REVIEW: Boxer’s Adventure (1979)

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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 [...]

REVIEW: Boxer Rebellion (1975)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
BOXER REBELLION is one of Shaw Brothers’ biggest and most expensive productions to date where the studio combined their patented kung fu action with a historical drama based on the real-life uprising of cultish Chinese patriots attempting [...]

REVIEW: Boxer from Shantung, The (1972)

REVIEW: Boxer from Shantung, The (1972)
November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
THE BOXER FROM SHANTUNG marks the first of several successful collaborations between directors Chang Cheh and Pao Hsueh-lieh. Even more notably, it’s the film that made a superstar of martial arts expert Chen Kuan-tai, who went on [...]

REVIEW: Bourne Supremacy, The (2004)

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Bourne is back in what is becoming the best action franchise since James Bond. Matt Damon returns to the role of rogue super-agent Jason Bourne in the sequel to THE BOURNE IDENTITY (2002). THE BOURNE SUPREMACY is [...]

REVIEW: Bourne Identity, The (2002)

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Matt Damon as martial arts star? Not likely, but Robert Ludlum’s novel turned blockbuster film about a black ops assassin trained by a covert U.S. government agency provides Damon with an opportunity to portray a tough guy [...]

REVIEW: Born to Defence (1988)

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Being Jet Li’s third film and only directorial effort, this is a surprisingly well-crafted film that features a more dramatic story than any of his subsequent Hong Kong or Hollywood efforts to date. The film begins with [...]

REVIEW: Born Invincible (1978)

REVIEW: Born Invincible (1978)
November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Classic kung fu doesn’t get much better than BORN INVINCIBLE, unless you want some semblance of a plot to go with it. Joseph Kuo directs a strong cast of screen favorites under the screen fighting guidance of [...]

REVIEW: Bone Crushing Kid (1981)

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This is another mediocre Taiwanese production that is marginally aided by the acrobatic antics of Chin Lung, some lighthearted humor and the addition of FIST OF FURY alum James Tien. Tien stars as a vicious fighter who [...]

REVIEW: Bodyguard from Beijing, The (1994)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
THE BODYGUARD FROM BEIJING is a limp Hong Kong remake of the Hollywood stinker THE BODYGUARD (1992) starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Despite the film’s lousy inspiration, having the great Corey Yuen direct Jet Li seems [...]

REVIEW: Body Weapon (1999)

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The title of this film, along with the cover are rather misleading as this looks like a typical “girls with guns” film and Angie Cheung is shown on the promotional art dressing sexy and holding a gun. [...]

REVIEW: Bloody Fight, The (1972)

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This movie deals with the old Chinese versus Japanese issue and I have no idea how I’m going to write something original about it. The movie does contain a lot of fighting and there are a few [...]

REVIEW: Bloodsport (1988)

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The tournament martial arts film is practically a genre all its own. Dating back at least as far as Jimmy Wang Yu’s groundbreaking classic THE CHINESE BOXER (1970), the subject has been revisited countless times in film [...]

REVIEW: Blooded Treasury Fight (1979)

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BLOODED TREASURY FIGHT is absolutely a classic of martial arts adventure with more twists and turns than you can shake a monk’s spade at. Playing like THE GUNS OF NAVARRONE with a touch of THE DIRY DOZEN, [...]

REVIEW: ‘Blood of the Samurai: The Series’ [TV] (2004)

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Hawaiian indie filmmaker Aaron Yamasato follows up his ultra low-budget movie BLOOD OF THE SAMURAI with this six-episode television series that continues the story of two chambara-loving buddies, who become crime-fighting samurai after inheriting the supernatural power [...]

REVIEW: Blood of the Samurai (2001)

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When one thinks of Hawaii in context of filmmaking, most people might find it difficult to name filmmakers or movies that originate from the state of Palm trees and Hula dancing, despite the popularity of television series [...]

REVIEW: Blood of the Dragon Peril (1980)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
If you hear a sucking sound, it’s probably coming from this load of rubbish. BLOOD OF THE DRAGON PERIL is an uninspired independent flick featuring some decent kung fu that gets buried up to its chin in [...]

REVIEW: Blood Heat (2002)

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Quality, contemporary martial arts action finally comes to Japan, but with an America-born star and a Chinese action director. After a series of lesser action roles, Kane Kosugi (DOA: DEAD OR ALIVE), son of ’80s ninja film [...]

REVIEW: Blood Brothers, The (1973)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
Epic martial arts films do not get much better than this. Chang Cheh assembled three of Shaw Brothers’ top martial arts actors to star in THE BLOOD BROTHERS, a magnificent work featuring incredible action, a sweeping story [...]

REVIEW: Blonde Fury (1989)

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Meng Hoi and Corey Yuen direct Cynthia Rothrock’s last leading role in Hong Kong with THE BLONDE FURY. You get loads of hand-to-hand combat and a couple of crazy stunts as only Hong Kong stuntmen do. The [...]

REVIEW: Blazing Temple, The (1976)

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Countless kung fu films have dealt with the historical Ming vs. Qing conflict and the famed Shaolin Temple but few have managed to create such an entertaining and ambitious account of the legendary destruction of Shaolin as [...]