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  • DVD review: Dragon Immortal: Disc 2

    Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 4:49AM / Standard Entry



    The second disc of VideoAsia's ten movie "Bruceploitation" box set features two movies, The 18 Amazones (under the title Bruce Lee's Ways of Kung Fu) and Dragon Force (under the title Powerforce) that are only tangentally connected to the sub-genre due to them starring Bruce Lee "clones" Dragon Lee and Bruce Li.

    http://hkfilm.net/dvdrevs/dragonimmortal2.htm

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  • Movie review: Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

    Friday, Apr 18, 2014 5:19AM / Standard Entry



    Jackie Chan's first few starring roles didn't exactly set the world on fire. Chan was under contract to producer/director Lo Wei, who tried to make Jackie into the next Bruce Lee, both through his stage name Chen Lung ("dragon") and casting in films such as New Fist of Fury. Jackie's style never meshed with Lo's intentions, making for a string of box office duds, and the two clashed both on and off the set, so when Seasonal Films asked to borrow Chan for two films, Lo readily gave him up. Chan's first release from Seasonal would prove to be a major breakout role, the martial arts/comedy hybrid Snake in the Eagle's Shadow.

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

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  • Movie review: That Demon Within

    Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 10:00PM / Standard Entry



    There is a genuinely unsettling nerve touched by some of the violent content, which will be off-putting to some, but will be appreciated by fans of the hard-edged output of the "golden age" of Hong Kong cinema, a time where film-makers were not held tight to their Mainland financier's leashes and forced to sanitize their output to appease government censors.

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

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  • DVD review: Martial Arts Double Feature

    Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 4:23AM / Standard Entry



    This release is thankfully more robust than Shout!'s bare-bones Bruce Lee double feature DVDs, with both Mandarin and English soundtracks included, along with a decent selection of extras.

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

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  • DVD review: Dragon Immortal: Disc 1

    Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 6:07AM / Standard Entry



    Dubious gray-market label VideoAsia has a track record of reissuing the same movies into different packages. Their Immortal Dragon three-DVD set is no exception. It contains ten "Bruceploitation" films, all of which have been put out before and since, either as stand-alone releases or as part of other sets.

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

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