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Tuesday, 16 March 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Ninja Assassin (2009) It's been awhile since I've indulged in a martial arts, action flick.  While "Ninja Assassin" is not perfect by any means, it may surprise you.  While it certainly won't be for everyone, it is strong for what it is.  There is some surprisingly good acting and the martial arts sequences are better than usual. I'll have to criticize the film for the gore, but thankfully it doesn't take center stage as in other films.  When the film opened I thought I was going to shut this film off early, but it progressed nicely. The plot is nothing elaborate and moves at a rather slow pace.  However, the action sequences get the film moving along.  Raizo, played by pop star Rain, is a lethal killing machine.  He was raised by a Japanese clan, which turned orphans into assassins.  The clans have been hired ...
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Monday, 08 February 2010 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning (2008) In 2003, "Ong Bak" gained a cult following.  Pirated copies spread around university campuses worldwide.  Word spread and the film's martial arts sequences were touted as the next level in filmmaking.  Tony Jaa has made a name for himself with his agility and stunts.  He is quickly becoming a name to be compared against Jackie Chan and Jet Li.  He could easily go mainstream. As it stands, what made "Ong Bak" so popular was the fact that there was no CGI or wire work in the film.  Audiences were astounded at this fact.  In a world where martial stunts are all performed using stunt doubles and wires, the film was a real refresher. "Ong Bak 2: The Beginning" is a prequel to the 2003 film.  While the original was extremely low budget and looks even worse on the Blu-ray format, the sequel, ...
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Thursday, 17 September 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Iron Monkey (1993) "Iron Monkey" is another Buena Vista release that is presented by Quentin Tarantino.  Bringing this film to American release is genius.  This is a great martial arts film in terms of choreography.  This martial arts film is based on thievery and enslavement.  I found this film to be better than most critics have pronounced.  It has all the elements of enjoyment. "Iron Monkey," from 1993 not to be confused with the film of the same name from 1977, has a simplistic story that has convincing performances despite the dubbed audio track.  The Iron Monkey is a martial artist that is like the Robin Hood of China.  He steals from the rich and gives to the poor.  Trying to escape evil tyrants in the countryside, peasants travel to the city to look for justice.  Unfortunately, they are might with enslavement work conditions ...
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Tuesday, 15 September 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Hero (Special Edition) (2002) "Hero" is another martial arts film being released by Buena Vista as part of the Ultimate Force of Four Collection.  Two of the four films are presented in the United States by Quentin Tarantino.  "Hero" is one, and the other is "Iron Monkey."  Many film critics hold "Hero" in high regard.  However, there is a big line between enjoyment for film critics and enjoyment for filmgoers. The film stars Jet Li as a master swordsman.  Jet Li is better known for some of his American movies such as "Lethal Weapon 4" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor."  However, Tarantino felt the need to present this foreign martial arts film to American audiences.  And most are glad that he did. The film came to the US in 2002 and was nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes.  Fans of martial arts films ...
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Monday, 14 September 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Legend of Drunken Master, The (1994) "The Legend of Drunken Master" is one of Jackie Chan's fans' favorites.  There is plenty of martial arts action in the film, but not much else.  Martial arts films are not known to have the most complex plots.  In fact, the films are usually based on honor, revenge or thievery.  This film just so happens to cover the thievery arena. In Hong Kong the film is better known as Jui Kuen II.  This 1994 film is an unofficial sequel to the Chan's 1978 film, Jui Kuen.  Wong Fei-Hung is the title character in each of the films, portrayed by Jackie Chan both times.  Chan is known for creating some of the most slapstick martial arts humor in the film industry.  Chan has acted in dozens upon dozens of martial arts films in Hong Kong.  In the early 80s Chan received parts ...
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