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Bangkok Revenge

Posted by JoshSamford 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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Assassins, The

Posted by JoshSamford On December - 27 - 2012

The Assassins (2012)
Director: Zhao Linshan
Writers: Wang Bin
Starring: Chow Yun-fat, Liu Yifei, Hiroshi Tamaki, Annie Yi, and Qiu Xinzhi

The Plot: Our film today takes place during the Eastern Han Dynasty in ancient China. The masterful general Cao Cao (Chow Yun-fat) has done well in securing the lands and has coerced Emperor Xian (Alec-Su) into giving him the title of “King of Wei.” Cao Cao’s other official title is of chancellor, but many feel that he will eventually be emperor. Cao Cao’s son, Cao Pi (Qiu Xinzhi), has recently found himself in an affair with the empress, but his own personal greed has him lusting over the throne even ahead of his father. While these petty grievances are being disputed amongst the wealthy, the real threat to the chancellor lies within his own castle. Two assassins, who have been trained since childhood, have secretly moved in as servants to the throne. This duo secretly intend to kill Cao Cao, and it is only a matter of time before they find the perfect opportunity to strike.

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Protector, The (1985)

Posted by JoshSamford On December - 25 - 2012

The Protector (1985)
Director: James Glickenhaus
Writers: James Glickenhaus
Starring: Jackie Chan, Danny Aiello, and Moon Lee

The Plot: Billy (Jackie Chan) is a decent cop who has been in America for the past ten years paying his dues. He’s a bit of a ladies man and is so fiercely dedicated to his job that he sometimes finds himself in trouble with his superiors. When his partner is killed, Jackie is paired with veteran officer Danny Garoni (played by Danny Aiello). The duo become fast friends and are quickly wrapped up in a kidnapping case when the wealthy heiress that they were supposed to be looking after, is abducted by a crime syndicate. When a phone number pops up on the heiress’ phone bill coming from Hong Kong, something seems fishy, but when it turns out that the kidnappers may be affiliated with the evil Hong Kong druglord Ko – things seem even worse. Billy and Garoni are soon on their way to Hong Kong so that they can investigate these matters further, but they eventually find themselves wrapped up in a story that far exceeds anything they could have ever imagined.

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One Armed Swordsmen

Posted by JoshSamford On December - 20 - 2012

One Armed Swordsmen (1976)
Director: David Chiang and Jimmy Wang Yu
Writers: Ku Lung
Starring: David Chiang, Jimmy Wang Yu, Lo Lieh, and Yi Chang

The Plot: This classic wuxia tale begins with a police officer being struck down and his arm being removed by a bandit, but during the battle he also lobs off the arm of his opponent. The police officer decides, despite losing his limb, to continue studying the martial arts, and does this by reading the one-armed swordsman style handbook that was left for him by a friend. As he begins his studying, he is once again attacked – but this time by a one-armed ninja! The black-hooded ninja kills off the older lawman, but unknown to the murderer, a young child was hidden in the room and saw the death of his master. So, with this established, we move to our main story which focuses on two men: Fong Ping (Jimmy Wang Yu) and Kao Shing (David Chiang). These two men are the most powerful one-armed martial artists around. Wah (Lo Lieh) suspects Fong Ping or Kao Shing as the culprit, but he is not fully convinced yet. As he follows these two around, we find that the lines between hero and villain can be quite blurred within this small world.

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Zombi 3

Posted by JoshSamford On October - 20 - 2012

Zombi 3 (1988)
Director: Lucio Fulci and Bruno Mattei
Writers: Rossella Drudi and Claudio Fragasso
Starring: Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring, Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, and Mike Monty.

The Plot: On a secluded military base, several top scientists are hard at work on a serum known as “death one,” which will hopefully reanimate the dead. Unfortunately, when Dr. Holder (Robert Marius) uses the serum on a human corpse, the results are not very optimistic. The cadaver awakens with a hunger for human flesh and no ability to think or feel. As Holder resigns from the project and looks to give his serum back to the military, a pair of criminals ambush the center and one makes off with “Death One.” After a series of infections break out, the military end up burning a number of bodies. This of course leads to ashes drifting into the air and infecting all flying animals within the area. As this happens, we are introduced to a trio of GIs who are off partying while on vacation. These troops team up with a bus full of other young people, and all seems to be going well for this group. However, the tides turn when some of the infected birds are discovered on the ground nearby. With this discovery comes a new human infection, and pretty soon this group will be desperately fighting for their survival.

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