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Seasoning House, The

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 18 - 2013

The Seasoning House (2012)
Director: Paul Hyett
Writers: Paul Hyett, Conal Palmer, Helen Solomon, and Adrian Rigelsford
Starring: Rosie Day, Kevin Howarth, and Sean Pertwee



The Plot: The Seasoning House is a war story of sorts, focusing on the events that transpire when a young deaf girl named Angel, who is ripped from her own home in Eastern Europe and taken to a brothel as a prisoner of war. It turns out that she is one of the luckiest girls to come through this brothel, as she is made to clean rooms, look after the girls, and keep hidden. This slavery turns out to be far better than what the other kidnapped girls receive as captures. Normally, most girls are chained to their bed and shot up with narcotics until they are submissive enough to be continually raped by random military personnel. Things are turned upside down for Angel, however, when she runs into Vanya, a young woman who also happens to be fluent in sign language. Finally having someone to speak with, Angel finds herself learning to disobey her rulers, but these are not men to be trifled with.


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Ninja: Fist of Fire

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 18 - 2013

Ninja: Fist of Fire (1974)
Director: Wong Tin Lam
Writers: Ni Kuang
Starring: Cheung Ching-Ching, Thompson Kao, Tony Liu, Jason Pai, and Ang Saan



The Plot: Keeping the story to its barest of elements, Ninja: Fist of Fire details the story of a royal prince who is being transported via a military envoy. The envoy is soon attacked by a rebellious group who want to capture the young prince for their own gains. Thankfully, the prince hides underneath some dead bodies and manages to escape. The rest of the film details the rivaling factions who are hoping to get their hands on this young man.


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Fighting Life

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 16 - 2013

Fighting Life (1981)
Director: Kei Law
Starring: Frankie Shum, Jackie Conn, Sam Chung, and Thomas Hong



The Plot: San Jee Yung (Frankie Shum) is a man who was born with only one arm that happens to be little more than a flipper. His brother, Ah Chan (Jackie Conn), was born with legs that are unusable. While this has not made their lives very easy, the two do not allow their disabilities to get in the way of their work ethic. When the two decide that it is time for them to improve their lives, they decide to move to Tai Pei where their good friend Tiger lives. Unfortunately, Tai Pei isn’t everything that they had heard it was. The city may be huge, but the people are rude and it proves impossible for the two men to find work. Back in their hometown, no one gave the two brothers a hard time about their disabilities, but in Tai Pei, they can’t catch a break. Their lack of work regularly gets them in trouble with the landlord who happens to be an obnoxious woman who never seems to stop yelling. Ah Chan eventually finds work as a carpenter’s apprentice, but what he really wants to do is learn Taekwondo. Unfortunately, his older brother is deadset against this. Will the two men find work, and will they set aside their differences in order to find happiness?


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Seven Steps of Kung Fu

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 11 - 2013

Seven Steps of Kung Fu (1979)
Director: Ting Hwa Chung
Starring: Ricky Cheng, Chai Kai, Chen Shan, Tommy Lee, and Lung Fei



The Plot: Iron Hand Lee San Pai is a man living outside of a small and peaceful village where he and his nephew Tiger, played by Ricky Cheng, practice Kung Fu regularly. While horsing around in town, Tiger ultimately discovers that The Five Hands Gang has immigrated to their small village. Lee San Pai is very familiar with the Five Hands Gang, as he is their mortal enemy, but unknown to Lee San Pai, this gang has been hired by a local general who hopes to take over the village through nefarious means. Lee San Pai is eventually tricked by this group and assaulted. He manages to survive and immediately begins to instruct Tiger so that they can join together and help defend their way of life.


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Ip Man: The Final Fight

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 9 - 2013

Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013)
Director: Herman Yau
Writers: Erica Li and Checkley Sin
Starring: Anthony Wong, Anita Yuen, Jordan Chan, Eric Tsang, and Gillian Chung



The Plot: Ip Man: The Final Fight is yet another film detailing the long and adventurous life of Ip Man, the master Wing Chun practitioner and famed teacher of Bruce Lee. In this entry within this offshoot series directed by Herman Yau, we find Ip Man (played by Anthony Wong this time out) during the last years of his life. He has moved to Hong Kong and starts over yet again. His wife tries to make the trip with him, but discovers life in Hong Kong is too much for her. So, Ip Man is forced to make it by himself. As he goes along, he meets a new woman and begins to train a new line of students. As things tend to go, Man finds himself at odds with local schools as well as a criminal syndicate who run an underground fight club.


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