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Film Review: Swordsman 2 笑傲江湖之東方不敗 (1992) – Hong Kong

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Film Review: Swordsman 2 笑傲江湖之東方不敗 (1992) – Hong Kong

Swordsman 2 笑傲江湖之東方不敗 (1992) – Hong Kong     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   With the famed cast and crew comprising of Jet Li, Brigette Lin, Rosamund Kwan and Michelle Reis with Tsui Hark and Ching Siu Tung as producer and director respectively. They were all at their height of their cinematic powers. “Swordsman 2” is the 2nd film of the highly underrated trilogy where only this one gets most of the credit. The film is extremely entertaining, processes a deeper storyline, interactions with people and most important of all creating that ultimate iconic character...

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Film Review: Fong Sai Yuk 方世玉 (1993) - Hong Kong

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Film Review: Fong Sai Yuk 方世玉 (1993) - Hong Kong

Fong Sai Yuk 方世玉 (1993) - Hong Kong   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia) Made at the height of Jet Li’s rise to fame after the “Once Upon a Time in China” series. Li wisely teams up with action director Corey Yuen for this Hong Kong martial arts classic. A much lighter version of folk hero than Wong Fei Hung, “Fong Sai Yuk” is every part playful, enjoyable, melodramatic and plenty of brilliant fight scenes. There is a lot to enjoy about this classic martial arts epic, from the mother and son relationship, the cute couple...

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Film Review: Black Mask (1996) - Hong Kong (Original Cut)

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Film Review: Black Mask (1996) - Hong Kong  (Original Cut)

Black Mask (1996) - Hong Kong  (Original Cut)     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (FCCA)   One of Jet Li’s final Hong Kong film before heading for Lethal Weapon stardom plays like a Hollywood popcorn action comic book hero blockbuster. Always a pleasure to witness Li don similar black mask as the legendary Bruce Lee’s Kato. For Li fans, the film action sequences and storyline is probably subpar to his stellar 90s effort that includes Once Upon a Time in China series, Fong Sai Yuk and Fist of Legend, only to name a few classics. However, the original non-English dubbed...

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Film Review: Fearless (2006) - Hong Kong / China

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Film Review: Fearless (2006) - Hong Kong / China

Fearless (2006) - Hong Kong / China Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)Billed as Jet Li's final wushu film, Fearless directed by Ronny Yu is an epic affair. Watching the director cut's version with a duration of 2 hours and 35 minutes, a good 35 minutes longer, it definitely feels more complete, developed and coherent. In the former theatrical version, the middle redemption part is far too short to be convincing. A decade onwards, Fearless is every bit as brilliant and the well meaning wushu message of the biggest enemy is thyself plays extremely well with the...

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Film Review: Tai Chi Master (1993) - Hong Kong

Andrew Chan Chin Siu Ho Jet Li Michelle Yeoh Tai Chi Master

Film Review: Tai Chi Master (1993) - Hong Kong

Tai Chi Master (1993) - Hong Kong Review by Andrew Chan Viewing on the best possible version available, the Dragon Dynasty Blu Ray, it plays well enough on my TV screen without being perfect with the typical flaws find in many 90s Asian cinema releases. Still, Tai Chi Master is an amazing exhibition for both Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh to show their highlight martial arts reels. It helps when the director in chair is master Yuen Woo Ping and costarring Chin Siu Ho as Li's best buddy turned foe. This is an all time classic and the fight sequences...

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