Movie Review – Legendary Weapons Of China

Legendary Weapons Of China (Shi ba ban wu yi) Hong Kong (1982) Dir. Lau Kar-Leung Moving with the times is very important otherwise we run the risk of being left behind and unable to integrate with a modernised society. This doesn’t mean one can’t still be respectful of the past or keep hold of some … Continue reading Movie Review – Legendary Weapons Of China

Movie Review – Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon

Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon (Sau foo fei lung) Hong Kong (1990) Dir. Lau Kar-wing Far be it for me to impugn the police force here in the UK but they are currently in a bit of a sad state following the last Commissioner resigning because of her poor and corrupt leadership. However, they are nowhere … Continue reading Movie Review – Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon

Movie Review – Once Upon A Time in China IV

Once Upon A Time in China IV (Wong Fei Hung IV: Wong je ji fung) Hong Kong/China (1993) Dir. Yuen Bun It’s one thing to change the actor for a lead role to do it the middle of a film series is a hell of a risk, especially when the previous star was a marquee … Continue reading Movie Review – Once Upon A Time in China IV

Movie Review – Warriors Two

Warriors Two (Zan xian sheng yu zhao qian Hua) Hong Kong (1978) Dir. Sammo Hung The 1970s were a transitional era for martial arts cinema, with Bruce Lee giving it a kick up the backside at the start, and by the end, a new generation were keen to modernise for the 1980s. Sammo Hung was … Continue reading Movie Review – Warriors Two

Movie Review – One-Armed Boxer (Du bei chuan wang)

One-Armed Boxer (Du bei chuan wang) Hong Kong (1971) Dir. Jimmy Wang Yu Can you imagine the training sessions if there was a boxer with just one arm? “Hit him with the left then follow up with…oh right…”. Luckily, this is a Hong Kong martial arts flick and Chinese boxing is different from the pugilism … Continue reading Movie Review – One-Armed Boxer (Du bei chuan wang)

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

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

Movie Review – Maoshan

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 Movie Review – Maoshan

The Flying Guillotine (Xue di zi) Movie Review

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 century China and well, you … Continue reading The Flying Guillotine (Xue di zi) Movie Review

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)