Paradox (Sha po lang: taam long)

Paradox (Sha po lang: taam long) Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Wilson Yip Kids. Who’d have them, eh? You bring them into the world, give them everything, teach them everything and they repay by going missing in a foreign country and exposes a criminal operation with huge political implications. That is what drives this final entry … Continue reading Paradox (Sha po lang: taam long)

God Of War

God Of War (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Well Go USA) Running Time: 129 minutes approx. You have to hand it to the Chinese - they do historical films arguably better than anyone else, at least on an aesthetic and immersive front. Even if the historical accuracy is open to question, at least we … Continue reading God Of War

Call Of Heroes (Ngai sing)

Call Of Heroes (Ngai sing) Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Benny Chan With the likes of Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais propagating more realistic, gimmick free fights in martial arts cinema, Hong Kong remains loyal to its famous wire fu style which may make them seem a little corny in comparison. What cannot be denied, however, … Continue reading Call Of Heroes (Ngai sing)

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing) Hong Kong /China (2016) Dir. Pou-Soi Cheang If we have learned anything from the modern movie business model it is that no matter how bad a film is, if it scores big at the box office a sequel is inevitable. This applies … Continue reading The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

The Avenging Fist (Kuen sun)

The Avenging Fist (Kuen sun) Hong Kong (2001) Dirs. Andrew Lau & Corey Yuen Hong King was always the King of Martial Arts cinema but by the 1980’s the genre was slowing down with Jackie Chan and later Jet Li pretty much keeping it alive. There was something of a resurgence in the early 1990’s … Continue reading The Avenging Fist (Kuen sun)

Once Upon A Time In Shanghai

Once Upon A Time In Shanghai China/Hong Kong (2014) Dir. Ching-Po Wong Shanghai 1930 is the most prosperous place in China and poor boy Ma Yongzhen (Philip Ng) is the latest to arrive in the hope of making his fortune, his main skills being fighting, fighting and fighting. The big man in town is Lung … Continue reading Once Upon A Time In Shanghai

Princess & Seven Kung Fu Masters (Xiào Gōng Zhèn Wǔ Lín)

  Princess & Seven Kung Fu Masters (Xiào Gōng Zhèn Wǔ Lín) Hong Kong (2013) Dir. Wong Jing During the early days of Republic era China, the Japanese have invaded with only warlord General Lin (Sammo Hung) resisting a take over and refusing to betray his country. The one place in Lam’s region that has … Continue reading Princess & Seven Kung Fu Masters (Xiào Gōng Zhèn Wǔ Lín)

The Last Tycoon (Da Shang Hai)

  The Last Tycoon (Da Shang Hai) Hong Kong/China (2012) Dir. Wong Jing In 1913 Chuansha a young fruit vendor Cheng Daqi (Huang Xiaoming) is falsely accused of killing his boss and ends up on death row. Fortunately he is saved by venal army officer Máo Zài (Francis Ng) who suggests Daqi moves to Shanghai, … Continue reading The Last Tycoon (Da Shang Hai)

Wushu

Wushu (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM Entertainment) Running time: 98 minutes Two young brothers Li Yi (Wenjie Wang) and Li Er (Yachao Wang) are taken by their recently widowed father Li Hui (Sammo Hung) to the martial arts school where he learned and later taught the Chinese martial art discipline of Wu Shu. Having … Continue reading Wushu