December 28, 2007

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

IMDB: House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Plot Outline:
A romantic warrior breaks a beautiful member of a rebel army out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/10/07]

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June 25, 2006

Kibakichi: Bakko-yokaiden (2004)

IMDB: Kibakichi: Bakko-yokaiden (2004)

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 06/11/06]

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May 01, 2006

Tom yum goong (2005)

IMDB: Tom yum goong (2005)

Although I'd like to kill whomever produced this DVD (as it was the most severe hatchet job anyone's ever done as a DVD author) there are a couple fight scenes that are absolutely AMAZING!

The fight with the RollerBlade & XBike gang was way cool, and the encounter with the gigantic bald headed wrestler was jaw dropping (that guy was freaking HUGE).

Lots of Fun.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/27/06]

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August 13, 2005

Lai wong a.k.a. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

IMDB: Lai wong a.k.a. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

Cheesy, gore-enriched, martial arts fun factory. Watching one of Riki's opponent's perform Hara Kiri and then using his own intestines, try to strangle Riki has got to be one of the funniest things I've seen since Peter Jackson's Braindead

Rating: 6

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May 30, 2005

The Legend (1993)

IMDB: The Legend (1993)

A rather humorous martial arts free for all with the interminable Jet Li.

Rating: 5

Posted by mark at 07:43 PM

February 27, 2005

Fist of Legend (1994)

IMDB: Fist of Legend (1994)

Fist of Legend, or Jing wu ying xiong, is a remake of Bruce Lee's Chinese Connection, based on a true story of the killing of Master Huo by the Japanese during their occupation of China in 1934.

This time around, Jet Li portrays the school's top student, Chen Zhen, who returns to his school to revenge his master, only to discover that the death was hastened by poison. Thus begins a beautiful looking high-action martial arts movie with an intriguing story.

For the martial arts fans out there who remember, and loved, the Bruce Lee movies, but had to overlook the low production values of many of the Golden Harvest pictures, you will be stunned by the look of Fist of Legend.

The Limited Edition Collection print that I watched had pristine cinematography. While most all scenes are small group or arena type shots, and the costuming was nowhere near the extravagance of say, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, this film just plain looked good.

Ok, enough technical praise Tooms, how 'bout the fighting? Well, you won't be disappointed. The film wastes no time in starting with a great fight scene between Chen Zhen and some bully boys, not only easily defeating them, but embarrasingly so. Jet Li is, as always, very proficient in all of the fight scenes while always maintaining his signature stoic facial expression.

Matrix fans may note an uncanny similarity between the fight between Morpheus and Neo and the one between Chen Zhen (Li) and Hou Ting-An (Siu-Hou Chin) considering they were both choreographed by the same person - Woo-ping Yuen aka Yuen Wo Ping, choreographer and action director for Kill Bill Vols. I & II as well as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Review: 7

Posted by mark at 10:36 AM

August 29, 2004

Hero (2002)

IMDB: Hero (2002)

Plot Outline: A series of Rashomon-like flashback accounts shape the story of how one man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.

Hero, reflecting the beauty and excitement of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, plays as a multi-layered epic of assassins which allows the audience to progressively re-evalutate the tenant of the story as it unfolds.

Magical cinematography!

Rating: 9

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