REVIEW: Dinner with an Assassin (2005)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Dinner with an Assassin is a low budget, yet well-scripted, acted and choreographed action movie that strikes a rare balance between human drama with fully-functional characters and kinetic martial arts and gunplay. It’s the second feature film [...]

REVIEW: Demons, The (1984)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
An incredibly poor offering from the great Chang Cheh that revels in cheap special effects and an ill conceived plot will no doubt disappoint fans of his Shaw Brothers films.

REVIEW: Delinquent, The (1973)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Chang Cheh, the godfather of heroic martial bloodshed and Gwai Chi-hung, the purveyor of gritty, urban dramas and deviant exploitation were filmmaking forces of nature on their own, but when they joined forces for The Delinquent, the [...]

REVIEW: Death Duel of Mantis (1978)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Death Duel of Mantis is just the sort of kung fu oldie to be easily overlooked with no big names attached and only poor quality prints available. But it would be a real shame if old school [...]

REVIEW: Death Duel (1977)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Director Chor Yuen revisits the bloody and chivalrous world of knight errantry created by Chinese author Gu Long in Death Duel, a rich and satisfying swordplay classic culminating in a brilliantly poetic finale.

REVIEW: Death By Misadventure: The Mysterious Life of Bruce Lee (1993)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Bruce Lee’s life and career has been documented so often in every medium that producing anything new that fans haven’t already heard before becomes a challenge. In addition, Bruce Lee’s premature death and the mostly unfounded controversy [...]

REVIEW: Dead Target (1991)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
From roughly 1987 to 1992, dozens of low budget and exploitive action flicks were produced in Hong Kong and shot in Thailand. One of the more ambitious and outright bizarre among this low-rent pack is DEAD TARGET. [...]

REVIEW: Deadly Snail vs. Kung Fu Killer (1977)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
I think this whacked out fantasy film was meant to be seen while inebriated or as punishment for some hideous crime. Why on earth anyone would have made this incredibly sloppy effort is beyond me.

REVIEW: Deadend of Besiegers (1992)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
This hugely entertaining kung fu movie features a stellar cast of mostly mainland Chinese stars backing up fighting beauty Cynthia Khan, impressive production values, a great adventure story, and killer martial arts action.

REVIEW: Dead and the Deadly, The (1983)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Sammo Hung and Wu Ma star in this cornball, horror comedy that features low-budget special effects, lowbrow humor and a smidgeon of excellent kung fu. Falling somewhere between similar horror comedies ENCOUNTER OF THE SPOOKY KIND (1980) [...]

REVIEW: Daredevil (2003)

November 10, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Marvel film adaptations have really hit full stride now. After the success of BLADE, X-MEN and SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL comes along to match them all for style, substance, and pure superhero enjoyment. Thankfully, the spirit of the comic [...]

REVIEW: Dance of Death (1980)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
This light-hearted kung fu comedy proves to be one of Angela Mao’s best showcase films as she dominates the screen in nearly non-stop fights throughout.

REVIEW: Damager

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
DAMAGER is an appropriate title for a kung fu movie so bad, that it almost must be seen to believe. Almost, mind you. The film is repulsive on every level and contains not a single shred of [...]

REVIEW: Crystal Fortune Run (1994)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
This futuristic showcase for Sharla Cheung is undone by low production values and apparent anime influences, although the premise is sound.

REVIEW: Crying Freeman (1995)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
The talented, yet under-appreciated Mark Dacascos stars as the “Crying Freeman,” the popular assassin of manga fame in an international film directed by an upstart French filmmaker who thinks he’s John Woo and Tsui Hark in one? [...]

REVIEW: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

REVIEW: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is a masterpiece of world cinema combining the technical precision of Hollywood, the character pathos of British acting, the noble tradition of a mythical China, and the kinetic grace of Hong Kongs action [...]

REVIEW: Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
First there was ROMEO MUST DIE (2000), EXIT WOUNDS (2001) and HALF PAST DEAD (2002). Now Jet Li and DMX team up with producer Joel Silver for what is turning into a hip-hop martial arts sub-genre. The [...]

REVIEW: Crack Shadow Boxers (1979)

November 9, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Character actors Ku Feng and Hon Gwok-choi leap into the limelight together as two bungling conmen mistaken for expert martial artists and hired to protect a town from a gang.

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 [...]