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Beautiful Boxer (THAI 1999)

Director : Ekachai Uekron
Cast : Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong, Nukkid Boonthong, Sitiporn Niyom, Kyoko Inoue and Keagan Kang.

Synopsis
Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol (Nong Toom), a Muaythai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. The movie chronicles her life from a young boy who likes to wear lipstick and wear flowers to her sensational career as kickboxer whose specialty is ancient Muaythai boxing moves which she can execute expertly with grace and finally her confrontation with her own sexuality which led to her sex change op.


Review
by Edward Tang

“He fights like a man so he can become a woman”

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Geochilmaru: The Showdown (KOREA 2005)

Director : Kim Jin-sung

Cast : Kim Dae-won, Kim Jin-myung, Kwon Min-ki, Seong Hong-il

Synopsis
A martial arts website hosts discussions on different aspects of fighting styles and techniques. Through the website a mysterious and legendary fighter called Geochilmaru invites eight martial arts masters to meet him for a competition. No-one has ever met Geochilmaru or even seen him before. The group drive up into a secluded mountain together where they are told that only one of them will face Geochilmaru and they must decide between them who this one person will be. They all agree that the best way to decide is to fight each other. The winner of each fight will takes the loser’s necklace and only the person who holds all of the eight necklaces will finally get to meet the mysterious host of the competition…

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H (KOREA 2002)

Director: Lee Jong-Hyuk
Producer: Oh Jeong-Wan
Cast : Ji Jin-Hee, Yum Jung-Ah, Jo Seung-Wu, Seong Ji-Ru, Lee Eol

Synopsis
The gruesome murders of three pregnant women bear a resemblance to murders committed by killer Shin Hyun. The only problem for the police is that at the time of the killings Shin was locked up in prison and so they fear that a copy-cat killer is loose. Detectives Kim and Kang are partnered up to solve the case. Due to a lack of evidence, the detectives have no choice but to go to the prison and talk to Shin to see what he knows about the killings….

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Hard Boiled (HK 1992)

Director : John Woo
Cast : Chow-Yun Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan, Philip Kwok, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang

Synopsis
A hard-boiled Hong Kong detective (Chow Yun-Fat) who lost his partner in a gunfight teams up with an undercover cop (Tony Leung) in a powerful mob to stop the mob smuggling guns and killing innocent people.

Review
by Edward Tang

I’d find it hard to believe that anybody who has heard of Asian cinema, has yet to give Hard Boiled a go. If you haven’t, you have no idea what the hell you are missing. This film is the best action film and easily the most rewatchable of all time. I have two major things that should be fulfilled by all films, first they should entertain me and second, I should be able to watch them more than once and still enjoy it. Hard Boiled is probably the greatest example of my scale, it hits the top on both categories. This film has some of the most impressive action sequences in any of film. Woo out did himself in my opinion, after producing US movies for 12 years now, he has only come close with Face/Off, but close is probably an understatement. Hard Boiled is truly entertainment if entertainment was based on a film. Chow-Yun Fat looking super f*ckin’ awesome with toothpick in mouth and berettas in both hands, you couldn’t ask for more in a film.

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Heroes of the East (HK 1978)

Director : Liu Chia-liang
Cast : Gordon Liu, Liu Chia-hui, Yasuaki Kurata, Yuka Mizumo

Synopsis
An arranged marriage between a proud Chinese man and a fiery Japanese woman leads to a variety of domestic squabbles, numerous cross-cultural misunderstandings, and a martial arts battle of epic proportions in Heroes of the East, an entertaining Shaw Brothers fightfest from master director Lau Kar Leung! Also known as Shaolin Challenges Ninja, this kung fu comedy stars Gordon Liu Chia Hui (36th Chamber of Shaolin, Kill Bill) as Ah To, a young man who marries a Japanese girl named Kuda (Yuko Mizuno). Their seeming matrimonial bliss is soon spoiled after a series of fights between husband and wife leads to a fed-up Kuda returning to Tokyo to consult her sensei! Viewing Ah To’s behavior as insulting to the Japanese people, Kuda’s sensei Sanzo (Fist of Legend’s Kurada Hoshou) heads to China with a crew of fighters in tow to teach the young man a lesson. With several martial arts masters at his doorstep, will Ah To be up to the challenge?

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