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Archive for August, 2007

Isabella (2 Disc Edition) (Mega Star HK)

by Gary Cheah

DVD Information
Screen format :Anamorphic Widescreen / 4:3 (bonus)
Region : NTSC / Region ALL
Running Time : 109 minutes / 71 mins (bonus)
Subtitles : Chinese and English, Chinese (for Making of)
Audio : DD 5.1, DD 2.0 and DTS

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Iron Monkey (Hong Kong Legends)

by Martin Cleary

DVD Info
Hong Kong Legends Release
Content : One Disc
Format : Letterbox
Languages: Cantonese, English
Audio: Stereo, 5.1
Subtitles: English, Danish
Region: 2 + 4

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Iron Monkey (HK 1993)

Director : Yuen Woo-Ping
Producer : Tsui Hark
Action Choreography : Yuen Woo-Ping
Cast :  Donnie Yen, Yu Rong Guang, James Wong, Tsang Tze-Man, Jean Wang

Synopsis
When a mysterious figure starts stealing from the rich and giving to the poor in a small town, the corrupt governor decides to hunt him down. Anyone suspected of being the Iron Monkey is jailed (or worse). Wong Kay-Ying (Donnie Yen) and his son, Wong Fei-Hung, arrive in town and – after getting into a fight – they are arrested under suspicion of being the Iron Monkey. The governor recognises Wong Kay-Yings fighting skills and keeps his son locked up unless he agrees to try to capture the outlaw.

Review
by Martin Cleary

Iron Monkey is a classic film. It’s one of those films which has just the right mix of good story, nice sense of humour, great performances, and – of course – loads of brilliant action scenes.
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Into The Mirror (KOREA 2003)

Director : Kim Sung-Ho
Producer : Kim Eun-Yung
Screenplay : Kim Sung-Ho
Cast : Yoo Ji-Tae, Kim Myung-Min, Kim Hye-Na

Synopsis
Wu Young-Min is the head of security at a shopping mall which is about to reopen after a terrible fire. As an ex-cop, Young-Min is haunted by the tragic event which resulted in his decision to leave the police force. When a young woman is found dead inside the mall and the investigative team arrives to look into the murder, Young-Min finds that he knows the lead detective on the case – Ha Hyun-Su. Young-Min wants to leave the police to their job of finding out what happened to the girl but finds himself being pulled into the case – especially when another dead body is found in the mall.

Review
by Martin Cleary

Into The Mirror is one of those films that fans of J-Horror should enjoy, it has some interesting ideas hidden within its average plotline. The style of film is familiar: an ex-cop who is haunted by his past is forced to confront his fears. Throw into the mix some creepy murders, an ex-college who dislikes him and a friend who just so happens to be a psychologist (what a coincidence!) and you sort of know what type of film this will be from the beginning.

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Initial D (HK 2005)

Director : Andrew Lau Wai Keung, Alan Mak Siu Fai
Cast : Jay Chou, Anne Suzuki, Edison Chan, Jordan Chan,
Anthony Wong, Shawn Yue, Kenny Bee, Chapman To

Synopsis
It’s a story about the fastest street racer of Mt Akina. Takumi, a delivery boy; Ryousuke, an engineer of speed; and Kyouichi, a professional racer: the three of them become duelists of drifts. For five years, 18-year-old Takumi has been delivering tofu in his father’s obsolescent Toyota AE86 every morning. Not only has he become a good racer, but he has also unwittingly perfected the art of drifting. He was never an aficionado of hill racing until he is asked by his father to drive his AE86 in a David and Goliath race against Night Kids’ EVO IV. A glorious but unexpected victory awakens the competitive genes in his blood, while his overnight fame inevitably leads to hellraising races one after another, each one more perilous and exciting than the previous one.

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Based on the popular Initial D anime, here comes the live-real-action Initial D movie. Directed by the award-winning directors (Infernal Affairs), Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. Star-studded with young talented actors/actresses, Initial D is arguably one of the best movies in 2005! It may not be an Initial D fan’s favorite movie because some elements has be altered. For example, the missing character of Keisuke Takahashi and the changes on Itsuki’s character. Besides this, some Initial D’s fans thinks the movie is kinda rush because it contains scenes from the anime Stage 1 to 3. From the ending, we know that it may have a sequel to this movie. But overall, i think its an enjoyable movie for all Asian movie fans and Initial D fans.

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