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Special ID

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 24 - 2014

Special ID (2013)
Director: Clarence Fok
Writers: Kam-Yuen Szeto
Starring: Donnie Yen, Tian Jing, Andy On and Colin Chou.



The Plot: Donnie Yen plays Chan (aka Dragon), an undercover officer from the Hong Kong police department. He has been rooted into the world of Hong Kong organized crime for such a long period of time that he has now covered his body with tattoos and completely changed his way of life. When things get a bit too hot back in Hong Kong, Dragon is sent as a “Special Identity” to the mainland where he is to interact with his former student Sunny (Andy On). When he arrives, he is paired with mainland officer Fang Jing (played by Tian Jing) and this duo must find a way to bring down Sunny while also keeping Dragon safe, which may be a lot trickier than it sounds.


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Scorpion Thunderbolt

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 31 - 2013

Scorpion Thunderbolt (1985)
Director: Godfrey Ho
Writers: Godfrey Ho
Starring: Richard Harrison, Juliet Chan, Bernard Tsui, and Maura Fong



The Plot: Okay, let’s try and piece this one together. There are two stories that are unfolding within Scorpion Thunderbolt, and within this IFD product, Godfrey Ho and company barely try to tie them together at all. In the larger storyline made up from Taiwanese/Korean horror film known as Grudge of the Sleepwalking Woman (thanks to Kenny B. and Jesus P√©rez Molina for this info), we find a series of murders have been taking place and there appears to be no clear suspect. Enter inspector Jackie Ko and his partner Miss Lee. Although it seems highly implausible, all signs are pointing to a killer that is not human. Our police officers soon run into photographic journalist Helen who is just as curious about this case as they are, but Helen holds a rather dark secret behind her beauty. At the same time that all of this is happening, Richard (Richard Harrison) finds that he is at odds with a vampire witch (who has metal claws and plays the bongos throughout the entire movie) who desperately wants a ring that has been passed down within his family for generations. Richard fights some random people and gets to kiss on a naked chick’s boobs, all in a day’s work.


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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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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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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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