• 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.

  • In Full Bloom

    Jan 7, 2022

    Over its full running time of a modest ninety minutes, ‘In Full Bloom’ runs out of steam and the attempt at deeper layers of introspection become stilted.

  • 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.

  • Keep Running

    Aug 20, 2021

    It’s hard not to come away from ‘Keep Running’ with a feeling of awe for those involved, but also a sense that we’ve come to really get to know the participants by the end.

  • Kickboxer 2: The Road Back

    Feb 28, 2020

    Despite attempting to use several of the same ingredients, the serious tone mixed with sub-par fight sequences and an overly familiar plot somehow manages to suck all of the fun out of it.

  • 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.

  • Never Say Die

    Mar 1, 2018

    There is a solid mix of winning visual gags, one-liners and absurdism that makes ‘Never Say Die’ entertaining even for those of us who do not speak Mandarin.

  • 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.