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Topic: jackie chan

Muay Thai Giant

Big in heart, somewhat close to that in fun


Action

Rod Lott
Australian strongman Nathan Jones graduates from small roles in "Troy,” "The Condemned" and especially “The Protector” to a starring one in "Muay Thai Giant," a 2008 Thai effort that plays like an odd mix of "Drunken Master," "Popeye," "The Pacifier" and TV's "Top Chef."
 
Monday, May 23, 2011

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

High-kicking historical fun with a masked Donnie Yen


Action

Rod Lott
Your first sign that "Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen" is not a mass-audience crowd-pleaser is that most moviegoers — even those who thrive on action — would ask, "Who the hell is Chen Zhen?"
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The King of Fighters

Like 'Tekken,' but ... well, like 'Tekken.'


Action

Rod Lott
Hitting video one week after "Tekken" is "The King of Fighters," and the two share an awful lot in common: The live-action films are based on video-game franchises, more or less skipped theaters, place style over substance, and flirt with unresolved daddy issues as a subplot.
 
Monday, July 18, 2011

The Last Godfather

Fuggedaboutit. No, really: Fuggedaboutit.


Comedy

Rod Lott
According to the IMDb, Hyung-rae Shim is one of South Korea's most beloved comedians. After seeing "The Last Godfather," for which he serves as the writer/director/star, we'll agree to disagree.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

True Legend

Woo Ping = woot!


Action

Rod Lott
I can't think of the last time a straight-up martial arts film got a wide theatrical release. Ten, 15 years ago, it used to happen all the time after Jackie Chan burst through with "Rumble in the Bronx." Not every Hong Kong actioner is worth importing these days, of course, but "True Legend" s widespread love that one hopes it will find on Blu-ray and DVD.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

BKO: Bangkok Knockout

For nonstop action, Thai one on.


Action

Rod Lott
Bangkok, Oriental city. And the city don’t know what the city is getting. In the slick “BKO: Bangkok Knockout,” that’s a ruff-em’-tuff-em’ rumble involving a fight club named Fight Club getting to do what it does best: fight!
 
Friday, September 30, 2011

The Cannonball Run

It’s the Burt that hurts.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In my tween days, 1981’s “The Cannonball Run” played HBO so often, one would think the cable channel had been taken over by Dom DeLuise. My brothers and I watched it with seemingly every airing.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

It's no mystery: This heroic whodunit rules.


Action

Rod Lott
Part costume drama, part fantasy, part mystery, part action and all imaginative, "Detective Dee & The Mystery of the Phantom Flame" marks a return to form for master director Tsui Hark, who helped popularize Hong Kong films in the Western hemisphere in the 1990s with the likes of the "Once Upon a Time in China" series and the Jackie Chan vehicle "Twin Dragons," but has weathered a string of more recent misses in "Zu Warriors," "Black Mask 2" and collaborations with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
 
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Triple Tap

Let’s call it a third on-target.


Action

Rod Lott
Fresh from directing Jackie Chan in “Shinjuku Incident,” Derek Yee begins “Triple Tap” with a fun sequence of a marksman competition on an obstacle course of sorts, where sharpshooter Ken (Louis Koo, “Triad Election”) and cop Jerry (Daniel Wu, “Robin-B-Hood”) break records as rivals.
 
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ocean Heaven / 1911

Jackie Chan and Jet Li keep their feet on the ground.


Drama

Rod Lott
It sucks getting old.
 
Friday, February 17, 2012
 
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