REVIEW: Blazing Temple, The (1976)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
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 [...]

REVIEW: Blade of Fury (1993)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Wang Wu leads a nationalist group called The Black Flag against Japanese invaders only to see his group destroyed before he escapes. A number of years pass and he is found living as a blacksmith trying to [...]

REVIEW: Blade: Trinity (2004)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
BLADE: TRINITY is the best two-hour commercial for an iPod ever. As a movie however, it’s a bloated, over-produced, obnoxious, and pointless waste of good viewing time that could be spent watching something better, like GOLDEN GIRLS [...]

REVIEW: Blade II (2002)

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Vampire busting has never looked so good. BLADE 2 manages to up the ante on the original and take genre filmmaking to the next level with plenty of flair. Wesley Snipes returns as the once-obscure Marvel comic [...]

REVIEW: Blade (1998)

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This gratuitously enjoyable film was the surprise hit of 1998, even more so considering its comic book roots. Having been released a full year before THE MATRIX, the film deserves credit for pioneering the comic book-style Hong [...]

REVIEW: Blade, The (1995)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 7 Comments »
This gritty and violent remake of Chan Cheh’s ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN is a masterwork of martial arts filmmaking and represents the very pinnacle of Tsui Hark’s skill as a director and of the genre itself. For it’s stark [...]

REVIEW: Blacksheep Affair (1998)

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Talented Mainlander Vincent Zhao stars in BLACKSHEEP AFFAIR (aka ANOTHER MELTDOWN), a Hong Kong action film that tries to answer the burning question, “How can we keep both Beijing and worldwide action fans happy with a topical [...]

REVIEW: Black Samurai (1977)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
Jim Kelly, best known for his co-starring role in Bruce Lees ENTER THE DRAGON (1973), stars in this “blaxploitation” action film from B-movie director Al Adamson. Combining a hideously cheesy plot and acting with decent fight scenes [...]

REVIEW: Black Panther Warriors, The (1993)

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A warning label should go with this movie stating that it contains graphic scenes of moronic stupidity and tasteless humor. Active viewing may cause irritation, confusion, nausea, and fits of incredulous laughter. And if you think that [...]

REVIEW: Black Ninja, The (2003)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
THE BLACK NINJA is one of those “should have” films. It should have been marketed as the no budget, amateur project that it is, rather than as a potentially gratifying B-grade exploitation piece in order to keep [...]

REVIEW: Black Mask vs. Gambling Mastermind (2003)

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BLACK MASK VS. GAMBLING MASTER MIND must surely be the condensed form of a bad television mini-series, for how else could a film be so scattered, disjointed and dull? The plot is completely ludicrous and tries to [...]

REVIEW: Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2001)

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Any follow-up to a Tsui Hark-Jet Li collaboration, as in BLACK MASK is sure to be a tough act to match. This time around, Tsui targets Western audiences with a cast of mostly English-speaking genre actors and [...]

REVIEW: Black Mask (1996)

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This comic book-style film, conceived and produced by Tsui Hark combines the martial arts talents of Jet Li and Yuen Woo-ping among others with stylish editing and camera work. Given this, the results of this ambitious project [...]

REVIEW: Black Falcon, The (1967)

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THE BLACK FALCON is the second film from Shaw Brothers in their James Bond spin-off series that began with THE GOLDEN BUDDHA (1966). Veteran actor Paul Chang Chung reprises his role as Bond’s “sworn brother” in Hong [...]

REVIEW: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
8/10 – John Carpenter deserves to be remembered as a pioneer in the field of bringing kung fu movies to the attention of Western audiences. Much like Quentin Tarantino who would pay homage to the genre seventeen [...]

REVIEW: Big Brother Cheng (1975)

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THE TEA HOUSE was a hit when it was released in 1974 and its sequel BIG BROTHER CHENG was an even bigger success. It’s not difficult to see why. Both films played heavily on the frustrations and [...]

REVIEW: Big Boss 2 (1976)

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There is kung fu so bad it’s good and then there is simply bad, bad kung fu. BIG BOSS 2 fits the latter category as one of the lesser in a string of Bruce Lee exploitation films. [...]

REVIEW: Big Boss, The (1971)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
THE BIG BOSS (aka FISTS OF FURY) was Bruce Lee’s debut film, or rather his first martial arts film. He had actually appeared as a child actor in a number of Hong Kong films before he relocated [...]

REVIEW: Bichunmoo (2000)

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One of South Korea’s most expensive films to date combines dazzling martial arts action with a tragic romance that would do Shakespeare proud, if he were into swordplay sagas of course. BICHUNMOO’s non-linear plot begins when we [...]

REVIEW: Best of the Martial Arts Films, The (1985)

November 8, 2007 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
This documentary is an entertaining exploration of martial arts film that shows its age. There are plenty of fight scenes taken from some of the best films up to 1985 and it’s actually nice to see some [...]