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Film Review: Viy 2: Journey to China (The Iron Mask) 龍牌之謎 (2019) - Russia / China

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Film Review: Viy 2: Journey to China (The Iron Mask) 龍牌之謎 (2019) - Russia / China

Viy 2: Journey to China (The Iron Mask) 龍牌之謎 (2019) - Russia / China   Aka: Mystery of the Dragon Seal Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   This is by all means a strange film, the sequel to Russian hit 2014’s film 「Viy」 comes a totally standalone co-production between China and Russia. Helmed by Russian director Oleg Stepchenko, 「Viy 2: Journey to China」plays like a combination of various films and throw in the novelty attraction of Jackie Chan chain fighting head to head with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The two heavyweights of international action icons remain the key...

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Film Review: Battle Creek Brawl (The Big Brawl) 殺手壕 (1980) - USA / Hong Kong

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Film Review: Battle Creek Brawl (The Big Brawl) 殺手壕 (1980) - USA / Hong Kong

Battle Creek Brawl (The Big Brawl) 殺手壕 (1980) - USA / Hong Kong Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Exactly 40 years ago, a young Jackie Chan fresh off his success in Hong Kong as a local action Kung fu superstar, tried his hand at Hollywood. It would be the second Hollywood feature film after Bruce Lee with an Asian leading man. Directed by Robert Clouse (“Enter the Dragon”) comes “Battle Creek Brawl” also known as “The Big Brawl”. Watching this film again, in light of the Asian Americans representation movements, we see how Chan tries...

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Film Review: The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang 神探蒲松龄之兰若仙踪 (2019) - China

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Film Review: The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang 神探蒲松龄之兰若仙踪 (2019) - China

The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang 神探蒲松龄之兰若仙踪 (2019) - China     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Jackie Chan goes back to what his loveable charismatic and comedic self in the heavily CGI effects retelling of the origins of “A Chinese Ghost Story”. In “The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang”, the animated effects often overshadow the real actors and that’s a shame when the tragic love story is turned into an inferno of flying dragons and demons. It’s unfortunate as the whole film is light hearted and vaguely entertaining as Chan...

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Film Review: Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) - Australia

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Film Review: Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) - Australia

Review: Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) - Australia     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Australian director Serge Ou delivers the goodies in the latest Tribute to the origins of Kung Fu films and the influence of the once great Hong Kong cinema to not just Hollywood, but the rest of the world. In making the the in-depth documentary “Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks”, Ou presents more than a fan-boy service affair, but instead provide valuable insights for novice and long time genre fans alike.   For a good 30 minutes of...

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Film Review: Shanghai Noon (2000) & Shanghai Knights (2003) - USA

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Film Review: Shanghai Noon (2000) & Shanghai Knights (2003) - USA

Shanghai Noon (2000) & Shanghai Knights (2003) - USA Reviewed as part of Jackie Chan's 66th Birthday Celebration Series   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Shanghai Noon (2000)   Back in 2000, when Jackie Chan is still capable of making actual funny movies. Chan’s pairing with Owen Wilson, not only launched a Hollywood career for his counterpart, but a hugely enjoyable action packed “east meet west” film about cowboys, imperial guards, royal family and American Indians. This exotic mix ends up working particularly well as Wilson’s comic timing matches with Chan’s slapstick action with almost...

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