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THE DRAGON MISSILE, OR THERE AND BACK AGAIN: A VILLAIN’S TALE

By Matt L. Reifschneider of Blood Brothers Film Reviews === In terms of Shaw Brothers films, The Dragon Missile is about as straightforward as it gets and, for better or worse, it doesn’t necessarily strike out as particularly top notch in any of the genre categories. Even the biggest gimmick...

KEMBUCHI AND THE ART OF CONQUEST: A TRIBUTE TO FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS’ BIG BAD

By Kim August In 1982, director Chang Cheh unleashed one of his greatest examples of super-heroic mayhem with Five Elements Ninjas. Calling back to a favorite theme of China vs. Japan, this no-holds-barred example of Peking Opera acrobatics and traditional Japanese ninjutsu remains a fan favorite...

Review of RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36TH CHAMBER

By Matt L. Reifschneider Blood Brothers Film Reviews === The scene was much more electric than I could have imagined. People were spilling out of the front of the Paramount Theater, just off of one of the iconic pieces of downtown Denver that is 16th Street, and the energy...

THE PROUD YOUTH: REVIEW BY BRENDAN DAVIS

“Living isn’t that important, but drinking is.”   The Proud Youth is director Sun Chung’s take on Jin Yong’s The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. This is a movie I was half expecting not to like. The source material is long, with lots of characters, and an hour and...

What Price Honesty? Review By Brendan Davis

In many movies, heroes may suffer, but joining them on their journey is easy. In What Price Honesty?, the director, Patrick Yuen Ho-Chuen, paints a bleak moral world that forces the viewer to ask themselves just how far along the hero’s path they’d be willing...

David Chiang steals money and your heart in The Wandering Swordsman

“I don’t feel like messing around with you. Please excuse me!” In this Robin Hood style early Chang Cheh wuxia, none of our heroes are who they seem to be. Lily Li’s Miss Jiang is not quite the damsel in distress she seems-despite her crying- Miss...

RIVALS OF KUNG FU Article By SILVER EMULSION REVIEWS

Rivals of Kung Fu was released in 1974, but because of the way it focuses on story over action, it feels like it could have been made a few years earlier. It is a cause-and-effect story that slowly moves forward on small details and slight...