• A Fighter’s Blues

    Mar 12, 2015

    Perhaps if the story were more involving or it contained better action, it might have been more appealing. As it stands though, it’s really only going to serve as a quick fix for hardcore Andy Lau fans.

  • Battlefield Baseball

    Feb 21, 2015

    Aside from the odd comedic highlight, ‘Battlefield Baseball’ feels more like a swing and a miss than a home run.

  • Best Of The Best

    Feb 22, 2015

    With a fine set of leading actors, decent fight scenes and some hugely entertaining clichés, it’s a film that always entertains and definitely deserves to be viewed by all action movie fans.

  • Black Belt

    Feb 23, 2015

    ‘Black Belt’ could well be a cult hit that influences those who follow it. It is not a flawless masterpiece, but its differences – as well as its similarities – make it a work that is worthy of its popularity.

  • Bloodsport

    Feb 24, 2015

    What puts it slightly above most is the charisma of a youthful Van Damme coupled with some decent action.

  • Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite

    Feb 24, 2015

    ‘Bloodsport II’ is an improvement over its predecessor due to the greater quantity (and quality) of the action.

  • Bloodsport III

    Feb 24, 2015

    Bernhardt puts in another solid performance, proving his abilities as a screen fighter with a certain charisma. Unfortunately, everything else is totally forgettable.

  • Champion

    Feb 28, 2015

    An entertaining if hardly revolutionary piece of sports bio, ‘Champion’ benefits from some fine photography, a commitment to do the subject proud and some excellent performances from the cast.

  • Choy Lee Fut

    Feb 28, 2015

    Even the action becomes monotonous by the time the tournament begins and there’s probably as much genuine Choy Lee Fut on display as there was in ‘Pretty Woman’.

  • Crying Fist

    Mar 4, 2015

    ‘Crying Fist’ feels fresh and exciting thanks to the considerable skills of its director, the novel use of two storylines happening at the same time and the excellent performances of the leads.

  • Deadball

    Mar 5, 2015

    Not a total strike out but could have been a whole lot more fun, and funnier, with a little more energy injected into it.

  • Dragon Lord

    Mar 8, 2015

    Chan tries to introduce the new quick-cut style of action alongside a significant measure of pure entertainment and humour.

  • Fireball

    Mar 13, 2015

    Sure everything in-between the violent clashes on the court is a little amateur but the point of the film is to showcase an original, if unlikely, martial arts sport and on those terms ‘Fireball’ delivers.

  • Gyakkyo Nine

    Mar 21, 2015

    A few bone dry moments of humour are blended into the forced wackiness and these are the redeeming points for an overstuffed cacophony of empty spectacle.

  • Jump Ashin!

    Apr 2, 2015

    For all its minor shortcomings though, ‘Jump Ashin’ is an affecting production that has enough of a hardened edge to make the eventual redemption welcome.

  • Let’s Go Slam Dunk

    Apr 12, 2015

    ‘Let’s Go Slam Dunk’ cannot seem to decide whether it is aiming for heart-felt sentiment or low-brow, ‘Lucky Stars’-style comedy.

  • Marathon

    Apr 20, 2015

    There is so much acclaim to heap on ‘Marathon’ that it is difficult to pin-point just one stand out feature.

  • Rikidozan

    May 18, 2015

    Much is left out that would have made this a much more well-rounded work – a missed opportunity perhaps, but certainly not an unimpressive two hour drama despite this.

  • Shaolin Soccer

    May 23, 2015

    As is often the case with Chow’s movies, what really sets it apart from other outings in the genre is the inclusion of a heartfelt story.

  • Speed Angels

    Jun 1, 2015

    Much of the problem with ‘Speed Angels’ is its apparent contentment with clichés and a dogged determination to be utterly mundane.

  • Split

    Aug 4, 2017

    It would take something quite exceptional to take such cliched elements and make them stand out from the crowd and while it’s an enjoyable feel-good film it’s not the kind of the production that leaves much of a lasting impression.

  • Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t

    Jun 4, 2015

    Imbued with that understated eccentricity that many Japanese comedies have used so effectively, Masayuki Suo’s homage to his country’s unique culture proves to be a winning effort.

  • The Champions

    Feb 28, 2015

    By the time the end credits start to run, there is the definite feeling that strong potential has been wasted.

  • The Foul King

    Mar 14, 2015

    Despite its obvious shortcomings, ‘The Foul King’ is an excellent advert for Korean cinema and retains a strong entertainment value even during its weaker moments.