Movie Review Listing
(99 min)
2003 - Drama, Asian Related - USA
Better Luck Tomorrow is a story of a small group of overachieving Asian-American friends. As the movie progresses, the four friends involve themselves in a series of activities that, while giving them temporary highs to alleviate the stresses of the stigma of a perfect Asian, ultimately takes them down a spiral of drug induced mischief and consequence.
Director : Justin Lin
Cast : Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Roger Fan, John Cho, Karin Anna Cheung
(101 min)
2003 - Action - Hong Kong, USA
Black Mask is back! This time around he's in the search for the origins of his powers. On the way however, he discovers a renegade mystery man who possesses the very ingredients to mutate people into hideous man-beasts. With an evil plan to turn everyone in te world to these mutated man-beasts, Black Mask has no choice but to lend his super amazing awesome powers to save the human race. Go Black Mask, go!
Director : Tsui Hark
Cast : Andy On, Tobin Bell, Jon Polito, Teresa Herrera, Tyler mane, Andrew bryiarski
(55 min)
2004 - Documentary, Martial Arts - USA
CHOP SOCKY – CINEMA HONG KONG is a documentary about the major films and actors from the beginning history of Hong Kong martial arts films. Includes interviews with Hong Kong movie star like Jet Li, David Chiang, Sammo Hung, John Woo and many others…
Director : Ian Taylor
Cast : Jackie Chan, John Woo, Jet Li, David Chiang, Sammo Hung, Cheng Pei Pei
(97 min)
1978 - Kung Fu - USA
In an ancient, mythic land, a martial arts warrior named Cord (Jeff Cooper) fights in a hand-to-hand combat tournament. The winner will be allowed to seek out "The Book," which is fabled to enable its reader to be the world's supreme martial artist. Cord wins and eventually is the man who must find Kitan, the keeper of "The Book." While on this quest, Cord must face several trials before being deemed worthy of meeting Kitan. Along the way Cord crosses paths with a blind flute player (David Carradine), who will become Cord's teacher. Cord squares off against different adversaries on his journey to martial arts enlightenment.
Director : Richard Moore
Cast : David Carradine, Jeff Cooper, Erica Creer. Cameo Appearances: Roddy McDowell, Eli Wallach, Christopher Lee
(90 min)
1993 - Documentary - USA
On July 20th of 1973, a terrible event happened within the Martial arts community and movie industry; a hero died. At 32 years old, Bruce Lee died at the peak of his career. A lot of controversy surrounded his death. Lee apparently died of a brain aneurysm in the vicinity of the cerebral oedema. However, the coroner said in his final report that Bruce died of “death by misadventure”, which means a death caused by numerous factors. Death by Misadventure is a documentary that follows Bruce Lee from the beginning of his acting career to his tragic death and tries to put more light on his controversial death.
Director : Toby Russel
(110 min)
1973 - Martial Arts - Hong Kong, USA
Lee, a Shaolin monk, is recruited to infiltrate the island lair of a one-armed crime boss, Han. Han was a former student of the Shaolin school but has turned his attention to drug smuggling, he still enjoys marital arts and hosts a tournament every three years. Under the guise of the tournament Lee hopes to defeat the man who has brought shame to his Shaolin school.
Director : Robert Clouse
Cast : Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Kien Shih, Ahna Capri, Angela Mao, Jim Kelly
(80 min)
2003 - Kung Fu, Comedy, Asian Related - USA
Gung Ho: A Sprite TV commercial spoof in which a Sammo Hung type character saves a desperate girl from evil gangsters. Crouching Waiter, Hidden Chef: Two clueless idiots go to a Chinese restaurant to make fun of the waiter, until the crazy chief decides to kick them out. Kung Fu Legends: Turbo Edition: Inspired by videogames such as 'Mortal Kombat' and 'Street Fighter', it features characters and hyper-dynamic action that seems to come directly from a Beat-em-up. Prison Warz: Prisoners have to fight to the death in teams of two. With no guards in the warehouse, only the best will come out alive. Dare: A Special Force Army man, helped by two beautiful reporters, has to fight bad guys and capture their boss. Kaela: In a short film in the style of a trailer, a schoolgirl turns into a deadly Karate-ka to escape from some bad guys. Cradle of The Blind: Two adversaries fight each other in a dojo. Teamwork 2: Featuring the 'Stunt People', the story resolves around two bro
(113 min)
2001 - Drama - USA
The war is coming to an end. Saigon is about to fall to the North and hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese will flee, leaving their past behind as they step upon the foreign soils of America… and become refugees. Green Dragon lays its story on the grounds of Camp Pendleton, circa 1975, as we experience intermingling stories of hope and desperation amongst its inhabitants. Tai Tran cares for his nephew and niece as he struggles around his new surroundings, fearing the outside world. Minh shares the yearnings of his mother, missing in the confusion of war, with a mess hall cook, Addie, who also reminisces of a mother lost. And Gunnery Sergeant Jim Lance watches over these lost souls in the faith of quelling their spirits while he finds new understanding within his own heart.
Director : Timothy Bui
Cast : Patrick Swayze, Forest Whitaker, Don Duong, Hiep Thi Le, Trung Nguyen
(125 min)
2002 - Tokusatsu, Action - USA, Japan
A solitary, denim clad road warrior known as Jiro battles the sinister Professor Gill and his squadron of fearsome DARK Destructoid monsters. Vulnerable to Gill’s shrill flute wooing him to the DARK side, Jiro transforms into the mighty red-and-blue android—KIKAIDA.
Cast : Ban Daisuke, Mizunoe Jun, Kamiya Masahiro, Ueda Shun, Izu Hajime, Ando Mitsuo
(111 min)
2003 - Action, Kung Fu, Swordplay, Asian Related - USA
Uma Thurman plays 'The Bride" who takes revenge against Bill and his Deadly Viper Assassination Squad for putting a slug in her head prior to her wedding, bun in the oven and all. Genres are meshed together as Tarantino chronicles her blood soaked journey, scratching names off of her 'Death List" all the way home.
Director : Quentin Tarantino
Cast : Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Darryl Hannah, Gordon Liu, David Carradine
(98 min)
2001 - Kung Fu, Drama - USA, France, Hong Kong
Liu Jiuan is one of China's special agents, he was sent to Paris to aid the French police in and investigation on a Chinese Businessman. Richard the chief detective ends up using Liu to take the blame in a deadly conspiracy. Just only a few hours later Liu becomes a wanted man in Paris with no escape, he must now try to find a way to prove his innocence in almost impossible odds.
Director : Chris Nahon
Cast : Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo, Max Ryan, Ric Young
(780 min)
1972 - Kung Fu, Asian Related - USA
Thoroughly trained in the art of kung fu as a child, Kwai Chang Caine has reached the height of his ability and now must face the harsh life of the old west. It's hard living in a dangerous land where you're considered a foreigner and looked down upon around every corner, but Caine's swift feet and graceful fists ensure punishment to those wishing to hurt him and those close to him, a noble man in an ignoble land.
Director : Jerry Thorpe, Walter Doniger, Richard Lang, Allen Reisner, Robert Butler, John Badham, Charles S. Dubin
Cast : David Carradine, Philip Ahn, Keye Luke, Radames Pera
(90 min)
2003 - Kung Fu, Comedy, Asian Related - USA
Death vs. Kung-Fu Car Wash: A group of kung-fu enthusiast needs cash so they can enter a kung-fu tournament. What better way to make that cash than to merge the art of martial arts and car washing?! On their trip back home they pull a ‘Final Destination’ and cheat death. As you could probably tell, the people in Hell don’t take too kindly to getting swindled so they send a worker to kill them. These car-washing kung-fu fighters are suddenly in for more than they bargained for. What ensues is goofy shenanigans and ass-kicking. Collection Agency: A group of weapon suppliers (mainly swords) send a huge shipment out to a customer. Four weeks pass and the customer still hasn’t paid. When the boss sends three people to collect dues, these money collectors and in for more than they bargained for. What ensues is goofy shenanigans and ass-kicking. Mummy Dearest: An ancient curse has been discovered on the tomb of a mummy. If the mummy is in any way verbally abused, then it will be awake
Director : Todd Roy
Cast : Todd Roy, Jimmy Lam, Chuck Becker, Onassis Parungao, Nathan Decker
(108 min)
1985 - Kung Fu, Comedy, Drama, Asian Related - USA
Leroy Green is a very passionate young man. Some people may perceive this passion as obsession. You see, Leroy has a preoccupation with the eastern world of the Kung fu film. He idolizes Bruce Lee, studies with a martial arts master, and even teaches the neighborhood children at his very own dojo. All would be well, but the local bully Sho’nuff and his cronies are quickly putting a stranglehold on the neighborhood citizens and the only thing that stands in their way is “Bruce Leroy”! Add one love interest in the form of the beautiful VJ Laura Charles, and a psychopathic talent promoter with a Napoleon complex, and you’ve got all the trappings of the old chop sockey films coupled with the style and panache of mid 80’s Motown.
Director : Michael Shultz
Cast : Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney, Julius Carry, Faith Prince, Leo O'Brien
(154 min)
2004 - Swordplay, Drama - USA
Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is a United States military captain who is sent to Japan to train troops in the art of American warfare against Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe): the leader of a group of Samurai trained in the old ways. As Captain Algren trains the Japanese troops in preparation for battle, Katsumoto watches as his way of life is threatened to vanish from a modernizing Japan. Neither knows their fates lie entwined with each other as politicians and US ambassadors work behind the curtains to remove the ways of the Samurai from the empire of Japan.
Director : Edward Zwick
Cast : Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki
(86 min)
2004 - Action - USA
A man loses his memory and attempts to regain it by combating in underground fights.
Director : Jesse Johnson
Cast : Dominique Vandenberg, Steven Bauer, Stephen Graham, Stana Katic, Fernando Carrillo, Scott Adkins
2002 - Horror - USA
A video tape is being passed around. Word has it that if you watch the tape, the phone will immediately ring after your viewing. Upon picking up the receiver, someone whispers "7 Days", indicating the time you have left before your death. With her niece becoming a victim of the tape, journalist Rachel Keller embarks on a journey to unravel the mystery with her ex-lover, Noah. Together, they trace the history of the tape back to it's source.
Director : Gore Verbinski
Cast : Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Lindsay Frost, Amber Tamblyn
(89 min)
2000 - Action, Kung Fu - USA
In a city in America two crime families battle from ownership of waterfront property. One is a Hong Kong Triad the other is African American Gangsters. The son of the leader of the triad is found dead, the night before he caused a fight in a black club. This raises the tension between the two crime families. Meanwhile in a Hong Kong prison Han (Jet Li) hears of the murder and he escapes from prison to avenge the death of his brother. When Han arrives in America he tries to piece together the events that lead to the death of his brother. During his search he encounters the daughter (Aaliyah) of the black crime family's leader. They later join forces to find our why members of each family are getting killed, they uncover too much and their lives are at risk but they have no choice but continue and find the truth.
Director : Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cast : Jet Li, Aaliyah Haughton, Russell Wong, Delroy Lindo, Isaiah Washington, Anthony Anderson
(90 min)
2007 - Comedy, Action - USA
Ambassador Han is giving a speech to the World Criminal Court when he announces that he has discovered the whereabouts of Shy Shen – something that could shatter the illegal Triad societies crime ring. An assassins bullet ensures that Han doesn't complete his speech, but it also provokes Inspector Lee into action, working with his old friend Detective Carter. In order to bring the assassin to justice and uncover the secrets of Shy Shen, Lee and Carter follow the crime trail to France...
Director : Brett Ratner
Cast : Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Max von Sydow, Yvan Attal, Youki Kudoh
(105 min)
2000 - Action, Comedy - USA
The princess Pei Pei is convinced to go to America by an English teacher in service of the imperial family. When she arrives in America she soon discovers that she is going to be held against her will by a traitor from the royal guards who left China long ago. The emperor must pay a ransom of gold to retrieve the princess. Imperial guards are sent to America, Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) gets to tag along to help his uncle who is serving as translator. During their ride on the train to Carson city bandits attack the train. Chon pursues the bandits and manages to stop their plan. Chon manages to escape to continues his journey to Carson city and will eventually team up with Roy (One of the bandits from the train) who hears that there is gold involved in the rescuing of the princess.
Director : Tom Dey
Cast : Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Rafael Báez, Curtis Armstrong, Xander Berkeley, Eric Chen
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