REVIEW: Angel with the Iron Fists (1967)

November 7, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
Years before femme fatales like Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima established themselves as some of Hong Kong’s leading martial arts and gun-totting heroines, Shaw Brothers attempted to marry the 1960s trend of leading ladies in martial arts [...]

REVIEW: Angel Force (1991)

November 7, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
A mix of quality martial arts and campy jungle warfare dominate this plain actioner starring the talented Moon Lee. ANGEL FORCE was released near the end of the popular “girls with guns” era of Hong Kong film [...]

REVIEW: Bloody Fists, The (1972)

November 7, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Setting the tone for subsequent films like TIGER VS. DRAGON and RAGE OF THE WIND, THE BLOODY FISTS portrays a brutal confrontation between Japanese and Chinese martial artists with Chan Sing as the only man tough enough [...]

REVIEW: Amsterdam Connection (1978)

November 6, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Fan Mei-sheng, a longtime character actor at Shaw Brothers dips his hand into writing and directing with AMSTERDAM CONNECTION, a hardboiled tale of globetrotting gangsters from Hong Kong competing for the lucrative drug trade in Europe. The [...]

REVIEW: Ame Agaru (1999)

November 6, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Imagine a highly skilled samurai able to best most swordsmen, yet possessing a level of open kindness and sensitivity that only infuriates more prideful men. Such is the theme of AME AGARU, a jidai geki based on [...]

REVIEW: Along Comes a Tiger (1977)

November 6, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Two of Taiwan’s brightest genre talents team up for this Spaghetti Western-inspired classic kung fu flick. Don Wong Tao stars as a silent assassin out to avenge his father’s death by bringing down a criminal organization led [...]

REVIEW: All Men are Brothers: Blood of the Leopard (1993)

November 6, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Lin Chung (Tony Leung), a duty-bound military officer during Qing Dynasty befriends a fierce warrior monk named Ru Chi-shen (Elvis Tsui) who shares his love of martial arts. Chung is double-crossed by his rival and wrongly accused [...]

REVIEW: Adventure for Imperial Treasure (1981)

November 6, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Possessing a fair amount of humor, action and memorable backdrops, ADVENTURE FOR IMPERIAL TREASURE is a solid, if unremarkable old school kung fu title containing familiar elements that will appeal to fans of the genre. Years after [...]

REVIEW: Accidental Spy, The (2001)

November 6, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Jackie Chan returns to Hong Kong filmmaking in a globetrotting project that laboriously reaches for suspense amid stunts that lack the punch of his earlier works. Chan’s attempt to please an increasingly wider audience may be just [...]

REVIEW: Absurd Brave, The (1969)

November 5, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
THE ABSURD BRAVE is the first entry in a two-part adventure that pits the murderous seductress Lady Nine Flowers and a family of oppressors against the justice-seeking son of a murdered official, his mischievous uncle, a knightly [...]

REVIEW: Above the Law (1988)

November 2, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Former CIA operative Nico Toscani’s (Steven Seagal) past catches up to him when he finds himself up against former operatives plotting to assassinate a U.S. senator planning to expose the CIA’s drug trafficking that funds illegal operations [...]

REVIEW: Shaolin Abbot (1979)

REVIEW: Shaolin Abbot (1979)
November 1, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
6/10 – This low-budget knockoff of about every other movie covering the destruction of Shaolin Temple gains points for its solid casting, but suffers in most other areas. How many films have covered the destruction of Shaolin [...]

Eric Jacobus in ‘Dogs of Chinatown’

Eric Jacobus in 'Dogs of Chinatown'
October 29, 2007 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
All I have to say is wow. Wowie wow wow! I just received head’s up on and notice of a teaser (see below) for a new noir martial arts movie from writer-director Micah Moore and producer Blake [...]

Ryoo Seung-wan resurrects the dead in ‘Yacha’

Ryoo Seung-wan resurrects the dead in 'Yacha'
October 13, 2007 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Zombies and martial arts have always seemed like a great match to me. It’s the idea of pitting two diametrically opposed forms of action against one another. In one corner you have an undoubted outnumbered, yet highly [...]

REVIEW: Guy with Secret Kung Fu, The (1981)

October 12, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Kung fu stars Meng Fei (THE PRODIGAL BOXER) and Li Chung-tien (THE INVINCIBLE KUNG FU TRIO) team up as brothers and fellow anti-Qing rebels determined to wipe out corrupt officials and their allies, the Dragon Gang. THE [...]

REVIEW: Boxer’s Omen, The (1983)

October 11, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Few movies in the massive Shaw Brothers film library can lay claim to being as simultaneously offensive, bizarre and preposterous as Kuei Chih-hung’s THE BOXER’S OMEN. It literally oozes with cheaply-produced mondo gore involving creepy critters, stampeding [...]

REVIEW: Peacock King, The (1988)

October 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Fantasy and martial arts have walked hand-in-hand in the cinema of Hong Kong from its earliest days. Heroes were just as likely to fly or shoot power beams out of their hands as to battle with swords. [...]

Tsui Hark planning HK’s ‘biggest action film’

October 7, 2007 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
SEVEN SWORDS may have not been the big comeback that director Tsui Hark had hoped for but he’s not giving up the fight yet. Chinese news media reports that he is planning an ambitious martial arts action [...]

Jet Li vs. Brendan Fraser in ‘Mummy 3′

Jet Li vs. Brendan Fraser in 'Mummy 3'
October 7, 2007 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Jet Li has been working overtime of late. He currently has three epic period films in the works and one of them is as the lead villain in THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR. This is [...]

REVIEW: We’re Going to Eat You (1980)

October 7, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Kung fu has never been so fiendishly tasty. For his second feature, Hong Kong movie master Tsui Hark taps into Western grindhouse movie convention with this gruesome mix of cannibalistic depravity, freakish absurdity and martial mastery.