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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer


We all know the story of Luke Skywalker and the legendary Jedi and rebels who fought to keep the universe safe but what about the other Rebel Alliance fighters who were doing their all to protect their freedom? Jyn Erso has never been one to stick to the rules; she's been alone since her teens and doesn't require the protection of others to make her own way. A member of the rebellion who likes to rebel from all authority on both sides of the war.

She has unlimited gumption and a fierce attitude which attracts her to the leaders of her rebel unit. Jyn is ordered to locate and bring back important data on a new deadly weapon that the Galactic Empire is building and beginning to test. The Dark Star is the Empire's new planet destroyer and its secrets are closely guarded by Darth Vader and his legions of fighters all willing to lose their lives in a bid to keep the Empire the ruling force.

Jyn and her small team of fighters set out on a mission that they know they're likely not to return from. The rewards outweigh the risks and Jyn must retrieve the plans before it's too late.

Mike Tyson , Donnie Yen - Celebrities at Universal Studios Hollywood for an appearance on 'Extra' in Universal City at Universal Studios Hollywood - Universal City CA, California, United States - Thursday 21st January 2016

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14 Blades Trailer


14 Blades follows the Chinese General Quinlong (Donnie Yen) as he works to recover a list of loyal Jinyiwei - the staunchest supporters of the Emperor. Unfortunately for Quinlong, the Jinywei are in fact under the control of Jia, an evil eunuch. Quinlong is betrayed by his former brothers-in-arms and barely escapes with his life. Quinlong sets off to rally together the remaining loyalists, all the while being hounded by those he once trusted and fought alongside. 

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Special ID Trailer


Dragon Chan is a Hong Kong cop who has spent many years of his life building up a reputation within a major Chinese crime organisation, working undercover to expose some its most ruthless associates. However, it soon becomes clear that the mob boss Xiong is on the warpath searching for spies that threaten to solidarity of his gang and Chan starts to get nervous when a number of other double agents are found brutally murdered. Sure enough, someone Chan thought he could trust reveals Chan's true identity to Xiong and the rest of the organisation and Chan finds himself desperately trying to protect his already unstable family life while also trying to escape certain death himself. He has the skills to defend himself for a few days, but when it's him versus a huge organisation with access to numerous weapons, his survival chances are starting to look limited.

This crime drama has been directed by Clarence Fok Yiu-leung ('Naked Killer', 'The Iceman Cometh', 'Century of the Dragon') and written by Kam-Yuen Szeto ('Exiled', 'Flash Point', 'Kill Zone - S.P.L.'). 'Special ID' stars Hong Kong action icon Donnie Yen ('Ip Man', 'Blade II', 'Hero') and is set to be released in theatres on March 7th 2014.

Dragon [Wu Xia] Review


Excellent

Combining a period drama, police procedural and raucous wu-xia action, this superbly made Chinese thriller grabs our attention from the outrageous opening scene and never lets up. Not only are the fight sequences exceptionally inventive, but the acting is first-rate, stirring up emotional resonance as well as lots of mysterious intrigue.

It's set in a sleepy village in Yunan province in 1917, where the mild-mannered Jin-xi (Yen) lives with his family. But when two ruthless killers attack his stationery shop, something about the way Jin-xi "accidentally" defeats them looks suspicious to big-city detective Xu (Kaneshiro). As he pieces together the events, he begins to suspect that Jin-xi is simply too skilled at battle. Could he even be the nation's most-wanted criminal: the missing commander of the notorious Demon gang? If this is true, Xu knows that Jin-xi will do almost anything to protect his family and maintain his tranquil new life.

Director Chan cleverly peels apart the opening assault as the Sam Spade-like Xu investigates it, using slow-motion and freeze-frames to reveal secrets in ways that are both fascinating and thrilling. This also cleverly lets us know right off the bat that there's a lot more going on here than meets the eye. And all of the actors fill their scenes with churning subtext, which not only adds spark to the interpersonal drama but also makes the action sequences that much more exciting.

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Ip Man Review


Very Good
A terrific true story, clearly elevated to mythical proportions, this film benefits hugely from the lucid fight direction by the master Sammo Hung, which gives the film a remarkable resonance by letting us see the characters' personalities in their every move.

In 1930s provincial China, Ip (Yen) is a very private wing chun master who doesn't want to run a school or prove his skill. With virtually no aggression, he easily beats anyone who challenges him, so the town knows he's the true local master. And an interloping thug (Fan) finds this out the hard way. Ip remains quietly devoted to his wife and son (Hung and Li), but after Japan invades China, things get very difficult. Especially when Ip stands up to both the returning thug and the Japanese general (Ikeuchi).

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Flash Point Review


Good
If you're a fan of Hong Kong police flicks, then you know that at any given moment, it seems like 50 percent of the force is deep undercover in the triads. You'd think by now that when some new guy shows up and wants to join the gang, the triad bosses would simply say no thanks, but then we wouldn't have any screenplays.

In Flash Point, the undercover cop in question is Wilson (Louis Koo), whose partner, the volcanic Jun Ma (Donnie Yen), keeps in touch via cell phone. Wilson is working for a drug gang led by three psychotic Vietnamese brothers (including Collin Chou as Tony) who, when they aren't torturing and killing people, are worrying about their sweet old mother, who is slipping into dementia. That's a unique touch.

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Shanghai Knights Review


Bad
I was in the minority of critics that actually gave Jackie Chan's last buddy picture The Tuxedo a passing grade. Sure, the plot is a throwaway and as Chan's super-spy partner, Jennifer Love Hewitt is a complete miscast. But thanks to Chan's great charisma, the movie transcends its doldrums. So with Shanghai Knights, the follow up to the entertaining Shanghai Noon, I feared this buddy story would suffer from similar inadequacies.

In Knights, Chan returns as Chon Wang, who along with sidekick Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson), take their latest adventure from the Wild Wild West to London, where Chon seeks to avenge the brutal slaying of his father and obtain the stolen Chinese Imperial Seal. While there, the pair teams up with Chon's much younger, hotter, and ass-kickinger sister, Lin (Fann Wong) to hunt down their father's killer, Rathbone (Aiden Gillen) and foil Rathbone's plot to assassinate the Royal family. The three certainly have their work cut out for them.

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Hero (2002) Review


Excellent
After political (Raise the Red Lantern), sexy (Ju Dou) and reflective (The Road Home) films, writer-director Zhang Yimou embraces the aerodynamic action of digitally enhanced kung fu swordplay made famous in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The object here is to outdazzle that genre landmark and, perhaps, to outdo it at the box office.

It's probably too late and too familiar a technique to do either, but there's plenty to admire despite those limitations, for which it has already received critical and award level acclaim. At the time of this writing, it is one of the 2002 Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Iron Monkey Review


Excellent
The American action film has been slowly drowning to death in a sea of Asian wire-fu copycats. It's not a pretty death, and it's leaving the likes of Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Van Damme wearing cement galoshes at the bottom of a kung fu sea.

Sometimes, the mix results in a mind-blowing spectacle unlike any other. Quality action with amazing and exciting stunt work, as in 1999's The Matrix, can be a real gem. But too often Hollywood gets it wrong, even when they pay off Chinese directors. Flying ninjas and floating karate masters have been replaced by soaring Bronx detectives and slow motion kicking scientists. Mostly it's laughable. In Hollywood's rush to emulate the success of The Matrix, trademark Asian stunt choreography has become more of a joke than an art form. But Iron Monkey, the latest Asian import, shows us how to get it right.

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Blade II Review


Weak

Visually and atmospherically, the video game-like vampire-action sequel "Blade II" is slick, dark and cool, yet it doesn't take itself too seriously. The flick's fancy-schmancy martial arts fight scenes even incorporate low-brow wrestling moves like the pile-driver.

But strip away its elusive sense of humor and its expensively hip Hong Kong-spawn sheen, and what's left is a sloppy plot, lifeless characters (no pun intended), and elementary execution masquerading as something more.

Based on one of those now-ubiquitous comic books set in a dusky, dingy alternative reality, the movie is about a vampire hunter who is half vampire himself -- he has all the usual bloodsucker powers but he can go out in the sun. Wesley Snipes, sporting a flamboyant flattop coif, wrap-around shades and a black leather duster, reprises his title role from the 1998 original, which was pretty much nothing but blood-splattered nightwalker-daywalker showdowns set to a rave music beat. Knowledge of that movie isn't a prerequisite for this one, which is a marked improvement while still being saddled with all the same problems.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer

We all know the story of Luke Skywalker and the legendary Jedi and rebels who...

14 Blades Trailer

14 Blades Trailer

14 Blades follows the Chinese General Quinlong (Donnie Yen) as he works to recover a...

Special ID Trailer

Special ID Trailer

Dragon Chan is a Hong Kong cop who has spent many years of his life...

Dragon [Wu Xia] Movie Review

Dragon [Wu Xia] Movie Review

Combining a period drama, police procedural and raucous wu-xia action, this superbly made Chinese thriller...

Shanghai Knights Movie Review

Shanghai Knights Movie Review

I was in the minority of critics that actually gave Jackie Chan's last buddy picture...

Hero (2002) Movie Review

Hero (2002) Movie Review

After political (Raise the Red Lantern), sexy (Ju Dou) and reflective (The Road Home) films,...

Iron Monkey Movie Review

Iron Monkey Movie Review

The American action film has been slowly drowning to death in a sea of Asian...

Blade II Movie Review

Blade II Movie Review

Visually and atmospherically, the video game-like vampire-action sequel "Blade II" is slick, dark and cool,...

HERO Movie Review

HERO Movie Review

The most expensive and highest grossing film in Chinese history, Zhang Yimou's "Hero" went on...

Iron Monkey Movie Review

Iron Monkey Movie Review

In a transparent attempt to jump on the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" bandwagon, Miramax has...

Shanghai Knights Movie Review

Shanghai Knights Movie Review

Jackie Chan told me in an interview last year (which I failed to get written...

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