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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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Four, The

Posted by JoshSamford On May - 6 - 2013

The Four (2012)
Director: Gordon Chan and Janet Chun
Writers: Gordon Chan, Maria Wong, and Frankie Tam
Starring: Deng Chao, Liu Yifei, Collin Chou, Anthony Wong

The Plot: The Four is a period tale that focuses on a town that is being threatened by counterfeit money. There are two units that are initially tasked with finding the culprits behind this illegal operation. The two groups, The Divine Constabulary and Department Six, are completely different from one another in every way. Department Six is a very covert unit that works within the shadows and they are much more in tune with the general bureaucracy found in government. The Divine Constabulary, however, is much more ethical in general. This group is very special, and not just because they have a nice sense of social ethics, but all members seem to have mastered their martial art to such a degree that they now harness supernatural powers. Reading minds and shooting projectiles are simply everyday activities within the Divine Constabulary clubhouse. Lengxue (Deng Chao) is a member of Department Six, but he is asked by their leader to go undercover within the Divine Constabulary. After a very public firing, Lengxue is eventually welcomed into The Divine Constabulary, and he befriends all who are involved. As you have maybe guessed, he will have a very difficult decision to make in the near future (which side will he choose!?), but along the way he must help take down this counterfeiting operation and bring justice to those who would fight against it.

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Tai Chi Zero

Posted by JoshSamford On January - 10 - 2013

Tai Chi Zero (2012)
Director: Stephen Fung
Writers: Stephen Fung
Starring: Yuan Xiaochao, Eddie Peng, Angelababy, Shu Qi, Feng Shaofeng, and Tony Leung Ka-Fai

The Plot: Lu Chan “The Freak” (played by Yuan Xiaochao) was born with a “horn” feature on his head that is known in martial art circles as “Three Blossoms on the Crown.” This growth acts as a “button” that, when pushed, instantly makes Lu Chan into a much stronger fighter. After being taken away from his parents as a child, Lu Chan was taught martial arts and eventually joined a rather violent cult of martial artists. Under the rule of this clan he was taught a very brutal and fierce style of martial arts that helped to deplete most of his internal energy. If Lu Chan is to survive, he is told by the local medic that he needs to learn “internal kung fu.” When the rest of his clan are murdered, Lu Chan decides that this is the perfect time to head out on his journey in order to learn this new style of kung fu. When he arrives at a distant mountain village that is well known for its Tai Chi, he finds that no one is willing to help him learn their art. So, being very hard to dissuade, Lu Chan sticks around begging for help. While Lu Chan sleeps on the streets, we see a great deal of drama unfolding within the village. Fang Zijing (Eddie Peng) is a young man returning to the place that he considers home. Fang, however, will always be considered an “outsider” within this village due to his ancestry, and thus he was never able to learn the martial arts of this village. Instead, he decided to seek out the wonders of technology! Unbeknownst to the village, or even Fang’s love interest Chen Yunia (Angelababy), Fang is here to try and persuade the villagers to find a new place to live so that his Western friends can direct train tracks right through the village. As one could expect, this plan won’t exactly appease the community within this small village.

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Crime Story

Posted by JoshSamford On December - 26 - 2012

Crime Story (1993)
Director: Kirk Wong
Writers: Teddy Chan and Cheung Chi-sing
Starring: Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Ken Lo, Law Kar-ying, and Blackie Ko

The Plot: Inspector Eddie Chan (Jackie Chan) is a dedicated cop who happens to be going through a very rough period. Recently, he has been feeling the psychological effects of one particularly violent altercation that saw him shooting several men in self-defense. Life goes on for Chan, however, as he simply speaks with a psychiatrist on a regular basis while still hitting the streets and doing his job. He is ultimately assigned a case that seems as if it should be a walk in the park, look after a rich businessman that feels as if he is being stalked. It seems like a cut and dry case of paranoia without much of a foundation, but it turns out that the businessman wasn’t far off the mark. While Eddie investigates the situation, the businessman is kidnapped right out from underneath him. This leads Chan on a desperate search within the underworld to find the men responsible for this abduction, but unknown to Chan, one of the main culprits behind this horrible situation is a fellow detective played by Kent Cheng. Will Chan be able to fight the villains that are on the street as well as the ones hiding within his own precinct?

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In the Line of Duty 3

Posted by JoshSamford On December - 25 - 2012

In the Line of Duty 3 (1988)
Director: Arthur Wong and Brandy Yuen
Writers: Chan Kiu-Ying
Starring: Cynthia Khan, Hiroshi Fujioka, Michiko Nishiwaki, Stuart Ong, and Paul Chun

The Plot: Officer Yeung (Cynthia Khan) is a member of the police force who is unfortunately feeling the sting of sexism within her workplace. Despite the fact that she is one of the most qualified members of the force, her chief tries his best to hold her back from being a true asset to the Hong Kong police department. Across the water, within Japan, a danger is brewing that will eventually find Yeung working on a case that will not be denied. Jewelry thieves Nakamura (Stuart Ong) and Michiko (Michiko Nishikawa) pull off a huge robbery at a very public event, and during the getaway they wound officer Fujioka (Hiroshi Fujioka) and ultimately kill his partner. This gives Fujioka a personal vendetta against these criminals, and he soon heads to Hong Kong where the duo are supposed to be hiding. Soon thereafter, he bumps into officer Yeung and they inevitably join forces in order to track down these murderous thieves. Will they succeed? And will the “law” actually allow them to be successful?

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