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Seven Steps of Kung Fu

Posted by JoshSamford 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 JoshSamford 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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Drug War

Posted by JoshSamford On November - 25 - 2013

Drug War (2012)
Director: Johnnie To
Writers: Wai Ka-Fai, Yau Nai-hoi. Ryker Chan, and Yu Xi
Starring: Louis Koo, Sun Honglei, Huang Yi, and Wallace Chung

The Plot: Drug War begins with drug trafficker Timmy Choi Tin-ming (Louis Koo) going into convulsions while driving a drug filled with meth. He eventually crashes the truck into a restaurant and is soon dragged away to jail where Captain Zhang Lei (Sun Honglei) is waiting for him. Zhang Lei is an incredibly dedicated officer, and he knows that Timmy has knowledge of the traffickers responsible for bringing Meth into China. In China, even a small amount of dope can get a person the death sentence, but being caught with the amount of meth that Timmy had… it’s guaranteed. Knowing this, Timmy decides to immediately work with the authorities. He teams up with Captain Zhang Lei, who goes undercover, and Timmy sets off to show the Captain just how powerful his former employers are. However, the Captain will have to keep his eyes on Timmy every second of their adventure because if there’s one thing he has proven… he will do anything to preserve his life.

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Posted by JoshSamford On November - 12 - 2013

Dracula (1931)
Director: Tod Browning
Writers: Garrett Fort
Starring: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, and Edward Van Sloan

The Plot: Dracula tells the story of, you guessed it, Count Dracula (as played by Bela Lugosi). When our film begins, we see as he meets up with Renfield (Dwight Frye), a solicitor looking to speak with the Count. Unknown to Renfield, Count Dracula is indeed the most powerful vampire that exists. Renfield soon finds himself living as a servant to Dracula who craves the lives of insects. This duo travels from Dracula’s home in Transylvania to England, where Dracula takes home near the sanatorium Carfax Abbey, which is ran by the brilliant Dr. Seward. Dracula makes his presence known after introducing himself to Dr. Seward while they are both at the theater, and it is here where Dr. Seward’s daughter, Mina, catches the eye of Count Dracula. Soon, Mina, her father, and the knowledgeable Professor Van Helsing will be at war with the nefarious Count, but will good manage to strive in the face of such incomparable forces of evil?

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space

Posted by JoshSamford On October - 25 - 2013

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Director: Stephen Chiodo
Writers: Charles Chiodo and Stephen Chiodo
Starring: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, and Royal Dano

The Plot: Killer Klowns From Outer Space focuses on the events that transpire when a flying object can be seen crash landing in the woods surrounding Crescent Cove, California. When Mike Tobacco (Grant Cramer) and his girlfriend Debbie Stone (Suzanne Snyder) see this, they assume that it is a comet and they head into the woods to get a closer look. What they find is something very familiar and yet completely foreign. In the midst of the woods they find a circus tent, and being adventurous young adults, they decide to go inside and check out this strange find. Inside they make a discovery, this is no regular circus tent, but instead it is an alien spaceship. The aliens look like deformed clowns and they apparently want to harvest the blood of humans by surrounding them in cocoons of cotton candy. Now it is up to Mike, Debbie, and Debbie’s former boyfriend, Sheriff Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson), to find a way to defeat these homicidal alien creatures!

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