REVIEW: Punch Lady (2007)

REVIEW: Punch Lady (2007)
March 28, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
What happens when an abused wife has had enough of her husband’s temper? She settles the score in this Korean film by Kang Hyo-Jin. Ha-Eun (Do Ji-Won) is constantly abused by her husband Ju-Chang (Park Sang-Uk), a [...]

Xing Yu lands first lead star role in ‘Wrath of Vajra’

Xing Yu lands first lead star role in 'Wrath of Vajra'
March 22, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
Former Shaolin monk turned martial arts action star Xing Yu, now known as Shi Yanneng, has finally landed his first major lead role with the upcoming film THE WRATH OF VAJRA. Shi will play the titled character [...]

Dante Lam to unleash ‘MMA’ in June

Dante Lam to unleash 'MMA' in June
March 22, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Hong Kong action film director Dante Lam (THE BEAST STALKER) enters mixed martial arts territory with his upcoming film MMA, set for release this June. The film stars Nick Cheung as a former boxer who after a [...]

Korean MMA film ‘Fist of Legend’ Coming in April

Korean MMA film 'Fist of Legend' Coming in April
March 20, 2013 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Kang Woo-Suk, the director of the PUBLIC ENEMY film series, delves into mixed martial arts territory with his upcoming film FIST OF LEGEND, set for release next month. Not related to the Jet Li-starred reboot of FIST [...]

King Hu comes to Harvard this weekend!

King Hu comes to Harvard this weekend!
March 15, 2013 | Posted in Electric Shadows by Jean Lukitsh | No Comments »
Fans of classic wuxia filmmaking who live in the Boston area are in for a treat. The Harvard Film Archive is screening the retrospective “King Hu and the Art of Wuxia” from March 15 to 24. Check [...]

REVIEW: Wu Dang (2012)

REVIEW: Wu Dang (2012)
March 12, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Could wushu expert and film star Vincent Zhao be the martial arts version of Indiana Jones? While the film has its moments, the film suffers from a lackluster finale. Zhao plays professor Tang Yunlong, who is a [...]

REVIEW: Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

REVIEW: Rurouni Kenshin (2012)
March 12, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The Japanese samurai manga and anime comes to live in this amazingly-shot action-drama about a man’s search for redemption in a new era. In 1868, the Edo period of Japan is coming to a close. During the [...]

REVIEW: Forced to Fight (2011)

REVIEW: Forced to Fight (2011)
March 9, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
British martial arts ace Gary Daniels returns to a major leading role in this underground fight film that brings more to the plate than your typical fight film. Shane Slavin (Daniels) is an auto mechanic who used [...]

“Woochi: The Demon Slayer” to hit DVD and Blu-Ray in April.

"Woochi: The Demon Slayer" to hit DVD and Blu-Ray in April.
March 9, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
On April 9, Shout! Factory will be unleashing the Korean supernatural martial arts thriller WOO CHI: THE DEMON SLAYER, originally called JEON WOO-CHI: THE TAOIST WIZARD, on DVD and Blu-Ray. “This fantasy-action blockbuster based on a Korean [...]

REVIEW: Here Comes the Boom (2012)

REVIEW: Here Comes the Boom (2012)
March 7, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
“The King of Queens”, Kevin James, co-wrote and stars in this comedy that revolves around inspiration and a boatload of mixed martial arts action. Scott Voss (James) was once the Teacher of the Year in 2002. However, [...]

REVIEW: Kill ‘Em All (2012)

REVIEW: Kill 'Em All (2012)
March 4, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
From the director of BANGKOK ADRENALINE comes this action thriller where the stakes are high in an all-out war between assassins. Snakehead (Gordon Liu) is a criminal mastermind who has had Bangkok’s top assassins kidnapped and drugged. [...]

REVIEW: Miami Connection (1987)

REVIEW: Miami Connection (1987)
March 3, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
The martial arts guilty pleasure film of 2012 is a rare gem brought back from the dead. This is the only film for Orlando-based martial artist and motivational speaker Y.K. Kim, and it is a fun film [...]

Johnny and Charlie Nguyen go to ‘Chinatown’

Johnny and Charlie Nguyen go to 'Chinatown'
February 25, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
This April, Vietnamese action star and Hollywood stuntman Johnny Nguyen is back! With the success of THE REBEL (2007) and CLASH (2009), Nguyen’s new film is a gangster film entitled CHINATOWN (BUI DOI CHO LON). The film [...]

REVIEW: The Kick (2011)

REVIEW: The Kick (2011)
February 25, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Part-family comedy, part-exhilarating action can best describe this film that proves one thing: the family that fights together, stays together. The Moons are a Korean family who live in Bangkok. The father (Cho Jae-Hyun) lost his chance [...]

REVIEW: CZ12 – Chinese Zodiac (2012)

REVIEW: CZ12 - Chinese Zodiac (2012)
February 23, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
The legendary Jackie Chan says “au revoir” to his trademark action style of cinema with this somewhat fun yet somewhat disappointing action caper. In other words, it is a very mixed bag that many may either love [...]

REVIEW: Universal Soldier – Day of Reckoning (2012)

REVIEW: Universal Soldier - Day of Reckoning (2012)
February 23, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Twenty year. after the sci-fi actioner that starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren was released, this official fourth installment may seem someone unnecessary. However, add Scott Adkins to the mix and have Van Damme in a [...]

Dustin Nguyen returns in ‘Once Upon a Time in Vietnam’

Dustin Nguyen returns in 'Once Upon a Time in Vietnam'
February 19, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
This coming August, former 21 JUMP STREET star Dustin Nguyen is back with his third Vietnamese action film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM (LUA PHAT). Nguyen returned to Vietnam to help jumpstart a new era in [...]

REVIEW: Mugamoodi (2012)

REVIEW: Mugamoodi (2012)
January 25, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
This Indian Tamil take on the costumed hero features some nifty fight choreography from Hong Kong legend Tony Leung Siu-Hung. Anand (Jiiva) is a young martial artist whose family and friends christen him “Bruce Lee”. However, Lee [...]

REVIEW: The Legendary Amazons (2011)

REVIEW: The Legendary Amazons (2011)
January 14, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
“Girl power” is what this historical action film is all about. Produced by Jackie Chan, the film is actually decent thanks to its core female cast and battle sequences. Set in the waning days of the Song [...]

REVIEW: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)

REVIEW: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)
January 2, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 6 Comments »
Jet Li makes a welcome return to the wuxia pian genre with this exciting reboot of the King Hu classic DRAGON GATE INN, directed by the man who produced the 1992 remake of that very film, Tsui [...]