Reviews

  • Dragon Blade

    ‘Dragon Blade’, for the most part is an entertaining ride but sways inconsistently between hard hitting period action and cheesy dramatics.

  • Sky On Fire

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    Aug 25

    Ringo Lam in the director’s chair should ensure a film that is at least cohesive. ‘Sky On Fire’ shows that this faith in the film-maker may be currently under review as this incredulous action thriller is a messy, wildly inconsistent affair.

  • A Loner

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    Aug 18

    ‘A Loner’ is therefore a solid, thoughtful meditation on a traditionally Western problem that is now creeping into the affluent East, but should have been more than its good intentions.

  • Free And Easy

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    Aug 14

    ‘Free & Easy’ is a moderately amusing one minute sketch stretching to feature length and you can feel every one of its ninety minutes pass as if they’re being pulled from your own flesh.

  • Bloodfist VII: Manhunt

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    Aug 14

    ‘Manhunt’ travels the same well-worn path as its predecessors (particularly ‘Bloodfist IV’) with a very predictable plot and some low grade action.

  • Wonder Seven

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    Aug 10

    While it’s no great shakes ‘Wonder Seven’ will provide some nostalgia tinged enjoyment for those who miss the golden days of stunt filled Hong Kong action cinema.

  • Split

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    Aug 4

    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.

  • Wolf Warrior II

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    Jul 29

    ‘Wolf Warrior II’ excels in delivering adrenaline charged, brilliantly choreographed, stunt filled action that should sate even the most rabid action fan.

  • Headshot

    ‘Headshot’ is often a thrilling ride and once again showcases Iko Uwais at the top of his game and that Indonesia is one of the biggest innovators in modern martial arts cinema.

  • Cook Up A Storm

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    Jul 15

    The varied cast which includes Tse, Ge You and CN Blue member Jung Yong-Hwa make it an appealing 90 minutes of over-the-top cook-offs, snappy comedy and melodrama.

  • Shin Godzilla

    Not sure what it wants to be, the latest Japanese production of their beloved property is not the triumphant return some had hoped.

  • Operation Mekong

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    Jul 1

    Lam has made better films but, along with Benny Chan, he is at the forefront of Hong Kong action in terms of delivering large scale spectacle.

  • The Final Master

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    Jun 27

    ‘The Final Master’ does have some knockout moments though and the climax in particular is full of the kind of crisp, clean and measured choreography that looks so good on the screen.

  • Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug

    Long-time fans of ‘Dragon Ball Z’ who can’t get enough of those crazy Kamehamehas will likely find plenty to appreciate here.

  • Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero

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    Jun 27

    If the idea of a ‘Die Hard’ clone with sci-fi channel levels of acting and action sounds appealing, then you may get a kick or two out of the low budget cheesiness of ‘Bloodfist VI’.

  • Train To Busan

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    Jun 19

    While the hype machine surrounding the film may damper some viewers overall enjoyment, there is no doubting ‘Train to Busan’ is an exhilarating zombie thrill ride, crafted with care and a commitment to carnage.

  • Duckweed

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    Jun 13

    There aren’t any surprises in ‘Duckweed’, but for a well made feel-good film it’s about as good as we’ll see this year.

  • After The Storm

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    Jun 2

    ‘After The Storm’ doesn’t quite hit the heights of ‘Our Little Sister’, but it is another world class contribution to cinema by one of the modern masters.

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