Triple Threat

Triple Threat Thailand/China/US (2019) Dir. Jesse V. Johnson It sounds like an action cinema fans dream to see the worlds of esoteric Asian martial arts, Kung Fu and MMA come together in a violent bullet riddled, fist and feet flying blow out. British stuntman turned filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson has decided he is the man … Continue reading Triple Threat

Headshot

Headshot (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Recently I reviewed the 2014 Chilean action film Redeemer and commented on how its violence was more gory than most horror films. Trust the Indonesians to make a film that is even more grisly than that! A man is washed up by … Continue reading Headshot

Merantau

Merantau Indonesia (2009) Dir. Gareth Evans The 2011 action packed hit The Raid may have brought Indonesian martial artist Iko Uwais to the world’s attention, along with his native fighting style Silat, but, as this 2009 film retro-released in the wake of The Raid’s success reveals, this wasn’t the first screen outing for Uwais. Much … Continue reading Merantau

The Raid 2

The Raid 2 (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Entertainment One) Running time: 150 minutes approx. Two years a go a little film from Indonesia directed by a Welshman appeared with minimal fanfare and proceeded to blow everyone away, and now the inevitable sequel reaches us. Could The Raid be topped and done so in an … Continue reading The Raid 2

The Raid

The Raid (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Momentum Pictures) Running time: 97 minutes approx. In the slums of Jakarta stands a derelict apartment block which has become the headquarters for the criminal element of the city. Controlling operations is a drug lord named Tama (Ray Sahetapy) who rules from the top floor of the building, … Continue reading The Raid