So Close with Shu Qi

So Close

This is a Hong Kong action film about two sisters who assassinate people and are generally bad ass (if you’re 13), despite constantly being dressed in white. Shu Qi plays Lynn, the main matrix style hero of the movie.  She steps into a major complex by tricking them into thinking she saved their ‘bullet proof’… Keep Reading

Shanghai Noon with Jackie Chan

Shanghai Noon

This is the tale of Roy and the Shanghai Kid from back in the 1880’s, in an East meets West style of film reminiscent of the Kung Fu TV Series – only much, much funnier! Ok, so Jackie Chan plays ‘The Shanghai Kid’, whose real name is Chon Wang (which sounds an awful lot like… Keep Reading

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate with Jet Li

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Flyign Swords of Dragon Gate is a remake of the original 1966 classic Dragon Gate Inn starring Jet Li.  This particular take on the film expands and creates a larger, more visually stunning universe. The nation is being policed by the East and West Bureas whilst the Emperor’s eunuch’s seem have attained a lot of… Keep Reading

Raging Phoenix with Yanin Jeeja

Raging Phoenix

This serving of Thailand action has a cool style to it and once again shows off the awesome skills of Yanin Jeeja, the female martial arts actor from Chocolate! Jeeja played Deu, a young girl in Thailand with some attitude.  She’s in a metal band and during one of their perfomances finds her boyfriend with… Keep Reading

Rush Hour with Jackie Chan

Chris Tucker and Chan

Rush Hour is one of the movies which helped solidify Jackie Chan’s fame in the US and English speaking countries by introducing a Hong Kong action hero into an American environment, playing on the the contrast between both main characters – Lee played by Jackie Chan and Carter, played by Chris Tucker. It all starts… Keep Reading

Versus

Versus

Versus is one pretty unique concept for a martial arts film.  Basically it’s like a supernatural Zombie vs Yakuza style action flick that takes place in the woods. So yeah,  it’s a little different. So the introduction lets us know that are 666 portals (nice coincidental number) on earth that connect this world to the… Keep Reading

The Chronicles of Riddick

Chronicles of Riddick

This is another addition to the list which leans more toward ‘general action’ or ‘science fiction’ more so than’martial arts movie’.  But as with the other cases I’ll review it anyway This movie revolves around Vin Diesel’s character ‘Riddick’, following the events of Pitch Black.  Bounty Hunters are on the look out for Riddick and… Keep Reading

Shadowless Sword

Sword fighting

Shadowless Sword is Korean movie featuring some nice sword work and a cool story about a girl who must protect the only remaining prince of a royal family from assassination. It takes place in 926AD when all but the last Prince of the Balhae Kingdom have been assassinated to give power to a new king.… Keep Reading

Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

Miyamoto's strategy

This film is a classic from the 50’s which tells the story of the famous and most revered swordsman in martial arts history: Miyamoto Musashi. This film is the third in the series and tells the audience about his most significant fight, the historic duel between Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro, a powerful swordsman and ronin.… Keep Reading

Michael Jai White vs Scott Adkins (Chambers vs Boyka)

Boyka played by Scott Adkins

Video time again – this time its the movie that brought Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins to the attention of martial arts fans. The amazing fights between Boyka  and Chambers are among some of my personal favorites with the movie itself being an absolute classic.  This fight is the first between Chambers and Boyka and… Keep Reading

Tekken: Blood Vengeance

Tekken Blood Vengeance

If you’re around my age, you no doubt would have heard of played a bit of Tekken as a teenager! The different fighting styles and cool character design will always stick with me, so naturally when I heard of Tekken: Blood Vengeance, and saw how close it looked to the game I had to watch… Keep Reading