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Saturday, September 20

Movie review: Friend 2: The Great Legacy

Originally released in 2001, Friend could have similarities drawn with A Better Tomorrow. Not exactly in plot and execution, but rather in the way it redefined and revitalized the South Korean gangster film. A dozen years later, writer/director Kyung-Taek Kwak has returned with the sequel.

Full review here

Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray/VOD release: As the Light Goes Out

Simon Yam, Nicholas Tse, and Shawn Yue teamed up with writer/director Derek Kwok for the firefighter themed Hong Kong box office hit As the Light Goes Out, which is headed to North American DVD, Blu-ray, and video on demand November 18 courtesy of Well Go USA. Firm details on the release are not known, but Well Go's track record has been to put out movies uncut and in their original language, and this looks to be no exception.

There are no pre-release links at this point, but for the latest information on the release, you can head over to Well Go's site.

Friday, September 12

Movie review: Firestorm

It's really no secret that Hong Kong action cinema has been in a downward turn the past several years. But every once in a while, a release comes along to remind viewers why they started to like these sorts of films in the first place -- and Firestorm is the latest to (pardon the pun) carry the torch.

Full review here

Friday, September 5

Movie review: Lost in Time

A weepy romantic drama about bus drivers with a wee tot caught in the middle might sound like a recipe for disaster, but 2003's Lost in Time manages to overcome many of the pitfalls of the genre, mostly through the strength of the cast's performances, especially young Harashima Daichi.

Full review here

Upcoming release: Iceman

Well Go USA is continuing to bring the latest in major releases of Hong Kong cinema to American screens with Donnie Yen's Iceman, a big-budget remake of the seminal fantasy kung fu film The Iceman Cometh. After a limited theatrical run beginning September 19, the film is hitting home video on November 11; details on extras and language are not known at this point, but it does appear that this version will be uncut, running at 105 minutes. No pre-order links are up yet, but for the latest information on the release, you can visit Well Go's site.

Movie Clip: 14 Blades

We dug 14 Blades a lot upon its' initial release in 2010, so it's nice that Radius TWC has gave Donnie Yen's high-flying wuxia epic an uncut release on US home video a couple of weeks ago. We'll be updating our review with our take on the new Blu-ray version soon, but until then, you can check out a new clip featuring Donnie doing what he does best -- kicking ass and looking like a boss while doing so.

The DVD and Blu-ray can be purchased through Amazon.

Thursday, August 28

Movie review: Baby Blues

Director Leung Po-Chi found some success early on in his career. However, over the past twenty years or so, he has mostly been working on low-budget fare in overseas markets. 2013's Baby Blues marked his return to the local film industry -- was the wait worth it?

Full review here

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