Reviews

  • Gang Master

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    Jun 13

    It’s not that it isn’t enjoyable – there is plenty to savour here – but considering the talent available on both sides of the lens, it is mildly frustrating.

  • Time And Tide

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    Jun 13

    Dizzying, dazzling, and no doubt divisive, ‘Time and Tide’ has lost none of its verve or kinetic creativity and shows a Hong Kong master at his most creative and impulsive.

  • Shock Wave 2

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    Jun 7

    One’s suspension of disbelief may be pushed to breaking point but if you can go with the adrenaline pulsing momentum and the fact this is supposed to be a load of entertaining fun, then you will have a good time.

  • The Queen Of Kung Fu

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    Jun 7

    Yes, there a few passable fights here and there, but they are filmed in that quick-cut style that every director now utilises, obscuring any quality that the performers might have.

  • One-Armed Boxer

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    May 29

    ‘One-Armed Boxer’, while a little rough around the edges, has lost none of its crazy energy and still packs an almighty bloody punch with its almost non-stop 90 minutes of martial arts fight action.

  • The Swordsman

    Eschewing, for the most part, extensive wirework and CGI enhancement, ‘The Swordsman’ delivers clean, crisp, albeit brutal swordfight action.

  • Deliver Us From Evil

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    Apr 30

    Despite using well worn action tropes as a framework to pit two men against one another, the film spins a refreshing take on these tropes to constantly surprise the viewer and ultimately deliver an emotional wallop.

  • Ninja Condors

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    Apr 25

    Perhaps one of the best of the many (many) ninja movies to bear the Filmark International Ltd mark and mainly due to the extreme amount of sheer ninja action lunacy it packs in.

  • Along Comes A Tiger

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    Apr 16

    Once again, Wu Ma has delivered an independent genre flick that is involving, utilising his excellent cast well and making a very predictable story about revenge something a little different.

  • War

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    Apr 8

    The problem with ‘War’ is that there just isn’t enough grit and oomph to make it a tough thriller and not enough action to make it a fun action movie.

  • Mercenary For Justice

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    Apr 8

    Despite a few hints of quality from the action/stunt team, the film is a shambolically constructed mess that is rarely fun to watch.

  • Minari

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    Apr 1

    ‘Minari’ is beautifully shot – Terence Malik would be proud – and directed with such assuredness that you quickly realise that you are watching something special.

  • Sakura Killers

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    Mar 26

    While the whole story and most of the acting is goofy-as-hell there’s no doubting the fun ‘Sakura Killers’ delivers, along with all the great ninja busting.

  • Danger Dolls

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    Mar 23

    ‘Danger Dolls’ seems to have been recorded on someone’s iPhone and there are a greater range of sets in an Andy Milligan film than this one.

  • Russian Raid

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    Mar 16

    The setup is basically a showcase for star Kotik and various real-life Russian MMA fighters to cut loose in a series of elaborate fight scenes and confrontations.

  • My Name Is Nobody

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    Mar 12

    ‘My Name is Nobody’ (due to its budgetary constraints and modest scale) doesn’t hold a candle to the greats of the sub-genre, but it harbours one saving grace – and it’s a nasty one.

  • Jiu Jitsu

    Entertaining for the most part and certainly packed with fight action, the film unfortunately suffers from muddled execution of its own brilliantly bananas concept.

  • Anima

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    Feb 26

    A visually splendid hybrid of family drama, survival story and environmental clarion call, ‘Anima’ is a haunting feature that certainly leaves an impression.

  • Space Sweepers

    ‘Space Sweepers’ may not be revolutionary in narrative terms but more than makes up for it with likeable characters, oodles of space-set adventure and lashings of superior CGI.

  • I’m Livin’ It

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    Feb 17

    Brilliant. Heart-breaking. Life-affirming. Devastating. These are the first words that came to my mind as the credits rolled.

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