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Saving General Yang

Posted by JoshSamford On December - 23 - 2013

Saving General Yang (2013)
Director: Ronnie Yu
Writers: Edmond Wong, Liu Shijia, and Ronny Yu
Starring: Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Vic Zhou, Wu Chunm, and Raymond Lam



The Plot: Our film begins with a brief lovestory unfurling between Yang Yansi, the sixth of seven sons within the prestigious Yang family, and the lovely Princess Chai. Yansi wants to pursue his love and earn Princess Chai’s hand in marriage via a local martial arts competition. Unfortunately, this contest is a sham, and the winner has already been predetermined. When Yansi’s younger brother steps in during the contest and accidentally kills the man who was SUPPOSED to take Chai as his wife, the entire Yang family is expected to fall. Their father, a powerful politician, is demoted back to a general at the frontlines of the war. This means the senior Yang must head off to the front in a battle with the invading Kithan army. While General Yang is a genius when it comes to warfare, he is unfortunately marched right into a trap, and the majority of his men are slaughtered. Yang is backed into a mountain where he and his men await further support. Unfortunately, that support will not be coming, and the only people he can depend on are his own seven sons who must suit up and head off for battle.


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18 Fatal Strikes

Posted by JoshSamford On December - 20 - 2013

18 Fatal Strikes (1978)
Director: Chan Yeung Jing
Writers: Chih-hung Hsieh and Sung Pe Liu
Starring: Wei Tung, Dean Shek, Wen Chiang-lung, and Lung Sze-Ma



The Plot: 18 Fatal Strikes takes place during the Qing dynasty. The film opens with Wong Wu Ti (Lung Sze-Ma) showcasing his Shaking Eagle Claw style (which has him making noises that sound like that of a cat) against a Shaolin Abbot named Wan Hung. Wan Hung is a rebel against the Manchu, and it seems that he may face certain death when up against Wong Wu Ti – but he manages to escape at the last minute. He is found and taken care of by two silly farmers, played by Wei Tung and Dean Shek, but when Wong Wu Ti comes looking for the Abbot, great peril waits for all involved.


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Seasoning House, The

Posted by JoshSamford 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 JoshSamford 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 JoshSamford 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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