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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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Dracula A.D. 1972

Posted by JoshSamford On October - 10 - 2013

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
Director: Alan Gibson
Writers: Don Houghton
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Christopher Neame, Caroline Munro and Stephanie Beacham

The Plot: Dracula A.D. 1972 begins the same way that one expects a Hammer vampire movie to end, with a grand battle between Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Count Dracula (Christopher Lee). As the two wage war whilst riding through the wilderness in a carriage, it derails and ultimately leads to both of their deaths. Once Dracula dies, via a broken spoke from a wheel that is jammed straight through his heart, one of his followers comes along and secretly scoops up his ashes. He then sneakily buries Dracula’s ashes only a few feet away from Van Helsing’s grave. We then skip forward one hundred years to wild and vibrant 1972 Britain. Here we meet a gang of friends comprised of social misfits. They are continually crashing parties, having fun, and generally living the rock & roll lifestyle. Within this group we meet the relative newcomer Johnny Alucard (Christopher Neame) who bares a shocking resemblance to the previous follower of Dracula who buried the great vampire’s ashes next to Van Helsing’s grave. Also within this group is Jessica Van Helsing (Stephanie Beacham), the great-granddaughter of the original Van Helsing. Her father, Lorrimer Van Helsing (also played by Peter Cushing), has continued on with the family legacy and is now one of the world’s most formal leaders within the study of occult activities. As one might derive, Johnny Alucard hasn’t joined Jessica Van Helsing’s group of friends for no reason in particular. He has some shady goals in mind, and after hosting a black mass near the grave of Dracula, Britain will once again be haunted by a Vampire plague.

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Bay of Blood

Posted by JoshSamford On October - 9 - 2013

Bay of Blood (1971)
Director: Mario Bava
Writers: Mario Bava, Giuseppe Zaccariello, Filippo Ottoni, Sergio Canevari, Dardano Sacchetti, and Franco Barberi
Starring: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Laura Betti, and Claudio Camaso

The Plot: Our film begins, as all great stories do, with an elderly woman being strangled with a noose by her husband. Although this may seem cliche, A Bay of Blood isn’t afraid to switch things up! So, we then watch as the deceased woman’s husband is killed by a faceless assailant immediately after he finishes the job. This new killer then drags the murdering son, Fillipo, out to the bay that their home sits upon, leaving the police to find a forged suicide note that tries to explain the elderly woman’s death. Meanwhile, Fillipo’s body is not found during the investigation. Our film then skips forward in time and we meet four young teens who are hoping to spend their weekend partying by the bay, unfortunately they are instead hunted down and murdered one by one. In a very violent sequence of events that are not foreshadowed in great detail, the movie dispatches all four of the teens as they become part of the bodycount building up around this bay. We then meet real estate agent Frank and his wife Laura who are interested in some property by the bay, and as the film unfurls, through them we will witness why all of this undue carnage has been taking place.

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Tai Chi Hero

Posted by JoshSamford On July - 14 - 2013

Tai Chi Hero (2012)
Director: Stephen Fung
Writers: Chia-lu Chang, Kuo-fu Chen, and Hsiao-tse Cheng
Starring: Yuan Xiaochao, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Angelababy, and Eddie Pang

The Plot: Yang Lu Chan (Yuan Xiaochao), the protagonist from Tai Chi Zero, is back once again as he continues with his goal of learning the elusive Chen-style kung fu. After the events of the first movie, Lu Chan is in the process of marrying Yu Niang (Angelababy), but before the ceremony ends, a stranger from the past appears. Zai Yang (Feng Shaofeng) is a former member of the village who was once forced out by Master Chen Chang Xing (Tony Leung Ka Fai). Upon his return, he shows off a tremendous amount of physical prowess and a new understanding of kung fu. Zai Yang reminds the village of the ancient prophecy that told of the dangers that would befall Chen village if it were to teach any outsider their martial art. This puts Lu Chan right back to his starting point. Meanwhile, Zi Jing (Eddie Peng) finds himself recuperating from his defeat within the first film. Yet, his business partner Duke Fleming (Peter Stormare) refuses to let Zi Jing take a break from his battles, and instead helps lift him up in order to continue in his war against Chen village. So, Lu Chan must find someone in the village willing to teach him Chen-style kung fu, while also defending the village from these deadly external forces.

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Fairy in a Cage

Posted by JoshSamford On July - 5 - 2013

Fairy in a Cage (1977)
Director: Koyu Ohara
Writers: Oniroku Dan and Seiji Matsuoka
Starring: Naomi Tani, Hirokazu Inoue, and Rei Okamoto

The Plot: Fairy in a Cage takes place during the heightened period that came near the end of the second World War. Kimiko Shimishiza (Naomi Tani) is a very pretty housewife who is married to a famous jeweler within Japan. Perhaps feeling that his time in power is soon to be over, or simply overdosing on this power, Judge Murayama has taken his position as chief of the secret police to some very deranged levels. Murayama is a sadist and gets off on torturing women, and when he sees Kimiko – he can not help himself. He searches for any potential reason to imprison the young homemaker. Eventually, he does find a link between Kimiko and a student who has produced anti-government propaganda, and faster than you can say “misogyny,” Judge Murayama has Kimiko stripped nude and hanging upside down in his basement. What follows is a degrading trip into psychosis. Kimiko’s only hope for survival is the end of the war, or a break in rank within this tight-knit family of military leaders.

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