Look Out, Officer! (Si hing chong gwai)

Look Out, Officer! (Si hing chong gwai) Hong Kong (1990) Dir. Lau Sez-yue Ghosts are supposed to be scary, malevolent beings intent on frightening and tormenting us not helpful and agreeable. Casper The Friendly Ghost set a precedent in kids’ comics but in film they have be few and far between. Which brings us to … Continue reading Look Out, Officer! (Si hing chong gwai)

The Iron Mask (Tayna pechati drakona)

The Iron Mask (Tayna pechati drakona) Russia/China (2019) Dir. Oleg Stepchenko Marketing in cinema is everything. Get that wrong and you can kiss goodbye to all the hard work of the filmmaker turning a profit, no matter how good the film might or might not be. This Chinese-Russian co-production exemplifies the problem of the metaphoric … Continue reading The Iron Mask (Tayna pechati drakona)

The Unity Of Heroes (Huang Fei Hong: Nan bei ying xiong)

The Unity Of Heroes (Huang Fei Hong: Nan bei ying xiong) China (2018) Dir. Lin Zhenzhao Many countries have their own folk heroes and legends immortalised in film, and for the Chinese it is the martial arts master and medical practitioner Wong Fei-hung. Already the subject of numerous films and TV series, Fei-Hung is back … Continue reading The Unity Of Heroes (Huang Fei Hong: Nan bei ying xiong)

The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong)

The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong) Hong Kong (1978) Dir. Ho Meng-Hua  “Hell hath no fury” is usually associated with a woman scorned, but there is no scorning here to drive the eponymous vengeful beauty in this late 70s Shaw Brothers outing. It’s a Martial Arts flick so naturally the stakes are going to be higher, … Continue reading The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong)

Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit Collection

Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit Collection (Cert 12) 4 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 702 minutes approx. A blast from the past for some of you, this fantasy adventure was first released a decade ago but on DVD only. MVM have now brought it back with a shiny new HD transfer on Blu-ray and … Continue reading Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit Collection

#Alive (#Saraitda)

#Alive (#Saraitda) Korea (2020) Dir. Cho Il-hyung The zombie genre appears to be one that has little room for development beyond the premise of infected people eating the uninfected, whilst those who can, try to survive. Leave it to the Koreans, who came rather late to the zombie party, to find a way to bring … Continue reading #Alive (#Saraitda)

The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling)

The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling) Hong Kong (1968) Dir. Yueh Feng The bells of St Clements might have said oranges and lemons but the bells in this Shaw Brothers revenge movie only signal impending death. By the time our protagonist is done with his targets, citrus fruits will be the last thing on … Continue reading The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling)

WWE – Extreme Rules 2020

WWE – Extreme Rules 2020 (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 152 minutes approx. Or to give it its full official title The Horror Show At Extreme Rules. It was meant to add a little spice to the marketing of the show and make it an easy sell given it is … Continue reading WWE – Extreme Rules 2020

The Enchanting Phantom (Qian nü you hun: Ren jian qing)

The Enchanting Phantom (Qian nü you hun: Ren jian qing) China (2020) Dir. Lin Zhenzhao It’s the same old story - boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, they are separated, can they get back together again? Except, as the title implies, this isn’t quite the same old story, as the girl in question happens to … Continue reading The Enchanting Phantom (Qian nü you hun: Ren jian qing)

The Prey

The Prey Cambodia (2018) Dir. Jimmy Henderson It is remarkable how people in a position of privilege, wealth and power often have the loosest grip on their humanity, as if it is some kind of Faustian payoff - you can have all the material goods and influence you desire but at the cost of your … Continue reading The Prey