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Guillotines, The

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 18 - 2013

The Guillotines (2012)
Director: Andrew Lau
Writers: Aubrey Lam, Joyce Chan, Jojo Hui Yuet-Chun, Peter Tsi, Junli Guom, and Koon-nam Lui
Starring: Xiaoming Huang, Ethan Juan, Purba Rgyal, Tian Gao, and Jimmy Wang Yu



The Plot: The Guillotines are a special group of warriors compiled with the goal of protecting the Qing dynasty. They are magnificent fighters who help control the flow of the kingdom from the shadows. Their weapon of choice is a spinoff of the flying guillotine, and they are well known for taking the head off of their enemies. However, they may have met their match when they confront a mystical man named Wolf (Huang Xiaoming) who is the leader of a cult-like group known as The Herders. They at first capture Wolf, but due to his committed cohorts, he quickly escapes from prison. Now it is up to The Guillotines, lead by Leng (Ethan Juan) and Haidu (Shawn Yue), to track him down and bring about justice. However, Leng and Haidu have their own problems. Leng, a Han-chinese born (like Wolf, and unlike the Manchurian government he is fighting for), has grew to consider The Guillotines as his only true family. Haidu, however, views the group as being expendable in order to protect the kingdom. As these two have their clashes, they will also find a very powerful and persuasive “villain” with Wolf.


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King of the Streets, The

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 10 - 2013

King of the Streets (2012)
Director: Yue Song, Zhong Lei
Writers: Yue Song, Zhong Lei
Starring: Yue Song, Li YuFei, Yang JianPing, and Kang En



The Plot: Feng (Yue Song) is a young man that has just got out of prison. As a teen, the young man was known as The Street Fighter and regularly demonstrated his skill. After accidentally killing one of his opponents though, Feng was given eight years in prison to think about how he applies his martial skill. After his release, Feng tries his best to avert any trouble, but when he runs into a beautiful young woman (Li YuFei) who needs his help, he finds himself defending both her as well as the orphanage that she looks after. This means he will be going headfirst into combat with a group of thugs who run an underground streetfighting group.


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Sadako 3D

Posted by Josh Samford On June - 2 - 2013

Sadako 3D (2012)
Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa
Writers: Satomi Ishihara, Koji Suzuki, and Tsutomu Takahashi
Starring: Satomi Ishihara, Koji Seto, Yusuke Yamamoto, and Ai Hashimoto



The Plot: Sadako 3D is a continuation of the original Ringu series and takes place thirteen years after the events of the first film. Our story begins with two mysterious suicides, one involving a man at a bus station and another involving a schoolgirl. Although neither seems to have any evidence of foul play, Detective Koiso (Ryosei Tayama) and his partner both suspect something strange is afoot. It appears that both victims do have a link between their deaths, they each watched a video online that ended with an eerie voice saying “you’re not the one.” It seems that this video is gaining notoriety as a cursed video, and everyone who seems to watch it ends up dead shortly after viewing it. In the video, it is said that online video artist Kashiwada Seiji (Yusuke Yamamoto) can be seen being murdered/committing suicide, but the only people who have actually seen the video have all met a grizzly demise at this point. Soon the audience is introduced to Akane Ayukawa (Satomi Ishihara), a very young school teacher who taught the young girl who died from the video. As Akane begins her own investigation into this savage online video, she finds that it may very well be tied to Sadako, the ghostly apparition from the original Ringu. Will she find a way to stop this viral catastrophe, or will it continue to take the lives of all her students?


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Assassin’s Blade, The

Posted by Josh Samford On May - 28 - 2013

The Assassin’s Blade (2008)
Director: Jingle Ma
Writers: Chan Po-chun, Jingle Ma, Ng Ka-keung, Yeung Sin-ling, and Wong Nga-man
Starring: Wu Chun, Charlene Choi, Hu Ge, and Ti Lung



The Plot: The Assassin’s Blade is a modern retelling of the popular legend best known as The Butterfly Lovers. In this story, Zhu Yanzhi (Charlene Choi) is a beautiful young woman who must dress herself as a man in order to be trained within the Soul Ease Clan. Yanzhi wants to become proficient in the martial arts so that she can protect her family. Luckily, wearing men’s clothing proves to be more than enough to fool everyone who surrounds her, so Yanzhi quickly establishes herself within this clan of martial artists. While here, she meets Brother Shan (Wu Chun) who quickly scoops Yanzhi up under his wing. He starts to protect Yanzhi and they develop a very close relationship. It is inevitably revealed to Shan that Yanzhi is indeed a beautiful woman, and their relationship begins to further develop into a romance. However, problems arise when Brother Ma (Hu Ge), a childhood friend of Yanzhi, shows up at Soul Ease and lies to Yanzhi in order to bring her home. When she arrives back at her home, she discovers that her parents have given her away in an arranged marriage. She is supposed to marry Ma, but her heart still belongs to Shan. Will true love prevail or will Yanzhi be forced to bend to her family’s wishes?


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Bangkok Revenge

Posted by Josh Samford On March - 27 - 2013

Bangkok Revenge (2011)
Director: Jean-Marc Minéo
Writers: Jean-Marc Minéo
Starring: Jon Foo, Caroline Ducey, and Michaël Cohen



The Plot: Bangkok Revenge opens with a disturbing sequence involving the attempted murder of a police officer’s entire family. The mother and father are both instantly killed, but their young child manages to survive even after having a bullet put in his head. The murderers continue to track the boy, named Manit (Jon Foo), because he happened to see the face of his father’s killer. However, Manit is quickly saved from their retribution by a nurse who brings the young boy to a remote Thai village. Although he did manage to retain all of his motor functions after the gunshot, due to damage within his brain the boy must learn to live without emotion for the rest of his life. After he is settled in within his new home, the boy is trained in martial arts by his new master who encourages him to harden his body and mind. After several years, Manit is a young man who may not be able to verbalize his anger or fear, but he will most assuredly express it whenever he tracks down those responsible for the death of his parents.


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