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MASTER OF THE DRUNKEN FIST: Beggar So and MASTER OF THE SHADOWLESS KICK: Wong Kei-ying are Both Packed on Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray from director Guo Jian-Yong and HBO HOME ENTERTAINMENT comes two films that are powerful in martial arts and story telling with MASTER OF THE DRUNKEN FIST: Beggar So and MASTER OF THE SHADOWLESS KICK: Wong Kei-ying.

A visit to the Emperor palace has put the Chan family in danger in MASTER OF THE DRUNKEN FIST: Beggar So. Chan, a military scholar visited the royal kitchen with unexpected consequences meeting Lau Pak-Gwai of the Beggar Sect. Now, the Empress Dowager sentences So Chan to a flogging and loss of family property. His family is now exiled to the Heilongjiang Tower as slaves.

All of that because of a jealous man who wanted Chan’s family out of his way especially Lord Su Bao. Ordering them to death secretly, the conspiracy begins. Chan meets a beggar gang who helps him learn the skill of the Drunken Fist to become known as Beggar So. He also meets the Lau’s daughter who he comes to have feelings for.

Now he wants the family and a new found love to know he fights for them!

In MASTER OF THE SHADOWLESS KICK: Wong Kei-ying, Wong is a physician who helps all that come to him. Dealing with the death of his wife, he throws himself into helping as many people as possible.

He sees the suffering of the people with little food and a booming opium business. Trying to avoid the politics around him, he is taken in by the new governor of Canton Wei. That’s when Wong discovers illustrations that teach him the skill of the Shadowless Kick.

Mastering the skill may be the only chance they all have to survive the evil of Governor Wei!

HBO Home Entertainment has an extensive array of critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking programs found on Bluray, DVD and Digital HD. They have provided viewers with some of the most amazing programs with huge fan bases that include the shows True Blood, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, True Detectives, The Wire, Entourage and Game of Thrones. Launched in 1984, HBO is world wide in viewed entertainment in more than 70 territories around the world! For more of what they have to offer please visit www.hbo.com. 

Filmed in Hengdian, China, this film is HBO Asia’s very first Chinese-language production and their first approach to the martial arts genre. The films executive producer is acclaimed Hong Kong director Corey Yuen who is responsible for THE TRANSPORTER and director Guo Jian-Yong choreographed the action of CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE and the first three TRANSPORTER franchise films.

I have become a big fan of the films coming from Asia with its rich story telling and epic feel. The cinematographer is always amazing using the land around the story as another character. The costuming is so stunning and intricate with such contrasting colors that it adds a stunning note to the story telling.

Even the paintings, the cups, vases and furniture add an amazing depth to taking the audience into another time and space. These things are all important for me and those who have come to enjoy the films coming from Asia. 

In the end – they both become masters to save those they love!

THE LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE Vol. Two Kicks onto DVD

Jeri Jacquin

Currently on DVD from director Lee Moon-Ki and Well Go USA Entertainment is the next volume about the life of THE LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE Volume Two.

Bruce Lee (Danny Chan) is still upset about how his last fight with Mr. Yamamoto (Mark Dacascos) ended. Uncle Shao (Wang Luoyong) tries to make him see reason about the fight but he is also in town for the Asian Culture Festival. Trying to help his nephew understand reason, Bruce can not seem to get over the loss.

But as his school in Seattle begins to do well, the classes are filled with people from all walks of life – even the local police. When Bruce learns that Yamamoto trains with ‘the iron man’, he knows it is time to meet up with the fighter. Friend Kimura wants Bruce to slow down and worries for him.

Nothing is going to stop Bruce as he begins training with an iron man to take on Yamamoto. After some time training, he goes to Yamamoto and they go fist to fist and once again as Bruce begins to learn about his opponent. He is now set on creating fighting style that is inclusive of everything he has learned of martial arts.

Becoming a philosophy major at school in Seattle, Bruce begins making a name for himself. Seeking out help from Professor Kane, he knows that the path he is taking will work. Blair (Ted E. Duran) wants his former Professor Inosanto (Ning Li) to meet with Bruce but is met with resistance. Even Kimura is reaching out to his friend Mr. Wally Jay (Tim Storms) asking that he meet with Bruce and again met with resistance.

Everyone seems to take Bruce as arrogant and when Wally Jay accepts a challenge in the park with him, many show up to see it happen. In the end a respect between the men exists. Jessie isn’t happy about what has happened wanting Bruce to hurt Wally Jay. Blair and Kimura (Liu Dong) try to explain it to him but his anger keeps getting in the way.

In the California Karate Competition, Bruce’s once again wins and fellow fighter Hoffman (Yannick Van Dam) wants him to open a school in Oakland. Linda is not happy about it but when Bruce proposes and buys a house, she changes her feelings. That’s the least of it when the kung fu masters become furious that Bruce doesn’t ask them about opening a school.

That is put on hold as Bruce must return home when his father passes away. Coming back to America, a fight with the Yellow Brat is his next fight. When it goes horribly wrong Bruce become paralyzed from the waist down and told he may never walk again. 

Unable to teach, Linda talks Bruce into writing a good about martial arts and the theories of fighting. Now that they have son Brandon, Linda wants Bruce to become strong once again and an incident of chance changes everything. The school once again brings those who want to learn something special like Jeet Kune Do. Rolex (Ray Park), a fighter who is considered the best, decides he wants to meet with Bruce in a championship match. Turning to others who have fought him, Rolex gets the information on how he might win.

Bruce turns to taekwondo master Piao Zhengyi and a single battle leads to a mutual exchange in teaching techniques and a friendship. Kimura knows that Piao is holding back his teaching and once again his family and friends are afraid for Bruce. 

Nothing is going to stop Bruce Lee – or no one!

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com. 

LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE Vol. Two is a continuation at the in-depth look of Bruce Lee’s life taking it’s time to let the story unravel on its own. That’s what is so important about this second volume as it all comes together in such a unique way that these volumes both are a must have for martial artists. 

Bruce Lee experienced so much in his short life yet every step he took would become legendary. The 3-disc LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE Vol. Two DVD includes 10 episodes with a total of 456 minutes of storytelling about the revolutionizing of martial arts. 

Chan portraying Bruce Lee is intense and not afraid to give us a portrayal of this legendary martial artist. There isn’t any one from young adult to older that doesn’t know Bruce Lee, his films or isn’t keenly aware of his contribution to martial arts.

Now, those same people will have a chance to understand how he became the one and only, the legendary Bruce Lee.

In the end – it is a life of an iconic martial artist!

Who Can You Trust Out of the THREE on Bluray!

Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray this week from master director Johnnie To and Well Go USA Entertainment is the cat and mouse and the fine line of good and evil between the THREE.

Dr. Ton Qian (Vicki Zhao) is studying to be a neurosurgeon and isn’t making friends doing it. Trying to focus on her work, Ton might be pushing herself to hard. Her day doesn’t have a moment as Chief Inspector Ken (Louis Koo) is about to bring in a murder suspect.

Shun (Wallace Chung) is a gangster with a bullet in his head. Immediately Dr. Qian wants to go straight to surgery while Inspector Ken keeps a gun loaded and Shun cuffed to the bed. Right before Shun is put under the knife; he wakes up and shows his hostility towards everyone.

Ken wants to know where Shun’s cohorts are and what they next step of their plan is. The gangster is all about making everything a game and doesn’t seem to care about anyone – let alone himself with a bullet still lodged in his skull.

Dr. Qian tries to be empathetic to Shun’s plight, she tries to help which gets her nothing but trouble and on Inspector Ken’s bad side. Giving the doctor and the police clues that something else is coming, it quickly becomes clear they have no time left to stop it.

In a blink the tables are turned and the three chose their fates!

Zhou as Dr. Qian is a character who clearly is unsure about herself in so many ways which causes her to make hasty decisions. I was never sure what she was going to do next or why she seemed intent on making matters worse but still cheered for her at ever turn!

Koo as Inspector Ken has serious problems to deal with. Trying to convince his staff and boss that what happened to Shun was brought on by his own behavior, it becomes clear that he isn’t quite telling the whole story. This is where the line is stretched as to what is right and what is legal. Koo gives us a hardened cop character who isn’t going to let Shun win.

Chung as Shun is a bad guy who doesn’t take anything seriously – not even a bullet to the brain. He talks but doesn’t really say anything that Inspector Ken wants to hear and that just makes the game even more intense. Keeping an eye on everything going in the halls of the hospital means he temporarily has the upper hand.

Other cast include Lo Hoi-pang as Chung, Cheung Siu-fai as Dr. Fok, Lam Suet as Constable Fatty, Stephen Au as Tong and Timmy Hung as Chak. 

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com. 

THREE is a fast paced film filled with twists and turns and things you don’t see coming until it is too late. That’s what makes this cat and mouse plot so much fun to watch. The action sequences are brilliantly done and amazingly done in a very small space. Yet every move is deliberate! 

I found myself head smacking when I didn’t catch things but then again that’s the point. Keeping us side tracked constantly, the cast delivers performances that are so well done that I applauded when the film was over. Yes, that’s how much I enjoyed THREE. 

Director To has had the biggest international films with DRUG WAR, MAD DETECTIVE and EXILED in the last few years. A native of Hong Kong, To began in television making his way to film being recognized for his work by the Palme D’Or in 2009, the Berlin and Venice International Film Festivals and the Toronto International Film Festival with many more to follow.

The Bluray includes the Special Features of The Making of from Master Director Johnnie To, Three Complex Characters and the trailers for the film.

In the end – they each must choose!

SWORDMASTER Brings Beauty and Mastery to Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from director Derek Yee and Well Go USA Entertainment is a beautiful story of love, revenge and redemption with SWORDMASTER.

Ah Chi (Lin Gengxin) is a man with a past that has led him to live poorly through life. Ending up at a brothel, he becomes the handyman in order to have food to eat and a place to live. 

Yen Shisan (Peter Ho) is a skilled assassin who has a path as well, to find anyone who is as good with the sword as he is. When he discovers there isn’t anyone, he decides to search out a beautiful place to drink himself into a grave he has picked out for himself. 

Looking for the love of her life, Chiu-Ti (Jiang Yiyan) wants to find the man who has stolen her heart. Along with Cult (Norman Chiu), they look everywhere there is a rumor about the man known as Hsieh Shao-Feng.

Working in the brothel, Ah Chi meets Sweetie (Jiang Mengjie), a young woman who is taking the survival of her family onto herself. Ah Chi notices her right away yet doesn’t know yet her situation. 

When Ah Chi sees her again with family, he clearly knows in his heart that not only is Sweetie a good person but comes from a family and village of caring people. When Chiu-Ti and the army come through to smoke out Hsieh Shao-Feng, everything becomes clear and a fight is inevitable.

It is who fights and how that happens that surprises all!

Gengxin as Ah Chi is a man who clearly is dealing with a painful past. Not wanting to pick up a weapon in any way, he meets someone who will teach him that a weapon doesn’t always have to be the way to win. Stuck in emotional quicksand, he finally comes to terms with his past and fights for what is right – as he was meant to.

Ho as Shisan is strong, funny, smart, and his skills are quick and at the same time doesn’t suffer fools much. Trying to bring his life some meaning he befriends Ah Chi hoping this is the person who he can give all his martial arts secrets too. His performance is surprising in the fast paced changes and yet the ending left me saying “oh no, do you have to?”

Yiyan as Chiu-Ti is a woman that could easily be considered seriously disturbed with serious broken heart syndrome. Wanting her love back, Chiu-Ti will stop at nothing including hurting others to get him back. With the help of Chiu as Cult, there are several triangles here that keep the story moving fast.

Mengjie as Sweetie is such a charming young woman and the fact that she ends up in a brothel doesn’t change anything about her character. Learning that she is taking care of her family brings such depth to this character and rooting for her is a must. I enjoyed her performance thoroughly and along with Paul Heiching as her doting and funny mother and Ma Jingjing as brother Miao, this is a sweet family that broke my heart.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com. 

SWORDMASTER is a film rich in colorful and stunning costumes, amazing martial art sequences and characters that are filled with dilemma and drama. In this one hundred and five minute film, a story of all the emotions possible are delivered from a cast that gives meaning to ensemble work. 

I love films like SWORDMASTER not only for its fantastic storytelling and the stellar cinematography that captures epic swordplay and fight sequences, but the beautiful costuming. It is important because costuming can become another character offering up so much elegance that it is absolutely breathtaking.

Director Yee is a former Hong Kong actor who became a screenwriter and film director bringing some of my favorite Asian films to the screen. From PROTÉGÉ to THE GREAT MAGICIAN and I AM SOMEBODY, director Yee takes amazing stories and gives them a richness that shows in every frame he offers to the screen.

The Bluray includes the Special Features of Mastering the Sword and also makes the English language version available. 

In the end – it is the story of a master swordsman come to life!

TRAIN TO BUSAN is Brilliant 
for Zombie Lovers on Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from writer/director Sang-ho Yeon and Well Go USA Entertainment comes one of the hottest genre of films so prepare to board the TRAIN TO BUSAN.

Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) is working hard in the business world of South Korea trying to provide a living for daughter Su-an (Kim Soo-ahn) and his mother. Working becomes so much his focus that he doesn’t make time to even make it to Su-an’s recital. As her birthday approaches, the little girl wants nothing more than to see her mother.

Trying to make amends to Su-an, Seok-woo agrees to take her on the train to Busan to see her mother. Watching the television on the train, he sees that something is happening all around but no one is quite sure what it is. Everyone on the train including Seok-woo will find out horrifyingly fast.

People have become infected with a virus that turns them into flesh eaters and the train isn’t about to get a break from it. A young woman who jumps onto the train trying to get away from a hoard brings the misery aboard. 

Now Seok-woo must muster up every ounce of courage if he is to save his daughter. The selfishness he has become accustomed too won’t do in the face of what ever has taken over the train. He begins to work together with the others who also help to protect Su-an to keep the infected at bay long enough to get the train to Busan.

To survive it will take sacrifice and more courage than any of them realized they had!

Yoo as Seok-woo is definitely a man who wants to control every situation around him. From his job to dealing with an ex-wife, he keeps things moving to the beat of his own drum. That all pretty much changes after seeing the first zombie come to life, but then again I think that would change anyone’s attitude. 

Kim Soo-ahn as Su-an is adorable, smart, affectionate and not afraid to tell it like it is, even if it happens with tears in her eyes. She is sharp and knows that something is up even before the other passengers. Su-an doesn’t have much to say so trust me when I tell you that when she speaks – listen!

Director Sang-ho Yeon has been seriously busy wearing both hats as writer and director to other films such as THE KING OF PIGS, THE FAKE and SEOUL STATION (and you can add producer to the latter as well). In TRAIN TO BUSAN I think he has found a creative niche that gave this film serious awesomeness!

Well Go USA Entertainment once again provides the best in action and independent films from the US and around the world. Well Go’s titles can be seen in theatres, digital, subscription and VOD as well as broadcast television. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. TRAIN TO BUSAN has a running time of 118 minutes.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TRAIN TO BUSAN five tubs of popcorn out of five. I was totally engaged from start to finish (even if I did want to smack Seok-woo a few times). Every character had their own story and it was allowed to play itself out in such a way that I didn’t feel cheated although I might have done an “awwww really??” a time or two but in a good way. 

From a couple expecting their first child, a team of baseball players, two lifelong friends, a greedy corporate passenger and more round out a cast that characterize the panic anyone would have on a train. That’s what also makes this film unique, they are in a confined space with limited options and hunger flesh eaters at every turn.

That’s what makes zombie films so awesome is that there are no set rules which means anything is possible. The zombie affects are frakken amazing in their own right. Every scene from inside the train is magnificently done, the hoard’s of zombies piling together to catch a train had my jaw dropping and the fight from car to car was clever in every sense of the word. 

I’m sure by now everyone knows I’m a huge fan of the zombie genre and will watch anything with the hungry little buggers. TRAIN TO BUSAN is thoroughly cool in that new ideas have been brought into the mix and no one is spared – THAT’S what makes a memorable and talked about zombie film.

The Bluray includes Bonus Features of Behind-the-Scenes, That’s a Wrap and Film Trailer along with English language availability. This one hundred and eighteen minute zombie ride is also subtitled. 

In the end – this film takes ticket punching to a whole new level!

THE MONKEY KING 2 Brings a Tall Tale to Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from Well Go USA Entertainment and director Cheang Pou-soi is the next story involving a mischievous tail wager with THE MONKEY KING 2.

While on a journey to look for the sacred scriptures, Monk Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) is chased by a white tiger into a cave. There Sanzang finds Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok) the Monkey King put under rock by the Mercy Goddess (Kelly Chen). Trying to free himself, a golden hoop finds its way on top of the Monkey Kings’ head.

In order to find the scriptures on the road to Yun Hai Xi, the Mercy Goddess tells Wukong that the only way to remove the hoop is to help the young Monk. Not happy in the slightest, Wukong knows he has no other choice.

Across the land the children live in fear as the White Bone Demon (Gong Li) kidnaps them. When she discovers that Sanzang is looking for the scriptures, White Bone decides to make a meal out of the Monk to become a permanent demon. That’s going to be quite a feat since Wukong is now Sanzang’s protector and can see through all her guises.

When Wukong makes Sanzang angry over what he sees as a senseless act, it opens up an opportunity for White Bone to take him away. It will take a serious battle against a demon army to stop the devastation to the humans. Joined by Zhu Bajie the Pig, Sha Wujing the Water Buffalo, the Wukong makes a stand. 

But Sanzang makes a decision that changes everything and brings Wukong more understanding than he could ever have imagined.

At the Thunder Monastery everything becomes as it should be.

Shaofeng as Monk Sanzang is the calm in the middle of chaos. Wanting to follow the path and do what is right, he does clash with the Monkey King Wukong on several occasions but none more so than when it becomes necessary to stop him from being violent. Shaofeng is strong in the most subtle way.

Kwok as Monkey King Wukong is very hyper from the moment he is on screen to the very end. He certainly gives Sanzang plenty to deal with and, at the same time, giving the White Bone Demon’s gang reasons to want to get away from him. Kwok takes over the title role from Donnie Yen who played Wukong in the original THE MONKEY KING. Kwok does an outstanding job!

Chen as the Mercy Goddess is absolutely stunning in voice and costuming. I just love the ethereal look of this character which shows that Chen not only embraces this role but gives it every bit of believability as the lovely Goddess.

Li as the White Bone Demon is an actress I have been watching for years. She is elegant, strong and gives this character every reason to have us freaking out over her. As I am a huge fan of the film RAISE THE RED LANTERN as well as MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, Li brings a stunning presence to THE MONKEY KING 2 and I loved watching every moment of her performance. 

Other cast include Fei Ziang as King of Yun Hai Xi, and Lu Weu as the Evil Spirit Snake, Zi’er Qi as the Evil Spirit Bat and Miya Muqi as the Evil Spirit Pig.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE MONKEY KING 2 four tubs of popcorn out of five. In this second installment the story is rich in the telling, even richer in color and scope with moments of light heartedness. The Bluray also includes the bonus features The Making of The Monkey King 2 and trailer. 

The ensemble cast brings adventure, drama and even a bit of humor now and then in its telling. It is a beautiful period piece and I can’t say enough about the costuming and set design. Both of those are large part of the story that whisks us away for one hundred and twenty minutes before we know that time has passed. 

In the end – 500 years later the King is back!

CALL OF HEROES Protects with Honor on Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

This week on stunning Bluray from director Benny Chan and Well Go USA Entertainment are men who answer the CALL OF HEROES.

Bai Ling (Zhang Shuying) is a school teacher escaping with a group of orphans from the crazed warlord General Cao Ying. Running to the city of Pucheng, Ling stops to feed her wards at a local noodle shop. Not even there a moment, a gang of bad guys attempts to rob everyone – everyone that is except Ma Feng (Eddie Peng) who immediately sets the men on a righteous path out the door!

Thinking they are out of the woods, the General’s sadistic son Shaolun (Louis Koo) later comes to bring death to the village. Arrested by the town Sheriff Yang Kenan (Sean Lau Ching-wan), Shaolun is put in jail with a mysterious smile on his face. Arriving quickly is Col. Zhang Yi (Jacky Wu Jing) telling the Sheriff Kenan that he has one day to release the General’s son.

Now Kenan must decide whether to do what is right or follow the pleas of the village to release Shaolun to save everyone in the village. As Feng watches from afar, he knows that the vicious son of the General has no intention of making this easy for anyone. 

There is no time left!

Peng as Ma Feng is seriously amazing. His good looks, charm, and humor are certainly an asset to the film but when he gets a furrow in his brow – look out! Grabbing his weaponry is masterful and although he pretends not to be interested in helping others, Ma Feng does everything to do just that. 

Ching-wan as Sheriff Kenan clearly is a family man who takes his position as protector of the village seriously. Knowing that Shaolun is playing games, he also knows that he will destroy the village if given a chance. Trying to explain this to the village, their fear puts him in a position he could never have imagined. Ching-wan portrays this character with such dignity and a lot of grit.

Koo as Shaolun is completely stunning and I know that’s strange to say about a character so evil. Impeccable looks and perfectly dressed; Koo gives the best side-eye and smile filled with scariness and vicious intent. When it comes to a showdown between Shaolun and Kenan, the scene is fantastic.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com. 

CALL OF HEROES is a definite good man versus insane killer film. Believing he has every right to do what he pleases, Shaolun has a superiority that brings fear. The difference is evil can only go so far and that’s what this film proves.

There is action is intense filled with slick maneuvers and fighting skills. What makes the film even better is that the storyline works believably with the good versus evil scenario. I’ve come to totally admire the Asian filmmaking and storytelling that has been accessible these past few years for those very reasons.

I enjoyed the richness of this era piece because of the costuming and set design that brings the viewer into the story with ease. The fight scenes bring the epic story of a small village trying to survive the cruelty to a justice seeking conclusion. 

In the end – injustice can not go unanswered!

IP MAN TRILOGY on Bluray is Beyond Awesome!

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from Well Go USA and director Wilson Yip is the spectacular collection of films with Donnie Yen returning in the IP MAN TRILOGY.

In IP MAN it is 1937 during the Sino-Japan war as Grandmaster Ip is put to work as a laborer in a factory. When the enemy uses him to fight in matches, no one can beat him. When Japanese Col. Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi) decides he wants to fight Ip, it is that fight that has the villagers wanting to fight for their own freedom! 

In IP MAN 2 Master Ip opens his own martial arts studio in Hong Kong that is occupied by the British. Teaching his Wing Chun style of fighting it is Master Hung (Sammo Hung), another martial arts instructor who isn’t going to allow him to continue. Wanting Ip to prove he is a Kung Fu master, a “King of the Ring” match is set with Twister (Darren Shahlavi) in a match that will decide it all.

In the final film IP MAN 3, it is 1959 and gangsters are brutalizing the villagers and they are led by Frank (Mike Tyson) who is determined to take over everything. One of the property’s owned by the brutal developer is the school Ip’s son attends. It is hard to handle the violence as Ip’s wife is very ill. Eventually Master Ip must face Frank in the final match for the title of Wing Chun Grandmaster!

Donnie Yen as Ip has cemented his place in cinema history. He not only brought back an interest in the Wing Chun form of martial art but was recognized by Ip Chun (son of Ip Man) for portraying his father in the films. What might surprise most about Yen is that he comes from a family of martial artists. Yen’s mother, Bow-sim Mark, is a Tai Chi grandmaster in Fu Style Wudangquan and sister Chris is a martial artist/actress who was in the film ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY TAO.  

Yen has also been involved in films doing choreography in HIGHLANDER: Endgame and BLADE II. Continuing choreography it was in 2013 when Yen would get the male lead role of Silent Wolfe in CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. Of course it goes without saying that I can’t wait to see him in the Christmas release of ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story to be followed with the 2017 film XXX: Return of Xander Cage!

Director Wilson Yip has collaborated on a total of five films with Donnie Yen and that’s basically because he’s awesome if we are being honest here. Yip began in 1995 with 01:00 A.M. leading up to one of my favorites with the 1998 film BIO ZOMBIE and 2004’s THE WHITE DRAGON. Four years later Yip began his history making film IP Man in 2008, 2010 and five years later in 2015. I personally couldn’t be happier. 

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give IP MAN TRILOGY five tubs of popcorn out of five.
Yen is the reason for each of these films to be so successful because he has the absolute perfect demeanor to play this role. Displaying a calmness that is believable it is almost eerie.

This is a fantastic opportunity to revisit the Ip Man series again but also for those who never had the opportunity to see all three films. I personally would gather up friends and make it a marathon with a mixture of both groups. The crisp beauty of Bluray gives each and every moment the cherry on the cake waiting for Ip to kick it off!

The Bluray includes the Bonus Features: IP MAN Making Of, Deleted Scenes and Trailers; for IP MAN 2 is Making Of and Trailers and IP MAN 3 has Two Hours of Exclusive Interviews with Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson Jin Zhang and more!

In the end – the best martial arts trilogy of all time!


THE WAILING Gives New Definition to Suspense!
(Gonksung)

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from acclaimed director Na Hong-Jin and Well Go USA Entertainment is a tale that will leave you guessing about THE WAILING.

In a little South Korean mountain village called Goksung, Officer Jong-goo (Do Won Kwak) lives with family and his daughter Hyo-jin (Kim Hwan-hee). Always under scrutiny from his superiors, things are about to take a turn he could never have imagined.

Arriving at a house in the village, Officer Jong-goo finds a family has been murdered by a family member. After running tests it is discovered that the suspect was suffering from a skin rash and poisoned mushrooms.  

That would have sufficed the officer except a woman in white, Moo-myeong (Woo-Hee Chun) approaches telling him that she knows who is responsible. Living deep in the woods further into the mountains is a Japanese stranger (Jun Kunimura) who a hunter saw almost naked eating an animal and had glowing red eyes.

Jong-goo decides to go, along with another officer and a priest, to speak to the stranger but he is not there. What they do find is a tiny room inside the hut filled with the photographs of people who have the rash and have been killed. The stranger arrives and the group leaves quickly.

It is on the ride home that Jong-goo discovers that his daughter Hyo-jin has met the stranger. When he confronts his daughter, he is met with outrageous behavior and a foul mouth. Later in the night he discovers that it’s not just his daughter’s behavior that is bizarre but she has the rash!

As her condition gets worse, Jong-goo’s mother-in-law demands that the family seek out the Shaman (Jung-min Hwang) to stop the madness. He agrees but not before seeking out the stranger one more time and demanding that he leave within three days. Later, as the exorcism begins, Jong-goo is distraught over the pain the ritual seems to be causing his daughter.

Jong-goo has reached his limits and tells his friends what has been happening. Agreeing to help him they gather up weapons and head to the mountains. What they find will send them fleeing back down the mountain. 

The priest needs to know the truth and is back into the mountains to find the stranger and confront who he is and what he wants. Going back to his home, Jong-goo is met by Moo-myeong who tells him he must stay away from his house as a trap has been set for a demon. He begins to wonder who he can trust and if he makes the wrong move – who will die.

A father’s love may not be enough to save them all!

Do Won Kwak as Officer Jong-goo is a man who seems to be floating through life. Not really happy with his life, the only thing that does give him comfort is daughter Hyo-jin. It is when he sees the first family destroyed that it sets in motion events that he can neither control nor fully understand. Stellar performance!

Hwan-hee as Hyo-jin is a young girl who is put through the ringer. This isn’t an easy role for a kid to play but man oh man does she play it. It is her physicality that gives this character the right amount of scariness wrapped up in a tiny little package.

Kunimura as the Japanese stranger is another character that is more physical than anything else. I have to give Kunimura credit because his portrayal had me waiting, and waiting AND WAITING! Talking about keeping your eye on someone, Jong-goo wasn’t the only one.

Chun as Moo-myeong is a woman who shows bizarre behavior and a keen knowledge as to what is actually happening. How and why she knows is irrelevant to the fact that she has details that everyone should pay attention too. Chun’s conversation with Jong-goo’s character at the end was nail biting. 

Hwang as the Shaman wastes no time in charging the parents to perform rituals. He was doing a pretty good job until Jong-goo stepped in. Yet he knows more than he is saying and he also has secrets.

Well Go USA Entertainment brings the best action, genre and independent films to release from all around the world. To theatres, digital, television and Video on Demand, Well Go has an amazing selection available to fans of every genre. Check out what’s new and what’s coming up at www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE WAILING five tubs of popcorn out of five. What an amazing, intense, and twisted tale told so very well. There isn’t a moment where I wasn’t wondering what was going to happen next – and to who! The cinematography truly captured the isolation of this village and the un-dead looked very undead!

It has been some time since I sat through a film that would be considered ‘horror’ and found it to be more engrossing than most horror films. I personally didn’t mind the length of the film because it actually felt like I was watching a series, which by the way I wouldn’t have minded either. 

This is not a quick thriller but a 157 minute ghost story that isn’t going to give anything away if it can help it. The Bluray includes the Bonus Features of The Beginning of The Wailing, The Making of The Wailing and Trailers. The film is in the Korean language with English subtitles. 

South Korean writer and director Na Hong-jin is also known for his 2008 film THE CHASER which won him Best Director at the Korean Film Awards. In 2010 his next film THE YELLOW SEA was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. THE WAILING has received critical acclaim as it well should.

Add THE WAILING to your must-see list along with TRAIN TO BUSCAN because both of these films are an unexpected surprise to zombie and horror genre lovers.

In the end – who to trust can be more deadly than a demon!

THE TIGER is Beautifully Raw

Jeri Jacquin

This week on stunning Bluray from writer/director Hoon-jung Park and Well Go USA Entertainment is man versus THE TIGER.

Man-duk (Min-sik Choi) is a man living on the outskirts of the local Korean village with teenage son Seok (Yoo-Bin Sung). Once a hunter, an encounter with a tiger when Seok was a baby has him now collecting herbs to make a living.

The country is under Japanese occupation and one of its high officials is looking to wipe out the tiger population. The one tiger that officials want and are having difficulty getting is the Mountain Lord, an 800 pound tiger who has killed every group that has come after him.

Now, Goo-Gyeong (Man-sik Jeong) has been brought up to the officials to gather men to hunt the tiger. Chil-goo (Sang-ho Kim) is also part of the group but these two men have something in common – their one time friendship with Man-duk. 

The two men go to their one time friend to ask for help in hunting the tiger and Man-duk refuses. Chil-goo understands his reasonings but Goo-Gyeong becomes angry and as he leaves, notices that Seok is interested in the group preparing for the hunt.

The reason Seok is interested is that the one who finds and finished the tiger is promised more money than the young man has ever seen. Letting his father know that their mountain life isn’t for him, he sneaks away with the hunting party.

Man-duk is devastated that Seok has gone and the story behind the episode with the tiger all those years ago is revealed to play itself out once again.

The hunters become the hunted!

Min-sik Choi as Man-duk is absolutely stellar. This is a role that has so many layers to it that the shocking ending could only be done well by Choi. The first time I saw this actor was in the 2002 film OLDBOY and I knew then I saw seeing a fantastic performer. Once again in 2010 I would see him in the film I SAW THE DEVIL and it solidified my belief in his talent. Trust me when I say that his performance in THE TIGER deserves every bit of recognition it gets.

Jeong as Goo-Gyeong is totally on a revenge trip and his face shows the reason why. Feeling that he is justified in everything he does, it includes sacrificing others in order to get close to the thing he hates the most. Kim as Chil-goo is caught in the middle of both of his friends. He feels totally for friend Man-duk and understands why he doesn’t want to hunt the tiger but on the other hand he enjoys following Goo-Gyeong until things start to get out of control.

Sung as Seok is a young man coming into his own. He wants to be part of the town life and marry the girl he is in love with but can’t get away from his father. Jung Suk Won as Officer Ryu is in charge of helping the Japanese officer get the tiger he desperately wants, even if he doesn’t agree with how it’s done. Ren Osugi as Official Maezono is a deranged man who only sees the tiger as a trophy and not what its costing in lives to get it.

Well Go USA Entertainment is a theatrical and home entertainment company that brings some of the most amazing content to fans for their own home media collections. Bringing together such diverse films from Latin America, Asia and Europe to North American theatres, on digital, cable, VOD and television. For more of what Well Go USA Entertainment has to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE TIGER four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a brilliantly told story from start to finish and coming in at 140 minutes there isn’t a moment that shouldn’t be on Bluray. The cinematography wraps itself around each character and even the tiger truly drew me into every aspect of the telling.

The film is wrapped in such intricate layers that are only given out in tiny pieces as they become important to the decisions each character makes. Man-duk is the main character but even his story is filled with sadness and secrets that stretch to both other men and a beast. 

That being said, each of the characters, including Seok has the same sadness and secrets which are just as shocking. I believe that’s what makes this film so epic as writer/director Park Hoon-Jung took the time to embrace every nuance and make it important to the telling.

The best part of THE TIGER is that I’m weaving around it all because I don’t want to give a single minute of the film away. This is a film that is truly worth every moment of watching – undisturbed! I had that opportunity and don’t regret it for a single solitary second. Now it’s your turn by picking up THE TIGER on Bluray this week. 

In the end – nothing or no one will stop the Mountain Lord!

KILL ZONE 2 

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from director Pou-Soil Cheang and Well Go USA Entertainment is the story of one man against a crime syndicate with KILL ZONE 2.

Chai (Tony Jaa) is a prison guard who is watching his young daughter slowly die from leukemia. Waiting for a bone marrow donor is something Chai isn’t willing to do when his little girl continues to get worse. Discovering that the best donor is a Hong Kong cop named Kit (Wu Jing), he takes it upon himself to go and find him.

The problem is that Kit has been arrested and put in the very same prison Chai is a guard at. Another problem is Warden Ko (Zhang Jin) who runs his prison straight forward while behind the scenes gets kick backs from Mr. Hung (Louis Koo), a mastermind who has an organ trafficking business.

Hung is also looking for a transplant for his brother kidnapping a young pregnant woman. Now everything is set in motion with Chai trying to save his daughter, Hung tries to save his brother and Kit trying to save them all.

It’s time for a showdown!

Jaa as Chatchai is a devoted father who wants to do what is right by his ill daughter. That is an important setting of this story because this character needs to be totally believable for it to work. That’s what Jaa does, gives Chai the look and feel of a character willing to do whatever it takes for his family.

Wu as Kit doesn’t have an easy time in this film. It’s not easy to realize that no one sees you as human but instead a piece of meat to be bought and sold. Zhang as Hung is hard core, I mean seriously! He doesn’t care that the donor for his brother is a pregnant woman. That’s cold blooded which again is just as important as his stance, mannerisms and dead eyed stare at anyone who attempts to stand in his way.

Other cast include: Simon Yam as Chan Kwok-Wah, Louis Koo as Hung Mun-Gong, Ken Lo as Wong Kwong, Jun Kung as Mun-Biu, Dominic Lam as Chun-Tung, Babyjohn Choi as Kwok Chun-Yat and Andrew Ng as Uncle On.

Well Go USA Entertainment brings the best action, genre and independent films to release from all around the world. To theatres, digital, television and Video on Demand, Well Go has an amazing selection available to fans of every genre. Check out what’s new and what’s coming up at www.wellgousa.com

KILL ZONE 2 is a story that is deep in its telling following each character from start to finish. The journey of each ends in the same place but how they get there is full of action and suspense.

The cinematography is absolutely amazing with its long shots and close up that are so smooth. Adding a soundtrack that is perfect for the film there is no way you can not be drawn in quickly.

The cast is absolutely stellar and because of that fans of the martial arts genre are really going to love this. The fight sequences are tough and bold but know that anything less would have diminished the film absolutely.

The Bluray includes the bonus features of the Making of KILL ZONE 2, Deleted Scenes, Trailer and English Language is also available. 

In the end – it is a lock down of a different kind!


CHRONICLES OF THE GHOSTLY TRIBE Haunts Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray this week from director/writer Lu Chuan and Well Go USA Entertainment comes a tale of what lurks in caves of history with CHRONICLES OF THE GHOSTLY TRIBE.

Working to remove a fossil from the caves on the Mongolian border in 1979, Hu Bayi (Mark Chao) lugs the dirt and rocks till he falls. Opening his eyes he takes in the beauty of Ping (Yao Chen), a young woman who is also working on the caves. Taken with her, his hopes are slightly dashes when he’s told that she is the daughter of Professor Yang (Wang Qingxiang) who is helping with the cave excavation.

When an explosion devastates the cave, Yang is only one of a few survivors who wants to get back into the cave when he suddenly disappears!

Fast forward to now; Hu Bayi is a librarian studying quietly trying to discover what happened in 1979. Those answers will be coming quickly when Professor Yang is found wandering in the desert and a young woman with amnesia has been found in the Cyclopean Temple.

Hu Bayi knows that they all must return to the temple as the chain reaction has something to do with he and Ping. Hiding in the local mining town, giant creatures are hunting them all down before they can stop the release of more chaos and begin the legend of the Ghostly Tribe.

Chao as Hu Bayi is a an all around character from having his silly moment, puppy love moments and crazy moments but more importantly – his brave moments. He is not the typical hero which makes me cheer for him even more. 

Chen as Ping has the opportunity to play two different characters which is very cool. Being the daughter of a professor doesn’t save you from weird things happening and Chen’s character proves it. She is a strong character to watch but I’ve been a fan since COLOR ME LOVE and FIRESTORM.

Qingxiang as Professor Yang isn’t just digging for fossils in 1979 because he already knows the legend and temple buried deep underground. Not telling Ping and Hu Bayi the real reason for digging is the thing that tests them all.

Other cast include: Jin Chen as Yang’s mother, Li Feng as Fat Wang Kaixuan, Chen Li as Mr. Wang, Guangjie Li as Officer Han, Yan Tang as Weiwei, Rhydian Vaughan as Chen Dong, and Deshun Wang.

Well Go USA Entertainment once again provides the best in action and independent films from the US and around the world. Well Go’s titles can be seen in theatres, digital, subscription and VOD as well as broadcast television. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE CHRONICLES OF THE GHOSTLY TRIBE three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This film has about everything you’d want in a film with action, mythology, legend, creatures and even comedy. 

The story sets up very well leading from the past to the present without skipping a beat. I just love the special effects in the temple and the creatures but then again I’m a kid at heart when it comes to that part of telling a good yarn. The Bluray film comes in at 123 minutes and in Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles available. 

This is definitely a fun film to experience with director Lu at the helm. He has a few other films that I have enjoyed including CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH (2009) and THE LAST SUPPER (2012).

In the end – the battle for Earth has begun!

THE MIDNIGHT AFTER 
Calls to Major Tom

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from director Fruit Chan and Well Go USA Entertainment is the mind tingling look at one bus ride during THE MIDNIGHT AFTER.

THE MIDNIGHT AFTER is based on the story Lost on a Red Mini Bus to Taipo by Mr. Pizza, a young writer who posted on the internet forum HKGolden. The web story would make its way to book form soon after.

The streets of Hong Kong are bustling with nightlife and people. Guys hanging out and women out shopping, there is something happening everywhere. When a minibus pulls up to a stop, a group of very different people get on going from Mongkok to Tai Po.

The bus is already feeling the effects of one passenger who is strung out and there is a couple spending their ride arguing. A young man thinking of his girlfriend is seated opposite a young woman wondering why she can’t reach her boyfriend. 

Two guys are watching a young woman toward the back of the bus thinking her pretty hot until she smiles at them. Wearing headphones is another young man who is just trying to get home without any problems and a woman with prayer beads seems to know something the others don’t, or is she just a nervous passenger?

Finally, a happy and chatty bus driver who puts the pedal to the metal to get his passengers where they want to go even if he doesn’t know yet it isn’t where he thinks! Going through the tunnel to their destination, it becomes clear to every one on board that there doesn’t seem to be anyone else on the streets and although they can text, no one is responding to telephone calls. 

That’s only the beginning of a night of madness from each other, men in masks, and discovering that Major Tom may hold they key to it all.

Cast include: Wong You-nam as Yau Tsi-chi, Janice Man as Yuki, Simon Yam as Fat, Kara Hui as Mook, Lam Suet as the bus driver, Chui-Tien-you as Shun, Cheuk Wan-chi as Pat, Lee Sheung-ching as Bobby, Sam Lee as Blind Fai, Jan Curious as Auyeung Wai, Melodee Mak as Lavina, Ronnie Yuen as Airplane and Kelvin Chan as Glu-Stick.

THE MIDNIGHT AFTER is definitely one for the books! I felt like I was watching the entire film with a question mark over my head. That’s when I realized I had been taken into the story because the characters had the same questions I did. What was happening, how did it happen, where is everyone and how are they going to get out of it all.

In the midst of that is director Chan’s amazing ability to clear the streets to shoot the film! By removing everything there is no distraction to following along with the characters craziness which, I admit, was hilarious at times. Chan directorial history includes the horror film DON’T LOOK UP, TALES FROM THE DARK 1 and this year’s release of KILL TIME. 

There are shocks, a few jumps, clues that were quick only to lead to other clues and it truly was fun that David Bowie’s song Ground Control to Major Tom played an important part in it all.

THE MIDNIGHT AFTER is a film that will wear you out from start to finish. There is a story for each character that plays itself out but also intertwines with everyone on the bus. That’s a lot of information to take in and I almost started a score card on them all.

I enjoyed each of their performances bringing something different to the bus, as it were. The scene in the diner where the group becomes vigilante for a moment was a tad disturbing but that too brings more answers so I went along to see where it would lead. That’s what this film is all about, how far will we go on the ride with these characters until our jaws drop.

The film is in Cantonese with English subtitles and has a running time, literally running, of 121 minutes to discover the secret!

In the end – check the bus schedule for the next destination!

RISE OF THE LEGEND 
is Full-On Action!

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from director Roy Chow and Well Go USA Entertainment is the story of a different kind of gang where one will become the RISE OF THE LEGEND.

It is the 1800's in Guangzhou at the Huangpu Port during the Qing Dynasty. Running the streets are The Black Tiger gang and the Northern Sea. Gang boss Lei Gong (Sammo Hung) continues to try and get rid of the Northern Sea. The way to do this is recruit new young men to become fighters. Wong Fei Hung (Eddie Peng) catches the crime boss' attention and not only trains the young man and makes him one of his "Four Tigers" but calls him son. 

The North Sea gang has a plan of their own and are not about to let Gong take over the city without a fight. A fight that may very well lead to the destruction of a city. 

Through all the twists and turns, it becomes clear that Wong Fei Hung has a game plan of his very own and what is to come - no one suspected or was prepared for!

Peng as Wong Fei Hung is totally disarming with his ability to truly play the role of a young man who keeps us on our toes. Not letting on for a moment, there comes a single moment when Fei must decide if the fight is worth the loss.

Jing Boran as Fiery is a strong character and doesn't seem to have a problem fighting to the bitter end. Part of the Orphan Gang, his story unfolds and the martial arts come out strong. Byron Mann as Black Crow is another of the sons' who actually likes being part of the gang.

Wang Luodan as Chun is a quiet but keeps her eyes open. Knowing that she must not bring attention to herself, Luodan does a brilliant job of hiding in plain sight. I loved watching her glide through the streets and yet when she needed to, had no problem using martial arts to get her point across. Angelababy as Xiao Hua is a young woman who is gorgeous but wicked in her own right.

Hung as Master Lui has made quite a name for himself in Martial Arts film. I first saw this actor in 2001 in the film THE LEGEND OF ZU as well as KUNG FU HUSTLE in 2004 and finally THREE KINGDOMS: Resurrection of the Dragon. Once again Hung gives a character toughness along with fancy footwork and a smirk that would scare anybody! He is fun to watch. 

Other cast include: Zhang Jin as Wu Long, Wong Cho-lam as Big Tooth, Qin Junjie as Foon, Jack Feng as North Evil, Byron Mann as Black Crow, and Gao Taiyu as Wing. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give RISE OF THE LEGEND four tubs of popcorn out of five. This film has so much going for it because of the twists and turns. Nope, I have no intention of giving away anything! The film is definitely action oriented from start to finish with some amazing fight scenes and martial arts choreography.

The story is very well told and personally I am a fan of the plots twists and turn. The set design and costuming lend to making the story even more intense to watch. Martial Arts films have become so amazing to watch because of a combination story, design and costuming told through the very capable eye of director Roy Chow.

Director Chow is responsible for writing and directing MURDERER in 2009 and NIGHTFALL in 2012. The later film is one that once again brings twists and turns to a storyline that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Chow has the ability to write up a good story that keeps audiences riveted to the very end.  

The Bluray includes the bonus features of The Making of RISE OF THE LEGEND and the original trailer for the film. Coming in at 132 minutes, the film can be viewed in Mandarin with English subtitles or the choice of English language. 

In the end - justice has come back to town!

MOJIN: The Lost Legend 
Gives Us Treasure!

Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray this week from director Wuershan and Well Go USA Entertainment comes a story based on the #1 Best Selling treasure hunting novel in China with the action adventure of MOJIN: The Lost Legend.

Three explorers and tomb-raiders Hu Bayi (Chen Kun), Wang Kaixuan (Huang Bo) and the lovely Shirley Yang (Shu Qi) are deciding to give it all up and retire to the city of Manhattan. 

But they didn’t move fast enough as cult leader Ying Caihong (Liu Xiaoqing) is looking for something very precious and needs help. Talking Wang into helping, he returns to the desert without his friends looking for the tomb of a Mongolian princess. 

Figuring out what Wang is up to, Hu and Shirley decide they must go help their friend. What they don’t expect is to be dealing with Ying and her cut throats who are more than happy to slap a body around.

It doesn’t take long before Hu, Wang and Shirley realize that what Ying is really looking for is the Equinox Flower that has the ability to raise the dead.

This is an adventure that will definitely keep them on their toes!

Kun as Hu Bayi is the quiet one, except when he’s dealing with Shirley. Having a hard time expressing his feelings he pretty much goes from one slip up to another with her. That being said he has the uncanny ability to figure out the clues to finding the Equinox Flower, especially when Ying takes Shirley!

Shu Qi as Shirley is a woman who knows exactly what she wants and how she feels. Making it clear that Hu has the problem it makes me laugh. She is extremely tough and proves it every chance she gets. I wouldn’t mess with her! 

Bo as Wang is dealing with his memory of love Ding Sitian (Angelababy) and that’s why he follows Ying in the first place. Believing she might still be alive is how the cult-tress gets her hooks in him. He is certainly the comic relief of the group and has his moments of screw up but funny!

Well Go USA Entertainment once again provides the best in action and independent films from the US and around the world. Well Go’s titles can be seen in theatres, digital, subscription and VOD as well as broadcast television. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give MOJIN: The Lost Legend four tubs of popcorn out of five. The story is one of adventure and has a bit of an Indian Jones feel but that’s okay by me. The special effects are pretty awesome as they try to figure out how to get to the center of the mystery. There is action, adventure, blow ‘em up, chases and tons of wrong moves to be made in order to set off tons of cgi that is fun to watch.

There are actually more to the initial series of Ghost Blows Out the Light including Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe. This series would be amazing because the three main characters are really awesome together and it would be fun to see more adventure and story with them.

Add MOJIN: The Lost Legend to your home library of action!

In the end – these three know exactly what they are looking for!

IP MAN 3 Gives Us More Donnie Yen!

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from director Wilson Yip and Well Go USA Entertainment comes the highly anticipated continuation of the story of IP MAN 3.

Ip Man (Donnie Yen) has settled down in 1959 Hong Kong with his beautiful wife Cheung Wing-sing (Lynn Hung) and their young son. Proud that their son is receiving proper schooling, Ip Man is upset to learn that a developer Frank (Mike Tyson) wants the property.

Ip Man turns to the police for protection and even police friend Fatso (Kent Cheng) but knows they are being bought off. Keeping his attention on the problems of the school, Ip Man doesn’t realize there is someone else who will be challenging him.

Cheung Tin-Chi (Jin Zhang) believes he is the true Wing Chun Grandmaster. Not happy with the press Ip Man receives, Tin-Chi catches on to the media game and uses it to call out the beloved Master for a match. 

Ip Man chooses to ignore the fuss from Tin-Chi as he concerns are more for the community and his wife who needs him more now than she ever did before.

He knows where a man’s loyalty truly lies!

Yen as Ip Man once again turns in a brilliant performance as a man who takes a stand but only when necessary. This isn’t a kung-fu crazed person who goes around flexing his muscles to prove what a bad ass he is. Instead, this is a calm spiriting man who loves his family, community and wants to help where ever he can. All of that is portrayed by Yen beautifully and I’m so pleased no one else took this role. Everyone is excited knowing Yen will be seen even more with his role in ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story coming this December. 

Hung as wife Cheung Wing-sing is supportive and loving towards her husband. When the school begins to take time away from home, she tries to find a way to reach him. Hung’s character doesn’t have to wait long before she must choose to let her husband finished what the thugs have started or speak up about a secret she is caring with her. Hung is hauntingly beautiful and when she does confront Ip Man – my jaw drops. 

Zhang as Cheung Tin-Chi is powerful even if misguided. Zhang portrays a dark character who believes that fighting everyone will get him the one fight he wants. When Ip Man doesn’t come running it only angers him more. Zhang gives this role anger that is bubbling just below the surface until the match that decides who truly is Grandmaster.

Tyson as Frank turns in a quiet performance, that is until his fists start talking then it’s a nice match between Tyson and Yen!

Other cast include: Patrick Tam as Ma King-Sang, Karena Ng as Miss Wong, Kai-Chung Cheung as Chui Lek, Ka-Yan Leung as Master Tin, Sung Man Ban as David, Xiao Long Li as Ah Ching, Tats Lau as the Principal and Kwok-Kwan Chan as Bruce Lee. 

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give IP MAN 3 four tubs of popcorn out of five. I absolutely love Donnie Yen in this role. He has the mannerisms, the look, the joy and the skill that just brings so much to this character. There is such in depth storytelling here. It is not simply one story, but a story that challenges his family, marriage, community and life of kung fu.

Yen’s martial arts choreography is done by Yuen Wo Ping, the most influential person in Hong Kong cinema. His works include FISTS OF LEGEND, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON and if that isn’t impressive enough – he provided martial arts choreography for THE MATRIX and its sequels as well as KILL BILL. 

The cinematography is so beautifully done which combines the quickness of martial arts with the slow movements that are just stunning to watch. 

The Bluray includes the amazing bonus features of Making of Featurette, Interview with Donnie Yen & Mike Tyson and Behind the Scenes. IP MAN 3 is in Cantonese with English subtitles with a running time of 105 minutes. For fans of the original IP MAN film, this is a fantastic way to have all three in your media library.

In the end – this is the story of the real Wing Chung Grandmaster!


THE GREAT HYPNOTIST 
Brings Mystery and Thrills

Jeri Jacquin

This week from director Leste Chen and Well Go USA Entertainment is what happens when he counts to three from THE GREAT HYPNOTIST.

Xu Ruining (Zheng Xu) is a well known and respected psychiatrist that teaches and uses hypnosis to treat patients with their deep rooted issues. When his mentor Pro Fang (Zhong Lu) approaches him after a class with a special case, she asks him to please take the time to help.

The case is Ren Xiaoyan (Karen Mok), a woman who claims to see ghosts. Ruining isn't so easily swayed to believe as he begins to unravel her past that is deeply rooted in being abandoned by her parents at an early age. 

As the doctor tries to connect the dots, he finally hypnotizes Ren to discover what she isn't sharing with him. She isn't an ordinary patient as her attitude is dark and there is something strangely secretive that might hold danger.

What Ruining discovers about Ren Xiaoyan is only the beginning of a life that is filled with more questions than answers - but whose life is it?

Xu as Dr. Ruining is a straight forward man who is sure of his profession and draws in large crowds who want to hear what he has to say. He doesn't believe in ghosts and doesn't suffer those who try to convince him otherwise. Perhaps that's what irritates him most about Ren Xiaoyan. Xu runs an emotionally tight ship in this character portrayal and when he is confronted with a difficult patient he STILL keeps it together. That's the rub as the twists and turns come into play.

Mok as Ren Xiaoyan is scary from the moment Ruining retrieves her standing in front of the hall clock. Dark eyes and fragile looks is the strongest meaning of 'looks can be deceiving'. Mok is strong, determined and won't suffer the foolishness of what she thinks Dr. Ruining is attempting to do with her. Mok nails this from beginning to end!

Other cast include: Zhong Lu as Pro Fang, Jing Hu as Cheng Ting and David Yao-Qing Wang as Luo Yusong.

Well Go USA Entertainment is a theatrical and home entertainment company that brings some of the most amazing content to fans for their own home media collections. Bringing together such diverse films from Latin America, Asia and Europe to North America, Well Go USA brings it all to theatres, on digital, cable VOD and television. For more of what Well Go USA Entertainment has to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE GREAT HYPNOTIST four tubs of popcorn out of five. What an amazing story of twists, turns and effects that take the viewer even deeper into the story. From the start to the end it is clear that this is no ordinary doctor/patient relationship. It is almost a game of cat and mouse to see who is going to outsmart who.

Dr. Ruining isn't going to be convinced about ghosts and Ren Xiaoyan is going to make sure a psychiatrist isn't going to change her mind about how she sees her past. It really is a treat to watch these two actors go head to head while actually rooting for them both. 

If you’re looking for an original story, beautiful cinematography, fantastic effects and a plot that will make your jaw drop, then THE GREAT HYPNOTIST is a film that you absolutely need to see. The 102 minute film is in Mandarin with subtitles from Wanda Pictures and FortissimoFilms. 

In the end - in one night both of their worlds are going to change!

LOST IN HONG KONG 
Brings Hilarious Action to DVD

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from director Zheng Xu, writer Huan Shu and Well Go USA Entertainment comes a comedy of life errors when you are LOST IN HONG KONG.

Xu Lai (Xu Zheng) is an art major at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. While there he meets Yang Yi (Du Juan), a beautiful artist who steals his heart. Time after time they try to take the relationship to the next step with a kiss and time after time something stands in their way.

When Yang Yi continues her education far away, Xu Lai falls into a funk. Classmate Cai Bo (Zhao Wei) scoops up a broken man and there relationship grows into marriage and life changes. Xu Lai changes his career and works for his father-in-law at a bra factory and Cai Bo is desperate to have a baby.

One morning he receives a text from Yang Yi telling him there is an art show that she really wants him to attend. Keeping it to himself, Xu Lai makes plans to take her a gift. That is until Cai Lala (Bao Bei’er) decides he wants to make a documentary about his brother-in-law’s inability to get his sister pregnant and becomes his shadow.

They don’t get as far as the front door before life puts everything in front of Xu Lai and it’s usually because of Cai Lala! When a murder takes place in a hotel next to theirs, interesting characters begin to show up wanting Cai Lala’s camera. He thinks brother-in-law is having an affair and Xu Lai wants to make it to the end of the day alive.

It is a good day to straighten out your life!

Zheng as Xu Lai is absolutely brilliant. He really does go through the ringer in this role and it looks so physical and all in the name of love. Here is a man who is unhappy with where he is in life – not able to make his wife happy, definitely not able to make the in-law’s happy and remembering the past as the best days of his life. Zheng brings heart to this role and I really enjoyed it.

Bei’er as Cai Lala is just the biggest pain in the butt I think I’ve ever seen. Desperate to film a great documentary he doesn’t have limits to what he will film or how it looks. Believing Xu Lai is having a mid-life crisis, he is not about to see his sister go through anything she doesn’t have to.

Juan as Yang Yi is elegant and creative as the love of Xu Lai’s life. Wanting to see him again there is a chance for them to talk about what once was and see if there was a kiss in their future. 

Wei as Cai Bo (or Spinach) wants to do everything to make her husband happy. Believing in him artistically, believing he will make a good dad and trying to surprise him with his dream – Wei is not only believable but adorable.

Other cast include: Sam Lee as Tai Pak Ho, Pan Hong as Pan Tongtong, Zhao Youliang as Cai Youilang, and Che Biu-law as the Locksmith.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give LOST IN HONG KONG three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. There is so much comedy here but not only in the crafty writing but the physical comedy. The storyline is so much fun and a trip through the city brings in such amazing characters.

Not wanting to give too much away, LOST IN HONG KONG is a fun roller coaster ride of love, family, fun, loyalty, remembering, longing and realizations. There is certainly nothing wrong with a film that encompasses all of that and makes sure that action and laughter are topping on the cake.

In the end – what we want isn’t always what we want!

THE ASSASSIN Brings a 
Silent Beauty to Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

This week from director Hou Nsiao Hsien and Well Go USA Entertainment comes a brilliant piece of storytelling with the fate of THE ASSASSIN.

It is China in the 9th Century as a young girl is taken away from her father who is a general and trained in martial arts. Trained to be swift, the young girl grows into one of the lands greatest assassins. 

Until she is given a task that she can not carry out. Returning to the Nun Chiang Nu (Shao-Huai Chang) who has trained her, the course takes a new turn. Now she must take out a Tian Ji’an (Chang Chen) whom she was betrothed to and is now in charge of the largest military in North China. Married to another, Yinniang watches from the shadows as he tells his wife what is happening.

Home for less than a day she has made herself known to Tian Ji’an but this is no ordinary homecoming. He knows more about what happened to Yinniang and she is holding him accountable for it all.

Yinniang (Shu Qi) must now come to terms with the story of her parents, memories of events that she never understood before and face the man she is ordered to kill. 

Qi as Yinniyang gives such an amazing performance. She doesn't speak much but instead lets others do the talking digging themselves in deeper. Observing and witnessing what has happened to the lives of those she is meant to hate - it truly is a matter of time before they destroy themselves. Wanting to carry out her family's revenge, Qi's character is perfectly capable of making it happen but shows such restraint and, at the same time, thrilling skill.

Chen as Tian Ji’an is a man who wants to control everything and everyone around him. That begins to unravel, just like his nerves, when Yinniang makes her presence known. He doesn’t need an explanation as to why she is there or what her intentions are. Instead, he tries to manipulate the situation. He underestimates his opponent greatly!

Other cast include: Satoshi Tsumabuki as The Mirror Polisher, Nikki Hsin-Ying Hsieh as Huji, Ethan Juan as Xia Jing, Zhen Yu Lei as Tien Xing, Fang Mei as Yinniang’s Grandmother, Dahong Ni as Nie Feng, Jacques Picoux as Lady Tian’s Teacher, Fang-yi Sheu as Princess Jiacheng, Mei Yong as Yinniang’s Mother and Yu Zhou as Lady Tian. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE ASSASSIN four tubs of popcorn out of five. This truly is such a different film in the way in which the story is presented with cinematic beauty. There isn't a large amount of dialogue but instead the tale is told visually and with non-verbal performances. 

I adore the costuming because it adds so much. There is such elegance in the costuming that adds so much in the movement of not only the fight scenes, but the movement of the other female characters. 

THE ASSASSIN has won for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and Official Selections of the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. 

The Bluray includes bonus features with Behind the Scenes, Trailer, and English-French subtitles.

In the end – she will unravel their secrets!

MEMORIES OF THE SWORD 
is Stunning on Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from Well Go USA Entertainment and director Heung-Sik Park is a tale of secrets and revenge all hidden in the MEMORIES OF THE SWORD.

In Korea during the Goryo Dynasty there were three warriors who fought against the tyranny of a king. Deok-ki (Byung-hun Lee), Poong-chun (Soo-bin Bae) and Seol-rang (Do-yeon Jeon). When surrounded it becomes clear that Deok-ki has other plans when he, and Seol-rang turn on Poong-chun.

Eighteen years later Seol-rang, now blind, is raising Seol-hee (Go-eun Kim), the daughter of Poong-chun and teaching her the ways of the sword. Seol-rang also knows the time is coming where the entire story will be told and revenge will become the young girls aim.

Deok-ki is now a powerful man in the court of the King and his greed is pushing him even further up the ladder. That doesn’t stop the memories from flooding back when he comes face to face once again with Seol-rang.

Secrets have a way of changing everything one believes!

Jun as Seol-hee is a head strong eighteen year old girl who loves adventure. That is until adventure becomes her reality when family secrets are spilled and she must decide on her course of action. Receiving the Asia Rising Star Award at the 12th Annual New York Asian Film Festival in 2013, it is clear this young lady will be seen again. I certainly hope so as I enjoyed her performance very much in this film.

Jeon as Seol-rang has the task of raising and teaching Seol-hee knowing that someday the two women would have to accept a fate for one of them. Portraying such an intense person, Jeon adds the extra task of portraying her character blind. Wearing a mother’s heart on her sleeve isn’t something she can do but it’s there in every move she makes.

Lee as Deok-ki is no surprise to me. He has been in such films as HERO (2007), G.I. JOE: Rise of the Cobra, RED 2 and Rush Hour 4. The two films he did that won me over are the role of Park Chang-yi in THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD (2008) and I SAW THE DEVIL (2010). Comedy, drama or horror, Lee grabs a role and doesn’t let you forget his talent or his face for one second. 

Other cast include: Kyeong-yeong Lee as the Master, Jun-Ho Lee as Yool, Tae-woo Kim as Jon-bok and Soo-an Kim as Goo-Seul.

WELL GO USA ENTERTAINMENT has once again brought the best in action and independent films from the United States and around the world. WELL GO’s titles can be seen in theatres as well as digital subscription and VOD as well as broadcast television. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give MEMORIES OF THE SWORD four tubs of popcorn out of five. I absolutely love so much about this film but foremost is the cinematography. There are long shots in slow motion that are so beautiful in the midst of such sadness. It’s the mash of these two emotions that bring the viewer into the film entirely.

The cast is brilliant together considering the weight lies on the main three characters. I love the resolve each shows to the part they play in the history. These three actors stay inside the character so deeply and it shows in their eyes.

The costuming, as always, is just beautiful and I mean stunningly so. In making a period piece I have always been drawn toward films that push the limits of costuming. The exquisite brilliance of the colors just dazzles me.

Director Park is also responsible for BRAVO MY LIFE! And MY MOTHER THE MERMAID and I enjoyed those films as well. He allows the viewer to become invested in characters and the story. Well done!

In the end – revenge will come!

ASSASSINATION 
Hits it Right on Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

Action packed on Bluray from director/writer Choi Dong-hoon and Well Go USA Entertainment comes a history about the ASSASSINATION.

It is the 1930s and Korea is under the rule of Japan. Based in Manchuria are resistance fighters who have been in hiding. When orders come down for the assassination of Kawaguchi Mamoru (Shim Cheol-Jong) governor of Gyeongseong and businessman Kang In-gook (Lee Geung-young), they only want to send their best to do the job.

Yeom Seok-jin (Lee Jung-jae) sets out to look for a group who can do the job. He begins by locating the best sniper Ahn Ok-yun (Jun Ji-hyun) – a woman who doesn’t take her job lightly. Also, Big Gun (Cho Jin-woong) in prison for stealing weapons and Hwang Deok-sam (Choi Deok-moon), an explosive expert, round out the team. 

What the team doesn’t know is that two hired assassins – Hawaii Pistole (Ha Jung-woo) and Old Man (Oh Dal-su) have been sent in by a mole to take them all out. 

Ahn has another reason for wanting to finish the job, she believes that Kang In-gook is responsible for the death of her mother. While preparing for the mission, Ahn is shocked to see that her twin sister Mitsuko is alive. As their plan is put into motion, it seems that at every turn there plans are thwarted.

It isn’t until the secrets are revealed and the twists are turned that Ahn finds the strength to set it all right for herself and her comrades!

Ji-hyun as Ahn is absolutely stunning. Here is this young woman who is a marksman yet knows very little about the things a young woman her age should which makes her completely endearing. This character is sharp and determined and understands the importance of loyalty and Ji-hyun brings it all to the screen. To the very end she is as relentless as she is patient. Playing this dual role was pretty cool as well. Smashingly well done!

Jung-woo as Hawaii Pistol is hired to do a job, what he doesn’t know is that being set up doesn’t bring in any extra benefits. When he and Ahn meet it is memorable! His charm is only equaled to his aim. Dal-su as Old Man wants the pay for the job and never lets “Money Girl” out of his sight. This character made me laugh several times and with the biggest grin, Dal-su made me forget a time or two what his job really was!

Geung-young as In-gook began the film with a plan that went wrong. Never bothering to correct it, it became clear that what goes around comes around but not exactly in the way he thought. 

Well Go USA Entertainment once again provides the best in action and independent films from the US and around the world. Well Go’s titles can be seen in theatres, digital, subscription and VOD as well as broadcast television. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give ASSASSINATION four tubs of popcorn out of five. Holy moly what a film filled with action, twists and turns, a storyline that is intense, history and by the end I was worn out but thrilled! I truly enjoyed every moment of the film because of everything listed above. There are more than a few things I’m leaving out of my review strictly because I don’t want to spoil anything.

ASSASSINATION comes in at 139 minutes and the Bluray makes it all worth it from start to finish. The era sets are so well done and the costuming is perfection. There isn’t anything about this film that I do not like. 

The film won Best Actor for Lee Jung-Jae and Best Art Direction from the 24th Buil Film Awards. The 35th Korean Association of Film Critics gave ASSASSINATION Best Cinematography, Technical Award and Top 10 Film of the Year which it richly deserved. ASSASSINATION is currently nominated for 12 awards from the 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards.

For action, adventure, martial arts, storytelling, cinematography and more, give yourself an early holiday gift by picking up ASSASSINATION on Bluray.

In the end – there are snipers, marksmen, hired guns and double agents oh my!

THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR Journey’s onto Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray this week from writer/director Ifa Isfansyah and Well Go USA Entertainment comes an amazing story of beauty surrounding THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR.

The Golden Cane Warrior Cempaka (Christine Hakim) is deciding who she will pass her power and the Golden Cane along to. The four disciples Biru (Reza Rahadian), Angin (Aria Kusumah), Dara (Eva Celia) and Gerhana (Tara Basro) are her choices. Each of them is a child from a defeated enemy.

When Cempaka chooses Dara, but there are two who want the cane for themselves. Wanting to save Dara from Biru and Gerhana, Cempaka fights to the death her own disciples as Angin sweeps up Dara taking her away.

But Biru and Gerhana are not about to give up and while attacking the fleeing disciples, what saves them is Elang (Nicholas Saputra) who gives them shelter. The only way to stop what is coming is for Dara and Angin to find The White Dragon Warrior who can teach Dara the technique of the Golden Cane.

Who is helping Biru and Gerhana? The Red Wing Warrior (Whani Darmawan) not only gives them aid but brings out the anger in Dara when Angin is captured. Realizing he should have helped the two when they needed him, Elang must come to terms with doing what’s right and breaking a family promise made a long time ago.

It is time to bring back honor to the power of the Golden Cane!

This amazing ensemble cast brings an intense story to life. From the moment each character comes onto the screen, the story not only becomes richer and fuller but it brings more mystery that keeps the eye riveted.

That’s what truly is necessary to bring an epic tale like this not just to the big screen but on Bluray to the home big screen. I absolutely love the richness and effects that are just brilliantly done. The action is more than wow – it’s the reason I continue to see as many films from Asia that I can.

Well Go USA Entertainment once again provides the best in action and independent films from the US and around the world. Well Go’s titles can be seen in theatres, digital, subscription and VOD as well as broadcast television. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR four tubs of popcorn out of five. Once again an amazing film with a story that is filled with twists and turns that I have no intention of talking about. There is something truly amazing about a film that is full of color yet gritty when it needs to be using cinematography and costuming to add an eyeful to an already full popcorn bucket.

In it’s 111 minutes there is so much for martial arts fans to be thrilled about. The Bluray is beautifully packaged and I am proud to add it to my collection of films from Asia. Embrace the story of friendship that never releases the grip of loyalty among those who believe in doing what is right. 

Director Isfansyah is also responsible for the films GARUDA di DADAKU and SANG PENARI. He has won four Citra Awards at the Indonesian Film Festival. This includes Best Picture and Best Director which is an amazing feat for this young director. In THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR, Isfansyah goes full force and every frame is brilliant.

In the end – get ready to unlock the mystery & power of the Golden Cane!

NORTHERN LIMIT LINE 
Battles onto Bluray!

Jeri Jacquin

From director/writer Kim Hak-soon and Well Go USA Entertainment comes an amazing forgotten battle on the NORTHERN LIMIT LINE.

It is June 29th, 2002 and the FIFA World Cup has captured the world’s imagination. The citizens of South Korea are no exception as excitement builds. The sailors of both South and North Korea patrol what is called the Northern Limit Line keeping an eye on one another.

The line was placed during the 1953 Armistice Agreement that gave each side control over certain areas. A territorial waters limit of 3 nautical miles kept both sides at bay from one another.

When Battleship 357 and crew began to patrol the line, they had no idea of what was to happen. North Korea sent two patrol boats that began bombarding the South Korean Battleship in what was to become the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong.

The word courage is sometimes not big enough.

Lee Hyun-woo as Corporal Park is nothing short of stellar. He is clearly a personable soldier who cares deeply for even the roughest of crew members. His ability to show such emotion under dire circumstances will bring viewers to the same wave of feeling as I did. 

Kim My-yeol as Lt. Commander Yoon is the man who has to be strong for the strength of his family. With each decision he makes, the Lieutenant brings pride to his father. Jin Goo as Sgt. Han is an angry man who just needs to know that he has people who care about him. He learns that quickly from Corporal Park Mother, a woman who accepts the young man as a member of their family.

Other cast include: Lee Wan as Lt. Hee-wan, Kim Ji-hoon as Jo Chun-hyung, Jang Joon-hak as Hwang Do-hyum, Joo Hee-joong as Seo Hoo-won, Lee Min-ho as Corporal Kwon Gi-hung, and Han Seong-yong as Sergeant Lee. 

Well Go USA Entertainment once again provides the best in action and independent films from the US and around the world. Well Go’s titles can be seen in theatres, digital, subscription and VOD as well as broadcast television. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give NORTHERN LIMIT LINE five tubs of popcorn out of five. This film is stunning in so many ways from the telling to the cinematography. First of all, the history of the film is amazing and after watching I could not help but look up more about it. 

The characters in the film are portrayed with such emotion, humor and believability which is what brings every bit of heart to the screen. Even though the sailors knew what they were patrolling and why, the shock of the attack was presented on film with such courage.

The ending is even more powerful if that can be imagined! The film comes in at 130 minutes and the violence is graphic so please be advised of that. It is a battle film and director Hak-soon brings it full scale. In NORTHERN LIMIT LINE, the Bluray brings the viewer deeply into the film.

I truly hope everyone takes time to view this film as it is one of the best I have seen this year. It is beautifully written, superbly directed with a cast that brings history front and center with portrayals of men who should rightfully be honored for their service.

In the end – the forgotten battle is remembered once again!

BLACK COAL, THIN ICE 
Slides onto Bluray!

Jeri Jacquin

From Well Go USA Entertainment and director/writer Yi’nan Diao comes a crime thriller that twists on BLACK COAL, THIN ICE.

Zhang Zili (Liao Fan) is a cop chasing a killer and is wounded on the job in 1999 China forcing him into retirement. In 2004, Zhang is working in a coal-plant as a security guard when a body, well parts of one, are discovered. 

He notices similarities and begins to look into things himself feeling this is the chance to solve the case. As another victim is found, Zhang begins to see a pattern between the victims and Wu Zhizhen (Gwei Lun-Mei), a woman who owns a dry cleaning business.

As the case becomes more intense, so does his feelings for Wu but more importantly it is the truth that can kill!

Fan as Zhang Zili is such an intense character to watch. Determined to find the answers his character also shows moments of feeling that the viewer knows is going to be trouble. Never mess with a cop who carries around an unsolved case because my money is on him solving it, no matter how long it takes and Zhang is no exception. Fan can also be seen in CHINESE ZODIAC which I enjoyed as well. 

Lun-Mei as Wu is such an amazing actress and she proves that once again with this role. I have been a fan since the 2008 film ALL ABOUT WOMEN and again in 2011 with THE FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE so I already knew she would take this role and play it with all the mystery she can muster.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give BLACK COAL, THIN ICE four tubs of popcorn out of five. There are so many twists here but I love the feel of the film. It is a dark film projecting that feeling of dread and there is plenty of it here. You never know when pieces are going to show up and when they do Zhang is there.

The problem with talking about a film like this is trying not to give anything away and this is the film to keep my yapper shut! There is so much here in the 106 minute murder-mystery-thriller and I want you to enjoy every minute without me teasing to much.

BLACK COAL, THIN ICE won the Golden Bear Award at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Liao Fan won the Silver Bear for Best Actor as well. Yi’nan Diao won Best Screenwriter and Fan Liao Best Actor at the 2015 Asian Film Awards. Also, Diao won Best Director at the 2014 Odessa International Film Festival. 

Well Go USA Entertainment once again provides the best in action and independent films from the US and around the world. Well Go’s titles can be seen in theatres, digital, subscription and VOD as well as broadcast television. For more of what they have to offer pleaser visit www.wellgousa.com. 

This is definitely a film to add to the action crime thriller genre part of your home library and on Bluray as well. The crisp definition is amazing so pick up your copy of BLACK COAL, THIN ICE September 29th.

In the end – the chance to redeem himself has come again!

WOLF WARRIOR Packs onto Bluray!

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from director and star Wu Jing and Well Go USA Entertainment is a striking soldier on a mission as the WOLF WARRIOR.

Sgt. Leng Feng (Wu Jing) is one of the military’s best marksman, except for one problem – he has a hard time taking orders when a life is on the line. Sent to the stockade for disobeying a direct order, Lt. Col Xiaoyun (Yu Nan) visits him. In his cell she tests his resolve and recruits him to the Chinese Special Forces “War Wolf”.

In the middle of military operations things begin to get real. When soldiers are actually killed, Sgt. Feng is determined to out why. Just ahead of the platoon is Tom Cat (Scott Adkins) a mercenary who works for Ming Deng (Ni Dahong), a drug lord who is out for revenge.

The group comes together with Feng in the lead to stop the mercenaries and make sure the ones responsible are taken to justice.

Jing as Sgt. Feng has a double job here as both director and star. That should be surprising as Jing has been in films since 1996 and television since 1997 and succeeded at doing both. In 2008 I saw Feng in the film THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR alongside Jet Li and that, my friends, is a paring. He also has worked alongside Jackie Chan in the film SHAOLIN which I loved!

Nan as Lt. Col Xiaoyun is as tough as she wants to be yet it’s clear from the beginning she has an eye for talent. If that isn’t enough, she tries to hide her intrigue for Feng as he tries to get personal but in a funny way.

Adkins as Tom Cat is just plain vicious and that’s to be expected of a mercenary. Taking the mission means money so he doesn’t care who he takes out in the process. Along with his crew it is one shot after another taking down everything in his path. I have to say Adkins has the right look and plays the demeanor very well.

Other cast include: Javad Ramezani as Petros, Kevin Lee as Crazy Bull, Kyle Shapiro as Monkey, and Christopher Collins as Cowboy.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com. 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give WOLF WARRIOR four tubs of popcorn out of five. Jing is amazing to watch. Not only is he quite the tough guy but has a sense of humor that breaks here and there. I actually like my action heroes to have a mild sense of humor and Jing definitely made me giggle a few times.

There is action, martial arts and a story line that mesh well together. The ending is one for the film books because this main character and his friends aren’t about to give up – border line or no border line. 

In the end – not following orders just might save them!


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