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Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story/Police Story 2

Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story/Police Story 2

| April 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

On April 16, 2013, Shout! Factory will release the second of their Jackie Chan Double Features, following January’s double feature of Crime Story (1993) and The Protector (1985). In this sophomore release, Shout! brings the first two installments of Jackie Chan’s Police Story series together on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Whereas, as I […]

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The Four

The Four

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Gordon Chan’s The Four, based off a Wu Xia novel by Wen Ruian, is a convoluted mess of a film, that still manages to entertain through its action and flair. The film focuses on the Divine Constabulary, a department commissioned by the Emperor himself, to handle secret missions and operate in the shadows. Zhuge Zhengwo […]

Woochi the Demon Slayer

Woochi the Demon Slayer

| April 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

I was amazed by the sheer epic scope of Korean writer-director Dong-Hoon Choi’s 2006 feature, Tazza: The High Rollers, when I covered its DVD release in September of last year. More recently, upon the Blu-ray release of his 2012 picture, The Thieves, I declared that the film “may just be perfect,” going to quite some […]

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The Great Magician

The Great Magician

| March 19, 2013 | 1 Comments

Full of whimsical performances by its fantastic cast, Derek Yee’s The Great Magician is an enjoyable romp of a film. Based off of the novel written by Zhang Haifan, The Great Magician is set in the early 1920′s in Beijing, where Zhang Xian (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) has returned from studying magic abroad. To his dismay, […]

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The Suicide Forecast

The Suicide Forecast

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Starring one of my favorite Korean stars, Ryoo Seung-Bum, The Suicide Forecast manages to be an endearing dramedy that shines through its character development and premise. Ryoo stars as Byeong-wu, a former professional baseball player, that retired early and went on to become an insurance salesman. After one of his top clients commits suicide, an […]

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Punch (Wan-deuk Yi)

Punch (Wan-deuk Yi)

| March 4, 2013 | 1 Comments

With a wonderful mixture of both comedy and tenderness, Lee Han’s Punch (Wan-deuk Yi) is a splendid slice of life film. Wan-deuk (Yoo Ah-in) has just moved to Seoul, with his hunchback father (Park Su-Young) and his Uncle Min-Goo (Kim Yeong-Jae). Wan-deuk has a history of being a rebellious teen, but meets his match, with […]

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11 Flowers

11 Flowers

| February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Coming of age stories are nothing new, but coming of age near the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1978 makes for a great story. 11 Flowers is a story about 11-year-old Wang Han, who lived in Southeast Asia with his father, mother, and sister during the revolution. It was no doubt a memorable […]

A Simple Life

A Simple Life

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hong Kong veteran director Ann Hui brings together two of its major stars, Deanie Ip and Andy Lau, for a very warm-hearted drama that is sure to please everyone. On February 26, 2013, Well Go USA will release A Simple Life on DVD and Blu-Ray. Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House Of Flying Daggers, numerous others) […]

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The Thieves

The Thieves

| February 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last September, I had the pleasure of screening Korean writer/director Dong-Hoon Choi’s 2006 feature, Tazza: The High Rollers when it arrived on North American DVD. And it knocked my friggin’ socks off! It was easily the most sprawling epic of a gambling picture I had ever seen, and so tightly structured and paced that I […]

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Bleak Night (Pasuggun)

Bleak Night (Pasuggun)

| February 5, 2013 | 1 Comments

Yoon Sung-Hyun’s Bleak Night (Pasuggun) is an incredible feature film debut and an intimate portrait of high school life. A father (Jo Sung-Ha) is overwhelmed with grief, after his son has recently committed suicide. As he’s looking through all of his things, he comes across a picture of his son, with two of his friends […]

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