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Drug War (2012)

According to the Internet Movie Database, Drug War is the 54th movie directed by Johnnie To (born 1955), his most well-known titles – and also the only ones I have seen, as far as I remember - probably being The Heroic Trio (1993) and…

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)

Wow. If you are at all interested in mythologically based fantasy, with plenty of magic, demons, comedy, romance, kung fu and senses-shattering special effects of the highest magnitude, you quite simply gotta see this movie. It is cute and…

Red Nights (2009)

With a mix of nationalities both behind the scenes and onscreen, Red Nights is a strange mix of styles and elements (some giallo moments, a bit of Guinea Pig nastiness, some scenes reminiscent of the work of Jee-woon Kim, the cool and…

The Eye (2002)

A movie that saw a lot of praise heaped upon its directors (The Pang brothers), The Eye was released at just the right time to catch the first crest of the modern Asian horror movie wave. Yes, our friends in the East had always been…

Double Impact (1991)

Double Impact is quite probably the most Jean Claude Van Damme film ever made. First off he co-produced the movie, co-wrote the screenplay (such as it is) and starred in the two leading roles. On top of this however, the whole film is…

Fire of Conscience (2010)

Something I often see as a problem with Asian action dramas, which presumably are striving for some degree of realism, is that their idea of characterization and excitement can be summed up as “extreme personal tragedy”. Have you seen…

The Stool Pigeon (2010)

In the 1990s, Hong Kong action movies (the serious ones, anyway) were often about hitmen. There seemed to be a morbid fascination; a romanticizing, even an idealization, of the hitman among action-craving audiences in Asia. I suppose it…