REVIEW: The Guillotines (2012)

REVIEW: The Guillotines (2012)
November 10, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Based loosely on a Shaw Brothers classic, this Andrew Lau-directed period piece features some pretty good performances that make this a watchable effort. For centuries, the Emperor has employed a secret band of warriors skilled in a [...]

REVIEW: Ten Dead Men (2008)

REVIEW: Ten Dead Men (2008)
October 29, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
For their follow-up on the 2004 film LEFT FOR DEAD, director Ross Boyask and producer Phil Hobden bring to life the tale of an ex-hitman out for revenge. Ryan (Brendan Carr) is a former hitman who is [...]

REVIEW: Green Street 3 – Never Back Down (2013)

REVIEW: Green Street 3 - Never Back Down (2013)
October 20, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
British martial arts star Scott Adkins returns home to star in this third installment of the soccer hooligan series with this one bringing more martial arts flavor in the mix. Adkins plays Danny Harvey, a former leader [...]

REVIEW: Man of Tai Chi (2013)

REVIEW: Man of Tai Chi (2013)
October 12, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
Keanu Reeves finally unveils his directorial debut with this pretty decent martial arts drama. While there are some flaws in the film, the final result is not too bad of a directorial debut. “Tiger” Chen Lin-Hu (Tiger [...]

REVIEW: Ninja – Shadow of a Tear (2013)

REVIEW: Ninja - Shadow of a Tear (2013)
October 11, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
After being disappointed with their collaboration on the 2009 film NINJA, the action star/director team of Scott Adkins and Isaac Florentine unleashed the long-awaited sequel and is it worth seeing? It could be one of the best [...]

REVIEW: Extraction (2013)

REVIEW: Extraction (2013)
October 8, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Crackle. , the online movie and TV site, unleashes an original film that combines shades of DIE HARD and surprisingly, THE RAID: REDEMPTION with an ensemble cast. The U.S. military are working closely with the CIA and [...]

Female Lead of Correa’s ‘Mistaken’ Needs Your Help

Female Lead of Correa's 'Mistaken' Needs Your Help
October 2, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Franklin Correa, star and director of the upcoming independent action film MISTAKEN, has announced that the lead actress of the film, Crystal T. Williams (poster right), has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and needs [...]

TRAILER: Green Street 3 (2013)

TRAILER: Green Street 3 (2013)
September 24, 2013 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Also known as GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS: UNDERGROUND, this third installment of the football (soccer) fan fight film series gets more martial arts-style action with the amazing Scott Adkins in the lead role. Danny Harvey has spent all [...]

TRAILER: Ninja – Shadow of a Tear (2013)

TRAILER: Ninja - Shadow of a Tear (2013)
September 20, 2013 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
Scott Adkins is back as Casey Bowman in the long-awaited sequel to the 2009 film NINJA. While many felt disappointed in the original film, judging from the trailer, fans will end up liking this sequel, which features [...]

Electric Shadows, new & improved

Electric Shadows, new & improved
September 11, 2013 | Posted in News by Jean Lukitsh | 1 Comment »
Hey, I’m back! And I wrote a book! Well, a short ebook based on the research I did for the Electric Shadows blog here at kungfucinema.com. There’s a lot more information that’s turned up online since my [...]

REVIEW: The Grandmaster (2013)

REVIEW: The Grandmaster (2013)
September 9, 2013 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Albert Valentin | 8 Comments »
We’ve seen Wilson Yip and Herman Yau’s takes on the legend of Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man (1893-1972). At long last, we take a look at the Yip Man film everyone has been waiting to see, directed [...]

REVIEW: Barrio Brawler (2013)

REVIEW: Barrio Brawler (2013)
September 4, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
The world of underground fighting returns in this pretty exciting action drama starring members of the amazing Stunt People squad. The film marks the film debut of martial artist and actor Marco Antonio Alvarez. Alvarez plays Carlos [...]

REVIEW: Angel’s Mission (1990)

REVIEW: Angel's Mission (1990)
September 3, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Japanese powerhouse Yukari Oshima stars in this pretty routine action film that, like most others of this era, has some pretty nifty fight scenes. Oshima plays Cynthia, a Japanese policewoman on vacation in Hong Kong visiting her [...]

REVIEW: Blind Rage (1978)

REVIEW: Blind Rage (1978)
August 28, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Blaxploitation icon Fred Williamson makes a special cameo in this action film revolving around five blind men who become bank robbers. Johnny Duran (Charlie Davao) is a local bank who is in cahoots with a crime boss, [...]

Tony Jaa “Fast”-tracks to Hollywood

Tony Jaa "Fast"-tracks to Hollywood
August 26, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 6 Comments »
It was rumored last week and is now official. Thai action star Tony Jaa, whose ONG-BAK films redefined the action film in his native land, will make his Hollywood debut next year with a role in the [...]

REVIEW: Weapons of Death (1981)

REVIEW: Weapons of Death (1981)
August 26, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The King of Kata, Eric Lee, stars in his pretty exciting action film from director Paul Kyriazi. Eric (Lee) runs a martial arts school in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He also lives with his mother (Leemoi), brother David [...]

REVIEW: Ninja Nightmare (1978)

REVIEW: Ninja Nightmare (1978)
August 26, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
This American-Filipino martial arts film may bring a sense of cheese value, but it is “so bad it’s good” thanks to martial artist and filmmaker Leo Fong. Near the end of World War II, a band of [...]

REVIEW: Ip Man – The Final Fight (2013)

REVIEW: Ip Man - The Final Fight (2013)
August 22, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
From the director of THE LEGEND IS BORN: IP MAN (2010) comes this exciting installment of the Ip Man film legacy, driven by an energetic performance by Anthony Wong as the legendary Wing Chun grandmaster. In 1960’s [...]

Phillip Rhee returns to martial arts with “The Underdogs”

Phillip Rhee returns to martial arts with "The Underdogs"
August 20, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
It has been nearly fifteen years since we last saw Korean-American martial arts action star Phillip Rhee, best known for his BEST OF THE BEST film series. Now, he is returning to martial arts with a new [...]

The Legend of Wong ‘Rises’ Again (UPDATED)

The Legend of Wong 'Rises' Again (UPDATED)
August 19, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 9 Comments »
Ladies and gentlemen…Martial arts grandmaster and cinematic icon Wong Fei-Hung is returning to the screens in 2014. Bill Kong, the producer of CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON; Liu Erdong, a known production manager; and filmmaker Ivy Ho (CROSSING [...]