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Review: Vengeance

"What does vengeance mean to someone with no memory?"
Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To blends John Woo and Christopher Nolan
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 20, 2010
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Review: The Warlords

Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro, stars of Zhang Yimou’s superlative House of Flying Daggers , reunite, joined by Jet Li (from Zhang’s Hero ), in Peter Chan’s handsomely mounted historical epic.
Band of blood brothers
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 09, 2010
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Video: 2010 horror movie previews

Will 2010 be a festive romp of eye-gouging, throat-slitting, and disemboweling?
Hollywood Splat Pics and Horrific Indies
By MICHAEL NEEL  |  January 29, 2010
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Review: Red Cliff

Hong Kong auteur John Woo hit commercial and artistic pay dirt in the US with Face/Off , his loopy Nicolas Cage/John Travolta neo-noir, but once he’d directed Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II , was there anywhere left to go?
John Woo returns east
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 27, 2009
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As Tears Go By

Deliriously good-looking Hong Kong actors posture as iconic Hollywood movie stars, with the most gorgeously lustrous lighting and imaginatively off-kilter editing on the planet.
Violence and moony romance
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 13, 2008
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Shaw business

The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008


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Still waters

Have you concluded that Zhang Yimou is a softy and a sellout?
Jia Zhangke runs deep
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 26, 2008
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Cold remedies

One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008
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Ang time

“Yeah, it’s very hard,” says Ang Lee — with no apparent double entendre in mind — about shooting the sex scenes in his NC-17-rated Lust, Caution .
Lee approaches Lust with Caution
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 03, 2007
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Shoot ’em up

There’s a great line in the 1992 John Woo movie Hard Boiled : “Give a guy a gun and he thinks he’s Superman. Give him two and he thinks he’s God!”
Stranglehold is a soft-boiled shooter
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 26, 2007
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Hong Kong rhapsody

Ann Hui came to the Hong Kong film industry after working in television, where she made both episodic dramas and documentaries.
Ann Hui at the HFA
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  March 14, 2007


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Whack-a-mole

Kindergarten Cop to Reservoir Dogs.
A movie guide to undercover cops
By PAUL BABIN  |  October 05, 2006
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True Dick?

Philip K. Dick saw into the future, man, the FUTURE. Scanner brained: Richard Linklater animates Philip K. Dick’s Darkly . By Peter Keough A slacker darkly: Why Dick likes Dick. By Peter Keough
Looking for fidelity to the cyber-punk master
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 05, 2006
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Mission implausible

Like the adrenaline shot that invigorates one of his characters, television wunderkind J.J. Abrams’s stab at the billion-dollar Tom Cruise spy franchise briefly gets your heart pounding, only to ultimately fail at bringing much-needed life to the latest
Mission: Impossible III will self-destruct in 7500 seconds
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 05, 2006