Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)

My expectations for this movie were raised just a little too high by all the comments I’d seen saying that it was — finally, after a decade of flailing — a return to form for director Tsui Hark. It’s true … Continue reading

Shaolin Drunkard (Tian shi zhuang xie, 1983)

Shaolin Drunkard (a.k.a. Wu Tang Master) is another supernatural martial arts comedy directed by Yuen Woo Ping, following the previous year’s The Miracle Fighters. It features some of the same cast from the earlier movie, including Eddy Ko and two … Continue reading

True Legend (Su Qi-Er, 2010)

Yuen Woo Ping is probably best known in the U.S. as the action choreographer for The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Kill Bill. Fans of Hong Kong martial arts movies will also know him as the director of many … Continue reading

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)

I saw this last night at the tiny bijou theater the Grand Illusion with my friend Luke. It was a projected Blu-Ray, which mostly looked pretty good but at times exhibited a digital sheen. The movie itself is a hodgepodge … Continue reading