN OF ASSASSINS (2010)
Su Chao-Bin and John Woo makes a return to classic Wu Xia filmmaking with Michelle Yeoh as the main protagonist. Great fights and a well laid out plot (despite its cliches) carry the films momentum. The …
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