REVIEW: Clan of Amazons (1978)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
It’s Sherlock Holmes in the martial world in Clan of Amazons, a mystery wuxia pien based on a novel by prolific genre author Gu Long and ably brought to life onscreen by genre director Chor Yuen. This [...]

REVIEW: City Hunter (1993)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Certain clothes don’t go well together, like say, an aloha shirt and a tie. The same is true of certain filmmakers, like action master Jackie Chan and schlock master Wong Jing. But that’s not the only thing [...]

REVIEW: Circus Kids (1994)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Shooting a dramatic story centered around circus performers who tangle with opium smugglers seems like an ideal theme for Hong Kong, particularly with the very agile and acrobatic Yuen Biao starring. The addition of Donnie Yen and [...]

REVIEW: Circuit 2, The: The Final Punch (2002)

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Olivier Gruner is one of the better martial arts stars in the fledgling new millennium direct-to-video market, but apart from his presence in THE CIRCUIT 2: THE FINAL PUNCH, there is little value to this turkey. I [...]

REVIEW: Circuit, The (2002)

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Former French kickboxing champion Olivier Gruner stars in this low budget BLOODSPORT knockoff that ends up being reasonably enjoyable thanks to GrunerFormer French kickboxing champion Olivier Gruner stars in this low budget BLOODSPORT knockoff that ends up [...]

REVIEW: Cinema Hong Kong – Wuxia (2003)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
China’s wuxia, or heroic swordplay genre, seen in books, comics, films, and television series is one of the country’s greatest gifts to world cinema lovers. The wuxia pian has existed in China’s film industry in Shanghai and [...]

REVIEW: Cinema Hong Kong: Kung Fu (2003)

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CINEMA HONG KONG: KUNG FU is an hour-long, made-for-television documentary on the history of the kung fu movie that was co-produced by Celestial Pictures and Discovery Channel International. It was originally broadcast in select Pan-Asian countries. It [...]

REVIEW: Chinese Stuntman, The (1981)

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When one thinks of Hong Kong martial arts film pioneers, a balding gweilo (foreigner) with mostly obscure credits to his name generally doesn’t come to mind, that is unless you’re referring to martial arts master John Ladalski [...]

REVIEW: Chinese Odyssey 2: Cinderella, A (1995)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
This film is a continuation of an epic retelling of the novel JOURNEY TO THE WEST that began with A CHINESE ODYSSEY: PANDORA’S BOX. Though released as a sequel, both parts basically comprise one long film. This [...]

REVIEW: Chinese Odyssey: Pandora’s Box, A (1995)

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Hong Kong fantasy martial arts films are generally known for their creativity and outrageous action, but A CHINESE ODYSSEY and its sequel rank as one of the most ambitious and brilliant undertakings in the region’s history. First, [...]

REVIEW: Chinese Iron Man (1975)

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Everyone was bitten by the Bruce Lee bug in the 1970s and Joseph Kuo was no exception. This shameless and equally offensive rip-off of FIST OF FURY cannot begin to match Lee’s classic, but lead Man Kong-lung [...]

REVIEW: Chinese Heroes (2001)

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Yuen Wo-ping acts as executive producer on CHINESE HEROES, a low-budget throwback to the early ’80s when kung fu heroes battled ninjas in countless actioners like NINJA IN THE DRAGON’S DEN and NINJA HUNTER. Even though the [...]

REVIEW: Chase, The (1971)

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Before Bruce Lee exploded onto the scene, Golden Harvest was grooming James Tien to be their new male superstar. His ascension didn’t last long for he soon fell into Lee’s enormous shadow with the release of THE [...]

REVIEW: Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

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Martial arts and action films are known for being light on depth with audiences generally more interested in non-stop action, but for a big budget Hollywood pic like CHARLIE’S ANGEL: FULL THROTTLE to blow $120 million on [...]

REVIEW: Champ Against Champ (1983)

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Dragon Lee tries his darnedest to be a champ, but ends up more of a chump under the inept direction of Godfrey Ho in CHAMP AGAINST CHAMP.

REVIEW: Challenge of the Masters (1976)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
In CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS, the Wong Fei-hung legend meets the great master of kung fu moviemaking Lau Kar-leung. The result is a classic, low on mindless violence and high on energy and forms that delves into [...]

REVIEW: Challenge of Death (1978)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
The names attached to CHALLENGE OF DEATH guarantee that it’s a good film. Next to Joseph Kuo, Lee Tso-nam was Taiwan’s greatest martial arts director while his frequent collaborator Tommy Lee always provided impressive choreography. Actors Dorian [...]

REVIEW: Cantonen Iron Kung Fu (1979)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
As one of only a handful of films directed by Shaw Brothers veteran actor Li Chao, CANTONEN IRON KUNG FU manages to hold its own thanks to its lead, Leung Kar-yan, yet fails to stand out among [...]

REVIEW: Butterfly Murders, The (1979)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
BUTTERFLY MURDERS is a unique Hong Kong production that was notably director Tsui Hark’s first feature film. It also marked the beginning of the New Wave era that lasted for nearly 15 years.

REVIEW: Butterfly and Sword (1993)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
BUTTERFLY AND SWORD, though far from perfect is still a great example of the wuxia pian at the height of the genre’s evolution during the early ’90s. It features top Hong Kong stars of the day both [...]