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  2. Luo Jie - BREAK THROUGH THE LINE OF FIRE [2021] (China/Thailand) Basically a Chinese version of TAKEN set in Thailand. I have to say I enjoyed this quite a bit. Yes, it features a rehashed plot, a lot of CG & a limited budget but there's quite a bit of bloody gun play & brutal hand/knife combat as well. Lead actor, Tian Ye gives a nice performance as the ex-Special Forces leader leading a quiet unassuming life after a personal tragedy but he is forced back into action after his daughter is kidnapped by a vicious drug gang. He's a bit stiff in his delivery and mechanical in some of his action scenes but you can't help to root for him and wish him to mete out brutal justice to the thugs.
  3. Today
  4. I understand they cropped it (and the two Jackie Seasonal titles) because they felt their target teenage audience didn't like black bars!
  5. Pang Ho-cheung's DREAM HOME is getting a mediabook release next week. Audio options and subtitles TBD. Warning: NSFW covers
  6. DarthKato

    The Star Wars Thread

    The only Star Wars-Related thing that Disney has made that I consider canon is Rogue One. You could at least see that some passion was put into it, instead of it just being a cash-grab. Everything else was either trash or meh. I would love for someone to try and get Lucas's original idea for the sequel trilogy made. If you find a petition, I'll sign it.
  7. I managed to watch this earlier today but I wasn't in the right of frame of mind to fully appreciate it. I'll report back with a more critical review once I've given it a rewatch this weekend.
  8. I wholeheartedly agree about the color grading of the Arrow box set. I complained about it on another forum and was gaslighted lol. I was told I didn't know what I was talking about it and it reflected the original intention of Shunya Ito blah blah blah. I mean anyone with eyes can see something was terribly off about it and the old discotek DVDs were far superior!
  9. Found this in Walmart today. I loved the first movie, so I’m really excited to finally watch the sequel.
  10. I'm not sold overall. The hype surrounding the movie is too gimmicky. The filmmakers be like "lets show the world that we Chinese can make the kind of movies that Hollywood makes". Seriously, this looks like a a hybrid of every sci-fi/apocalyptic Hollywood movie made in the past 15 years.
  11. Drunken Monk

    The Star Wars Thread

    With Rogue One being my favourite Star Wara movie, it makes perfect sense that I’d absolutely love Andor. Now, you do have to give it until its third episode to really get going but once it hits its stride, it’s marvelous. It balances a number of characters, espionage, politics and even throws in a heist for good measure. By the end, I felt utterly satisfied. It sticks the landing perfectly. By far the best Star Wars series so far and one of my favourite Star Wars tales.
  12. I checked this movie out tonight. I liked it's minimalist approach, including the use of music. I would have liked to have learned a bit more about the three other girls, but I liked how the script only gave the faintest hints of what Mizuki's home life might have been like, bringing her psychopathy into question--as I understand it, "psychopath" stems from "nature" while "sociopathy" is a "nurture" issue. Most other reviews refer to her as a psychopath, and for all intents and purposes, that is the case. But there is indeed the possibility that there's more to her than meets the eye. Three of Mizuki's followers are indeed sociopaths in the making as the result of their hanging around her. And there is a bit of a message about overbearing parents, the stress the same puts on teachers, and how modern Japanese schools (and probably schools everywhere else) are powerless to do anything about bad children because of helicopter parent culture.
  13. laagi

    What are we LISTENING to lately?

    Currently listening to Belmont - Aftermath and it's probably one of my favorite albums of this year. Not to mention the song below has been on repeat. But what makes the album so good is the versatility. Great band and great sound!
  14. Yesterday
  15. Koravec

    The Star Wars Thread

    Well Im a fellow lifelong Disney hater, personally wish they didnt own marvel, star wars, and even pixar. And I dont pay for their service myself. I think its fair to say nothing george lucas didnt make is canon in my opinion. Need to see if theres a petition for him to finish what he started, no matter how bizarre it is lol.
  16. Koravec

    What are we LISTENING to lately?

    @AlexanderFu Yep beatles and doors were always interchanging for being my favorite band.
  17. Did I miss this topic? Now that it hit Netflix I didn't wait to check out this big budget Hong Kong (China?) blockbuster! Warriors of Future is a visually stunning, for the most part very entertaining, but ultimately shallow scifi actioner. Let's talk visual effects first since this seems to be the big selling point. They deliver on almost every level and that level of CGI is pretty high. There's a few instances where the effects don't look all that glamorous but for the most part the movie looks pretty damn good. I'd go as far as saying it looks equally stunning as Wandering Earth. In return and not as a total surprise, the story is pretty much sidelined by the big action set pieces. And truth be told I didn't really care about it that much. Somehow the entire thing felt like it was a piece of a much bigger puzzle. Not sure if the initial cut had to be trimmed down. Again it felt more like and episode than a standalone story. Also the movie "suffers" from a comic book like villain. It's clear not much care has been taken as far as the story or characters go. Since obviously the focus was on the effects. Maybe they can add a bit more substance to Warriors of Future since there's an obvious tease for a second part. If they keep up the quality of effects and add a bit more depth to the rest I'll gladly tune in for a second time.
  18. teako170

    Movies set in "Less Popular" Dynasties

    In the early years of KFF, member Limubai2000 (anyone remember him?) compiled data for a thread called Chinese History Through Kung Fu Movies Timeline in which member gfanikf (Ian, where'd ya go buddy?) resurrected in 2007. I've copied it below in hopes we can further build on it. 2690-2590 B.C. Huang Di 2333-2234 B.C. Tang Yao 2233-2184 B.C. Yu Shun 2100-1500 B.C. Xia 1700-1027 B.C. Shang Last Woman of Shang Na Cha The Great A Maid From Heaven 1027-771 B.C. Western Zhou A Step Into The Past (TVB Serial) The King With My Face 770-221 B.C. Eastern Zhou 770-476 B.C. -- Spring and Autumn period Hsi Shih (Jin Yong) Saga Of zhou Dynasty The Spring And Autumn Period 475-221 B.C. -- Warring States period Saga Of Zhou Dynasty The Warring States 221-207 B.C. Qin Emporer's Shadow Hero Emporer And The Assasin First Emporer of China IMAX (Documentary) Terracotta Warriors Shin No Shikoutei The First Emporer The Rise Of The Great Wall 206 B.C.- A.D. 9 Western Han Great Conqueror's Concubine Part 1 & 2 Farewell To My Concubine Beyond The Great Wall Han Dynasty Heroic Prince Wulung Prince Silk Road Parts 1,2, & 3 A.D. 9-24 Xin (Wang Mang interregnum) A.D. 25-220 Eastern Han A.D. 220-280 Three Kingdoms Three Kingdoms (TV-50) Generation Pendragon Li bu And Diao Chan Hero Of The Three Kingdoms Strategy Of Three Kingdoms 220-265 -- Wei 221-263 -- Shu 229-280 -- Wu A.D. 265-316 Western Jin The Butterfly Lover The Lovers 2002 Butterfly Lovers 40 A.D. 317-420 Eastern Jin A.D. 420-588 Southern and Northern Dynasties Mulan Wu Yen Master Of Zen The Legend Of Lady Chung Dharma - Founder Of Shaolin 420-588 Southern Dynasties 420-478 -- Song 479-501 -- Qi 502-556 -- Liang 557-588 -- Chen 386-588 Northern Dynasties 386-533 -- Northern Wei 534-549 -- Eastern Wei 535-557 -- Western Wei 550-577 -- Northern Qi 557-588 -- Northern Zhou A.D. 581-617 Sui A.D. 618-907 Tang Warriors Of Heaven And Earth Empress Wu Tse-Tien Yang Kwei Fei Foundation The Queen Of Tibet Heroic Ones A.D. 907-960 Five Dynasties 907-923 -- Later Liang 923-936 -- Later Tang 936-946 -- Later Jin 947-950 -- Later Han 951-960 - Later Zhou A.D. 907-979 Ten Kingdoms A.D. 960-1279 Sung Water Margin All Men Are Brothers Deadly Duo Heroes Of Sung Brave Archer (series) Golden Lotus Legend Of The Condor Heroes (Book & Movie) Cat And Mouse The Lion Roars Twelve Gold Medallions The Grand Substitution The Heroine Of The Yangs Part 1 & 2 General Father, General Son Ashes Of Time Seven Warriors, Five Heroes Justice Pao - The Princes The Legend Of the Condor Heroes Parts 1,2 & 3 (TVB Series) Young Impartial Judge Parts 1 & 2 The Bride Napping Bao Gong Sheng Si Jie Junior Master Bao The Return Of The Condor Heroes Yue's Young Warriors Justice Pao - Zhe Bao Mian Yeung Female Warriors Parts 1 & 2 Ghenghis Khan The Yang's Saga Ghenghis Khan (TVB Series) All Men Are Brothers - Blood Of The Leopard Legend Of Condor Heroes (Puppet Show) 960-1127 -- Northern Sung Brave Archer (series) 1127-1279 -- Southern Sung Brave Archer (series) A.D. 916-1125 Liao A.D. 1038-1227 Western Xia A.D. 1115-1234 Jin A.D. 1279-1368 Yuan Musa Bichunmoo One Armed Swordman Little Dragon Maiden Brave Archer (series) Marco Polo Fall of Yuan to Ming Musa (Muay Thai Media) Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber Part 1 & 2 A.D. 1368-1644 Ming Secret Service Of The Imperial Court The Kingdom And The Beauty Princes Chang Ping Parts 1 & 2 Flirting Scholar The Three Smiles The Saga Of Yeun Soong Wun Big Foot Queen Chinese Odyssey - King Zhengde And Phoenix A.D. 1644-1911 Qing New Tale Of Flying Fox Emporer And His Brother The Voyage Of Emporer Qian Long The Emporer And The Beauty Blood Brothers Huang Fei Hung/Once Upon A Time In China Series Boxer Rebellion Empress Dowager Last Tempest Burning Of the Imperial Palace Reign Behind the Curtain Iron Bodyguard Five Shaolin Masters The 36th chamber of Shaolin Disciple of the 36th Chamber Return to the 36th chamber Heroes Two Executionners From Shaolin Clan Of The White Lotus Invincible Shaolin Two Champion Of Shaolin The Master Dirty Ho Sword Stained with Royal Blood Legend of the Fox Shaolin Temple Adventures of Emperor Chien Lung The Emperor and the Minister Royal Tramp 1 & 2 Iron Monkey Justice My Foot Hail The Judge Lawyer, Lawyer The Legend Of Ji Xiao Lan The Duke Of Mount Deer (TVB Series) Hero Fong Sai Yuk Prodigal Son Emporer Chien Lung And The Beauty Fake Emporer Anecdote Of Hau Zhuang Killing Machine Legend Of Yong Zheng Parts 1 & 2 Book And Sword Parts 1,2 & 3 Romance Of Book And Sword Voyage Of Emporer Chien Lung Warriors Two New Legend Of Shaolin Kangxi's Love Story Parts 1 & 2 Twilight Of the Forbidden City Reign Behind A Curtain Last Emporer Lover Of The Last Empress Lai Shi, China's Last Eunnuch Young Of wong Fei Hung Opium War Sino Dutch War 1661 New Legend Of Fong Sai Yuk Part 3 Legend of Yong Zheng Kangxi Dynasty Yong Zheng Dynasty Dynasty Of Chien Lung Mr Winner Tales of a Eunnuch Fong Sai Yuk Parts 1 & 2 Once Upon A Time In China A.D. 1912 - 1949 Chinese Civil War/WW2 Fist Of Fury Fist Of Legend Vengeance Anonymous Heroes The Warlord May And August Soong Sister Peking Opera Blues Peony Pavilion Till We Meet Again Boxer From Shantung Route Shanghai Grand Lord Of East China Sea Parts 1 & 2 Fist Of Legend (TV Series) Man Behind The Sun Centre Stage Narrow Escape Vermilion Door Story Of Three Loves Parts 1 & 2 Bund Spring River Flows East - The Eight War Torn Years Star, Moon and Sun Parts 1 & 2 Kawashima Yoshiko Fist Of Hero
  19. Do both labels have more girls with guns coming I hope 1 of them has Angel/iron angels in the pipeline
  20. Next of Kin 1982 a well made/directed, classy slow-burning scare flick. Recommended.
  21. Gaijin84

    Movies set in "Less Popular" Dynasties

    I believe “Curse of the Golden Flower” is set during the Five Dynasties & Ten Kingdoms Era.
  22. The last project I have any hard evidence of is "Boy Kim Doo-han", which was due to begin filming way back on 26th May 2021, due to take about three months filming, finishing in July with an expected release in December. However, due to Korona-chan production kept getting bogged down and an article from October 2021 said that the film was still not finished (if they've shot anything at all). The delays may have caused the project to run into scheduling conflicts as well, as young martial artist Bae Jae-hyeon who was to play the lead role of Kim Doo-han was performing in live theatrical productions of Les Misérables. He's done well for himself on this path and has been promoted to more important roles in the various shows and been presented with a special award. He does however still hope to be a martial arts star and even through he's a growing boy, there's still a chance that the movie is still on the cards (rather than being scrapped) as he seems to be in continued contact with the film's crew. Let's hope this project sees completion and even better, the rise of a bright young action star. Filmstar Bae Jae-hyeon [mid], Action Director Won Jin [3rd right], and Director Kwon Il-soo [2nd right] Cheers
  23. J.J. Hayden

    Won Jin

    The last project I have any hard evidence of is "Boy Kim Doo-han", which was due to begin filming way back on 26th May 2021, due to take about three months filming, finishing in July with an expected release in December. However, due to Korona-chan production kept getting bogged down and an article from October 2021 said that the film was still not finished (if they've shot anything at all). The delays may have caused the project to run into scheduling conflicts as well, as young martial artist Bae Jae-hyeon who was to play the lead role of Kim Doo-han was performing in live theatrical productions of Les Misérables. He's done well for himself on this path and has been promoted to more important roles in the various shows and been presented with a special award. He does however still hope to be a martial arts star and even through he's a growing boy, there's still a chance that the movie is still on the cards (rather than being scrapped) as he seems to be in continued contact with the film's crew. Let's hope this project sees completion and even better, the rise of a bright young action star. Filmstar Bae Jae-hyeon [mid], Action Director Won Jin [3rd right], and Director Kwon Il-soo [2nd right] Cheers
  24. Wow that turned out to be a fruitless endeavor Mind you this was way back in 2013... Any idea if the team behind this had another go?
  25. Next we have the project titled "Senior Bodyguard". Which Wang Ho (aka Casanova Wong) and Won Jin team up yet again, but this time with director Kim Hyung-jong and producer Kim Jong-ho, who happen to be the same duo presenting Kwon Seong-yeong's latest projects. Filming was finished in May and it is set to release this year (you're cutting it fine, guys). This is exciting, though I've not seen any signs that WJ will be appearing on camera this time (hopefully I'll be surprised). Director Kim Hyung-jong and Wang Ho (aka Casanova Wong) Won Jin [mid] and rising star Bae Jae-hyeon [2nd right]
  26. J.J. Hayden

    Won Jin

    Next we have the project titled "Senior Bodyguard". Which Wang Ho (aka Casanova Wong) and Won Jin team up yet again, but this time with director Kim Hyung-jong and producer Kim Jong-ho, who happen to be the same duo presenting Kwon Seong-yeong's latest projects. Filming was finished in May and it is set to release this year (you're cutting it fine, guys). This is exciting, though I've not seen any signs that WJ will be appearing on camera this time (hopefully I'll be surprised). Director Kim Hyung-jong and Wang Ho (aka Casanova Wong) Won Jin [mid] and rising star Bae Jae-hyeon [2nd right]
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