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CSB talks with Grady Hendrix about this week’s 9th Old School Kung Fu Festival in NYC, featuring the films of Joseph Kuo

Grady Hendrix has made a name for himself in the last decade as an author, with books like Paperbacks from Hell, Horrorstör, and My Best Friend’s Exorcism. But Asian film aficionados know him as part of the Subway Cinema team … Continue reading

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Review: The Imp (Hong Kong 1981)

Security guard Keung (Charlie Chin) and his pregnant wife end up with a bit of a Devil Fetus situation after he gets a job in the absolute wrong building. The Imp has all the craziness I associate with HK horror … Continue reading

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Review: Full Moon Scimitar (Hong Kong 1979)

I was not expecting this to start with an actual ballad about the titular scimitar that lays out the story. Sample lyrics “The full moon, the smooth scimitar, The moon knows my heart’s desire. The scimitar would join two loving hearts.” … Continue reading

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Review: The White Storm 2: Drug Lords – NYAFF 2019

This is some classic Hong Kong bullshit right here. I saw the original White Storm a while back, but I’m pretty sure this has nothing to do with it. Instead, Herman Yau sets up a wild grudge match between former … Continue reading

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Review: The Big Call (China/HK 2017) – NYAFF 2018

The Big Call, the latest from Oxide Pang, is so hilariously overwrought (even by Hong Kong standards) for its subject matter that I spent most of the first half of the movie convinced it was a sly parody.  No such … Continue reading

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Chang Cheh at the Quad Cinema in NYC

The Quad Cinema in New York will be continuing its Chang Cheh retrospective – “Vengeance Is His: Chang Cheh’s Martial Lore” – over Memorial Weekend.  There are still lots of great films to see, including the stone cold classic Five … Continue reading

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Review: The Avenging Eagle AKA: Long xie shi san ying; Cold Blooded Eagles (Hong Kong 1978)

Avenging Eagle is solid old school kung fu from the Shaw Brothers. It’s no pinnacle of the genre – there really isn’t that much to distinguish it from most Shaw martial arts films – but a good cast, baroque weaponry, … Continue reading

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Review: Face Behind the Mask (Hong Kong 1974)

Chen Chi-hwa’s Face Behind the Mask is a solid piece of wu xia entertainment. It’s not revolutionary, and it really doesn’t do anything that hasn’t been done before. However, all the elements come together nicely to create a quick-paced piece … Continue reading

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Review: Reign of Assassins aka Jian Yu (Taiwan/China/Hong Kong 2010)

Reign of Assassins is one of the best wu xia films of the past decade, marrying old school pleasures with comic book aesthetics and inventive action instead of relying on the grim seriousness mandated by the Hero model. Characterization is … Continue reading

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NYAFF 2017: Interview with Director Alan Lo and Actress Carrie Ng about Zombiology

Alan Lo’s first film, Zombiology:  Enjoy Yourself Tonight (Hong Kong 2017), starring Carrie Ng (Naked Killer), Alex Man (Rouge), Michael Ning (Port of Call), and Louis Cheung (Ip Man 3), opened July 18 as part of the 16th New York … Continue reading

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