Donnie Yen’s latest action blockbuster Kung Fu Jungle will be released on DVD and Blu ray in Hong Kong on December 23rd. The film has had nothing but praise from those who have seen it and say it is his best film for a long time.
Director King Hu is one of those film makers who you may read about with a lot of praise but his work has not had the wide distribution it deserves. He started at Shaw Brothers and his famous swordplay epic Come Drink With Me is now rightly regarded as a classic of the genre. Fed up with the restricted contract at Shaws he moved on and started his own production company that he established after making A Touch of Zen in 1971. In 1973 he made The Fate Of Lee Khan in a deal with the then young studio Golden Harvest who agreed to distribute the film.
Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman, a hero in the wars preceding the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as ‘Battosai the Killer’, with the arrival of the new Japanese age and nursing the pain of losing many of his companions he is now a lone wanderer, roaming the land seeking to be of service to those in need. Fate however, had taken hold of Kenshin’s future and was now guiding him toward a new destiny.
Without warning he is summoned by Home Minister Toshimichi Okubo (Kazufumi Miyazawa), and is informed that Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), his successor in the service of the new government, believed to be dead, is in fact both alive and plotting in Kyoto. Driven by a burning revenge Shishio commands a private army of bloodthirsty mercenaries and is planning to overthrow the government and will stop at nothing to take control. In that moment it becomes clear why he has been summoned; Kenshin is the only man alive who can find Shishio… and stop him.
Kenshin must summon every warrior skill he possesses to fight dangerous and brutal enemies along fate’s journey; leading to the ultimate bloody confrontation… blade on blade, soul against soul.
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno (cert.15) opens in UK Cinemas* on 28th November 2014 courtesy of Warner Bros. UK
Jackie Chan struggled with his early films for producer / director Lo Wei with each film failing at the box office. Until he was lent out to Seasonal films and made the two blockbuster kung fu comedy movies Snake In The Eagles Shadow and Drunken Master. When he got back to the Lo Wei production company he was given full reign to do what he wished so he decided to star in and direct The Fearless Hyena.
Below are some mini reviews of a few of the Joy Sales Legendary Collection DVD releases in Hong Kong. All are anamorphic widescreen original language with English subtitles and all region so are worth picking up at the current cheap prices as they will soon be out of print.
Starring: Sammo Hung, Frankie Chan, Deannie Yip. Directed by: Sammo Hung.
A transition film for Sammo Hung and Hong Kong movies in general as the switch from traditional kung fu movies to modern day action films came into place. Sammo and Frankie star as two master pickpockets who under the guidance of master kim (lau hak-suen) and his daughter ann (pang sau-ha) inadvertently steal some diamonds from a bunch of gangsters. When the gangsters find out all hell is let loose as they want there diamonds back and with the police also on the trail it leads to a brutal climax on board a ship.
The Bruce Lee biopic Dragon The Bruce Lee Story is getting a Blu ray release in the USA on February 3rd 2015.
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is the incredible journey of the life, love and unconquerable spirit of the martial arts legend. From a childhood of rigorous martial arts training, Lee realizes his dream of opening his own kung-fu school in America. Before long, he is discovered by a Hollywood producer (Robert Wagner) and begins a meteoric rise to fame and an all too short reign as one of the most charismatic action heroes in motion picture history.
Below is a trailer for the new movie White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom starring Fan Bing Bing, Huang Xioming, Vincent Zhao and Nicholas Tsui. The film is now available from Hong Kong on DVD and Blu Ray.
The classic Samurai masterpiece Sword Of Doom is to get a new dvd and Blu ray release from the Criterion Collection in the USA.
The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune in the story of a wandering samurai who exists with a life of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of the shoguns rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness.
Features: HD digital restoration, with uncompressed mono soundtrack ,commentary by historian Stephen Prince; trailer and an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien. Release date is scheduled for January 5th 2015. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
Here is the first official trailer for the film Skin Trade starring Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa. This is Jaa’s first official American movie will be interesting to see how it turns out, but the trailer looks promising.