Nunchucks (2012) – Trailer

Nunchucks (2012) - Trailer
March 3, 2012 | Posted in Videos by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
Inspired by Bruce Lee, NUNCHUCKS is directed and starring Dragon Chen as a martial arts expert who suffers a breakdown and rediscovers peace when he returns home. The martial arts actioner opened March 2nd, 2012 in China.

REVIEW: From the Highway (1970)

REVIEW: From the Highway (1970)
March 3, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
Nine months before Shaw Brothers released Jimmy Wang Yu’s groundbreaking kung fu classic THE CHINESE BOXER, rival studio Cathay unleashed the first real example of second generation kung fu moviemaking in Hong Kong and Taiwan. FROM THE [...]

REVIEW: Kung Fu Wing Chun (2010)

REVIEW: Kung Fu Wing Chun (2010)
March 2, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
Riding the popularity of Wing Chun in martial arts cinema that began with IP MAN (2008) is this blandly titled yet highly entertaining kung fu movie from producer Ng See-yuen that stars genre newcomer, late actress Bai [...]

Ryan Gosling to Kickbox in ‘God Only Forgives’

Ryan Gosling to Kickbox in 'God Only Forgives'
March 2, 2012 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling is currently shooting his second film with DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn. The film, entitled ONLY GOD FORGIVES, will feature some martial arts action in the form of Muay Thai on the part [...]

REVIEW: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (2011-2012) [TV]

REVIEW: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (2011-2012) [TV]
March 1, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
After 34 successful years on television, the Japanese phenomenon known as the Super Sentai Series continues. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the inception of the series, this special series features a group of space pirates with [...]

REVIEW: Wandering Swordsman, The (1970)

REVIEW: Wandering Swordsman, The (1970)
March 1, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
A free-spirited knight-errant who steals from baddies and gives to the poor mistakenly helps a gang of thieves pilfer a shipment of valuable treasure and subsequently fights to return it. Chang Cheh directs David Chiang in this [...]

Kung fu actress Bai Jing murdered

Kung fu actress Bai Jing murdered
March 1, 2012 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 9 Comments »
Shocking news from mainland China this week as media reports the stabbing death of actress Bai Jing, 29, by her husband Zhou Cheng-hai, 44, in an alleged murder-suicide in their home in Beijing on Tuesday. The TV [...]

REVIEW: White Vengeance (2011)

REVIEW: White Vengeance (2011)
February 29, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Daniel Lee writes and directs his third history-based wuxia epic centered on conflict between two allied warlords in ancient China who overthrow the government only to turn against each other in a complex contest of mind, might [...]

REVIEW: Winged Tiger, The (1970)

  REVIEW: Winged Tiger, The (1970)
February 28, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Tasked by senior members of the martial world, a flying swordsman infiltrates a martial clan to retrieve the deadliest of all kung fu manuals in this intrigue-filled, old school wuxia adventure from Shaw Brothers and writer-director Shen [...]

REVIEW: 7 Grandmasters, The (1978)

REVIEW: 7 Grandmasters, The (1978)
February 27, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
Independent kung fu moviemaker Joseph Kuo directs this exceptional kung fu classic filled with top-tier fighting from action directors Corey Yuen and Yuen Cheung-yan that depicts the efforts of an aging Bak Mei kung fu master to [...]

‘Poor Daddy’ (1929): Early Chinese Movie Stunts

'Poor Daddy' (1929): Early Chinese Movie Stunts
February 26, 2012 | Posted in Electric Shadows by Jean Lukitsh | No Comments »
If you watched the Sammo Hung-choreographed Chinese film MY KINGDOM last year, you may remember a scene showing the heroes, Peking opera performers played by Wu Chun and Han Geng, being kicked out of a movie theater [...]

REVIEW: Heroes of the East (1978)

REVIEW: Heroes of the East (1978)
February 26, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
Marital and cultural conflicts have existed in cinema for years but never have they been put forth so literally until kung fu movie master Lau Kar-leung delivered this thrilling clash of Japanese and Chinese martial arts, husband [...]

REVIEW: Drunken Master (1978)

REVIEW: Drunken Master (1978)
February 25, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 12 Comments »
Jackie Chan stars in this hit kung fu comedy that is without a doubt the best of its kind from the 1970s. Chan is a young, troublemaking Wong Fei-hung in early Republican-era China whose propensity for getting [...]

REVIEW: Ten Tigers of Kwangtung (1980)

REVIEW: Ten Tigers of Kwangtung (1980)
February 24, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
An all-star kung fu actioner from Chang Cheh features many of his top fighting stars of the past decade, along with talented newcomers. They appear in a convoluted and rushed, multi-plotted story of martial arts masters banding [...]

REVIEW: Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)

REVIEW: Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
February 23, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
In his first hit film Jackie Chan puts his charm and dynamic fighting chops on full display as Chien-fu, a simple-minded custodian abused as a human punching bag at a kung fu school until he befriends a [...]

REVIEW: Executioners from Shaolin (1977)

REVIEW: Executioners from Shaolin (1977)
February 22, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
One of Shaw Brothers’ and action director Lau Kar-leung’s finest kung fu movies depicts the fictional exploits of Hung Fist founder Hung Hei-gun and his lifelong mission to kill the traitorous Bak Mei. Based on folklore popularized [...]

REVIEW: Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

REVIEW: Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)
February 21, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
This sequel to THE ONE-ARMED BOXER (1972) sees the return of Jimmy Wang Yu as a one-armed kung fu instructor forced to use his fighting skills and wits to combat a blind master of the flying guillotine. [...]

REVIEW: 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The (1978)

REVIEW: 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The (1978)
February 20, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
The legend of southern Shaolin monk San Te comes alive in this masterful martial arts epic from Shaw Brothers and action director Lau Kar-leung. In his third starring role, Gordon Liu (DIRTY HO) delivers an iconic, career-defining [...]

REVIEW: Fist of Fury (1972)

REVIEW: Fist of Fury (1972)
February 19, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Bruce Lee explodes onscreen in his second and greatest martial arts film role, that of iconic Chinese screen hero Chen Zhen. Set in Republican-era Shanghai in the city’s international district, this groundbreaking kung fu classic from Golden [...]

REVIEW: Rebel Intruders (1980)

REVIEW: Rebel Intruders (1980)
February 18, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
Three kung fu-fighting refugees get swept up in a brewing conflict between rival Republican-era warlords in this kung fu actioner from writer-director Chang Cheh and the five-man acting and action directing team known as the Venoms Mob. [...]