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The Legend Of The Swordsman Review


Good
A decade before Crouching Tiger, Jet Li was flying and spinning impossibly in this ninja/kung fu/sorcerer kinda story. Although it has none of the production values of the movies it inspired, The Legend of the Swordsman (actually a sequel to an earlier film, made with an entirely different cast) is often entertaining, though equally often is tiresome.

Li stars as Ling Wei, a member of a religious sect trying to get out of the world of violence. Of course, the sect stumbles upon a war and find themselves embroiled in it, replete with supernatural battles and high-flying choreography.

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Once Upon A Time In China And America Review


OK
Tubby action star Sammo Hung steps behind the camera for this, the sixth entry into the Once Upon a Time in China series, with decidedly mixed results. Hung doesn't have much grasp of cinematic technique, and even his action scenes are hard to follow, as they're invariably filmed from too close to the action. Jerky editing and bad framing makes matters worse. The story -- about Chinese immigrants in the Old West getting in trouble with the nascent mafia -- is nothing to write home about either.

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The Master Review


Bad
Is Jet Li "the master?" The master of really bad kung fu movies, if this 1989 outing is any indication, bringing the flying fists of Li to Los Angeles to face a blonde nemesis who looks like Sledge Hammer!'s David Rasche.

Notable mainly for its overuse of slow motion, its unbearably bad dubbing, and Li's fascination-du-jour with putting people into arm locks, there's absolutely nothing here to make the movie worth watching. Li, early in his career, spends most of the running time gawking at the scenery while he struggles to remember his lines. Cheaply produced and shot with a minimum of effort, this is one archival 'fu film that should have remained on ice.

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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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