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Hero

June 18, 2005

 Hero

Known more for his period dramas, Raise the Red Lantern (1991) and The Story of Qiu Ju (1992), director Zhang Yimou decided to fulfill a life-long ambition of making a swordsmen epic with Hero (2002). Despite garnering huge box office returns all over... 

Shaolin Soccer

December 10, 2004

 Shaolin Soccer

After three years of sitting on Shaolin Soccer (2001), Miramax has finally released the movie to a quick theatrical run before dumping it onto DVD. I guess we should be thankful that they’ve offered fans a subtitled version as well as a dubbed one.... 

Enter the Dragon: Special Edition

February 17, 2004

 Enter the Dragon: Special Edition

When Enter the Dragon came out in 1973, it established Bruce Lee as a box office star in the United States. He was already a sensation in the rest of the world, but it was this U.S./Chinese co-production that transformed him into a pop culture phenomenon.... 

The Matrix Revisited

December 23, 2003

 The Matrix Revisited

In an attempt to satiate fans of The Matrix until the sequels arrive in theatres, the powers that be assembled a two-hour documentary and released it on DVD. The Matrix Revisited is much more than one long commercial for The Matrix movies. It is a fascinating,... 

The Matrix

December 5, 2003

 The Matrix

“George (Lucas) never saw this (phantom) menace coming” was the quote used in one publication to herald the theatrical release of the Wachowski Brothers’ The Matrix. A film that redefines the action genre and brings science fiction to the mass market.... 

The Karate Kid Trilogy

August 10, 2003

 The Karate Kid Trilogy

It is with a skip and a smile that I delve once again into a decade from which I never left and pay tribute to a series of films so fiendishly Eighties that their very mention brings back memories of headbands and Duran Duran. Ok, I don’t know where... 

The One

June 25, 2003

 The One

Daz settles down to watch a film where people battle it out with each other with the winner absorbing the other’s power, and the line ‘There can be only one’ is uttered. That’s right, it’s Jet Li in ‘The One’.... 

Kill Bill volume 1

October 21, 2002

 Kill Bill volume 1

If Jackie Brown (1997) was Quentin Tarantino’s affectionate homage to ’70s Blaxploitation films, then Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003) is his unabashed love letter to martial arts and Yakuza films from the same decade. The opening credits that feature... 

Kill Bill: Volume 1

December 7, 2001

 Kill Bill: Volume 1

It’s been a long time coming (six years to be exact) but celebrated auteur of all things pop culture Quentin Tarantino is back with this dazzling first part of a revenge tale that blends together nearly every genre he’s waxed lyrical about... 

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