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 [...]

REVIEW: Butcher Wing (1979)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Any self-respecting kung fu movie fan should already know about Wong Fei-hung and at least a few of the many movies based on his legendary exploits. More discerning fans may recall he had several students nearly as [...]

REVIEW: Burning Paradise (1994)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Ask for a darker, more sweeping, and exploitive version of FONG SAI YUK (1993) and you’ll get BURNING PARADISE. This impressive film shares the same style of choreography and lead character as Jet Li’s former vehicle, but [...]

REVIEW: Bulletproof Monk (2003)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
The first 21st century kung fu movie to sprout from American shores finally arrives and it serves up a double helping of instant Ramen noodle wisdom and pop culture flavoring. Chow Yun-fat beams with charm in his [...]

REVIEW: Buddhist Fist, The (1979)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
This is a quality kung fu classic, yet not up to director Yuen Wo-ping’s highest standards. The story is more cohesive than most with the revenge theme reserved until near the end when our hero finally finds [...]

REVIEW: Buddha’s Palm (1982)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
It’s rare when a film can boast having enough special effects, colorful characters and insane action to fill a dozen films. It’s even rarer when its unique vision is so complete that watching it becomes unconditional bliss. [...]

REVIEW: Bruce’s Fist of Vengeance (1984)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
Craptastic doesn’t begin to describe just how bad BRUCE’S FIST OF VENGEANCE really is. Congratulations if you’re reading this, because you just found a review for one of the worst kung fu movies ever made. Regular Bruce [...]

REVIEW: Bruce Lee’s Deadly Kung Fu (1976)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Classic kung fu action hits the streets of San Francisco when Ho Chung-tao (aka Bruce Li) dons the virtual guise of Bruce Lee for at least his ninth Brucexploitation film in less than two years. BRUCE LEE’S [...]

REVIEW: Bruce Lee: True Story (1976)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Over the years many films have tried to tell the Bruce Lee story and none of them have ever got it right. But the one thought by most to have come close is BRUCE LEE: TRUE STORY, [...]

REVIEW: Bruce Lee: A Dragon Story (1974)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
A DRAGON STORY was the first semi-biopic to cover the life and death of Bruce Lee. It’s a highly fictionalized account that gets many of the facts wrong and aside from a few exceptions, manages to trample [...]

REVIEW: Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Director Christophe Gans (SILENT HILL) second film paired with actor Mark Dacascos pulls out all the tricks of the trade to create a mesmerizing film that manages to merge horror, martial arts, period drama, classic adventure, and [...]

REVIEW: Broken Oath (1977)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
An otherwise ordinary revenge flick becomes something special when starring Angela Mao Ying and featuring the talents of Hong Kong’s finest action masters. BROKEN OATH is a superb kung fu classic from Golden Harvest. It’s an unofficial [...]

REVIEW: Bride with White Hair, The (1993)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Long considered to be a definitive film of Hong Kong’s action New Wave, THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR is one of the most lavish, kinetic and fantastic films you will ever see.

REVIEW: Brazilian Brawl (2003)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
BRAZILIAN BRAWL is an extremely amateur feature film that stars The Machado brothers, a real life family of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champions and instructors. The film may be utter trash, but these guys know their stuff. Jiu [...]

REVIEW: Boxing Hero (2003)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Oh, the irony of it all. Two competitive boxing films were released in Hong Kong in 2003. The bigger release was STAR RUNNER, an original film that featured cameos from Shaw Brothers legends Ti Lung and David [...]

REVIEW: Boxer’s Adventure (1979)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Yueng Zi-kai is making a move to be king and Minister Tai needs protection as he travels to recruit an army to resist him. The minister’s Chief of Guards Li Tak-wei (Dorian Tan) recruits three kung fu [...]