Browsing the archives for the Martial Arts tag

Belly of the Beast (2003)

Country: Canada / Hong Kong / United Kingdom Director: Ching Siu Tung Starring: Steven Seagal, Byron Mann, Tom Wu, Sara Malukul, Patrick Robinson, Monica Lo, Vincent Riotta, Elioh Macqueen Music: Mark Sayer Wade Steven Seagal is too old for this shit. Seagal, never the most animated actor, looks tired and bored throughout this picture. The […]

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Into The Sun (2005)

Country: United States Director: mink Starring: Steven Seagal, Matthew David, Takao Osawa, Eddie George, William Atherton, Juliette Marquis Music: Stanley Clarke Into The Sun, is another gratuitously violent spy thriller from martial artist Steven Seagal. What small enjoyment that comes from this picture is derived from the depiction of Japanese culture, particularly underworld culture. But […]

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Half Past Dead (2002)

Country: United States Director: Don Michael Paul Starring: Steven Seagal, Morris Chestnut, Ja Rule, Nia Peeples, Tony Plana, Claudia Christian, Linda Thorson, Kurupt Music: Tyler Bates Half Past Dead is a spy action film for generation Y or Z. In some ways it may not seem like a spy film at all, but Steven Seagal’s […]

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Black Dawn (2005)

Country: United States Director: Alexander Gruszynski Starring: Steven Seagal, Tamara Davis, Timothy Carhart, John Pyper Ferguson, Julian Stone, Nicolas Davidoff, David St James Music: David and Eric Wurst AKA: The Foreigner: Black Dawn and Foreigner 2 I know Steven Seagal is not known for his emoting on screen, and as such most of his characters […]

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Avenging Force (1986)

Country: United States Director: Sam Firstenberg Starring: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, John P. Ryan Writer: James Booth Music: George S. Clinton Every film lover has guilty pleasure films. Mine are a bit more embarrassing than most – and Avenging Force is an embarrassment even for a person who has a selection of regular embarrassing films […]

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Karamurat Seyh Gaffara Karsi

Country: Turkey / Italy Director: Natuk Baytan, Ernst Hofbauer (Herb Al Baurr) Starring: Cüneyt (George) Arkin, Daniela Giordano, Pasquale Basile Music: Piero Picconi Karamurat Seyh Gaffara Karsi, a Turkish Italian co production, is an Arabian Nights style swashbuckler with a healthy dose of Kung-Fu thrown in for good measure. It starts with Mamaluth, a Khan […]

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The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

Country: Hong Kong AKA: 36th Chamber, Disciples of Master Killer, The Master Killer, Shaolin Master Killer, The Thirty-sixth Chamber Director: Chia-Liang Liu Writer: Kuang Ni Starring: Chia Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu Music: Yung-Yu Chen Producers: Mona Fong, Chia-Hsi Huang, Run Run Shaw Fight Instructor: Chia-Liang Liu There’s a scene towards […]

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Operation Pink Squad II

Teleport City is celebrating Halloween by dedicating the month of October to Asian horror films, and my contribution is a review of the Hong Kong ghost, kung-fu, comedy farce, police story type movie Operation Pink Squad II. Why not slither on over and check it out?? Here’s a snippet: Once Operation Pink Squad II enters […]

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The Karate Kid (2010)

Country: United States / China Director: Harald Zwart Starring: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han, Rongguang Yu, Zhenwei Wang Music: James Horner I hate to admit it, but I am of that generation where the saying ‘wax on, wax off’ has a profound philosophical meaning to me. Yes I grew up watching […]

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Code of Silence (1985)

Director: Andrew Davis Starring: Chuck Norris, Henry Silva, Bert Remsen, Molly Hagen, Dennis Farina Music: David Michael Frank If you pick up a copy of Leonard Maltin’s Film Guide, and look up Code of Silence, you’ll see a picture of me staring back at you! No, not really – I have always just wanted to […]

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