Category: Action / Aventure

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The Adventurers – It’s a cross between Mission: Impossible and James Bond

This movie was at 17% on Rotten Tomatoes for some bizarre reason. And as usual I disagree with the majority of critics. Sure, The Adventurers…

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God of War: Gordon Chan’s Martial-Arts Epic With The Two Star Vincent Zhao and Sammo Hung

A genre that dominated the 00’s in China and culminated with the massive success of John Woo’s Red Cliff. And Peter Chan’s The Warlords. The war epic has been…

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Legendary 2013 Review: Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren In A Quite Good Action Aventure Film

Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren are in this movie. But they don’t have any martial fight scenes at all, believe it or not. So why…

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Chongqing Hot Pot Review: A Chinese Action Thriller Starts Out As a Tasty Dish

Shades of Ning Hao, Korean action thrillers. Point Break and the Hollywood heist tradition inform the latest in the lingering trend of darkly comic crime…

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Wu Jing vs Frank Grillo – The Couple That Make Wolf Warrior 2 More Interesting

Wu Jing‘s 2015 directorial effort, Wolf Warrior, is a somewhat underwhelming and overly jingoistic action film where the high point is a fight with CG wolves….

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Reborn Review: Li Hai Long’s China-Hong Kong Cyber-Hacker Thriller

Character-driven hacker caper unfortunately defaults to pure pulp in the second half. Firstly, Li Hai Long is the director of the film. The stars: Han…

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Shanghai Affairs Review: The Most Martial Arts Movie Directed by Donnie Yen

Third in the Donnie Yen canon is the most coherent, but most mundane. A reworking of Bruce Lee’s Big Boss, it’s easily the most accessible…

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Red Cliff 2008: Director John Woo’s Epic Story Of the Battle of Red Cliff for Twenty Years

Director John Woo had wanted to film the epic story of the Battle of Red Cliff for twenty years. And it doesn’t disappoint. I had…

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Out of the Furnace 2013: Christian Bale’s impressive Action Film

This is only Scott Cooper’s second film as a director. But he already knows how to bring out lived-in authenticity in actors. His 2009 debut…

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14 Blades 2010: Donnie Yen Finally Discovers the 15th Blade Put There By the Weinsteins

A proactive Chinese emperor develops his own secret service protection unit in the form of street orphans trained to be elite martial artists. The Jinyiwei…

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