REVIEW: Condemned, The (1976)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Following his directorial debut in 1974′s drama THE DRUG ADDICT, Shaw Brothers star David Chiang helmed his first martial arts film THE CONDEMNED. Sharing traits with films of his mentor Chang Cheh, this tale of male bonding [...]

REVIEW: Come Drink With Me (1966)

REVIEW: Come Drink With Me (1966)
November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
COME DRINK WITH ME rates as one of, if not the greatest martial arts film of all time thanks to a combination of King Hu’s meticulous direction, Shaw Brothers’ ample resources and Cheng Pei-pei’s mesmerizing performance. This [...]

REVIEW: Collectors, The (2003)

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THE COLLECTORS is a low-budget indie production from Latter-day Saints director John Lyde that combines martial arts and action elements of THE MATRIX with a family-friendly story of a bitter young man crippled in a car accident, [...]

REVIEW: Cold Harvest (1998)

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British-born karate champ Gary Daniels stars in this post-apocalyptic asteroid crash, direct-to-video actioner that makes up for numerous deficiencies with solid martial arts and stunt work.

REVIEW: Clones of Bruce Lee, The (1977)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Dozens of films sprung up like weeds following the death of Bruce Lee starring look-alikes and imitators either trying to recreate his life or to simply exploit his image. By far, one of the most exploitive and [...]

REVIEW: Cleopatra Jones (1973)

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In the same year that Jim Kelly shared the screen with Bruce Lee in Hollywood’s first blockbuster martial arts film, Enter the Dragon, the blaxploitation genre hit its peek with dozens of independent movies and a few [...]

REVIEW: Clans of Intrigue (1977)

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Director Chu Yuan’s interpretation of the literary works of Chinese martial arts novelist Gu Long continues with CLANS OF INTRIGUE, a visually engaging and suspenseful tale of rousing heroics and cross-gender oddities. Be advised that a proper [...]

REVIEW: Clan of Amazons (1978)

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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)

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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 [...]