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Saving General Yang

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 23 - 2013

Saving General Yang (2013)
Director: Ronnie Yu
Writers: Edmond Wong, Liu Shijia, and Ronny Yu
Starring: Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Vic Zhou, Wu Chunm, and Raymond Lam



The Plot: Our film begins with a brief lovestory unfurling between Yang Yansi, the sixth of seven sons within the prestigious Yang family, and the lovely Princess Chai. Yansi wants to pursue his love and earn Princess Chai’s hand in marriage via a local martial arts competition. Unfortunately, this contest is a sham, and the winner has already been predetermined. When Yansi’s younger brother steps in during the contest and accidentally kills the man who was SUPPOSED to take Chai as his wife, the entire Yang family is expected to fall. Their father, a powerful politician, is demoted back to a general at the frontlines of the war. This means the senior Yang must head off to the front in a battle with the invading Kithan army. While General Yang is a genius when it comes to warfare, he is unfortunately marched right into a trap, and the majority of his men are slaughtered. Yang is backed into a mountain where he and his men await further support. Unfortunately, that support will not be coming, and the only people he can depend on are his own seven sons who must suit up and head off for battle.


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18 Fatal Strikes

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 20 - 2013

18 Fatal Strikes (1978)
Director: Chan Yeung Jing
Writers: Chih-hung Hsieh and Sung Pe Liu
Starring: Wei Tung, Dean Shek, Wen Chiang-lung, and Lung Sze-Ma



The Plot: 18 Fatal Strikes takes place during the Qing dynasty. The film opens with Wong Wu Ti (Lung Sze-Ma) showcasing his Shaking Eagle Claw style (which has him making noises that sound like that of a cat) against a Shaolin Abbot named Wan Hung. Wan Hung is a rebel against the Manchu, and it seems that he may face certain death when up against Wong Wu Ti – but he manages to escape at the last minute. He is found and taken care of by two silly farmers, played by Wei Tung and Dean Shek, but when Wong Wu Ti comes looking for the Abbot, great peril waits for all involved.


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Seven Steps of Kung Fu

Posted by Josh Samford 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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Drug War

Posted by Josh Samford 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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Dracula

Posted by Josh Samford 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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