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Movie review: The Last Duel

Produced toward the tail end of the hey day of the "old school" kung fu film, 1981's

isn't the most polished production, nor does it feature outstanding displays of martial arts. But it does manage to set itself apart from the pack by doing things just a bit differently -- there aren't too many other kung fu movies out there where you're going to see a little person taking on a cross-dresser.

http://hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/lastduel.htm

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Movie review: Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

Played here by Mark Chao, Dee is tasked by the Empress (Carina Lau, reprising her award winning role from the first film) to find the cause of a series of mysterious sea attacks. The initial thoughts point towards wizardry or lack of adherence to superstitions unleashing the fury of a mythical creature. Using his knowledge of science, Dee sees a more realistic and nefarious cause behind the attacks -- but will he be able to prove his theories before the Empress grows impatient and orders Dee to go under the executioner's blade?

http://hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/youngdee.htm

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Movie review: Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

Played here by Mark Chao, Dee is tasked by the Empress (Carina Lau, reprising her award winning role from the first film) to find the cause of a series of mysterious sea attacks. The initial thoughts point towards wizardry or lack of adherence to superstitions unleashing the fury of a mythical creature. Using his knowledge of science, Dee sees a more realistic and nefarious cause behind the attacks -- but will he be able to prove his theories before the Empress grows impatient and orders Dee to go under the executioner's blade?

http://hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/youngdee.htm

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Movie review: Bushido Man

Those of you out there who are both foodies and martial arts movie fans will find a lot to like with , a low-budget Japanese release that has the canny gimmick of a warrior named Tomaramu (played by Mitsuki Koga) on a quest to defeat the world's greatest fighters who learns how to defeat his opponents by eating their favorite meals.

http://hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/bushidoman.htm

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Movie review: Lost in Thailand

The first domestically-produced film to go over the one billion yuan (approximately US$160 million) mark at the Mainland box office, the 2012 comedy was originally promoted in the west as a Chinese version of . After watching the movie, the more apt comparison would probably be -- where two mismatched men go on an unintentional road trip.

http://hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/lostthailand.htm

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Movie review: My Honeymoon with a Vampire

Shot on video and sent directly to VCD, this is one of a myriad of films put out during this period -- one of the low points in terms of overall quality of the Hong Kong movie industry -- that you have to wonder how the hell it ever got made in the first place, and why in blazes you're actually watching it.

http://hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/honeymoon.htm

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Movie review: Here Comes a Vampire

Right from jump street, this movie reeks of the "flying paper" style of Hong Kong film-making, where basically everything is made up on the fly. Sometimes the style can actually work, but in most instances, we get awful cinematic messes such as this.

http://hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/herevampire.htm

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Movie review: Special ID

After taking over Hong Kong filmdom's kung fu/action world by portraying historical characters such as Ip Man, Donnie Yen returns to the modern jiang hu (martial arts brotherhood) cosmos with , a picture that dispenses what one might think is the required amount of knee strikes to the head, or even, in fact, being quite overly generous with the said quotient of blunt joint force trauma to ocular sockets. However, to some viewers out there expecting something in the vein of or , the level of said excitement might be tweaked somewhat by Donnie cracking his usual stone face and showing a softer, more comedic, side.

http://hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/specialid.htm

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Movie review: Vampire Buster

To Hong Kong cinematic neophytes, the image of a portly man enveloping and portuding the power of Garfield might be something to dissuade further viewing.

http://hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/vampirebuster.htm

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DVD review: Martial Arts Movie Marathon

Continuing with their recent line of kung fu releases, Shout! Factory's is a two DVD set containing four pictures from the Golden Harvest studio: , , , and . Though none of these films are top of the line when it comes to the genre, it is good to see a major US company like Shout! bringing out martial arts movies that aren't from the big stars like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan's filmographies.

http://hkfilm.net/dvdrevs/mamarathon.htm

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