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    • CommentAuthorMarty Nozz
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2009 edited

    Great movie. You'll mostly find the movie you're looking for listed as The Chinese Connection. It was originally released as Fist of Fury and the movie most of us know as Fist of Fury was released as The Big Boss. The names got changed when the movies went worldwide.

    Fists of Legend and Chinese Connection (The former Fist of Fury) are based on real events and the to make things even more interesting is that the master that was being avenged was played by Jet Li in Fearless. Makes it sort of a prequel.
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2009
    I found Fearless kinda 'nyah'. Wasn't so impressed with it. Saw it too long ago to remember why though. Just not his best film.
    • CommentAuthorMarty Nozz
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2009
    He has done better, but I liked it. It did drag a little in the middle parts.
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2011
    Just watched Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring. Pretty disappointed. Kim Ki-duk is a dick for actually abusing animals in his films.
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2011
    What else good has come out recently? /Thirst/ and /Mother/ have both come and gone since the last few posts.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2011 edited
    'Gallants' is a wicked fun movie. It features a bunch of old Shaw Brothers actors kicking ass and taking names as old men. This never got a US release, but can be tracked down fairly easily.

    'The Man from Nowhere' hits US DVD in early March. Not seen it yet, but the trailer looks like an amiable enough Korean actioner.

    'I Saw the Devil' is supposedly getting a US theatrical run in March-ish as well. Given the directing and acting pedigree on this one, its a no brainer for me to watch as well.

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    Just saw Dante Lam's "The Sniper" the other day, which can be described as the world's first sniper-fu film. Essentially, it mixes cop action with wushu conventions:

    The Sniper

    Also worth checking out is "Bodyguards And Assassins":

    Bodyguards And Assassins

    Both films generally take a while to get to the action sequences, but "Bodyguards and Assassins" does a better job of making you care about its characters' fates. Still, both are worth checking out.
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    Here are a couple more films.

    "Coming Soon" is a Thai film that mixes film piracy with horror:

    Coming Soon

    "Fire Of Conscience" is an intricate cop action drama from Dante Lam. It's one of those films that I felt like watching again just to see how the plot pieces were sneaked in:

    Fire Of Conscience
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2011
    It should be mentioned that last year's Palme d'or at Cannes was the Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. I've seen Tropical Malady, which he made several years back, and thought it was pretty good, but haven't seen this one yet.
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011 edited
    I just watched Castaway on the Moon and highly recommend it. Funny and unassuming. And not as terrible as the title suggests.

    Edit for trailer:
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2011
    Just watched 'The Chaser' on @Finagle's recommendation and was very impressed. I thought I was a bit desensitised to thrillers, but perhaps not, as I clenched my teeth through most of this film.
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2011
    If you're not a fan of Di Renjie...

    Tsui Hark's recent movie, Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame has a lot in common with the new Green Hornet. Not that it's a comedy, but fans of the source material might not recognize their hero. If you're a fan of Di Renjie, either historically or the historically based fictional version most often known as Judge Dee, dump everything you know out of your head. Dee never did that prison time, and the small troubles he had with the Empress were after her ascension to the throne. Gone are his supporting cast and usual settings. Detective Dee is Dee in name and a few shared attributes only.
    But really - how many of you are actually fans of Di Renjie? I'm guessing i'm one of the very few here. And once you get past it being bad Dee, it's a pretty good movie. A possibly supernatural series of murders interfering with construction of the giant Buddha causes the Empress to have Dee released from prison to solve the mystery for her. (Dee was a legendary magistrate of the Tang dynasty who was regarded as something of a real life Sherlock Holmes. He was a popular subject of Chinese mystery novels in the Ming dynasty, and is still popular today. Internationally due in no small part to the translations and writings of Robert Van Gulik.)
    Andy Lau stars as Detective Dee, with action direction by Sammo Hung.

    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2011
    Just found /Tears of the Black Tiger/ on Netflix. Really impressive, and makes me want to take a closer look at Thai cinema beyond /Ong Bak/.

    Think /The Good, the Bad and the Weird/ done in a faux-Technicolor style and with more fifth-wall breaking.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2011 edited
    To my knowledge this one isn't available in the US yet; I imported a copy from Hong Kong...and DANG it was worth it. Stylish direction, wicked plot filled with palpable dread. Best revenge flick I've seen in ages.

    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2011
    This looks really promising!

    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2011
    Are we taking it for granted that people are watching all Miike's movies?

    If not, 13 Assassins is really good. They establish the main baddie as a sociopath right off, then there's a wonderful, bloody take on the joyous end of Swiss Family Robinson, then a lot of sword fighting.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2011
    Second on 13 Assassins, it's in the running for my favorite release this year in any language.