The Bride With White Hair (Bak fat moh lui zyun) Movie Review

The Bride With White Hair (Bak fat moh lui zyun) Hong Kong (1993) Dir. Ronny Yu Sorry to open with a spoiler but there are no weddings in this classic martial arts romp but there are some nifty fights, plenty of severed body parts and decapitations, and some steamy (for a mainstream Hong Kong film) … Continue reading The Bride With White Hair (Bak fat moh lui zyun) Movie Review

Maoshan Movie Review

Maoshan China (2021) Dirs. Shuai Yang & Zhong Weixi “There's a hero / If you look inside your heart” No, I didn’t expect to find myself quoting Mariah Carey in a review for a martial arts film but stranger things have happened. But it is apposite as this is your typical story of a lowly … Continue reading Maoshan Movie Review

The Flying Guillotine (Xue di zi)

The Flying Guillotine (Xue di zi) Hong Kong (1975) Dir. Ho Meng-Hua There is something scarily prescient about this mid-70s classic from the Shaw Brothers in that the central antagonist is a egomaniacal ruler who suppresses any dissenting voices against his government by having them killed. Fast forward to 21st China and well, you can … Continue reading The Flying Guillotine (Xue di zi)

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)

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)

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

Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong)

Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong) Hong Kong (2020) Dirs. Kenji Tanigaki & Wong Jing With Jackie Chan supposedly swapping action for serious acting roles, which affects his comedic output since they rely heavily on slapstick fight scenes, who could replace him? A few years ago, the bookies’ favourite would have been Stephen … Continue reading Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong)

Thunderbolt (Pik lik foh)

Thunderbolt (Pik lik foh) Hong Kong (1995) Dir. Gordon Chan Kung Fu and motor racing, not a combination that would immediately spring to mind but in the crazy world of cinema anything goes. And if anybody is bold enough to give it a go, it would be martial arts legend and car fan Jackie Chan. … Continue reading Thunderbolt (Pik lik foh)

Ip Man 4: The Finale (Yip Man 4)

Ip Man 4: The Finale (Yip Man 4) Hong Kong (2019) Dir. Wilson Yip Remember the horror film Final Destination which, despite the definitive adjective in the title, spawned four sequels, meaning we can’t trust cinema when it declares we have reached the end of a series. Is this the same for the Ip Man … Continue reading Ip Man 4: The Finale (Yip Man 4)