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Saving General Yang

Posted by JoshSamford 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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Back to 1942

Posted by JoshSamford On May - 30 - 2013

Back to 1942 (2012)
Director: Feng Xiaogang
Writers: Liu Zhenyun
Starring: Zhang Guoli, Chen Daoming, Li Xuejian, Tim Robbins, and Adrien Brody

The Plot: Back to 1942 details a broad overview of the Chinese famine of 1942 that devastated the province of Henan. Our story begins when the famine is only first starting to take hold. We are introduced to Master Fan (Zhang Guoli), a wealthy landlord who seems as if he will have the least amount of trouble with the famine. However, things are turned upside down for Fan when his village is robbed by a wandering group of bandits. After this, he and his family begin a long and dangerous walk to find food and shelter. As they wander, with the aggressive Japanese on one side and the indifferent Chinese on the other, they go on a journey that will test the very limits of their humanity. While this famine destroys everything around them, American journalist Theodore H. White (Adrien Brody) shows up to investigate these happenings. What he finds leaves him shaken to the core. He goes back to the Chinese leaders, who have tried to ignore Henan in order to avoid having to disburse rations, and eventually forces them to do something. However, the officials in China are far too corrupt to do the right thing, and unfortunately those who survive this famine will do so on their own.

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Angel Guts: Red Classroom

Posted by JoshSamford On March - 13 - 2013

Angel Guts: Red Classroom (1979)
Director: Chūsei Sone
Writers: Takashi Ishii
Starring: Yūki Mizuhara, Keizo Kanie, and Jun Aki

The Plot: Muraki (Keizo Kanie) is a playboy pornographer who finds himself living a rather monotonous life. One night, Muraki finds himself watching a pornographic film in a makeshift theater with several other gents. As sleazy as the situation may be, Muraki is shocked by what he sees onscreen. In a mock-rape scenario, he sees a beautiful young woman who immediately takes up permanent residence within his mind. Muraki is unable to forget this beautiful young girl and he sets out on a mission to track her down. He asks around about her but comes up with nothing. As he tries to continue on with his life, fate throws Muraki a curveball. The beautiful girl just so happens to work as an attendant at a love-motel where he has scheduled a photography session. When he meets the girl, Nami (Yuki Mizuhara), it turns out that she is far different than he expected. The mock-rape he had seen onscreen was not “mock” at all, Nami explains, but another of her rough encounters with the opposite sex. Nami is a confused young woman and Muraki wants to help her, but is there a happy ending waiting in line for these two?

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Angel Guts: High School Co-Ed

Posted by JoshSamford On February - 25 - 2013

Angel Guts: High School Co-Ed (1978)
Director: Chusei Sone
Writers: Toshiharu Ikeda, Takashi Ishii, and Ryuusaku Shinsui
Starring: Tatsuma Higuchi, Kenji Kasai, Megu Kawashima, and Machiko Ohtani

The Plot: Angel Guts: High School Co-Ed follows around a trio of bikers led by a rough and tumble young man named Kawashima. The gang is notorious for their brutal ways, and on average their day consists of attempted murder, rape, and whatever other foul deeds they manage to come up with. However, things begin to go awry for the group whenever Kawashima begins to develop a conscience. Between his little sister Megu, who is beginning to enter into adulthood, and his developing feelings for the group’s latest victim, a girl named Nami, Kawashima is actually beginning to leave behind his sociopathic ways. However, his partners aren’t feeling the exact same way – and a brutal conflict is stirring on the streets. Can Kawashima simply drop his former lifestyle, or will he pay for all of his wrongdoings?

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Avenging Eagle, The

Posted by JoshSamford On December - 4 - 2012

The Avenging Eagle (1978)
Director: Sun Chung
Writers: Ni Kuang
Starring: Ti Lung, Alexander Fu Sheng, Ku Feng, Wang Lung Wei, and Eddy Ko

The Plot: Chik Ming-sing (Ti Lung) is a man roaming across the desert while trying to run from his past. When he ends up falling to the ground and is unable to continue, it seems certain that he will die from heat exhaustion. When all seems lost, a good Samaritan pops up to help him out. Cheuk Yi-fan (Alexander Fu Sheng, who does not reveal his name this early in the movie) stops to help the man, but Chik Ming-sing steals the Samaritan’s horse and makes haste across the desert. When the two men meet again, the ill-tempered Ming-sing ultimately offers his hand in friendship to Yi-fan. You see, Ming-sing is a wanted man. His former clan, the Thirteen Eagles, have sworn vengeance against him for rebelling against their evil ways. The Thirteen Eagles turned Ming-sing into a good-hearted man when they turned their violent path towards a young woman who had nursed Ming-sing back to health. So, in present times, Ming-sing is now on the run from the Thirteen Eagles that make up The Iron Boat Gang. Strangely enough, Yi-fan quickly swears his allegiance to the cause of destroying this evil “Iron Boat” clan. Yet, it seems that Yi-fan may in fact have his own reasons for searching out the Iron Boat Gang.

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