Iron Monkey is probably one of the best of the 90′s cult classic martial arts films that was released in the USA giving Donnie Yen and Yuen Woo Ping exposure to Hollywood and showing how great Hong Kong action movies can be. The problem was, as with most of the Miramax imported releases it was cut and dubbed robbing the audience of the original language and the full experience.
Director Wong Jing is a director that i have liked in the past, although his films tend to be a mish-mash of different ideas and not always coherent they have mostly been fun to watch. He had one of his biggest hits in 1989 with God Of Gamblers starring Chow Yun Fat and Andy Lau and this film From Vegas To Macau is a continuation of that series.
Dong-chul (Gong Yoo) is the best field agent in North Korea – until he is abandoned during a mission and his wife and daughter are brutally murdered. Hunted and on the run, he takes a job as a driver for the CEO of a big powerful corporation. The chairman of the business is assassinated but before he dies gives Dong-chul a pair of glasses. Wrongly accused of murder, wanted for treason, he is desperate to uncover the volatile national secrets hidden inside the glasses and get revenge for the murder of his family.
The most talked about sequel for action and martial arts movie fans finally arrived this year with Gareth Evan’s follow up to The Raid, titled unsurprisingly, The Raid 2. The same star is leading the action and I was eager to see how they could top the previous excellent outing.
Below is the teaser trailer for the new swordplay / Wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades directed by Lu Yang and starring Chang Chen, Liu Shishi, Nie Yuan, Wang Qianyuan and Li Dongxue. Looks promising.
Magnolia in the USA have announced a special box set release for all three Ong Bak films in July on DVD and Blu Ray.
The set includes ONG BAK: THAI WARRIOR, ONG BAK 2: THE BEGINNING and ONG BAK 3. All three will have a choice of original Thai language with subtitles or English dubbed. It is not known what extras will be in the set but it will probably be the same as the individual releases. Release date 29th July. REGION 1 DVD. REGION A BLU RAY.
The action smash hit of the year so far, The Raid 2 has been announced as a DVD and Blu ray release on August 11th.
THE RAID 2 brings all out action to the streets of Jakarta with fast paced, relentless action and and a labyrinthine story of dark thrills that demands to be watched time and again. Introducing new kick ass characters and mesmerising locations that will take your breath away, The Raid 2 expands on the unbelievable action from the first film and ramps it up to the max.
Andy Lau has had a long and varied career in Hong Kong films and still seems as busy as ever, this is his latest cop thriller Firestorm directed by Alan Yuen.
Lau plays a senior police officer Lui who has become obsessed with bringing down criminal gangster Cao (Hu Jun) and after a mole he planted in the gang gets horribly killed, Lui makes it his one goal to bring down Cao once and for all. There is also a subplot with Lau’s old school friend Bong (Gordon Lam) who want to prove to his long time girlfriend that he has gone straight and also tries to infiltrate the gang.
Jet Li plays Tsui Chik, a former test subject of a project to create super-soldiers, impervious to pain and trained to stop at nothing to complete there missions. But he is forced to escape with his comrades after the project was suddenly cancelled and most of his squad killed. Now he is trying to have a quiet life as a librarian with a Hong Kong cop as his best friend. However, a string of vicious gangland murders begin that have all the markings of his former compatriots and realising that the police are helpless to fight these soldiers, Tsui Chik decides to take them on donning a mask to protect his identity and he soon becomes known only as The Black Mask.