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)

Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan)

Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan) Hong Kong (1967) Dir. King Hu There is a bitter irony in that one required criteria to be a ruler - along with misplaced megalomania - is balls. In the case of this classic film from celebrated Hong Kong director King Hu, the tyrannical governing presence happens to be a … Continue reading Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan)

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo) Hong Kong (1973) Dir. King Hu You’ve heard of Genghis Khan and probably even Kublai Khan but less is known about Lee Khan, largely because he is a fictional creation of legendary wu xia director King Hu. Lee is however, cut from the same cloth … Continue reading The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yip Man ngoi zyun: Cheung Tin Chi)

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yip Man ngoi zyun: Cheung Tin Chi) Hong Kong/China (2018) Dir. Yuen Woo-Ping Q: When is an Ip Man film not an Ip Man film? A: When Ip Man isn’t in it! Don’t worry though, this is a spin-off from the Ip Man film trilogy starring Donnie Yen, which luckily … Continue reading Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yip Man ngoi zyun: Cheung Tin Chi)

Naruto Shippuden Collection 38

Naruto Shippuden Collection 38 (Episodes 487-500) (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 329 minutes approx. And now, the end is near And so I face the final curtain Yes folks, after nine years, 76 discs, and 500 episodes we have reached the end of the epic saga known as Naruto Shippuden. And … Continue reading Naruto Shippuden Collection 38

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