Reset China (2017) Dir. Chang Time travel was very popular in films next year. Many directors from across the globe have had a crack at it, now it is China’s turn, although helming this project is actually Korean director Hong-Seung Yoon, under the pseudonym Chang, presumably to distance himself from any films he is embarrassed … Continue reading Reset

Mrs. K

Mrs. K Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Ho Yuhang All good things have to come to an end and for Hong Kong film legend Kara Hui, Mrs. K - allegedly - marks her final role as an action star. The latter part needs to be stressed as Hui has made two more films since this one, … Continue reading Mrs. K

Shock Wave Tunnel (Chai dan zhuan jia)

Shock Wave Tunnel (Chai dan zhuan jia) China/Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Herman Yau I’m not entirely sure why the UK release of this China/Hong Kong co-production needed the addendum of the word “Tunnel” to its original title of Shock Wave, but I suppose it’s better than some of the egregiously misleading title changes that have … Continue reading Shock Wave Tunnel (Chai dan zhuan jia)

The Villainess

The Villainess (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 124 minutes approx. It seems that someone in South Korea’s film industry finally read the e-mail about women now being pushed to the forefront of action cinema in notoriously misogynistic Hollywood. After the success of Wonder Woman, Atomic Blonde and Lucy, director Jung Byoung-Gil … Continue reading The Villainess

Control (Kong cheng ji)

Control (Kong cheng ji) Hong Kong (2013) Dir. Kenneth Bi Are people really so easily manipulated that they can be controlled like puppets? Threats are usually a good way of ensuring cooperation but quite often the victim can only take their tormentor’s word for it if contact is only via the phone. Kenneth Bi leaves … Continue reading Control (Kong cheng ji)

Train To Busan

  Train To Busan (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Ladies and gentlemen, we apologise for the delay but the highest grossing film at the Korean box office of 2016 has finally arrived on MIB’s Instant Headache. Having made his name with uncompromising animated films such as King Of Pigs, … Continue reading Train To Busan

Veteran (Beterang)

Veteran (Beterang) Korea (2015) Dir. Ryoo Seung-Wan Who would want to be on the police force in Korea? Not only do you often end up beaten within an inch of your life on a regular basis but also your superiors try to thwart your every move while well-connected criminals are able to bribe and manipulate … Continue reading Veteran (Beterang)