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Film Review: Fong Sai Yuk: The Beginning (新方世玉前传侠者无畏) (2020) - China

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Film Review: Fong Sai Yuk: The Beginning (新方世玉前传侠者无畏) (2020) - China

Fong Sai Yuk: The Beginning (新方世玉前传侠者无畏) (2020) - China As part of the ongoing Film Critics - Martial Arts series - “Discovering the world of Martial Arts cinema” With big boots to fill, the latest reboot of folk legend hero “Fong Sai Yuk”, made famous by Jet Li and Vincent Zhao in the 90s, it’s probably timely that the Chinese streaming giant takes an interest. Casting the fairly uncharismatic Narisu Bai in the title role remains the start of the long list of disappointment. For martial arts cinema fans, there is not enough action to sustain the paper thin story...

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Film Review: Eternal Wave 密战 (2017) - China

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Film Review: Eternal Wave 密战 (2017) - China

Review: Eternal Wave 密战 (2017) - China Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Aaron Kwok headlines the 1930s Shanghai fight between the Communist party and the Japanese pending invasion in “Eternal Wave”. Like many of these similar themed movies, the story is similar only this time, we are talking about the importance of radio waves transmission as the only means of communication for the fight of the Communist party members. The film lack strong characters for the audience to relate towards and rely mostly on the well shot yet formulaic action scenes to suffice. We have...

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Film Review: Kung Fu Yoga 功夫瑜伽 (2017) - China / India

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Film Review: Kung Fu Yoga 功夫瑜伽 (2017) - China / India

Kung Fu Yoga 功夫瑜伽 (2017) - China / India Reviewed as part of Jackie Chan's 66th Birthday Celebration Series   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   The biggest problem with recent Jackie Chan movies is mainly the lack of fun element. If the fun and physical comedic is not there especially for a film like “Kung Fu Yoga”, most viewers are bounded to be disappointed. Similar in the line of “The Myth” and “CZ12”, Chan goes on an Indiana Jones style ride, but this time he ends up in the middle of India. The opening sequences...

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