Tag: Kung Fu

The Man With the Iron Fists 2

The Man With the Iron Fists 2

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists was a fantastic tribute to old school kung fu films and comic book aesthetics. It was an honest surprise by the legendary hip hop producer/rapper, who starred, wrote and directed the first film, managed to make an entertaining homage to the likes of the Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest […]

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The Master

The Master

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

You know those old 70s king fu movies where everything’s badly dubbed in English and melodramatic and they have a bunch of exaggerated sound effects for every kick, chop, and swing?  Those are fun, right?  Hilarious, but with some halfway decent fight choreography?  And the parodies practically write themselves.  The Master feels like a parody […]

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that good movies do not come out in February.  That being said, Kingsman: The Secret Service, which opens on February 13 is awesome.  I know; I’m surprised too.  I managed to catch a free early screening of the movie last night at the Alamo Drafthouse here […]

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Mortal Enemies

Mortal Enemies

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tradition meets cliché in this generic kung fu revenge flick.  When Ver (Verdy Bhawanta) witnesses his older brother’s murder, he’s sent to an orphanage, where he meets a young Sunny (Robin Shou; Mortal Kombat).  The two become like brothers themselves until Ver is adopted by a rich family.  Years later, after his adopted father’s death, […]

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Young Detective Dee

Young Detective Dee

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tsui Hark’s career has managed to be a conundrum to me, seeing as though I’m a huge sucker for asian cinema, I’ve never really gotten much out of his films. Sure, I’d seen things like Once Upon a Time in China, Black Mask and even Knock Off, which I think is one of the funniest […]

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Power Rangers Megaforce: Vol. 1

Power Rangers Megaforce: Vol. 1

| August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s certainly no secret: I love the Power Rangers, and honestly only a fraction of that affection is ironic. Sure, from an academic standpoint I’m fascinated by the production of Power Rangers, which forces writers to fashion new, average-American-friendly narratives out of footage from Japanese series. But then, I also love kung fu and giant, […]

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Dragon (Wu Xia)

Dragon (Wu Xia)

| April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

I know it will certainly seem like a bunch of hyperbole, but Peter Chan’s Dragon is one of those rare kung fu films that is pretty much perfect. Every fist thrown and every kick launched has meaning behind it and the film manages to blend both character development and plot progression that make something much […]

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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 […]

The Treasures of Bruce Lee

The Treasures of Bruce Lee

| March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Paul Bowman’s The Treasures of Bruce Lee, currently available from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, offers a biography of the late great film star and martial artist, housed in a dynamic hardcover volume that offers those who purchase it so much more than merely an interesting read. The book features a foreward by Lee’s daughter […]

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